Thursday, June 17, 2010

Not Another Sampler With Sheep

I haven't really done a great deal of work on Sophia's Sampler this week, but each stitch is a stitch closer to the finish I say.

Sophia to me is still a really beautiful girl and I am enjoying working on her. I have nearly finished this section and it is sort of similar on the other side except for an extra piece. I have some stem stitch work to do on this bit round about when the bottom flower is, so hopefully I will get to it today or tomorrow. I love how Sophia has scattered all these little bits that look like stars. The verse is coming up next and in case you are wondering where the sheep are. They are in the bottom section.

The reason why I haven't done much on Sophia is that I decided to have a break from her over the long weekend. I decided to see if I could finish the house that is on Harriet Burry's Sampler. This is a sampler that I fell in love with when I first saw it on the cover of the Sampler and Antique Needlework Magazine.

When my friend Tawny and I were considering which samplers to stitch on our Sunday SAL. Hannah and Harriet were both in the mix. We wanted to stitch both of these samplers, but we decided to work on Hannah Lancaster first. Don't worry Hannah is still in my basket. I am waiting for Tawny and Deb to catch up with me. I think Suzanne who also joined us has caught up, but Suzanne has started in the middle.

I decided to start Harriet and do her for a little bit while I waited, but because I was so wrapped up in Grazing Sheep I hadn't done much on Harriet. So I thought, this weekend I was going to just concentrate on her and this is the result. I think that Harriet could be a little bit of a problem child as I have already had a few problems with her, but like all problem children she is worth all the trouble. I have the house all finished except with the windows. I have worked out the problems with the windows and hopefully all will go well with them. Maybe Harriet will appear again this weekend.

Harriet is a very special sampler to me as my dear friend Tawny kindly sent me the fabric and the silk threads to do Harriet. This is really the first sampler that I have done in silks and I am enjoying the experience of working on them. I can see why a lot of you really enjoy working with this wonderful medium. I have worked on occasions with silk but only on small amounts. I would just like to say to my dear friend "Thank you for allowing me to have this experience. I am really enjoying it".

Today isn't that good in the Mountains. It is very windy and quite cold. My fire is having a good work out today. I hope I have a better day with it today, that yesterday. It kept going out on me. I always have problems with this fire. I think sometimes, I have problems getting it going as I must be mean with the kindling as I hate using a lot of it.

Well, again thank you for paying me a visit and I love reading comments that people leave. I have been having problems with blogger leaving comments on some blogs. For some reason it has changed a little bit and requires my password which it doesn't seem to like. Hopefully, it will stop asking me these questions soon and allow me to make comments.

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and that the weather is kind to you.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Grazing Sheep Is Framed

Last week I discovered that I had the perfect frame for my Grazing Sheep Sampler. It had another piece in it, but I decided to remove it and reuse the frame for Grazing Sheep. The frame was too big for what was in it and I will look for another frame for the other piece.

I'm really happy with the outcome of this sampler and it is now hanging in my Sons bedroom. I decided that this was the perfect place for my planned "Wall of Sheep Samplers". I think he is ok with the idea lol.

I haven't done that much work on Sophia this week. I ended up sewing something for my friend who has a needlework shop. Sophia is looking lovely though and I am enjoying my work on her. I am currently doing the multi-coloured pine tree on the right hand side. This sampler will join Grazing Sheep when it is finished. Not sure how my Son will cope with this one.

I have always quite liked the Stacy Nash Pinkeep Drums and after a lot of consideration I paid my friend Karen a visit at her store to buy one of them. She had the Schoolgirl Pinkeep and Netty's one. Unfortunately she must have had a few customers in over the weekend who also like Netty's one as she sold out of it. So to cut a long story short I ended up buying the pattern for the Schoolgirl one.

I really don't know how this came about, but I ended up putting aside Sophia for a few days and I worked the Schoolgirl Pinkeep Drum instead for my friend.
She now has it and is using it as a shop model. It took me awhile to figure out how to put it all together, but I worked it out. So that was my weekend project. I haven't made up my mind yet if I will do another one for myself yet. It is lovely and I enjoyed working on it, but I keep saying to myself "where am I going to put it". Unfortunately my house isn't big enough to have a sewing room (ahhhh a sewing room, what bliss). I have enough problems working out where I am going to hang my samplers. They keep replacing other pieces. I know you are all saying -"send them my way", but no I'll keep looking for the right spot lol

It is very windy in the mountains today. Although it is sunny which is good. It doesn't make me so depressed like the rain does. Days upon days of rain is so depressing. I know that we need rain, but there is a limit on how much a girl can take. Oh well, it is always a good excuse for staying inside and stitch lol.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments regarding my work. It is always nice to receive compliments.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that your weekend is wonderful.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Miss Sophia Update

This will probably be a short post as really nothing much has happened lately.

As you can see I have been working on The Scarlet Letter's Sophia's Sampler on 40ct Newcastle Linen using the recommended DMC threads, although I did find a mistake with one of them. Instead of the pale pink that you can see in the portion of the flower near the butterfly, it was charted on my chart as 720 I think it was which is a terracotta shade.

It sort of stuck out like a sore thumb, but lucky I checked the AVAS thread conversion that Scarlet Letter has on their website and found the right shade of pale pink. I was also lucky that a had a full bobbin of it in my floss collection.

Miss Sophia is really a pretty sampler and I am love working on her. In case you are wondering she is in 3 sections of which this is the top. The butterfly and the flower are repeated in the other corner. Then at the bottom of the blue vase there will be a collection of trees and things either side of the central vase of flowers.

As I have said nothing much has been happening. Weather here has been wet and cold for over a week, although today the sun is shining so it is washing day. Hopefully, it will be a good drying day as I usually hang my washing outside.

Thank you for all the lovely comments regarding my previous sampler, Grazing Sheep. I hope to frame her some time this week. Just have to sit down and do it.