So we gave a splendid bottle of wine (we know what he likes) and I spent the past two weeks squinting at tiny linen threads to produce this primitive style cross stitch sampler. Thanks to Pinterest I have an extensive primitive cross stitch board, it’s so much quicker as there is no shading and the pattern is based on fairly simple shapes, unles, unless you dare to work on linen. It’s torture and need to be done in daylight. I’ve been carrying around my magnifying craft light wherever I go so I could get it completed in time.
He has a black dog, and there are other indications personal to the birthday boy, including various sets of initials in the jumbled up alphabet.
It is mounted with olive card and surrounded by a heavy mounded black Matt frame. It was very much admired and appreciated not just by the recipient but by other guests too.
A very personal gift to be treasured.