The first photo is of Quaker Sampling I which she stitched for her dear friend, Karen. Tommye stitched her sampler on 40-count Navy Bean linen from Lakeside Linens using Waterlilies silk thread. She stitched it two years ago and can't remember which thread color she used. Although the photo is a bit blurry, I think you'll agree her color choice is wonderful.
I asked Tommye if she would share something about her special friendship with Karen. This is what she wrote:
Karen was in a stitch group in my needlework shop in Marietta, GA in the 90's. It started as a Just Nan class. At the end of the third session, another friend said, "What will we do next Thursday night? My husband is used to me being gone now." And our stitch group was born.
After a few years people started moving away. Karen took a job in Arizona in the mid-90’s and even though we haven't seen each other in years, we still feel like next door neighbors. Mainly because we have such a shared passion for needlework. Karen stitched models for my shop. The first one was a dolphin on 14 count navy Aida. She had never stitched on linen. Now she stitches models for Essamplaire, The Silver Lining, and various shops.
Her stitching is so perfect, I used to hesitate (for about 30 seconds) to stitch for her, but I realize she rarely stitches for herself. And stitchers, more than anyone else, appreciate the love and time that goes into a stitched gift. I've often said that if the recipient of the gift doesn't understand what went into choosing the pattern and colors, the time, and the effort in a gift, then they can't possibly understand the value and sentiment of the gift.
I still stitch a birthday gift every year for three friends in that group. Karen is one of them, and they stitch for me. As much as I love the things they stitch, I love the fact that they still want to do it more.
Isn't it fun to see the various color variations stitchers have chosen for these two samplers? All are so wonderful!
Thanks, Tommye, for sharing photos of your lovely work and also of your special friendship with Karen. I'm sure she was greatly touched by your kind gift and that it is a constant reminder of your special friendship.