Jul 31, 2011

New start...little finish

Hello everyone.  I'm sitting outside enjoying the summer which seems to be flying by.  Hard to believe it's August!   I loved that little "witch" chart from The Primitive Hare so I had to stitch it right away.  I changed the letter placement somewhat and moved the loop to the top.  Why?  I don't really know because I love everything about her design, yet mine is different.   Her idea of the snap clip is what I'm having so much fun with and I intend to buy a bunch in different colors and sizes.


The project I started is France F. from Sheepish Antiques, for three reasons.  One.  Ann Wragg is still missing.  I remember reading the instructions with parts I wasn't too happy about.  She may have sensed this and knowing my affinity for matches, booked out of here just in case.  Two.  The EB sampler I decided to start was also no where to be found.  By the time the new project was started, she showed up in the scanner where I left her from the last post.  Three.  I found this piece of linen and it is the perfect size for the copy of France F. that was on the floor under the hutch, living with the dust bunnies.   This piece of linen could be 28 count, and I don't know what the stitch is that I used on the edges, but since I try to come up with different ways of displaying samplers, this will work nicely.   Kind of putting the cart before the horse isn't it? 

 The sampler is about 15" on 28 count.   Of course I should stitch the border side to see if it will fit but will I?  Probably not. If I had doubt I would, but I'm sure it will fit.
 I don't ever remember using a lot of lavender in samplers, but that doesn't mean I didn't.  This shade of 3041 is very nice and I changed it to 3740 for the letters.  Just a little darker - I didn't want the flowers, border, and adjoining letters to be indiscernible.   It worked out to 16 threads on each side before the fringe - whew!

This is the border stitch and I will have to try my best to identify it (I'm a basic "x" girl) since I will have to complete the bottom with the same.  I plan on hemming the top selvage edge and running a wire through, curling the ends, and pinning to the wall.

Elizabeth Moor was also on the short list but the entire verse is over one, except for the first letter of every word, and there are lots of errors reproduced that won't be much fun.  Regardless, I really like the design and I love the verse....
"Time is fleeting, life is a span, make of youth the most you can"
and further down...
"Arise thou sluggard, go to the ant, consider her wars and be wise.

My favorite of her sampler..
Virtue alone has that to give which makes it joy to die or live,
While vice can only that supply which makes it pain to live or die.
I think I may do this verse alone over two and have it finished to hang on a door or cupboard.  And I learned a new word.  Sluggard.  I was surprised to find it in the dictionary.

Remember my burlap basket ? 


I'm dealing with a new stray female cat, and all her boyfriends.  I'm getting closer to her every day, and my husband wants to know what happened to the chicken that was in the fridge.  I hope to gain her trust before I run out of chicken.

That's it.  It's getting really dark out here and I need some treats so I'm heading in.   Other than a doc appt. I plan on sticking to my swing and stitching a lot tomorrow.  It's my kind of sampler - a little primitive, all simple cross, 28 count, easy to handle.  What more could I ask for???   Have a great week everyone!   Thank you much for reading.   Witch........over and out.


Chris said...

Good Morning Marly.
What a great new start and sweet finish. Ann Wragg is somewhere in my stack too. I need to stitche her, but there are so many other distractions!
Have a great week and stay cool!

Mouse said...

helloo marly :) oooo have had a closer inspection on the side of your fabric and it looks like hemstitch you have done :) hope that helps .. and love love those samplers and glad you find at least one of them ..lol and the little kitten is gorgeous and hope she gets more used you before you run out totally of the chicken :) love mouse xxxx

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Gabi said...

Gorgeous little finish. Congrats. Love your new start too. I also like the way you planning to finish is. Very much looking forward to see it.
I'm sure it will look lovely.

Shirlee said...

Good morning Marly! Sorry about removing my first post ... I forgot to preview ... lol! What I was saying was that I do so enjoy reading your blog! I love the sampler you're working on, love how you are doing the fringe, love the little WITCH thing & I'm not even into Halloween stuff! I just love everything! You are my CCS idol : ) Have a wonderful day out on that swing stitching away. I am on a quest for a magnifying daylight lamp. I learned something this weekend ... 7 years ago my eyes were a lot younger than they are now ... lol! Blessings, Shirlee

Margaret said...

Love your finish -- that snap clip is fantastic! Love your new start too, as well as that over one verse piece.Good luck with the cat -- and the chicken. :D

Penny said...

Good morning!
Love your new start -- and your little witch finish! I look forward to seeing the finished sampler -- love the way you're doing the fringed edges....

I am a relatively new follower, and love reading your posts and seeing your samplers. Enjoy your day stitching on the swing.... it sounds like a perfect day!

By the way, the little stray is so cute -- hope you can make fast friends with her!

Joy said...

Love how you displayed your finish. One thing about using DMC, there's always dye! Can't wait to see how you display this sampler.

Happy Stitching Week!

Solstitches said...

That's such a cute pillow - love the style of lettering the designer has used.
Lovely new start too.
The flowers in your yard are gorgeous.


samplerlover said...

Hi Marly, I also don't celebrate Halloween, but I quite like your Witches pillow. Very cute.
Isn't it a pain in the you know where when you can't find something that you want to do. I suffer from that complaint quite often. Frances is a lovely sampler and it is in my stash to do.

Oh wow, on your flower baskets. They are beautiful. Good luck with the cat. - Sandra.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Hi Marly,I've e-mailed you to thank you for the wonderful box of fabric which arrived today, but wanted to mention your amazing generosity here as well.
I think that border stitching is called 'Nun's stitch'.
How brave of you to start without really quite knowing if it would fit! Irene xxx

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