Now, on to the real deal....what's been going on in Jean Rattray's garden! Since the last time I posted, I'm managed to complete the entire border - whew!!! - and get the Tree of Life in too. Here's how she looked this morning: Margaret commented on the funny little figure on the left side of the garden and so I've tried to research a little more on the symbolism of it. I vaguely remember reading somewhere (??) these little guys will sometime turn up in Adam and Eve samplers as another representation of Satan. It's confusing though, because isn't that what the serpent is for? Anyway, I don't remember now where I read that and all the looking in my stitching references didn't turn anything up. If anyone else know something more or finds a good source for it, please share! Being the history geek that I am, I've delayed the actual start on my Atocha sampler until September 6th, because that's the date the actual shipwreck occurred. Nerdy and sentimental.... yes, I know! But there just seems to be honor it beginning a piece dedicated to a specific moment in time on the anniversary of its occurrence. Delaying the start has given me a little more time to focus on Jean's Garden of Eden. It's also allowed me to go a little crazy choosing a complete color palette for the piece. Originally I was planning to use some of my hand dyed silks. But since I'm making a full conversion with the colors, I wanted to have a broad range of choices within the "Gulf of Mexico" vibe. After rummaging around in the DMC boxes at my local Michael's, here's what I'll be playing with:
Can't wait to get started - come on, September 6th!!
Here's hoping everyone is managing to stay cool and good natured during these dog days. Tampa is about to be overrun with Republicans for the upcoming RNC. Should be an interesting few days, but I'm not planning to go anywhere near downtown!
Off to find a nice glass of chilled Chardonnay and make some progress on that grove of trees....