Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sampler block, birthday treasures, and Egyptian blocks

This is a sampler block that I did for a newbie to show as many different stitches and embellishment options as possible. It has at least 14 different stitch variations and combinations, as well as sparkly sew-ons, a pewter charm, a button, beads, and a bit of an old doily. I call it "Skies, Eyes, and Dragonflies." Can you find all 4 of the dragonflies?
On my birthday last week, my husband and I went to see the third installment of the "Pirates" movies. When we got home, there on my front porch was a treasure box! My friend Lauri had slipped over and left me a box full of doilies that she made with her own two hands! These are just a sampling of them; they are white, ivory, black, lavender, pale green, yellow, blues...just an incredible array of doilies and trims. I told her that they actually made me want to clean out my china closet (something I haven't done in years) and put all my special vases and cups on special doilies. I also have some petrified wood and fossil poo in the china closet, but that's another story....




And here, finally, are the Egyptian blocks I've been working on for a swap with CQ for newbies. The first block contains the hieroglyphic symbols for "to laugh" (upper dark red patch) and the scarab means to be born or to transform oneself.


The second block has a questionable symbol within the hieroglyph in the black patch, lower right. The hieroglyph means "making love" according to the book I have, which I think is authentic, but I'm a little concerned that the ladies of the group may be a little shocked by it. The duck and heart symbol in the upper black patch mean "friend", because I think friendship is more important than love making in a marriage.





4 comments:

Gerry said...

WOW! These are GREAT blocks. I really like the sun, the eye of horus, the scarab...all of it.

Ati. Norway. said...

Hi, those blocks are fantastic !! beautiful work!

Marianne said...

I for one would be happy to receive you well researched beautiful work!

Sue in western WA said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you!

As usual, your work amazes me. How did you manage to get that many different stitches into one block?! And wherever did you find a translation book for Egyptian heiroglyphics?