a gift for you this weekend
That is, a give away for everyone!
Abby’s been home with a cold for the last two days and we’ve been indulging in our favourite cosy pursuits – drawing, stitching, watching Agatha Christie films, Stardust & Princess Bride (they always go together) and reading.
One of the books we rediscovered was Ursula Le Guin’s A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back - so spooky and enchanting. With beautiful illustrations and a hefty dose of Swedish folklore. Which inspired a new cross stitch – The Red Mare.
If you have not had the delight of reading Ms. Le Guin’s wonderful tale, you may have met the Red Mare (or Dala Horse) at Ikea! We look at the large – are they papier mache or wooden? – statues positioned around the store each time we visit and wonder whether we could charm a sales assistant into letting us squish one into our handbag – ’cause they never have them for sale!
So here you are … for all you Red Mare / Dala Horse lovers … The Red Mare cross stitch with a pretty nordic border and flowers. I have included the instructions I put in with my other designs (available here) for those of you that haven’t tried cross stitch before but would love to give it a go. It’s very simple and once you start, so very hard to stop!
Click on the red link below to download your PDF …
I’m busy stitching mine up this evening – I’m half way through the mare’s body – and plan to applique it onto a denim tote I would like to sew up this weekend – it’s been on the drawing board for months and I’m hopeful that this sweet embroidery will be the kick in the butt I need to get sewing.
I also think it would look lovely as a needlepoint stuffed toy. Abby wanted me to do that this afternoon but I had no red embroidery wool in the book box size box I have full of embroidery wool – every shade of blue and brown and green you could imagine with the odd skein of ecru and pink floating about but no crisp, fire engine red. How could that be? Hmm … that just means a trip to the embroidery store. What a shame :-)
If you have any questions, please email me. And please remember, this is an original cross stitch pattern and I would ask that you do not sell the pattern or any finished cross stitches you make. Thanks :-)
I do wish you a lovely weekend and many hours of cosy stitching!