Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lucy, Katherine, and Mary---My Sampler "Friends"

Thanks for all your kind words about my latest two finishes.  

Many of you commented about the silk satin ribbon on the Kathrine Iones sampler.  The beautiful ribbon was in the kit.  There were no instructions about how to attach it, and I couldn't tell from the photo exactly where it was supposed to go.  I just used my best judgement. 

I first put in a basting thread ten linen threads outside the hemstitched border.  I then started in one of the lower corners attaching the ribbon one linen thread beyond my basting thread.  The challenge, for me, was mitering the corners.

After completing Lucy Adams' and Katherine Iones' samplers, I decided to stitch Mary's Sampler, a complimentary sampler by Plum Street Samplers. If you are familiar with this sampler, you'll notice that I left off the border and made a few other changes.  (My stars are not as yellow as they appear in the photo.)  This was a quick and enjoyable stitch.  It was also a wonderful project to stitch during the Advent season.

On Friday I took Katherine Iones, Lucy Adams, and Mary's Sampler to my framer.  I'll post photos once I get them back.

After taking a break from Ann Hair (The Scarlet Letter), I've resumed work on her.  I think I may have figured out why I stopped working on her.  I had made a counting mistake on the placement of the celtic knot on the far right.  I had stitched it two threads too far to the right.  I wish that I had discovered my mistake before I added the algerian eyes and satin stitches to the celtic knot.  Yesterday I finally made myself rip out that area and now I'm ready to move forward.

Here is Ann as she looked on Friday....not much progress since you last saw here.  Although I have come a long way, I still have quite a ways to go.

I made the discovery that I don't have enough of one of the greens to complete the sampler.  I looked in my stash and found more of the same AVAS color, but the dyelot is dramatically different.  I mean dramatically!!  I laid the two dyelots on my linen so you could see the difference. (The difference is much more obvious in person.)  The only "good" news is that I have enough of the the original green to complete the band I'm currently working on.  I'm not sure what I'll do about the green elsewhere on the sampler.

And now here is one of my favorite photos of Garrett.  The photo is a year old, but I love it.  In fact, I keep a framed copy of it with my Christmas decorations so I can pull it out each year when I decorate.

I wish those of you who will be traveling over the Christmas holidays safe travels.  The weather looks bad in so many areas.  Please take care!


Marilyn said...

You've made good progress on the Sampler, it's very pretty.
What a cute memory of Garrett.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Margaret said...

Ann Hair looks wonderful! I've had problems with dye lots looking very different as well -- it's a tough problem. Thank goodness you have enough to finish that band at least. Love that pic of Garrett! Happy Christmas!

Jackie said...

I can see why you love this picture of Garrett so much! I love the vintage feel that black and white gives.

The greens are significantly different. I'm glad you will have enough to finish the band. I hope you can easily find a substitution or a dyelot that works.

Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Holiday!

Vickie said...

Wow! I am so impressed at your frogging. Good for you to get it over and done. So beautiful.
Garrett is precious. God bless you this Christmas!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Ann Hair looks fabulous! What a pain to have had to remove stitches... but the results are well worth the effort.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas,

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Great progress on your pieces. Love your picture of your little one. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Melissa said...

Ellen, I love how Mary's Sampler is looking on that dark linen - it is just perfect! Ann Hair is looking great. I wish you luck in finding a replacement for the green.

That's a precious photo of your grandson! Merry Christmas!

Mouse said...

Love your samplers :) can you not blend the two colours so that you can then use the darker dye lot after ??
love the photo of the wee one ....

hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Merry New Year of Stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Barb said...

What an adorable picture! UI would put it out each year too. Mary looks very pretty stitched on the dark fabric.

Annette-California said...

What a job of frogging you had on Ann - Congrats on getting it done. Ann is beautiful. Lovely samplers Ellen. I love that you framed the photo of Garret - toooo precious!
Merry Christmas, love Annette

Małgorzata Zoltek said...

Sampler beautiful! This image sweet. Merry Christmas to you and the whole family!