It started with a box, an antiques dealer, and a mystery. . . . . . . .
Often times LHN designs begin with my love of something in particular like Early America, stitched houses, fruit, etc. I think this is the first time a design came from an antique object that didn't belong to me. Many of you know I like to dabble in genealogy from time to time and it was because of genealogy that I formed a friendship with an antique dealer in New England. Every now and then he needs help locating the original owner of a sampler and I am always more than happy to jump in to lend a hand. Last year he presented me with a box that led me down a twisting path to find the girl whose name appeared on it.
The outside of the box was nice, but the inside held the treasure. I wanted to know all there was to know about Nantucket as I felt I knew close to zero. After studying the area and the time period I was totally inspired to create a sampler. By the time I was finished it was complete with an original verse, Cape Cod styled house, whale, ship, and a woman waiting for her love to return home from the sea. The colors for the design were inspired by the box as well.
My mom was the model stitcher for this sampler and the ornament below.
The ornament of the month is Six Little Cardinals. I love cardinals. . . . . . they show up in a lot of LHN winter designs. Nothing better than a tree full of them!
I will update the LHN web site with supplies in the next few days. Both of these designs ship to our distributors tomorrow. Happy Stitching!