For some reason I just couldn't get really good pictures of this wee Thimble Fob that I stitched for Carol for our exchange but I did my best,
This is Side 1 as you can see I have placed Carols Initials on there amongst the squirrel and the tree of life, with a bluebird of happiness.
Side 2 has my initials on, 2 more blue birds, a wee acorn and crown, there is the tiny heart and the pretty flowers.
and the base has the year on and I stitched a rhodes style heart in the centre, the base reminded me a little of a knot garden.
The whole piece is as you can see 3 sided and is about 2 inches wide and about one and three quarter inches high (all approx sizes as I forgot to measure it). The inside I have lined with two-tone silk dupion fabric (kind of green and deep pink)- the thimble sits in there, to get to it you have to gently squeeze the sides and it opens enough to get the thimble. The fob part I made cord using perle thread and ended it on the other side with a tassel.
Its stitched on 32ct evenweave I used cream not the recommended flax colour. The threads I converted to GAST and WDW to suit as I didn't have any of the threads recommended for this piece and its all stitched 1/1. It was great fun to stitch and finish - it was a new finish for me and I definitely think I will try it again
The design is by Betsy Morgan and its in the 'Classic Inspirations' magazine Issue 61 which is the current issue here in the UK.