Friday, May 20, 2011

Small amount of Progress

 I made a small amount of progress on Amelia Newark.  The sun actually came out for about an hour yesterday and I was able to work on the over one motif under the star on the bottom.  The over one has been slow going but this little girl was only 8 years old when she stitched this sampler.  I wonder if she got as discouraged as I get sometimes with over one stitching. But overall this has been such a pleasure to stitch.  I don't know why I waited 15 years to stitch it.

My sister has a room in an antique/consignment shop and I went with her a few weeks ago to put some things in her little shop.  I scouted around looking at other booths and found an old pair of embroidery scissors.  And they were only $5!!  They look old but probably were made within the past century.  They are no longer sharp and won't cut anything at all but I brought them home to add to my collection.  And the best part of all - stamped on the blade is USA!    I have a few other needlework treasures which I will have to share someday.  Some of them were family items which were given to me by my Mom.

 Rumor has it that the sun is finally going to come out this weekend and stay out.  I hope to be able to take some pictures of samplers to put on my blog.  I need to clean my house, also, as my dear friends are coming to visit for Memorial Day Weekend.  This is the friend that introduced me to counted cross stitch 37 years ago.  We usually get together for Memorial Day weekend and stitch and talk and talk and stitch.  She brings her husband along, too, but he doesn't stitch.  LOL!

I hope everyone has a good weekend and you are able to stitch and talk with a friend!

Joanne and Maggie

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