Thank you for the kind words, Joan. :)
Joan is the one who gifted me this lovely pattern and I've been having so m
uch fun with it. I first did the hardanger heart in a violet colorway and j
ust had it framed. I strongly considered making it into a pillow, but I hav
e a young son and I was afraid he'd damage it...he's pretty rough on the st
uff in our home.
I'm in the middle of stitching the pattern a second time in a garnet colorw
ay, which I'll give to my mom for christmas.
You can see pics here in my album (you have to be a member of this group to
After much consideration I decided I wanted an almost mirror finish behind
the heart. Silver fabric was pretty but not shiny enough, and actual mirror
was too thick and heavy, so I went with shiny silver paper. The silver pap
er isn't acid free (which is not ideal) but I couldn't find an acid free ve
rsion I liked as much.
I figure my stitching will all go to the Goodwill when I'm dead (no one in
the family has a love for it), so longevity isn't a huge concern for me. Pa
per that has acid in it can last for 20-50 years if kept dry and out of the
sun, before it starts to desintegrate and damage your fabric. That's long
enough for me. :)
FYI: They have this shiny paper in both silver and gold colors in the fram
ing department of Hobby Lobby...it's in the slots right next to the mountin