And All was for an Appil

And All was for an Appil
And All was for an Appil - Lynn, Faye and Laura's versions


Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hello everyone,

It has been so long since I posted. At the end of Nicola's SL year, I needed to work on some other projects, plan a family vacation and had long work hours. Life has been busy for all of us. I did start and finish The Bird Sampler:

Stitched on 36 count Navy Bean with one strand DMC. The geese on the bottom do not show well in the photo and I am thinking of outlining them. I worked on this while deciding what to buy with the gift certificate I won at the end of the year. My list kept changing and after making many lists, I ordered:

Thank you again for the gift certificate to Nicola, Ray and Marsha.  I joined Nicola's journey last year because I had a number of SL samplers to stitch. Although I was able to complete about  8 of them, I have added so many more to my list!

I usually stitch one sampler at a time but if it is large or involved I might stitch something smaller or easier along with it. I started Nancy Nurse because I had a piece of that beautiful green material and the DMC while I awaited the silks for Dorothy Walpole. It has taken me longer than I thought and was afraid if I stopped I'd never go back to it. I am so happy to see my satin diamonds will match up and hope to finish this in one good stitching day and than start on Dorothy.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!
Cindy L

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Still Plugging Away....

Hello Friends,

Although it has been awhile since I have posted, I assure you that I've been trying my hardest to finish the beautiful Elizabeth Sheffield.

As you can see, I have made quite a bit of progress in the last few months.  And there is not much to finish.  However....

...the hardest part for me is the over-one stitching.  It is very time consuming and at times, it seems like I'll never get all of the plants and creatures filled in with tiny stitches!

I have to keep reminding myself what I've already accomplished:

And, just for a small added incentive to keep stitching away, I've already purchased my next Scarlet Letter project:  Janet Carsels.

Monday, 7 July 2014

ELIZ. COX 1838

Hello everyone! Happy July!

I have had a little change in direction with my stitching ... and it's all because of the influence of Nicola (*wink*wink*)   :)

I have joined Nicola in stitching Eliz. Cox ... oh such a pretty sampler! ... and oh so far out of my comfort zone!!! But Nicola's beautiful progress has been a great inspiration.

We started about the second week in June and I am not nearly as far along as Nicola, but here is my progress ...

I have been studying Mary Corbet's videos on long and short "needlepainting" stitches. This center flower I have outlined will be my first attempt ...

... slightly nervous, but ready to jump in and give it a try! Wish me luck!!!

I am stitching Eliz. alongside a 'Mirabilia' design for my daughter. She recently graduated from college, and has started her first job as a broadcast meteorologist. I just added a post to my personal blog documenting my progress on that project. If you are interested, you can find it HERE.

Also since the last time we chatted, my 'Sarah Harvey' has returned from the very talented Jill Rensel.

I love the molding ... and I love the way Miss Sarah looks all dressed up!
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.
Until next time ...

Sunday, 6 July 2014

As promise Mary Ann Macdonald

Even with the holiday weekend, I was able to make my goal.  I wanted to finish the house on my sampler.  So between preparing food and entertaining, I was able to sit down and work on my sampler.  It is so hot outside, that it has been nice staying in and stitching, at least during the heat of the day.  I hope those of you living in the US, enjoyed the July 4th holiday.  For those of you on the Northeast Coast, I hope that our first tropical storm didn't cause too many problems.

I can't wait to really get into this part of the sampler.


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.

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!!