Jul 21, 2015

My head needs examined

She just did a post entitled I NEED A SMALL and with all these large projects in her stash, that she already vowed she could never stitch, and all the pain in the butt borders she hates, more so with little leaves off a vine, with so much fabric that she can't hold it, the dipstick just purchased this.
 
Ann Spence 1801 by GPA
 
Stitch count 269 x 424.  Pardon?  269 x 424.  So on 30 count it's 18" x 28"?  Yes you berrybrain and you bought it anyway.  Not only that, look at that border!  It's viney and has little leaves and it's 424 stitches down and then 424 back up.  Have you no shame?  Why do you keep buying things you just have to have yet know they will sit in your stash?  Oh Marly you're a real pip.

My husband is hitting the little ball into 18 holes tomorrow which would be a good time for me to do some lone shopping, but I much prefer taking advantage of having a quiet house to myself.  Perfect time to browse online for more samplers to add to the never-to-stitch pile.

I received my hoop stand and tried it.  Love the flip over!  I need to have it between my legs and a bit off the sofa in order to center on my lap so this model instead of the shorter base one is much better for me.  I found it very comfortable to angle it up and high, much less neck strain, easier to see since it's closer.












My left hand has to be beneath to push the fabric up in order to use the sewing method but I'm still playing with it.  I also like the unobstructed space beneath. All in all, for less than $25 including the nice thick hoop, I'm happy with it.  Originally I planned on ordering the 12" or 14" hoop for it but that would bring it too close to my chest, even though I don't really have one.  We'll work out a way to adapt it to a floor stand since the two piece adjustable post can be removed if I decide to use it all the time.  But maybe I won't adjust to it and prefer to stay with in hand stitching and Advil.

The sun is out again after a torrential rain, first we've had in a few days.  That break gave me an opportunity to fertilize the petunias since they dried out a little, but I think they are too far gone.

Have a great week!!
Thanks for visiting.
 
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25 comments:

Robin said...

Your new frame looks great. Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on it as it gets used. Ann Spence is very pretty. You could always stitch bits of it for something small.

Robin in Virginia

Vera said...

Oh Marly - that is a HUGE sampler! But look at the birds! They are wonderful...and the buildings are great. I'm going to try to forget the name of it so I don't purchase it as well (I haven't picked up a needle in months - lol [but I have been knitting...in the heat...]). So glad you like your new frame/hoop/stand.

StitchinByTheLake said...

It's a gorgeous sampler but the size of it would definitely intimidate me - I've never done a sampler but one of these days.....blessings, marlene

Jacqueline said...

If anyone can do it you can. I have faith in you.

Would love to hear more about your hoop and stand and where you purchased it from. Thanks

Carol said...

Oh, my! That is a BIG one, Marly... But, we can't choose what catches our eye and begs to be bought, can we? I look forward to watching your progress on Ann!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Yowza that's a big one! You can do it!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Yowza that's a big one! You can do it!

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness, it's been ages since I've looked at blogs. I am so glad I looked at yours today! The last two posts have left me in stitches. You are such a terrific writer. Have a great day Marly! I love the sampler. It is a great pattern to sit in your stash!

Margaret said...

It's a wonderful sampler! Don't we all need our heads examined when it comes to new purchases? lol! It's hard to resist though. Your new hoop arrangement looks good!

Heartlandstitcher said...

Beautiful sampler...big project!! You seem to get a lot accomplished, but will it fit in that new stand? We all have never to stitch stash...we just can not help ourselves!

Judy Heartland stitcher

CathieJ said...

That sampler is beautiful. Now what you have to do is get cracking on that stash. I love that standing hoop. I have tried a variety of different kinds. So far I like my scroll that sits around me on the couch. The type you bought looks interesting also.

Char said...

Hi Marley! I did the same thing, except I've never stitched any thing really big before. So I ordered the Jane Harris sampler and when it came and I opened the pattern up I nearly fainted! LOL! So, I've been working on it for 1 1/2 years now and still have a long way to go. Meanwhile, I've done some smaller things and then some really small things. Why oh why do we do these types of things to ourselves?! LOL!

Char

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh, I do love that sampler!!!
All the recent rains have missed northern Ohio and the gardens are getting dry. Ugh! I hate watering.
Hugs :)
Lauren

rosek1870 said...

Wow Marley that's a big sampler! I like it though,. Would love to know more about your new stand. How you like it? Where you got it?
Hugs,
Rose

Barb said...

Well it is a beautiful sampler!!!! You will have to keep us all(with sore hands)posted on how the hoop works. Enjoy the house to yourself. With a retired DH I know how good that feels from time to time.

averyclaire.org said...

How big is that hoop you bought?
You said 12 - 14 inches was too big
....it looks large in the photo.

Vickie said...

Your new hoop setup looks great!
That is one BIG sampler my friend. Maybe you will make a few small ones out of it?

gracie said...

Since everyone else is telling you how huge the new project is, I won't! You will get it finished before we know it. Let us know how the new hoop/frame works out.

Marie said...

So many of us fall victim of making purchases that we shake our head and ask why? It is a beautiful sampler!

I'm in the market for a hoop/stand so I will check this out. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy F said...

It's awesome & I would've bought it too!!!!! No judgement here!!!! Lol.

Primitive Stars said...

Sampler love, you go girl!!!!!!! Hugs Francine.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

This is a beautiful sampler. I have a feeling you WILL be stitching it soon. It is one of the nicest ones I have seen and I do love the border.
Curious about the hoop/stand. Looking forward to following your use of it.

diamondc said...

Marly: You always put a smile on my face with your post's, I love this Sampler it is beautiful.
Love your frame, I should look something like this up.

Blessings
Catherine

Maggee said...

You stitch on big ones occasionally.. it could get done... But, I am certain I will NOT be buying any big ones like that! I have enough in my stash to last me the rest of my years, God-willing!!

Evelyne said...

I have the same frame/ hoop and i like it very much!
Lovely sampler!!

have a nice weekend,
Evelyne

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