I am really itching to start another Codex embroidery, but wanted to finish off a couple of other projects first. Here's the Gabriola Hookers mat with a braided edge and a few more embellishments.
And this time I didn't do an extra wrap at the corners, which means they are not as square. But heck, this is just a sign that will come out when our group has an event, so I won't have to look at it every day. There is a limit to fussiness.
I also added some little felt flowers for the trailing vine at the bottom. The leaves on the nurse stump, which are supposed to be salal, were way too frustrating to hook so I cut leaf shapes from green cloth and simply stitched them down the middle. This lets them curl a bit and be more three dimensional, which feels more like salal to me. I also did some big French knots for the salal berries.
Now I can get on to some real fussiness - Canada's national symbol, the beaver, in all the gnashing-toothed glory that Louis Nicolas could muster!
P.S. A shout out to Eileen Fry, an old friend from Nelson, BC, who left a very nice comment on the Gabriola Gallery Facebook page. Thanks Eileen, I have to get back to the Kootenays sometime soon!