This was made for my son Greg. The picture came from one of his school books. There was no trigger guard on the pistol. When my husband noticed it, he made me put one on, lol.
The little star on the handle came about because of research. I looked high and low for an early American pistol with a decorative wood handle. To my surprise the only decoration on the pistols I came across was beautiful engraving on the metal. The only handle decoration I could find was a diamond shape whole for the screw, lol. So that is what I did.
The leather looking fabric is actually faux suede which I had left over from making my friend Angela a purse.
The frame came from a yard sale find. It had a drawing of a lighthouse in it. I almost hated to remove it but felt a homemade gift from mom was worth the sacrifice. I did keep the lighthouse picture and am waiting for the perfect frame.
Here are a list of some great embroidery sites...
NeedleNThread ~ Great how-to resource. Check out the video library under "The Editor's Floss"
Needlecrafter ~ My first stop for designs and the best part is it's free!
Ladies In Red ~ also free (music is only on first page)
Bareroots ~ Affordable patterns (country style)
Crabapple Hill ~ Affordable patterns (elegant style)