Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Elizabeth's draw

I received my chart- Christmas Sampler - along with a lovely surprise.  Sajou key chain.  Thank you so much Elizabeth!!

Sorry about the glare.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mary Ann Macdonald..........

  I have been with mom, one week today.  The first few days, we were busy, visiting with friends, going to Stitchery Showcase at Stan Hywett and then an Apple Butter stirring and let me tell you, it was so cold outside, it was spitting ice.......  We survived and I have some Apple Butter to take back to Florida.

Mom and I have taken the last few days and stitched, I think I stitched a lot more, but I was on a mission.  Mom called our framer, Bonnie, to ask if she had time for us on Saturday.  From that moment on, I didn't stop and the last stitch went in today.  It was a lot of fun finishing up Mary, she had so many different stitches.  I changed a few things, but I don't think it hurts the sampler.  I added "My Scarlet Letter Year" and both my name as well as Mom's, as she stitched the Angel.  

The weather today is cloudy, so the photo's are not the best.  If the sun comes out before I leave, I will take a few more.  For now, these will have to do.

I'll bet you can't guess what my next sampler will be?
It comes out the end of October...

Monday, 6 October 2014

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(especially for the first grandchild.  That would be very tacky!)

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Is Summer really over? : )

It has been quite a while since I have posted!  our summer kind of flew by...and we went on vacation at the very end of it!  I did very little stitching while on vacation. 
We went to Cape Cod:

It was gorgeous!  our campsite was spacious:

However sometimes travel can be tedious:

and you do what you can to make life interesting.

We went to a 19th century village museum and the doctor's home had a few samplers on the is one:

Summer passed and there were other things that filled our days; garden harvesting (lots of rain this year and a huge yield)!  Jesse made his sister this lovely wooden box for her birthday:

(I am going to put that on my Christmas wish list!) and the boys had a serious golf tournament out back:

(Checking out the competition:)

Annie tried not to get Butterscotch in the way of the game as she led her in to be milked

well, folks, that is my life... the seasons go by, here we are well into Fall already! School has are back at work and school, and life is busy.  Stitching is a huge joy to me as my busy family and country life goes back into getting ready for (hopefully) the quiet winter days...

and like the Pringles commercials (you overseas folk won't know this one.  "No one can eat just one!") NO ONE (including me) can stitch just one (Scarlett Letter sampler)!  Here is my start on Hanna Katerina, a gorgeous sampler.  My next post will be coming up soon (I hope) with updates of my previous stitching but for today wanted to leave you with this.  I am so excited about this sampler! Marsha keeps churning them out (don't you just LOVE all the new samplers she's charted?) and I keep running (and panting) and running (and panting) to keep up with my needle:

Hope you are enjoying your Fall and looking forward to whatever time you can fit in to stitch! (I hope this post has not been too picture heavy, I apologize in advance! just showing you a glimpse of my life : )

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sarah Siddell

Finished Sarah Siddell

The finished sampler

The lower half of the sampler

the left lower row

the rt. lower row

I have personalized this sampler for my granddaughter. I changed some of the colors on the flowers and the baskets because the white and cream colors did not have enough contrast with the background fabric. I have chosen a dark burley maple frame and will post again after it is laced and framed. The frame goes well with the red colors in the sampler. I will be choosing my next sampler soon and I have ordered a couple more samplers to add to my stash so my DH will know just what to give me for Christmas this year! One of course is Nicola's wonderful Eleanor Parr. The others are Hanna Katerina, IES and Ann Medd. I am so happy to have a finish project as I stitch slowly (stab and stick). I will also post my next project after I get it started. I may choose one from my present stash! I'll let you all know soon! This blog is so much fun and inspiring to keep stitching!!! I love looking at all of your samplers and watching your progress. I stitched this sampler in hand with no frames or hoops because it was all cross-stitch.but I have ordered a millennium frame. I love how it keeps the fabric so tight and it will also keep it cleaner. I think I will have my sampler dry cleaned to remove any of the oils from the hands before framing and lacing. Has anyone ever dry cleaned their samplers before framing? I hope they don't ruin it! I usually stitched my samplers with DMC floss so I could wash them before framing since I was in the habit of carrying them around from place to place as I was working on them and some of them became soiled because of this.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Ruthy Rogers udate

It has been a while and I desided it was time for a update on my Ruthy Rogers.  This is so relaxing and enjoyable it will be sad in a way to finish her. But then I can start another so that is excieting! I am about to start the flowers at the bottom then fill in the darker green background, so excieting!

I have been stitching away on Ruthy every night untill i am crosseyed. I hate to put her down! I would do another with the stem filling stitch because it is a easy stich even if it is time consumming. Thank you for letting me share! Bob

Sunday, 21 September 2014


She needs a good ironing but I was so excited she's finished. And the best part is that when I was in Pennsylvania over the summer I arranged everything for the framing at The Strawberry Sampler.  Now I just have to trust the USPS together her there

Thursday, 18 September 2014

New Start

I know it isn't much but this is the corner of my new start, Janet Burnet June 1830.  It is a Scottish Sampler and it only was published a couple of years ago I think.  The chart is great because it is in pages that you can copy and make notations, lines, counts, etc. on without messing up the whole chart.  Lots of very pretty colors, I am using AVAS in the called for colors and a 35 count linen that I overdyed with coffee, my own brand of "espresso". LOL

Ruth Bacheler is not back from the framers, I will post her when I get her back, all was well with the border!!

Ann Grimshaw

Part two  post on Ann Grimshaw.
Serena B

Ann Grimshaw

The beloved Ann Grimshaw sampler has had very few stitches added ,since I started her at the beginning of Nicola's Scarlet Letter year!
It simply has not went as planned...progress wise! I will persevere and be delighted with any progress.
As for a picture update,I hope to have one posted soon,with a little help...when I figure out how to do that!

Serena B

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.