Friday, October 28, 2005

Not much stitching to share ...

The boys are on Fall break from Middle School & High School. We didn't do much because they have head colds. I don't want their germs! Been wanting to do something traditional, quick, simple -- & pulled these out:

Started a bookmark. It is an EGA Petite Project - Sampler Bookmark by Periwinkle Promises / Barbara L. Rakosnik. (c.May 1998) The center has blackwork motifs (I think 5 repeats of the leaves). There are bands of rice stitches + double back stitches (I might do long arm cross instead). I'm using silk mori on 32-count twilight blue linen. Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Also started N.Hinde 1778; A miniature Sampler (c.1991 The Scarlet Letter.) I am using red silk (AVAS 945) - cross stitch over one - on 32 count antique ivory linen. This should be 1 3/4" x 2 3/4". In the directions it says to "feel free to personalize your sampler with your own name or initials & the date, using letter forms from the alphabets + numerals above." I am thrilled about the heart motifs. And who can resist a spiffy alphabet? Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Here is a photograph from the pattern leaflet (of the finished sampler). Says on the pattern: "Genuine miniature samplers like this are relatively hard to find. They usually feature a simple monochromatic alphabet, or a short sentimental verse. The former type, called "plain work," usually originated in working class schools. This "plain sewing" sampler is English, probably from Lancashire (or perhaps, more specifically, Lancaster)....The original piece is in a private collection"
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9 comments:

Cathy said...

Very interesting sampler. Your blackwork is very nice too. Sorry to hear that your boys are sick. Seems like that happens when the weather changes!

Chelle said...

Two new starts - very kewl ones too! Can't wait to see the rest of this Periwinkle bookmark. Love it so far! The miniature sampler is awesome. That is a gorgeous shade of red. Hope the boys feel better soon - and don't you go catchin' it!

BeckySC said...

Hello there BusyBEE :) I miss a few days of blogging and you are as busy as ever :) The DT looks great as does the BC and the lovely pics of the fall colors :)(my parents just took the annual trip to the NC/Tennesse mountains to look at the leaves). I love the sampler ....go gf! It will be lovely :)

Thanks again for making my day yesterday :) Frogs are in place :) :) :) :) :)

MANY hugs :)

Tobie said...

Hello, I've enjoyed reading your blog and seeing all of your stitching pictures!! I love the little red sampler and will be watching for the finished piece now. ;-)

KarenV said...

What a great redwork sampler! I love the bookmark and the DT pumpkin fob/pincushion too :)

Nicki said...

Oooh, I love redwork and I love over one stitching, so you're combining my favourite things in your little sampler. It's going to be lovely!

AnneS said...

Ooh, I love this little sampler - very cute! And your bookmark looks great too - I just bought my first Periwinkle Promises kit (acorn needlebook), the instructions look pretty comprehensive. And your little pumpkin is so sweet ... you've been stitching up a storm - way to go! :-))

Barbara said...

Wonderful projects! I love blackwork, but haven't done any in awhile. These thistles are lovely. Hope the boys will soon be up & running again.

Jenna said...

That tiny sampler is going to be wonderful! I hope the boys feel better soon. Having just gone through that recently myself, I hope it doesn't take them a week to bounce back! :)

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