Homespun Gathering

Monday, June 17, 2019

Stitching Progress

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.

Brenda Keyes
The Sampler Company
Heaven Doth Ask
in DMC on Mystery Evenweave

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 . . . 

Air conditioning
Our antique, but still running, truck

Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.



  1. Wow! I am blown away by the goodies in this post. I have never really ever stitched a sampler like these. The closet I have come is the piece I am currently working on and the Books of the Bible piece by I can't think of the name, but I am so intrigued and wondering if next year I need to do one of these. The one I spied is so so pretty. Love the little verse on it. And Sarah B is just amazing. Interesting about the horizontal vs vertical. I really hope you share your thoughts on the hoop if you purchase it. I never know if I should get things or not since I have no stitch friends or local shops. My world is the Internet and I love it when y'all share details such as this. Judy, this is all beautiful!!!
    Congrats on getting your truck back. I actually drive a truck as my main vehicle. Nothing like a truck:)

    1. Thank you, Sandy. Samplers (reproduction and new) were the star of the Nashville Market this year. There were so many beautiful designs and reproductions to choose from. Those poor shop owners. So many treats. So little time. Hands Across the Sea Samplers is nothing but reproduction samplers, but you can also find them through Scarlet House, Needlework Press, Gigi R, and Shakespeare's Peddler. The list goes on and on. Check out YouTube. The Attic has a sampler tour that might be a great place to start . I will definitely share details about the hoop. It's not really about if I'll purchase it. It's more about the configuration. Nicola was mentioning the thicker hoops were better because they didn't cause that stubborn ring thing that is typical of most hoops. Okay, she was far more eloquent, but the meaning is the same. I will be at Sassy Jacks for the Bristle Orphan Sampler Workshop in October. I suspect this is when I will purchase it. Happy Stitching. Judy :-)

  2. Oh and I am so glad I am not the only one who ever had to pull out that much:) I know what you mean about the colors too. Another reason I wish I had a local shop sometimes.

    1. Not even close. Kim gave me the color conversion over the phone, but even if I had been at the shop I still probably would have had to rip as I was trying to stay close to the called for colors. Sometimes I don't know whether or not they'll work until I actually stitch. It's all part of that valuable learning process. Judy

  3. This size of the projects you undertake is so impressive.Your Brenda Keyes Sampler is beautiful!!The Biedermeier sampler is coming along nicely, the ripping out is not without benefit though. YOu have made fantastic progress on Sarah and I love the satin stitching border. It is truly a work of art!

    1. Oh, Mary, that was a much nicer word than I was thinking lately, but "impressive" so much kinder than "insane" or "overly ambitious"--lol. Thank you for your sweet words. Judy

  4. Wow,oh wow, oh wow, those satiny borders!! You are doing an amazing job on your sampler!

    1. Thank you, Vickie. I'm really looking forward to having this one complete. Judy

  5. I am sorry you have to rip out due to being off two rows. Look forward to seeing your changes in the color palette. Sarah is looking fabulous. Your satin stitch looks incredible. Enjoy your day!

    1. Thank you, Robin. I'm a little curious what the changes will bring as well. Judy

  6. Judy so happy to see you blogging again. I missed you. Your samplers are so elegant and so beautifully done. Your talent is amazing. I'm so sorry you had to rip out but no your changes will be wonderful. I've been out of town for five weeks and am just now catching up with all of my stitching friends. Have a great weekend. Looking forward to your progress and the changes. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

    1. Thank you, RJ, for your sweet words. Ripping isn't as painful as it used to be. I've been using a seam ripper. Is it my imagination, or does it actually go faster? I don't think I want to keep practicing to find out. I've been on Summer Vacation, but have yet to slow down. Still working on the bloggy friend catching up thing. Y'all will be tomorrow when I've had a good night's sleep. Happy stitching and finishing. Judy

  7. Good morning Judy!
    Well, years ago I used to cross stitch but my eyes are not that good to do it anymore and get it as perfect as yours. I love your samplers - they are so antique looking.
    Our son would love your F-10 pickup...he restores older models.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. It is dark, hot and raining here!!

    1. Thank you so much, Karen. My mom and I were talking the other day and she was mentioning how happy she was that she had all the quilts, ect. that she made in the earlier years while she still could. I kind of feel that way. Make them while I still can. I don't need to frame them all, but I should at least stitch them all, right :-)? Have a wonderful weekend in spite of the liquid sunshine. Judy :-)


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