I've been pretty busy this past month trying to do some finishing...my mother wants to set up a table at a local craft show to sell some of her plant cuttings in little tea cups she has collected, and she mentioned that I could sell some of my finished needlework. So I've put more pieces into jewelry boxes from thrift store trips, and finished a few other small things. Pricing them is difficult - I want to be fair to myself, but I also know that "profit" on handcrafts is next to impossible. And I don't want to bring all the stuff back home! I don't need 14 little jewelry boxes... The sale is next weekend. Crossing my fingers that I sell even a few things.
The finish above is a piece from Lauren Sauer, of Forget-Me-Nots In Stitches. It is titled "Antique Alphabet in the Time of Covid," and was a round robin piece from last year's virtual Celebration of Needlework. I stitched it with Carrie's Creations' Aubergine variegated floss, and made a few changes to personalize it (namely, I flip-flipped the V and W, and changed the dimensions of a few letters...also made the motif after the Z more balanced). I framed it myself in a frame I found at an antique shop. I made a few small repairs to the frame, and sprayed it with a coat of polyurethane - but I left the "distressed" look, chipped paint and all. I have no idea if the frame is really that old or rare, but I thought it suited the sampler.