Some of you will remember the whirligig which I stitched in 2004. I used to carry it around to workshops until it started to look a little frayed and the poor dragonfly sitting on the 'summer' blade was about to lose his wings. It is pictured below. A lot of stitchers wanted to do this design but Mike Fraser of Sylvan Treasures, who made the stand, wasn't interested in mass producing them. Can't say that I blame him as it was a complex piece of engineering and he did a magnificent job.
|Four Seasons Whirligig|
In 2005 I took some of the bands from each blade and came up with "All Year Square" which has been one of my most popular designs. It's pictured further back in this blog under Current Workshop Designs. For years I've planned to take the full design from each blade and make some sort of box, and now I've finally done it, though it's not exactly a box. It's a French etui and is pictured below, opened and closed. Since "All Year Square" is a 2 inch cube, this piece is called "Tall Year Square". The inside houses a pin cube, wool felt needle page, scissor holder, tool holder and rings for floss as well as a scissor fob.
|Spring and Summer Panels|
|Fall and Winter Panels|
The charts for this piece are already done so once I write the instructions it will be available as a workshop - next year.
PS: Look for another new toy in the next few days!