The Sampler Company
Heaven Doth Ask
in DMC on Mystery Evenweave
Monday, June 17, 2019
Why yes, Sandy, that was a sampler behind the roses. I stitched this one in my Brenda Keyes period. I did at least 10 or 12 of her designs/samplers.
This week I worked on An 1840 Biedermeier Sampler by Needlework Press. Below you can see where I realized I was just going to have to unstitch. The the second line of letters was two rows too low causing the dividing line to run through the H.
Well, if I have to unstitch all the letters I might as well rework the color scheme so all the stitches show up no matter the angle of view. These colors might have worked for the antique, but the called for linen just gobbles them up. I used camera angle and lighting to help y'all see the stitches.
So out on my bed ALL my overdyed threads went. The alphabetical order had been skewed a bit, so I got that fixed, and I left spots for new flosses I had acquired for this project. It is my hope that this will be the last time I have to stitch this section.
I think it's time to go back to Sarah Brazier again. This sampler has taught me so much about satin stitches. As a first-timer I had no preconceived notions or bad habits to break. I think every type of way I could stitch a satin stitch was on this sampler. I'm stitching with DMC and have found the blue stitches far better than the yellows. The width of the DMC requires two passes on 36 count linen if I'm to avoid a skimpy result. Don't pull to hard or there will be rugged results. Tension is much harder when I stitch horizontally instead of vertically. Sometimes I cut out the stitches and started again. Sometimes I realized the glass in the end would smooth a lot of things out. In the photo below you can see the difference between one pass and two on the yellow banner.
Here you can see the tattered effect of the stitches stitched horizontally. Don't mind the pin stitches on the left-hand side. They are a fabulous way to secure floss in this process.
I gave up on trying to count how many stitches I would use to cover with a band of color. It made more sense to find out where the color change would occur and mark it with a black pin.
Eventually, I got into a rhythm. What I did learn is that satin stitches must be stitched in the morning. It's a simple stitch, but requires a bit of visual and mental concentration.
I'm amazed what the this satiny border adds to this sampler. Here Sarah is without it.
And here she is with the top and bottom borders complete. As I type Sarah has already been turned 90 degrees in the frame, so I can stitch in the rest of the border.
A little over a week ago we picked up our F-150 that has been with our mechanic since October. I thought this would be a great time to see if I could stitch on 36 count with MagEyes in the car. I have good news and bad news. The good news is I can see. The bad news is that once we entered KY the roads were decent but too bad to stitch.
Shortly after returning home I couldn't help but notice the beautiful rainbow outside. Sorry, y'all, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It's our F-150 truck. Way better than a pot of gold if you ask me. :-)
Have you heard of the sweet little needlework shop in Weaverville, NC? Sassy Jacks recently hosted the Bathya workshop. This double sided sampler was taught by Nicola Parkman. Kim, owner of Sassy Jacks Stitchery, put this on her FaceBook page as an option for stitchers coming to the workshop. I think I will be purchasing the hoop and fanny stand for Dutch Beauty. She really is such a big girl, and I'm not excited about stitching her sideways in my 36" frame.
Nicola of Hands Across the Sea Samplers taught this at The Attic as well. Of course there was plenty of shopping in both places. You can see what she bought at both shops on the FlossTube videos on YouTube. Here Nicola is showing a neadleminder and flosskeep with Jean Lea in the background.
Not exactly sure, but I think Abigail has a woobie. I find this little black toy mouse in different places in the house. Just before I shot this picture she got it out of the basket, brought it over and sat next to it. It's a sweet, though odd, friendship.
I had intended to add a bit more to this post, but the Z Monster has me in a headlock. I'll see you in the morning for more shenanigans.
I'm thankful for . . .
Our antique, but still running, truck
Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.