Shadow Box

It must be about 3 years ago that I stitched the swan pattern. Those who know me are aware of my love for birds and I wanted to create this shadow box ever since I stitched this pattern. The shadow box idea was part of the pattern, in fact,  included was some background script pattern and the quote.

The swan is such a graceful bird and I often watch them on a nearby canal when I feed the birds. I found the complete quote that was used for the text on the edges of this box.

The Swan

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

Mary Oliver

Materials I used are
The Goode Huswife cross stitch pattern - Wintergreen Swan
DMC Threads
32 count linen - Bayleaf
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape - Sketchbook (Butterfly)
Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist - Chocolate Covered Cherries
Metal Crown
Real Eggs &  Moss

You can find some of the materials here:
- Tim Holtz products from The Stampman


  1. So Beautiful xxx
    Love Debbie xxxx

  2. This is very beautiful! I love the little eggs lying in the moss... Your stitching is awesome! A real piece of art...

    xx Loes

  3. opted to take to take out the feathers around the eggs after all. This shadow box turned out showcases your work perfectly!
    And that poem by Mary Oliver is just lovely!