Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

E. Raysor done

hi guys...well, I did it...Elizabeth Raysor is finished!

I will always remember this sampler in the midst of a busy spring/summer... in between wedding plans and making favors with my girls...whenever I needed a quick pick-me-up to relax, I picked up Elizabeth Raysor!

I am not the fanciest stitcher in the world (and I often get distracted!) so this was a perfect project for my first Scarlett Letter stitch-a-long!

The sampler biography says that Elisabeth Raysor was stitched in 1834.  Some twenty or so years later, my forebears would make the long journey from Europe across the ocean to make their new home(s) here in America.

I wonder if this Elizabeth chose the two colors that she actually had in her workbox...being that they didn't have the wealth of silks/linens that we have today to choose from!

hope you enjoy my stitching (I sure enjoy the variety and talent on this board! wow! you guys are doing awesome work!)

I am now stitching Sarah Limah, so will post updates as time permits.  Enjoy the Fall....


Monday, 23 September 2013

Lady & the Castle -- and something new

Hello everyone,

I'm still working away on the clouds and sun ...
... but there is still a long way to go ...
... and tent stitch on 35 count is something I do best during daylight (=weekend) hours which are very limited -- and so I've started Four Seasons. The kit fabric is dark green (not the best choice for evening work), but it is 25 count and much of the cross-stitching is over 2, although the alphabet and lettering is over one.

(The linen color is somewhere between the two colors above -- closer to the color in the first picture.)
After all the tent stitching on Justice and the Lady, this is zipping along. Now I'll have a project started and finished during Nicola's SL Year.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Marion Robertson Update

Hi everyone!

My girls have been back to college for almost a month ... and although there is half the laundry, half the cooking, half the cleaning ... the house is very quiet ... I don't like it ... I've been consoling myself with extra stitching time!

Here is a look at Marion Robertson 1834

And some close ups


Miss Marion is starting to come to life ... I love when that happens ... lots of motivation to keep stitching!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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End of Summer - And A New Start

Hello all!  It has been a loooong time.  And a busy summer.  I haven't done much stitching since I finished Dorothy.
Dorothy Walpole
This is Dorothy in her "final resting place" so to speak.  After being back from the framers almost six weeks, she is finally on the dining room wall.  She matches perfectly!  And it's nice to go by her every morning and say hello.
Somehow, last spring I managed to tear a tendon in my foot.  And continue to walk on it all summer.  And ignore the pain.  By the time I finally went to the doctor we were to the "aggressive" treatment stage (I know, I know. . .), so for the next few weeks I am in a walking boot, on pain meds, with instructions to stay off my feet.  So, I'm going to stitch.  Sounds reasonable to me.  Might do my mental health some good, too! 
Pulled out A Parrot, A Leopard, A Lion.  Sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

I'm going to use 40 count Antique White Newcastle Linen over two threads with the called for AVAS silk (for those who know me well, you may pick up your jaw now!).  I'm planning to do all of the outlining first then just have fun coloring in the lines.
Have a wonderful weekend.  Happy Stitching.
Sharon H

Beaded Smalls

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

End-of-summer, Sarah Limah and E. Raysor

hello stitchers!  It seems like a loooong time since I've posted (and I think, that is because, it is.  : )

FALL is here!  School has started up again for our crowd... our girls went to our state fair to participate in their 4H horse program... (here is a photo, I will only show Debra's picture as this is her last year in 4H (she graduated)....Debra is in the brown tee-shirt (I just thought it would be fun to show some end-of-summer activity photos)....

the boys went on their annual canoe trip...

and, we had a new calf (we have Dutch Belted cows)...the kids named the calf "Joshua Chamberlain" after the civil war general.

 we have been harvesting tomatoes and corn... and, now and then, I've been able to do a little stitching (sadly, not as much as I would like!  but, now that it's cooler weather and life has slowed down a little maybe that will change.)

I finished the border on E. Raysor and looked at it and realized there was ONE motif left that I hadn't finished!  (dumb me.)  So, once that is done, I will have a finish to post!  But for now here are a couple quick photos (you can see how close I am to getting that last one done...)

and, I also have been doing Sarah Limah and enjoying the color changes in that one.  Some of the symbols are different from the photo so I have gotten a little creative and changed just a couple of the colors but this is mostly true to the reproduction:

hope you all are enjoying the early Fall days!

Update on Rising Doves

Here is my lovely lady.  I finished with all the silver threads yesterday, so I am a happy camper.  Boy, I hope to finish this by the time I go to Ohio.  Or, at least finish her, in Ohio, then she can go to the framers. 

Some Indecision......

I finished Emma Miles some time ago and after a 2 week trip to Alaska I tried to settle down to a new project.  First I continued work on Paradise Lost by Plum Street Samplers
That didn't hold my interest so I worked on a beaded fob, fittingly called A Pansy for Lynn, by Tomorrow's Antiques.
That was lots of fun, even though I attached the cording at the wrong end!  I moved on to playing with hardanger coasters

Fun, but not satisfying!  Finally I gave in and started
And All Was For An Appil by Scarlet Letter.  I'm back in my stitching groove, yippee!!!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Elizabeth Harborne - Day 24

Hi Everyone,
It has been a long while since I last posted on my sampler's progress... I have been busy with other things and finally decided it was time to spend about two hours last night working on this sampler again.  Here is last night's progress.... I decided to stitch one of the bands a bit differently than charted - used different technique ... Anyway, here is a picture
Elizabeth Harborne - Day 24
The Song of my Needle
A bit more detail on my blog as always.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Dorothy progress

Just a little stitching.
and many eyelet stitches.
Happy weekend

Finally, a new Post!

I have been so enjoying all the beautiful samplers and all the beautiful work of the very talented stitchers on these two blogs.  I have had a very busy, emotionally trying summer so I have been absent for way too long.  It is time for me to get back in my groove and show you what little bit of work I have done.    (I can also blame summer because I do tend to blame summer weather on anything that frustrates me!!)

When I say a little bit I really do mean it, at least for our Scarlet Letter challenge.  After finishing Dorothy Walpole I started the Manifesto as well as Ruth Bachelor.  I have a little done on both, but I have spent quite a bit of time working on some other projects.  So hopefully I will get these two samplers back in my "rotation" and we will see way more progress this fall.  
Here is Ruth Bachelor, it scared me a little a first but I really have enjoyed this little bit of stitching that I have managed to do so far.  

Below is Manifesto, I am doing this on 35 count natural linen and using tent stitch over 1.  I love it but I am afraid it is going to be a very long term love affair!!  

Thanks again for all the beautiful sampler posts, I will be back soon with some more progress.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

AW 1662 Progress

  I thought I would post a quick update to the AW 1662 sampler.  I have managed to make pretty good progress considering some of the other challenges I have face this week!  Let me just say that finishing is not my forte!!

AW 1662
38 ct Italian Linen
w/ DMC
    I am having so much fun stitching this!!  I just love the large, arcaded bands in this sampler and there is another one after this one is finished!!  Whoo hoo!!!

For Love of the Needle

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Back to Routine

Home from the lake and back to work. My husband and I had the most amazing summer. Quality time spent together and with friends and family. I posted a couple of lake pictures.  I planned to do more stitching and finish Emma but it didn't happen. The weather was just to hot and family and friends frequently visited.
 I am getting back to routine and stitching again. I read lots of the posts and I am so excited that the group might continue on!! Everyone's samplers are coming along and looking so beautiful. And the finishes wow!
Nicola your tableau is spectacular. My daughter and her partner have Katahdin  (Hair) sheep and this sampler would be perfect for them. I know they would both treasure it .So of course it is going on my to do list. I will  have to find an appropriate verse for them.
I am now working on the bottom motifs. Then I have  to complete the border.
Our Marina

Pickerel Fishing was great!
Katahdin Sheep

Monday, 9 September 2013

Janet is Finished

Hi All,

I am happy to say Janet Carsels is finished.  I completed her last Wednesday but had to wait until the weekend to get some photos in the sunlight.

I am very pleased with this finish.  Such a fun sampler to stitch.  

Here is the full piece completed.

Janet Carsels Finished

Some detail photos.

The cleaned up white tree.  I am happier with this now that you can't see the black thread.

Janet was stitched on Lakeside Linens 40ct Vintage Navy Bean with the called for AVAS threads.  I did change the light gray used on the tree above to Blanc Optique as the grey did not show up on my linen.  

I am looking through the Scarlet Letter website for a new piece to start.  I am trying to pick something that hasn't been worked on thus far for some variety.

Dawn M

Sunday, 8 September 2013

A Flamestitch Finish!

I put the final stitches in A Flamestitch last night. This was a very fun sampler to stitch.

Stitched on 40-ct Lakeside Pear using recommended DMC

I used a rice stitch in place of the eyelet stitch starting at the scallop band.  

Now to get back to work on my next piece - the AEDEGNES Sampler of 1746.

Happy stitching my friends ... 


And All was for an Appil~ finish

Greetings friends~~~

What a fun summer project~ I'm pleased to say that this nice piece is complete and ready to head to the framers next week....

Here is a picture walk.....

And all was for an Appil

And all was for an Appil

And all was for an Appil

And all was for an Appil

...Many thanks to my sweet friend, Margaret, for lending me her chart~

Which Scarlet Letter project will be next???.... Stay tuned~~~~



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Saturday, 7 September 2013

AW 1662

  I was able to spend some time working on AW 1662 recently and I am making wonderful progress!  I have taken some liberties with some of the colors but I don't think she would mind.

AW 1662
38 Ct. Italian Linen w/DMC
I am currently working on some deadline stitching but as you can see, I have already started the framework for the next large, arcaded band and I certainly can't leave it like that!!!  Hope to be back to work on it shortly.

For Love of the Needle

Bird in Bough

I wanted a small project to work on over the Labor Day weekend so I started Bird in Bough. I love the folk art look of the bird.

Lora Turner is Finished!

Lora Turner is my first Scarlet Letter finish. She was taken to the framer yesterday. She was a fun stitch. I have a grandson who just turned 10 and the whole time I stitched this I kept in my mind that a 9 year old girl did this and how we just would not expect anything like this from a 9 year old now. I was stitching at 9 but nothing like this. Thanks Nicola for opening up a whole new world for me. I enjoy this blog so much and am in awe of the beautiful stitching that all of you share. Happy Stitching!