"The Tableau" was stitched with AVAS on 36ct. The border has been taken from The Tablet and the pictorial scene from The Shepherd and Shepherdess with Jacob Sheep (with many amendments).
The verse is not original but has been tweaked slightly.
I have incorporated Poppy and Blue and the cove where I live. I had originally stitched another sheep but removed it as the scene looked too crowded when I added Poppy. Cupid has been stitched blind as Ray and I turn a blind eye to each other's faults. I also used treasure braid to stitch the flame of love as ours burns strong and bright.
I incorporated two hares prominently into the sampler as they can represent immortality and the gods of love. I hope that our love will be there for eternity.
A third has been stitched as a "shadow" as our love for each other is always there for us in the background of our daily life together.
What next - always the hardest part of stitching from Marsha's wonderful sampler portfolio.
I am having problems with my ipad and blog press so am emailing photos to the PC, they then blur but if you click the photo it should open and give a better view.