Christine Weir sent me an image of her tropical Mary - she has been very inventive as well as creative. This is the story of Christine's Mary as told by Christine herself:
Like Viji, the lady in India, I too have been working on a version of the Mary Wigham sampler in a place where there is no LNS, and no reliable post. I am living and working in Fiji in the South Pacific, and like Viji, am a great fan of downloadable stitching patterns and information. When you started the Mary Wigham SAL I decided I'd like to join in, but I didn't have in my cache a large enough piece of linen. I did however have a smaller piece of 28 count evenweave, so decided to try a 'cut-down' version on that. I also had a reasonable supply of blue and green threads, so attached is a photo of the nearly completed 'mini Mary Wigham'. I felt the colours reflected the colours of the sea here. I've chosen to use the smaller motifs, though even they have proved to be a bit large, I feel. Still, it has been an interesting experiment. The gaps will be the places for the alphabet - and maybe some fish! The photo was taken during a weekend away at the beach in the Mamanuca Islands, in the western part of Fiji.
By Christine Weir