Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Monday, 25 May 2015

Finally.. A finish!!

  I haven't posted here in forever!!  I stitch and stitch but it seems like I don't actually get anything finished.  I started Elizabeth with the Facebook SAL at the beginning of the year and she is finally finished!!  Please excuse her wrinkles and folds.

40 ct. Lakeside Maritime white
with NPS conversion of my own

I love the pink accents in this one and the acorn motif at the bottom is one I had never seen before!
   On to the next!  I have Dorothy Walpole stitched down to the floral section and she will move into the spot in the rotation left by Elizabeth.  I hope to have a finish of Dorothy this year too!

For Love of the Needle

Monday, 4 May 2015

Lady and the Castle - fabric info

Hi all -

It has taken a while but I've finally finished all of the flora and fauna.

Now just lots of background to do and the lettering at the bottom.

The pattern has an outside border that you can see in a stunning version on the American Needlepoint Guild website. (click on the picture to enlarge)  Haven't decided if I'm going to do it or not. I don't see the border in the SL website picture and I very much like how that version looks framed.

I know most everyone has moved to facebook. Perhaps I might too some day. My thanks to Nicola and Jo for keeping these blogs going for now.

There was a question in the comments about what fabric I'm using. This is a SL silk kit purchased in 1996 (copyright year of the pattern). The description is simply 35-count linen.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Kindness of a Stranger

In a day when we see tragedies, horrifying news photos, and unbelievable acts done, we can take comfort that goodness still exists.

Thank you Dawn for sending me a lovely book that I won on this most uplifting Scarlet Letter Blog Stitcher's group!

Dawn included three lovely notecards for my use and a short note stating one can never have enough cards  : )

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Winter is almost over here although our most recent snowfall shows that winter has so far for us, not lost its grip. 

(a photo of our snow.. and the kids and their friends enjoying a hockey game on our home-made ice rink in the back yard!)

However the seasons DO turn, Spring comes, and kindness and goodness still exist  : )  

Happy stitching everyone!!!  (I will post updates on my SL stitching soon... want to be able to show more than a few stitches' worth of progress!)  I hope everyone is keeping healthy and finding time to stitch during this long winter season! 


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Mary Ann Hutton Christmas Sampler

Many of you probably don't know me.  I've been a member of this group for a year or so, but have never posted.  I am usually stitching smalls, but I have plans to stitch a sampler or two this year.  The Mary Ann Hutton Christmas Sampler is one of my favorite sampler designs ...
... but I'm sorry to say that I don't like the floss colors used.  I'm not good at making color substitutions, so I'm wondering if anyone has stitched this with different ... darker/more subdued ... colors, & if so, what did you use?  

Friday, 20 February 2015

Happy Birthday Nicola

I didn't want this day to pass, with out wishing a special lady, a special birthday.  

Where has to time gone?  I remember joining the group and placing my first post.  It was of Country Life, my newly finished Scarlet Letter.  Four samplers later, one in the stand and Eleanor Parr waiting in the wings, that where my time has gone.  Many of you have completed many more beautiful Scarlet Letter samplers, I am sure a lot of you, because of this special lady.

                                                 Happy Birthday Nicola
                                         My Dear Friend, someone I look up to.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Elizabeth Shephard Progress

  I have been stitching Elizabeth Shephard in the small sampler SAL in the Facebook group and have forgotten to post here.  I am working on her as my stitch group piece since she is so much smaller and more portable than the other pieces in my current rotation.  It keeps her fresh for me and seems like more a part of the SAL that way!

Elizabeth Shephard
40 ct. Lakeside Navy bean
w/ Needlepoint silk conversion
For Love of the Needle

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Jean Scrimgeowr

Jean Scrimgeowr

I finished Jean a few minutes ago.  For a change, after I picked Jean up after a few months, I stuck with her and finished her

Friday, 6 February 2015

My start on Eleanor Parr

I am starting on my Eleanor Parr Sampler and am just really enjoying this beautiful sampler so much.  These are my favorite colors and on a cold winter as it as been this year with many overcast, and rainy days a project as this can be one that just makes you feel so good to work on.  I love Eleanor Parr and am really excited to get to start working on some birds soon.  I am using 40 ct. Vintage Sand Dune for my fabric with some Gloriana as well as some other threads that I have had here.  I will post my progress here and in the Scarlet Letter Years FB pages too.  I am making this year the year of more stitching time.  I hope to post again here soon!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Mary Hurst

Mary Hurst - Ready to begin the satin stitch motif flowers. 


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Margaret Randolph 1826

Greetings my sampler loving friends~

.....I am pleased to show you my latest finish~ a Philadelphia Reproduction Sampler..... Margaret Randolph 1826 was a pure joy to stitch!

First, I must thank each of you who continues to post photos and comments about your Scarlet Letter workes.... Without that inspiration, I may not have even seen Margaret; much less been inspired to stitch her......

Margaret Randolph 1826
Stitched on 40 count Antique White Zweigert linen..... I used specified silks except for the brighter turquoise.... I substituted Caribbean Sea by Gloriana to add subtle depth.....

Margaret Randolph 1826
Margaret must have loved nature..... Flowers, birds & pretty butterflies~

Margaret Randolph 1826
There is a tad bit of over 1 stitching....

Seven year old Margaret adorned her sampler with her parents initials in a beautiful center wreath.... So sweet~ When I look at some of the seven year old First Grade girls in my class, I often wonder if they would find the discipline to stitch such a design.....
Margaret Randolph 1826
A mid-size sampler~ One I encourage you to take a second look at.....

Margaret Randolph 1826
Margaret Randolph 1826~

~Happy stitching, my friends!


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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Jean Scrimgeowr

This week I decided to pull out Jean and add a few more stitches.... easier said than done :9  I was able to locate the sampler and chart without problem..  but the threads were a different issue.  I had to look, look and look for a couple of days and was FINALLY able to find them.  I started stitching,  But to my horror, I was missing a few colors and had to "borrow" from another.  As  I was getting ready to add the flowers in the border, it happened again !!  I could not find the red I needed.  I KNOW I had used it earlier in the day but it must have sprung wings and flown out of my house.  It is no where to be seen .  I decided to post a picture of my WIP anyway.

Will I finish this in 2015 along with a few others??   I am not holding my breath  :)

Friday, 16 January 2015

January Stitching

Hello everyone!  (I am so sleep-challenged today, I have to admit two things: 1.  I first spelled hello, "hellow", and 2.  I had to re-set my blog password as I have forgotten it! sigh.)

In January I joined the Scarlet Letter stitch-along on facebook for Jenny Bean.  I have done very little on it as I haven't really been too thrilled with the linen I chose... for some reason I am having difficulty stitching it.  Here is a photo of the little I have done.  I did a restart on another piece of linen and am in the process of deciding whether I want to keep on with this one or make a change.

However it's a three day weekend here in the States as we remember Martin Luther King and I plan to get a lot of stitching done this weekend:

I have been doing a LOT of stitching on my Mary Ann Hutton sampler!  here is the 1st photo I had a couple of weeks ago.

and here is what I have done since then.  I love THIS linen.  It's Lakeside Buttercream and so nice to stitch on!  (There are a  few tiny mistakes which I will decide whether to keep or fix):

I have so many stitching goals for 2015!  there are so many lovely Scarlet Letter samplers to choose from.  One of my favorite 'down-time' things to do (to relax) is to get myself some hot tea and browse the gallery on this blog!

Hope everyone is surviving the winter ok.  Cold weather is good stitching weather!

Happy stitching,

Monday, 12 January 2015

Ann Smith Start

I started Ann Smith a couple of weeks ago, and am loving her.  I'm using the charted AVAS threads, but I don't know what linen I have.  It was in the package with my chart so I  wonder if perhaps it is from the SL.  I bought the chart so many years  ago that I can't remember.

This is what my sampler looked like a few days ago.  Since taking the photo, I've stitched two more flowers on the side borders and also a couple hundred more eyelets over two linen threads.  Progress on the latter is very slow.

Monday, 5 January 2015

MD 1660 The Unicorn Sampler (4)

I continue working on MD 1660 The Unicorn Sampler.

I wish to everyone Happy New Year 2015!! I also wish everyone and from my heart, that each of your dreams come true!

With respect to work, I'm back! Actually I have not stopped doing things, I worked, but I have not posted, that's all.

So, it's time to publish!

Here I put a photo, for you remember this sampler and here is my last step. Still I have not finishing the second band of lace, but I finished the alphabet in Italian cross stitch. In fact after I take the photo, I have read the instructions carefully again because I had already forgotten them.

I'll end the second band, once I work more on this sampler because when it comes to a complicated embroidery, sometimes I take a little bit of time for getting used to those stitches again.

For this sampler I used DMC threads, the embroidery is done on 40 Count Newcastle Linen in ivory color.

See you soon!!

MMD 1660 Unicorn Sampler 04-8
MMD 1660 Unicorn Sampler 04-9g

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Mary Gail stitched on 40 ct Autumn Gold over 2 threads one strand of floss She is 12 x 12, 

Sarah Low is my new start, 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Holiday and all the very Best for the New Year.
Some of you may have seen this little project I designed and shared on Facebook and my blog - it is using a technique specific to a region in Germany - Schwalm embroidery... it is amazing how similar so many techniques are and yet the regional flavors make them so distinct.
May the New Year bring you all many hours of stitching enjoyment !
Holiday wishes -Schwalm embroidery sampler  Designed and stitched by Nupur

Mary Ann Macdonald is finally home

I just got Mary back from the framers.  She has been gone quite a long time, but worth the wait.  Now, the decision as to where to hang her.  My guess is, I'll have to move a few samplers closer together, to get her in.

If you look closely, in the bottom right had side, you will see a needle and thread, below the pond.  Marsha mentioned the original she found  a needle and thread, when she unframed the antique.  Here is a close-up.       

Also, I received my Eleanor Parr, but can't decide if I should put down Frances Marshall.  I'll probably work hard to finish Frances, after the holidays. 
I am excited to work Eleanor.  I picked a 45count linen, with the antique silk conversion.  I am going to stitch the two young ladies in stem stitch.  After talking with Nicola, we both thought this would look lovely.
Merry Christmas
Happy Holiday
Looking forward to Our New Year Together.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

It's Coming On Christmas.........

It's coming on Christmas. They're cutting down trees..........

Hello Everyone,

As Christmas lights twinkle, cookies are baking, stockings are hanging and the scent of pine from our tree fills up the house, I find myself remembering the happy moments of 2014 and feeling so thankful for the people that I have in my life. It is important to me that the people who are part of my days realise that they are important to me, that they have touched a special place in my heart and made 2014 a happier year just because they have been there!

All of you here on these two blogs have done that for me this year and I wanted you to know that. I have so enjoyed seeing the samplers that you have been stitching and sharing in the parts of your life that you have written about on these blogs. You have enriched my life in countless ways and have made my stitching journey a happy one, filled with beautiful samplers and countless friendships! All of you are important to me and I wanted to say "thank-you"  for helping to make 2014 a good year!

I also wanted to let you know that I have tried something new this year. I am not really a computer person and when our group moved over to Facebook I was not sure if that was for me. I love our blogs. To me it feels like home! I love that I can read your post with a cup of tea and just drool over all of the samplers that you are stitching. Like all of you my plate is full during the day and I was worried about trying something new, especially something that I was not familiar with......but curiosity got the better of me and I hopped on over and made an account, joined our group over there and have enjoyed every minute of it! Nicola and Krista have done an outstanding job and they work really hard to make everyone feel welcome and valued. I have seen samplers that I have not noticed before ( and believe me I do not know how that could possibly be....but there it is...grins... ), I have fallen in love with beautiful antique scissors, I have met new friends and run into "old" ones and learned so much about samplers and all things sampler related. The conversations are fun to follow and I am learning my way around...slowly...LOL...but I am getting there. So if any of you were thinking about following on Facebook, it is fun and you will certainly be welcome!

Elizabeth Shephard and SDW are all ready for me to begin stitching and I am really looking forward to the 2015 SAL. I will start with those but many more are calling my name. I am feeling way more comfortable with speciality stitches and there are a few band samplers that are calling the loudest....not to mention Sophia's sampler..... so we will see just what the New Year will bring :) Either way it is looking like it will be a great stitching year on our blogs and on Facebook and I am excited about all of it.

So whether you are starting on a new sampler or continuing on with an " old friend" I will look forward to stitching throughout 2015 with you, my dear stitching friends. 

Merry Christmas and may you all have a blessed New Year!