Feb 3, 2013

Mary Haslehurst 1776

Hi everyone.  I received my SL order and wanted to show you this unusual sampler. 
 
 
None of my pictures are clear so I apologize, but it seems every piece of computer related equipment is becoming menopausal.  I didn't know it can affect inanimate objects. 
 
 I was intrigued by the top of this piece and knew the stitches would be specialty, but I wanted it before it is no longer available.  Has this happened to you? 
Thinking the chart will always be there and one day it isn't?  When I purchased Eunice Birchard it was only a matter of a few months before it was removed from the catalog.  So glad I purchased when I did.
This top zigging and zagging is done in Irish Stitch, a straight stitch over 4 threads offset by 2 threads to create the pattern.  Easy enough - that I can do.
The sides are very strange and consist of cross, stem, satin, with a blue stem creating the scallop outlines.
The bottom is another story.  Freehand stem stitches all the way.  Lots of instructions and I hope I have the patience!  It's a relatively small sampler (7x11 on 28 count) and each scallop is done separately, so this is a good project if you want to try something different.  I'm talking a good talk but I have to say, the more I read it, the more I'm wondering if this stitch wimp can handle it.  I really like to buzz along with my alphabet and not have to constantly check the chart so this is really on the opposite side of comfort for me.  But I have it and will certainly give it a try.  Most all of the samplers were done by very young girls, but this all over the place piece could very well have been an older gal.  Each scallop is different, the top zig zags differently on the opposite side, the stitches change constantly.  She obviously couldn't make a decision.  Hmmm.  Menopausal?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Stay safe.
Thank you for visiting!
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30 comments:

Carole W. said...

Very unusual, Marly....will be a challenge, for sure (it surely would be for me)....you must promise not to wad it up and throw it across the room when you "screw up", as I would, but
persevere!!! Will be anxious to see how you frame it!! Your wrist is feeling better?????

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
What a great sampler! I know it's one I would never do if I was stitching a lot. I prefer x's and nothing else! I'm definitely a stitching wimp.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Bertie said...

As you say Marly a very unusual sampler, I call that top piece bargello and it's lovely to stitch. Now I don't think the girl had Menopausal problems LOL!!

butterfly said...

I love this sampler. All the best stitching it.

Krista said...

Very interesting sampler, Marly! It never ceases to amaze me that there are so many gorgeous SL samplers, I have perused the site over and over and yet seem to miss these gems! Will you be participating along in the Scarlet Letter Year challenge with this one? or one of your new SLs? It is a fun and inspiring group!

Penny said...

Love this pattern, Marly, but definitely not one I could think about stitching... :/ I can only imagine the mess I would make with those specialty stitches! Another stitch wimp here!!
Good luck and I look forward to seeing your finish...
Penny

Chris said...

It is beautiful and I know that your finish will be amazing.

cucki said...

i love this sampler so much..
big hugs x

busyhands said...

Very unusual, but looks beautiful. Is it a reproduction?

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I applaud you, Marly! I don't think I could follow this chart (menopausal, too). I like just cross stitches. I know, I'm a stitch wimp!
Hugs,
Susan

Katherine said...

What a fabulously different sampler; very nice.

Vickie said...

Wow! Way cool Marly! Love the looks. I think it's going to be quite challenging.

MJ Hunt said...

Hi Marly! I also have the 1776 sampler chart to stitch. Just love it. Decided to do the Lucretia Haus (SL) first and what an odd one it is. Love samplers that are alittle 'odd'! Happy weekend MJ

samplerlover said...

Oh Marly, this one is lovely. Love the Bagello on the top. Turns it into something special. I'm sure that you will have a lot of fun stitching this one. - Sandra.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, love it, how can you not love a sampler, Francine.

Carmen Sutton said...

I have this sampler pattern it is one of my favorites, I'm waiting to finish a few of my WIP before stating it. Just jump in you should have no problem with all the free hand stuff!

Margaret said...

Oh wow, that one looks deceptively simple but it's quite complicated, isn't it? It's a beauty though. I hope you tackle it. I would love to see it stitched.

Melissa said...

That is such a cute piece, Marly! It's too bad things don't show up that well on the SL site but Nicola's SL challenge has been great for showcasing the designs in greater detail.

I hope you will try this one out. At least it's not a big sized piece.

Ellen said...

Very interesting and unique sampler! Can't wait to see your start!

Hugs,

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Marly! Love the sampler...I used to do needlepoint eons ago and bargello was an easy and fast moving stitch...it covered a lot of canvas quickly! I;ve never seen it combined with x stitch though.----Jan

Stephanie said...

Hello! Love your blog and sense of humor. Those are some beautiful pieces. Looking forward to see what you do with that first one. Very unique!

Oh, and the pears! Looooove the pears! :)

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Very interesting and pretty I am sure you can handle it. CJ in OK

Barb said...

That will be a very pretty sampler and yes, I know just what you mean about charts going out of print. I'm fine with other stitches as long as they don't mention the queen stitch!!!! Then I shudder and give up!

Cathy B said...

That is an unusual sampler. Glad that it is now part of your " collection"!

Siobhán said...

What a neat sampler! I like different stitches, but sometimes the rhythm of that sweet little X is hard to beat.

Peggy Lee said...

A challenging sampler indeed but if anyone can figure it out it would be YOU!

The mere mention of the "M" word sends me in to immediate scowls lately.

Maggee said...

Good Lord! Just reading your post about the different stitches required makes me want to run FAR away!! But YOU can do it! It's your specialty!! Start right now... Hugs!

Deb said...

That is a really great sampler! I don't think that I've seen it before, but I know that I usually miss some things going through the site. I think that it's going to be beautiful when it's finished.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Freehand stitching terrifies me! Can't wait to watch your progress.

Melanie said...

OOoooo, it's a great sampler! I can see why you fell hard for it. You won't get bored doing all the different kinds of stitches, that's for sure. Very neat!

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