Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful day!!  I am so thankful for the inspiration from this group and all the great people I have met.

Here is The Red House Sampler in progress...  I chose this one because it has all the bright reds and greens of Christmas.

Donna Hensley

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Mary Ann Macdonald and a birth sampler

I wanted to wait to post until I started MaryAnn Macdonald.  It's a start, but a long way to go.  After finishing Rising Doves, I did a birth sampler for some dear friends.  I will be picking it up from the frame shop and giving it to them on Thanksgiving.

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and my relaxing hours of stitching.  

Monday, 25 November 2013

Eliza Tagg

Hello again,

It's here....I love getting packages in the mail. My Eliza Tagg kit arrived earlier than expected. I did not think it would arrive until after our Thanksgiving.

I just love the way Marsha is publishing the newer patterns. The white paper is so crisp, easy on the eyes and the stitch count on the sides help so much with placement.

I have grocery shopping and than cooking to do but hope to start this evening. I'll post next week or the one after on my progress.

Cindy L

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Eunice Birchard's Sampler

Hello everyone,

    I have finished Eunice's sampler.  The instructions said to always follow the graph and not the photo, all the over one was to be done in black. The main graph showed the symbol for black but the enlarged graph on the side switched the symbol to the olive green. I have seen photos with the over one in both colors but decided to follow the instructions. Also I never found out what the letters "RT" in the box in the lower right corner stood for so I stitched my initials.

The pink(DMC 224) does not show up well in the photo. The verse is: " When this you see thik(not my spelling error) of me" I am using the 30ct fabric from the kit (my friends each got different fabric in theirs) and DMC threads. The stitches are cross, rice and over one.
I am waiting for my next order and excited to see that Eliza Tagg will be released in a couple days. I plan on working on a few ornaments and get ready for the holidays in the mean time. It is very cold today here in the Midwest!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful stitching w/e and enjoy the holidays!
Cindy L

And All Was For An Appil

I've had to stop working on Appil while I do my annual Christmas ornaments but I remembered to take a picture today of my progress.  I have found some very quick ornaments to do so I hope to be back to work on Appil soon!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Wind Blows Update

I almost forgot to post my picture on the blog.  This is my start on The Wind Blows.  It is not the best picture as it is really fuzzy.  It didn't look like that on my computer.   I don't see me getting any better at the picture taking since it is not something I want to spend my time on.  I think if you click on the picture to enlarge it it looks better. 

The first band is all double running and took quite a bit of time to do but I really like how it came out.  Now I am moving onto the Alphabet Bands.  I hope to have another update next week.

Dawn M


I finally got a picture of the charts I purchased with the gift certificate I won last month.  I was able to get six great charts all of pieces that I have been inspired to stitch by the participants of the Scarlet Letter Blogs. 

It was hard to get a good picture with the plastic on so her is a list of the charts.

Mary Gail
A Parrot, A Leopard, A Lion
Hannah Carter
Hornbook Bestiary
Katie Sym
Mary Ann Hutton

Thank you so much Nicola for such a fabulous prize and for allowing all of us to celebrate your birthday with you.

Dawn M

Sunday, 17 November 2013

A quick update......finally.

Here is a picture of Manifesto and Ruth Bachelor, as you can see I have been very busy......doing other things.  I sure hope I can get these two finished for next year's challenge!!!  Even though I haven't been very active on the blog lately I have enjoyed everyone else's needlework, keep it up!

These two projects are really very lovely and hopefully after the first of the year I will get back to them.  Right now I have just been trying to get some other things finished and have been pretty successful.  I am also trying not to buy every piece of needlework that I see but not being so successful with that:(.  Problem is I want every sampler I see on these two blogs!!  Oh well.........

Friday, 15 November 2013

Marion Robertson 1834

Hello my SLY friends!

Well, here she is ....
Marion Robertson 1834
Fabric:  40 count 'Sandstone' Linen from The Scarlet Letter
Fibers:  AVAS
Completed:  November 15, 2013



Miss Marion was delightful to stitch ... I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her. Except for the one trip I made to "Crazy-Town", but that was my doing not hers.
I don't think we need to get into all the ugly details, just don't look too closely at the area where I have the years stitched or you may see remnants left by the eyelet initials I frogged, or the over one stitching of our names that I frogged, or the five spaces where I shifted the years to the left and right ... like I said, there's no need to mention the ugly details! I just did not like any of the options I tried to stitch our names/initials/dates. So I finally settled for just stitching the years. When she returns from the framer, I will mark both Marion's and my names on the backside along with our family names that are represented by the initials in the four corners.
As with most of my stitching, my Marion is not a true reproduction ... I did make some adjustments to a few of the motifs, but the fiber colors are true to those charted.
I'll get her mailed to the framer tomorrow. I was hoping to have her returned by the holidays, but I may already be too late for that ... we'll see!
Lots of great stitching is happening out there ... love seeing all the beautiful projects! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Hi All,

I haven't posted since finishing Elizabeth Shephard.  I had planned on starting a new sampler after finishing Janet Carsels in September but I have had a hard time deciding on which sampler to stitch.  So, since I can't decide I thought I would let the stitching decide for me.  I plan to start the following samplers and hopefully once I start them I will be able to decide which one to work on.  If one of the samplers calls to me right away I may not even start all three of them.  We will see.....

I have started stitching this one but I didn't have time to take a picture so hopefully I will have a picture next week.  This is called The Wind Blows.  All pictures are from the Scarlet Letter site.  Thanks Marsha!

The Wind Blows

The Seduction

Mercy Fields

I will post a picture of The Wind Blows next week.    After posting the pictures I had trouble left justifying the text.  Hopefully this worked.    

Happy Stitching.
Dawn M 

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Real Sarah Limah!

Ok this still isn't the BEST photo, but you get some idea of where I am on Sarah!

Michael (my son.  forgot to say who that kid was in the last post!) looked at my computer and he said, "ummm.  Mom?  you need something different...your pictures are in such-and-such computer language" (and I tried to look very intelligent and like I knew what he meant.)

"Is it ok if I change your computer to xxxx-computer language so you can download photos easier?" 

(me.  OF COURSE it's OK! and I don't think my trying-to-look-like-I-know-what-he-meant worked, either. sigh.)

So, he did (make the changes).  And then I tried to use it.  And I couldn't.

 BUT!  After a couple more days!! (see. being 50-something isn't so bad.)  : )

But, still am figuring out this resizing stuff...

anyway that was a long story (but, it's getting mid-November and rainy and cold and what else is there to do besides read stitching blogs? 

btw aren't those interviews awesome?? : )  I just read about Sampler Annie.  Man.  Someday that will be ME! (maybe.)

I am enjoying stitching Sarah and she is keeping me sane (more or less.  You could probably already tell that by this entry, that I haven't stitched in a couple of days.  : )

and I want to tell everyone Happy Veteran's Day...and how thankful I am for the servicemen everywhere around the world, serving their countries and loved ones.

This is my dad.  He served in Italy in WW2.  He earned a purple heart when his plane went down and only two crewmen made it out (he was one of them).  I miss him very much and am very thankful that we will have eternity someday to catch up.

I want to update you with one more thing since the girls are driving HOME from Kentucky (I wish they would quit sending those texts though that say "WHEEEE!  boy these 70mph highways are FUN!"  sigh).

Here is Debra with her ribbon...her team came in 4th overall,  (NY! YAY!  GO NY!) and Debra came in 8th individual in the Eastern Nationals (4 teams, with over 100 girls playing!)  We are amazed and humbly blessed that she was able to place in the top ten (boy, those Southern states are hard to beat with the horse programs!  they are tops!  : )

(and, I am sorry I keep posting on family but there is a good reason -- I lost three brothers growing up (two from car accidents and one from illness), and now family is very precious to me! and I so enjoy reading about people's lives in their blogs...

I hope that all of you are getting time to do some stitching and enjoying this late Fall!  (I promise not to be so long-winded next time! and, to have better photos.)

Dorothy's Progress 7

I will finish for Christmas?

Friday, 8 November 2013

WCEG 1763 completed

WCEG 1763
Linen from kit, Summer Khaki maybe
AVAS silk

I put the final stitches in WCEG 1763 last night.  This stitcher really liked her birds.  I love the reds and greens that are prominent on so many Scottish samplers.  This was a fun stitch with very few colors. And look at all those birds!

Not sure which sampler will be my next focus.  Do I dig out another WIP or get out one of the newer purchases? Not sure if I will have another completion before the end of the year either way, which is only about 7 weeks away.  How could the year have gone by so fast.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress
Kim Hummel

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Technical Difficulties (or, the dog ate my homework : )

hello everyone,
Last time I posted I had a row of crowns to stitch on Sarah Limah.  I finished that row and have the next verse almost done!
However.  I can't post a picture (yet), because my girls took my camera with them to KY.  Here they are (this is last year's photo, but it really is them):
The girls left early this a.m. to attend the National 4H Horse Competition.  Debra (the 3rd from left) will be competing in Hippology and she has been studying hard for months!  (they ask questions about horse anatomy/physiology, breeds, diseases, etc).
The GOOD news is that I can borrow Michael's cell phone because he will be home tomorrow and I can take pictures on his phone.  (My phone takes lousy pictures).  Our other camera isn't that great either, so I was happy to lend the girls mine for their trip.
See how happy Michael looks here?  (he knows I am coming to ask him another question about why my computer is acting up again.  : )
So, (if I can figure out how to use Michael's camera and download the pics to my computer) I will be posting an update to where I finished last month, here:
and meanwhile, I will just:
happy Stitching everyone!  (by the way I am so excited seeing all the photos and so inspired!)

Eunice Birchard

Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to give a photo update on Eunice. I took this photo after the rice stitch alphabet was completed.

    I've been able to have more stitching time in the last week and might be able to do the over one since it is a cool sunny day. I belong to a  stitch group of  8 friends that meet usually the last Friday of the month at someone's home for a few hours in the evening. We are 55-70(??) years old, single, married (some with and some without children). Two still work full time (nurse and librarian), a needlework finisher, homemaker, two retired needlework shop owners, and two retired teachers. All but one was able to visit SL in the 90's with our guild but only 2 of us are in Nicola's SL year.
It is fun to get together and see what each other is working on , see their new "stash" and catch up with each others lives. One of the ladies had foot surgery so I've tried to visit a couple times in the evening to keep her company and have more stitching time. So I am further along than this photo and will update when finished.

Question: Marsha do you or anyone know what the initials RT are in the bottom right corner of this sampler?


Ann How 1794

Ann How 1794 using silks (some changes) on 35 ct beige linen.  Using 1 thread over two.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

N Hinde ~

Greetings Scarlet Letter lovers~

I really must apologize first off..... My absence has been extended and in fact, I can't believe I've not posted in such a long while.... I've been super busy, but did want to share my latest Scarlet Letter start..... It's super tiny!

N Hinde~ Scarlet Letter

35 count linen and beautiful red AVAS was in the kit.... 35 ct over one...
N Hinde~ Scarlet Letter

Until I settle on my next large SL project, I thought this one would be perfect~

I leave you with gorgeous sunrise photos taken from our beach place Sunday morning....

Cherry Grove Beach, SC~Nov 2013

Cherry Grove Beach, SC~Nov 2013

I hope everyone is enjoying their week~


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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Freelove Hazard Update

I am moving right along on sweet little Freelove Hazard. I have been working my way around the border vine and some leaves to give me some landmarks. The border design is all over one cross stitching. (25 count linen) I think after working on this something on 32 or 36 count linen over two will seem easy peasy.

Happy Stitching All,



Monday, 4 November 2013

Matilda Ann Charles is Framed

Hello Everyone! 

I wanted to share a picture with you of Matilda Ann Charles in her frame. Actually she has been framed for awhile and hanging in my living room but time has gotten away from me...LOL...
I just love how she turned out and  she makes me smile whenever I look at her. Some good friends of ours came for a visit a couple of weeks ago and my dear friend could not believe all those tiny X's. She just kept walking around looking at my samplers....since stitching a sampler is to me like breathing air is to others I just had to laugh.....and to pick up my needle and floss. She kept asking me how I get so much done....actually I am a slow stitcher compared to some of you out there :) ....but I just smiled and replied..."one little x at a time."

I have been busy, just not on a SL sampler. I have finished some gifts and have been working on another sampler that I have wanted to finish for awhile. I am so excited daughter...who loves to ride horses, play soccer, swim, make the most awesome jewelry and anything that has to do with the ocean....wanted to learn how to crochet a granny square afghan. We have been working together on her afghan....she crochets all the squares and I sew the squares into rows....and yesterday we finished 120 squares.....she will finish the border and will soon have her afghan. I have so treasured this time with her :).

So I will start stitching another SL sampler very soon, but in the meantime I enjoy seeing all of the beautiful samplers that are being created here on these blogs. You all are so awesome!

I also wanted to say thank-you for all the wonderful comments you left on my last post about Matilda. Writing the poem was fun and I came up with it while putting in her final stitches. 

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by.  Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes