Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Sunday, 30 June 2013

Mystery Sampler Winner!

Who am I? ...

Yes, indeed, I am ...

...  and the winner of the stitching wallet beautifully hand-crafted by Natalia Canaday and a $25 gift certificate to The Scarlet Letter is ...

CONGRATULATIONS ANGIE!   I will email you for your mailing address.
Thank you all for joining in my birthday fun and for your very kind birthday wishes. My birthday gift to myself was I finished Miss Sarah ... I can't believe it! I have started so many samplers in the last couple of years, but for one reason or another they are all languishing in my WIP basket. I am so happy to have "Sarah" finished and on her way to the framer.
As I mentioned in previous posts, she was a delight to stitch.  Because I made numerous changes and adjustments to the colors and design, she's not really a true reproduction, but I am very pleased with her!
"SARAH STUART 1798" by The Scarlet Letter
Fabric: Scarlet Letter's 40 ct. "Lambswool"
Fibers: AVAS
Started: January 2013  Completed: June 2013
I'm still debating a bit on which sampler to start next ... it's down to two ... so hard to decide!


Saturday, 29 June 2013

Elizabeth Harborne - Day 20

Hi Everyone,
I've been busy catching up on all other fronts lately and meant to post last Sunday's progress on Monday but uploading the high resolution pictures was taking too long that night and I had had a long weekend teaching Japanese embroidery and catching up on other things all the while trying to get over yet another cold!! 
Changed a few things to keep it interesting for myself on this sampler - more pictures and explanations on my blog. 
Day 20 Elizabeth Harborne - June 23,2013
The Song of my Needle

Feeling a lot better today .... staying away from all social events this weekend just to rest and give myself a chance to fully recover!
Actually missed posting daily.... but have enjoyed seeing all the other samplers...
Hope you all have a good weekend!


Emma is going on a holiday....

I thought I would post a picture before I pack up Emma. We leave tomorrow for the lake. We are going for  2 months. I can't believe I get to put my feet up and stitch every day ... if I like. So I hope to have Emma finished and a new sampler started very soon. We are surrounded by evergreens , plenty of wildlife and its sooo... peaceful. I will try to post  pictures of the lake and river ( not sure how good the internet service is).
We have had unusual major flooding at the lake . We are near the dam which is wide open  and flowing 6x faster than usual.  Are summer homes are on high ground and safe, but the river where we launch are boat is up 9ft. They have taken all boats out of the water including the houseboats. The marina is  sandbagged but the water is up to the deck.  The next community past us has been evacuated because the road in and out is flooded.  George and I have are fingers crossed that everything returns to near  normal in a couple weeks.
I will also be fishing for cancer again this year - in honor and memory of my mother  This is an all female  event and so much fun. 2 females to a boat and a captain (driver). There are 120 teams (boats) - will post pictures.
I hope everyone has a great summer!

Sask. Canada

Friday, 28 June 2013

Ann Greanawalt Sampler


I've finally got around to showing a picture of my Ann Greanawalt Sampler finish. I worked on this sampler to break up the over 1 on Elizabeth Sheffield. It is done on 35 count SL linen with AVAS silks. It includes stitches done in cross, eyelet, back, satin, stem and herringbone. It is a small but enjoyable sampler to stitch.(I think OOP)

Meanwhile, I am still working on Mary Ann Hutton and will show a photo when I have more completed. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cindy L


I can't believe I haven't posted for two weeks.  Time flies!  I haven't been getting much stitching in lately, either.

I meant to be working on the Random Motif sampler, but when I packed to go north, I picked up the wrong box.

If I don't buy a prepackaged kit, I use scrapbooking storage cases to hold sampler projects that have all their materials together and ready to go.  This is my stash of boxes; each one is an individual project, not necessarily started yet.  (At least one is beyond my skill level at the moment, but hey, one can dream!)  Ideally, they would all be different colors, but in reality I'm limited to what Hobby Lobby happens to have in stock the day I go for another one.

So instead of the materials for the Random Motif, I ended up with an entirely new project.  For the moment, I will just tease you with the idea of it, and when it gets a little further along, we will have another round of Guess the Sampler.

Kate (feeling a bit mysterious - and mischievous)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

UPS Surprise.......Anne Maria Clarke

I thought you would all enjoy seeing my newest sampler addition by my mother, JoAnn "Virtuegrace".   I took a photo stand alone and then one on the wall, with other samplers mom has given to me.  Ann Barrieres, a reproduction, by Barbara, Queenstown Sampler.  Harriet Burry, the cover of Sampler & Antique Needlework, summer 2008.  Sarah Ann Wilcox, from The Charleston Museum.  Of course, Anne Maria Clarke, which was a 2013 Stitch Along, picked to stitch this year, by Ellen Chester.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Winner Is

The winner is Elizabeth, with the correct guess of a total of "15"Scarlet Letter samplers, with "Rising Doves" being my 16th, once she is complete.   Elizabeth, please email me at,, with your address and your linen will be off to you. 

By going to my photobucket
you all will be able to count and view the samplers I have completed.  I think many of you viewed my sampler wall in the "The Day of a Stitcher" and thought, WOW!!!!   The samplers on my sampler wall are not only my finishes, but also many are finished samplers of my mothers.  I am one lucky lady to have so many of both.  While on my photobucket site, if you go to the "JoAnn" folder, you can view some of my mother's samplers.  Not all of her finished samplers are there, some she gave away before photo's were taken and her latest finishes, I will post during my October visit.   Actually, I was just informed that my mother has sent one of her latest finishes and on Thursday, I will have a wonderful surprise box to open.  "Anne Maria Clark"  I will post a photo once she is unwrapped. 

Sherry "Sheravery", asked about, "Glory".  Sherry, if you are reading this, here is the designer, I hope you are able to find it.

I thank you all for taking part in this giveaway.  Also, let me thank each and every one of you, for all you kind comments.   What a special group stitcher's are.  I think we all are making new and exciting friendships, by being apart of Nicola's, Scarlet Letter Year.

Update on Elizabeth

Just a quick update.  I got all the medallions completed across the top row.  I love how she is coming along.


Dawn M

Monday, 24 June 2013

Elizabeth Sheffield Work in Progress 6-24-13

I finally got the little man stitched next to the lady. The frog came by this week trying to stitch him and that was a challenge, having to rip out mistakes, but finally I got him done. I am not sure why he was harder to do than the lady but there were lots of tiny areas over 1 and lots of buttons on his jacket too. Finally everything is as it should be with him. Now on to the lady on the right side with the blue dress. I am hoping she will go in better the first time. I know all of this over 1 will be so worth it all though.
My husband Jerry is really good with Photoshop and I have to say thank you to him for doing the closeup of the man and lady that are all stitched over 1.  I took the photo but he added a special touch for me. :)

One more Day until contest ends. Rising Doves Update

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and we see some new posts with your samplers moving closer to their finishes. 

Today is the last day for you all to place a guess on how many Scarlet Letter samplers I have completed.  Don't try and over guess it, it is really quite simple.  Tomorrow, someone will be the lucky winner of a lovely piece of Days Gone By linen.  Good luck.

Many of you asked questions regarding my samplers and tomorrow I will fill you all in. 

Here is my Rising Doves as of this morning. 

Friday, 21 June 2013

"I will only add....God bless you." - Jane Austen

Barbara, of Queenstown Samplers, sent me this free chart, from a drawing on the Scarlett Letter blog.

(I can't believe I won! wow...)  Can you see she signed it?  and she got it right in the mail...

how generous and kind.... look at those reds and blues!  : )

just wanted to share my joy.... (thank you, Barbara!)


Emma Miles

I've had 2 good stitching days this week and have made a little progress on the border.  I hope to get in a few more hours tomorrow. 
I've been enjoying all the posts and pictures, thanks to all of you for such wonderful eye candy!!

Lynn in Lancaster PA

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Another Dorothy in the Works

  I know I said in my last post, which was about 100 years ago, that I would be working on the Flamestitch Sampler.  I ran into some problems with that one that I have only recently worked out so in the interim, I pulled Dorothy Walpole back out.
  I started Dorothy about a year and a half ago and only got this far before I moved on to something else.

This past week I got some up close and personal time with her and now she is looking like this. I LOVE this sampler and so far have made no changes which is really unusual for me.

Dorothy Walpole
40 ct. Lakeside Linen w/ DMC threads

She will have to go away for a while now so I can work on some other pieces that have deadlines but I will be back to work on her soon.  She is too pretty to stay hidden for long!!

For Love of the Needle

And all was for an Appil update....

Hello from the sunny Carolinas USA...

Like so many of you, times are so busy..... With the first day of summer tomorrow, I thought a quick peek of my "coloring" may be in order..... Please excuse the wrinkles.... It's the more "natural" look since they are standing in the wild.... :)

And all was for an Appil

And all was for an Appil
I'm still saying Adam appears to have the deer in the headlights look!

If you happen to wonder what else I've been up to, please check out CarolinaStitcher.....

Enjoy these lazy days of summer.....


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Dates and Birds and New Stuff!

Hello everyone,

it has been AGES since I've posted.... but am almost ready for a finish on my Elisabeth Raysor.  This was a fun project to stitch, and not too complicated, which was just what I needed for this time of year.

I am finishing the last row of birds on the bottom, and the "Raysor" part of Elisabeth's signature...and the date.

here is a photo of my progress ....

with our recent wedding, I haven't stitched as much as normal... this was our first wedding in the family and my husband and I are still recovering (from the shock.  It feels very odd to have one of your kids get married!  where do the years go???  : )

(and, just for something different than the usual stitching photo, here we are with some of our kids...we don't all fit in this picture but you get a general idea of what some of us look like!)

And I've been wondering what my next Scarlet Letter project should be....finally settled on Sary Burditt.  Am having fun choosing colors and the fabric! 

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer.  I know we are!  It is so nice to have the change of pace and variety in the seasons....

happy stitching!

Mary Ann Hutton Finished

I have completed Mary Ann Hutton. I have made so many changes to her that I can not really call her a reproduction, but I am really pleased with my first sampler finish. The sampler was stitched on 25 count homespun linen using silk threads. I have so enjoyed taking up cross stitching again and I have learned SO much from all of you. I have a lot of Scarlet Letter samplers I would like to do, and I want to learn some new stitches.

Happy Stitching All,



Wednesday, 19 June 2013

I have been Stitching but....

I just wanted to share that my good friend and neighbor came over to see how I was doing on Emma.
She has stitched for years and omg her work is amazing.
 Anyway, she thought I was doing  very nicely and offered some advise. Knowing me as she does she is aware I would expect nothing less from her but honesty.
 First of all she said I should be further along and suggested I talk less and stitch more .LOL. She also suggested I loosen my stitches.( I guess I tend to pull a little to tightly).Karen  showed me another way to begin a new stand with a loop method and says the back will look nicer .  She also suggested that I  weave ending stands under less stitches and reassured me that it will not come apart that easy.
I and very grateful for her constructive criticism , advise and knowledge. After all this is how we learn. And I do want my work to be perfect and beautiful.

It's been too long - Sarah Brignell

Hello hello hello!

Last time I posted here was.... in Feb?  yeap, it was still WINTER then.   Usually my stitching slows down in spring (garden... beehive... just so nice being outside...etc) but soon the heat will be on here and I'll be back inside and pick up my needle again.  

Here is the progress (very little) I've made since Feb.  Sarah Brignell's flower border.


Rebecca and Elizabeth

Good Morning All,

It has been quite awhile since I have posted.  I started a new job and have been very busy with limited time to stitch.  The last time I posted I had worked on Janet Carsels and Rebecca Robinson.  Now I have started on Elizabeth Shephard as well.  I think 3 is enough to work on at one time so I am going to stop there.

Here is my progress on Rebecca.  I  got the top row of the border completed.


Then I started Elizabeth Shephard.

I got two and a half motifs done on the top row.  I plan to complete the four motifs on the top and then go back to Janet for a little while.

Dawn M


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Mary Ann Hutton

      There have been so many beautiful finishes! I started Mary Ann Hutton's Sampler after my last finish. I am still awaiting one color of silk but will fill that in later.

    The fabric is 36ct Lakeside Linens Vintage Lentil which gives a greenish hue and AVAS silks. This pattern has been in my collection for over 20 years and I always wanted to do it but never got around to it. Nicola's SL year has been so inspirational to complete(and buy) these beautiful samplers.

Cindy L   

Not much my progress

I made ​​little progress.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Time again to play ... "Guess This Sampler"

Hi everyone! ... it's my birthday today and because special days are always best shared with loved ones and special friends, it is my pleasure to do just that!

Nicola suggested we play another "Guess This Sampler" since it is a popular game/puzzle amongst the SLY stitching group. As we always do, the winner will be drawn from everyone who correctly guesses the sampler name ... drawing will be the last day of this month, June 30th.

The prize is a stitching wallet that was beautifully hand-crafted (of course, in a lovely scarlet red print!) by fellow SLY participant, Natalia Canaday of Stitching-4-Joy Shoppe. Natalia's wallets are a nice size for storing kitted projects or for taking along when traveling. I have several, and use them all the time!

And just in case you don't have any charts, or linen, or threads to put in your wallet, (*wink, wink*) you will also receive a $25 gift certificate for The Scarlet Letter to help replenish your supplies!

So here we go ... do you know? ... on what sampler will you find this motif?

Please email your answer to

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Elizabeth Harborne - Day19

Not much progress on the band I had skipped before... this is my current interpretation of it ... will probably skip this and continue down the rest of the sampler for now and then evaluate this band when viewing the complete sampler...

Elizabeth Harborne - Day 19
The Song of my Needle
 More discussion of this on : 

By the way, thanks to all of your kind remarks and to all of you who were rooting for me regarding the sewing box.  My congratulations to Laura - it will be nice to see how she adorns the lid in time...
and thanks to Nicola for giving me the 'incentive'  I have won in many ways - learned so much more about posting and blogging and even having a blog of my own... not too sure how I will continue but for now I'll post on this sampler ....

Wedding photo

Since Nicola wanted to see the happy couple, I thought I would oblige.  Here are Adam and Lauren.


Saturday, 15 June 2013

Elizabeth Harborne - Day 18

TODAY is the day for Nicola to draw the winner for the neat little box that started me 'blogging' and bothering you all with my daily updates!  It would be such a great thing to somehow be the lucky winner ... and even though I am full of hope and anticipation I usually do not 'win' things in raffles etc... but I've had so much time dreaming up things to stitch for the lid...all sorts of techniques and designs!  We've been through some rough times lately and then being sick for a bit gave me lots of time to come up with ideas!  We'll all know soon enough ....

So, here is the progress after last night's stitching  as always - will work on the band I skipped past today and so at least half the sampler will be done in this 'frenzy' caused by Nicola's incentive!
Hope springs eternal - which is a good thing all in all....
Elizabeth Harborne - Day 18
The Song of my Needle

Elizabeth Harborne - Day 18
The Song of my Needle

More on  

Friday, 14 June 2013

Gwen: Margery Dean Mid-June

This past weekend I outlined the first cartouche at the top of MD.
Hope to have it filled in by my next post.


Elizabeth Harborne - Day 17

Progress after a bit of morning stitching - interesting effects with simple stitches
Day 17 Elizabeth Harborne
The Song of my Needle

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Elizabeth Harborne - Day 16

Progress as of last night - this now shows the end of the bands on page 1... still have to complete the bands but this gives you an idea.
Elizabeth Harborne - Day 16
The Song of my Needle

Progress on Janet...

Here is an update on my progress on Janet Burnet.  I am enjoying stitching on Janet and love the reds and blue that are used.  I haven't had a great amount of stitching time, but that is all about to change.  I have just finished all the work for my two year course that I was studying.  It is end of basketball season for DS this weekend, so less time driving all over the country.   I should have lots of more free time to sit and stitch in the afternoon and evening.

Ooooo - shiny!

Rachel has been getting her background done:

Rachel Jarratt band 6
(Half a skein of Soie d'Alger - so far)

To be honest, I groaned when I realized the background was supposed to be filled and nearly didn't do it.  Then I thought, put in a strand or two, it won't take that long, and I can take it out if I don't want to do more.    Surprise!  It actually went very quickly.  And the silk just GLOWS.  I couldn't get a good picture of it, but the filled background gleams like silk satin.  The full filling will probably take close to two skeins of silk (Thank you again, SewandSo!) 

Then there's this little guy hanging out in the corner.  This has to be my favorite detail.  Isn't he cute?  He gets a partner on the other side, someday.
Pink and white frogs, anyone?

The Random Motif sampler will be coming back out this week, as I have to go back up North.  My sister is the on-site summer manager for the cottages, but she doesn't drive so someone brings her up.  And stays for a few days, of course.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!