Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Monday, 31 March 2014

Eye Candy

Lazy day today. Little stitching done but I took the time to view the Scarlet Letter Gallery. What an amazing array of beautiful samplers!

 I also came across many outstanding  oop samplers. I was especially drawn to the The Bee Skep. Love the flowers and birds!


Janet Carsels

I've gone to the dark side and am working on two projects at once.  I know you're all laughing, but it's not my normal process.  Anyway, along with a Long Dog sampler, I started Janet Carsels this month.  Just another element in my Scottish sampler binge. 

I'm using Soie d'Alger on 40 count linen from my stash, so I don't know the color name.   I distressed it before I started, with old coffee grounds.  That's my favorite way to do it.  I can control the process better than with a liquid. 
Janet chose to add her personalization at the top of the sampler.  It's the first time I've seen this and I have to wonder why.  But I guess I'll never know. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014


I am still working hard on this sampler got about 12,000 stitches to go I also am looking at my sampler that I stopped to do this  It still is on my rack waiting for me

Betsy Manchester's sampler will be finished after the Manifesto, I am very happy that I am on this blog I love checking every one's work it is very inspiring  

Rena Jones, 

Momento Mori in progress

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bird in Bough Framed

This bird was so fun to stitch and am glad to have it framed. Happy Stitching!

Sorry for my being absent

I have not been able to pick up my stitching since being in Ohio.  This makes me very sad  `: (  .......
I came home to having to work in the garden, get the house ready for guests to arrive and when this happened, I was busy, cooking, cleaning, biking, shopping and touring our area.  We so enjoyed spending time with our friends from Paris.  But, I must say, I really missed seeing what was going on.  Every thing is getting back to normal, so after my day today, (babysitting) I will be able to jump head first into my stitching. 

See you soon.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Thank you for the invitation to join Our Scarlet Letter Years 2 blog

I am very excited to be invited to join the Scarlet Letter blog.  I recently completed 3 of the Judith Hayle samplers and am trying to decide how to frame them.  When I get pictures I will post them.  I sincerely believe the the Scarlet Letter has some of the best reproduction sampler kits, grafts, and books.

Monday, 24 March 2014

No breakthrough in my stitch.

I hurt my right hand. I must have rest.

Lady and the Castle

Hello Everyone,

Ten hours of stitching over the past couple of weekends has brought me from here:

To here:

I was able to finish outlining the clouds on the left and to start on filling in the sun:

It has been so dark and cloudy this winter. Having a bit of sun and so being able to work in natural light has made a difference.

Congratulations to all on their progress!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Margret Gatis - completed sampler - quick picture as promised

I had promised pictures by the weekend - kind of busy getting the finishing touches put in on other projects so here is a quick picture .... I'll update this entry later - have a great weekend!
more pictures on :

Margret Gatis - Full picture

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Completed Margret Gatis - Day 15

Just a quick note and picture - finished the last band on Margret Gatis on St. Patrick's Day - my interpretation of stitches and color placement.  I'll post a full picture of the sampler soon - hope to have some time this weekend but thought you might enjoy this - more detail as always on :
Margret Gatis - Day 15
Completed last remaining band  of the sampler - my interpretation  

Monday, 17 March 2014

Matilda Charles Completed

I finished Matilda Charles this morning and I am really pleased with the results.  I like the 'primitive' feel to this sampler and I do prefer the somewhat subdued color palette.

Matilda Charles - Scarlet Letter Silk Kit

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Margret Gatis - Day 14

Just  a few more pictures of my progress on Margret Gatis last night - went back and finished two of the bands that I had skipped past.  Made a few changes to color and stitch selection as well as placement.
Margret Gatis - Day 14

Margret Gatis - Day 14
 More as always on :

Here is my start on Ellenor Wykcs.  I started Ellenor  a few weeks ago.  I have not made much progress. I am stitching this on 36 ct linen
Hayfields from Sassy's fabby with AVAS.

Christmas Sampler

Stitching tonight!. Its  Friday evening, supper has been served and dishes are done. I was having a few problems with the satin stitch and some instructions but  Melinda of Merry Wind Farm helped me out. Thank you Melinda! They say practice makes perfect so hopefully by the end of this sampler my satin stitch will be a beautiful as hers!
We have had much warmer temperatures this week. The snow is melting fast. So much mud and water I had to get out my rubber boots. I guess spring is going to come after all.
 We are planning a little spring get away this Easter. Two other couples and ourselves are heading to Calgary. It is about an 8 hr. drive. I plan to visit Traditional Stitches ( the only stitching store in Canada that sells S/L designs) and a few quilt shops. I am so excited, the girls at work tease me about being like a child waiting for Christmas!


Friday, 14 March 2014

Mary Bailey Work in Progress

 Here is a little more progress on Mary Bailey.  I am just really loving this sampler and the bright colors too.   I hope to get more done and on to stitching the red house too.   This is such a unique sampler and I am so glad to have this.  I was so happy hearing that Nicola's special day went well and that she was very happy and surprised.  It was a joy to be a part of the challenge and I love how beautiful the quilt turned out.  Everyone did such beautiful work on it!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A Post on Behalf of Sally Fr

Apologies to all members for not being able to post for quite a few months, but I have had some health issues which have only just been sorted out at last after a couple of incorrect diagnoses.   We have also been away in the US.

Anyway, I have made a good start on The Elizabeth Irwin Sampler, using the recommended AVAS shades on a piece of Lakeside Vintage.  I really dislike stitching alphabet letters and numerals but this chart is getting me through my blind spot.  The original stitcher used eyelet stitches to form her letters and a few numerals and they are proving fun to do.  I am hoping my copy of this Sampler will be completed by the time of my 65th birthday in May.

What I found fascinating with the background history of this chart is the fact that Elizabeth Irwin became the mother of the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison.  Facts recorded she never lived long enough to see her son become President. 

I have just recently obtained a copy of The Emily Freeman Sampler, 1828.  There is an inordinate amount of text on this one including a biblical passage from 1 Peter, ch5 v5.  The text is surrounded by a Greek fretwork border.

Owing to the time I have spent living abroad, I was able to claim immediate entry as a member of a local International Women's Association and our last talk was from one of eight (I think I have the right number!) framers in the UK who preserve textiles and frame to UK Museum and Conservation Standards.  There was so much to learn from him and if ever I hear he is giving a talk again on these standards, I will be at the front of the queue.  He brought some samples of 18th Century English samplers to show us different presentation methods.

Hopefully, when life is a little less hectic, I will be able to get a picture of progress on The Elizabeth Irwin Sampler posted.

Photo supplied by Marsha Parker

Note from Jo - Elizabeth Irwin is now out of print but Marsha advised us that she still has some charts available.  Contact her direct if you are interested.

A little progress . . .

I have loved trying to catch up with all the beautiful finishes and near-finishes from the end of  Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year!!! Humbling to even observe them!

So glad this didn't end! What would I do without being able to stop in here and admire the handiwork of all of you?!

Well, I have been disappointed with my own progress.  Still, a little more has made it on the linen without being "ribbited" the next time I was able to pick her back up.  Loving the time I do get with her regardless :-)  Even when I think the colors don't belong together, I end up liking the effect the next time I get to look at her.

Happy stitching to all of you!


Sorry the picture didn't load before.  Just had time to try again.  Hope it works!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Working on Dorothy

  After finishing AW 1662, I put Dorothy Walpole back into my rotation.  I'm not very far along with  her but I did manage to get the satin stitch alphabet in this week.  Here is my progress so far:

40 ct. Lakeside Pecan Butter
with DMC threads

  I wasn't sure I liked the coverage I was getting with the satin stitch in DMC but things look different under magnification! Just looking at it, it seems fine.

  I would like to get the over one work done before I put her down.  I have 5 things in my current rotation so I can't spend too much time working on one piece!!

For Love of the Needle

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Wind Blows Update

Hi All,

I can't believe it has been a month since I posted an update.  I took some pictures a couple of weeks ago but I just haven't had time to post.  First though, congratulations to all the winners.  There were so many  amazing samplers completed during Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year.  This blog has become such an inspiration to me and many more.  I am glad to see it continuing.  There are many more Scarlet Letter samplers I would love to stitch (now even more than I originally thought).  

I have made some progress on The Wind Blows so here are some pictures.

The first two pictures were taken on 2-28 after I finished the grass and the verse.  I didn't quite get the celtic area on the right completed but I wanted to take the picture while I had the chance.


The pics below are from today showing the section below the verse.

I am getting close now.  Hopefully it won't be much longer.


Elizabeth Sheffield - A Happy Sampler

I wanted to stitch Elizabeth Sheffield from the first moment I saw others posting her on this blog.  The brilliant colors and charming figures struck me as such a happy interpretation of a sampler.  The original must have been stitched by someone who really enjoyed making it.

My progress is slow as the vast amount of over-one stitching takes me quite a lot more time than over two.  But the incredible detail is well worth it, I think.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Margret Gatis - Day 12 & 13

I continued working on the cutwork/whitework band these last two evenings.  Chose Ecru over the greenish color specified. 
Here is a picture of the completed band
 - more closeups on my blog :

Margret Gatis - Day 12 & 13 Completed band
The Song of my Needle

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Margret Gatis - Day 11

Progress after stitching some more last night - couldn't quite get settled so I jumped about a bit:

Day 11 Finished the whitework band
The Song of my Needle

Day11 - Satin stitching
The Song of my Needle 

Day 11 - decided to withdraw threads and start the band with needleweaving
The Song of my Needle

 More pictures on my blog :

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

MaryAnn Macdonald and Catharine Metcalf

Mom and I have been busy stitching, during my visit to Ohio.  Here is my MA Macdonald to date.

This is a close-up of the sweet little angel.  I asked mom to please stitch this so when I look at this sampler I will always remember, she is watching over me.

Here is Catharine Metcalf, mom has been stitching away on her since November 2.  While she was stitching my angel, she actually let me stitch below the house, the grass area, with the tree and sheep.

Here are a few close-ups of her sampler. 

I could have also sent pictures of all the snow while I have been here, but I think you all are pretty tired of winter by now.  Tomorrow it is back home to Florida.  I think I'll need a few days to thaw out.

I have enjoyed spending percious time with mom and will look forward to our next stitching date.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Ellenor Wycks WIP

Here are the progress photos of one of my current projects--Ellenor Wycks.  I am having so much fun working on this and I forget how relaxing blackwork can be.  There is fill in work to do, but that will be done later.
I also used the wrong blue on the band with the stylized "s" motif, but it is not coming out.  Two of the blues are very similar so it really won't make a difference.

Kim  Hummel

Work In Progress

I am working on the Manifesto by Scarlet Letter. This is the longest I have worked on one sampler. It is a daunting task but  one I love!,

Family Register

This is a sampler from Scarlet Letter I used  the border  and the stitches to make my own family sampler,