Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Look what i just finished!

As promised, here is my completed Mary Wigham.

(Click on the photo for a better view. )
You can't see it in the photos, but at the very bottom I backstitched "Stitched by Ellen Chester in the year 2009--Cincinnati, Ohio". This information will not show when the sampler is framed. I strongly believe that my name and the date should be somewhere on a reproduction sampler.

Several people have asked about my linen and thread choices. I used 36-count Maritime White linen from Lakeside Linens. For the threads, I first pulled the ones listed on the chart. I then traded out most of those threads for overdyed cotton threads that were close to the chart colors. (This was the first time I had ever used overdyed threads on a reproduction sampler.) I love reproduction samplers, and I believe in stitching them as close to possible to the antiques. This is why I didn't make any dramatic thread color changes.

I'll have a plastic pocket put on the back of the frame for the chart, information about Mary, and perhaps some information about me. Sometimes I include an envelop with a little piece of the linen and some of the threads. If the threads are in an envelop and are unexposed to light, years from now one can see if the threads on the sampler have changed with exposure to light.

I"ve done quite a bit of "recreational" stitching this year, so over the next few weeks, I'm going to have to immerse myself in model stitching. I hope you'll like the new projects.

13 comments:

Cari said...

Ellen, your piece is just lovely. What a wonderful finish. Congratulations. And, thanks for reminding us to add a little envelope with notes, etc. History will thank us for that. HUGS

missy said...

Stunning finish!!! Thanks for the tip about the information envelope.

hugs
-missy-

Vaida said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish! Lovely choice of fabric and threads - and stunning result

woolwoman said...

Congratulations on finishing Mary - she is a beauty! always enjoy your blog Ellen

Take care Mel

Margaret said...

Your Mary is wonderful, Ellen! I can't wait to see your new designs. :D

Love to Stitch said...

Fabulous finish!! I too agree about your own name going on the piece, after all, it is yours! Cant wait to see what you have coming out soon!

Siobhan said...

Ellen, your Mary is just fabulous!! Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

Colleen said...

Mary's a beauty!!!

Karoline said...

Congratulations Ellen, Mary is lovely

Darla said...

Congratulations on the finish! She's really beautiful!!

Jennifer said...

Yours is lovely, I'm still working on mine.
Jennifer (in Fla)

Fran├žoise said...

Congratulations
So lovely !!!
The colors are perfect!!
hugs
fran├žoise

N E E D L E P R I N T said...

This is really splendid Ellen - thank you for sharing and being such a good friend to me and to Ackworth School. Jxx