First of all, a big thanks to Joanie, Shantti, Cathy, Carol and Barbara for the recent comments. It is always fun to get feedback and even better to know I'm not alone as a stitching rebel. Hurrah for us!
Second I want to give credit to Dragon Fire Designs. I don't know when I first heard the expression "the thread goes through the needle..." but I did not write it myself. I knew there was a design out there with that saying on it but I couldn't remember who the designer was. After quite a bit of searching, I finally found it! It is Dragon Fire Designs, the design number is DF 25. It really is a cute design and the blackwork in it is beautiful.
I thought I was going to have a finish to share today. Yesterday I stitched (and stitched) on the LHN freebie Early America and I finished it! Unfortunately as I stitched the last band across the bottom I realized there was a mistake in the leaf and star band. I considered leaving it alone because it really wasn't very noticeable, but I knew it would bother me every time I looked at it. I spent over an hour frogging out about 1/3 of the band. Frogging over 1 stitches is not my idea of a good time! I used my Boo-Boo Stick on the fabric afterwards and the fabric is almost back to normal. There is one small area where there is a slight blue shadow. I'm sure it won't show when I start Hip Hopping because the whole area was only off by one thread/stitch to begin with. Ah the life of a discouraged perfectionist...
Today is French Sampler SAL Tuesday, so I will be working on Part 12 of Terre de France. I have been a real slacker with TdF this month and I'm not sure why. I still love the project and there are some really neat motifs this month. I guess this is just what happens when you have a screaming rotation and too many projects are screaming at once. Maybe I'm suffering from stitching schizophrenia?
I feel like adding some eye candy today, so here is a picture of my Marquoir Story sampler.
In case you are not familiar with it, this is a free sampler from Passion Broderie and it is still available on their website. Many stitchers changed motifs in the sampler to represent their own story/life but I stitched mine as a reproduction of Isa's original design. If you have time, check out the Marquoir Story photo gallery links. I think they are inspirational! The charts for Marquoir MIB and Sampler Alter Echo are still available as well. This is one of my favorite websites.