Mar 6, 2013

Cheat sheet

Greetings to all!  Hoping you're having a good day.  We're missing the snow storm this time so it's good here. 
In Mary's progress, I realized that the stem stitch is not used for the curved line in the borders, rather the chain stitch.  Video time. 
 
 Since I lost all my bookmarks from crashing, I just entered the stitch + video in Google and came up with many sites.  The best, and all inclusive, is Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread.  You can enlarge the video to full screen by clicking the right bottom corner and they are very well done and clear.  The videos are at the bottom of the post (not the arrow at the beginning) in which she features photo examples of variations.  Bookmark her site, and you won't have to search any where else.  I enjoyed the stem so far, and like the chain even more.   I removed the improperly done stem and filled with cross because I didn't like the look in small random areas.
The bottom freehand area is a little scary, so I copied the chart's bottom reducing in size until it fit my linen.  I thought I had it perfect in this photo until I realized the border's backstitch wasn't the edge of the chart and I was two threads shy on each side. 
 
 Five % enlargement was perfect.  I used a green highlighter to show the stitched edge, and I will pin this to the linen and use it as a guide for size, stitching the center area first.  Then I'll cut the larger end flowers off and lay them right next to the stitching area.  If I could find my tracing wheel and paper, I would cheat even more, but I don't think these small designs would trace well on the rough linen.
This is the most unusual sampler I've ever done and it will definitely be framed.  I don't think this design would display as well without one. 
As for my computer, I bought a new hard drive, reinstalled Vista and now need to get all my work back into it.  Until then I am still on 7.  Now my camera batteries were replaced and it changed the settings so when I import a photo, it's the size of Connecticut.  The only organized task I can count on, is the large bin in which I throw all manuals, receipts, warranties, and guides for everything purchased.  Do you notice that many new items come with nothing?  They want you to download or view user guides online which is fine and saves paper, but my aunts and uncles never had a computer and never will.  When I try it, for some reason, I don't understand as well as having the paper in my hand.  Makes no sense - they're the same words!
For those of you that liked the fabric I showed last time, it's a older design in the Williamsburg Sampler Collection of Windham fabrics.  I did find one place that had pieces left in green. 
Scroll down to find it here
Thank you for visiting with me.
Have a safe and happy day!!
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19 comments:

MJ Hunt said...

Beautiful stitching on Mary!!! And yes she deserves framing!

cucki said...

yup very pretty stitching x

Katherine said...

This sampler is very intriguing! I hadn't realized that you had outside cats. Ours is like some carpet - indoor/outdoor. But mostly outdoor, and very wild. Doesn't like to be held much at all. It comes as a surprise to us each time he comes for a little cuddle. Glad you missed the snow this time. We're being whacked right now.

Shirlee said...

So sorry you missed the snow even though you aren't : ) That sampler is going to be quite a showpiece when it's done! Glad the computer woes are almost behind you. I agree about the manuals thing. I much prefer to have a booklet in hand to refer to rather than having to read one online.

Primitive Stars said...

Mary is beautiful, she deserves a wonderful old frame, Francine.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Thanks so much for the Mary Corbett find... Can I have your snow?
Mary is really becoming a "SHOWPIECE". Such a wonderful accomplishment.
KUDOS to you!

Parsley said...

Great job!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

You are brilliant - I would have never thought to draw it out!

Margaret said...

That's a good idea on Mary. I hope the freehand at the bottom works out well for you. The chain stitch looks great!

Barb said...

You have done great with that chain stitch. Thanks for the information on a good reference. Good luck with the bottom.

Evelyne said...

It's a good idea! I hope it works out well for you. You must definitely frame this one, it looks beautiful!

busyhands said...

Very good idea, looks beautiful

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Yikes! This post was way above me this time! I'm sure all your stitcher followers knew what you were doing though! I'm sure it will turn out gorgeous as usual. --ps--I'm actually THRILLED the snow missed us this time too! --Jan

pjrusty122@roadrunner.com said...

You are amazing!! That graph paper is awesome. Pjrusty

pjrusty122@roadrunner.com said...

You are amazing!! That graph paper is awesome. Pjrusty

Carol said...

Now, if you really want some snow, just drive an hour south, Marly--we got about six inches yesterday!! Glad you missed it up your way...

I sure hope this latest computer fix lasts for a while--you've had more than your share of techy problems this past year!

Best of luck with the bottom of that pretty sampler--really interesting how you worked it out... And thanks for the link to Fabric Diva--I'm in trouble now!!!

Hilary Kimbel said...

Thanks so much for posting this great information! I have been really trying to find great places to get hanging basket planters... Hopefully, I'll be able to find exactly what I'm looking for in the future!

Susan said...

Great progress. I like the pattern idea. We didn't miss the snow, but at least I didn't have to drive into work.

Peggy Lee said...

Now that's using your noodle!
You lost me in there somewhere but that is easily done.

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