The Stag, the doe & the Autumn

The Stag, the doe & the autumn – traditional folk embroidery sampler with deer motif

The deer has apparently been my spirit animal for quite some time.

It started when we were testdriving our then new car. A wonderful Ford Mondeo stationwagon which we later named “The Madam”. It was the very first car we bought and we were over the moon. During the test drive, however, a doe running in panic across a field almost crashed into us. But luckily it turned away just in the knick of time.

I never thought much of this incident other than “woo, wildlife!” as I was not used to seeing a lot of the local wildlife despite having lived here half my life.

A couple of years later the Madam sadly couldn’t cope anymore and had to be sent to the everlasting Highway of Heaven.

At this point we were testdriving a Volvo c30. And as we were driving up a hill I’ve driven a thousand times before, all of a sudden a doe is running like a maniac across the road. I look to see where it came from and behold, a stag standing amongst the trees as bewildered and confused like the rest of us.

As we drive on I finally say “Well, now we have to buy the car. The deer has spoken.” And so we did. And we still have the car, and we’ve seen so much wildlife while driving it it’s unbelievable.

A deer is such a beautiful animal and I really loved putting this sampler together.

If you’re interested in buying the pattern you can find it in my shop here!

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