Friday, 31 January 2014
Well when I joined Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year I never thought as a beginner in sampler stitching that I would complete TWO samplers in a year, but I have done it! Stitching Freelove has been fun, I just love the way this 10 year old threw in her numbers at the end of the text lines when there was room.
Freelove Hazard was stitched on tea dyed 25 count linen with DMC flosses. I received a new Scarlet Letter kit for Christmas from my sweet daughter. She choose it out herself and I don't believe I have seen anyone stitching it on the blogs. I was going to start it in a month or so to give me the chance to finish a couple other projects but we will see how long I can wait. Until then, happy stitching all!
Thursday, 30 January 2014
38 ct. Italian Linen w/ DMC
Lettering goes pretty quickly so even though I won't make the end of the month deadline I was aiming for, I should have it on the completed list by the time the Olympics start!!
For Love of the Needle
Now I get to chose my next sampler. I will probably lie awake half the night trying to decide.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Monday, 27 January 2014
Saturday, 25 January 2014
I've added stitches, changed colors, interpreted stitch direction etc.
At the moment I am still trying to decide if I should change the cream area in the diamond band... more close ups and discussion on this topic on my blog... I would greatly appreciate your input. I changed things to try and only use the silk skein I was currently using and not start a new skein... I am just going to let it 'sit' for awhile and then make a decision if I take things out and restitch areas etc.... more on www.thesongofmyneedle.blogspot.com . Looking forward to hearing from you.
So here is Elizabeth Harborne as of this morning - it was a fun sampler and a great experience to share my progress with you all - thank you for all your comments! I normally just stitch in my 'own little private space' - it was an interesting experience to share things with you all... and thanks Nicola for 'enticing' me .
|Elizabeth Harborne - Day 30 Completed sampler|
The Song of my Needle
|Elizabeth Harborne - Day 30 Top portion|
The Song of my Needle
the trellis stich. I had suggested a few links and ideas - it can be a bit time consuming in the beginning and I had suggested that perhaps a combination of satin and trellis stitch may be a way to ease into it.
Anyway, I am going back and working all the raised stitches and bands that I had left unstitched on Elizabeth Harborne - interesting to note that these same bands had elements that had not appealed to me for various reasons....
For those of you who are interested, you can read and see much more about the trellis stitch and its variations, my choices and changes of color and stitch placement in this band below, on my blog.
Here is the band the way I chose to finish it - it is still a bit strange in my opinion but at least adding trellis stitch, queen/ rococo stitch, some padding, bullions in various ways etc. made it a bit more fun to stitch.
|Elizabeth Harborne - Day 29|
Friday, 24 January 2014
I am sorry to say that even though I still
I want to thank all of you for helping me to expand my stitching horizons and encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
40 ct linen, AVAS
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Sunday, 19 January 2014
So here is some progress on two bands after last night ;
more pictures on www.thesongofmyneedle.blogspot.com
|Elizabeth Harborne - Day 28 |
The Song of my Needle
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Here is my progress after 6 days on working on both - more on all this and other things on my blog www.thesongofmyneedle.blogspot.com .
Thanks to Nicola, Elizabeth and Marcia for 'enabling' me and making this 'addition' to my stitching
'to-do list' so easy!
|Progress report - after Day 6 : Ann Scutt (on left) and Margret Gatis (on right)|
Friday, 17 January 2014
I am just at the start of the checkerboard band so I am really getting excited about that!! It is nearly at the bottom so I hope to be able to show a finish soon!
For Love of the Needle
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
|Ann Scutt - Day 6|
The Song of my Needle
More on my blog : www.thesongofmyneedle.blogspot.com
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
I had planned on posting an update on Eliza yesterday but when I was getting her ready for her photo shoot, I found a stitch that came undone and needed to fix it. Like so many this past month, I also had a visit from that darn frog. I had to rip the stepped lozenge on the right side but at least I discovered the mistake before I got to far along.
I do love the new gallery and seeing all the photos. It makes the samplers come alive seeing everyone's work. I find myself looking at it often when there is not any new stitching photos online and trying to decide what to do next. Just need to find more time.....!
Happy New Year to all!
Isn't it just the best day when your stitching returns home from the framers?!!!
My 'Marion Robertson' returned home today ...
I have a quick update on The Wind Blows. I am very much enjoying this piece. The Queen is done and the King is so close but I just didn't have the time to get his legs finished. Next time ....
Sorry about the shadow. I didn't realize it was there until now.
Monday, 13 January 2014
All three flowers on the first band are different and the spacing between them is different too, even though, at first glance, it is not apparent.
I thought this was in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, but the museum has had financial problems in recent years and there was discussion of possibly having to close it and disperse the collections. I'm not up to date on the current events, but it looks like they are in fact selling at least part of their holdings.
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Friday, 10 January 2014
So, I waited....and the blog filled up. I had never participated in a Stitch-a-long before. But it didn't look too hard...oh well, too late now!
But, wait...then I saw they had another blog and even though January 2013 had gone by they were still taking stitchers! Maybe, just maybe, I could do this!
So, I did it. I signed up. After a while I found stitching E. Raysor was a blast and I actually finished it, not too shabby really, and LOOK at what EVERYONE was doing! WOW! I was loving reading the posts each month, reading the interviews, going to the photobuckets and seeing all the wonderful samplers on the stitcher's walls! What fun!
Then I won a sampler from Queenstown Samplers, and that was a real boost as I never really won anything before! Wow again! I am still choosing the right fabric that I want to do this one on.
December rolled around and I was wondering about posting or not. My Sarah Limah was going ok but I was stuck on the satin stitching....and my camera wasn't in yet that the kids had ordered for me. Finally it came just in time, and I decided to post anyway. Then, a few days later, I noticed something else...a Teresa had won the drawing! Oh wait, that's not me. Too bad. Better luck next time!
Then I noticed a few days later that Nicola was telling me to email her. Could I have been wrong? was I the right Teresa? (yup. I WAS!)
You cannot imagine my surprise when I found I had won December's drawing! WOW! And the gift certificate came on Christmas Eve. I had just said goodbye to my daughter Megan as she left at 5 am the day before for her flight back to Kentucky (she works in the ICU at the equine hospital, and two foals came a month early), so was feeling a bit sad as Christmas would be different this year with no Megan. We had our Christmas on the 22nd actually.... so getting the gift certificate in the mail was such a boost. What would I choose though? there were so many lovely samplers to choose from.
The day after Christmas I became ill and for five days had this yucky fluey thing. However I spent MANY happy hours while sick in bed, browsing the gallery, browsing your stitching blogs, looking at the Scarlett Letter site, going back and forth, trying to decide what called to me most.
Here is what I decided: ( (I am so sorry this is so long but if you guys knew what a process this was for me! : )
I had always loved Jean Scrimgeowr, and I had seen IAMEK on this blog and fell in love with it. (I am not sure if the Darlene that stitched it is the Darlene of Needles' Prayse or not....some of you ladies that are more savvy in the stitching world would know).
I don't know if you can see this photo well or not, but you can tell from the picture above on Plum Street Sampler's blog, that the sampler is awesome, and there are quite a few scarlett letter ones done!
I thought, WOW (again!) Maybe someday I will have some sampler walls like that!
So, that is the story. Thank you, Nicola. (for your generosity and loving nurturing of your fellow stitchers!) Thank you, Marsha (for designing and inspiring and excellent service). Thank you, fellow stitchers (for your encouragement and stitching savvy and inspiration!)
I can't wait to start. : )