Illustrating the simple pure beauty of the seasons in the Old World style of tapestry cross-stitch, this design completes the series. Designed to be stitched separately, together, or stitch on a large enough piece of fabric to include all seasons.
Crystal lilacs and lush peaches, symbols of spring and summer, illustrate the simple pure beauty of the seasons in the Old World style of tapestry cross-stitch. Designed to be stitched separately, together, or stitch on a large enough piece of fabric to include autumn and winter.
Third in the series of gardeners is “Winter in My Garden”. Every gardener I know doesn’t rest the minute the snow starts to fall. Winter is a time for organizing seeds, planning beds or researching to find the perfect climbing rose. That’s why our newest design depicts a woman in her greenhouse amidst all her started seedlings, dreaming about spring and the new start it will bring.
A young maiden crowned with pale crystal zinnias, stops to experience the pleasures of nature. Her apron pattern echoes the neatly kept rows of her garden that overflows with pansies, narcissus, violets, and herbs. Beads make the flowers appear as they are in those first moments of the dewy morning — glistening and glowing with tiny droplets.
Inspired by a photo of Nora Corbett and her son, this design celebrates an unforgettable moment of joy between a mother and child. It is simple, pure, and beautiful.
There is a princess, we are told, of indescribable wealth, who is fascinated by the mixing of garden scents. “A touch of lavender for sleep,” she muses here, in an ornate gown and stole trimmed with “Wisper”. “And rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Rumor has it that she has captured her favorite scent, that of old English roses, in a rose-amethyst vial to carry with her wherever she goes. While you stitch, consider the effect of fragrances in your life, and resolve to surround yourself with those that bring you happiness, too.
“I’m not a very patient person,” says Nora, “but gardening is teaching me to be. I’ve learned that something tiny and fragile holds the promise of becoming something bold and beautiful, if I only water and wait for it. What I haven’t learned is to not go barefoot outside way too early and freeze my feet! It’s nature’s way of reminding me why shoes were invented, I guess.”
“I suspect that my neighbors laugh at my gardening outfits–I really do wear pretty hats and flowing skirts to dig in the dirt! I just can’t bear to wear ugly old clothes amidst all that beauty. And I don’t know about you, but I like a very orderly garden, full of old-fashioned flowers in cool shades of pink and white. I especially love anything I can cut to enjoy inside. If it doesn’t flower, I don’t grow it!”
Nora Corbett’s “The Rose of Sharon” cross-stitch design has become an enduring favorite among Mirabilia design collectors. Nora’s newest masterpie ce, called “Rose Arbour,” is a mirror image of the earlier design, reflecting another beautiful woman beneath an arch entwined with full-blown roses. We think the appeal of both designs lies in the exquisite gowns–the elegant lines, the lavish details and the romantic sense of style. We also think, “Why doesn’t anyone make dresses like these anymore?”
On a recent trip to Paris, Mirabilia’s designer Nora Corbett was inspired to create a cross-stitch sampler unlike any other. The focal point of this sampler is the stately facade of the famous “Le Belvedere” mansion. Below is a portrait of the “lady of the manor,” as imagined by Nora.
According to Greek mythology, muses are the ageless spirits who inspire and watch over us as we create. What better place for muses to reside than a cool, green topiary garden? At the entrance to Nora Corbett’s classical retreat, ancient urns drip with moss, wrought-iron gates beckon visitors inside, and all who enter are promised a quiet place of peace and inspiration.