NEW THIS WEEK - August 9th, 2006:
This week journey to the English countryside where so many wonderful
traditions began. Open the gate to an English cottage garden, and stop in for a
spot of tea.
Enjoy traditional English garden flower designs, potted and framed
for delightful color. Relish botanical fruit designs, fresh for the picking, in
art reminiscent of early etchings and engravings.
Embroider lace tea set designs, and entertain in style with an
afternoon party -- tea on the terrace. These beautiful lace floral and paisley
patterns are so durable, but also endearing as reminders of the fine
traditional arts of crocheting and tatting.
A colorful English cottage scene is oh-so suitable for framing, for
a travel tote, or a garden accessory.
Free project instructions!
Create accent pieces for your tea set with freestanding lace embroidery,
and construct a
makeup travel caddy, complete with attached mirror.
And embroider everything from table linens or quilts with one of the
most delightful flowers to be found in any cottage garden -- the English tea
rose. These traditional flower designs, in seven charming shapes -- oval,
circle, square, spray, and more -- can be mixed and matched to give a swirl of
romance to many creative projects.
Before you fly off on your tour of London and the British Isles, sew
up some quick-to-stitch scenes of famous sites you will visit. These scenes --
Big Ben, the Tower of London, Stonehenge, and more -- are this week's new
Dollar Delights -- and yes, each one is only $1.
Enjoy your trip through the English country side, and enjoy this
week's new designs!
England owes its traditional "pause for tea" to Anna, the
seventh Duchess of Bedford. To stave off hunger while waiting for a fashionably
late dinnertime in her household, she began asking for a tray of tea, bread,
and cake in the late afternoon. Soon, she began inviting friends to join her.
By the 1880s, society women were changing into long gowns, gloves, and hats for
afternoon tea served in the drawing room. Tea became an opportunity for the
hostess to exhibit her good taste and refinement, complete with teas from
Indian or Ceylon, lovely linens, garden flowers, music, and delicate bone
Oh, my Love is
like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June
Oh, my Love is like the melody, That's sweetly played in tune.
-- Robert Burns
Boater Red Hat with bow
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