Last fall I attended the last of the Stitching Jubilee (formerly CATS) events. I took one class from a favorite teacher, Catherine Jordan of Catherine's Designs. This is the front panel of the Tree of Life Journal cover. Most of it is done in surface stitches, or crewel embroidery, the rest is counted work. It is about 3x4 inches. The fabric is a fine 40ct linen, ideal for crewel.
Below you can see the back panel I have yet to tackle. The edges will be hemmed and the cover will go over the little blank book. This was an adventure back to my stitching roots, as crewel was the first embroidery style I learned as a child. In fact my mom has several little birds I did in high school that I have recovered to re-frame properly. I really enjoy doing the variety of stitches in a more relaxed format, tho' counted work will always be my favorite.
Off to a new start, my reward for the progress!