Stitching Shamrocks and Saying Goodbye

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friends… I truly hope that you are all doing as well as can be expected during these unsettling times. Every day we are greeted with yet more worrying (at times, downright scary) news and updates regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 which has affected every one of our countries. It appears to me, that it will have a far-reaching effect that will take our world a long time to bounce back from. Here, our schools are closed throughout the state, restaurants and bars are shut down (except for getting take-out food) and all non-essential businesses are closed for at least two weeks. My guess is that it will last even longer than two weeks… My dear mother is allowed no visitors in her senior living community and my in-laws are now required to eat in their room as there will be no communal dining time for the foreseeable future. How are things being handled in your country or state? 

In times like these, our stitching brings comfort, doesn’t it? I can’t imagine life without my needle, fabric, and thread–they truly soothe my soul during times of distress. I’ve finished up the four St. Patrick’s Day designs from Pineberry Lane’s “Little Shamrocks” chart. Each one stitched up very quickly and, I have to admit, the finishing took longer than the actual stitching.  They are stitched on 40 ct. raw natural Newcastle linen with most of the suggested threads, although I did change a few things along the way. Below is a little vignette I put together with my newest St. Patrick’s Day stitching. I bought a set of the topiaries (shown on the left side of the photo) at the Target Dollar Spot and the white pitcher and two tiny cups adorned with clover were purchased at Goodwill last year. The moss “rocks” came from The Dollar Tree.

Would you like a closer look at each one?  Here you go…

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