August 23, 2015
August 22, 2015
After talking to Eileen Bennett of the Sampler House yesterday I realized I hadn't any of the samplers I have done of hers on my blog. So here are a couple
Home is Where You Hang Your Needlework
You can find her wonderful designs here The Sampler House
August 21, 2015
August 13, 2015
July 29, 2015
I didn't like the satin stitches for leaves around the Queen flowers. Frogged out and replaced with Queen stitches like other Balch samplers I've seen. I took out some of the old leaves I did and redid them.
Far left tree has V and L symbols and hard to distinguish on the chart.
The leaves are L and branches V
Everything complete except the filling in which is taking as long as the sampler.
July 12, 2015
June 26, 2015
After attending a class on Sally Munro by Margaret Hogue of the Essamplaire I remembered having a Balch sampler in progress. So I hunted thru a plastic tub I had all my "lost in progress" projects in. These are things I started and hated or started and got bored with. It mainly needs the saying, midsection finished and all the fill in. There's a band of strawberries to go across the bottom and of course my name and date (whenever that shall be)
Here's the sampler I started late 80s or early 90s. I remember now why I stashed it.
Here is a link to the original.
My tree at the top looks almost like a snake. The heart didn't call for the outer heart to be filled in but I liked it better stuffed. Again 25 yrs ago I was pretty laxed in my stitching. I hated I wadded it up in a plastic bag and tossed it aside because it is a beautiful piece. I am keeping it out and going to finish it. I hope the contrast of my current skills doesn't clash with the old. It's hard not ripping it out but ain't gonna happen! I will just be thrilled to get her done.
I redid my deer twice and to me still looks like a donkey. With the link to the original I'm going to try again.
|This is the only colour picture you get to compare to.|
June 13, 2015
Our Sampler Guild summer retreat was a wonderful day. Sharing good food and conversation with friends plus lots of stitching. These are the goodies we got and smalls we finished. The Sampler Grows by The Scarlett House will be our summer project. It's a wonderful design by Tanya Brockmeyer. The theme was flowers and bugs. Got this wonderful wooden carrier and bee fob and needlebook. It was a glorious day. Thank you Sherry B for your great job putting it all together.