Monday, May 16, 2011

Monochrome Samplers!

Good Morning Everyone!

 I love monochrome samplers, especially in red!  I always have one started that I carry around in my purse in case I have a spare 5 minutes.  I don't have to think about the colors - just grab the needle, thread and stitch away.

This is an English Schoolgirl Sampler stitched by Amelia Newark in 1840.  The chart was published in The NeedleWorker Magazine in the Autumn 1996 issue.  I am stitching this one on another unknown scrap of 36 ct. linen with SNC In the Burgundy silk.  It is turning out to be a fun stitch but I am saving the "over one" stitching for a sunny day.  And we haven't had too many of them lately.

My daughter has returned from her Virgin Island sailing trip so Sadie had to go home with her.  We had a great two weeks with Sadie and Maggie enjoying their time together but it was also constant motion!  Every day my husband would ask me when Mary was coming home.  I think he is rather used to a quiet house!  I took this picture of the two of them at work one day when they were actually worn out from the Pug 500.  Sadie is the one in front and Maggie is behind her fighting sleep.

  I really appreciate everyone's wonderful comments and I wish you all some spare time to stitch - even if it is only for five minutes!

Joanne and Maggie


  1. Wonderful stitching. Love the sampler.
    Somedays, I only get 15 or 30 minutes to stitch, but stitching is my way to relax.

  2. Time for you to get a nice camera Mom. Your stitching it so beautiful and the phone/camera does not do them justice.
    Sadie (who is getting Mary to work the keys)

  3. ooo love the sampler and awwwwwww poochies trying to snooze :) love mouse xxxx

  4. Hi Joanne~

    Good to see a new post...and what a coupl'a cuties??!! Poor Maggie is gonna be so lonely without Sadie around all the time!! Hopefully, they can still have play dates??

    Love the red sampler...BEE-U-TI-FUL!!! I love the monos too...I have "Splendor I" by The Heart's Content that I have been wanting to stitch for years...but, it's so blasted big, LOL! It is in a deep crimson red floss...gorgeous!**Sigh** one day I'll be able to get to it!!

    Did you make the scissors fob in the picture...that is very pretty too??!!

    Glad to hear that Mary enjoyed her sailing/diving vacation and returned home safe and sound!!

    Happy Stitchin'