Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Friday, 19 December 2014

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Holiday and all the very Best for the New Year.
Some of you may have seen this little project I designed and shared on Facebook and my blog - it is using a technique specific to a region in Germany - Schwalm embroidery... it is amazing how similar so many techniques are and yet the regional flavors make them so distinct.
May the New Year bring you all many hours of stitching enjoyment !
Holiday wishes -Schwalm embroidery sampler  Designed and stitched by Nupur

Mary Ann Macdonald is finally home

I just got Mary back from the framers.  She has been gone quite a long time, but worth the wait.  Now, the decision as to where to hang her.  My guess is, I'll have to move a few samplers closer together, to get her in.

If you look closely, in the bottom right had side, you will see a needle and thread, below the pond.  Marsha mentioned the original she found  a needle and thread, when she unframed the antique.  Here is a close-up.       

Also, I received my Eleanor Parr, but can't decide if I should put down Frances Marshall.  I'll probably work hard to finish Frances, after the holidays. 
I am excited to work Eleanor.  I picked a 45count linen, with the antique silk conversion.  I am going to stitch the two young ladies in stem stitch.  After talking with Nicola, we both thought this would look lovely.
Merry Christmas
Happy Holiday
Looking forward to Our New Year Together.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

It's Coming On Christmas.........

It's coming on Christmas. They're cutting down trees..........

Hello Everyone,

As Christmas lights twinkle, cookies are baking, stockings are hanging and the scent of pine from our tree fills up the house, I find myself remembering the happy moments of 2014 and feeling so thankful for the people that I have in my life. It is important to me that the people who are part of my days realise that they are important to me, that they have touched a special place in my heart and made 2014 a happier year just because they have been there!

All of you here on these two blogs have done that for me this year and I wanted you to know that. I have so enjoyed seeing the samplers that you have been stitching and sharing in the parts of your life that you have written about on these blogs. You have enriched my life in countless ways and have made my stitching journey a happy one, filled with beautiful samplers and countless friendships! All of you are important to me and I wanted to say "thank-you"  for helping to make 2014 a good year!

I also wanted to let you know that I have tried something new this year. I am not really a computer person and when our group moved over to Facebook I was not sure if that was for me. I love our blogs. To me it feels like home! I love that I can read your post with a cup of tea and just drool over all of the samplers that you are stitching. Like all of you my plate is full during the day and I was worried about trying something new, especially something that I was not familiar with......but curiosity got the better of me and I hopped on over and made an account, joined our group over there and have enjoyed every minute of it! Nicola and Krista have done an outstanding job and they work really hard to make everyone feel welcome and valued. I have seen samplers that I have not noticed before ( and believe me I do not know how that could possibly be....but there it is...grins... ), I have fallen in love with beautiful antique scissors, I have met new friends and run into "old" ones and learned so much about samplers and all things sampler related. The conversations are fun to follow and I am learning my way around...slowly...LOL...but I am getting there. So if any of you were thinking about following on Facebook, it is fun and you will certainly be welcome!

Elizabeth Shephard and SDW are all ready for me to begin stitching and I am really looking forward to the 2015 SAL. I will start with those but many more are calling my name. I am feeling way more comfortable with speciality stitches and there are a few band samplers that are calling the loudest....not to mention Sophia's sampler..... so we will see just what the New Year will bring :) Either way it is looking like it will be a great stitching year on our blogs and on Facebook and I am excited about all of it.

So whether you are starting on a new sampler or continuing on with an " old friend" I will look forward to stitching throughout 2015 with you, my dear stitching friends. 

Merry Christmas and may you all have a blessed New Year!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Manifesto Update

Well is has been two weeks since I started stitching the Manifesto. This was purchased from the Sccarlet Letter in kit form with 40 count linen..... but, I had to order a second piece because i had a brain cramp with putting the linen on the frame.  My frame is 36 in wide and the linen was just a little to big and had to be cut down. Remember the old rule measure twice cut once? well....I did that....telling myself the finished piece is 30 inches wide and cut the linen at 30 inches, OPPS! Needless to say the piece of linen is being saved for another day. Also in the kit was the silk. I have stitched several hours a day far from the goal i wanted of 3 inches by one inch per day. I have to say that I am enjoying this piece, taking a small section and only looking at that as a goal. I do not look at the Manifesto as a whole because it may become to over whelming to continue stitching. By breaking this into small goals I feel good to get stitched the sun and background. Next will be to finish the sun and stitch the clouds and shy background. I will deside after that because I will not look any further until I get that far. I imagine it will be a day or two after Christmas before I post my next progress, wish me luck! May everyone have a very  good and peaceful holiday!! Bob

Progress nine.

Already have more color.
I'm very slow, and will continue next year.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Happy Holidays!

Hi Everyone!
Just wanted to wish you all the very Best for the Holidays - may your days be full with as many of the things you wish for.... and may you all find time to work on your projects also.  I am really trying to resist starting yet another sampler for now but enjoy seeing all of your work ... did succumb and start something to celebrate Adventsundays...   

More on my recent activities as always on my blog :

Thank you all for sharing all your samplers with me... beautiful and inspiring work - wishing all of us many more hours with threads and needles!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Betsy Manchester

Betsy Manchester is from Scarlet Letter I love this sampler it is done in the linen and floss that is in the kit I stitched this in 2014 after I finished The Manifesto

Rachel Jarratt

Not much of a start .........

If I am  feeling down, my way of attempting to lift my spirits is to start a new cross stitch piece, ignoring my very many WIP's .  Mt start of Rachel Jarratt is one such attempt.   Here is where I stopped.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Holiday

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Thought I would share a clip I made of my Christmas tree.

I started playing around with flowers on the tree years ago and made it a tradition to add something new every year since. There have been a lot of alterations and the final result is what I call "Victorian Rose".

Among the decorations are snow dusted roses, babies breath, beads, fruits, hummingbirds, butterflies, etc. You could say I got carried away.

I don't get many visitors so no one ever sees it but me so I hope you all don't mind my sharing it with you.

Blessings to all,

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Ruthy Rogers Finish

Good Morning!
  I finished Ruthy yesterday and could not wait to get this picture posted! This will need to wait untill after the holidays to get to the framer, but till then i am still going to enjoy looking at this one. I will miss stitching on this, it was very relaxing and enjoyable. 
  I always have two projects going, right now it is A 18th Century Flower Garden charted for the Winterthur museum by he Examplarery. I will work on this for a day or two before starting the Manifesto. I always have atleast one Scarlet Letter piece in the works now it is time to get the Manifesto going. Stitching one this size is a large commitment but it will be well worth the time! 
i am in hopes i can continue to stitch six to eight hours every day so i can make good progress on this project. I am also going to commit to posting updates here every two weeks....lets see how that goes, lol!   
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Frances Marshall

Well, I am getting ready to start the "Tree of Life".  I can't wait to get into the area with Adam, Eve and the Indian looking "St. Michael".  This sampler is a fun sampler to work on.

                                                  And should keep me busy for a while.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Susey Oliver Completed

Susey Oliver

I really enjoyed stitching this sampler.  I started it in the early spring, put it down over the summer and finished it just this past week.  I am kind of sad to see this one end.  I just really enjoyed the process of stitching this sampler.  I will begin another Scarlet Letter sampler as soon as I finish painting and redecorating my daughter's bedroom.  She is turning 13 so out with the little girl style....sadly.

Theresa's Maria Theresa ....update from a humble novice ;-)

My Maria Theresa progress so far....sorry for the photo quality....just so excited to share my first attempt with you all! Best,Theresa Lynn ;-)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Newest Start Frances Marshall

Well, I decided I couldn't wait for my Eleanor Parr to arrive, so I started on Frances Marshall.  She is really turning out to be a nice stitching piece.  The border is all different colors and well as different designs.  I like that I am not repeating the pattern over and over.  This is what I have so far. 

I am looking forward to seeing more posts from everyone.  For those of you in the North East, United States, I am sure not much stitching is getting done, with all the Fall leaves.  It sure was lovely seeing the colors, when I was with Mom in Ohio. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Lady and the Castle

Hi all,

It has been forever since I've posted or spent much time on the blogs but I haven't forgotten about you. Here is a quick photo of where I'm at:

 A small bit of progress...

Keep up the good work. The brief time I've been able to spend on the blogs has left me very impressed -- as always.  Should this post entitle me to a contest entry of some sort, please don't enter me. I've not been around the blogs enough this summer to feel that I qualify.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Thank You

Elizabeth's draw

I received my chart- Christmas Sampler - along with a lovely surprise.  Sajou key chain.  Thank you so much Elizabeth!!

Sorry about the glare.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mary Ann Macdonald..........

  I have been with mom, one week today.  The first few days, we were busy, visiting with friends, going to Stitchery Showcase at Stan Hywett and then an Apple Butter stirring and let me tell you, it was so cold outside, it was spitting ice.......  We survived and I have some Apple Butter to take back to Florida.

Mom and I have taken the last few days and stitched, I think I stitched a lot more, but I was on a mission.  Mom called our framer, Bonnie, to ask if she had time for us on Saturday.  From that moment on, I didn't stop and the last stitch went in today.  It was a lot of fun finishing up Mary, she had so many different stitches.  I changed a few things, but I don't think it hurts the sampler.  I added "My Scarlet Letter Year" and both my name as well as Mom's, as she stitched the Angel.  

The weather today is cloudy, so the photo's are not the best.  If the sun comes out before I leave, I will take a few more.  For now, these will have to do.

I'll bet you can't guess what my next sampler will be?
It comes out the end of October...

Monday, 6 October 2014

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(especially for the first grandchild.  That would be very tacky!)

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Is Summer really over? : )

It has been quite a while since I have posted!  our summer kind of flew by...and we went on vacation at the very end of it!  I did very little stitching while on vacation. 
We went to Cape Cod:

It was gorgeous!  our campsite was spacious:

However sometimes travel can be tedious:

and you do what you can to make life interesting.

We went to a 19th century village museum and the doctor's home had a few samplers on the is one:

Summer passed and there were other things that filled our days; garden harvesting (lots of rain this year and a huge yield)!  Jesse made his sister this lovely wooden box for her birthday:

(I am going to put that on my Christmas wish list!) and the boys had a serious golf tournament out back:

(Checking out the competition:)

Annie tried not to get Butterscotch in the way of the game as she led her in to be milked

well, folks, that is my life... the seasons go by, here we are well into Fall already! School has are back at work and school, and life is busy.  Stitching is a huge joy to me as my busy family and country life goes back into getting ready for (hopefully) the quiet winter days...

and like the Pringles commercials (you overseas folk won't know this one.  "No one can eat just one!") NO ONE (including me) can stitch just one (Scarlett Letter sampler)!  Here is my start on Hanna Katerina, a gorgeous sampler.  My next post will be coming up soon (I hope) with updates of my previous stitching but for today wanted to leave you with this.  I am so excited about this sampler! Marsha keeps churning them out (don't you just LOVE all the new samplers she's charted?) and I keep running (and panting) and running (and panting) to keep up with my needle:

Hope you are enjoying your Fall and looking forward to whatever time you can fit in to stitch! (I hope this post has not been too picture heavy, I apologize in advance! just showing you a glimpse of my life : )

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sarah Siddell

Finished Sarah Siddell

The finished sampler

The lower half of the sampler

the left lower row

the rt. lower row

I have personalized this sampler for my granddaughter. I changed some of the colors on the flowers and the baskets because the white and cream colors did not have enough contrast with the background fabric. I have chosen a dark burley maple frame and will post again after it is laced and framed. The frame goes well with the red colors in the sampler. I will be choosing my next sampler soon and I have ordered a couple more samplers to add to my stash so my DH will know just what to give me for Christmas this year! One of course is Nicola's wonderful Eleanor Parr. The others are Hanna Katerina, IES and Ann Medd. I am so happy to have a finish project as I stitch slowly (stab and stick). I will also post my next project after I get it started. I may choose one from my present stash! I'll let you all know soon! This blog is so much fun and inspiring to keep stitching!!! I love looking at all of your samplers and watching your progress. I stitched this sampler in hand with no frames or hoops because it was all cross-stitch.but I have ordered a millennium frame. I love how it keeps the fabric so tight and it will also keep it cleaner. I think I will have my sampler dry cleaned to remove any of the oils from the hands before framing and lacing. Has anyone ever dry cleaned their samplers before framing? I hope they don't ruin it! I usually stitched my samplers with DMC floss so I could wash them before framing since I was in the habit of carrying them around from place to place as I was working on them and some of them became soiled because of this.