C’est finis! I managed to finished Camille on Tuesday and showed her off at EGA. She really is a beauty and I am so thrilled to have her finished. I think she will be pretty with Dorothy, if I ever get her stitched.
At the time I fell in love with Camille, she was a freebie from The Sampler Girl. I believe Tanya has no released her as a chart. When the freebie came out, Vikki Clayton put together a thread pack for it, which I promptly purchased. I even chose fabric for her. But this was all back in 2006, and I never actually got around to starting Camille until last January. I chose a different fabric for her and dove in. I decided to stitch her using one thread over two, to lend a bit of delicacy to the stitches. After stitching an urn and the center spray of flowers, I set her aside. It wasn’t until the first week of January this year that I picked her up again.
The sampler is dedicated to Camille Claudel who was a French sculptor and muse to the artist August Rodin. In fact, Wikipedia states “Claudel became a source of inspiration, his model, his confidante and lover.” A big part of what drew me to this sampler was it’s dedication to a French artist and also the quote of Camille’s that is included in the piece. “The essential thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” I love that.
You may remember also that I indicated I had to rechart the year for this piece. It was originally charted for 2006. Since I was going to have to rechart it for 2011 anyway, I decided to instead change it to 1883, the year Camille met Rodin. I thought finishing this sampler was a perfect way to start the year off, focusing on love, art and inspiration.
I guess I just have a weakness for French ladies… (Marie Antoinette pillbox from Sylvia)
And since this post is being brought to you by the color Pink, I have to share another fabulous gift I received at Christmas. My friend, Kim, (creator of Frida and teacher of knitting) knit these amazing pedicure socks for me. My feet always get cold in the winter when I’m painting my toes, and look at the solution! Toeless socks!
Since finishing Camille, I have also finished a Christmas ornament that I can’t wait to share and I’ve been working along on Snow Garden, which should also be finished soon too. Lots more to show you next time!
I am grateful for finishing old WIPs.