Hello and welcome to The Courtyard! I'm Krista West, designer and owner of Avlea Folk Embroidery.
Historically, women in Greece would stitch in their courtyard, exchanging patterns, sharing their work in process, and teaching each other. Amid the vibrant plants and warming sunshine, they would share beautiful textile works of art and build strong community. I wanted to offer modern stitchers a virtual courtyard where we could continue these traditions of community and share our love of stitching.
I'll be checking in often to see what's happening at The Courtyard and I look forward to seeing your photos and hearing about your projects!
So glad to hear it! I really love Dorian Leaves, but then I'm always drawn to the more geometric/stylized designs. I waas particularly happy with the colors for that one--the original textile was red and green, which looked way too Christmas-y, so I use antique blue and copper, which work really well together.
I am new to Avlea, but not to embroidery (cross stitch, and others) which I have been doing for more than half a century. I am now in the grip of the Dorian Leaves, and love it.