Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Tuesday, 31 December 2013

So close but not quite there yet!

I haven't been able to post for awhile . Life has gotten in the way. My daughter-in-law has had a couple of major surgeries , so of course I have been helping with the boys. Wow a 6 & 8 year old can keep you busy! Then came Christmas and  no  school  for the boys. So we have been doing lots of grandma-grandpa time.
Hopefully now with my daughter in law on the mend and the new year here we can get back to routine again.( what is that anyway!) With -42 temperatures I am happy to be indoors and stitching. I only have the satin stitch fill ins, in the upper border to complete.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Margret Gatis - Day 2

Continued to think and work on Margret Gatis ... the central flower of Band 5 intrigued me and I needed to work on something that would keep my thoughts occupied and focused so I decided to skip down to it yesterday.  Here is the progress so far :

Margret Gatis - Day 2/Band 5
The Song of my Needle

The stitch direction on this and some of the color choices here are my interpretation - wish I could study the original sampler.

You can find more details on this band, framing up and about stitching plans for 2014  as always on :

mj - I wonder which band you were referring to in your comment on my last post?
Looking forward to working on this together!

MaryAnn Macdonald Post #3

Not much new, but wanted to post before the end of the New Year.

May each and every one of you have the healthiest and happiest, New Year.  Another great year is upon us, enjoy...........

Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Ideal Landscape

Hi friends. I'm very pleased to be able to share with you my completed Ideal Landscape! 

This piece was begun back in the early 90s. It was about 80% completed back then and dated in the upper right corner--at one time I was pretty confident I would complete it in 1992. But my best intentions got derailed by a move, caring for elderly relatives, job changes, and a shift into quilting.

You know what they say about the road to hell being paved by good intentions...this piece sat wadded folded in my sewing cabinet for 21 years. 

Within the last year, several friends who were busily stitching on their own pieces inspired me to resurrect the Ideal Landscape and finish it up. A couple impromptu alterations had to happen--for one thing, my 60+ year old eyes are just no longer capable of puzzling out the queen stitch. The shaded blue triangle in the upper right is just straight cross stitch, and I marvel that I was ever capable of that devilish queen stitch. But there's the proof--the corresponding shaded blue area on the left side is perfectly executed queen stitch, done with no magnification, I might add! Life goes on...

Lynn's in Madison, Wisconsin did the beautiful framing job.

My thanks to my stitching friends Renee (flyawayjil) and Deb (debjabo) for getting me back on track with my stitchery. And also--thanks to Nicola's Scarlet Letter and to all of you for further inspiration. Happy 2014 to all.

Ann Scutt - Day 4 ... and another new start !

We've had some action packed days lately but I have been trying to put in a few stitches whenever I've had the energy.  Here is Ann Scutt as of Thursday night :
AnnScutt - Day 4
The Song of my Needle

I had originally planned on starting Margret Gatis on Christmas Day but then didn't get around to it... so just started it this evening...

Margret Gatis 1711
40 ct. Sandstone linen, AVAS silks


Thursday, 26 December 2013

Ann Scutt 1675 - Day 3

Progress as of tonight :

Ann Scutt 1685 - Day 3
The Song of my Needle

Merry Christmas

No stitching to share, just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  I wish each of you a blessed 2014.

Sharon H

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Happy Holidays

I wanted to take a break from the celebrations to wish everyone Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays.

Here is a quick picture update on Wind Blows.


Dawn M

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A New Beginning... Ann Scutt 1675

Hi Everyone!
It has been a while since I have posted - things have been busy on all fronts.  My intention was to finish Elizabeth Harborne by Christmas but an error in packing things for the holidays necessitated a
change in plans.  I packed Elizabeth's linen and threads but forgot to pack the instructions... but I successfully packed all of Ann Scutt and Margret Gatis! 

So, I decided to start Ann Scutt ... got things ready and have stitched for just about an hour on Dec. 20 and then this morning.

So, here is the progress to date  - more on my blog as always
Here is wishing you all a Happy Holiday and all the best in the New Year:

Ann Scutt,, 1685
The Song of my Needle   

Eliza Tagg


     I wanted to show an update on Eliza before I adjusted my frame again. The rose color in the center is a very bright color. My only concern so far is if I will have enough of the gold color. I plan on finishing the stepped lozenge before I use the gold for anything else.

   The next section is the verse over one. The photo is the sampler just under one half stitched.  I'm working the holidays so hope to get a little stitching done in the evening.
Our family Christmas is delayed this year because so many are in the medical field and working various shifts this year but we are use to it and work around it.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Monday, 23 December 2013

Four Seasons -- and Happy Holidays

Hello everyone,

Not much progress to report on Four Seasons ...

... but I want to wish everyone a Healthy, Peaceful, Happy, and Creative New Year!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

My progress

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Happy holidays and lots of hugs.

Poor Ann Hair!

After taking a break from Ann Hair, I've resumed work on her.

I think I may have figured out why I had put her aside for a while--I had made a counting mistake on the placement of the celtic knot on the far right.  I had stitched it two threads too far to the right.  I wish that I had discovered my mistake before I added the algerian eyes and satin stitches to the celtic knot.  Yesterday I finally made myself rip out that area, and now I'm ready to move forward.

Here is Ann as she looked on Friday....not much progress since you last saw here.  Although I have come a long way, I still have quite a ways to go.

I made the discovery that I don't have enough of one of the greens to complete the sampler.  I looked in my stash and found more of the same AVAS color, but the dyelot is dramatically different.  I mean dramatically!!  I laid the two dyelots on my linen so you could see the difference. (The difference is much more obvious in person.)  The only "good" news is that I have enough of the the original green to complete the band I'm currently working on.  I'm not sure what I'll do about the green elsewhere on the sampler.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmastide!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

MaryAnn Macdonald

I haven't gotten much accomplished on Mary Ann, like everyone else, the holidays can take up a lot of time.

I just love the colors and I really am looking forward to getting into the heart of this sampler.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah and
Happy New Year....

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

No Stitching ... but Christmas Wishes!

Hi everyone!

So yesterday as I was rushing home from my weekly volunteering, I made a quick stop at my dad's favorite local chocolate shop to purchase a box of chocolate covered cherries he loves. I hadn't taken more than 6-8 steps outside the shop when I stepped on a random patch of ice that in my hurry I did not notice and down I went hard on my behind ... *ouch**ouch**double-ouch*! Both feet just went out from under me and suddenly there I was on my bum with my handbag, my car keys and the chocolates scattered around me.

I'm fine ... walking around a little tenderly today, but it's nothing that a few extra doses of ibuprofen won't help ... except that somehow I also injured my middle finger ... on my stitching hand! I don't know what happened ... but it hurts like the dickens, it's black and blue, it's swollen about 1-1/2 times its' normal size, it's not working properly ... I can't hold my stitching needle!!!!

With all the last minute shopping, baking, wrapping, and preparing that happens the week before Christmas, putting my stitching aside for a few days would normally not concern me, but right now it's a problem because I still haven't finished the Christmas gift I am stitching for my sister ... aarrrgghh!!! I'm praying that tomorrow I'll at least be able to hold a needle and muddle my way through.

Oh dear, dear, dear ... that's about all I can say at this point ... I'd like to say a few other not-so-pretty  words but that won't get me anywhere, now will it ... besides I said them all last night!!!

So listen friends, be careful out there! Don't be so busy and preoccupied with errands that still need to be finished that you don't pay attention to the random patches of ice!

If I don't get a chance for another post before next week, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year. You all have certainly blessed and inspired me this year with your talents, your encouragement, your kindness, your friendship.


Saturday, 14 December 2013

Bird in Bough

Got a few stitches done in between work, jury duty and Christmas preparations. Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Plugging along with Sarah Limah!

Hello everyone!  how is your December going?

Well it's a long story but my camera was 'lost' in Kentucky Horse this picture was taken once again with Michael's help while we await a replacement. 

I started the lower bands on Sarah Limah.  The satin stitches were not lying flat and it wasn't until I read the recent post with Barbara's tips that I realized I  !!  (everyone ELSE seems to get THEIR satin stitches to look exquisitely perfect! sigh.) 

So I am anxious to get going and try Barbara's method (thanks!)

However I am finding the colors in this sampler so lovely and really enjoying this...even though half of the kids came down with chicken pox over Thanksgiving (yes, it really happened!) So our month has been interesting to say the least!

Stitching keeps me sane (my hubby says, "ummm...I don't think it's working."  : )  : )  (just for that I think he owes me six or seven new Scarlett Letter sampler charts for Christmas! or maybe ten or twelve.   : )  Don't you agree?)

hope all of you are keeping well (we are getting more lake effect today.)  Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

2013 Framed SL Samplers

I wanted to share the SL samplers I completed and framed this year.  I really love them both.  I am planning to stitch a lot more SL samplers in 2014.  Sad that the photos don't do these samplers justice.

Ann How - Scarlet Letter

Sarah Siddall - Scarlet Letter


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Eliza Tagg


I was able to start Eliza Tagg after our Thanksgiving holiday. I have really enjoyed stitching this piece so far.

The kit comes with 40 count fabric and AVAS silks. This section has gone rather quickly but the next will be over one wording and will go slowly especially with the upcoming holidays.  One stitch at a time.........


Monday, 9 December 2013

Four Seasons

Hello everyone,

We finally have a digital camera, and so no more scans and no more holding fabric up in front of the computer's camera to get pictures. I do need time to experiment with focus and lighting -- perhaps over the holidays.

Here is the current state of Four Seasons.

I'm trying to do the cross-stitch first. The silk thread sometimes becomes fuzzy -- a combination (I think) of the texture of the green fabric and my cutting my threads a bit too long.

This was started as a break from "Lady and the Castle" which Nicola used as day 1 on her Advent Calendar. I'm beginning to miss the lady and all of the tent stitch over one.  Perhaps after the new year. I would like to see it finished in 2014.  All of the recent finishes are very inspiring.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Wind Blows

Hi All,

I have a quick update on The Wind Blows.  I still need to do the satin stitch for the sun rays.  I am going to hold off on that at least until I roll the scrolls up since the stitches are fairly long and I don't want them to get snagged.  I have one more cloud to do and then I can start on the tree and the Queen and King.


I love how this is coming along.

Happy Stitching.
Dawn M

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Update on The Wind Blows

Hi All,

I finally had a chance to download the picture I took on Sunday to my computer.  Here is my status thus far.  I finished the alphabet and now I get to move to the fun part, the scene.  I got a small bit of the cloud started.

I continue to enjoy watching everyones progress.

Dawn M

Monday, 2 December 2013

A New Start!

Hi everyone ... Happy Monday!

Just a quick post to share my latest SLY project ... may I introduce  ...

The history Marsha provided with the chart states 'Maria' is a Mexican sampler stitched circa 1850. The Mexican needlewomen in the new Spanish colonies had easy access to the fine Chinese silk materials that were widely traded in New Spain. The motifs in this sampler were influenced by the needlework in Europe, but the brilliant color palette reflects both native influences and influences from the finished goods arriving from the Orient. 'Maria' does have lovely colors!
The sampler is charted in 5 sections with all but one section utilizing a good bit of over 1 and satin stitch. I'll also be learning the faggoting stitch and Mayan Step stitch, so that should be fun!
I started my stitching on the lower right corner since that section is the only section stitched entirely in cross stitch over 2 ... I'm kinda stitching upside down and backwards! I always have stitched 'in hand', but with the large amount of satin and over 1 stitching, I may have to look into putting this one on a frame ... we'll see how it goes!
Here's a look at my progress ...
As I typicall do ... there will be a few changes along the way. The 'Faith, Hope & Love' band that I have stitched (5th band from bottom) was borrowed from another sampler ... I've always loved that band and just decided to incorporate it into this project. Is that unacceptable/wrong/illegal??? I hope not!!!
I'm sure this will be a busy month for all of us, but I hope you can find a few minutes to relax with your stitching!
Have a great week!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Life is way to busy

Hi Nicola and all

I haven't posted in forever, mainly due to a kitchen remodel and having taken many workshop classes.  So much to do and learn by some wonderful and talented designers. Plan to take it easy in 2014 to get a bit caught up.

While doing some cleaning out of my stitching room, I found Dorothy Walpole, she is now in my to be stitched pile. Who knows what else I will find in this cleaning out process.

Do hope you all enjoy this wonderful time of the year.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful day!!  I am so thankful for the inspiration from this group and all the great people I have met.

Here is The Red House Sampler in progress...  I chose this one because it has all the bright reds and greens of Christmas.

Donna Hensley

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Mary Ann Macdonald and a birth sampler

I wanted to wait to post until I started MaryAnn Macdonald.  It's a start, but a long way to go.  After finishing Rising Doves, I did a birth sampler for some dear friends.  I will be picking it up from the frame shop and giving it to them on Thanksgiving.

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and my relaxing hours of stitching.  

Monday, 25 November 2013

Eliza Tagg

Hello again,

It's here....I love getting packages in the mail. My Eliza Tagg kit arrived earlier than expected. I did not think it would arrive until after our Thanksgiving.

I just love the way Marsha is publishing the newer patterns. The white paper is so crisp, easy on the eyes and the stitch count on the sides help so much with placement.

I have grocery shopping and than cooking to do but hope to start this evening. I'll post next week or the one after on my progress.

Cindy L

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Eunice Birchard's Sampler

Hello everyone,

    I have finished Eunice's sampler.  The instructions said to always follow the graph and not the photo, all the over one was to be done in black. The main graph showed the symbol for black but the enlarged graph on the side switched the symbol to the olive green. I have seen photos with the over one in both colors but decided to follow the instructions. Also I never found out what the letters "RT" in the box in the lower right corner stood for so I stitched my initials.

The pink(DMC 224) does not show up well in the photo. The verse is: " When this you see thik(not my spelling error) of me" I am using the 30ct fabric from the kit (my friends each got different fabric in theirs) and DMC threads. The stitches are cross, rice and over one.
I am waiting for my next order and excited to see that Eliza Tagg will be released in a couple days. I plan on working on a few ornaments and get ready for the holidays in the mean time. It is very cold today here in the Midwest!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful stitching w/e and enjoy the holidays!
Cindy L

And All Was For An Appil

I've had to stop working on Appil while I do my annual Christmas ornaments but I remembered to take a picture today of my progress.  I have found some very quick ornaments to do so I hope to be back to work on Appil soon!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Wind Blows Update

I almost forgot to post my picture on the blog.  This is my start on The Wind Blows.  It is not the best picture as it is really fuzzy.  It didn't look like that on my computer.   I don't see me getting any better at the picture taking since it is not something I want to spend my time on.  I think if you click on the picture to enlarge it it looks better. 

The first band is all double running and took quite a bit of time to do but I really like how it came out.  Now I am moving onto the Alphabet Bands.  I hope to have another update next week.

Dawn M


I finally got a picture of the charts I purchased with the gift certificate I won last month.  I was able to get six great charts all of pieces that I have been inspired to stitch by the participants of the Scarlet Letter Blogs. 

It was hard to get a good picture with the plastic on so her is a list of the charts.

Mary Gail
A Parrot, A Leopard, A Lion
Hannah Carter
Hornbook Bestiary
Katie Sym
Mary Ann Hutton

Thank you so much Nicola for such a fabulous prize and for allowing all of us to celebrate your birthday with you.

Dawn M

Sunday, 17 November 2013

A quick update......finally.

Here is a picture of Manifesto and Ruth Bachelor, as you can see I have been very busy......doing other things.  I sure hope I can get these two finished for next year's challenge!!!  Even though I haven't been very active on the blog lately I have enjoyed everyone else's needlework, keep it up!

These two projects are really very lovely and hopefully after the first of the year I will get back to them.  Right now I have just been trying to get some other things finished and have been pretty successful.  I am also trying not to buy every piece of needlework that I see but not being so successful with that:(.  Problem is I want every sampler I see on these two blogs!!  Oh well.........

Friday, 15 November 2013

Marion Robertson 1834

Hello my SLY friends!

Well, here she is ....
Marion Robertson 1834
Fabric:  40 count 'Sandstone' Linen from The Scarlet Letter
Fibers:  AVAS
Completed:  November 15, 2013



Miss Marion was delightful to stitch ... I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her. Except for the one trip I made to "Crazy-Town", but that was my doing not hers.
I don't think we need to get into all the ugly details, just don't look too closely at the area where I have the years stitched or you may see remnants left by the eyelet initials I frogged, or the over one stitching of our names that I frogged, or the five spaces where I shifted the years to the left and right ... like I said, there's no need to mention the ugly details! I just did not like any of the options I tried to stitch our names/initials/dates. So I finally settled for just stitching the years. When she returns from the framer, I will mark both Marion's and my names on the backside along with our family names that are represented by the initials in the four corners.
As with most of my stitching, my Marion is not a true reproduction ... I did make some adjustments to a few of the motifs, but the fiber colors are true to those charted.
I'll get her mailed to the framer tomorrow. I was hoping to have her returned by the holidays, but I may already be too late for that ... we'll see!
Lots of great stitching is happening out there ... love seeing all the beautiful projects! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Hi All,

I haven't posted since finishing Elizabeth Shephard.  I had planned on starting a new sampler after finishing Janet Carsels in September but I have had a hard time deciding on which sampler to stitch.  So, since I can't decide I thought I would let the stitching decide for me.  I plan to start the following samplers and hopefully once I start them I will be able to decide which one to work on.  If one of the samplers calls to me right away I may not even start all three of them.  We will see.....

I have started stitching this one but I didn't have time to take a picture so hopefully I will have a picture next week.  This is called The Wind Blows.  All pictures are from the Scarlet Letter site.  Thanks Marsha!

The Wind Blows

The Seduction

Mercy Fields

I will post a picture of The Wind Blows next week.    After posting the pictures I had trouble left justifying the text.  Hopefully this worked.    

Happy Stitching.
Dawn M