As promised, here are the lovely, lovely presents my older sister gave me for Saint Catherine's Day:
Embroidery, fine fabric, and lace: you can see she knows very very well how to make me happy! My sis doesn't create anything by hand herself, but we're both as crazy about trying to find the "perfect" gift... We're very much alike in our tastes (as well as physically ? sometimes people confuse us, even friends! ).
Both embroidered items were bought in Heidelberg in Germany, where she spends a few months a year for her research. The blue pot-pourri sachet is from the "musée caudrésien des dentelles et broderies", i.e. the lace and embroidery museum in Caudry ? Caudry is a small town in the North. This kind of lace is called "spider lace". The lace produced in this town is used by designers from all over the world! They have a small website where you can see some of their creations. It's in French but you can still drool over their pictures! Here's the direct link to the current exhibition.
I put the small pillow and the sachet on a wall in my bedroom...
As you can see, they're surrounding Crafty Cat that I stitched a few months ago! This also gives me the perfect "pretext" to show you the wooden embroidery hoop I framed him with. Doesn't Crafty look happy with his new friends!
OK, that's all for tonight... I'm gonna try to make a table runner for my parents, but as their table is 2.40 metres long, it won't be an easy matter.