Thanks again for all of your very kind comments about I Sigh Not for Beauty -- Ruth Ann Russell really deserves all the credit for designing such a beautiful sampler!
I'm moving on to another project. Two weeks from this Wednesday, I will be taking my first ever class from Jackie du Plessis. She is teaching at the Needlework Guild of Minnesota retreat. I have never been to this retreat before and decided this year to give it a go. It is so reasonably priced and to have the opportunity to learn from a nationally known teacher and designer - I couldn't pass it up! Jackie is offering four different classes; I am taking one of them - Briar Rose Etui.
I started my pre-work last night and made pretty good progress. The entire project is stitched over one (what was I thinking???) Here's what I've done so far:
You can barely see the outline of the project; the thread color blends in with the linen -- very hard to see! It was much easier stitching the vine with the green silk thread. I am going to finish the outline before I start the roses. Amy at Thread in Hand is also working on this project; visit her blog to see what mine will look like in two weeks!
Off to work I go!