Just a quick update on Elizabeth. I have a lot to do today.
Well, as you can see, I have finished the sky above the scene. I am now working on the border. I started that last night while watching "The Bucket List". Just looking at the photo while I type this post the scene looks really lovely. It was row upon row of stem stitch. This part of the linen is quite heavy and there is a lot of thread stitched into this piece of the sampler.
The border looks like lollipops and I am planning on working the border on both sides of the sampler and then working the 2 vases, and the verse that goes above what I have already worked. The top of the border, will be the last thing I do.
I am already planning my next challenge in life and I sent away to the U.S. to Scarlet Letter and order 2 samplers that I have always loved. One is called Betsy Davis 1797 and the other is Betsy Manchester 1793. I have always loved the Rhode Island style of samplers and I thought I would have a go at these.
I have to laught though, as Betsy Davis is recommended for very advanced needleworkers and Betsy Manchester is recommended for more advanced needleworkers. When I opened them to check out the graphs I nearly had a fit when I saw it. If I thought that Elizabeth Cox was a challenge these are much more so. Anyway, I will give them a go and see how I go. Nothing venture, nothing gained.
It is so beautiful in the mountains at the moment. I wish I had a photo to show you. All of the Japanese maples, cherry blossoms etc. etc. are in colour. Everywhere I go it is beautiful. There is one Japanese maple near where I live and it is the most beautiful claret red. It looks absolutely glorious with the sun shining on it.
Well, I had better get back to my dreaded housework. I have quite a lot of washing to do today and the washing machine keeps singing out to me to come and empty it. I know, I know, "A Women's Work is Never Done", she says lol.