a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
I have a trio of Irish themed items to share for a wee bit of show 'n tell. This piece is one that I appliqued sometime in the early 1980's (before I discovered fusible web). It's sort of Pennsylvania Dutch-like but it's just a design I drew and then cut the pieces and stitched them in place with really tiny blanket stitching. It measures about 10" in diameter.
And then I thought I'd share this heart that my friend Kate gave me for I love the saying on it.......... "A friend is one to whom you may pour out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
Isn't that a lovely sentiment? She got the heart at a craft show and I treasure it along with her friendship. I am lucky to have a friend like Kate and a whole lot of others that fit this saying so well. Some are longtime friends, some are new friends, some are friends for a short time and then move on, some are near and some are far but everyone is cherished.
And one last thing to share is one of my favorite penny rugs. In the late 1990's I learned through some genealogy records that my great great great grandfather Issaac Linn was born in Ireland. I honor that heritage with the shamrocks and the daintly white flowers that are surrounded by 36 lucky gold coins. The piece is made from wool and the gold coins are a vintage piece of wool given to me by my mother-in-law. I drew the design in 2002 and made the piece in 2003.
And there you have it. A trio of green things for St. Pat's Day. Hope you all have a lovely one!!
There's more Irish good wishes over at my tea blog so just click here and you will find a little shamrock pattern you can stitch for next year. :-)