Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

I am back

My husband, John and I just returned from our trip to Alaska.  We took time to hike, Sawtooth Mountain.  What a wonderful time we had, visiting Mendenhall Glacier, Misty Fjords, Tongass National Forest and so much more. 

Now, back to stitching on Rising Doves.  I see you all continued on and what beautiful progress you all have made.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Lady & the Castle

Hello everyone,

Instead of completing the next motif, I decided to outline all of the remaining flora and fauna. I'm about half way done.

Next Monday is the Labor Day holiday in the US. I hope to finish the rest of the outlining then unless it is too hot to stitch.

Here is an overall picture:
There is only text below the bottom row of motifs. I may jump up and work on the sun and clouds above the castle next.

Late Janet Update

Hi All,

I am late in posting this update on Janet.  I had some computer problems and was having trouble getting the picture uploaded.  Here she is as of last Sunday the 18th.  I am ready to move the scroll rods so I can work on the bottom half.

Happy Stitching
Dawn M

Friday, 23 August 2013

And all w for an Appil update~~~

Hello friends..... I have been somewhat remiss in offering an update on my beloved AAWFAA.... It's been a go to piece while fulfilling my other stitching commitments, work and finishing business....

Here is where I stand as of today..... I'd say I'm 2/3rds complete....
And All Was for an Appil

All but the words and the lower left side is incomplete....
And All Was for an Appil

Rolling around in the woods will do wonders for your hair-do :D
And All Was for an Appil

I plan on finishing her within a couple weeks.... Until then, you can find out more about my other stitching ~~here~~

Enjoy your weekend!

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More than Dorothy.

  Just a little mistake and that I saw while.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

well... It has been quite a while since I posted an update.  Part of the reason is because I was working on  Mary Atwoods and ignored my two TSL WIP's. I started feeling guilty and put in a few stitches on Pattern Record.  I won't be able to stitch until next Thursday or so.   I am looking forward to spending the next few days with both of my children along with my three grandsons.  It has been quite a while since we have all been together.  Not much of a progress.  I was hoping to get a little bit more done but it is not going to happen. I have to child-proof my house :)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Gift PinCushion drawing

Theresa S was the name drawn for the Gift Pincushion. I have sent you an email so you can send me your address. Thank you all for the sweet birthday greetings.

Happy Stitching All,



Friday, 16 August 2013

Janet Update

Hi All,

I am late in posting this update as the photos were taken this past Sunday.  I am very happy with the progress.  She is a little more than half way done now.



Wednesday, 14 August 2013

My New Start -- Sarah Siddall

I finally got started on Saturday night, August 3, on Sarah Siddall.  I think I stayed up very late that night/morning as I was so happy to get her under way.

The rest of the week was only bits and pieces with a little more progress over the weekend.  Here she is as of now:

I am using linen by Wichelt 40ct Sandstone.  The threads are mostly the called for AVAS, but I am experimenting with some variegated silks, also.  The darker border green, the inner flower and "feet" of the flower, and the stems/leaves around the double flower.  I wanted to use more reds where the peaches were called for, so it will be interesting to see how it develops.

This sampler is the one I decided upon many months ago to do in remembrance of my Dad, who passed away in January.  He was almost always wearing something deep red.  I still can see him in his brown trench coat and scarlet muffler as we went from appointment to test to treatment . . .

I feel I have learned a lot from all of you and from my last sampler.  Hopefully, this will turn out as I imagine it.  My tastes may have changed some since I chose Sarah Siddall those months ago, but I am enjoying having her started.  Back then, I spent so much time trying to figure out how to alter for a different verse, to include the initials of all my siblings, and to select a few color changes.  Now I am second guessing some of those choices.  It is not easy to choose colors on-line.  

My two boys have just started back to school, so I am in a terrible state of missing them and forlorn how quickly summer has passed!  We have many wonderful new memories, though, and soon we will have so many interesting school related projects and activities.  Hope all of you are having a lovely summer and wishing you all the best as another school year gets rolling!


Birthday Gift

I just wanted to check in, since I completed Mary Ann Hutton I have been busy stitching a non Scarlet Letter Sampler. I am a one project at a time girl, but I have read all of your posts, enjoyed all the pictures, and stayed caught up with all of your beautiful projects. I have changed my mind SO many times which Scarlet Letter Sampler will be my next project.

Well, August is my birthday month and I would like to celebrate with a give away of my own. I have a kit for c.1800 Gift Pincushion, it includes 26 count Linsey Woolsey, silk thread, and black velvet for the backing. The finished size is 4 X 6 inches. If you would like to stitch this pin cushion leave a comment and I will draw a name next Wednesday, the 21st.

This is a big birthday for me, 60! I don't quite know how that can be, I still feel 29. I have spent a lot of time thinking about growing older gracefully and I found this prayer. I love all it says and read it frequently.

A Prayer For Growing Old Gracefully

Lord, Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people; and give, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.


Author Unknown

Happy Stitching All,


So Close....Lora Turner Update

Getting very close to a finish. Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Happy Stitching - Bye for now

I will be missing everyones posts and comments for the next couple of weeks.  I guess I will have a lot to catch up with, after I return.  Hopefully my husband and I will be enjoying some cooler temperatures, while cruising in Alaska.  You all keep up the great work, I am sure samplers will be finished, started and also worked on a lot while I am away.  My Rising Doves will be staying home.  My guess is Cindy, our cat, won't be working on it.  Maybe adding some hair while I'm away, but what are cat's for........

Monday, 12 August 2013


Not get very far, but I love it.

Lady & the Castle

Hello everyone,

I've not posted in several weeks. First it was too hot to even think about stitching, then when the weather turned more temperate it was still too warm for me. But now the days are shorter, the leaves on a couple of trees near the house have begun to turn, (American) football is back on TV, and the afternoon sunlight has begun to develop a hint of autumnal slant. My favorite time of the year is almost here.

Since my last post, I've finished the creature under the fishpond. He'd been without legs, tail and ears for ever so long!

I've also finished the tree beneath the castle.

Really bad photo, I know. It was very cloudy by late afternoon yesterday.

And finally two closeups:

There have been some amazing finishes recently. Congratulations to everyone!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Sarah Limah 1748

My husband got me a new camera for my birthday.... and NOW I can take pictures of my stitching that you can actually SEE!  : )

Look at my Sarah Limah....

I have been stitching her on and off since July sometime.  I really like the eyelet stitching, it is so much fun!

E. Raysor is on the home stretch.  I put her aside with 1/2 of one border left to finish.  I will post an update and hopefully, a finish, soon!

Hope you all are enjoying the downstretch of the summer!  everyone's work is so amazing on this board, wow!

Here is a closer look at the eyelet alphabet...

happy stitching,

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Dreaming of Scarlet Letter

   I have 2 Scarlet Letter samplers started and slated to be finished this year.  Neither of those has seen any action lately for one reason or another.  But when I woke up one morning last week thinking of this sampler I took it as a sign and started it!
AW 1662
38 ct. Italian Linen w/ DMC
  The colors are wonderful and I just LOVE the checkerboard band in the middle!! It will go in the rotation now but I look forward to getting back to it soon!
For Love of the Needle

Rising Doves August Update

As you can see, I have a few threads working here.  I really am looking forward to seeing the beauty finished, but not holding my breath. 

Everyone is really finishing some lovely samplers.  Wouldn't it be great to see each one in person?  I have seen so many wonderful samplers that I am greatful Nicola started this birthday year.  We all get the share in our love of stitching and also celebrate our birthdays.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Marion Robertson Update & Sarah Stuart Homecoming

Hello everyone!

As I read through the SLY posts every day or so, it seems we are all having the same trouble keeping up with the pace at which summertime is speeding by ... whew! ... hey there summer ... let's stand still for a minute!  But it's all good and I keep trying to squeeze in a wee bit of stitching time too!

So here is where I am with Marion Robertson. She's a fairly easy stitch and I am surprised at the progress I've made with my limited stitching time.

I'm not sure what is going on with my camera, the colors are photographing a little goofy. I tried adjusting them but they are still not correct. I'll play around and try for better photos in my next post. But anyway, Miss Marion is coming along and she has been the perfect easy-to-stitch sampler for these busy summer months.
I also want to share my Sarah Stuart who just arrived back this morning.
The lovely and oh-so-talented Jill Rensel worked her magic framing Miss Sarah and I love the results!
That's about it for now ... thank you all for sharing your beautiful stitching ... you are always a delightful source of inspiration and I am constantly in awe of your talents!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Matilda Ann Charles Is Finished!

Hello Everyone,
I am so excited.....Matilda Ann Charles is finished at last. She is my first Scarlet Letter sampler and I am just so pleased with how she turned out. So without further ado here we go with......

A Celebration of Matilda Ann Charles

I fell in love with Adam and Eve
on samplers I should say
So I decided I would start
a sampler on New Years Day.

I found the sampler that touched my heart
But I could not read her name
I searched and searched when I had the time
But alas it all came up in vain

I really enjoyed Nicola's Blog
and following all of you
The samplers were amazing
so joining I would do

So off to the Scarlet Letter site
I went so happily
And there she was... my Adam and Eve
and Marsha sent her off to me

I started my sampler and began to stitch
as happy as I could be
I pictured a little brown-haired girl
who became part of my family

I wondered what her life was like
and where she went to school 
I wondered about her family and friends
and what was her favorite sewing tool

I knew the year that she was born
It was 1819
Alexandrina Victoria was born then too
and one day she would be Queen

Soon my sampler began to take shape
and William came to be
I stitched the birds, the crooked band
the apples and the tree

The verses were done, the border matched up
and I could see the end
Matilda Ann Charles was finished at last
and I felt she had become my friend

So here she is, I'm happy to say
For all of you to see
Matilda Ann Charles, my Adam and Eve
As pretty as can be

I've really enjoyed stitching her
she has become quite dear
But most of all I've enjoyed the friends 
I've made during Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year

So now it's time to start again
Which sampler shall I do?
Margaret Randolph is ready to go
as well as SDW.........

Happy Stitching my friends...thanks for taking the time to see Matilda.


Elizabeth Sheffield Work in Progress

I finally got the big band done with the house and people. Lots of over 1 stitching in this section. The men in this section seemed harder to do than one might think but here it is. There are little buttons on the jackets that are all over 1. It took forever but I am happy with how that all turned out. I will reward myself with a little more stitching on the side bands with some of the flowers. They are so pretty.  

My project is shown with my Ultimate Tabletop stand and 20 inch frame here by Wooden Treasures.  There is now a new wooden clamp attachment that can now be added to all of the Ultimate Table Top and Floor stands too and it will hold any and all stitching frames. This has become very popular. To see them, you can go to the link here.      

 I am loving this project so much and hope to get a finish on it soon.  The summer is kind of hectic but during this heat wave, it is a good time to just stay in and stitch. :)   

Friday, 2 August 2013


Can you hear the music coming from Lancaster PA?  I have finally finished Emma Miles!!! 

I learned a lot about how I should choose a reproduction sampler, and the most important thing for me is that it be in colors that I love.  Poor Emma was appealing in the middle, but the colors leaned too much toward the gold/beige/tan range for me.  I have to admit though, that the finished piece is much better than I expected.  Also a surprise to me is that the satin stitching in the border is beautiful and one of my favorite things!

My next Scarlet Letter will be And All Was For An Appil.  Lots of color there!!  I think it might be a month or more before I can start it, but who knows?