My poor bell pull has been stashed away since before Christmas. I happened to stumble across it today and realized how much I miss it. As you can see, I am almost done with the grapes square. After this is completed, I believe the next square is apples. I still need to finish up the back of the Hardanger heart, but I am taking a little break from it since I have had to pull out my work so much. Working on linen is difficult with the uneven nature of the weave. You can have a huge puffy thread next to a super hairline thin thread, which can totally mess you your count. But I digress...
So now my fruit bell pull is calling to me again. I may try to get some stitches put into this weekend.
Teresa Wentzler, the designer of this piece announced yesterday that she and Leisure Arts are re-releasing some of her out of print designs, like the Fruit Bellpull and Peacock Tapestry. This should make a lot of stitchers who love her designs happy. I realize that designs go OOP for a variety of reasons, but I wish this were not the case. (Which is why I love Lavender and Lace patterns. They never go OOP.) The prices get so inflated on ebay and the designers do not get to benefit from it. The one pattern that I would love to have come back into print is Mirabilia's Seaside Kingdom. I love the vintage nostalgic look of it. However, the prices are really high, IF you can find it. I am still kicking myself for missing out on getting it back in the day.
Now, if you are considering stitching this bell pull, be aware that there are a lot of blended threads and a lot of confetti stitching. So it is a challenge and can be slow going. However, it is more stunning than photos can show so it is so worth it.
On the reading front, I am back to reading yet another book about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. I so love this period of British history. This book is called "Bring Up The Bodies." I knew it was going to be a good one when the librarian checking out my book load, said that she could not wait to read it and is on the wait list. I am waiting to see how this compares to The Other Boleyn Girl which got me totally hooked on anything by Philippa Gregory. I do not think I would have done well in the politics of royal courts.