I have confirmed my suspicions that I'm not a very good rotation stitcher. I've tried it several times, but I've found I do best when I'm working on one sampler at a time.
Earlier this week I completed stitching Anne Maria Clarke. Even though Anne is a 2013 SAL on my With My Needle and Pen newsletter, I decided to go ahead and complete her now. Here she is before framing....
|I like to "sign" my reproduction samplers. This writing won't show once the sampler is framed.|
I'm participating in Nicola's Scarlet Letter challenge. While some of the participants are "knocking out" sampler after sampler, my
goal dream is simply to complete Ann Hair this year. I'm afraid that my progress has been very slow because of other distractions.
As much as I hated to do so, I temporarily put Ann Hair aside so I can work on a new reproduction, Elizabeth Wood, that Tom and I recently charted. I hope you'll love Elizabeth as much as I do. She has so many wonderful motifs--a house, birds, flowers, and more--and she has an octagon-shaped border. I was especially drawn to this unusual border. Would you believe that the antique was in an octagon shaped-frame? How cool is that? I don't know if I'll try to find a new octagon frame for my model or do something else to highlight the unusual shaped border.
This week I stitched the border (and it met) minus the leaves and berries, and I started work on the house. I typically don't stitch the border first, but I did this time because I thought having it in place would it make it easier for me to correctly place the motifs on the inside. I'll post some photos once I have more to show.