Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sailor's Valentines revisited

My blog vacation lasted longer than I'd originally anticipated--I literally hit a brick wall last weekend and got an Easter egg on the back of my head for my troubles! Enough lounging, however--time to get back to work!

My adaptations of Sailor's Valentines to needlepoint last year seem to have sparked some interest, so I decided to have a go at designing another one which I'm calling "Nantucket." This seemed like a fitting name, as the seamen who brought back the original Sailor's Valentines to loved ones after long voyages were primarily from Nantucket and New Bedford, Massachusetts. The center scene, featuring a schooner sailing past a wharf, is two inches in diameter, while the octagon shape of the valentine itself measures three inches overall.

I'll be stitching this canvas as an ornament, and because of its diminutive size, the center scene will be pretty straightforward. But I hope to include some embellishing around the perimeter of the octagon, details of which I'm still working out, so stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back - hope you are fully recovered from the brick wall.
Looking forward to watching Nantucket grow..

Cool City Stitcher said...

I'm very glad you're back.. missed seeing your stitching progress and reading your thoughts. It's a high point of my day.
Collisions of this sort are painful..glad there was no long-term damage.
I love your new valentine ornament.

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back...hope everything is okay.
Look forward to seeing what you do to embellish this canvas

Anonymous said...

It always amazes me how much detail you can pack into a very small piece of canvas! This will be fun to watch.