Friday, September 16, 2011

C'est fini--AGAIN!!

Early this morning I finished stitching the Elizabeth Mears sampler, a reproduction by Barbara Hutson of Queenstown Samplers.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may be scratching your head and asking, Didn't Ellen show us this sampler months ago?  Yes,  I did.  Back on February 15, I showed you this photo.


Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), when Carol started to frame the sampler she found a major faux pas on my part!  Would you believe that when I stitched the eight motifs and the fence at the bottom I had them in the wrong place!!  I started with the small bird on the far left and instead of placing it under the "F" in "Front", I stitched it under the "r".  I then proceeded to merrily stitch the motifs and fence using the "misplaced" bird as my reference point.  Egads!!!  My small counting mistake meant that the entire bottom section of the sampler was now 10 linen threads too far to the right! Neither Carol nor I noticed my mistake until she put the sampler in the frame.  Yikes!!

For months, I tried to ignore my mistake hoping that it would go away.  But alas not!   So several weeks ago, I pulled out Elizabeth again and began a major frogging session, or rather sessions.

Here is Elizabeth once the frogs visited her. (Please excuse the lousy photo.)  Do you see the large empty space?  Do you feel my pain?



And here is Elizabeth as of the morning.  So you see, Elizabeth Mears is finished AGAIN!!  (I hope to take her back to Carol later today.)

18 comments:

Angie Burrett said...

There is absolutely NOTHING worse than unpicking! But the end result is truely wonderful - worth all the extra hours. Well done!

Margaret said...

Ouch! Talk about painful! But it's beautiful and so worth the extra effort. Congratulations on making it through that major frogging and restitching!

Mouse said...

mmmm i can see why you had to re do now ... sooo huge HUGS and happy dance again for you :) love mouse xxxx

Kathy said...

Frogging is the pits. There's a little comfort though knowing that even someone with your skills and abilities can make a mistake like the rest of us. It's a beautiful piece. Just couldn't let that mistake slide.

Jo Ann said...

Ellen,

What a beautiful finish, but all that frogging must have been a nightmare. I guess I won't complain about my little froggies. Hope I never have to frog that much. Jo Ann-Canton Inn Stitches Group!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh boy... that was a major unstitching event. The sampler is beautiful and even though you had a difficult job I'm glad you fixed the sampler.
So, Congrats the second time around on your finish.

Peggy H. said...

Frogging is awful, but looking at the mistake day after day is worse! Yay for you. It is gorgeous, and I can't wait to start my own sampler.

Peggy
www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

diamondc said...

Ellen: What a beautiful Sampler, there is nothing worse then having to pull stitches at the end of a project.
Lovely piece.
Catherine
diamondc

Barb said...

Hi Ellen, I do feel your pain!! However, it was worth it, the sampler is just beautiful!

Catherine said...

Oh my!! I know I would have done the same thing. Your outcome is beautiful!

Rebecca said...

Wow, I feel your pain. I have redone sections on borders 3 and 4 times to get it correct but don't think I have done it after framing. I know you feel better having done it, I know I would. Enjoy her everytime you see her and know it was worth the extra time spent on her.She is spectacular.

Marsha said...

Congrats on the final conclusion of Elizabeth Mears. She will be beautiful all framed up and have a special place in your mind. Hard things are worth things and she is definitely worth it.

That sure was the bullfrog of frogging however.

krayolakris said...

Oh Ellen, bless your heart!! But she is so beautiful..good for you!

Usefularts said...

I'm on the fourth flower under the house and can appreciate how awful the frogging must have been. However, it could have been worse......it could have been that never-ending house that was invaded by the dreaded frogs! I thought the house would be a lifetime project, but love it now that it is done. Hope to finish my sampler by the end of Sept. Accomac is not far from here, had to stitch this one!
Pat

Katrina said...

Ugh, sadly not a mistake to be ignored, glad Elizabeth is frogged and finished again :-)!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

How awful! It's funny how often we don;t notice mistakes until we photograph the piece or take it to be framed. I've done it several times.
If it'd been a modern design you could simply have added another design on the left but this needs to be correct! Well done on your patience.

Sherry :o) said...

Worth the effort, I am sure, that way you won't think about it each time you look at it wishing you had corrected. What a huge house that was to stitch. Beautiful

Mamilou said...

Wouah !!! Splendide ouvrage !!! Un grand BRAVO !!!
Chantal ou Mamilou