Now I have two. One in thread and one in person. Wait. Better make it three - add my sister's.
I know many of you will cringe at this, but I did not want a perfect pink sampler. I love the original, its messy house, and its stains. Most of my reproductions are done as charted, stretched, framed. The most recent have color changes, some design changes, a crunch for wrinkles, deliberate staining, hanging from horsehair braid. Have I become a purist? Are you kidding? I don't care about authenticity or proper period style, I like early and simple.
I can always wash out the coffee or walnut to some degree, use a steam iron, mount, and frame. But not now. My last ten samplers would still be in a drawer waiting for a framer instead of on my wall. The staining on Abe will be light, just enough to tinge the pink a shade or two darker.
I used more tension in some rows and very loose stitches in others. I went over some areas, sliding the needle beneath a number of stitches and lifted. I had to remove some tails beneath.
The original's linen color was similar to a piece I have, but I didn't like it. Now I'm sorry my fabric isn't a little warmer.
Remember when I was bitching about the linen creases? My yardage is from years ago and when I opened it to (AUGH!) cut a piece off, every crease in the unbleached fabric is light and permanent. The dark unbleached is the easiest to touch up with the ink pad and a thin brush on the light lines, but I have washed, wet, steamed....no change in the crease. It was stored in a roll but it was too long folded before that.
Yesterday we had a little sun but cold temps. I made the brats go outside for a while and Bud took his sentry post and rotated that head for an hour looking for Yellow Cat. They have completely destroyed the five toy mice I bought them.
Freezing rain right now so I am stuck at home again. Good day to make soup. The one with Italian sausage, basil, cabbage, zucchini, white beans, tomatoes and carrots. I shouldn't take me longer than an hour to find the recipe.
Not sure if I will be exercising today. The piece of cartilage that broke off in my left knee from the fall, has moved to a bad spot and I can't even go up steps again. Do not want surgery and will wait until it moves to a better spot!
Have a fabulous day.
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