Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's Maria's Turn


It is lovely to have some nice cool weather for a few days.  Last Friday was terrible.  It was Sydney's hottest day since the 1930's.   Thankfully where I live, it just didn't get up to those terrible conditions although, it was still very hot.

Over the past week I have been working on Maria Foster again.  I have finished doing all of the things that are on the lawn of the house.  There are 2 people, a turkey, a cow, some sheep, either a goose or a duck, haven't worked that one out yet and some dogs.

I'm thinking of doing the lawn in the section either one of two ways.  Either all Satin Stitch or Stem Stitch.  The reason why I have thought this is that I have been looking at a few of many books on samplers and I have noticed that where there are houses with lawns, that most of the time the lawn is done either way.  I'm still thinking about which stitch that I will use, but it might be Stem Stitch.  But you never know I might change my mind.  It has been changing every other day lol.

I thought that you would like to see some more of the samplers in the room where the other samplers that I showed last time.  In this room all of the walls are covered in samplers.


On this wall we have Hannah Lancaster;  SL's Sophia's Sampler;  Harriet Burry;  Elizabeth Cox which is another Scarlet Letter Sampler (I have a few of them :));  Lois Minshall that is dedicated to my Mother;  a Dutch Spot Sampler;  Dutch Beauty and the Richmond Sampler.

I should mention that both Dutch Beauty and the Dutch Spot Sampler are worked over one on 32ct linen.



]Most of these samplers, you saw the last time I posted.  The one underneath the What Not on the wall is another SL sampler called Grazing Sheep.

Very busy week this week, one of my Son's is getting married in a few days, so it is all action stations this week lol.

Anyway, I hope that you have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my Samplers.

I have just been asked about my Dutch Beauty being stitched over one on 32 ct linen.  My camera's battery is charging up for the big day, but I have gone back to my original post for this sampler and here is the link to it.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IVHHRe6B5fE/RtUMq2qNkTI/AAAAAAAAAAU/Az-5KGEiros/s1600/mum%2Bblog.bmp     and a close up of the swan

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IVHHRe6B5fE/RtUOF2qNkUI/AAAAAAAAAAc/LJJR5_vYEKs/s1600/mum%2Bblog2.bmp  Sorry, this is a little bit fuzzy.

Dutch Beauty was stitched on a Fat Quarter and it measures 20 inches wide by 12 inches high.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Rebecca Cullin


Thought that I had better make a blog post today.  I have been working on my Rebecca Cullin as it is my chosen piece for Nicola's Scarlet Letter year.  I wanted to get down towards the bottom and haven't been working on  Maria Foster so there is no progress on that one.  I'm hoping to spend 2 weeks with Rebecca and 2 weeks with Maria.


Over the last few days I have been concentrating on Rebecca's very interesting bottom section although is still lot that goes underneath this section.

Rebecca is a sampler that has a lot of challenges and I always enjoy working on pieces that will challenge my abilities.  After coming to a stand still in my previous post, I decided to do what the instructions advise and that is to do all of the cross stitch before attempting doing any of the specialty stitches.

I have been doing that, but decided to tackle the tree that is on the left hand side.  The tree is filled in with just stem stitch and I always enjoy doing this stitch.  One thing though,it certainly eats up the thread.  At the moment I'm giving all of the branches leaves.


Thought that I would show you where my Marquoir de Justine is hanging.  She is hanging in one of my bedrooms above the bed next to Ann Cottee, Jane Self, Beatrix Potter, Elizabeth Welfare and a Rhode Island Sampler that I did a while ago that was in an issue of SANQ.

My goodness, it has been so hot here in Mountains and in Australia.  We have been having some horrible bush fires and everybody is on alert when the temperatures get up into the 40 degrees C.  Thankfully today is a lot cooler, but there is more heat coming later in the week.

Thank you for stopping by.  I will try to post more often.  Just haven't been in the mood to do it that often lately. Guess we all go through that on occasions.