Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm Back And A Finish

I'm sorry I have been away for so long, but I have been having computer problems. We have 2 desk top computers and would you believe both of them had problems within a week of each other. Both had to be sent away to be repaired and they came back the same day. So I haven't been able to show you my progress on Grazing Sheep.

As you can see, she is now completely finished. She is a beautiful sampler and I loved working on her. In case you were wondering, all the sheep are filled with Bullion Stitch. I always like doing Bullion Stitch and French Knots so they aren't a problem for me. All I have to do now is get a frame for her and frame her.

This is my next piece. It is another Scarlet Letter sampler (I love Scarlet Letter samplers lol). This one is called Sophia's Sampler and it is really beautiful. Guess what it has down the bottom. Yes, more sheep. I told you I like samplers with sheep in them. I am collecting quite a few of them. If I had the space, I could start a sampler sheep wall.



This is my current progress on Sophia. I am currently working on the large vase of flowers that is in the middle of the top section. This sampler is in 3 sections. The top section is a bit flowery, with butterflies and trees etc. The middle section has the verse. It is a verse that I seem to be getting a few samplers with, - Jesus Permit they gracious name to stand etc. although this one has a slight twist to it, Sophia added her name into the second line. The bottom section has the sheep.



I also wanted to show you the beautiful pinkeep that Suzanne from Squazi and the Chickens sent me. Isn't it beautiful. It is something that I don't have and I have never made my self one as I seem to work on big samplers. It has pride of place in my work basket.
On the health front, I am going along fine and venturing further and further.





23 comments:

Margaret said...

Sandra, I'm so glad you managed to post a blog update! I've been so desperate to see your Grazing Sheep finish! It's gorgeous! The bullion knots look so cool! And I know how to do them too, and don't mind them either! lol! Love your Sophia too. I'd forgotten about the sheep on the bottom on her. :D The pinkeep from Suzanne is lovely!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congratulations on an awesome finish. Love your Grazing Sheep sampler and the lovely bullion knots. It looks fabulous.

SilkLover said...

Grazing Sheep is wonderful! I like to use bullion knots, too. And I like Sophia's Sampler. Scarlet Letter has many beautiful samplers.

Very nice pinkeep from Suzanne:-)

Alice said...

Grazing Sheep turned out beautifully!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

OMG, Sandra! What an amazing sampler - love those sheep! They just jump right off the sampler - gorgeous. Sophia looks gorgeous as well; can't wait to watch your progress on this one, too!

Glad you're feeling better every day!

Love to Stitch said...

Another amazing finish!! Grazing sheep are incredible! You gotta love the Scarlet Letter patterns--isnt it terrible there are so many to love?!!! LOL. You are an amazing stitcher, cant wait to see this one framed up.

Nice start on Sophia too-- I will have to take a closer look at her also.

Bethany said...

Sandra, I loved seeing your finished Grazing Sheep. I have alreading finished mine, but did my sheep with real lambs wool. I would love to send you a photo of my finished framed Grazing Sheep and I also have the original 1800 Grazing Sheep and would send you that photo as well. My mother finished Sophia and that is her favorite sampler of all. My email is bearlynew2000@hotmail.com. I would love to hear from you

Cari-in-VA said...

What a lovely pinkeep from Suzanne!

I'm so glad you posted - I have missed seeing your updates. Congratulations on a lovely finish - it is a gorgeous piece! And your new WIP is wonderful.

Enjoy your day.

carolm said...

I love your samplers. I just finished the Needles Prayse Garden of
Eden sampler and I would advise if you are going to use the speciality stitches stay with the size linen she used. Rice stitch over two in solid stitching gets a little messy for me, and I used 32 count. I really wished that I had used 28.Now, the real reason that I am writing, is that looking at your earlier posts I saw that you did Sarah Moon and I would like to know if you used the colors charted? Sincerely Carol

The Scarlett House said...

Oh Sandra, you are my inspiration! I know I tell you that with every comment, but it's true. You take on the samplers that I want to do but are afraid of. I wish I could sit by you and stitch, so you could hold my hand. Grazing sheep is simply stunning. Those sheep are so 3D, and cool looking. I hope your computer woes are behind you so we can selfishly live through your fabulous stitching. I'm off to take a closer look at Sophia. Gotta love Scarlet Letter.
What a sweet gift from Suzanne, too.

Melissa said...

Another beautiful sampler, Sandra! Congratulations!

Now...Sophia's Sampler has been on the top of my SL list. I will be watching your progress closely! I love that one!

The pinkeep from Suzanne is so pretty!

Deb said...

I'm so glad that you got your computer back and running. I have been dying to see pictures of Grazing Sheep and I'm definitely not disappointed. Sandra, it is absolutely beautiful! I can't believe all those bouillon stitches. They look so wonderful, but I can't even imagine doing them. I don't know what else to say - I'm just sitting her with my mouth open looking at your wonderful finish.

Wonderful start on Sophia's Sampler too. She is going to be another beauty.

I know I owe you an email - I will do that real soon!!

Alice said...

Hello Sandra
You had me confused with another Alice but I agree, those sheep of yours are just awesome. I am often on your blog admiring your beautiful stitching. You choose lovely projects and I still asked myself a couple of days ago whether I could cope stitching the Grazing Sheep sampler. You finished it off beautifully. Do you know what you are stitching next? I cannot wait to see. ; )
Alice
xxx

Siobhan said...

It's good to see a post from you! What a fantastic finish!!! Congratulations. I love your Grazing Sheep, and your new WIP is lovely, too.

Karoline said...

Grazing sheep is gorgeous, congratulations and you've made a lovely start on Sophia

Vilma aka Examplar Dame said...

Sandra, Love your finished piece of
Grazing Sheep, it turned out beautiful and what a wonderful job
you did on it, congratulations.

Vilma

Michelle said...

Gorgeous finish!! And I love your new start.

Teri said...

So glad to have you back with updates and to see your latest finish! The sheep are adorable and each one is so unique. Love your finish and your new start!

Ivory Spring said...

Sandra,

This is fabulous. Congrats on the finish. The sheep are gorgeous.

Kathy A. said...

Ah, so there you are. Grazing Sheep is wonderful finished. I can't imagine how look it took to do all that grass at the bottom.
Love your new Sophia.
What a lovely gift from Suzanne.

Suzanne said...

I am so happy to see Grazing Sheep. You have done a fantastic job. Those sheep look so textural and full. I love the new start, it's such a beautiful design.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on the finish, the sheep look quite realistic donein the bullions. Your new start islooking fabulous, looking forward to future updates.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Friend, Congratulations on another gorgeous sampler completed. I for one do not know how you do it when I'm struggling to get even one finished. I think I have a very dire case of startitis. :P But, you make stitching proud!
The little pinkeep from Suzanne is darling. She's the sweetest...
Hugs!