Thursday, 28 November 2013
Here is The Red House Sampler in progress... I chose this one because it has all the bright reds and greens of Christmas.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
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 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.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
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.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
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.
It was hard to get a good picture with the plastic on so her is a list of the charts.
A Parrot, A Leopard, A Lion
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.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
|Marion Robertson 1834|
Fabric: 40 count 'Sandstone' Linen from The Scarlet Letter
Completed: November 15, 2013
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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|
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.
Monday, 11 November 2013
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 I.figured.it.out!! (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 even.as.we.speak (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.)
Friday, 8 November 2013
Linen from kit, Summer Khaki maybe
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
Thursday, 7 November 2013
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?
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
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!
35 count linen and beautiful red AVAS was in the kit.... 35 ct over one...
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....
I hope everyone is enjoying their week~
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Tuesday, 5 November 2013
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
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 however.....my 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