by Darlene O'Steen of The Needle's Prayse
This ornament was published in the 1998 Just Cross-Stitch Ornament issue. This magazine became very hard to find by the year 2000 and still usually sells at a premium on the internet. Darlene wrote an incredible book called "The Proper Stitch" which includes two samplers: "Our English Heritage Sampler" and "The Proper Stitch Sampler". I made her Cranberry Sampler in 2007 and plan on making the other two someday as well.
I finished the ornament in October 2012 with a silk dupioni back and cotton twisted cording. I may keep the bows or remove them later... I tend to be very traditional in my own finishing and am trying to get to like bows.
Sorry for the water drop in the photo - it was raining here in Washington when I took the picture!