As well as working on my new printed panels on holiday I also enjoyed completing the first project for the November issue of the magazine. I do like including text in my designs and am always on the look out for new phrases and quotes to incorporate into a hoop. In the summer I stitched some of my favourite lines from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ….
This play was one of our texts when I was studying English Literature at school (so many years ago!) and we put on a performance at the end of the summer term. I wasn’t a member of the cast, but perhaps as a foretaste of the future, was involved in wardrobe and costume – I remember having so much fun. We were particularly fortunate to be able to see a production at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, only a few miles from our school, which perhaps was a little more polished than our own haha!! I have been seeing another quote from a Midsummer Night’s Dream used on all kinds of items this year – the one from Helena “though she be but little, she is fierce.”
But there are more great Shakespearian lines I haven’t spotted being used at all, including the one I chose for my latest hoop ….
from Romeo and Juliet. The original text refers to “torches” rather than candles, but since these days torches are more likely to be battery powered than naked flames, I took the liberty of changing it very slightly. It describes how Romeo feels about Juliet when he sees her for the first time .. aw….
I worked my design on a duck egg blue linen so the candle would show up nicely. This is worked in long and short stitch and sits in a glass jar with a small posy of flowers. The large central flower is worked in bullion stitch, whilst the others are my old favourite, radiating straight stitches with a centre cluster of small French knots.
I do hope you like it – and the pattern will be in the November Magazine, published at the end of this month.