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Daffodils and Magnolias: Hand Stitch Recognizable Spring Flowers

To give you more of an idea on content, here are two examples of the many individual plants and flowers that are included in this ebook.  After these, you will find the books’  Contents List.  Enjoy! If you have started reading this book here at Daffodils, you have cheated yourself out of a wealth of […]

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“Take a Peek Inside” Stitching Idyllic Spring Flowers Second Edition

When available, I always like to “Take a Peek Inside” a stitching book that I am contemplating purchasing.  Then I know if the information duplicates what I already know or if it new for me.  This book is technically relevant for new stitchers in that it includes basic information that I have not seen in […]

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The Country Wife Mural 6

Here is a comment from Jeri Ames referring to post 5.       Thank you Jeri. If you cannot resist the urge (smile!), have the time (smile!) and want to learn glove-making (smile!), a book to locate that probably is out-of-print is: “How to Make Gloves – Step-by-Step Instructions for Beginners”, by Eunice Close, published by Charles T. […]

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The Country Wife Mural 5.

The centre of the mural is very busy.  I imagine that it is a weekday afternoon and the ladies of the Women’s Institute are gathered in the Church Hall where they will enjoy each others company, catch up on the  news, discuss topics of interest while all the time, keeping their hands busy and being […]

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The Country Wife Mural 4

The central area of the Country Wife Mural appears to be inside a Church Hall judging by the shape of the windows.  It is well lit and the ladies of the Women’s Institute are occupied with the skills that were normal activities for them. Restoration of the mural is progressing.  The picture below gives us […]

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The Country Wife Mural 3

The ladies choir is in full voice.  Look at their faces, their expressions, their hats and their clothes.  Fabric was in short supply in those post war years so that it is possible that the different fabrics came from available stashes.  Make do and mend was still prevalent at the time.  Note the shoes and […]

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The Country Wife Mural 2

Starting at the top left hand corner of the Country Wife, the area is dark but, not empty.  It would seem to show women working in the garden.  It is unusual in my mind to have a dark area at the top of a piece of work but it works well here in that it […]

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The Country Wife by Constance Howard 1951

The Festival of Britain happened in the summer of 1951.  It was initiated  by the Labour government to showcase Britain’s industries, arts and science.  It featured the inventiveness and genius of British scientists and technologists.  Another goal was to boost the morale of the British people and to give a message of recovery to those […]

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Happy Easter wishes to our friends in the southern hemisphere.

Summer must be fading for you with the late summer flowers and harvesting in progress.  To be seasonal for you, I am sending you the instructions for Purple Coneflowers from Hand Stitch Recognizable Summer Flowers.  The book contains many different flowers and plants as well as different ideas for backgrounds.  When you ‘take a peek’ […]

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These daffodils bring you good wishes for Easter

It is almost Easter weekend when I, and many other people in our northern climate, think that Spring really should be here or, appear very soon.  The Spring Equinox has happened and we hope that Mother Nature will cooperate. To help you feel ‘springlike’, here are the instructions for stitching daffodils.  They are easy to […]

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