Monday, August 31, 2009

Strawberries are done

Here is an update on Betsy. I finished working the strawberries (I think they are strawberries lol) along the bottom and the black background. I think she is such a stunning sampler.

I have decided for a change of pace to go back up the top and finish that section. When I have finished doing this I might start doing some more of the black background. Hopefully Betsy has only a few more weeks work in her. I also have to put her name down on the bottom. But she is looking good


Every time, I go to my friend Karen's needlework store I keep falling in love with Larry the Lamb. So of course I had to buy him and make him didn't I. Larry is made from wool felt and is filled with crushed walnuts. I have him in a tray that I use which contains my threads, scissors etc. He is very handy when I am using a few different needles at one time.


Before taking the photos for this blog, I picked my self a little bunch of Parma white violets. Aren't they beautiful. Violets are one of my favourite flowers. I love the perfume they have, although many years ago when I first started working I bought myself a bottle of Yardley April Violets. I found that stuff quite strong and every time I wore it which wasn't often, the smell would give me headaches. Funny I only ever bought one bottle of it lol.



Well, I have finally finished doing the boxes that I was doing. These ones took forever to do as they all had to been cut out. They actually look a lot better than they do in photos.
Now I will be able to get to my dreaded housework lol. It is always a case of a women's work is never done.
I hope you all have a lovely week. Guess what I will be doing this week. Housework.




20 comments:

Melissa said...

She is looking soooo pretty! When you finish stitching this beauty, I wonder how long it took you to do it. I would take how long it took you and at least double it for me!

Larry is really cute!

Love to Stitch said...

Betsy is STUNNING!! You are making incredible progress on her. You will be done in no time at all. I cant wait to get my pattern, so I too, can stitch her up. Keep up the great job.

Suzanne said...

Wow, Betsy is looking amazing!

I love Larry The Lamb. I am planning to purchase one of these kits, but I can't decide between Digby The Dog or Doug the Bug. It's a hard decision to make.

My grandmother always wore a violet purfume and it gave me headaches as well. As lovely as violets are I really don't like their smell.

Those boxes have turned out beautifully, but you must be very relieved that they are completed.

Have a great week!

Margaret said...

Your Betsy is just stunning! So amazing as is all your work. I love how Larry the Lamb came out -- so cute!! And your boxes -- glad you finally got those finished!

There's a fall chill in the air today. Unbelievable! Love your violets!

Kathy A. said...

You are making wonderful progress on Betsy. It is quite the piece.
I love your Larry - never seen those before. I bet he's great company.
Your boxes are wonderful. They look very challenging.

Nancy said...

Betsy is very stunning! I love the strawberry border. Larry is adorable.

Deb said...

Betsy is absolutely stunning. I can't believe that you've done all those queen stitches! And I can't believe that you see this as being done soon - it looks like there is so much work involved! Beautiful!!

And you know I love Larry and your boxes too!

Cari said...

Betsy is beautiful. I just received her in the mail. I can't wait to start on her but for now, I will vicariously thru your stitching.

Enjoy your week.

Jan said...

Gosh Betsy is gorgeous! That bottom border with the black fill in really added lots of pop to the sampler! Can't wait to see your next update!

Larry is adorable, and so helpful to you, it sounds like!;)

Siobhan said...

Betsy is soooo beautiful! You're making such great progress on her.

The boxes turned out so nicely! great job.

Karoline said...

Betsy is looking gorgeous and Larry is lovely

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Oh, Margaret; Betsy is beyond gorgeous. Wow!!! Love Larry the lamb and your boxes are lovely!

Alma Allen said...

Your sampler takes my breath away! I loved seeing the links you provided with the history of the sampler too. Thank you!

Alma Allen said...

Sorry...I forgot to ask...is the black background stitch hard? Are you going to fill-in the sides with the stitch also?

Vonna said...

Betsy is just utterly gorgeous...I am totally jealous :)

Mylene said...

Betsy is looking beautiful!!

The Scarlett House said...

I've been wondering what my next start would be, and the more I see of your Betsy, the more I'm leaning towards her. I have the chart and fabric...just need the push. It is truly one on the most incredible samplers I have ever seen. Fantastic job!

Alma Allen said...

Thank you for taking the time to explain the black background stitches. You make it sound easy....like it might be something I could even do! Love seeing the progress of this beautiful sampler.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi! Your Betsy gives me lots of bouts and jousts with the little "green monster!" :} So beautiful!! And, your boxes came out so lovely. Let's chat soon.
Hugs, Deb

Teri said...

Betsy is progressing nicely; it's amazing how much you accomplish with all your stitching projects! The little wool lamb is lovely.