Monday, April 25, 2011

BBD Dear Sister

My sister and I picked up this piece from the framer last week--
she is happy with the way it turned out.
I thought I'd  share a lovely finish that Linda P. had at our last meeting way back in April. I took a couple of pictures, this was the best of them, and asked her to send me some information on it and I'd post it for her. Well, she sent it and I apparently lost the email so I asked her to send it again, which she did and I'm finally getting around to posting it so everyone can see. I love how this one looks and believe me my picture doesn't do it justice. Linda always does a fantastic job and I hope you enjoy and are inspired!


Title:  "Marie-Lucie 1920" Sampler
Book:  Petits rouges di ici et d'ailleurs
Author:  Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz
Linen: Gander 38ct nacre
Fiber:  ThreadworX 1089
The sampler was very enjoyable and I loved watching the variegated reds change shades.  Naturally I breezed through the first portion, but once the alphabet became bigger and more elaborate the pace slowed down a bit.  Although the border may look tedious, there was a nice rhythm to it.  I actually have one last "tiny" motif to completed on the sampler....and it will be done on my daughter's birthday next month (April), then dated.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Good day !

This Vierlande sampler was repro'd by our good friend Lorraine Mootz and appeared in an issue of SANQ in 2010.  We discussed having it as a guild project and several of us started it in early 2010.  I think Henri and now Jane have finished it.  I have not worked on mine in a very long time and now there is not much motivation since I can enjoy Mom's. 

You can't see the frame very well but it is an aged very dark red painted frame.  We use the Frame Shop in St Augustine.  It is stitched with the called for DMC colors.  I love how it came out.

Maybe Mom will bring it to sampler guild next weekend so everyone can see it in person.

Congratulations Mom !!!!!!!  well done

blog post by Melody

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Update on Margery Dean

Here is a picture of Margery Dean as of today (about halfway through). There has been some gnashing of teeth. I realized at about this point that the color number of the light green inside the border was wrong (The Attic had sent the wrong color). So I had to cut it out and find the right green (not in AVAS, but DMC because I couldn't find it and wouldn't wait for them to ship more). So, back on track now. I think it looks fine and no one but you and I will ever know.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Azalea Sampler Guild - March meeting

Most of the contributors to this blog meet monthly to stitch as the Azalea Sampler Guild. Many in the group have been meeting for a number of years, while some of us are relative newbies to the group, if not to stitching. Regular viewers may notice the new header. At the last meeting (back in March which means I'm really late getting this written) I managed to get pictures of the items everyone was working on and thought it would make a great header, at least for awhile. And so you know what each masterpiece is and who is stitching it I thought I'd give the rundown.

First is Maria working on JCS 1707 from The Scarlett Letter. It's an amazing piece and Maria has been lucky enough to see the original in person at the Sampler Museum in Celle, Germany. It's an amazing piece and I look forward to seeing it finished. Unfortunately that won't be until later in the year since Maria is off to spend the summer at her home in Italy. Our group will miss her while she's gone.
 Next is Loretta's Margery Dean. It's a beautiful piece with some amazing colors. I love the honeysuckle border but I'm not sure I'd want to do as the pattern suggests and fill in the entire background with cream cross stitches. I'll have to remember to ask Loretta if she's going to do that part or just let the linen show through. Either way I think it will look fantastic.
 Next is Jackie working on Jenny Bean Halloween. (At least I think that's which one she's working on, you'd think I'd know but I didn't write it down because I just knew I'd remember!) I have to tell you all that Jackie hasn't been stitching long and she's really learned a lot since her first lesson and is becoming a great stitcher.
 Kerri was taking a break from stitching on a BAP to work on Elizabeth Easton by the Goode Huswife.  You just have to love that large bird at the top! Normally Kerri is working on a large piece and she's got some lovely BAPs that I hope you get to see pictures of soon.
 Jill is working on an OOP 1798 Quaker Sampler by Goode Huswife. There are several different colors of green that she's using and it is very lovely. I am in love with the simple elegance of the Quaker designs and this one is amazing. I'm sad it's OOP.
 Kris' start on 1830 Susan Rambo Sampler from the Spring 2011 Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly is everything that the picture on the front of the magazine promises and more. Kris is using DMC and the colors are amazing. Plus she'd made great progress when we met last month so I'm looking forward to seeing what else she's accomplished when we meet this month.
 Well I'm not sure what Henri was working on here. I wrote down that she was working on Black Willow Farm by Carriage House Samplings, but that's not what this is. So I'm totally lost. Hopefully she'll see this and put a note in what it really is. Totally silly of me.
This is Linda's Ann Rogers 1820 from The Essamplaire. Linda has another beautiful piece in the making here and she's almost finished. I didn't get a good picture of this one, the colors are much better than this picture shows.

I didn't get a picture of Karen's start on AotH or what I was working on, HallowEden. Karen said she didn't have enough done for it to show up and well I was being lazy taking a picture of mine. I'm hoping to do this again when we meet and maybe even getting the post up earlier to give you an idea of what we are doing.
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