Here's another pattern tester for your consideration. I submitted my book proposal for "S is for Stitch" in May 2011. My proposal was accepted a few months later. I was on an extended holiday at the time, but my optimistic self had packed all my embroidery supplies so I was prepared. :) I was soooo excited and I got to work right away. This "Rainbow Dancers" sample was the first thing I made. It was inspired by one of my daughters who had recently learned "ROYGBIV" (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) at school. I remember spending quite a bit of time in the California sun choosing all the floss colours.
A word about framing. I've spent a small fortune over the years on custom-framing for my needlework. It's always worth it, but it's not always affordable. So it was very important to me that this design would fit perfectly inside an easy-to-find and affordable 8 1/2" x 11" frame. In fact, all the framed ideas in my book fit a standard frame size ... or the designs can be adjusted easily with a photochopy machine. :)
I used plain white linen for the version of this pattern that ended up in the book, but I stitched this tester on a white-on-white print with pretty, subtle roses. I hope you can see them in this photo. I love embroidering on a white-on-white or a gentle print. It adds a layer of interest and unique design element to your work.
This auction ends June 25 at 8:00 pm MST. I will ship anywhere, but shipping is not included. I'll send a PayPal invoice to the winning bidder.