It's been a long time and I have been very remiss. Happy Very Belated Birthday to Nicola, thank you for this blog idea, I have so enjoyed it even if I haven't participated much in the latter part of the year. It has been a very rough year for my family, illness and deaths of close family members, my brother and my daughter's partner. Spring is almost here (at least in Houston, not in other parts of the US) and a time of new beginnings, this year hopefully better than last.
I have stitched a little on the two Scarlet Letter projects that I began toward the middle of last year. Thank goodness I finished Dorothy Walpole early in the year or I would be too embarrassed to even come back to this blog!!
Here is Ruth Batcheler, she is very pretty and also has given me fits. I need to be much more careful in reading the directions because I have made many color mistakes, however I have not tried to correct them, I think no one will ever be able to figure out what I screwed up. Besides, it makes it more mine!! (How is that for logic?) I haven't stitched much on this one, I put it aside last year and have only done a small amount, I only stitch on it on the weekends when I am not dead tired the way I am most nights after work So the going is definitely slow, but I have put it into a more routine rotation now so I intend to get it finished this year (sometime).
Does anyone know if this sampler is still at the Fitzwilliam Museum? I would love to see it in person and will be in Cambridge later in the spring. On that note, I was able to go to the Clothworkers Centre in December. That is the new home for textiles belonging to the V and A. I saw several samplers, all unbelievably beautiful. (Lots of band samplers, seeing those and seeing so many of you doing the band samplers really make me want to start one.) I also saw some caskets, absolutely gorgeous, how in the world did those girls do those???? Let me encourage you to go there if you are in London. You have to make an appointment to see the textiles and you go online to view the ones you want to see and they pull them for you. Then you actually get to get as close as you want, take pictures, draw from them, whatever. It is really inspiring.
Now, here is Manifesto, I have done a good portion of the left corner, as I said earlier when I started it, this will be a long work in progress. But it is gorgeous. Before I end this post, let me say that even though I haven't posted much I have continued to follow the progress of you all and have loved seeing all the pictures of the beautiful samplers. What a wonderful opportunity to see the work of so many talented needleworkers!!