On Friday, my friend Judy and I went to see our friend Carol who is a professional framer. After choosing frames for our pieces, we all went out for lunch. What a great time we had catching up on things!
Having finished Ann Rayner, I needed a new project for my early morning stitching sessions. I pulled out two WIPs (works in progress): Janet Gibson, a reproduction sampler, and Catherine Theron's Examplar III.
Well, that seemed like a good idea at the time. There's not much left on Janet--mainly buttonhole stitches on the swan and two sheep. However, I decided I wasn't in the mood to do those right now, so I put poor Janet aside once again, but I do plan to finish her this year.
Then it was on to Examplar III. Looking at it, I thought it wouldn't take very long to complete this piece. After all, I had already stitched the lovely border and most of the tent stitch motif in the lower right corner. Wrong again! The motif in progress is all petite queen stitches (queen stitches over two linen threads). Each petite queen stitch has only two long legs versus the typical queen stitch, which is over four linen threads and has four long legs to be tacked down. After three morning stitching sessions, you can see my progress. It was very slow, plus I was having a hard time both counting and seeing where to put the stitches. So this poor project is now also back in my basket for another day.
Now the dilemma...what to stitch during my morning stitching sessions. (Long time readers of my blog know that I usually wake up several hours before Tom does, and I use that time to stitch.) I wanted a relaxing piece. Should I chose another WIP or ????
Well, I decided that life is too short, and therefore I shouldn't fret between completing a WIP or starting a new sampler. The latter is what I did. For years I've loved the Hannah Lancaster sampler. Here's a picture from Mary, the designer.
I don't know exactly what it is that attracts me so strongly to this piece. Perhaps it's the very large girl in the bottom section. The stitch count for this sampler is 277 wide by 382 high. Yes, it's another biggie! Luckily, I had a large piece of linen on hand. I'm using the DMC threads that are listed on the chart. I figured if they were good enough for the model, then they should be okay for me. Do you ever rationalize choices like that?
- The Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild is now taking registrations for the April classes, A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif and Long May She Wave. More information is here.
- We hope to soon post photos of my new class, A Lady's Worke Box. This class will premier in May in Canton, Ohio. Contact information is here.
- Sue of Stitcher's Hideaway has opened registrations for her Sturbridge retreat in early July. I'll be teaching the Fruit of the Vine Sampler Huswif. Having taught before at one of Sue's retreats, I know it will be a great time for all. Sue has timed her retreat this year to coincide with the 4th of July celebrations at historic Sturbridge Village. The class begins on July 5, so you can come a day early and enjoy the festivities at the village on the 4th. Sue has also arranged a special program entitled Celebrating Patriotism for the afternoon of July 6. The program will be presented by Sturbridge Village staff members. It certainly sounds interesting. And if that is not enough enticement, Sue has also timed her seminar to be near the enormous Brimfield Antiques Show. WOW!! I can hardly wait. If you want to learn more about Stitcher's Hideaway, click here.