I now own my first antique sampler!
That was fun.
I'm going on a journey. Got some friends going along with me. First stop - Scotland!
It's time to go around the world every 80 days with Amy Mitten.
Got my kit yesterday. Amy's beautiful threads and fantastic directions. Includes Scottish sampler facts. How-to personalize my sampler - I've got some choices to make on whose initials to use.
No linen in the photo because I washed it and it's currently in the freezer awaiting the iron.
I love that she has created passports for us!
Go more info head to Amy's website:
I finished this on Wednesday. Totally love it.
Had some issues - my bats were sinking into the moon. I had to frog them then stitched bullion knots for the skinny ones. And a made up thing for the big one.
Much more better.
The compensation on the background was a bear, but I tamed it.
All in all, just cute as can be.
I've occasionally been picking up this piece and working on it slowly.
It a DC Designs distributed by Amanda Lawford.
I really set myself some challenges here - compensating my background around the cats & compensating the moon.
First I stitched the bats with just tent stitch, but when I started stitching the moon the bats were sinking behind the moon. Nearly two hours spent removing them. But now I'm doing Bouillon knots for the small bats and I've got an idea for the larger one. Now the bats are in front of the moon where they belong.
Charley Harper canvas I'm doing for my mom. Pretty straightforward. Only basketweave. Mostly Planet Earth silk. Except the flower is DMC #3 pearl and the hummingbird head is Silk Lame Braid. Needed just s touch of sparkle.
Name of this canvas is Lil' Sipper.
And that's how far two skeins of Planet Earth got me on the background. I've got three more skeins and two may be enough.
Here's the third and final piece I picked up on Saturday.
This is a Design by Kathy. I originally saw it stitched at Everything Cross Stitch in Fredericksburg. And it wowed me.
I think this is a Crossed Wing fabric, but it could be Picture This Plus.
Love, love, love it.
Quick photo at the frame shop as this on didn't come home with me.
They put the wire on like it's a square, but it's a diamond. Words should be level, people.
You can see the date - 2010. This was a diamond Quaker challenge for my guild from Pam Darney of Guildhouse Samplers.
We picked our size of diamond, our colors, and then turned traditional Quaker motifs to fit our space.
I decided that I was never going to go back and tweak the few things that bother me (slightly.) It's all about positioning.
Photo doesn't do justice to the red frame from Total Framing!