Friday, June 12, 2009

Elizabeth is Finished

I have been having a "Happy Dance" time as Elizabeth is finished. I finished her over the long weekend. I haven't been able to frame her as yet, as my DH wanted to show it to a lady who he works with. Unfortunately she hasn't been to work this week, so I have to wait till next week to do it. All I hope is that he doesn't decide to sell it on me lol. No he won't do that.

I am now working on The Scarlet Letter's Betsy Davis. I seem to have a "thing" for Rhode Island Samplers especially the ones from The Mary Balach School. I think what makes them special for me is the way the background is worked.
The way of working this sampler is a bit different for me. I usually work from the middle out, but this one I had to work from the top left hand corner. I am about to finish the Queen stitch flowers on the left hand side of the column. The stems and leaves are all worked in freehand embroidery e.g. stem stitch and satin stitch. I think when I have finished the bud below the last flower I will work the arch that connects the columns so that I can do the Queen stitch flowers above the arch.


As you can see I also have Betsy Manchester. Depending on how I go with the other Betsy, she might be my next work. I think they would look spectacular hanging together.

I have been very cold over the last few days. We have had temperatures of minus 2 degrees C. On Wednesday, snow was forecasted, but unfortunately it only snowed higher up. Can you see the difference here. Snow here is a bit of a treat as we don't get much of it. I think though if I lived in the US or Canada the thought of snow would be a great pain in the you know where. But still I'm finding it very cold this year. My feet are like ice. Must be getting old lol. I used to have a Great Aunt and Uncle who lived 2 villages up. They had the right idea. As soon winter hit they moved up to the Gold Coast in Queensland for 3 months. Sounds like the perfect idea to me, but I don't think it will happen.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and thank you for paying me a visit. I love hearing from you all.



19 comments:

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

OMG! Elizabeth is the most spectacular sampler! You should be so proud!!! I also love the start you got on Betsy - another beauty I will really enjoy following your progress. Sorry you're so cold - it's not fun being cold and not able to get warm. Looking at your stunning sampler ought to do the trick!

Love to Stitch said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! SHE IS GORGEOUS!!!!! Gosh, what an amazing piece. She is outstanding, great job!! Cant wait to see the frame you choose for her!! Love Betsy, I think I have those 2 in my stash, and I agree, they should hang together!! You are a fast stitcher! Betsy will be done in no time at all!!!

Margaret said...

What a wonderful accomplishment, Sandra! I love Eliz. Cox. And Betsy Davis is gorgeous as well -- the colors are wonderful! Tell your husband not to hold Elizabeth hostage too long -- I want to see the framed finish! :D

Glenna said...

Oh, YAY!!! And you've already done a chunk of Betsy! I can't wait to see you work on that.

Cold feet--sheepskin slippers? They make my feet so hot I have to take them off.

Maren said...

Happy dances for you! Elizabeth is just gorgeous! That is truly a wonderful piece. It's going to be spectacular when you have the chance to frame it. Your work on Betsy is lovely, too. I really love your work. I can't wait to see this progress.

Stef said...

WOW, wow, wow - she is stunning, she takes my breath away! Major happy dance for you!!!! You've done a beautiful job and should be very proud of yourself! I have Betsy in my stash, I've always loved her and someday will get to stitching her! I'll love watching your progress on her in the meantime!

Erica said...

This is sooo lovely!
We seem to have the same taste in samplers!

Jan said...

Elizabeth is one of the most outstanding finishes I have seen in several years! Wow, so gorgeous, you must be dancing by the hour!

Lovely new start too, I will be looking for updates to this one!

Stay warm!

Karoline said...

Elizabeth is stunning, congratulations.

Nice start on Betsy

Cindy F. said...

~~CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY DANCING WITH YOU!!~~ Elizabeth is amazing!!
Pretty new start! can't wait to see more:)

Deb said...

That is one fantastic sampler! It is absolutely amazing. I love every bit of it. I also love the two other samplers that you have the charts for. I love your new start and I'll be watching that as much as I watched Elizabeth. I can't over how stunning she is.

staci said...

Elizabeth is STUNNING! You must be so thrilled at this gorgeous finish, congrats!!!

Felicity said...

Oh wow! Spectacular!

Siobhan said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! You must be so thrilled!! Wahoo! Congratulations on a gorgeous finish. Great start on your new Elizabeth, too! I think you're on an Elizabeth role, providing that Betsy was originally an Elizabeth. :) Stay warm--stay inside & get toasty by wrapping yourself in a blanket and stitching. Congrats again!

Teri said...

Congratulations on your Elizabeth finish; it's spectacular! I'm so glad you shared your progress along the way, since it was a pleasure to watch this piece emerge. I love the colors, too, in your new start. Happy stitching!

Mylene said...

Congrats on the finish. It is simply beautiful!!

Kim said...

Elizabeth is extraordinary!! I absolutely love it!! Stunning!!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth is a fabulous finish! This piece must have a bit of weight to it now with all that intense stitching.

You have made a great start with Betsy. I love the queen stitch flowers and I must say that I actually enjoy doing the queen stitch.

We were up at Wentworth Falls on Saturday and it was pretty cold, especially as the sun started to go down.

Lately I have been living with permanently cold feet. We had my in-laws down for the weekend and I think their visit stressed Amelie out. As a result she has been sleeping worse than ever before. I spend most of the night and early morning in her room with her in my arms and my feet and legs get so cold I can hardly feel them. Oh well, the joys of children!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on finishing Elizabeth. She looks stunning.