In 2009, the Post Office issued their yearly "LOVE" stamp around Valentine's and this particular year was an image of the King and Queen of Hearts. I fell in love with the stamp and couldn't help but think it was a good candidate for an embroidery project. The stamps are long gone, but I held onto the image from the stamp booklet and more than two years later, I blew up the image on my printer, traced it onto vintage linen, and then in less than a week, completed it!
It measures 9 x 5 inches.
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The original image had only a few colors and I've used my own color choices, but kind of stayed true to the original, since I like it so much. I left off the stamp amount as well.
After framing, I entered this into the County Fair and won 2nd place. I'm a teeny bit disappointed it didn't win a blue ribbon. I don't know what the judging criteria was, but there were no other embroidery projects at the Fair, except for my daughter's projects and they were in the Junior division. Most sewing projects were in quilting form, a couple of dolls, and some clothing. Oh well, it's a Blue Ribbon winner in my eyes and is now holding a place of honor above our bed.