The Votes Are In

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Well, the votes are in. Last night at my guild meeting I brought two of my WIPs in. The members voted on which one they would like to see me complete in 2009. It was a close vote, but in the end Dorothy’s Garden by A Stitcher’s Hands won out. Above you can see my last progress photo of it. I started this piece in 2004. It is stitched entirely over one and was the second over one piece I ever attempted. I am stitching in in DMC and Au Ver A Soie. This is also the second piece I’d ever used silk on. Looking back, I wish I’d chosen to stitch the whole thing in silk. Oh well. It is stitched on 32ct fabric, but I couldn’t tell you what it is. The LNS didn’t mark it, and it’s been so long that I’ve forgotten, if I ever knew. So, I’ll be stitching along on this piece and hope to see good progress on it. We will have a six-month check-in on our progress in June. (Secretly, I’d like to finish both pieces that I brought…but we’ll see what happens). This is what the whole thing will look like when finished…

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I am really enjoying belonging to a guild. I paid my deposit for the Catherine Theron workshops last night, and I am so looking forward to my first workshops. And let me tell you…the stitching the members do just puts me to shame. The focus of the guild is on reproduction samplers, and the majority of the stitching that goes on here is on 40ct fabric and just exquisite. There is one member, Robert, who is just amazing. Last night he brought in three finished pieces for show and tell. All three of them gorgeous (and large) samplers. One of them was the sampler from the cover of the last SANQ. He said he chose this as an Advent piece, so he stitched on it everyday from the 1st to the 24th and it was finished by Christmas morning.

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And he had also finished up his WIP that was chosen for him to finish last year. It was a huge Amy Mitten sampler. I really wish I knew which one it was, because it was so cool – with a hidden mystery in the stitching. It said “I am afraid” and then “I saw [a murder]”. Just amazing. Then for his two choices of WIPs he brought last night, one was Amy Mitten’s Not For Us Alone, and one was Dutch Beauty. Well, Dutch Beauty won out. So I expect to see him with it finished by March. LOL!

Anyway, I had hoped to have a progress pic of my Jane Austen piece for you today, but my computer was acting up this morning, so I didn’t get the photo loaded. Oh well, next time.

Also, if you’d like, you can follow this link to take a look at my 2008 finishes!

Until next time!

I am grateful for making new friends and being inspired by other stitchers.

32 thoughts on “The Votes Are In”

  1. That is really pretty, and will be stunning when it’s finished!

    What a clever idea to stitch on an Advent piece every day of Advent~~and what a gorgeous project he chose too!

  2. That is really pretty, and will be stunning when it’s finished!

    What a clever idea to stitch on an Advent piece every day of Advent~~and what a gorgeous project he chose too!

  3. Oh I am so glad that they chose that piece for you. It is stunning and I am sure you will do a beautiful job on it.

  4. Oh I am so glad that they chose that piece for you. It is stunning and I am sure you will do a beautiful job on it.

  5. Dorothy’s Garden is going to be so beautiful. Your Guild sounds fascinating, and I also think the idea of an Advent piece sounds intriguing.

  6. Dorothy’s Garden is going to be so beautiful. Your Guild sounds fascinating, and I also think the idea of an Advent piece sounds intriguing.

  7. Dorothy’s Garden is going to be a masterpiece! Over one–you rock! Your guild sounds incredible, I am soooo jealous! Love your WIP pics of the mermaid piece & the Jane Austen piece. I have the JA piece all ready to go, just need to get stitching! I think that’s one of my favorite Sampler Girl designs. Congrats on finishing the Red Thread, too!

  8. Dorothy’s Garden is going to be a masterpiece! Over one–you rock! Your guild sounds incredible, I am soooo jealous! Love your WIP pics of the mermaid piece & the Jane Austen piece. I have the JA piece all ready to go, just need to get stitching! I think that’s one of my favorite Sampler Girl designs. Congrats on finishing the Red Thread, too!

  9. SimplyStitchingintheGarden

    I love Dorothy’s Garden and it will be so beautiful when you finish. I love to stitch over one, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Wishing you great success.

    Roberta

  10. SimplyStitchingintheGarden

    I love Dorothy’s Garden and it will be so beautiful when you finish. I love to stitch over one, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Wishing you great success.

    Roberta

  11. Dorothy’s Garden is so beautiful. I hope you will show many progress pictures.

    Reading about your guild makes me want to have such a guild here, too. I can see why you like to be a member there.

  12. Dorothy’s Garden is so beautiful. I hope you will show many progress pictures.

    Reading about your guild makes me want to have such a guild here, too. I can see why you like to be a member there.

  13. I think that is a fantastic way to determine what you will stitch on, let others decide! Clever indeed! Dorothy’s Garden is a very nice piece and can not wait to see more of your progress on it! You are already off to a great start!!

  14. I think that is a fantastic way to determine what you will stitch on, let others decide! Clever indeed! Dorothy’s Garden is a very nice piece and can not wait to see more of your progress on it! You are already off to a great start!!

  15. Dorothy’s Garden is going to be a beautiful sampler when you finish! Your over one stitching is so pretty Michelle. I love your 2008 finishes – they are amazing!

  16. Dorothy’s Garden is going to be a beautiful sampler when you finish! Your over one stitching is so pretty Michelle. I love your 2008 finishes – they are amazing!

  17. What a pretty sampler! I look forward to watching your progress on Dorothy’s Garden. The Guild’s focus on samplers should be very inspiring!!

  18. What a pretty sampler! I look forward to watching your progress on Dorothy’s Garden. The Guild’s focus on samplers should be very inspiring!!

  19. What I love about Dot’s Garden is that it’s so symmetrical. What I hate about Dot’s Garden is…that it’s so symmetrical. You have to stitch everything TWICE! I’m giving mine a little rest, since I got sick of doing it. But it IS so pretty and the silk feels so good that I know I won’t stay away long. Looking forward to seeing yours!

  20. What I love about Dot’s Garden is that it’s so symmetrical. What I hate about Dot’s Garden is…that it’s so symmetrical. You have to stitch everything TWICE! I’m giving mine a little rest, since I got sick of doing it. But it IS so pretty and the silk feels so good that I know I won’t stay away long. Looking forward to seeing yours!

  21. Dorothy’s Garden is a gorgeous design – but I don’t envy you all that over-1 stitching! You’ll definitely need to find an easier project to do in between to give your poor eyes a rest. Your Guild sounds awesome – the pieces must be so inspiring.

  22. Dorothy’s Garden is a gorgeous design – but I don’t envy you all that over-1 stitching! You’ll definitely need to find an easier project to do in between to give your poor eyes a rest. Your Guild sounds awesome – the pieces must be so inspiring.

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