Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Catharine Metcalf

This isn't my finish, but I thought you all might like to see my mom's finished and framed Catharine Metcalf.  It's another Scarlet Letter that maybe some of you make like to tackle.  I think this sure is a beautiful sampler.  The light green tree coming out of the house, is all bullion stitches.  I can't wait to see it in person.   Seeing a photo of a finished piece, reminds us of how many different samplers, Marsha has to offer. 
  I am sorry this photo has the flash in it, but my brother took it inside the house.  I like to take mom's samplers outside and place them in the bright sun and then no flash is needed.

I have been trying to stitch on my Mary Ann Macdonald and have just started the bottom scene.  I have to place all the cross stitches first before adding all the special stitches.  So, right now the house is starting to grow.  I will take a photo, before the holiday weekend here in the United States. That will give me a couple of days to maybe finish the house or at least be close to finished.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ruthy's Progress

I desided it was time for a update! I am not nearly as far as i would like to be with this wonderful piece but I think we are harder on ourselves than others are. I am enjoying stitching Ruthy very much but also finding myself full of ideas and so many other ones I want to stitch. I thought about checking on a ten step program to help with my addiction but saw another piece Marsha has charted and spent my money on that instead.....So for now I will need to continue stitching and forget about rehab....HA!
I find this so enjoyable being able to share with so many others who enjoy stitching too.
Happy Stitching, Bob

Ruthy's Tree is Slowly Growing

Just a little more stem stitching progress on Ruthy Rogers. I loved doing the trunk of the apple tree with this stitch I finally feel I have learned to do, and hope to get more leaves and apples done in the near future. This is such a pretty project and I have much more to do on it!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Finally Finished Appil!!!

I have finished And All Was For An Appil and sent it away to be framed.  I didn't satin stitch over the backstitched letters because it looked sloppy.  It really is lovely, and I know I'll like it even more after we've had a break from each other!  I've moved on to work on two Mirabilia letter fairies for my granddaughters.  I'm not too sure what will be next but I think it will be a modern sampler so I've told Jo to give my spot here to another stitcher.  I've very much enjoyed being part of this blog and will be reading daily.  Happy stitching everyone!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Back from Vacation

Hello everyone! 

I did not get a lot of stitching done this month, but will show you a photo as a reminder of what I am working on.  I hope to post an updated photo once I take some more pictures (after we finish cleaning the camper and catching up laundry!) later this week!  Frances Marshall is a lovely sampler and I can't wait to get my hands stitching again!

May and early June were busy months for us....lots to catch up on.  Although I didn't have the health challenges some of you are facing (and my heart goes out to you), we had a full month.

My husband and I celebrated thirty years together on our anniversary in May.  With Spring so late this year, we finally got our (huge) garden in!  Our daughter graduated from four year college and our son earned two Associates degrees.   We said goodbye to Lucky, our beloved pet of 15 years:

and we took a road trip to Kentucky to see my daughter who lives there.

We toured lots of museums!  Kentucky's history is so interesting.  Here is one sampler in the history museum (we were allowed to take photos in some places):

Kentucky women were very innovative and used what they had.  They made all their own clothing on the frontier: (can you imagine the time it took to just thread this loom!)

(I thought I took a photo of some of the fibers they hand-dyed but so far haven't found it.  If I come across it I will post it later!)

We saw the cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents were married. 

It is easy to see which parent Abraham looked like!  Were you able to read the part that said that Nancy Lincoln was an accomplished needlewoman?

It was very inspiring to read about the courage of those who have gone before us and their creativity.  I am very inspired also by reading the posts on this blog!  What a gift to live in a time when we can see the work being done by needleworkers who live across the ocean  : )

I hope that all of you are keeping well and enjoying this lovely weather, and having some time to work on our shared love of stitching!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Ruthy Rogers WIP

I decided that even though I wish I had more to show, I would at least make a post on my Ruthy Rogers.  I should have so much more done on this but I had to go in and have an Angiogram in the hospital cath lab on May 28th and was stressed out about it and didn't get as much stitching done as I had hoped.  All is well with my health though now and I am back to stitching once again.   I just had some abnormal tests so my Cardiologist wanted to do this big test in the hospital,  but it is finally all over with and I am stitching once again.  I love the stem stitch now that I got it figured out and hope to make more progress.  I am hesitant to post this tiny progress but some progress is better than none.  I will continue filling in on my tree here and make another post soon.   Nicola's Ruthy inspires me to get this needle fired up here!!   It is really hot and humid here so I will stay in while my sweet husband installs a new engine in my scooter today! 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Legless On A Sunday Afternoon....

I have been busy beavering away in the evenings for the past two weeks on my Anne Lawle. It is winter here now and the perfect season to achieve so much more stitching in the evenings with the shorter days. In fact the shortest day is only a mere two weeks away but the weather still feels like Autumn. It has been a most mild turn of events so far this season.

The alphabet band was pretty easy going being cross stitch and montenegrin but then I hit a go slow comming into the next border with the lady and the gentleman. The gentleman is up first and he is S.L.O.W going....tent over one....takes forevever. I outlined him first to make it easier for me to fill in the tent stitch areas. There is a lot of creative licence to be bandied about due to interpretation of the rather ambiguous instructions. Lucky I think I know for the most part what I am doing. But you certainly wouldn't confuse this with the original as it sure ain't no exact's my Raewyn Anne (Anne's my middle name)....

Take a look at where I got to....

....oops this photo's a little blurry but you get the gist...his hair's in stem version of it that is!!!

I like the detached button hole cuffs but I did munt the collar a looks better in reality than this photo suggests. I did two wraps for his french knot eyes but I think I might extract them and just do one wrap as they seem a bit heavy....and his chin stitch is disappearing....need to sort that....

The hat was finished off last night....the leggings and boots are started....


Monday, 2 June 2014

Lady and the Castle

Hello everyone,

The past couple of months have been extremely busy, but I've managed a wee bit of progress.

The clouds are finished ...

... and I've started to fill more of the outlined figures:

There are times now that I think I might just maybe with enough time finish this piece:

My favorite bit so far is the sun:

Thank you to everyone who is posting. Sometimes the only stitching possible is the vicarious kind and I know there will always be something inspiring on the blogs.