The People Chose Houses
This SAL is all about what you want to see on the blog. Each month I ask for suggestions for themes and then put them up to the members of the IHSW Group on FB to vote for their choice. This is what they have chosen:
July - Houses
August - Books
September - Sewing
Houses and Homes are the mainstay of many samplers, but opinion is divided. Some people love nothing more than a Big Old House in the middle of a sampler with rows of bricks to stitch. Other people find them a huge slab of one colour and would rather stick to smaller motifs.
One of my first stitches was a sampler for my grandparents who moved into sheltered housing. I inherited this back when they passed away:
That same year I stitched the sweet little Christmas House where all I had to stitch was the rooms inside, the clever frame provided the house:
Kit of unknown origin
A rather larger example where I also had to stitch the walls and roof is this gorgeous Victorian House:
I cunningly hid our initials in the path
This was a nice little Travelling Pattern from Shakespeare's Peddlar which started off with Daffycat and went from house to house:
Astrid showed all the photos from the participants on her blog post here - Travelling-pattern-winner
When you think of stitched houses, the mind goes to the sweet little house designed by people such as Lizzie*Kate and CCN or LHN:
Poinsettia Place by Country Cottage Needleworks
Lizzie*Kate Spring and Autumn
But it wouldn't be my blog without something spookier - Haunted Houses!
Knotted Tree NeedleArt - A Little Hallowe'en House
Blue Ribbon Designs - Boo Mansion
And to finish up - a couple of 3D Houses, first of all Sugar Almond House from the Nutmeg Company:
Finally, I need your suggestions for the next poll. Any thing, no matter how obscure, weird or random will go into the poll. Keep the theme suggestions to a single word or two - so you could have Cats, or Green, or Holidays, or Warmth etc. Really anything which could be illustrated in cross stitch.