I started stitching Amy Eliza Herbert, a reproduction sampler from The Porcupine Collection, years ago before I ever thought about designing. Heaven knows why I put her aside. A few months ago, I decided to finish Amy, and I just got her back from my framer, Carol.
I hung Amy in our family room as you can see in the photo below. This is just one of the sampler walls in the room--I think there are around 20 other samplers in there.
The samplers (going from left to right) are the Red Flower sampler (although mine is blue instead) by The Sampler House, Ann Pennsylvania Peacock (with quite a few changes) from Little by Little, Amy Eliza Herbert, Mary Victor from The Examplarery, the Three Things sampler from Moira Blackburn, Rachel Allen from The Scarlet Letter, the Newburyport Sampler from Samplar Workes, the American Sampler from Treasures Magazine, Margaret Gibson from The Scarlet Letter, and The Embroideress from The Examplarery. You may have also noticed my needlework casket on the sewing table on the left side of the sofa.
I "live" with all my With My Needle models. Over the past year or so, I've been moving them upstairs into my office. We painted the walls a lovely golden color which really shows off the framed pieces beautifully. You may remember seeing some of them on the walls in a blog post last month.
For quite some time, I've been looking for a glass-front case for the three-dimensional pieces. I was delighted to find this wonderful barrister bookcase over the weekend.
I still need to work some on arranging the pieces. I think some more lucite stands will help. I think I'll also move my Petit Sampling Etui from our family room to the top of the bookcase.
I'm delighted to now have all but one of my models in my office. The only one missing is the framed model of A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif (a teaching project) which is in our kitchen. It looks so wonderful there against the deep blue walls!