Quaker Rocky Road

Quaker Rocky Road - size  330x260

Wikipedia relates some fascinating information which inspired my design. “The world's first commercial ice cream factory was opened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1851, by Jacob Fussell,  a Quaker dairy farmer.  An unstable demand for his milk led him to mass produce ice cream which allowed this previously expensive concoction to be offered at prices everyone could afford. He opened ice cream parlors from Maryland to Texas, later selling his business to Borden.”  A big bowl of Rocky Road ice cream just may have been on the menu!

Quaker Rocky Road is composed of full crosses, back stitches and a single eyelet in tones of chocolate and marshmallow, with a few nut and berry tones shades tossed in for variety.  The chocolate chunks are stitched in the various browns, so that the motifs formed by the unstitched white linen areas the look of Assisi embroidery.

Back stitched Blackwork style filigree bands, border, various motifs in chocolate and pistachio reminds us of those dainty little ice cream wafers, a plaid "shortbread cookie" border completes the look.  The design reads “Chocolate Smooths the Rocky Road of Life”.  Isn’t that the truth?

Incidentally,  Smooths and Smoothes are both correct spellings!

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