My Four Seasons Sampler

This piece as a tribute to the seasons of life.
In the Spring section the little girl is playing with her dog and in the Summer the young maiden is dreaming in the wind, near the sea, source of life, and her life is fully blowing like the green plant. In Fall the mature woman gathers fruits of her life and in the Winter section the old woman is stitching her needlework.

The table with a cup of warm tea is a symbol of hospitality and the cat in the window a symbol of freedom.
The snow is falling but the queen of the night, the moon, is there, smiling at the woman.
This sampler can be seen not only as the progression from childhood to old age, but also as different generations of women living at the same time in one family: a little girl and sister, mom and grandmother.

For me Spring is my childhood, Summer is my young age, Fall is my gathering season and Winter…….. is not there yet!
This piece is dedicated to my beloved mom, Faustina, who made my seasons great and full of love and beliefs.
Even in my future winter season my mom will be with me like the moon shining in the sky.
The little Crescent Moon charm represents my mom, and adds a magic light to this special winter scene.

Conversion chart for The Gentle Art & The Olde Willow cotton threads included in the chart pack and also available on-line.

Beads: one package of Mill Hill Glass Seeds Beads 00968 Red

Charm: one “Crescent Moon” charm (code E-MFSS), hand made Silver 925, from Giulia Punti Antichi

Box: one Cherry Trinket Box # 21 from Patches’n Plank

Stitch Count 161 x 153
Fabric 32 cts Meadow Rue linen from Lakeside Linens
Threads - one skein each of Atalie Fil à Broder cotton threads :Adonis, Camelia, Ciel, Corail, Cypres, Encre, Jais, Lagoon, Lavande, Maïs, Maquis, Mimosa, Mousse, Muguet, Orchidee, Ortie, Passion, Pivoine, Poudre, Prunelle, Rose, Rouille, Sapin, Sauge - two skeins of Atalie Fil à Broder cotton thread : Ecorce
Stitches Cross Stitch over two and over one, Back Stitch, Vertical and Diagonal Satin Stitch, Chain Stitch, Star Stitch, Herringbone Stitch.
Needle 26/28 tapestry needle
Price €/US$ 14.00 (chart with stitching info)