Sunday, 26 June 2011

The legacy of the years gone by

I have been sitting here with a blank page for about half an hour, I guess this is what they call writer's block or brain meltdown from reading too many great stitchy blogs. Then ding the light bulb went on, as something started me thinking about all the talented and wonderful teachers of the past years who are no longer with us.

There are many, but the one person I would have liked to meet was Jean Hilton. Every day her stitches sneek their way into my designs and in many other fabulous designs out in the marketplace.

Japan has a name for their special people "National Treasures". Very apt, don't you think?

Jean's talent and giving nature has left behind a wealth of knowledge and some of the most complex and challenging designs. A friend was stitching Jean's stocking design "Visions of Sugarplums" which has such a "WOW...." factor that it immediately goes into your to-do list even if you have 1 gazzillion charts already. Although this chart is not for the faint hearted amongst the wealth of her designs she created you will find a piece to match your stitching mood.

Visions of Sugarplums, Jean Hilton,  stitched by Anne R.

Below is another of Jean's designs being stitched by me called Dowaigac (WIP). This one is sooooo bright and uses 6 strands of marlitt rayon to execute the fushia coloured fleur d'ly stitches. It is quite a challenge to lay them correctly and I could cheated and used Neon Rays but where is the fun it that.

Dowaigac, by Jean Hilton

Happy stitching, bye for now, Carol

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