I'm an old hand with The Scarlet Letter. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, I churned out a number of Marsha's samplers. I stitched in all kinds of poor light and glare--at the pool, at soccer games, and while my children napped. Those Scarlet Letter samplers were constant companions.
Then our family moved from Ohio to Wisconsin. I fell in among quilters, and was waylayed by twenty years of intensive patchwork. The last sampler I had been working on, The Ideal Landscape, was set aside unfinished and has been languishing in my sewing box for all those twenty years.
But I'm back--a couple quilting friends have got me stitching again. They'll be posting here too--FlyawayJil and Debjabo.
I mentioned stitching in poor light and glare a couple paragraphs back because something major has changed in those twenty years--my eyes. I look at my Ideal Landscape and wonder how I ever managed to execute those fiendish queen stitch areas. Twenty years down the road, I seem to need perfect lighting and magnification to do any cross stitch at all. What's with that??
All that remains on my Ideal Landscape is the right side's mirror image of that queen stitch motif shown above. I've already worked and ripped out a thoroughly botched attempt at queen stitch in that area, and am announcing to all that when it is reworked, it will not be queen stitch. It's my project and I can do what I like.
Also note that I stitched a nice 1992 into the sampler.
That certainly was a highly optimistic estimate of its completion date! I plan to leave that date and add an unobtrusive 2013 in another area. My descendants can figure it out two hundred years from now.