Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Going to pick "Blessed Be..." up again!

Yes, I have finally decided to pick up "Blessed Be" again.  I was so disgusted with the MAJOR mistake that I made that I could not bring myself to work on it for quite awhile.  I guess it was October when I last stitched on it???  My inspiration was my trip to the LNS yesterday.  I have decided to take the piece in to the WONDERFUL lady there and ask her opinion. 

I really want to finish this before Christmas.  At least then I can say that I finished at least one WIP before 2010 is upon me.  I am hoping that my trip to the LNS on Saturday is a fruitful one!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

An unexpected shopping trip...

My dear husband and I had to run errands today.  These errands required us to travel to a town about 30 mins from our house.  Not a big deal.  We had a great time.  We were enjoying our errands and driving around so much that we ended up in the town next to the town we had to visit.  Luckily, my LNS is located in said town.  I asked my dear, dear husband if we could stop and he obliged.  Oh, what a wonderful time I had!  I was like a kid in a candy store...I could not get enough.  Why was I so enthralled??  Well, lets suffice it to say that it has been over a year and a half since I was last IN my LNS!!  Even better, Christmas is around the corner and my wonderful, loving husband started a Santa List for me!!!  I am just as giddy as a little school girl! 

As I was looking through the hundreds of sampler patterns like a mad woman, I remembered a pattern that I heard about but have not been able to find.  As a matter of fact, it was on another blog (which has left my head.)  It was called the "Shenandoah Valley Sampler" and it dates back to the EARLY 80's.  I figured, since my LNS is in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, I would ask if she had heard of it.  Lo and behold, not only had she heard of it but she had stitched it and had a pattern available for me!!!  My eyes started to tear up (no kidding!)  I have looked for that pattern for almost a year and finally found it!  I am still in shock!  I cannot believe my good fortune!  I cannot wait to kit it up and hopefully get started on it the first of the year.
Yippee, yippee, yippee, yippee!!!!!! Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance!!!! :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Stash!

I am so excited!  Ever since I was in Williamsburg and was able to view the Antique Sampler Collection at the museum I have been obsessed with finding some of the samplers to reproduce.  Joanne Harvey of the Examplarery has reproduced several.  I bought two of her kits while we were there but really wanted to purchase the infamous "Chase Sampler" by Mary Starker(y).  Well, at the time I did not have $180 to spend on a sampler kit.  So I began to do some research on the internet.  That is when I found that Elsa Williams and Paragon had both produced The Chase Sampler kits.  Actually it was Erica's blog, "Bits and Pieces" that I learned about those other kits (Thanks Erica!)  I have been scouring ebay for these kits and in the process stumbled upon another Elsa Williams Williamsburg kit.  "The Farm Sampler" is a reproduction of Sarah Salter's sampler.  It was stitched in 1779 and it is in the Newburyport, Massachusetts style.  I have taken some pictures and posted them.  The sampler is stamped on linen but does use the same stitches as in the original.  I am very excited about this new stash item and I want to start stitching ASAP but I have promised myself that I would finish my "Blessed Be..." sampler first.  I will keep updating!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, September 21, 2009

BIG Mistake...

Hello!  I know that it has been awhile but I am taking four classes for my teaching certification, so that has put me a bit behind.  However, I've truly been busy stitching!   I have been working on my BRD "Blessed Be..."  On Friday night I was finishing the top part of the piece (so exciting!) and realized that I had made quite the big boo boo.  Since I have picked this piece back upin August, I have noticed that I was off a few stitches here and there.  No big deal, right?  Well, it became a big deal.  I carefully went over the entire piece and finally found the problem(s).  Apparently, when I started the piece I must have been somewhere other than Planet Earth. The first section that I started back in 2008 is just a mess.  The counts are so off that the section with the trees and house are not centered.  I have posted a picture so that you can see.  I have been upset about this for days and have asked several people their opinions.  However, I think they are just being nice that it is not that noticable.  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.  I think that I will stitch in a few more flowers next to the saying and next to the trees.  Maybe lengthen the border at the top just a few stitches to make it more rounded?  I have put this one aside for a few days so that I can figure out what to do.  Thanks in advance for any help!

Happy Stitching!

This is further away...

This is a closer picture...

Monday, August 10, 2009

OMG!!! Too Many WIP's!!!

Picture it. I had a couple of free hours with the house to myself. DH was at work and I decided it would be a perfect time to REALLY go through my stash and dig out UFO's that have been lingering for years. I thought that I was relatively organized, at least regarding my stash. Boy, was I wrong! I found so many things that I don't even know where to begin! I found UFO's that are AT LEAST 12 years old and some of them I don't even like anymore! I found, no lie, 18 UFO's! So, I weeded through them and have eight pieces in my WIP basket. I must admit that I am a little overwhelmed. I figured this would be a great exercise and help me get things accomplished. Now I am not so sure. I might get rid of the Mill Hill kits or at least the Christmas pin. There are so many neat things that I want to stitch...AARRGGHH! I did take pictures of the WIP so I can keep up with my progress...

Here is Nantucket Rose by L&L. I have started this one twice. The first was on Aida then I changed to linen. She has always been a favorite of mine...I hope to finish her this year.

This is Anne Boleyn from a New Stitches Magazine pattern. I love Henry VIII and his wives and she is one of my favorites.

This is one of my oldest WIP's. I believe that I started it in 1996? I am almost finished, just have to finish the couching on the window panes. This is Jackson Arch at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA.

This is another favorite...the 23rd Psalm. The finished picture is gorgeous and looks like an antique sampler. I would like to have this done by the end of the fall...fingers crossed.
Well, that is all that I am going to bore you with tonight. I am off to put a few more stitches in my BRD "Blessings" sampler. Hope everyone has a good night...Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What I am working on...

I have so enjoyed looking at the beautiful samplers on other blogs. Certainly makes me want to stitch faster...there are so many that I would love to stitch myself!

The sampler that I am currently working on is not an "antique." It was originally supposed to be a wedding present for my now husband. We got married in July 2008. Needless to say, I am a bit late. Well, you all know how life gets in the way but I have picked it back up and have been stitching away for about a week now. I have made some great progress!

The piece is "Blessed Are Those Who Gather Here" from Blue Ribbon Designs. I am unsure of the fabric but I do know that it is 32ct. My needlework shop did not have the suggested fabric so we improvised. Same with the thread. The suggested thread was Olde Willow Stitchery. Again, we had to improvise. I am using three different threads...Simply Shaker Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colours and Olde Willow. Quite a sample :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My First Post!!

Wow! I can hardly believe first blog post! I have been using computers for over 20 years now and this is my first blog. Well, I guess better late than never! I have decided to start a blog so that I would have an outlet for one of my favorite hobbies/obsession...needlework, specifically samplers. I have been stitching since I was about 9 years old (24 years!) and have started many projects but finished few. I have gone for long stretches of time without stitching on something. But I always seem to come back to my needlework and usually for the same reason...the feeling that I am a part of a long-standing tradition and that through my needle I am a part of history. For some time now, I have had a strong interest in antique samplers. This interest has quickly turned into a love and appreciation for antique needlework. I recently visited the Colonial Williamsburg museums and was lucky enough to have a peek into their "drawers." What I found was a treasure of beautiful samplers many of which I had seen only in books and magazines. That experience was amazing and has left me wanting more. Therefore, I am starting to blog about my new obsession but I am also going to document my WIP's. I don't have a single acquaintance that is remotely interested in needlework, so my blog will be my outlet. I look forward to any and all comments and meeting some wonderful people!

Happy Stitching!

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