Thursday, December 3, 2009

Could The Headless Lady Be Eve

Here is this weeks progress on Betsy M. As you can see the headless lady now has a head. She also has a suitor, plus trees, sheep (or are they dogs lol) plus something that looks like a cat.

What I find interesting while stitching her and also while I was stitching Betsy Davis is whether these ladies are actually a Rhode Island version of Adam and Eve as they are both standing under apple trees. In this tree though there is no snake, but there is a bird.
In Betsy Davis there are 2 groups of these figures both standing on different sides of the apple tree. Interesting thought.
You might look at the above photo and think that I am having one of the moments where I forget where I am. But in between these 2 areas there are a lot of queen stitch strawberries and vines.
I thought before attempting this piece that I would go down to the bottom and work on Betsy's name and the border above and below. I will then go back and work on the queen stitch strawberries. Also coming out of the urns is a vine that runs along the top border above Betsy's name.
So when I look at Betsy and work out what is to be done there really isn't that much. I have to do the strawberries and vines. Fill in the urns and do the vine coming out of them as well as finish off doing portions of the border that cross over into the centre piece. A couple of leaves.
Then comes the interesting part as most of it has to be filled in with half alternating cross stitch in either black (mostly black), green around the saying and the fill in behind Betsy's name with cream. So I am thinking that Betsy will be finished in "A Couple of Days", no, no, no better make that a couple of weeks. We used to have a Comedy Show in Australia where there was a Greek Greengrocer called Con. Everything would be beautiful in "A Couple of Days". The no, no, no reminds me of a character in The Vicar of Dibley. Every time you ask Jim a question you would also be answered with no, no, no, no, yes. My youngest son keeps telling me that I watch to much TV, but that isn't the case.
I mostly listen to music during the day when I am by myself. My favourite music as the moment is listening to The Gypsy Kings. Don't understand a word of it, but I seem to have a lot of their music on my Ipod at the moment and I sing along with it all day long. My favourite song is called Montana which I think means - I walk among the mountains etc. I don't know what they do in the Mountains, but I love the song.
We have strange weather here at the moment. By Thursdays and Fridays the temperatures seem to rise really high. Saturdays have been unbearable with the heat and are dangerous days in these Mountains with dry lightening starting fires which have been all under control. By Mondays the weather starts getting cooler with showers and the other day it was quite cold. You could nearly have a heater going to keep warm. Strange weather, strange times.
Well, I hope that you have all have a lovely week. My youngest turns 15 on the weekend. My he is getting tall. He now towers over me lol. Although that's not hard these days as I seem to be shrinking lol.


Margaret said...

Beautiful, Sandra! Your work is so stunning! I love the Gipsy Kings as well -- another coincidence. :D I only have one of their albums but I keep thinking about getting another one or two. Happy birthday to your son! Isn't it weird when you're shorter than your children? And their friends? I think I may finally have gotten used to it.

Cari said...

It is absolutely beautiful! You have made such great progress since your last post - amazing!

Happy birthday to your son!

Enjoy your week.

Nancy said...

Betsy is SO beautiful! I love watching the progress of your sampler, and I love all the different stitches, over one details, and the design itself. Happy Birthday this weekend to your son!

Kathy A. said...

Lovely progress on your latest Sampler. You continue to amaze me with your beautiful and complicated choices.
Happy birthday to your son. They grow up far too fast don't they.

Brigitte said...

I love to see your progress on Betsy.
I also listen to music a lot mainly on the weekend when doing my ironing and cleaning. Singing aloud with the music is kind of motivating, isn't it?

Karoline said...

Great progress on Betsy, she's looking gorgeous

Suzanne said...

I did think this design was a little like an Adam and Eve. I have seen a few like this.

I love to listen to music when I clean or iron, but these days it's mostly the Wiggles or Playschool. If the kids are around my feet when I iron, I sing them nursery rhymes. It helps pass the boredom of ironing.

This weather has been terrible. Really hot days where we don't even leave the house and then cold days where we need a cardigan early in the morning. No wonder both the girls have a cold. I think we are going to have the same weather again this week!

Siobhan said...

What beautiful stitching, Sandra! You're moving right along on this. :) A friend told me that the people on the Rhode Island samplers are called "the frolicking people" and are not A&Es. In some cases, like on Abigail Gould, they are thought they might be A&Es. So, I wonder what this one would be considered. In any case, it's a beauty!

Happy birthday to your son. My guy is 15, too, and 6 feet tall. He surpassed me in height a few years ago, at least! ;) I just wonder how it is that they get older and yet we stay the same age...

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautifull!!!!

Kathy A. said...

Nice work there Sandra. Wanted to email you but no address - could you email me at
Thank you so much for your kind words about my son.