I skipped to the end of the word for this month's cube. The reason being it would count as the ornie for the Hallowe'en Ornie blog featuring a tombstone - a twoferone is always good.
Isabella from Primitive Hare, another Italian designer. I do seem drawn to the Italians this year!
2. Have you stitched a project by this designer before?
Yes, the first was this cute little freebie which Christine chose for the Needlecraft Haven Challenge back in 2012. This was my introduction to Primitive Hare's designs:
The subject matter is definitely a big attraction for me. I love Hallowe'en (as you already know!) and I love the old traditions. In particular I like the way the early Christians used these traditions to help spread the religion without alienating the populace. In the 21st Century it is so interesting to see how we celebrate festivals with a mixture of the ancient and modern traditions, Pagan and Christian ideas joined together along with features from other cultures.
The current craze for Mindfulness is a good example of this. It may seem like a Buddhist idea but it is also a key point in Pagan and Christian rituals. I am fascinated by labyrinths and how they are used for meditation. The most ancient labyrinths are thousands of years old but can also be found in many cathedrals (including my closest in Norwich). Here is an interesting link on How to Meditate in a Labyrinth if you want to find out more.
Of course, needlework is a great way to meditate too. Medieval ladies would often have someone reading aloud from the Bible as they stitched and now for me it is a chance to slow down and just let the thoughts come to me. Isabella's designs are ideal for this as they use a simple palette of colours with just full stitches and minimal backstitch
5. Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others?
Isabella has a wide range of designs from Hallowe'en to Christmas, Fairy Tales to Classic Literature via Folklore and Traditions. She uses predominantly blacks and greys with a splash of bright red or white. While her Literature series is quite mainstream, her Fairytales are definitely not. I love the way they show the darker side of the stories. She also has her own fabric, 30 count Salem Linen available from her Etsy shop. This is a very distressed and aged fabric perfect for her primitive style designs. Then there are her thread keepers, solid wooden shapes (my witch is a good 7mm thick) with holes for you to tie your thread through. And the Hornbooks!