Friday, August 05, 2016
*NEW* Rooster and Acorns: The American Coverlet Series, Part VI
I pulled the various elements of this pattern from different antique coverlets, combining them in my own way. The included chart has lettering that is reversed, in tribute to the same effect on most signed antique coverlets. I was tempted to stitch all of the words and numbers the “right” way, (you can feel free to do so for your own), but ultimately decided to keep mine in the style of the olden days.
I chose the roosters and acorns because they are still appealing today, reminding us of a time when most households raised their own chickens instead of going to the supermarket to get their meat and eggs. In the right climates, they also gathered acorns to use as a natural dye or for oil, and sometimes even as a meal added to breads or hot cereals. During the Civil War, acorns were used as a coffee substitute by the Confederates when they were cut off from supply routes by Union soldiers. Acorns are very bitter unless properly prepared, so I would advise sticking with the stitching of this nut, rather than its consumption.
As you can see by the photo of the model, I did not stitch this one! Kathy Krause put the time in for me on this one, with such lovely stitch work. I am so thankful for those of you that step up to help me when I can't get all of the stitching done myself. I like to stitch my models, but sometimes just have to admit defeat and let someone else shine. Thank you SO much, Kathy! I appreciate the speed and neatness of your labors. Many of you know Kathy, so when you see her, please give her a real or virtual hug from me!
Stitched on R&R Reproductions' 36ct. Old Towne Blend using just one thread over two strands of linen.
Stitch count: 159 x 175
Using thread from Classic Colorworks: Blue Corn
Frame by Valley House Primitives.
Full alphabet and number set included so that you can customize it with your own initials and date.
This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org