Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Little Bit More

I hope that you can see the lady and the man on Betsy D. They are looking a little bit pale at the moment, but when I finish this strip, they will all be surrounded by blue. The best way that I can describe how this blue part will be done is a running stitch over alternating threads. A bit like needleweaving.

The background around the Queenstitch flowers is done in black in an alternating half cross stitch.

I am so happy that I decided to do Betsy D and her Sister Betsy Manchester. They are such beautiful samplers. I am slowly collecting Rhode Island samplers and it is interesting the differences between them. The Mary Balch samplers have more work on them, which I think makes them look quite stunning.
I wanted to show you this beautiful parcel that I received the other day from my very special friend who doesn't have a blog. I met this lovely lady a while ago and we just "clicked". We have similar tastes and we know what each other likes. She has been helping me with my collection of Sampler and Antique Needlework Magazines and she sent me some the other day. She also included a few beautiful things that I didn't have, which really made my day. I love everything that she sent me and I am looking forward to doing a special sampler that I have in my collection with the beautiful collection of silks that she sent me.
I am sorry if this post is short, but I haven't been feeling to good for the last few days. I have a slight migraine that won't go away.


23 comments:

Deb said...

I hope that your migraine clears up soon. Probably does not make for enjoyable stitching time. I have to tell you that I looked up your piece on the Scarlett Letter site as I just love your progress on it. WHOA is all I can say. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to live through your stitching of this beautiful piece. I'm afraid I would fail miserably at it. I love seeing your updates on it - it's such a wonderful piece.

Love to Stitch said...

You are making amazing progress on Betsy. Several of us are talking about her lately, and she is going to be in the soon to stitch pile. Cant wait!!

Melissa said...

Betsey is coming along beautifully.

I hope your migraine goes away soon! Take care!

ps lovely pressies!

staci said...

This is such a beautiful sampler...lovely stitching! And that is such a wonderful gift package from your friend, enjoy!

Suzanne said...

Sorry to hear that you have a migraine, I hope you feel better.

You have made great progress since the last time I saw Betsy.

Great gift you received from your friend.

Ranae said...

I do so love how this is coming along. I would love to have a SL in my stash, maybe soon.
I hope you get feeling better

Ranae said...

I forgot to add that package is awesome and Ginghers too, gotta love them

Brigitte said...

I love all your updates on Betsy. Such a beautiful piece.
Oh, what a gorgeous package you've received. Enjoy all your goodies.

Cari said...

Oh, I just ordered this chart after hearing about it from Glenna. It's so lovely and I can't wait to begin stitching her. You have done such lovely work.

I hope your migrain goes away soon - I can't imagine how you can concentrate when dealing with one of them.

What fun to receive gifts from friends - they are delightful.

Margaret said...

So beautiful, Sandra! I sure hope that migraine goes away!

Glenna said...

I hope that migraine is gone! I couldn't stitch with one!

Your friend has sent some lovely things--what fun!

Karoline said...

I hope you've got rid of the migraine by now. Betsy is looking gorgeous.

Valerie said...

What a gorgeous sampler! I just love the colors and your stitching is beautiful. I am just starting my stash of antique samplers and Betsy D just may have to be added! Thanks for the updates...I love reading them!

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Sandra, you are not going to believe this, but I saw Betsy on The Attic's newsletter, and new I needed to stitch her. I didn't realize that it's the same sampler that you are doing. How I didn't recognize it is beyond me. The colors look so different. Are you doing them as charted? I plan to do my version on darker linen. Love watching your progress, and I hope that migraine is long gone.

Siobhan said...

Fabulous progress on Betsy!! It looks great. Love the gifts, too!

Carol R said...

I've only just found your blog - no idea how I've missed it before! Your samplers are gorgeous and I have bookmarked you for future visits!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Betsy is looking wonderful, the up close photos really show off the detailed stitching. You are making great progress, looking forward to seeing future updates.

Jan said...

Sure hope you are feeling much better soon, Sandra! What lovely and wonderful progress you have made on Betsy!

It certainly is going to be an heirloom, to go with all of the other lovlies you have stitched.

FayeRaye said...

Betsy is absolutely beautiful! You have inspired me to go to my WIP basket and pull out an old sampler that is nearly half done and finish it!! Keep up the great work!! Faye

Nancy said...

Your sampler is gorgeous! I think the colors are lovely, and I can't wait to see this one finished. You received a very nice package in the mail. Enjoy! Hope you're feeling better.

Cari said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for telling me about the Jane Austen book. I am going to check Amazon today for a copy.

I can't wait to see more of your progress on Betty. I ordered both Betty's and fabric last week - I can't wait for them to arrive.

Enjoy your week.

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It's almost done. It is becoming more and more beautiful.
Congratulations!!!

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