Saturday, March 18, 2017

to Brighton! to get husbands ... NEW pattern!

to Brighton! to get husbands ... a Jane Austen sampler

"Well, mamma, said she, when they were all returned to the breakfast room, and what do you think of my husband? Is not he a charming man? I am sure my sisters must all envy me. I only hope they may have half my good luck. They must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get husbands. What a pity it is, mamma, we did not all go."
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This passage is from Pride and Prejudice, written by the ever wonderful Jane Austen. Here is when Lydia has found herself a lasting beau ... even though the two are mismatched, the quote is ever fun nonetheless! Miss Austen's novels continue to delight and inspire my deisgning. This is a sweet piece to add to your literary collection or can be suited as a wedding gift ... happy stitching!


Monday, March 6, 2017

NEW RELEASE! Mr. Darcy's Love, a Jane Austen Sampler

I've had this Jane Austen quote in mind for a sampler for quite awhile and am tickled with how it's inspiration turned into this sweet, narrow sampler filled with soft colours and Regency charm. Model is worked on 30ct Cream Legacy Linen over two threads with DMC and hand-dyed threads from The Gentle Art and Shamrock Threads. A DMC conversion is given in pattern for DMC purists. 

I hope you enjoy stitching this lovely piece as much as I had bringing it to life. 

Mr. Darcy's Love, a Jane Austen Sampler

Sunday, March 5, 2017

releasing tomorrow ... MR. DARCY'S LOVE, a Jane Austen Sampler

New Design!
Sneak peek!

verse from Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Art Sampler Study // DEGAS

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
-Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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Ever since I can remember, I've been captivated by art. The above quote by Parisian born artist, Edgar Degas, sums it up very well. If each of us is given a painting to look at, to ponder, to study, to muse over ... each of us will see, reflect, wonder, and find something different about it. Some of us might like it. Some of us might not. What appeals to one, doesn't always appeal to the other. And that is what makes Art so wonderful, so beautiful, so alive.

Today begins a series of posts and designs entitled Art Sampler Study.

For the premier post, I have chosen a most favorite artist of mine, Edgar Degas. Degas was born July 18, 1834, in Paris, France. His father desired him to become a lawyer yet Degas had artistic dreams and plans. He enlisted at The Louvre as a copyist (copied art for study) and very soon after, was enrolled in Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Through the years, Degas mingled/painted/worked with artists like Manet, Renoir, and Mary Cassatt. Debts, hard friendships, and poor eyesight followed him the remainder of his life. He never married and died on September 27, 1917.

What a creature, Degas! All his friends had to leave him; I was the last to go, 
but even I couldn't stay with him until the end.
-Pierre Augustus Renoir (1841 - 1919)

Degas' paintings, especially his Dance Class ones, absolutely intrigue. I love to sit for the longest time in the couches at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to reflect, to admire, to study. 
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The needlework design to accompany this first Art Sampler Study is a bookmark displaying the artist's name fancied with colors from his palette. Tuck the treasure into a special journal or add to your current art book. Vintage buttons were added for simple elegance. Happy Stitching, Tanya

Art Sampler Study :: Degas ::
Pattern available HERE
Stay tuned for more in this series!