Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Sunday, 21 September 2014


She needs a good ironing but I was so excited she's finished. And the best part is that when I was in Pennsylvania over the summer I arranged everything for the framing at The Strawberry Sampler.  Now I just have to trust the USPS together her there

Thursday, 18 September 2014

New Start

I know it isn't much but this is the corner of my new start, Janet Burnet June 1830.  It is a Scottish Sampler and it only was published a couple of years ago I think.  The chart is great because it is in pages that you can copy and make notations, lines, counts, etc. on without messing up the whole chart.  Lots of very pretty colors, I am using AVAS in the called for colors and a 35 count linen that I overdyed with coffee, my own brand of "espresso". LOL

Ruth Bacheler is not back from the framers, I will post her when I get her back, all was well with the border!!

Ann Grimshaw

Part two  post on Ann Grimshaw.
Serena B

Ann Grimshaw

The beloved Ann Grimshaw sampler has had very few stitches added ,since I started her at the beginning of Nicola's Scarlet Letter year!
It simply has not went as planned...progress wise! I will persevere and be delighted with any progress.
As for a picture update,I hope to have one posted soon,with a little help...when I figure out how to do that!

Serena B

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Back From The Framer!

I'm a little late posting these, I received them from the Utah framer Jill Rensel about a month ago.  I'm so pleased with the results!  Here's And All Was For An Appil:
And the finished Emma Miles:
I'll tell you a secret....Emma Miles was one of my least favorite stitches.  Other than the holly there was a lot of gold, and I'm just not a gold person.  BUT, with this frame I've fallen in love with Emma again.  In person it's even better.  She's not hung on the wall yet, instead I have her sitting on a chair right across from my stitching chair so I can look at her all the time.  Crazy, huh?  My Mother's name was Emma and I'm thinking of hanging a picture of her close to this Emma.

I'm enjoying seeing all of your work.  I don't comment much but I do look at each and every blog entry.  Happy stitching everyone!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Margaret's progress~

Greetings my sampler stitching friends~!

I'm getting to know sweet Margaret the more I move along with her sampler~~~ no doubt she was a nature girl... Free spirited by being outside a lot... Her love of flowers, birds & animals are apparent in the motifs she chose in her stitching.... I'm thinking her teachers or friends initials were chosen for the center vine scroll.....


I look at a couple of my first grade students and envision Margaret... Being close in age, I think of her as a student with her sampler assignment..... Was she a little rough and tomboyish....?... Or was she dainty and precise???? I think as I go along stitching her beautiful worke, I'll be able to get to know her even more~

Enjoy this glorious day~


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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Quick Start!

This past weekend I started my second Scarlet Letter sampler: 
             "Janet Carsels 1787"

This beautiful Scottish sampler is stitched primarily in red and green silk, and features beautiful alphabets, including several HUGE illuminated letters.

I am working on 40 count Vintage Light Examplar from Lakeside Linen and using Au ver a Soie / Soie d'Alger threads.  

And I have a feeling that this sampler won't take as long as my last (Elizabeth Sheffield).

Hope you have some time to stitch today, too.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

I have finally found my perfect next SL sampler~

Greetings friends & happy Tuesday~

After a summer break of sampler stitching, I've decided on my next Scarlet Letter stitch..... When I saw Jenny post her finish of Margaret Randolph, I knew I would have to stitch her~ The vibrant colors just spoke to me! I can't wait to put needle, thread and linen in motion tonight....


I am considering using this Gloriana for added texture in lieu of the solid turquoise.... I may play around with that idea..... Stay posted.....

Here's hoping all is well, everyone is enjoying their project of choice and as summer winds down, you're enjoying life!

Much Peace~

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Summers over and we are home from the lake! Although we had a wonderful time it feels good to be back! Now, we have to attend to a few home and yard must do  projects while the weather is still beautiful.
I brought my stitching with me but must confess that very little got accomplished. I am so excited to be able to get back to stitching Ruthy!

  Where I left off with Ruthy

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Long lost stitcher . . .

It is a rainy day here and so much cooler!  Sadly it is already dark when I drive to work and almost dark on my way home :(

Feels as though I have missed a couple, maybe even a few, seasons of Scarlet Letter Samplers!  I lost my way on a sampler I had spent so much time trying to figure out how to personalize in memory of my Dad.  Poor Sarah Siddall sat wrapped in a pillowcase for many months in a closet.  Finally in June, I unwrapped her, pulled out all my amateurish attempts at graphing, collected threads and notes about what I had been trying to do.  I felt the loss of my father so freshly looking at all of that. I needed time to be able to take her up again.

We had a small vacation planned for just the four of us over summer break.  I was ready to start anew!  I packed everything up including a light. The first day, I set up a corner at our vacation rental as soon as the boys were tucked in.

Very little stitching occurred, maybe half a thread length before my youngest son was sick.  Fortunately, he recovered within a few days.  Sarah had to wait until we were home.  I put in a little more of the border and was trying to make sure I had the proper calculations for my verse.  Then news of my dear sister and her family moving far far far away.  I decided I needed to make something for her (non-SL) and have been trying to work on that in bits and pieces of time.  She has now given me a very hard deadline 9/20!  I don't know if I can make it.  So all other evening/night occupations have been put on hold.

Well, here is what she looked like the beginning of January when I lost my way during my father-in-law's illness:

This is how far I got before I started a project for one of my dear sisters:

I couldn't sleep last night, so I started trying to catch up on all the posts I have missed the last many weeks on this blog.  Very exciting to see so many beautiful projects progressing and finishing!  I almost "needed" to get up and get to work on SS, but I will try to be self-disciplined.  Catching up was like having a cup of hot tea with dear friends!

It was especially exciting to see Jackie P. working on SS!  How wonderful to see such progress! I will be impatiently waiting to see further updates from Jackie and all the others working on each of their varied and lovely projects.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Her Name was Margaret

Hello Everyone,

In 1826 Margaret Randolph, who was then 7 years old, finished her sampler. Now 188 years later I have finished mine, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I love her! I really think Margaret must have loved the outdoors because her sampler incorporated so many lovely things like birds and butterflies and roses.....all the things that I love, especially during the Spring and Summer months here in California. Even though I hadn't intended for her to become my summer stitch, that was what she was and it couldn't have been a more perfect sampler to work on while I have been enjoying my own garden.

Margaret was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819. She died in 1888. That means she lived during the Civil War.....I found myself wondering about her and her family....did they oppose slavery and maybe even help runaways in what was called the Underground Railroad, or maybe they felt ties with the Southern States. Did she lose a brother or son or other loved ones during this war? 

I came across this poem last year and thought it fit really well with Margaret. I hope you enjoy it.

A Sampler Speaks

I am a small square of linen and some
few yards of thread

Long years ago, when America was young,
I lay across the lap of a little girl
whose hand patiently patterned me.
Seated on a stool, she faced a table
whereon a candle flickered,
and shadows chased her busy fingers.
She sewed the alphabet and learned her letters...

formed a verse and learned devotion...
embroidered flowers and learned nature...

worked a border and learned art.

Through me, in part she learned to be
a woman and a wife.
I was her hope and her despair,
her pride and her love.
She is gone now,and gone are her times
and her ways
But in me, her sampler, and through her needle,
something of her and her day lives on
as surely as the painter
lives through his brush, the writer through his pen.


Margaret Randolph 1826
Cashel Linen - 28 Count
Antique White - DMC Threads
The time has come to pick a new sampler to work on.....I wonder which one that will be?

Happy Stitching everyone....all of your work is just beautiful!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014 more ways than one :(

So........Ruth Bacheler is finished.  And there is a story.  This was an OMG moment for sure. I was tempted to open the above bottle and consume the contents, but I paused and went to my next favorite thing below.  If you have never had shortbread with some lemon curd slopped over the top then I am sorry for you, it cures a lot of problems.  And to goes without saying there must be a cup of good tea beside it.  

Here is the story, in my excitement to start this gorgeous sampler, I put too much fabric at the top.  I normally stitch in hand, but as you see, I put this one on roller bars.  Therein is my mistake, I rolled too much at the beginning and have 3 inches at the top and only one inch at the bottom.  I don't think I have ever screwed this up before.  At least not to this extent.  Well, I will be MUCH more careful in future.  I would frame it close to the stitching anyway and my framer is fantastic so hopefully she will make it good.  So, word of warning, you all probably know this, but when the kit says 2 inches is all you have, believe it!!!

Another word of wisdom, when the instructions say pay attention to the instructions, believe that too!!! But she is worth every bit of the irritation, I am in love with her!

Sarah Siddall1818 A Quaker Sampler

Hello everyone,

I wish to thank Nicola and Jo for the invitation to join the blog. I love looking at all the beautiful samplers and do enjoy watching the progress being made. It is inspiring and keeps me motivated and I need that. I, like all of you, keep thinking what sampler do I want to do next? I'm not decisive as there're so many I would like to do. I will have to live to be 150 and then some to get them done. I found this sampler in my stash last April/May after being invited to join the blog. I wanted to see if I could still stitch on 40 ct. linen. I was working at that time and I tried to stitch on the weekends and in the evenings as time allowed. I have since retired from work and plan to spend more time stitching. I have numerous samplers in my stash but I keep finding new patterns that I would like to stitch!
An overall picture of my progress 

    Top center medallion

 I changed the name to my granddaughter's name 
       as recommended in instructions.
The center left motifs
 Upper left motif

    Upper right motif

Monday, 1 September 2014

Mary Ann Macdonald

All of us that are waiting for Marsha's release of Nicola's beautiful sampler, had better get busy and finish are pieces, at least, those of us, who only stitch one sampler at a time. I am one of those people, so I had better get busy on Mary Ann.  Here is where I am so far and with company here for the next two weeks, I am sure it will be hard to find time for stitching.  If I don't find the time, I know once I am in Ohio, visiting with mom, I'll get into the swing.

Thank you to all who have posted recently, it's a great way to start the day.