I have been able to stitch some new pieces. I have always wanted to stitch an adaptation of one of James Christensen's paintings and did so for a lecture on Designing for One Color. It is one of the angels of Faith, Hope and Charity. I choose to do Faith in blackwork. It enjoyed doing it and will stitch a multi-color one that is inspired by his work but for now I have this one. She ended up being framed in a wonderful, big gold frame so she looks like an old master.
I just finished stitching a challenge piece that the Swan Sampler Guild started. The flower patterns are free and from the Workbasket. I did both of them in lavender-blue on 40 count linen, added a book spine, and then made a sewing book. The closure is one of my antique bone stilettos. I added old ivory pieces as a measure and thread winder.
Here are two views of the inside and the closure.