I enjoy hand stitching of all kinds and find it very relaxing. In the last couple of years, I have discovered the wonderful world of wool stitching. This cute little sheep with wagon was a kit from Buttermilk Basin. Each year they have a Mystery BOM and offer a free download of the month's pattern. I am not doing this year's BOM, but I thought July's pattern with the flags was so cute that I ordered that kit.
I had originally made embroidery stitched flowers spilling out of the watering can, but then changed my mind and cut these teenie, tiny little flowers and added french knot centers instead. A friend suggested that I add a few "happy" bees buzzing around the hive, and so I did.
The finished piece was 9.5 by 14.5 which presented a problem. What was I to do with it as it was intended to be part of a much larger piece? Then I had an idea. I ordered this wire frame display piece from Ackfeld Manufacturing. I was not able to slip my piece on to the stand, so I simply attached it with these cute little clothespins.
It's a bit gray today although it is supposed to clear up soon. In the meantime, here are some bright spots of color.
Finally, we are living in troubling times. The events of recent days and months have left many of us feeling angry, discouraged, disheartened, and fearful about what is happening in our country. I keep coming back to the words of Irish statesman Edmund Burke . . . "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men do nothing." Now is the time for each of us to decide what we can do make a difference to ensure that our beloved country truly reflects the ideals upon which it was founded.