Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dorothy Walpole

I'd like to thank Nicola and Jo for the invitation to join this blog. I've be enjoying seeing everyone's wonderful work over the last year and I am delighted to join in. My name is Karoline and I blog at Karoline's Corner

I started Dorothy Walpole earlier this year along with the SAL on Facebook, I'm stitching her on 40 count Lakeside Linen Pearlised Barley with DMC.

Here is my progress to date, I've not been able to work on her over the summer with the children off school but they go back to school this week so I'm looking forward to getting back to her.

Emma Miles & Ann Grimshaw

Here I am, trying to remember how to post (it has been a while)!
I have picked up poor Emma again-my 'christmassy sampler'
and Ann Grimshaw keeps her company.

I fell in love with Mary's Ann (All My Scattering Moments) and so this is another version stitched with Finnegan's Fog silk...I just love it.

I was stitching away on The Huntsman before I fell ill again and he rode off somewhere into the woods with his dogs...I simply have no idea where he disappeared to.  Seriously, it amazes me that a project can vanish into thin air like that?  I hope he jumps back into view again soon... I'm sure someone will find either the needles or the scissors with their rear ends ... any day now...
Happy stitching everyone!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

More Ruth

Now I can,'t stop posting to show more of Ruth, I worked more this evening on this row and I believe I am really going to be finished soon!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

IGR 1749
Not much progress, but thought  I would show what little progress I have made.  I am loving this.  The photo doesn't do justice to the colors.

Monday, 25 August 2014


Here is progress as of Saturday.  I worked on her last night, filling in the points under that last row of white.  Let me refresh your memory......I am even worse about directions.  I had read the instructions at some point but yesterday when I picked her up after a weeks absence!!! I failed to look at the directions......because I knew what I was doing, right???  Uh, no, evidently not.  So I ended up taking out stitches!! I was actually looking at pictures that I had taken of the original sampler and I thought, hum, wonder why Marsha didn't chart the colors this way, then I thought to myself, uhhhh oh no.  And sure enough I had screwed up section 75 and 76.  Well, all fixed now, so I am on my way again!

And the exciting thing is that I got to turn the scroll frame and I can feel the end is in sight!  Oh, Ruth you are a beauty!  So I will post again soon, probably when I finish this Irish Stitch section, but she does just keep getting more and more lovely.  

I haven't worked on Manifesto at all, way too much to do, and I am afraid I will choose another sampler when I finish with this one, I have my eye on Ann Smith...........

Friday, 22 August 2014

My Next Scarlet Letter Sampler

Thank You all for the birthday greetings. I have been spending more time with quilting then samplers this year but I do have my next sampler picked out. It is Mary Ann Ogram. She was a gift from my daughter. I see more stitching time coming this fall as my husband and I start a new chapter in our lives. We are retiring! We also plan on doing a lot of traveling in our RV so smaller hand projects are in my future.

I keep up with all of your beautiful projects and posts and enjoy reading the blogs.

Happy Stitching




Thursday, 21 August 2014

Back to Dorothy

  Just a quick post to show that I am back to working on Dorothy Walpole again.  I haven't worked on her since April (shocking, I know) but she is on the list to finish this year so she needs to be back in the rotation.  This is where I left her last:

And this is where she is after a little work this past week.

This floral section, literally the  bottom half of the sampler, is so pretty! I am having a great time working this section!!

For Love of the Needle

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Thank you Carmen

My package arrived in the mail today, a bright spot in my day.  Thank you Carmen for such a generous gift.  I just love the scissors and the book with graphing paper inside, what a wonderful idea.  I just graphed Cindy into my sampler and used a very large piece of paper, for just a small pattern.  Good luck to all of those next month, post away ladies and gentlemen, we love seeing your progress.  Besides that, it's fun to win......

  Isn't the wooden hand, "Stitch this Way" cute.... It's pointing toward my stitching room.

IGR 1749

It has been a while since I last posted.   I felt that it was time I picked up one of my SL WIP's.  I considered picking up one of the two I have already started,but didn't feel like stitching either one.  Instrad, I felt the insatiable urge to start something new.  I flipped through my stash of SL charts and settled on IGR 1749.  it is not much of a start but I wanted to post a picture of it any way.

I am stitching this on 36 ct Bisque from Sassy's fabby with AVAS silks.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Susey Oliver Update

Here is my update for Susey Oliver.  This is a beautiful sampler.  I am planning to finish this sampler and start another very soon.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Ruth Update

I do love this blog, I just don't get to  post enough!!  It's been a very busy summer and I haven't been able to stitch nearly enough.  I have been busy doing projects other than Ruth Bacheler, but I have gone back to her now.  Here she is!!

She is so pretty, I took this last week and I have worked since then, finished this entire section that is in progress and started under the pink line. So I am on the home stretch now!!  But Halloween is calling to me, I love to stitch Halloween projects!!!

I was able to get to see the original sampler this past May!!  We stayed near Cambridge and I made arrangements with the Fitzwilliam Museum staff to pull several samplers out of their archives to view.  It was spectacular, and Ruth Bacheler is so pretty and really so well preserved, the colors are just as beautiful as they are on the reproduction.  It is smaller, must be done on a 50 count or higher, I was so blown away.  If you ever have the chance to go to the Fitzwilliam, do it!!!

Thank you for all the beautiful work I have been enjoying!! Even though I haven't posted much I do check the blog frequently to see all the beauties, you all do good work!!!!

Ruthy Rogers long awaitted update

My Ruthy Rogers update is long overdue!
i did not feel i had much done so I kept stitching away as time was slipping away too. I am enjoying every moment stitching this but i am slow. Trying to stitch the filling stitch one handed seems to take me a long time, i can see the benifit of two hands with  this stitch!  But.... at least i can do it and I am geting it done, that is all that matters! I am posting the picture from the last post and todays, this way you can see the differences. I have to admitt I want to start another, I love so many of the kits i want to work on all of them now. I will behave myself however and only work on one or two at a time. Thank you for letting me share this! Bob

This is the last posting  pic 
Todays updated paicture

Sunday, 17 August 2014

In search of...

Just wondering if any of you might have information on where I could possibly purchase cotton threads "Spécial à broder" N° 40 or finer from DMC (not "Mouliné") or from "Anchor" or perhaps some of you have it in your stash ... I'd be happy to pay…
I have designed a piece that I would like to work on with the traditional threads available not even so long ago...

I haven't posted here recently because I am finishing up some other samplers in the meantime.  I have been following all the great work here and already have a few samplers on my mind that I will post about soon ... Looking at the SL website can really get you into trouble!  Marsha has some beautiful samplers as we all know.

thanks for any help on my quest to find the right threads ...


Friday, 15 August 2014

Soon 2 b a Mother in law.

Just found out my daughter is getting married and would love to do a autumn bridal/wedding sampler. I seen a beauty on here a while back but can't remember the title or the stitcher. Can someone post me some help or give suggestions for a beautiful chart possibly with autumn leaves? She is decorating with autumn leaves and foliage. Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Elizabeth Sheffield - Home at Last

At last, after 13 months of stitching, the beautiful Elizabeth Sheffield is completed and framed!

I am so amazed at how incredible the finished and framed piece looks.  Initially I was attracted to the bright colors of the pattern.  But after working on this for so long, I've come to appreciate the original design and subtle elements that make this sampler so unique.

Because of the overwhelming amount of "over-one" stitching, there were many times that I put the piece away in favor of something a little easier.  But knowing that you wonderful Scarlet Letter Years participants were watching, I would work on it after a short respite.  I even changed it up just a bit to make it my own.

Yes, that's a flower pot in the window.

So, thank you all for your past compliments and encouragement following my earlier posts.  I plan to keep up with this wonderful group and have chosen "Janet Carsels" as my next Scarlet Letter sampler!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Summertime with Frances Marshall

Well it's been such a long time since I've posted!  I am still stitching though.  I have been enjoying the summer with our huge garden (we are having beets, green beans, yellow and green squash and red potatoes almost every night with dinner!)  This has been a great summer for us so far, with no drought, plenty of rain and a huge vegetable yield.

I had a great birthday in August and, just because they are so pretty, here is a photo of some roses my husband brought home (what a shock!  he stopped picking flowers by the side of the road when someone honked at him.... so, it has been some time since he brought me flowers and these were much appreciated   : )

Some of my stitching has been on other projects, so my Scarlett Letter current project is progressing at a slower pace.  However, every time I pick it up again I tell myself "why don't I just stitch this Frances Marshall and put everything else aside?"  It is so enjoyable for me.

I have made a lot of progress since the early days of stitching Frances Marshall:

I started outlining the figures of the serpent, angel Michael, and Adam and Eve.  Also have been filling in the grass section, which though it takes time, makes for good stitching while watching "Jeopardy" re-runs (and usually getting the answers wrong), or BBC tv programs!
A close-up:

Here is where I am at present.  I have found that doing the outlining is not at all as difficult as I had first imagined!  Soon I will be filling in with stem stitch!

I do hope all of you are having a lovely summer and finding some time, maybe during vacation if you are fortunate enough to have one, to stitch on your favorite Scarlett Letter sampler! 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Mary Ann Macdonald

It has been a while since my last post.  I thought I had better show you where I am at, with my sampler.  After seeing everyone else add things personal to their samplers, I decided to add our cat "Cindy".  Mind you, I gave her tail fur, which at the moment she doesn't have.  John has been traveling and she isn't quite happy about this, so she has taken it out on herself by removing her fur. I did my best to make Cindy look good, but it's a little difficult when making her only about an inch square. 

Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday Wishes.  I plan on enjoying my day, getting in a little stitching, visiting with my German adopted daughter, Isabell and having a wonderful dinner of Sushi.