Just a quick post to share my latest SLY project ... may I introduce ...
MARIA IGNACIA OLIVERA
The history Marsha provided with the chart states 'Maria' is a Mexican sampler stitched circa 1850. The Mexican needlewomen in the new Spanish colonies had easy access to the fine Chinese silk materials that were widely traded in New Spain. The motifs in this sampler were influenced by the needlework in Europe, but the brilliant color palette reflects both native influences and influences from the finished goods arriving from the Orient. 'Maria' does have lovely colors!
The sampler is charted in 5 sections with all but one section utilizing a good bit of over 1 and satin stitch. I'll also be learning the faggoting stitch and Mayan Step stitch, so that should be fun!
I started my stitching on the lower right corner since that section is the only section stitched entirely in cross stitch over 2 ... I'm kinda stitching upside down and backwards! I always have stitched 'in hand', but with the large amount of satin and over 1 stitching, I may have to look into putting this one on a frame ... we'll see how it goes!
Here's a look at my progress ...
As I typicall do ... there will be a few changes along the way. The 'Faith, Hope & Love' band that I have stitched (5th band from bottom) was borrowed from another sampler ... I've always loved that band and just decided to incorporate it into this project. Is that unacceptable/wrong/illegal??? I hope not!!!
I'm sure this will be a busy month for all of us, but I hope you can find a few minutes to relax with your stitching!
Have a great week!