Today, the fourth day of August 2011, I bring you …
This is my new shop and the name all my patterns and goodies will be sold under. Abby and Julian are responsible for my logo – I’m so thrilled with it!
And here are the first two patterns … (if you click on the pattern cover, it will take you to its etsy page)
This cross stitch pattern combines my love of stitching with my favourite childhood books and my dear little dachshund Toph. As a girl, there was nothing I enjoyed more than curling up with “A Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “Anne of Green Gables” by L. M. Montgomery and “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.
In “Hidden in the Garden” I have popped “Anne” into one of her favourite dresses – one with puffed sleeves! – and set her down, with Toph and the magical key, in front of the almost hidden door to a beautiful secret garden. The robin sits atop the wall, inviting them in with his song. And the words of Dickon, the Yorkshire lad and Mary Lennox’s dear friend, remind us of how good it is to get our hands into the earth and help things grow.
There’s elements of Alice with the perspective – my Anne will have to duck to fit through that door! But this element also weaves in my love of the naive art of colonial America – a style where the artist would incorporate all the elements of life that were important to the commissioner of the painting, no matter how peculiarly they fit.
The camellia tree sings of the gardens where I live. At this time of year, August, it looks as if the Queen of Hearts herself is in charge of our gardens and has sent round her minions to squish on as many reddy-pink blossoms as they can to our huge, old camellia shrubs.
The borders draw on my long infatuation with traditional embroidered samplers.
“The Whale and her Girl” draws together some of my daughter’s favourite picture books – the fields of lupins from “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney, the girl and her telescope from “Loud Emily” by Alexis O’Neill and the lighthouse perched on the edge of the cliff from “Birdie’s Lighthouse” by Deborah Hopkins.
The glorious seascape, sparkling sun and beautiful whale remind us of one of our favourite places in the world – Byron Bay. We have been holidaying there since I was a little girl. The beach is lined with huge old Norfolk pines, the lighthouse – visible from miles around both day and night – glows on the most easterly point of Australia, and twice a year, the whales sail past on their long migration to and from the cold depths of the Antarctic. It is a truly magic spot.
The lines from Emily Dickinson’s poem – whilst really describing her garden! – send me straight to the warm, balmy sands of the Pass at Byron – I can feel that soft sea washed air, my eyes are filled with sunlight, and I can feel the rise and fall of the waves as I float over them.
My perfect day.
They are available as PDFs – instant satisfaction – and include a colour picture of the chart, the chart (spread over four pages so it is easy to read), the thread key, and some cross stitch tips for those that would like them.
Okay … back to the drawing board – the little shepherd is almost here.
p.s. sorry I haven’t been posting – I felt that I couldn’t until I had finished the patterns – what a dope! I know!