I'm a needlework designer, and I love my job. :)
I have a 20 year old son, who is also a needle artist, although he does his work on skin rather than linen. He's a tattoo artist. He's very talented, and I'm very proud of all his hard work.
And I have the absolute most wonderful boyfriend on the face of the planet. We met 10 years ago online, and after 2 1/2 years of talking we decided to make a go of it - and we've never looked back. He's funny, charming, intelligent, hard working, and just an all round great guy. Not to mention he's gorgeous - AND English. :)
I really can't believe I finished this in time. Thread fiascos, discontined fabric and ridiculous shipping times almost put this off until next year. The threads I originally ordered took 2 1/2 months to get to me and when they finally did, the dye lots were such that they didn't match up as well as I had hoped. By that time it was already the end of September and I couldn't re-order something else, so I went stash diving and used threads I had on hand, picking colours on the fly. On top of that, the fabric I used for the model, Legacy Linen Oaten Scone has been discontinued. When did I find that out? AFTER I started stitching it. I didn't have time to order something else so I used it anyway, but I did find a near perfect match for it, thankfully. Then earlier this week, with the end in sight, I came down with a bug, which has knocked me on my behind. By yesterday I still had the darkest blue and all the purples to finish stitching and I was ready to give up, but I guzzled copious amounts of coffee and pulled an all-nighter and got the stitching, the charting and instructions finished. As far as my health goes, it probably wasn't a good idea, I feel like garbage again, but it was worth it. If I hadn't managed it I'd have been really bummed.
So without further ado, here is Twisted Band Sampler. :) It's official release is Thursday, October 17, for the Online Needlework Show. It will be listed on the European Cross Stitch page.