Sunday, 20 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all of my fellow bloggers.  I hope that you are having a pleasant weekend and are enjoying the yummy Easter chocolate that I seem to find everywhere!!

It is a beautiful warm sunny day here, hopefully all of  you who have had such a cold winter are enjoying some warmth this weekend as well.

I have been busy this week stitching on my friend Ruth, I took a picture yesterday and then turned the scroll bars so i am further down her length now.

One of the pictures is a little more close up but you can see that I am quite a ways down on the verses.  Actually I have completed another line now and am doing the dividing band under the partial row that you see.    I think there is only one other row and dividing band before the start of the Irish stitching in the middle of the sampler.  So I am further along than I even realized!!  It is a beautiful sampler and I am enjoying the colors and the stitching on it.  Love the Irish Stitching on the side!!

Here are some pictures of what I have waiting in the wings.  The first picture are some samplers that I found in my stash that I didn't even know I had!!  Oh, boy am I a bad girl!!  The three on the bottom are new purchases.  I love that Flamestitch sampler, it is so beautiful and then the other two are what I have fallen in love with from the blog posts!!  Two of many, I might add.  I also have Betsy Davis and a Scottish sampler that I can't find!!  I have allotted today and tomorrow to organize (again) my stitching room so maybe by the Monday I will have found them!!!  I purchased Ann Kirby also, she is out of print but I finally found it on e-bay, she is a beautiful sampler as well and my maiden name is Kirby and my middle name is Ann, soooooo  Had to have her!!!!  Well, some day maybe all these samplers will be on my walls, I certainly hope so!! 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Ann's Creeping Along The Grid

So, Ladies, a week has passed since I started my Ann Lawle and posted my first post on Our Scarlet Letter Years.  It's slow going creating that grid for the cutwork, but then this is my first ever cutwork piece so I am checking and rechecking what I am doing. It was scary cutting those vertical and horizontal threads and making sure the two threads were the only ones the scissors were cutting each time. I got there in the end but there sure were a LOT of threads to pull out and secure at the back.

A perfectly formed but very limp grid!
Now I have started Whip stitching the vertical threads and the grid is starting to strengthen....a ways to go though but I am having fun.
Starboard side's vertically strengthened, Port side's awaiting whipping!
Happy Easter All

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Janet Carsels

You know you're stitching a Scottish sampler when there are so many embellishments on the alphabet that you don't recognize the letters!  I love all the various styles of alphabets in Janet Carsels...except the eyelet one.  I've never been a big fan of eyelet alphabets, but so far, this one isn't driving me completely crazy. 

I've never figured out why they changed colors in the middle of a word.
Can you imagine marking your linens with that illuminated alphabet!?  It's almost like hieroglyphics.
I'm ready to move on to the motifs now. 

Mary Bailey 1818 Work in Progress

This is my latest progress photo of Mary Bailey 1818. I am just really enjoying this and getting closer still to starting the brick house. This project has such nice bright colors in it. It is habit forming to work on it. The tree trunk looks a little more orange in the photo but it is more brown with a hint of rust in it. It is DMC 780 but I had a hard time trying to get the true color. It really isn't so orange really.  One more shrub to stitch and I can start the red house.   I can hardly wait!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

So Close

I just wanted to do a quick update on Wind Blows.  These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago and I haven't had time to do a post.  I am now almost finished and will post more pictures very soon, I hope.

Some detail pics

Love the little bird.

Hopefully there will be more soon.

Dawn M

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Finally ... Finally ... Finally!!!

The last stitches have been completed ... and I am very pleased to reveal my "SARAH HARVEY 1737" ...

"SARAH HARVEY 1737" adaptation
Fabric: Scarlet Letter's 40 count 'Lambswool' Linen
Fibers: AVAS silks
Completed: April 15, 2014


I am soooo pleased to have her completed ... I will admit we had our moments ... never to the point of ending our relationship ... but my, my, my there were 'moments'! I can't really even put my finger on what the troubles were ... just lots of little silly 'things' that seemed to continuously plague our relationship.
But as they say ... 'all's well that ends well' ... and so today Miss Sarah will be sent off  to the very talented hands of Jill Rensel and company for framing ... I am excited to see what ideas they will have for her!
Moving on, I am going to try to work on two projects at the same time ... we'll see how this goes ... I have always been a one-relationship-at-a-time-kind-of-gal ... but I'm in awe of those of you who have multiples in rotation ... so I'm going to give it a try!
I have started 'MARY BAILEY 1818' (I'll share the progress in my next post) and have just ordered the needed silks for 'THE HUNTSMAN'. Not sure if I'll put them on a schedule or just pick up and stitch whoever I'm feeling at the moment ... for now I'm seeing how it goes!
So that's about it from my little corner of the world! Thank you for continuing to share all your beautiful stitching ... as always, you all are such a great inspiration! ... I love starting my day with a cup of coffee and The SL Blogs!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sarah Limah

Here are progress photos of Sarah Limah 1748.  I hope to have this finished by month end.  I skipped the eyelet crowns and all the satin stitching so will have to go back and finish that.  This is the second Norwich sampler that I have done.  Lots of color changes have kept me from getting bored.  Worked in silks with fabric from kit.

Kim Hummel

SDW Progress

Here's a little more progress on my SDW. I'm really enjoying stitching this sampler. I will post later on my AAWFAA progress. 

Spring Fever with Scarlett Letter!

Ok folks this is my front yard as of last week.  I will post an update later in the week after this week's rain and high temps (TWO whole days of 75 degree weather! wow!  The kids already have the water balloons out today...)

So it is definitely spring fever around here!  I am stitching (ahem. gulp.) on a few (just a very few!) SL samplers.  Here they are:

Frances Marshall is coming along nicely!

IAMEK has some neat color combinations in it!  this was from a kit I received from winning a SL gift certificate (still amazed at that win!)

and,  (drum roll)here is Sary Burditt!

(Now do you believe me when I say I have Spring fever?  : )

and just for fun, here is a picture of the girls' new calves (they each asked Daddy if they could use their money to buy and raise a calf.  Of course he said yes....sigh)....

So, just to be a part of the crowd, I decided this year I better stitch a SL sampler that has a calf in it.  : )  (and how timely with that Easter sale going on right now, thanks to Marsha! (and Nicole, and Joann.) 

(so, this summer while everyone else is out weeding the garden(s), guess what I will be doing!)

 : )
happy stitching,

Mary Ann Macdonald

Well everyone has been very busy stitching.  I have loved seeing all the wonderful finishes as well as the WIP's.  There are a lot of very fine samplers being stitched and some very talented stitcher's.  I have been busy with company, working in the garden, before it get's too hot, so stitching has taken a back seat.  I find I get most of my stitching in, when I am visiting mom in Ohio.  My husband is working out of town for the next few weeks, so I hope to get some time in.  Here is my progress so far.  Let's hope in the next few weeks,  I get more accomplished.

Sorry for the bad photo.. 

Lady & the Castle - Let the sun shine in

Hello everyone,

It is damp and dark this morning, so here is a bit of sun:

I'm still haunted by Jennifer C's blackwork version of Pattern Record on Blog One. How many times have you seen someone's interpretation of a pattern and wished you'd thought of doing the same?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

PLL Progress and Help, please

Spring is finally here in the South! And I started a new job at the first of April - a very good thing since it means I am no longer working nights!  With the new job, I also decided that I would put at least a few stitches on PLL every day.  So far, so good - and it's amazing the progress that I've made the past two weeks - even stitching just one stitch (literally) a couple of days.   Here is what I've done since I finished outlining last weekend:

I do have a question for those of you who are working (or have worked) PLL:  I have a # symbol on my chart, but no corresponding color to use for it.  I took a close up of three of the blank spaces that color goes so far, but my camera flipped the photo and I can't turn it.  I think you can tell the three places on the flower that are still white - these are the places that have the # symbol. 
 From the photo, it looks like it is some sort of olive green, but so far all of those have been claimed by symbols.  It is beside AVAS 2115 in the little leaves off the top and AVAS 523 in the long leaf.  Help, please!!  The # color does show up several other places in the piece.

Blank spaces that use Color indicated with # symbol
Happy Spring Stitching!
Sharon H

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Miriem Brocklehurst Sampler (1)

Hello everyone!

I’d like to start by showing you the sampler of Miriem Brocklehurst that I started stitching the day I received it. This was a present that Nicola sent me because I won it in a giveaway here. Thanks again, it’s lovely and I love the colours!

On this sampler I'm using Edinburgh linen (36 count), hand dyed with weak coffee to obtain the colour in the photo from original sampler and I'm also using DMC threads. The fun part on this sampler is that I have decided to try and make the wrong side as perfect as the right side... or at least I will try my best!

This reminds me of what my friend Mayté Bermudez said. She does this kind of two sided embroidery and from whom I have had a cross stitch class. She always says that we should think out or plan the path our stitches are going to take before we stitch them.

Right now, this is my idea. I think it will be fun to do this sampler with these lovely colours!! Of course, I almost forgot, I also have to be patient because sometimes we have to undo our stitching, as I have had to do twice already.

Well, what I did so far?

  • First I used a double running stitch also known as Holbein stitch.
  • At this point you must take into account the following:  you have to stitch the inside design before finishing the main line. To help you see more clearly; if you compare the design with a tree, first you must completely sew the branches before the main trunk. This is the reason why I still haven’t finished the small green diamonds that are shown on the sample pattern. You will see these diamonds in my next post about this sampler.
For the embroidered letters in light coral that are just above  the blue line I used Italian cross stitch and they are sewn using just one strand of thread. For the blue cross stitched line below the letters I chose a lighter blue thread. As you can see by my impatience I jump from line to line, but this is typical of me.

Hugs, until my next post about my other sampler, thanks for reading this, happy stitching!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Ann Lawle - A New Beginning

Hi Ladies

This is my first ever Scarlet Letter Sampler. I do have a number of kits/patterns so it took me a little while to choose  just which one would be 'the first'. I settled on Ann Lawle. I have so many other projects on that it has taken me a while to place this beautiful sampler into the rotation. I have been following this blog for sometime and am constantly amazed at the creativity  and the inspiration all your lovely work provides.
I am happy to be starting, only just starting, to contribute my first piece.
It is beginning to get a little cooler and the days much shorter here in New Zealand so that means much more time for stitching...


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My plans for the next sampler

Hi Everyone,
Many of you wrote to inquire what my next sampler will be and what I have been working on now.
I have posted a rather lengthy discussion on the topic of 'what's next?' for me ... still have some decisions to make on some points but have made some decisions already.

I wanted to thank you all once more for all your kind comments and also for reconnecting me to my love of stitching samplers - I had been away from it for a while...

I truly look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful work each day...

more as always on my blog:

Monday, 7 April 2014

An Update on Dorothy

  I have been working for what seems like forever on the bargello band in Dorothy Walpole.  I finally managed to get it finished this afternoon and I am so happy I had to share it!!

  This puts her officially at the half way point!!  The next half is that wild and wonderful floral part.  I can't wait!!

For Love of the Needle

Ruth Bacheler

Here is an updated picture of Ruth Bacheler, I have actually been working on her!!

This picture was taken last week and I have done even more since the picture, more of the Irish Stitch down the left side and the border under the last line that is finished above.

I am still loving this sampler and as a matter of fact, am loving all the samplers that I am seeing here on the blog.  Thanks again to everyone for your beautiful posts.  I am loving them so much that I have bought two  more kits!!!  Now I am really crazy!!

I have not worked on the Manifesto, too many other projects going on.  My aim is to keep on with Ruth in my weekly rotation and when she is finished I will start another SL sampler.  I think they are my favorites and now I want them all.  I am going to have to live to be about 150 at this rate!  LOL

That's it for this week, I am trying to be more faithful to the blog posting as well as to Ruth!!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Coloring Inside the Lines

It's finally time to break out the crayons and color!!  I was supposed to go on a knitting retreat to the mountains of North Carolina this weekend, but I succumbed to the respiratory crud that is going around (probably due to allergies) and stayed home instead.  So, after work yesterday and again this morning,  I was able spend some quality time with my needle and thread and was able to complete the outline of PLL.

Now the fun really begins and I get to start adding color!  I can't wait to see the piece bloom - much like every tree, flower and grass outside my door is doing at present.  Spring is finally here to stay, I think.

Keep Stitching.

Sharon H