Tuesday, February 15, 2011

C'est fini--almost!

Several of you have been asking to see an updated photo of my Elizabeth Mears sampler so here it is. I used the linen and silk threads Barbara of Queenstown Sampler Designs specified on her chart.
I'm not quite finished--I'm saving some stitching to do when I next go to see my aunt who lives in Accomack County, Virginia.  (Elizabeth Mears was from Accomack, County.)

Below the fence (where it won't show when the piece is framed), I backstitched my name, where I live, and the current year.  Below that I added Dedicated to the memory of my ancestors who lived in Accomack County.

What an enjoyable stitch this was!

I've now moved on to I Sigh Not For Beauty by Fran of C Street Sampler Designs.  What a gorgeous sampler!  After much debating, I finally decided to use DMC thread  like Fran did on her model.  However, I changed the linen to 36-count Pecan Butter from Lakeside Linens and Designs.  By using 36-count linen, I can get by with using only one ply of thread and not have to "railroad" my stitches or use a laying tool.  I'm in love with this sampler!

16 comments:

Michele said...

That looks beautiful!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Oh my gosh! Elizabeth is Stunning! I love that you're putting a message that won't show - I've done that on several of my samplers and hope that maybe one day, 100 years from now, someone will discover the "secret" message.

Looking forward to seeing I Sigh not for Beauty.

valerie said...

Beautiful! You've done a wonderful job...the castle is stunning!

Margaret said...

Elizabeth is so beautiful! Oh my! I so agree with you on the railroading. That's why I love 40ct. :D

Laurie in Iowa said...

What a gorgeous sampler. Congrats on almost being finished Ellen.

Nancy said...

A very stunning sampler Ellen! It's just beautiful!

barbara r-g said...

it is lovely thanks for sharing

SusanIL said...

Your Elizabeth is beautiful, Ellen! Such a lovely piece and I bet it was fun to stitch. Can't wait to see it finished and framed.

Patty C. said...

Beautiful - I am speechless

Le blog de marylin said...

oh mon Dieu quelle merveille ! bravo
amitiés de france

Katrina said...

Gorgeous, it's so, so pretty!!!! Congrats on the finish.

woolwoman said...

Elizabeth is just stunning Ellen and the personalization dedicated to your ancestors is a great touch. Thanks for posting your fiber and linen choice for I Sigh - I love the 36ct V Pecan butter I am using for the Spanish Mystery - it is such a great color for samplers. Mel

rebecca said...

Now that's my kind of house. Oh, to have been rich back in the day. I love your idea to take it back to Virginia and finish it. You should put "finished in Virginia" down with your name too.

Nicole said...

Congrats on the beautiful (almost) finish!! It looks amazing. I really want to get back to mine now!! :)

krayolakris said...

It's stunning! Congratulations!

HollyXSing said...

Ellen, I have picked up Elizabeth after a brief intervention with some pre-stitch classes...I am on the rice stitch alphabet! I really enjoy that stitch! I am a little unclear on how the Queen Stitchees are to line up....I will need to take a closer look at your photograph....I'm having fun stitching this one up!

-Holly