Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gracewood's 'Seville' on Just Cross Stitch Magazine's June Cover

Just Cross Stitch magazine's June edition has just gone on sale and I'm very happy that one of my designs' is featured on it's cover.  The third in the Vintage Textile Collection, 'Seville', is a reflection of my love for Spanish lace. 


Inspired by a dress I wore to a prom a few decades ago, lol.  The essence of feminity, the dress was covered from just under the bust to flounces at the floor in beautiful scallops of a floral lace and since I began designing patterns for needlework it has been something I wanted to translate into cross stitch.

Just Cross Stitch made the model into a pillow and as always, I'm grateful to the editor, Christy Schmitz and her staff, for presenting their designer's work in such a beautiful fashion.

I hope you'll pick up a copy of the magazine which will be on sale through June.

Snowshoe Hare
Spring has definitely arrived on Gracewood.  This is a Snowshoe Hare that has been appearing at the birdfeeding station every morning.  As you can see he is beginning his morph from his snow white winter coat into his summer browns. 

Pussy Willow Catkins
We've had some wonderful wet spring days, here is a shot of the fuzzy catkins just after a rain.

Like the hare, everything seems to be coming out of its winter colors and it won't be long before the apple and pear trees are covered with blossoms and humming with bees.

I need to shake myself out like the new spring covers on the bed and get some tomato seeds started inside if we're going to have some getting to any size in the garden beds before fall comes back.  I hope you're enjoying the new season wherever you are!

Stellar Jay