The Garden Cottage was the first piece I gave them. It was a difficult piece to photograph as it is hung in a corner next to the picture window. No matter where I stood, the glass reflected a slight glare from outside light. The best image is a great example of parallel line perspective, not such a great representation of the work. In hindsight I should have taken it down from the wall and moved it to a better spot. Silly me.
This piece is a representation of an antique Dutch plate pattern. My mother bought the pattern in the Netherlands on one of her trips. She asked if I would stitch it for her. It is not something that I would choose to stitch, but I did. For interest sake I kept track of how long it took to complete by making crosses in the black squares of the pattern. Each crossed square was a half hour. The entire project took 117 1/4 hours. I gave (returned?) it to my mom for her birthday and she took it to the framer. The result is fabulous. In the end I was very pleased with it. It almost looks three-dimensional from certain angles. Again, I didn’t think of taking it down from the wall to photograph, so the result is not the best.
My aunt Shirley did a petit point pair of Dutch children. My mom always wanted these done of Ukrainian children dancing so that the nationalities on both sides of the family would be represented. They turned our really well, although I am not crazy about the framing. It is very ornate, and much to large for the pictures in my opinion. Mom only went this route because that was the way they were framed in the example with the pattern.
I have not worked on any needlework for some time. It might be time…