Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Monday, 25 April 2016


I completed my variation on Elizabeth Shepherd. It is for my grandma. I put the initials of her 4 children at the top and in smaller letters, her nine grandchildren.  She has 10 great grands, but I thought that might look too hectic.  This year would have been her 70th wedding anniversary.
She is a wonderful lady and I am so grateful for all her love and care through the years!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Mary Hammand Work in Progress

I am so enjoying the colors and stitching on Mary Hammand.   There are 8 crosses in this border but I venture down below the border and will attempt some of the over 1 stitching soon for a break from doing the same things on the top border.  This is such a beautiful project and the colors make it that much more fun to stitch.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Mary Hammand Start

I have been working on a section of Mary Hammand by The Scarlet Letter. This is a section of border but it is really huge and for me I feel that doing a section makes it more fun and interesting to see some real progress. I am just loving this one and hope to have more stitched soon. I love these colors. I am using DMC threads and they are working out really well.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

For Grandma

My grandma is a very special lady.  I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with her and Grandpa. They were both talented at whatever they took an interest in and made life an exciting adventure. We lost Grandpa in 2003. Grandma is now 91 and still the dearest lady. She smiles and and tells us something sweet or funny about Grandpa whenever he comes to mind.  Next year would have been their on 70th anniversary.
It has been in my mind to make Elizabeth Shepherd for her for quite some time, but all of a sudden, I had to start right away. That was 11/24. This is my progress so far:

Hope to get some time to get this finished asap.

This blog is still my favorite resource for motivation and admiring the work of so many gifted people!

Lambswool Linen 35ct
Burmilana and Caron Impessions

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

It has been a LONG time since I posted anything, sorry! I have been busy trying to get things done, let me fill you in.....
In early June I was offered a house that a dear friend of 40 plus years owned, this is a 1800's one room school house that was turned into a home in the early 1940's. The house is a half a mile from where we live now, with my son and daughter in law and two of the most wonderful grand babies in the world! Nice thing is when the leaves are off the trees half the year we can see each others home across the valley. Anyways, long story short we close on Sept 30th and the real work begins. I will be starting a blog with progress and pictures soon. I will post that address as soon as I have the blog up and running . I have not been posting updates on my cross stitch because by the time I do what I have too I am so beat some times I do not have energy to stitch..bad! I have finished Ann Scutt c 1675 and can now get back to the Manifesto. I joined the stitch along because I needed the break from nothing but little X's and Ann gave me the break I needed. I really enjoy pieces that have a wide variety of stitches such as Ann does. So... here is the picture and will post updates but must warn you that with a three year project starting in a month, I will likely stitch in my spare moments and read every ones posts on the Scarlet Letter years. Hope you like what I have stitched....Bob

Saturday, 15 August 2015

My Birthday Giveaway........ WINNER

I am sorry this post is late, I know everyone must have been waiting for the winner to be announced.  I was away for a couple of days and didn't have my computer.  All that being said.........

                                                     THE WINNER IS.......
                                                       Carolyn  Harris

I combined the entries from the blog as well as on Facebook and I did a computer generated draw. 


Thank you all for you best wishes and I did have a wonderful day, I wonderful week and I just got back from spending two days in Jacksonville, celebrating with a good friend. 

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Bird or Bat

Had a little excitement 2 nights ago when I had what I thought was a bird in my house. I was chasing him trying to catch him mid flight with my bare hands because I didn't want my cats to harm him. It wasn't until he landed on my kitchen cabinet that I realized what he actually was. A BAT! I couldn't get anyone to help me get him out, including the police. My son went to his room and shut the door. My son is 22 and coincidently is studying to be a police officer. Kind of funny when you think about it.

After a hair raising 40 minutes I got the bat out on my own. But wait, it gets better. I just removed my second bat.

The lesson learned is this. If you ever get a bird in your house, don't try to catch it bare handed until you know for a fact that it truly is a bird. Lol

In Stitches,

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Celebrating my birthday.........


Happy Birthday Giveaway...


It's my birthday on August 6th, so to help me celebrate, I am giving away a Scarlet Letter Chart.  For anyone interested, please just respond to this post and I will place you in the draw.  I will leave this open for the next week, so make sure you enter before August 13th.   I will choose a winner the evening of August 13th.  Wishing you all a wonderful summer's day and good luck to all.

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,