Sunday, 14 September 2014
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
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
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
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!
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Sunday, 7 September 2014
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
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:
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
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.
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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|
|The center left motifs|
Monday, 1 September 2014
Sunday, 31 August 2014
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.
I have picked up poor Emma again-my 'christmassy sampler'
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
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
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.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
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
I am stitching this on 36 ct Bisque from Sassy's fabby with AVAS silks.