Walls for the wind and a roof for the rain and drinks beside the fire ~
laughter to cheer you and those you love near you and all that your heart desires.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Progress pics, this and that...

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.
Til next time, keep stitching ladies!
 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Told ya I was flakey!

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!

Nap time. TTFN!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Yes. I am flakey...

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!!



Thursday, February 06, 2014

Jane Turner

I have been picking away a bit at Jane Turner again, trying to take a decent pic to get up on this blog. I think I have finally figured out the problem. I messed around with the settings, and while these pics are by no means perfect, they are much better than the last ones I took. Here is where I am on Jane Turner


I have a bit of a dilemma with the yellow and green striped leaves. In the second band I stitched the satin stitches this way:



In the fifth band I stitched the satin stitches this way:


I am not sure which I prefer. The double running stitch that outlines and divides the leaf sections is  much more visible the first way, but the leaf takes much longer to stitch. The instructions don`t say which direction the satin stitches go in. Most annoying. What do you think? 

Til next time, keep stitching ladies!



Friday, January 31, 2014

Jane has arrived!

Actually she arrived a few days ago...the box was (as per usual) stomped and ripped open by USPS but due to careful packing by the seller everything inside was pristine. There is a HUGE piece of 35ct linen (more than the sampler calls for) 13 skeins of NPI silks and 2 types of gold threads. Also the instruction book for Jane herself...which is at least an inch thick and full of very clear instructions and charts. I was surprised there was no colour photo, but as I have books with large detailed photos of Jane this is not an issue.
 
 
Lovely silks...
 
 
antique white (I think) linen, the fabric envelope is from Vera Bradley and was a bonus...
 
 
 
The instruction book.
 
I really have no plans to start her just yet...the instructions look 
 easy to follow, but there is some rather elaborate surface stitching on Jane, including the braided chain stitch, which just looking at the diagrams for it gives me anxiety!
 
Anyway, just thought you might like a peek at her. Keep stitching ladies!!