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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