Thursday, March 19, 2009

An Elizabeth Update

As you can see I have been flying along with Elizabeth. I have nearly finished the farm house and then besides the farm house there are 3 big bushes which are all French knots. Actually over the last couple of days I have done a lot of French knots. The big tree in the house is full of them as is the single tree beside the gazebo and so are the bushy trees above the big house etc. I find I am becoming an expert at them along with stem stitch lol.

Yesterday I picked up my copy of The Sampler and Antique Needlework magazine and saw an ad for their Just Cross Stitch magazine. Apparently this sampler was in it recently. I did this one about 25 years ago. It is really beautiful but I was a bit disappointed when it came back from being framed as the framer had put non reflecting glass on it and I found that all the beautiful blues etc. couldn't be seen to their best advantage.

I also noticed at the back of the magazine that The Scarlet Letter is featuring Elizabeth Cox Sampler in their new ad.

I haven't posted much over the last couple of weeks as my DH has been ill with a serious flu bug which affected him in the throat. He ended up sounding like The Godfather. Also we have still been having trouble with the computer that I normally use freezing all the time. It ended that it had to be sent away. Hopefully it will be back soon.

Well, I can feel the weather changing. It is amazing as soon as Autumn kicks in I can start to feel the change. Must be getting old lol.

I hope you all have a lovely week and wherever you are the weather is kind to you.


Margaret said...

How gorgeous!!! I would never be able to stitch all those embroidery stitches. Haven't done them since I was a little girl. You should be so happy with your work!

Анна - Зонт said...

Your progress is great! It is very intresting design! Beautiful!

The Scarlett House said...

OMG! That sampler is fabulous. I love everything about the design. I don't think I could handle the specialty stitches though. I can do them, I just don't like to.

Brigitte said...

This sampler is just gorgeous. I love your stitching.
I hope your husband feels better by now.

Deb said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I don't think that I'd ever be able to do something like this. But I love everything about this - the colors and all the different stitches.

Suzanne said...

Wow, you have made such incredible progress on this sampler. I don't know how you have the patience to do so many French knots, they would drive me crazy. Your other sampler is beautiful, I also find that the non-reflecting glass can make everything seem a little fuzzy and the colours don't quite seem as bright.

I hope you DH is feeling better and doesn't share his illness with everyone else.

The Pandora bracelets I bought the girls are not the real thing. I would love to get them the silver or gold ones, but they are just a little too expensive. These ones are just good quality costume jewellery. They each get a gold charm for a charm bracelet for their birthdays.

Karoline said...

Elizabeth is looking gorgeous, great progress

Teri said...

Talk about progress! Elizabeth looks great and will be such a treasure when she's complete!

Margaret said...

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Maren said...

I'm sorry your DH has been so sick. That flu bug this year has been a nasty one all the way around!

I am not a sampler person. I can admire the work that those who love them do, but I've never really felt the calling to actually do one of my own...until now. That sampler is lovely!

Maren said...

Sorry, I should have specified. I didn't mean all samplers. I meant straight up alphabet samplers.

Siobhan said...

Oh wow, that is GORGEOUS!!! You should be so proud of your progress. I hope your husband is feeling better soon!

Kathy A. said...

That is one amazing sampler. All those French knots - good for you for sticking with it.

Crazee4books said...

Hi Sandra,

You know, I look at your Eliz. Cox
and I can't believe that such an
intricate design was stitched by a
ten year old!! Don't you think
that's amazing??

I love to cross stitch, but french
knots drive me around the bend.
I look at a close up of Eliz. Cox
and those trees that you stitched
all in french knots and I feel
dizzy! You must be the worlds
expert on stitching those things
now. So whenever I come across
the need to put in a french knot
or two on one of my projects I
know who to call on for moral

Your floral sampler is gorgeous!!
Beautiful and delicate with all
kinds of wonderful colour. It's
interesting that it's being
recycled, as it were, in the
recent Just Cross Stitch mag.
But that's the sign of a classic
design I suppose. It appeals
to stitchers now as much as it
did 25 years ago.

Sorry to hear that you DH has
been so ill with the dreaded
flue. Hope he's feeling much
better and is no longer doing
his "Godfather" impression.

Our government is always
urging people to have their flue
shots whenever Fall rolls around.
Ads on TV and everything. Do
you get the same thing??

I use to get the flue shot when
it was given out at work and was
easy to arrange. But they stopped
giving out the vaccine because
they claimed not enough people
were interested. So now we have
to go to our Doctor or the local
pharmacy to get a shot if we want
one, and we just never get around
to it.

We've been having some nice
weather lately, which is a
change from rain, grey skies and
the odd bout of snow. Tomorrow
is suppose to be around +11
degrees Celsius and sunny. Rain
during the night and into Sunday
though. Wonder if it'll be warm
enough to sit outside and stitch,
with a jacket on of course.

Hope your computer can be fixed
and you're back on line soon.


Lapplisor said...

oh my Dear ..
What a work - Greatly,Sandra.
Much joy further.
This work becomes a dream… ♥☼♥Barbara♥☼♥