Thursday, April 10, 2008

Counting with Pride

Lani Y., a member of Cyberstitchers for about two years, enjoys counted work, especially hardanger and cross stitch. She started stitching nearly a quarter century ago, but she's still only 32 years old. Precocious! Her most recent GCC was More Options in Hardanger, done in lovely blues and purples. It is beautifully done and gorgeously finished as a wall hanging.

Her cross stitch pieces range from reminders of home and country, such as Americana Sampling from Little House Designs, Happy Home from Blue Ribbon Designs and Lady of the Flag (her current work in progress), to such an intricate and glowing piece as Celtic Christmas from Lavender and Lace.

Reminders of home are important to Lani, for she travels often for her career. She's a musician with the Army. We all held our breaths and hoped everything would be all right when she deployed to Afghanistan. Soon she will be stitching in Iraq, and we will be sending her comfort packages, cookies, and best wishes from home.

Lani's dedication to perfection and large projects is showcased in her Lizzie Kate Flipit calendar and Noah's Ark Birth Sampler for her son. Both are exquisitely done and greater in size than most, and the FlipIt required keeping track of twelve charts.

One of the pieces she is most proud of is a tribute to her father, Hickory Dickory Dock - her first band sampler. It holds a special place in both her heart and her father's because it was completed just before she went into basic training.
Lani stitches frequently with her son on her lap, introducing him to the art. She also enjoys crocheting, running (she ran in last year's New York Marathon), music, and reading. You can see more of her work at