Faustina’s Star Sampler

This sampler has a special story. I designed the Angel while I was with my mom on her last morning, to keep something to remember that day when she wouldn’t be with us anymore.

In the meantime my dearest friend, Judy Odell, in California wrote a wonderful poem dedicated to my mother and sent it to me with an email message.

On December 3rd, when I went home, I saw her email and…. my angel was inside Judy’s poem!
It was so touching, being so far, I in Italy and Judy in California, but still so close……

This sampler is not solely dedicated to my mother Faustina, even though it has been designed and stitched with the remembrance of that special night.
It is a mourning tribute to a gifted life with the hope of being together again one day.
Might the stars in the sky be our blessed loved ones and our special guiding light not only in life.
A special donation to the American Cancer Society will be given out of the sales of this design, in memory of my mother Faustina.

Beads:
– one package of Glass Seed Beads # 00123 Cream from Mill Hill
– one package of Petite Glass Beads # 40553 Old Rose from Mill Hill

Mother of pearls stars:
– ten mother of pearls stars medium size (1/4″) from Access Commodities

Stitch Count 203 x 419
Fabric 36 cts linen Magnolia of Lakeside Linens
Threads the following skeins from the Olde Willow Stitchery hand-dyed cotton threads: - one skein of 003 Sweet Pea, 022 Cranberry Juice, 038 Black Cherry, 085 Misty Morning, 203 Westtown Green, 205 Yorkshire Blue, 210 Emblem of Innocence Rose, 230 Providence Brown - two skeins of 036 October, 090 Moonlight Fire, 222 Octagon Blue - three skeins of 012 Green Peace, 076 Indigo Glow - four skeins of 028 Purple Majestic
Stitches Cross Stitch over two and over one, Back Stitch, Vertical Satin Stitch
Needle size 26/28 tapestry needle
Price €/US$ 12.00 (chart with stitching info)