Sunday, April 6, 2014

Labors of Love Young Victoria and how to make corn

Yesterday was one of those days that felt like Christmas at the shop with the arrival of Labors of Love Limited Edition Young (Queen) Victoria.  At the winter market I felt fortunate enough to attain the 10th and final edition of the canvas that includes the hand sculpted and painted features along with the hand made straw hat from an antique hat and, the very very special purse crafted from an antique petite point purse.  It so rich in texture with the natural surroundings, lush day dress, Dash's fur and the iron arbor.  I can just see the wisteria stitched with a variety of different white beads.
this is just a picture of a picture, colors are much lovelier in person SOLD

The canvas measures 9" x 13" hand painted on 18 count canvas.  (Yes I noticed too that muzzle was spelled in correctly!)

I enjoyed reading up a bit on just who Victoria was, as I'm not an anglophile.  Queen Elizabeth II is her great-great grand daughter. The Victoria and Albert Museum is named after Victoria and her husband Albert.  I also googled Worth dress since i wasn't familiar with the term, OMG google this under images and the gowns are simply spectacular. Stitching in the correct scale Young Victoria's gown could be an exploration of texture and embellishment in and of itself.

See Victoria in our web store. Sold, thank you Elizabeth.

While on the subject of royalty new in is this kit from Finger Step Designs "Imperial Fan".  Design is stitched on 18 count canvas using Gumnut Silk Perle.  The shading in their threads is like none other.  Though it calls for white canvas I'm happy to kit in sage green or pale blue mono canvas.
 Imperial Fan Kit, counted canvas work
Imperial Fan SOLD

Example of the stitch guide for Imperial Fan

Now for a more humble topic like corn on the cob.  Miriam began her Bountiful Pig by Melissa Shirley.  She saw the technique of inserting into Flair a drinking straw loaded with beads.  After our "consult" we decided to forego the straw.  Beads are by Sundance and Mill Hill.  Yes its stupendous but pretty much everything Miriam stitches just is.  The husks are silk ribbon, I'm just waiting for Miriam to declare she's really in sync with silk ribbon and its not her nemesis any longer.  I love silk ribbon and its always rewarding to see another stitcher add it to one of their top ten fibers of choice.

 Just in from the finisher, lovely egg stitched by Colette.  Colors are pretty true except the silk, its a lovely pale turquoise that leans towards the greens.  The white ribbon is edged in a pretty yellow picot (?) not sure if that's the proper term for the edging, but its an all around pretty egg.
Mary Lake Thompson Egg stitched by Colette R


  1. The Labors of Love piece is stunning. It will be a true heirloom and I hope someone who is familiar with Queen Victoria will stitch it. She was a great queen and is a very important person in history.

    1. Anne thank you for your kind words. I really feel unfortunately weak in history. Interesting yesterday in the shop someone commented how unusual it was to see Victoria not wearing black. As I learned in doing my homework for this piece I read that after Albert died that all she wore was black. We don't hear enough about two people who loved each other in this way.


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