I found out yesterday that one of my husband's best friends is engaged. This fellow is the sweetest man ever, and I'm so happy for him that he's found a great girl! So I'm really looking forward to stitching something special for them. I've checked with his mom - she is like a 3rd mother-in-law of the sweetest kind - and she quilts and her mother embroiders, but (as she put it) "the cross stitch category is free and clear." The bride was an English major and wants to be a writer, the groom has a degree in theater and wants to write the next great Broadway play, and they are getting married in a reproduction of the Globe Theater. *drool* They both love fantasy/Celtic things, so stitching for them should be fun! But I need help deciding WHAT to stitch.... Here are my options so far.
1) Dragon Dreams' "Fantasy Wedding Blessing." Cute, and I really like the sentiment. But I'm afraid that it has a certain "cutsey" factor to it that they might outgrow..... Would stitching it on a different fabric help, perhaps? But this was my first thought when the groom's mom emailed me.
2) Drawn Thread's "Marriage of Minds." The Shakespearean quote - Sonnet 116 - seems perfect. However, I'm not sure if they'd go for the antique sampler feel, or if they'd prefer something a bit more contemporary.
3) Great Bear Canada's "The Wedding Gift." Definitely fits the bill for Celtic. The bride's favorite colors are black, red, and taupe, so I would definitely stitch this one in different colors. Maybe a natural/tan evenweave, with the knotwork in red instead of yellow. I like this one, but in some ways it seems a bit.....I dunno....simplistic?
4) "Wedding Prayer" by Joan Elliot/Design Works. This isn't the greatest pic, but I have a similar design by Joan in an issue of Cross Stitch Gold (#27), and it is quite striking.
And one last idea....
5) M Design's "Celtic Heart." This would take a bit more work, but it would guarantee a one-of-a-kind piece. I would chart a verse of my own - probably a bit from the same Shakespearean sonnet that the Drawn Thread sampler uses - and stitch it above the heart, then add their names and wedding date below. I could get a red variegated for the heart, and use DMC 3371 (black-brown) for the lettering. I might even find some kind of embellishment for the first letter of the quote.....
So there you go...place your votes!! (Or make more suggestions!!)