Tuesday, 2 April 2013

More oldies

The next oldie is a design I saw in a little shop in Ellon when I was visiting family, probably in 2008 but I can't be sure.  Although I was really taken with the design, it soon became apparent that I did not have the necessary stitching skills to even attempt it. Fast forward to 2011 and I felt much more confident.  Presenting "Blue Sky Sampler" by Elizabeth Designs, stitched in 32ct Belfast linen using my own choice of Kaalund silk threads.  If you have not heard of these threads before, they are available from the Sampler Guild website.


This sampler uses a variety of stitches and was a bit of a challenge.



 
 
Hmm, the last picture doesn't want to turn. Anyroad up, there are cross, satin, Rhodes, leaf , herringbone and eyelet stitches in this. I was really pleased with this when it was finished but, unfortunately, it remains unframed/finished. I can't make up my mind what to do with it.
 
 
 
Next up is Sarah Hopwood, a 1999 Barrick Samplers design, stitched 1/2 on 40ct flax linen and finished in a frame that came from Tesco (or it could have been Wilkinsons).
 


This next one is a favourite of mine. My friend, Irene, lent me a copy of her chart after I had been telling her about the blackbirds eating all the cherries from the tree in my garden. It just seemed so appropriate.

I returned the chart so I'm relying on my (unreliable) memory and I think this is a Blackbird Designs,
using DMC (?) on 32ct Antique White linen. The frame is cherrywood and I bought it in the Range.

Well, the sun is shining for a change so I think I'll head out into the wilderness garden and try to tidy up.

Regards, Anne.

3 comments:

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your trip down memory lane is fun! I love all your pieces but my personal favorite is the BBD. I stitched that one as well and my mom liked it so much, she took it home. I'll enjoy following your progress on the Scarlet Letter sampler. It's a beauty!

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I love the Blue Sky Sampler especially. Those threads have a lovely soft variegation and sheen. Lovely to see all your completed projects. Irene xxx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love the Elizabeth Designs piece, the variety of stitches and combination of colours makes for a very pretty piece.