And All was for an Appil

And All was for an Appil
And All was for an Appil - Lynn, Faye and Laura's versions


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Susey Oliver Update

Here is my update for Susey Oliver.  This is a beautiful sampler.  I am planning to finish this sampler and start another very soon.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Ruth Update

I do love this blog, I just don't get to  post enough!!  It's been a very busy summer and I haven't been able to stitch nearly enough.  I have been busy doing projects other than Ruth Bacheler, but I have gone back to her now.  Here she is!!

She is so pretty, I took this last week and I have worked since then, finished this entire section that is in progress and started under the pink line. So I am on the home stretch now!!  But Halloween is calling to me, I love to stitch Halloween projects!!!

I was able to get to see the original sampler this past May!!  We stayed near Cambridge and I made arrangements with the Fitzwilliam Museum staff to pull several samplers out of their archives to view.  It was spectacular, and Ruth Bacheler is so pretty and really so well preserved, the colors are just as beautiful as they are on the reproduction.  It is smaller, must be done on a 50 count or higher, I was so blown away.  If you ever have the chance to go to the Fitzwilliam, do it!!!

Thank you for all the beautiful work I have been enjoying!! Even though I haven't posted much I do check the blog frequently to see all the beauties, you all do good work!!!!

Ruthy Rogers long awaitted update

My Ruthy Rogers update is long overdue!
i did not feel i had much done so I kept stitching away as time was slipping away too. I am enjoying every moment stitching this but i am slow. Trying to stitch the filling stitch one handed seems to take me a long time, i can see the benifit of two hands with  this stitch!  But.... at least i can do it and I am geting it done, that is all that matters! I am posting the picture from the last post and todays, this way you can see the differences. I have to admitt I want to start another, I love so many of the kits i want to work on all of them now. I will behave myself however and only work on one or two at a time. Thank you for letting me share this! Bob

This is the last posting  pic 
Todays updated paicture

Sunday, 17 August 2014

In search of...

Just wondering if any of you might have information on where I could possibly purchase cotton threads "Spécial à broder" N° 40 or finer from DMC (not "Mouliné") or from "Anchor" or perhaps some of you have it in your stash ... I'd be happy to pay…
I have designed a piece that I would like to work on with the traditional threads available not even so long ago...

I haven't posted here recently because I am finishing up some other samplers in the meantime.  I have been following all the great work here and already have a few samplers on my mind that I will post about soon ... Looking at the SL website can really get you into trouble!  Marsha has some beautiful samplers as we all know.

thanks for any help on my quest to find the right threads ...


Friday, 15 August 2014

Soon 2 b a Mother in law.

Just found out my daughter is getting married and would love to do a autumn bridal/wedding sampler. I seen a beauty on here a while back but can't remember the title or the stitcher. Can someone post me some help or give suggestions for a beautiful chart possibly with autumn leaves? She is decorating with autumn leaves and foliage. Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Elizabeth Sheffield - Home at Last

At last, after 13 months of stitching, the beautiful Elizabeth Sheffield is completed and framed!

I am so amazed at how incredible the finished and framed piece looks.  Initially I was attracted to the bright colors of the pattern.  But after working on this for so long, I've come to appreciate the original design and subtle elements that make this sampler so unique.

Because of the overwhelming amount of "over-one" stitching, there were many times that I put the piece away in favor of something a little easier.  But knowing that you wonderful Scarlet Letter Years participants were watching, I would work on it after a short respite.  I even changed it up just a bit to make it my own.

Yes, that's a flower pot in the window.

So, thank you all for your past compliments and encouragement following my earlier posts.  I plan to keep up with this wonderful group and have chosen "Janet Carsels" as my next Scarlet Letter sampler!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Summertime with Frances Marshall

Well it's been such a long time since I've posted!  I am still stitching though.  I have been enjoying the summer with our huge garden (we are having beets, green beans, yellow and green squash and red potatoes almost every night with dinner!)  This has been a great summer for us so far, with no drought, plenty of rain and a huge vegetable yield.

I had a great birthday in August and, just because they are so pretty, here is a photo of some roses my husband brought home (what a shock!  he stopped picking flowers by the side of the road when someone honked at him.... so, it has been some time since he brought me flowers and these were much appreciated   : )

Some of my stitching has been on other projects, so my Scarlett Letter current project is progressing at a slower pace.  However, every time I pick it up again I tell myself "why don't I just stitch this Frances Marshall and put everything else aside?"  It is so enjoyable for me.

I have made a lot of progress since the early days of stitching Frances Marshall:

I started outlining the figures of the serpent, angel Michael, and Adam and Eve.  Also have been filling in the grass section, which though it takes time, makes for good stitching while watching "Jeopardy" re-runs (and usually getting the answers wrong), or BBC tv programs!
A close-up:

Here is where I am at present.  I have found that doing the outlining is not at all as difficult as I had first imagined!  Soon I will be filling in with stem stitch!

I do hope all of you are having a lovely summer and finding some time, maybe during vacation if you are fortunate enough to have one, to stitch on your favorite Scarlett Letter sampler! 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Mary Ann Macdonald

It has been a while since my last post.  I thought I had better show you where I am at, with my sampler.  After seeing everyone else add things personal to their samplers, I decided to add our cat "Cindy".  Mind you, I gave her tail fur, which at the moment she doesn't have.  John has been traveling and she isn't quite happy about this, so she has taken it out on herself by removing her fur. I did my best to make Cindy look good, but it's a little difficult when making her only about an inch square. 

Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday Wishes.  I plan on enjoying my day, getting in a little stitching, visiting with my German adopted daughter, Isabell and having a wonderful dinner of Sushi. 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hello everyone,

It has been so long since I posted. At the end of Nicola's SL year, I needed to work on some other projects, plan a family vacation and had long work hours. Life has been busy for all of us. I did start and finish The Bird Sampler:

Stitched on 36 count Navy Bean with one strand DMC. The geese on the bottom do not show well in the photo and I am thinking of outlining them. I worked on this while deciding what to buy with the gift certificate I won at the end of the year. My list kept changing and after making many lists, I ordered:

Thank you again for the gift certificate to Nicola, Ray and Marsha.  I joined Nicola's journey last year because I had a number of SL samplers to stitch. Although I was able to complete about  8 of them, I have added so many more to my list!

I usually stitch one sampler at a time but if it is large or involved I might stitch something smaller or easier along with it. I started Nancy Nurse because I had a piece of that beautiful green material and the DMC while I awaited the silks for Dorothy Walpole. It has taken me longer than I thought and was afraid if I stopped I'd never go back to it. I am so happy to see my satin diamonds will match up and hope to finish this in one good stitching day and than start on Dorothy.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!
Cindy L

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Still Plugging Away....

Hello Friends,

Although it has been awhile since I have posted, I assure you that I've been trying my hardest to finish the beautiful Elizabeth Sheffield.

As you can see, I have made quite a bit of progress in the last few months.  And there is not much to finish.  However....

...the hardest part for me is the over-one stitching.  It is very time consuming and at times, it seems like I'll never get all of the plants and creatures filled in with tiny stitches!

I have to keep reminding myself what I've already accomplished:

And, just for a small added incentive to keep stitching away, I've already purchased my next Scarlet Letter project:  Janet Carsels.

Monday, 7 July 2014

ELIZ. COX 1838

Hello everyone! Happy July!

I have had a little change in direction with my stitching ... and it's all because of the influence of Nicola (*wink*wink*)   :)

I have joined Nicola in stitching Eliz. Cox ... oh such a pretty sampler! ... and oh so far out of my comfort zone!!! But Nicola's beautiful progress has been a great inspiration.

We started about the second week in June and I am not nearly as far along as Nicola, but here is my progress ...

I have been studying Mary Corbet's videos on long and short "needlepainting" stitches. This center flower I have outlined will be my first attempt ...

... slightly nervous, but ready to jump in and give it a try! Wish me luck!!!

I am stitching Eliz. alongside a 'Mirabilia' design for my daughter. She recently graduated from college, and has started her first job as a broadcast meteorologist. I just added a post to my personal blog documenting my progress on that project. If you are interested, you can find it HERE.

Also since the last time we chatted, my 'Sarah Harvey' has returned from the very talented Jill Rensel.

I love the molding ... and I love the way Miss Sarah looks all dressed up!
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.
Until next time ...

Sunday, 6 July 2014

As promise Mary Ann Macdonald

Even with the holiday weekend, I was able to make my goal.  I wanted to finish the house on my sampler.  So between preparing food and entertaining, I was able to sit down and work on my sampler.  It is so hot outside, that it has been nice staying in and stitching, at least during the heat of the day.  I hope those of you living in the US, enjoyed the July 4th holiday.  For those of you on the Northeast Coast, I hope that our first tropical storm didn't cause too many problems.

I can't wait to really get into this part of the sampler.


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Catharine Metcalf

This isn't my finish, but I thought you all might like to see my mom's finished and framed Catharine Metcalf.  It's another Scarlet Letter that maybe some of you make like to tackle.  I think this sure is a beautiful sampler.  The light green tree coming out of the house, is all bullion stitches.  I can't wait to see it in person.   Seeing a photo of a finished piece, reminds us of how many different samplers, Marsha has to offer. 
  I am sorry this photo has the flash in it, but my brother took it inside the house.  I like to take mom's samplers outside and place them in the bright sun and then no flash is needed.

I have been trying to stitch on my Mary Ann Macdonald and have just started the bottom scene.  I have to place all the cross stitches first before adding all the special stitches.  So, right now the house is starting to grow.  I will take a photo, before the holiday weekend here in the United States. That will give me a couple of days to maybe finish the house or at least be close to finished.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ruthy's Progress

I desided it was time for a update! I am not nearly as far as i would like to be with this wonderful piece but I think we are harder on ourselves than others are. I am enjoying stitching Ruthy very much but also finding myself full of ideas and so many other ones I want to stitch. I thought about checking on a ten step program to help with my addiction but saw another piece Marsha has charted and spent my money on that instead.....So for now I will need to continue stitching and forget about rehab....HA!
I find this so enjoyable being able to share with so many others who enjoy stitching too.
Happy Stitching, Bob

Ruthy's Tree is Slowly Growing

Just a little more stem stitching progress on Ruthy Rogers. I loved doing the trunk of the apple tree with this stitch I finally feel I have learned to do, and hope to get more leaves and apples done in the near future. This is such a pretty project and I have much more to do on it!