Blackbirds - instantly recognisable as BBD's Their Song. This was a really enjoyable, but slow ( and I'll explain why just now) stitch.
It is stitched on a cream 28 count linen, over one with a whole mixture of threads. I rarely have every thread a design calls for, unless its DMC (I have all of those) so I spend ages with a colour chart and a variety of 'maybe' threads until I find a set to complete the project. This has WDW, Gentle Arts, Gloriana, HDF and DMC.
I artistically placed a pair of scissors on the work to show the scale, but then cropped them off!!
This is the reason why Their Song was so slow.
I rediscovered crochet! Yay!
I found a lovely blog which showed lots of crochet blankets including this ripple design. I knew I had once been able to crochet so I found some wool and had a go. I crocheted the recommended practice 17 chains and did a few rows, pulled it out, cast on 3 million chains and started the blanket. My colour palette was someone limited to what I could find around the house and any half finished knitted sweaters I could pull out, but then I bought a few extra balls and carried on til it was done.
It looks a bit pale here, because I needed to use the flash, but in real life it is quite vibrant.
It goes with absolutely nothing in my house, but I am going to make another one - just because I can.
You are right - it's to hang your office stamps on, showing the date, or maybe your company logo, or maybe 'PAID' or even 'FINAL REQUEST'
I used to work in a company library, many many years ago, and I had to date and file articles, so every morning I had to twizzle the little rubber numbers and letters around on the wooden stamp to show the new date. I didn't have a fancy holder like this, but it was the most boring job a restless teenager could do. No wonder I decided to teach!
The firm has long since gone - but I'm still here. Zippity do dah!!
If you twiddle the brass knob on the top, it swings around to make scissor selection less hassle.
So...blackbirds, blankets, stripes, stamps and scissors.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my last post. Val was a special person.