After getting notice that my partner in the HoE Winter Quaker exchange received my packet, I can post now some pictures. Marie was pleased with the result and I'm glad she is. :) This is the first time I stitched a Quaker design, and I fell in love with this type of stitching. It's lovely how these Quaker motifs come to life when stitching them.
It's of course typical for me to subscribe for an exchange and then sitting here and thinking, what in heaven IS a quaker???? Because I love to learn new things, that wasn't such a problem and I started searching to find some more info about it. Found a lot of interesting sites and designers I had never heard of. Like the designs from Romy in Austria. So beautiful. And then I found a pdf file from a Sampler Guild within a design of a scissor pocket - and fell instantly in love. A design by Barbara Bernard, who gives lessons, but doesn't have a website as such. After finally finding her email address I was able to purchase the pattern. It was a bit more work then I thought it would be, but - my first quaker just had to be this scissor pocket.
Because I'm not a member of a guild and stitched this for Marie, I personalized the design a bit for her and left out all text and lettering belonging to the guild. I centered the flowers and replaced the symbol that carried the year with a squirrel. The empty spaces I filled with a bird, a flower and the already mentioned squirrel. Hopefully I didn't mess up any of the possible deeper meanings of the symbols. I don't have the slightest clue what all these Quaker symbols mean. The ones I added have a very simple meaning: Gabi likes birds, flowers and squirrels.
Ohhh....and I bought another chart from Barbara Bernard. Another scissor pocket. This time a multi colored one and I just LOVE it. It's on my "to do" list.