Yesterday I took two reproduction samplers up to Carol to be framed. (Much to my dismay, some of my favorite frames have been discontinued!)
The first sampler was Janet Gibson (from Hope's Dwelling Place). I had started this sampler more than 5 years ago when it was one of my sampler newsletter SALs. I got bogged down when it got to the large swan, sheep, and cow which had quite a bit of cross stitch over one thread and were then filled in with rows of buttonhole stitches. I also still needed to stitch Adam and Eve. Perhaps you may remember my showing you Janet here back in January. You can see in the photo how close I was to having this sampler completed.
Poor Janet laid buried in my stitching basket until a few weeks ago when I decided that I had too much work done on her to let her languish any more. I just needed to move forward. The good news is that I finished stitching her about a week and a half ago, and here she is in all her glory.
As I mentioned earlier, the swan is filled with rows of buttonhole stitches going in all sorts of directions--mainly horizontal rows, but there were some vertical rows, and a few that were even slanted!! The hair on Adam and Eve was made from a fine twisted cord! I'd never used that technique before for hair. I must say it looks pretty cool.
Before retrieving poor Janet Gibson from my stitching basket, I completed Mary Gibson (from the Halsmere Museum in the UK).
I'm very busy getting ready to teach soon in La Crosse, Wisconsin! However, I'm still finding a bit of time to stitch on Mary Katz (from the Mercer Museum in Pennsylvania) in the very early morning hours before beginning my work. (Stitching keeps me "sane", How about you?)
If you will be in either of my classes in La Crosse please bring any of your With My Needle projects you've completed. I'd love to see them in person!