On the front are motifs from a Sampler Book I have called, The Sampler Company's Book of Alphabets Motifs and Borders, by Brenda Keyes. It was published in 1999 and is now out of print. It is 28 pages packed full of motifs, so if you see it someplace check it out, you may want to grab it while you can.
Each person who wanted to participate filled out a form answering questions with things they like, favorite colors, favorite designers etc. so we'd have a good idea on what to stitch. My person liked red houses and birds so I put them on the front. I made the bird blue to represent the bluebird of happiness.
The rest of the designs are from Blackbird Designs Summer's Last Rose, which I think came out last fall sometime. Blackbird was one of her favorite disigners. The design I used on the back flap has more leaves to the left and right, but would not fit so I just left them off. I may also have changed the flower colors, but do not recall. I think I used the redder floss on these to coordinate with the red used on the pocket (next photo).
Under the flap I was able to fit this design on the pocket. You can also see the lining fabric I used. I put a small Blackbird Design chart inside the pocket as part of the birthday gift, I may have put in some needles too, but do not remember! I finished it in January and had to keep reminding myself not to forget to mail it in late March!
It was a lot of fun to make and the person I sent it to really liked it.
Wow! That is beautiful! Well done on all counts - stitching, design and finishing!
It's so sweet!!!!!!! Thank you again :-).
The mail art is beautiful!
Beautiful! What an accomplishment
So pretty...great design work and I am sure it is treasured.
Beautiful workmanship, your partner was very lucky to exchange with you.
I have the Brenda Keyes book, it's well worth getting hold of. In fact anything by Brenda is good!
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