Mar 13, 2013

When bad samplers go quickly

Hi everyone.  Looky looky.
The stitches aren't perfect and I changed the horizontal stem to vertical in a few places.   It didn't take long at all to do this side. I had to steam steam steam the linen to restore the stretched areas from my prior stitching but I think it will be fine when mounted.  I'm so surprised that this was completed in one sitting with no frogging, unlike prior attempts. 
 
 
 
Do you think this had something to do with it?
 
I found several St. Clare images but this was my favorite.  Crackled and aged looking in beautiful colors.  If you're wondering when the tags will be for sale, so am I.  I thought this would be a really cheap ship because of the size but our postal service claims 1/4" thick is a package.  Anyway, I need to get the envelopes ordered and I'm still working out a few more designs.  They will probably be $8 or $8.50 including the snap ring for hanging, plus shipping. 
 
So here is Mary with just the bottom to finish and then I'm moving on to the pile of possibilities that will create a decision making dilemma.  Do you think Clare can help me with that? 
Mary certainly is different and I think she will frame nicely. 
 I wish you all a pleasant week with happy stitching,
good coffee, and dark chocolate.
 

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25 comments:

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Marly, I think you have done an amazing job of stitching Mary and I'd like to think St. Clare was indeed helpful. What a lovey image you found of her. Have a great week too. Smiles, ~Nan

MJ Hunt said...

Marly GREAT job and it looks beautiful!!! Everyone of us need a St Claire tag at times. Sure need one while stitching 'Lucretia' BUT she is 3/4 completed. MJ

Margaret said...

Yay! Mary looks fantastic! I'm glad you figured that side out! Good luck with the bottom part. I hope you're planning on selling the St. Clare tag. I'd love to have one of those!!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love not perfect Marly, Mary is so beautiful........Such a wonderful image on the St.Clare tag, lovely, Francine.

Vickie said...

ooOoo! Mary is fabulous. Good for you! St. Clare is wonderful. Good choice.
I'll take 2 of the 3. I don't do coffee!! ;)

Carol said...

Oh, you did it, Marly--the border looks fabulous... I'm sure you'll have a finish to share with us soon. And I wish you a decisive day when you pick your next WIP! I have the same problem--and it seems to be getting worse :(

Bertie said...
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Bertie said...

Well you worked fast Marly, I think St Clare approves, fabulous!!

Sandra said...

I love that sampler and your tags. You did a beautiful job on everything, as usual, but the free hand part is exceptional. Congratulations!
Sandra
Homespun Elegance
www.plainfancymerchant.blogspot.com

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wow! You got a lot done in a day and it looks wonderful!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Marly, it looks great! I think St. Clare was just the ticket. I definitely need a St. Clare when you get them made up. Put one aside with my name on it!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

You have done an outstanding job with Mary and sounds like the steam fixed your concern.
Yes, of course I'd like a St. Clare tag ... I need help.
I'd like to be put on your list when you get ready to sell them.

Have a Blessed Day, Barb

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backporchcarver said...

So happy everything turned out for you and it looks so good,I love it.When you make the tags, you better make LOTS of them, sounds like everyone wants one...........maybe two or three for gifts also.

Carole W. said...

Marly, Mary is gorgeous...it's really an unusual piece, isn't it...Your tags are going to be winners and I hope you make a lot!!!

Peggy Lee said...

Oh wow! I love that border. You stitched it perfectly!

rosek1870 said...

Love your stitching!!! Please let us know when St. Claire is available I would love her and so would some of my stitching buddies!
Hugs
Rose

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Wow it looks great now. You did a wonderful job getting it to look so nice. I would never have known you struggled with it. CJ in OK

Dirty Martini Queen said...

All that figuring out, frogging and restitching in just one day? Your needles are smoking! Happy to hear tht St Clare can save all us needle workers in distress so send her my way next.
Donna

Lanie said...

I think your Mary looks fantastic! And I, too, will definitely purchase a St. Clare tag ... I did not realize she was the patron saint of stitchers!

Lanie said...

I think your Mary looks fantastic! And I, too, will definitely purchase a St. Clare tag ... I did not realize she was the patron saint of stitchers!

Judy said...

Fantastic job on Mary! Can't wait to see her finished and framed. The St. Clare tag is really nice.

Judy heartland stitcher

Barb said...

Mary is just beautiful!

butterfly said...

It's looking great Marly, I think you just may have had some help from St Clare, hugs.

Chris said...

Woot! She looks wonderful!

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