Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

A false start

Hi everyone,

Here are my progress on Polly Phillip, but the news are not good. That will the only one update I will show you...
Polly Phillip

 Ok, I admit that I have misread the instructions and I have lately discovered that all the scenes, except for the borders, are stitched in tent stitch over one...

Not for me... That's ok for a few verses, but not almost the whole sampler ! I'm giving a try with a tree, but the stitches are so tiny and with all the changes of colors, the chart is difficult to read. I'm lost, make mistakes all the time and I'm starting to hate this beautiful sampler..sigh...

This SAL is for fun, isn't it ? So I made my decision, I believe that it is wise to put Polly aside and make an another choice... more carefully this time...

I will let you know very soon  what it is..but for now, believe it or not, I'm disappointed and a little bit discouraged....

Happy stitching to all !

pamina

17 comments:

Krista said...

Oh Pamina, I see how tiny the stitces are and can understand. The border is so pretty. Someday, when you are ready you will continue. :)

Angie Burrett said...

Better quit now and put your positivity into one you will enjoy! Good luck.

Nicola said...

This is about fun, put it away and choose something you will enjoy. You can always return to it for an hour here and there as a side project whilst working on your main one.

Deb said...

Pamina - there is not a way that you can cheat and stitch over two. I had a lot of over one on Ann Medd, but because the number of stitches were divisible by two, I just stitched over two and things were fine.

robindefender said...

Hi! I stitched this sampler about 10 years ago, and I love it. But... I don't know if I'd have the patience for all those tent stitches today. I feel your pain. But hopefully, you will end up stitching on something that will make you HAPPY when you think about working on it. This just means you get to choose another sampler (which is always fun)!

Hugs.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Oh no! I understand how you feel. That would not be a fun stitch. Thanks for letting us know as it was on my wish list. Not any more. Look forward to seeing your new choice.

Elizabeth said...

Looking forward to seeing what you choose next. Your stitching is beautiful.

Faye said...

I would definitely contact Deb..... Sounds like she could show you how to make t work...... It's just beautiful!!!!

Lanie said...

Oh dear, Pamina! I understand your disappointement, but please don't be discouraged. I have learned from many trials and errors...and projects tossed into my WIP basket never to be seen again...that every sampler that I love is not necessarily meant for me to stitch. Some samplers are simply meant for me to love from afar!

Luckily for us, there is a never-ending supply of lovely samplers available. Good luck (and have fun) choosing another project. Looking forward to seeing what you choose.

Ellen said...

Your sampler looks beautiful! What a shame about all the tent stitches that you don't enjoy.It sounds like it is time for you to move on.

Perhaps you can do something with the border you have started...add a leaf at the far right to match the one on the left and make it into a pincushion. Then use the rest of the linen for another project.

Life is too short not to be stitching something you really enjoy.

Solstitches said...

That's such a shame as what you show here is beautiful.
I hope the next design you choose will be a happier stitching experience for you.
Margaret

Jon Lee said...

Don't be sad. I have done that many times. I could never stitch such small stitches. You will choose another equally beautiful sampler.

Kathy said...

So sorry to hear that this has happened to you. It sure is a lovely sampler you have going. I kinda agree with Nicola though, I don't think I would throw it out, just work on it a little once in a while till she's finished. In the mean time start something you think will enjoy stitching every day.

Vera said...


As all above had said,this is about having fun, and enjoying every stitch. If you are not enjoying it, then it is time to put it aside and start a new one. Who hasn't done that??? I like th eidea of either putting it aside and working on it once in awhile...or turning what you have done into a pincushion. Have fun choosing a new sampler to stitch!!

~mj~ said...

Don`t be discouraged...just set Polly aside and choose something else. Maybe in the future you will not mind the over one so much. Good luck!

Rebecca in TN said...

Hi Pamina! I am stitching Polly Phillip, too. I would recommend stitching the border first all the way across the top and the outline of the first panel. Inside the panel, make a grid!! The tent stitching will be much easier if you grid the fabric. I did full stitches over one to outline parts and then filled in with tent stitches. I remember being a little frustrated with the chart because it doesn't line up exactly. A grid for the inside is a must!! Put it down for now, but I'm sure you can do it!

Evelyne said...

Pamina! I understand your disappointment, but please don't be discouraged.
Put it aside and chose an other one.
I hope that one brings you fun!
Happy stitching.