A few months ago when I started blogging again, a fellow stitcher named Robin (no blog... yet!) started commenting on my posts. Through a series of emails, we started developing a friendship, and when I mentioned the Fair & Square exchange, she asked me a few quesitons about it, then suggested we do our own private exchange.
I thought that was a great idea, and we decided on a spring theme, following the F&S guidelines for size and a signature square. These are Robin's squares - Mini Spring by The Sunflower Seed.
Aren't they just lovely? Robin's stitching is so pretty and delicate! Allergies be damned, I do love spring flowers and tulips are among my favorites. I think these squares are going to make a wonderful no-sew cube, perhaps with a pretty spring colored plaid ribbon around the edges, depending on what I can find.
Robin also hit up my wish list and very generously included these two appropriately spring-y charts and some gorgeous silk threads from Dinky Dyes and Vicki Clayton. Bent Creek's Shamrock Row will mean a trip to the LNS for a special cut of fabric, but Allesandra Adelaide's Little Blue will most likely be bumping some other pieces in the queue because I'm pretty sure there's a suitable piece of fabric in my stash.
Thank you, Robin, for your beautiful squares and generous gifts, but mostly for your friendship. I so enjoy our emails!
And now on to what I stitched for Robin. When she mentioned "springtime", I immediately thought of this one from Les Grilles des Liselotte, Amitie Brodee.
Not only did the chart fit the springtime theme, but it expressed a sentiment that was especially appropriate. Amitie brodee is French for "friendship embroidered" and I thought it was fitting to honor this new friendship that came about through a mutual love of stitching.
The original chart is done in purple, but I had a multicolor version of it saved in my stitching ideas file (I can't track down the original). Since Robin prefers brighter colors to pastels, I chose a more vibrant palette, using WDW in Begonia, Sunset, Crepe Myrtle and Sally's Sunshine plus Carrie's Creations Purple for the flowers, WDW Meadow for the green, and WDW Heatherleigh for the butterflies.
I added a little bling with some copper color beads for the flower stamens, and hematite beads for the butterflies.
As I was stitching the piece, I kept second guessing myself and very nearly abandoned it in favor of another pattern, but I kept on with it, and it turned out exactly like I wanted.
I also hauled out my beading supplies and made this scissor fob featuring a butterfly charm and glass millefiori and iridescent beads. I hadn't done any beading in a while, so it was fun to dig through my bead stash and play around with different colors and shapes.