I had finished this Victoria Sampler piece years ago, but it is not 'finished finished' if you know what I mean? I hemstitched it with the intention of making it into a bellpull, but I feel it needs something to make it stand out on the white-ish walls that decorators love to do every room in. So I am thinking about this:
This is a lacy sampler, and I have always loved the look of lace and tartan. I could back it with this and leave an inch or so showing around the edges. What do you think?
I have to wonder if it is worthwhile keeping a blog anymore. Everyone has stitch groups on Facebook (aka Facecrack) and posts there. It is quick and easy, everyone is in one place and pics are easier to find. I have been posting a lot on several Facebook groups and the traffic is heavy. Blogs, not so much. I will have to think about it I guess.
In other news, I have finished my Heirloom Stitching sampler. I know, I know, about time, right? I have also started about a gazillion other samplers and therefore don't seem to be making much progress on anything!
Sorry for the crappy pictures. I didn't realize just how bad they were until I loaded them on here. Geeze...
I decided to leave off the bottom section of hardanger. It just seemed to frou-frou. I am going to hemstitch it and make it into a bellpull. I think. That may change depending on my mood, which seems to change rapidly lately. Let's just say life has been interesting.
I have been stitching on Heirloom Stitching sampler from The Victoria Sampler and having fun with it. I didn't want to go buy the silks and specialty threads because, let's face it, I have more stash than I will ever use up, and I also wanted to tweak the colour palette a bit so I matched the solid colours up with DMC the best I could, used Weeks Basil and Caron Waterlilies in Java, added a little more dusty purple with Anchor 871 and Bob's your uncle!
Sorry for the wrinkles, the pics were kind of a spur of the moment thing because I was actually awake when the light was pretty good.
There are still some leaves to do over one in the top section
I am leaving the cutwork, Hardanger and long satin stitches until last. I also changed the row with the pink flowers because there was a row of over one there, and I just wasn't in the mood (it is not my favorite stitch)
I have been working on a couple of other samplers, Mary Hurst by The Scarlet Letter and IM IB by The Essamplaire, no pics yet, sorry!
I got a new sampler book,
Remember Thy Creator by Naomi Tarrant, a book on Scottish samplers, which are my favorite, along with English band samplers from the 1600s. It is a gorgeous book, I got it for Christmas and am still dipping into it. Lots of info and gorgeous pictures.
Speaking of Christmas, all my decorations are still up because on the 26th of December I had surgery on my foot to remove a neuroma and have a tailors bunion (on the outside of the foot) removed. The surgeon said it would be an easy surgery and quick recovery. HA! He lied. I promptly got an infection which was painful beyond imagination. I think I actually called their office while under the influence of pain killers and told them to cut it off (not kidding).I am still not able to stand for a long time and my foot is still too swollen to wear a proper boot to go outside so I am still stumping around the mall in this:
It's a tad cold on the toes in the winter, no matter how I wrap my foot. So, that's been fun!
I also got this book from Amazon,
an oldie (published in 1970) but goodie and was flipping through it last night when I found another sampler like the Jane Turner one! You may recall another blogger and I were finding a lot of what I call 'Jane Turners' sisters a year or so ago and had heard of a sampler by Mary Lawley but had not seen a picture of her. The pic is in black and white but she is unmistakably a Jane Turner sister. dated 1667. If you have no idea what I am talking about the posts about Jane and her sisters start here
Other than that, not much new here, just spending way too much time on Face Book on the various stitching pages. Less computer more stitching should be my mantra.
I haven`t been stitching. At. All. Nada. I went to Canada in August and put in a grand total of 8 stitches in the project I took with me. Other than that, zilch. I have started picking it up again though, maybe the cooler weather is the inspiration. Or I need some stress relief. Either way, since I have been sick (not desperately, just annoyingly under the weather) the last few days I have been picking away at my Heirloom Stitching sampler. I`ll try and take pics tomorrow if I am awake when the light is good. Lately sleep is my friend!
And not in a cute snowman kind of way. I am a flakey stitcher. I flit between projects like a bee presented with too much choice of flowers! I have been feeling the need for some easy simple stitching lately, so I rooted through my huge tote of UFOs and came up with this.
I have had this pattern for so long I don`t even remember buying it. I started it (barely) a few years ago and wasn`t satisfied with the teals in it. I remember I wanted to switch the colors, but something else must have come along and batted it`s flossy lashes at me and this got forgotten. So I picked out what little teal I had done and substituted some pinks and this is what I have come up with:
I switched the teals for DMC 760, 761 and the paler shades in the same colour family (the numbers escape me at the moment.) So I have a finish!! I have impressed myself. I`m not sure if I will frame it or make it into a box top or pouch of some kind. I need to think about it (otherwise known as procrastinating)
I am gathering supplies for this next, it is Heirloom Stitching Sampler by The Victoria Sampler.
I don`t have the right threads, so I am scouring the net for pics and am going to do my own colour scheme. The thread kit for this is around $89.00!! I have so many over dyed threads I can`t justify buying more, so I am going to choose from these:
As you can see, I have a lot of overdyed threads. When the local needlework went out of business I bought tons of stuff...threads patterns and fabrics...I think it was either at 50% or 60% off. I didn`t order off the net at that time, I don`t even think we had a computer back then. The nearest shop was going to be hours away by car and when I want to stitch something, I want to do it NOW...so...um yeah. Got a bit carried away with the threads.
Here is a bit of the sampler started. The thread is Weeks Basil....so pretty!!
I will also be subbing in some DMC solids for some of the colours. So that is what I have been up to in the stitching department. Til next time, keep stitching ladies!!
Last night I stitched a corner of a room with 3722, a deep apricot taupe, and with 3328, a shade that is brighter and peachier, and now, tonight, for a stairwell bordering this juicy room, I put in 972.
Do you know 972?
This chrome is a yellow you could walk to China on, a bounty for which you could stamp your foot right through the floor when the princess, who`s been spinning strands of 972, inquires,"You like this color Rumpelstiltskin?"
I like this color, Princess.
For this majestic gold I will keep my temper. Stay here. Say you win. Be your servant, be your slave, just to keep in touch with all this egg-yolk yellow, just to keep my hands on all this glory stuff. ~ Stephen Beal
And what is a stitch for? To hold. It binds past to present,old country to new, generation to generation.