Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Friday, 30 May 2014

Ruthy Has A Tree

Just a quick update to let you know that Ruthy now has a tree. There is a lot of stitches in that tree!! Next  are the 2 birds then on to Ruthy. I am enjoying every stitch of Ruthy!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Ruthy Rogers

My Boarder Is getting there! I am thrilled being able to stitch Ruthy, this is alot of fun. I do not have enought hours in the day to stitch as much as I would like but I grab every minute I can. It has been three weeks since my last post, I was gone for almost a week attending a needlework class in Pennsylvania....What fun that was! In the thirty five years I have been stitching this was my first  class.  also a BIG THANK YOU TO JERRY LITTLEFIELD  for getting me a frame and table stand to use. Without him I don't know what i would have done. The class was very enjoyable but it is always good to get back home. The moment I came through the door my two grandsons ran up and gave me big hugs! How i missed them, they make everything else in this world ok.
I was also happy to get back to my routine of stitching Ruthy Rogers. I am happy with the way the boarder is comming out, next will be the inside, I cannot wait! I am so glad I am stitching the boarder first because if i did the inside first I am thinking the outside would be even harder, or close to impossible for me to stitch. I hope by next week to be starting the inside, it will be interesting to see.... thank you for looking. bob

Friday, 23 May 2014

Mary Ann MacDonald

I know it has been a while since my last update, other things seem to find their way into my life and stitching is taking a back seat.  At least I have finished another band in the sampler, which was over one and stem stitch.  I really love the way this sampler is turning out and I can't wait to get into the area at the bottom with all the landscape. 

  Wish me luck, the bottom is all filled in with either cross over two, cross over one, or stem stitch.  I long way to go to finish this beauty.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Update on Ruth Bacheler

Here is the progress on Ruth Bacheler.  She went into the cupboard for several days while I finished another sampler that was in my rotation, but she came out of hiding this weekend.  Love this stitch band that I am doing now!!  I finished this section in the middle last night and then the diamonds are repeated on the other side of it.

I am actually over half finished with her now, she is on a scroll so you can't see the whole thing but she is still a beauty!!

My sister-in-law and I will be in Cambridge in a couple of weeks and we are going to the Fitzwilliam Museum and will be seeing her along with several other samplers.  One of them is Ellenor Wycks which I also have in my stash!!  So I am so excited about seeing them.

That's it for a quick update, I LOVE this venue for all the beautiful samplers, keep it up fellow needleworkers!!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

A finish for Jennifer C - Pattern Record

I was very excited to see Jennifer's finish of Pattern Record today.

It is one band short as Jennifer ran out of fabric.

Well done Jennifer on a superb finish. I am looking forward to seeing your start on EK 1653.

One Tree Trunk. . .and Mr. P's feet

Parrot, Leopard, Lion
40 count Antique White Newcastle Linen
with AVAS
I got one tree trunk completely finished - the trunk was wider and longer than I thought it was (or looked on paper!) and took a bit longer than I expected.  Of course I also got sidetracked with a few other small projects, too.  But I did manage to stick to my stitch-a-day goal, I think.  There may have been a day or two I missed and I KNOW there were several days when there was only ONE stitch added, but the trunk is complete. 
And I did Mr. P's feet since they got in the way and I was there.  I also added the elusive # symbol that eventually was determined to be DMC 733/AVAS 2223 Medium olive.  Thanks to all who helped and to Marsha who verified the final answer!!
I meant to stitch all afternoon today, but have spent it working on the computer instead.  Ah well, maybe tonight. . .if not, there's always tomorrow.  Happy Mother's Day to all who are or who have or will be mothers!
Keep stitching!
Sharon H
PS. Still haven't figured out how to turn the picture.  Oops! (done it for you, Jo!!)

Two Bands

Ann Lawle now has two completed bands. Number two went swimmingly once I got into the swing of it. It is real pretty and I  like the contrast between the two bands of the white and off white on the 35ct hand dyed linen  supplied in the kit from Scarlet Letter. Don't know anything more about the linen type sorry for those who asked. Maybe someone else does?

The lace effect of the design is most pleasing to the eye don't you think?

It's Mother's Day here in NZ and I am off to spend it just how I like....stitching of course....

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Jean Scrimgeowr

Since I didn't make much progress on any of the SL samplers I have been working on, I refrained from posting.  All of a sudden it occurred to me that  I haven't even posted about my Jean Scrimgeowr.  I started this  a few months ago after seeing Tommye's finish.  I am hoping that posting about it would push me into getting back to it again.

Here is where I stopped.

Friday, 9 May 2014

I'm back

I'm much better in my hand.
So I retook my stitch.

Ruthy's Apple Tree

Just a little update on my SAL. A few apples left then the leaves on Ruthy's Tree. With nice weather and yard work to do it has been difficult to find lots of time to stitch.

Thursday, 8 May 2014


A very lovely Spring day 'hello' to everyone!

I have been busy stitching on my 'MARY BAILEY' and 'THE HUNTSMAN' although I realize I have been negligent in sharing ... I fell into a habit of thinking I'll just finish this little section and then I'll post some photos ... well, then you know what happens ... so today I am sharing before stitching!

Linen: 40 ct. 'Lambswool' from The Scarlet Letter
Fibers: AVAS silks


Love this bearded gent ... there are several like him scattered throughout ...

I am changing the verse to one I found several years ago and have been saving for just the perfect sampler ... I think Miss Mary is that one. I am stitching 'Mary' in honor of my grandmother ... she was quite a lady. She taught me to stitch and even though she died 22 years ago, I still feel her with me. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday last month. The verse I'm using pretty much sums up how she lived her life. I miss her very much but am blessed to have had the honor of being her granddaughter.
I just have a bit of the over one verse started. I am a little anxious about the placement since this is my first attempt at graphing a completely different verse. I hope I won't have any unpicking to do ...

'MARY' is a delight to stitch. I have made some color changes ... replaced some of the yellows/bright golds with shades of green; switched some of the tree trunks to a dark brown. And I'm thinking of changing the floral border too, but haven't made a final decision on that yet.

I've also put a wee bit of stitching in on 'THE HUNTSMAN' ... I've been an admirer of his from the first time I saw him. His design is not too large ... about 15 x 11 on 40ct ... but he is solid stitching so he'll be with me for a good amount of time!
Linen: 40 ct. "Lambswool' from The Scarlet Letter
Fibers: AVAS silks as charted
 I love the bright blue sky ...

So that's about all from me. As always, I am grateful for our little group of fabulous stitchers. Thank you for sharing your talents.



Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Finally Finished

I finally finished The Wind Blows.  It took a lot longer than I thought but I love the results.

And some better pictures of each area.

I am not sure what I will work on next.  I have ordered supplies to work on Ruthy with the SAL so it will probably be Ruthy.  This is way out of my comfort zone so I will have to see how it goes.

Dawn M

Dito. I too thank Jo and Nicola.

I have been a fan of Marsha's for a number of years and have completed 2 of her sampler reproductions.

Since discovering this blog a few weeks ago, I have visited countless times daily and continue to do so now.

All you ladies sound so incredibly wonderful. You are all like one very large happy family. I love seeing how supportive you all are for each other. The way you all share your WIP's and finishes is truly an inspiration and I look very forward to getting to know everyone and hopefully share my projects in the near future.

I was extremely excited when invited by Jo and Nicola to join all of you and can't thank them enough. It will be so much fun having friends that share the same passion for needlework that I do.

In Stitches,

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Thank you to Nicola and Jo

Thank you to Nicola and Jo for your kind invite to join your blog! While I am not new to stitching I am new to blogging so I beg your forgiveness in advance for any faux pas I commit. Just finished Joyce Leedes and am so pleased with myself for picking it back up after several years of letting it intimidate me. With my sanity just barely intact I have immediately picked up one that is not quite as challenging but still beautiful - Ann Smith! With gardening a summer passion it may not move along as quickly as I would like but the beauty of it is, it is always there waiting for me whenever I feel the need.  No one in my circle stitches so I am so pleased to have you all as my new buds!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Progress on Ruthy

Looking at what I have done does not seem like alot, but as you know it is .... I am very pleased so far and find stitching Ruthy alot of fun. I am following the instructions for the most part and am trying very hard not to skip over to the picture, just a bird or a apple? It is like being in the garden of eden and not taking a bite of the forbidden fruit!
I keep telling myself soon enough, soon enough. In the mean time it is onto stitching more leaves.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Ruthy Rogers and Stem Stitching

Here is my first attempt at stem stitching on Ruthy.  I am finally feeling I am getting it and like the way it looks.  I just couldn't resist trying it and it really will open up new projects for me to try.  I have wanted to learn to do this for awhile and this SAL has been the perfect time.  I just love this project so much too and the colors are gorgeous in it.  Everyone is doing such a beautiful job and this is really quite enjoyable.  Pardon the shade and sun showing on the photos as I wanted to take them outside and decided to just let the shade and sunshine show up on these.  

More Curliques

I finally got to the motif part of Janet Carsels.  I had to make a couple of color adjustments because the chosen colors just didn't look right.  It could be that the DMC to AVS conversion wasn't accurate or more likely, the colors/dye lots themselves have changed.  That seems to happen a lot.  I had three different dye lots for one of the colors I switched to and the best match was the oldest one.
These illuminated alphabets take a lot more focus, and therefore, time than you might think.  Especially when they aren't necessarily symmetrical.  A little froggie told me that. 

Saturday, 3 May 2014


Firstly, thank you so much too all the like minded ladies who have commented on my posts so far on my progress with Ann Lawle. It is humbling to think of so many fabulous stitchers who contribute to this blog complimenting my efforts. It sure is encouraging.

The week I finished the cutwork band on Ann Lawle. I must say that I really enjoyed this bit and the result is just fabulous. Look forward in the future to doing some of the more complex samplers I have with this technique. It was a good one to begin with in learning this technique, for me anyway.

I made a start on band two which is a combination of back stitch, counted satin stitch and double running stitch. It's actually quite taxing setting the first one up and getting all the counting sorted. I decided I would get just one quadrant sorted before I put in all the back stitching for the diamond outlines just to make sure that all my ducks were in a row and not scattered all over the pond. Duck shooting season started here today in NZ and so didn't want them to get all out of kilter and fly away, too risky!!!

I think I got it right but it is not easy to tell. There is no close up photo with the pattern and the pattern is hand drawn lines on a graph. It still looks good so I will go with it.


Happy stitching and enjoy your weekend


Friday, 2 May 2014

Quick update on Frances Marshall

Hi folks!  Just a few quick pictures today for an update on where I am with Frances Marshall...  really enjoying the colors in this one!

here they are:

I have made a LOT of progress on the tree!

I have posted a few photos of the snow in our area and decided it's time to post something pretty!  The kids took this sunset picture of our backyard:

and (just for a small distraction), here is my son Kevin who turned ten on his birthday.  You can see a couple of his siblings in the background and Grandpa Dave who is 90:

Next I do the outlines of Adam and Eve and some stem stitching (new to me!) to fill in...this is how I am feeling about that: (I am probably violating all kinds of copyrights by posting this picture of poor old Horton... if they put me in jail I will make sure to bring my stitching with me and at least have a few SL finishes!  : )

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Ruthy Rogers has Begun

Here is my start on Ruthy Rogers in our SAL.  I am loving this and wanted to get some borders up so I have some guidelines for doing a few other things on this.  Lots of leaves and strawberries that make it real pretty but I too think I will try my hand at a few more specialty stitches like the stem stitch.  I have done several practice runs with this stitch and am about ready to try it here.  I think I will stitch a bit more of the border first though.  So far, everyone who has posted has really inspired me as it is such a pretty project and Nicola and Debbie, I really like your starts too.  I look forward to seeing more participants stitching this as we all work together stitching Ruthy Rogers.