Hello, all! It’s been an interesting couple of days. We had ice here in the Lone Star State, so I have been working from home the past two days. Let me just say for the record that I am so grateful to work for a company and a manager that allows me to work from home when the weather is bad and does not force me to take a vacation day after I’ve already worked several hours. Anyway, it was nice to be at home without having to worry about myself or Eric on the roads. I have done a little stitching this week, but mostly I was stitching on a gift. You can see a little preview above of what I’m using…black (I think it’s 32ct) linen as well as Crescent Colors Snowball and Ruby Slippers threads. I have finished the stitching and am working on the finishing. Keep your fingers crossed that it all goes well! I hope to have something to show you soon (as soon as the gift is received).
I also made use of a Christmas giftcard that I had received for Homespun Samplar. If you haven’t ever ordered from her, I highly recommend you do. She has an excellent array of reproduction samplers to begin with, but the customer service is also wonderful. So, I did a little shopping with my gift card and bought two charts, one is the 1809 Frances Eden Sampler by HandWork (above). This is a further venture into my collection of Adam & Eve charts to stitch. I love this one, and I’ve been watching Paulette’s progress on hers.
I also chose A French Cathedral Sampler: E.V. Phrasier 1840 by Shakespeare’s Peddler (above). I’ve never seen this one before, but fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I LOVE the blue in it. It also reminds me a lot of Le Marquoir de Justine (which I also have in my stash to stitch). I think they would make beautiful companion pieces. Here’s Justine…
Anyway, Frances Eden calls for Country French Latte linen and the French Cathedral Sampler calls for Vintage Lentil. I’m thinking that this would be the perfect opportunity to re-use my original fabric for my Halloween Neighborhood RR. This is 36ct Meadow Rue (below) and it is a Stitcher’s Half, so it’s definitely a big enough piece for either. I hadn’t decided what to do with this piece after it was returned to me, since I’d already restarted on another piece. I think I’m going to pull out all the stitching that was done (not a lot) and re-use the piece for something else. When my two new charts arrived, I thought I had found the perfect use for that fabric. So, what do you think? Preference as to which one would work better with the fabric? This is not the greatest photo of that fabric, it’s a little bit warmer than the photo shows, but you get the idea.
So, that’s what’s swirling around in my head today. Other than, I must have had samplers on the brain because last night I dreamed I was stitching this…
This is the Old Aviary Sampler that was in SANQ last year or the year before. I already have the fabric for this (it’s a loooong piece), and some of the threads (it calls for AVAS silk). What has kept me from stitching this is the amount of pulled thread work in the piece…which I’ve never done before. But, it is just the most beautiful piece. So, now I’ve dreamed about it…so you may see me stitching it soon!
Hope you all continue to have a great week. It’s still in the 20s here this morning, but the ice is mostly gone. Stay warm!
I am grateful for getting to see my friend, Jennifer.