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Touching the Autumn Sky
designed by Nora Corbett
published by Mirabilia
framed by Dan Melvin



This design reminded me of myself when I was a little girl. My grandpa had a big fire engine red metal swing set in his backyard next to his garden. When I visited his house, I would go swing on it while he worked in the garden. Eventually, he made a swing set for me that has followed me to my home in Dallas. At 300 lbs, this was no small feat! I bought this design the first time I saw it and knew that I had to make it special. I didn't start it until November of 1999 and finally completed it on 06 January 2001.

I stitched the design on the recommended 32ct sky blue colored linen that was very stiff  and difficult to work on. I changed the face and hands to be over one. Everything else remained the same. The entire time I was working on it, I was trying to decide how to dedicate this to my grandpa. I decided to do a dedication on the frame. Originally, I picked a yellow inner matte and a green outer matte on which I was going to write the memorial in gold Calligraphy. After three months of agonizing over this, I decided that I didn't like this idea. Luckily, I had a great idea flitter into my head as I was drifting off to sleep one evening. I called Dan Melvin of Matte Ink the next morning, told him what I wanted and asked if he could do it. Being the fabulous framer that he is, he said that he could. Of course, this did mean that I had to go out and purchase another huge piece of that fabric that I hated so much!

So, with much love, this piece is dedicated to my grandpa, Artway Elroy (Whitey) Jones (1911-1994), who was a fabulous example to me and really did push me high enough to touch the sky.

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