Today, I'm re-posting the pictures as well as a short backstory. Thom, thank you so much for sharing your talent and your story.
The backstory of Thom and idea of the pixies….
When I was seven years old, I came down with the chicken pox and had to stay home for several days. I was one of those lucky people who had a small outbreak of them and the adults made it to be a bigger deal. After a couple of days of being confined to the bed and not being able to go out to play (it was my luck to get the pox in the spring) I went exploring in my mother’s sewing cabinet to look for something that would occupy my time. I came across a kit she was working on; it was crewel embroidery and was of Raggedy Ann and Andy in a chair. I had never seen her work on this and only the arm of the chair was completed. So I thought hey I can do this and began reading the instructions and looking at the stitching diagrams. I started on the sailor hat and went from there. By the time my mother came home from work, Andy was all done. She came to check on me as I was very quiet (which in her world meant I was up to something destructive or plotting to take over the world) and when she saw what I was doing, she was more impressed that I was being productive and taught myself how to do crewel. By the time I went back to school, the design was finished and I was looking for another project to do. She took me to Benjamin Franklin (a craft store in the area) and I picked out a cross stitch design of Scooby Doo and the gang. As soon as we paid for the kit and were in the car, I anxiously opened the package to read the directions and from there the rest is history. That same feeling hits me now when the mail carrier brings me a stitching package. I won’t say how long I’ve been stitching but I will say I can remember when DMC floss was $0.10/skein.
The idea of doing the pixies came when I moved into my new house. My guest/reading room has a beautiful view of the lake. It was originally going to be just a guest room but once I saw the view and how relaxing it was to watch the water, I added the reading area to it. I wanted the room to have a calm and relaxing effect on all who entered. For me that was the view and a way to have a “garden” that would survive my crazy travel schedule and incorporate my favorite Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer’s Night Dream. I always pictured the fairy party differently in my head and all the fairies would be decked out in their finest floral gowns. I found an antique book engraving of Oberon and Titania that I had framed but couldn’t find any other fairies to go with them. About that time Nora Corbett started growing her pixie collection. I bought a couple to see how well they would go with the prints. They complimented them perfectly and I decided that I would stich the pixies I liked and have them all framed the same way. As the collection grew I thought this is going to be the perfect garden and fairy party! As of today I have 7 stitched and four framed with 3 more on their way to Jill and Amber.