"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"
design by Heartstring Samplery
I don't usually stitch big projects. My stitching time is quite limited between a full time career as an accountant, a mom to two teenagers, keeping a house and occassional volunteer work at church. So when I do stitch I usually stitch small projects that I know I can finish. But Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery keeps tempting me with her wonderful large designs!
I started this piece in 2010 when it came out. I stitched on it during the Groundhog's Day Blizzard of 2011. And I continued stitching it for two more years.
This isn't Beth's entire design, that would have taken me another year at least :) but I stitched all of the words and selected my favorite bands to go between them.
After spending so much time stitching it, I took it to Michael's to have it framed. There is a gentleman that works there that has helped me twice before. He always selects something out of my comfort zone, that I really am happy with. I have learned to trust him.
I was looking for a rustic black or silver frame. But he wanted to double mat it and picked a more traditional frame. He selected a narrow black mat and a linen mat in the exact same color as the linen I stitched it on. The frame is black and a tarnished silver. I thought it was too ornate from the side. But then I realized that straight on, when looking at the stitchery, it is fairly plain. When you walk past it at an angle then you see the detail and it draws your eye to it.
He did it again and I am happy with the results.
I thought it appropriate to share today as we have yet another snowstorm here in Chicago.
Two Tuesdays in a row, I have had to pick up my son who is on crutches in a snowstorm to take him from college to visit his Orthopedic Surgeon. He dislocated and chipped his ankle while skateboarding. Good news is that he is healing and hopefully after two more weeks the cast might come off.
The silver lining - driving down Lake Shore Drive along Lake Michigan in a snow storm - nothing is more beautiful! And spending time with my son in bumper to bumper traffic with plenty of time to talk :)
Thank you Beth! You have inspired me yet again with your wonderful designs!
You can read Beth's blog here.
And you can see here lovely designs in her Etsy shop here.
If you are in the path of this snowstorm, please stay safe!