Below is an old pattern by Patricia Andrle - she did a series of these hardanger window series (or cross stitch illuminations). I've completed the Christmas House - which is a beautiful pattern, I'm working on the Romantic Gazebo, and on on the hunt for her Victorian House (BH&G Jan/Feb '98). Below is the Toy Store which I completed a couple years ago and just pulled out of my 'finished drawer' with the intent to have it framed but, I have a dilemma. I just love the toy store - all the specialty stitches and the soft subtle colors. Next pic is the inside of the toy store - I love the bright, vivid colors of the children's toys but... I don't like them put together (last pic). I can't believe I didn't realize this two years ago when I started stitching it. Lord willing, the pattern is still in somewhere in my stash and I will restitch the toys in softer, more muted shades that will compliment the store.
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