JoAnn H. from Ohio and Bethany G. from Florida are mother and daughter, and both are very accomplished needleworkers. I have been lucky enough to see much of their beautiful needlework in person.
JoAnn recently sent me photos of two projects she made as gifts for Bethany.
First is the Rose Garden Sewing Case. This project has a roll-style sewing case with drawstring bags for storing your needlework "treasures", a case for scissors and a needlethreader, a bodkin case, and a pinkeep.
What a beautiful job JoAnn did with both the stitching and assembly! And isn't the green dupioni silk luscious? I know that Bethany loves this piece.
JoAnn also sent me photos of her Alphabet Samplings Book that she made for Bethany. This little book has 16 embroidered pages featuring a floral bouquet, 12 alphabets, and a page of numerals. JoAnn's book is another beautiful example of her needlework.
Thank you, JoAnn, for sharing your exquisite pieces.
JoAnn and Bethany certain enjoy their shared passion. When Bethany visits her mother, they spend many hours stitching in JoAnn's stitching room where Bethany even has her own frame.
As I write, I know that another visit will be happening soon. Not only will they spend hours stitching (and chatting), but they will visit the framer where Bethany takes all of her beautiful samplers to be framed. I'm sure they'll also visit JoAnn's local needlework shop, Inn Stitches, in Canton. Bethany is often able to attend a stitch-in there--another highlight of her trips to visit her mother.
I'm looking forward to being back at Inn Stitches May 2010 to teach two more classes. This will be my third trip there with Kim, the shop owner, and her stitchers. What a terrific group!