As promised, here is a sneak preview of a new design.
While I have five reproductions in the works, this is an original design that I've been working on since June. The verse came from an early 19th century English sampler, the border and heraldic design at the top from other sources (Sibmacher, Italian woven textiles, among other classical sources). It has traveled with me from Italy to the southern Yucatan and back to Wisconsin. It won't be finished soon, so I'd love some feedback.
The floral border might be filled in with creamy pink-to-dark rose colors. I never decide the final palette until I put the colors on the linen and examine them in daylight. The background of the border will be filled in solidly with some color or other, probably creme AVAS.
My original designs tend to be very intricate and time consuming because that is what I find appealing. They're not always popular but please indulge the designer!
Every kit is made up custom, so if you want it without all the background floss (this refers to Gabi's request for Parrot Leopard Lion without background floss) I can adjust the price and make it to your specs, within reason.
You are all helping me to keep warm this winter. I am so grateful.