A couple of years ago my lovely local needlework shop, Reflections, asked me to design something for their annual retreat. When Mary Ann and Julie told me the retreat's theme was Fear the Frog, I was a bit muddled over what to design for it – but I knew there had to be an amphibian in the piece somewhere. Rip-it.
A stitcher's least favorite task is to remove work that has taken precious hours to do, and every stitcher knows that regardless of how many times one actually counts threads, one or two will miraculously move when one least expects it, causing a motif to be misplaced or the border to be mismatched. So this is where the frog comes in, as well as the little sampler lady who would do her best to catch it before it strikes again. (I'm afraid it's a bit too late for that, however.)
Stitch count: 145(w) x 49(h)
Linen used: 36 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linens (some other
suggestions would be R&R Espresso, Weeks Dye Works Parchment, or
any neutral-colored fabric.)
Threads used: Classic Colorworks cotton (with a conversion to DMC in parentheses) in:
Ye Olde Gold (832)
Barn Door (918)
Perfect Piecrust (950)
Cocoa Bean (3021)
River Rocks (3768)
All stitches are cross stitches over two linen threads, except for the frog's tongue,
which is long-stitched, and the cage bars, which are also long-stitched (or
back-stitched, if you prefer).
The framing was done by the talented Sherri Berkman of Total Framing. Thank you, Sherri!
This pattern will be released at market in Nashville this weekend, if you'd like your shop to pick it up for you! I've got a total of 5 new designs this time, in addition to The Beekeeper (sold exclusively through Norden). I've shown you Elizabeth Sarah Oliver 1842 and Count Twice, but the last three I'll show after market, unless shop owners get them up first. 🙂 I'm so very excited to be there!