"We love our little garden and tend it with such care;
You will not find a faded leaf or blighted blossom there."
~ Beatrix Potter ~
Although it is still early in the season, I have already made several trips to my favorite garden center to get my “fix” by looking at and breathing in the fragrance of all the lovely growing things. The annuals, herbs, and vegetables are all lined up in soldierly fashion. Row upon row of bright blooms nod gently on the soft, warm breeze that floats through the cavernous greenhouse. On my last trip I brought home a scented geranium and some English thyme – two of my favorites. Heaven! I have not planted them out yet, but am keeping them inside until closer to Memorial Day – the traditional planting date in these parts. Until then, I will have to satisfy myself with brushing their fragrant leaves and dreaming of the garden….
“And ‘tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes.”
~ William Wordsworth ~
Introducing a new design for your stitching pleasure! “R Haden” is a reproduction of one of my antique samplers. Among the charming motifs Miss Haden chose to accompany her bible verse are figures of a man and woman holding hands, a pair of birds perched upon a tree, and a stag and squirrel tethered with golden chains. The verse is from Ecclesiasticus 11:7 (KJV). Although the last two digits of the year have been removed, her sampler likely dates from the early to mid-19th century. Worked entirely in DMC threads. Available on in paper or e-pattern format.
Until next month, my friends, I wish you many pleasant hours and a blessed and happy Mother’s Day!
Quaint Country Ladies Club
Don’t forget to sign up for the Quaint Country Ladies Club with Dyeing to Stitch! I am thrilled to be designing for this club again this year. Our theme this year is samplers! Kits include pattern, threads and any needed finishing supplies. Visit Dyeing to Stitch's web site for more information and to download your registration form: