Hi everyone! Hope you're all staying warm/cool, wherever you are in the world. I'm enjoying the weather here in Dubai - the sandstorm is long gone and it's been lovely and windy. I'm praying for a little bit of rain, but other than that, no complaints.
So this is a fast update, considering I posted on my progress on this piece barely two weeks ago, but when inspiration hits you go with it, right? This is a sampler I've been designing as I go, and if you'd like to see my last post on it you can go here. And this is what it looks like now:
I've added the tree at the top and two little people on either side of it, who are of course Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I'm going to be completely honest, the tree is not my own design. It started out life as a Little House Needleworks tree. I was squeezing my brain trying to design a tree, and then I remembered this one and thought, why mess with perfection, right? It had so many elements that are echoed throughout the piece, so it fits really well, although I did have to nip and tuck to fit it into this space. I also added E + D into the bark of the tree, as though they've carved their initials. Couldn't resist!
The people are my design, and they drove me nuts. I never really considered adding people at all, but it was like an itch in the corner of my mind. Here's a close-up of Mr. Darcy, standing with his hands behind his back. He's complete with boots, trousers, shirt, jacket, and top hat. I even added French knot buttons, because I'm a crazy person.
And here's a close-up of Elizabeth. She's holding a basket full of French knot flowers, showing off the backstitch detailing on her dress and the backstitch blue ribbon in her hair.
There's still that big empty space to fill on top of the sheep. No idea what to do yet. Just going to have to wait for inspiration to hit again!
Until next time,