Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Back From The Framer!

I'm a little late posting these, I received them from the Utah framer Jill Rensel about a month ago.  I'm so pleased with the results!  Here's And All Was For An Appil:
And the finished Emma Miles:
I'll tell you a secret....Emma Miles was one of my least favorite stitches.  Other than the holly there was a lot of gold, and I'm just not a gold person.  BUT, with this frame I've fallen in love with Emma again.  In person it's even better.  She's not hung on the wall yet, instead I have her sitting on a chair right across from my stitching chair so I can look at her all the time.  Crazy, huh?  My Mother's name was Emma and I'm thinking of hanging a picture of her close to this Emma.

I'm enjoying seeing all of your work.  I don't comment much but I do look at each and every blog entry.  Happy stitching everyone!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Margaret's progress~

Greetings my sampler stitching friends~!

I'm getting to know sweet Margaret the more I move along with her sampler~~~ no doubt she was a nature girl... Free spirited by being outside a lot... Her love of flowers, birds & animals are apparent in the motifs she chose in her stitching.... I'm thinking her teachers or friends initials were chosen for the center vine scroll.....


I look at a couple of my first grade students and envision Margaret... Being close in age, I think of her as a student with her sampler assignment..... Was she a little rough and tomboyish....?... Or was she dainty and precise???? I think as I go along stitching her beautiful worke, I'll be able to get to know her even more~

Enjoy this glorious day~


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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Quick Start!

This past weekend I started my second Scarlet Letter sampler: 
             "Janet Carsels 1787"

This beautiful Scottish sampler is stitched primarily in red and green silk, and features beautiful alphabets, including several HUGE illuminated letters.

I am working on 40 count Vintage Light Examplar from Lakeside Linen and using Au ver a Soie / Soie d'Alger threads.  

And I have a feeling that this sampler won't take as long as my last (Elizabeth Sheffield).

Hope you have some time to stitch today, too.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

I have finally found my perfect next SL sampler~

Greetings friends & happy Tuesday~

After a summer break of sampler stitching, I've decided on my next Scarlet Letter stitch..... When I saw Jenny post her finish of Margaret Randolph, I knew I would have to stitch her~ The vibrant colors just spoke to me! I can't wait to put needle, thread and linen in motion tonight....


I am considering using this Gloriana for added texture in lieu of the solid turquoise.... I may play around with that idea..... Stay posted.....

Here's hoping all is well, everyone is enjoying their project of choice and as summer winds down, you're enjoying life!

Much Peace~

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Summers over and we are home from the lake! Although we had a wonderful time it feels good to be back! Now, we have to attend to a few home and yard must do  projects while the weather is still beautiful.
I brought my stitching with me but must confess that very little got accomplished. I am so excited to be able to get back to stitching Ruthy!

  Where I left off with Ruthy

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Long lost stitcher . . .

It is a rainy day here and so much cooler!  Sadly it is already dark when I drive to work and almost dark on my way home :(

Feels as though I have missed a couple, maybe even a few, seasons of Scarlet Letter Samplers!  I lost my way on a sampler I had spent so much time trying to figure out how to personalize in memory of my Dad.  Poor Sarah Siddall sat wrapped in a pillowcase for many months in a closet.  Finally in June, I unwrapped her, pulled out all my amateurish attempts at graphing, collected threads and notes about what I had been trying to do.  I felt the loss of my father so freshly looking at all of that. I needed time to be able to take her up again.

We had a small vacation planned for just the four of us over summer break.  I was ready to start anew!  I packed everything up including a light. The first day, I set up a corner at our vacation rental as soon as the boys were tucked in.

Very little stitching occurred, maybe half a thread length before my youngest son was sick.  Fortunately, he recovered within a few days.  Sarah had to wait until we were home.  I put in a little more of the border and was trying to make sure I had the proper calculations for my verse.  Then news of my dear sister and her family moving far far far away.  I decided I needed to make something for her (non-SL) and have been trying to work on that in bits and pieces of time.  She has now given me a very hard deadline 9/20!  I don't know if I can make it.  So all other evening/night occupations have been put on hold.

Well, here is what she looked like the beginning of January when I lost my way during my father-in-law's illness:

This is how far I got before I started a project for one of my dear sisters:

I couldn't sleep last night, so I started trying to catch up on all the posts I have missed the last many weeks on this blog.  Very exciting to see so many beautiful projects progressing and finishing!  I almost "needed" to get up and get to work on SS, but I will try to be self-disciplined.  Catching up was like having a cup of hot tea with dear friends!

It was especially exciting to see Jackie P. working on SS!  How wonderful to see such progress! I will be impatiently waiting to see further updates from Jackie and all the others working on each of their varied and lovely projects.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Her Name was Margaret

Hello Everyone,

In 1826 Margaret Randolph, who was then 7 years old, finished her sampler. Now 188 years later I have finished mine, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I love her! I really think Margaret must have loved the outdoors because her sampler incorporated so many lovely things like birds and butterflies and roses.....all the things that I love, especially during the Spring and Summer months here in California. Even though I hadn't intended for her to become my summer stitch, that was what she was and it couldn't have been a more perfect sampler to work on while I have been enjoying my own garden.

Margaret was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819. She died in 1888. That means she lived during the Civil War.....I found myself wondering about her and her family....did they oppose slavery and maybe even help runaways in what was called the Underground Railroad, or maybe they felt ties with the Southern States. Did she lose a brother or son or other loved ones during this war? 

I came across this poem last year and thought it fit really well with Margaret. I hope you enjoy it.

A Sampler Speaks

I am a small square of linen and some
few yards of thread

Long years ago, when America was young,
I lay across the lap of a little girl
whose hand patiently patterned me.
Seated on a stool, she faced a table
whereon a candle flickered,
and shadows chased her busy fingers.
She sewed the alphabet and learned her letters...

formed a verse and learned devotion...
embroidered flowers and learned nature...

worked a border and learned art.

Through me, in part she learned to be
a woman and a wife.
I was her hope and her despair,
her pride and her love.
She is gone now,and gone are her times
and her ways
But in me, her sampler, and through her needle,
something of her and her day lives on
as surely as the painter
lives through his brush, the writer through his pen.


Margaret Randolph 1826
Cashel Linen - 28 Count
Antique White - DMC Threads
The time has come to pick a new sampler to work on.....I wonder which one that will be?

Happy Stitching everyone....all of your work is just beautiful!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014 more ways than one :(

So........Ruth Bacheler is finished.  And there is a story.  This was an OMG moment for sure. I was tempted to open the above bottle and consume the contents, but I paused and went to my next favorite thing below.  If you have never had shortbread with some lemon curd slopped over the top then I am sorry for you, it cures a lot of problems.  And to goes without saying there must be a cup of good tea beside it.  

Here is the story, in my excitement to start this gorgeous sampler, I put too much fabric at the top.  I normally stitch in hand, but as you see, I put this one on roller bars.  Therein is my mistake, I rolled too much at the beginning and have 3 inches at the top and only one inch at the bottom.  I don't think I have ever screwed this up before.  At least not to this extent.  Well, I will be MUCH more careful in future.  I would frame it close to the stitching anyway and my framer is fantastic so hopefully she will make it good.  So, word of warning, you all probably know this, but when the kit says 2 inches is all you have, believe it!!!

Another word of wisdom, when the instructions say pay attention to the instructions, believe that too!!! But she is worth every bit of the irritation, I am in love with her!

Sarah Siddall1818 A Quaker Sampler

Hello everyone,

I wish to thank Nicola and Jo for the invitation to join the blog. I love looking at all the beautiful samplers and do enjoy watching the progress being made. It is inspiring and keeps me motivated and I need that. I, like all of you, keep thinking what sampler do I want to do next? I'm not decisive as there're so many I would like to do. I will have to live to be 150 and then some to get them done. I found this sampler in my stash last April/May after being invited to join the blog. I wanted to see if I could still stitch on 40 ct. linen. I was working at that time and I tried to stitch on the weekends and in the evenings as time allowed. I have since retired from work and plan to spend more time stitching. I have numerous samplers in my stash but I keep finding new patterns that I would like to stitch!
An overall picture of my progress 

    Top center medallion

 I changed the name to my granddaughter's name 
       as recommended in instructions.
The center left motifs
 Upper left motif

    Upper right motif

Monday, 1 September 2014

Mary Ann Macdonald

All of us that are waiting for Marsha's release of Nicola's beautiful sampler, had better get busy and finish are pieces, at least, those of us, who only stitch one sampler at a time. I am one of those people, so I had better get busy on Mary Ann.  Here is where I am so far and with company here for the next two weeks, I am sure it will be hard to find time for stitching.  If I don't find the time, I know once I am in Ohio, visiting with mom, I'll get into the swing.

Thank you to all who have posted recently, it's a great way to start the day.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dorothy Walpole

I'd like to thank Nicola and Jo for the invitation to join this blog. I've be enjoying seeing everyone's wonderful work over the last year and I am delighted to join in. My name is Karoline and I blog at Karoline's Corner

I started Dorothy Walpole earlier this year along with the SAL on Facebook, I'm stitching her on 40 count Lakeside Linen Pearlised Barley with DMC.

Here is my progress to date, I've not been able to work on her over the summer with the children off school but they go back to school this week so I'm looking forward to getting back to her.

Emma Miles & Ann Grimshaw

Here I am, trying to remember how to post (it has been a while)!
I have picked up poor Emma again-my 'christmassy sampler'
and Ann Grimshaw keeps her company.

I fell in love with Mary's Ann (All My Scattering Moments) and so this is another version stitched with Finnegan's Fog silk...I just love it.

I was stitching away on The Huntsman before I fell ill again and he rode off somewhere into the woods with his dogs...I simply have no idea where he disappeared to.  Seriously, it amazes me that a project can vanish into thin air like that?  I hope he jumps back into view again soon... I'm sure someone will find either the needles or the scissors with their rear ends ... any day now...
Happy stitching everyone!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

More Ruth

Now I can,'t stop posting to show more of Ruth, I worked more this evening on this row and I believe I am really going to be finished soon!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

IGR 1749
Not much progress, but thought  I would show what little progress I have made.  I am loving this.  The photo doesn't do justice to the colors.

Monday, 25 August 2014


Here is progress as of Saturday.  I worked on her last night, filling in the points under that last row of white.  Let me refresh your memory......I am even worse about directions.  I had read the instructions at some point but yesterday when I picked her up after a weeks absence!!! I failed to look at the directions......because I knew what I was doing, right???  Uh, no, evidently not.  So I ended up taking out stitches!! I was actually looking at pictures that I had taken of the original sampler and I thought, hum, wonder why Marsha didn't chart the colors this way, then I thought to myself, uhhhh oh no.  And sure enough I had screwed up section 75 and 76.  Well, all fixed now, so I am on my way again!

And the exciting thing is that I got to turn the scroll frame and I can feel the end is in sight!  Oh, Ruth you are a beauty!  So I will post again soon, probably when I finish this Irish Stitch section, but she does just keep getting more and more lovely.  

I haven't worked on Manifesto at all, way too much to do, and I am afraid I will choose another sampler when I finish with this one, I have my eye on Ann Smith...........

Friday, 22 August 2014

My Next Scarlet Letter Sampler

Thank You all for the birthday greetings. I have been spending more time with quilting then samplers this year but I do have my next sampler picked out. It is Mary Ann Ogram. She was a gift from my daughter. I see more stitching time coming this fall as my husband and I start a new chapter in our lives. We are retiring! We also plan on doing a lot of traveling in our RV so smaller hand projects are in my future.

I keep up with all of your beautiful projects and posts and enjoy reading the blogs.

Happy Stitching




Thursday, 21 August 2014

Back to Dorothy

  Just a quick post to show that I am back to working on Dorothy Walpole again.  I haven't worked on her since April (shocking, I know) but she is on the list to finish this year so she needs to be back in the rotation.  This is where I left her last:

And this is where she is after a little work this past week.

This floral section, literally the  bottom half of the sampler, is so pretty! I am having a great time working this section!!

For Love of the Needle

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Thank you Carmen

My package arrived in the mail today, a bright spot in my day.  Thank you Carmen for such a generous gift.  I just love the scissors and the book with graphing paper inside, what a wonderful idea.  I just graphed Cindy into my sampler and used a very large piece of paper, for just a small pattern.  Good luck to all of those next month, post away ladies and gentlemen, we love seeing your progress.  Besides that, it's fun to win......

  Isn't the wooden hand, "Stitch this Way" cute.... It's pointing toward my stitching room.

IGR 1749

It has been a while since I last posted.   I felt that it was time I picked up one of my SL WIP's.  I considered picking up one of the two I have already started,but didn't feel like stitching either one.  Instrad, I felt the insatiable urge to start something new.  I flipped through my stash of SL charts and settled on IGR 1749.  it is not much of a start but I wanted to post a picture of it any way.

I am stitching this on 36 ct Bisque from Sassy's fabby with AVAS silks.