Smalls SAL – June Check-In

It is the last Wednesday of the month, which means it is check-in time for the Smalls SAL!


I stitched another Teresa Wentzler design this month: Child’s Heart from the June 1990 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

Child's Heart, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Child’s Heart, designed by Teresa Wentzler

The colours are very bright, and I think they are meant to bring to mind a rainbow (although, green is missing). And, while the rocking horse itself is very Teresa to me, the rest of the design isn’t something that would come to mind when thinking of her style. But, as I understand it, back in those days she designed on commission for Just Cross Stitch, producing pieces that fit tight requirements, whether or not they were her style.

Mencius, Chinese philosopher (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Mencius, Chinese philosopher (image via Wikimedia Commons)

The quote in this design comes from Mencius, who, despite his Greek sounding name, was actually a Chinese philosopher from approximately 372 – 289 BCE. Although I had never heard of him, when I asked my Chinese husband if he knew who Mencius was, his answer was an uncharacteristic “Hell, yeah.” So, apparently he is well-known by some people. 😉 In fact, his dad gave us a copy of The Sayings of Mencius just last month. I, of course, forgot about that. This particular edition translates this quote as “An important man is one who has not lost his childlike heart-and-mind.” (The Sayings of Mencius, 4B12) I think the version in the stitched design rolls off the tongue a little easier.

So, on to you! What did you stitch this month? Please leave a your link in the form below, and don’t forget to visit some of the other participants. And, remember, for every month you leave your link, you get one entry into the end of the year draw. If you drop out of the SAL at any time, or miss a couple of months, all your previous entries still count.

Next month: July 30th will be our next check-in date. So, summer may be here, but keep stitching!

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