Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Update February 24, 2013

My most exciting stitching news this week is that I finally started And They Sinned by Examplar Dames on Saturday.  This is quite a large Adam and Eve sampler, which I'm stitching on 36 ct. Lakeside Linen in Vintage Sand Dune, using Gentle Art Sampler Threads.  I love the fabric, and I think I will really enjoy stitching this piece!

And They Sinned
Chart Design
And They Sinned
First Progress Picture

SDW A German
Band Sampler circa 1710
In addition to starting And They Sinned, I also received another chart, SDW A German Band Sampler circa 1710 from The Scarlet Letter.  This is my first Scarlet Letter chart, and it's beautifully done, so I have a feeling it won't be my last.  SDW is similar in size to ATS, and I'll be stitching it as part of Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year celebration.  If you'd like to know more about that, follow the link on the right hand side of this page.

Finally, our new recliners were delivered on Thursday.  Mine works perfectly with the Mark 2 floor frame, and I was able to put it in the same place as the old one, so I still have the lighting that works so well for me. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Update February 17th

This week we celebrated our 41st anniversary with the sampler I'd stitched to commemorate our 40th year finished, framed, and in our home.  As for current projects, I finished page 1 of HAED's Foregone by Marta Dahlig, though all you can see is dark drapery.  I did a bit on Wisteria by the Silver Lining, but will stitch more tonight once I get off the computer. I ordered SDW A German Band Sampler from The Scarlet Letter to stitch for Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year and look forward to getting that chart. 

HAED's Foregone by Marta Dahlig, page 1 completed

We decided to get new recliners for our anniversary gift, so we went furniture shopping Saturday.  Mine will be my new stitching chair, and I was careful to be sure the measurements worked with my Mark 2 floor frame.  I really like the light where my current recliner is situated, so my new one will go in the same space.  John's is a larger power recliner and needs to be plugged in, so we're moving the rest of the living room furniture around to make that work.  The new recliners will be delivered on Wednesday, and once everything's settled, I'll be starting Examplar Dames' And They Sinned.
My New Stitching Chair - A Recliner That Fits With My Mark 2 Floor Stand

John's New Power Recliner

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Update February 10, 2013

It's been a good stitchy week for me.  I've already blogged about my sampler coming back from Jill Rensel, and I'm still thrilled with it!  I also got two other packages, both containing fabric.  Once was a fat quarter of 32 ct. Belfast from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie in her new color Odyssey.  The other was a special cut of Lakeside Linen's Vintage Sand Dune, purchased from Marty Branch's shop Stitch & Frog.  This will be used for And They Sinned, which I'll be starting soon.

I've made progress on a couple of pieces.  One is Wisteria by the Silver Lining on 28 ct. black Jobelan, stitched one over one.  I love these flowers and will probable do many more.

Wisteria by The Silver Lining

The other is HAED's Foregone by Marta Dahlig.  Once I finish the current page, I'll be moving And They Sinned to the floor frame.  This is still just the background drapery, but the lady will begin to appear soon.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Sampler is Home

My sampler arrived home this evening from Jill Rensel, and I just love the framing she did.  I'm so glad that I found Gigi Ries' lovely Belles-Lettres D chart to stitch and celebrate a milestone anniversary.  Next week is our 41st anniversary, and we're happy this will now have a place of honor in our home. 

My 40th Anniversary Sampler, Belles-Lettres D by Gigi Ries

To make today even better, the Lakeside Linen I've been waiting for finally arrived as well.  That means I'll be starting And They Sinned soon.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday Sampler News!

It's Saturday night, and I just got a wonderful e-mail from Jill Renseler.  She's finished framing my Belles-Lettres D by Gigi R and will be sending it home on Monday.  Here's the photo she sent:

Gigi R's Belles-Lettres D framed by Jill Rensel

I've also decided to join Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year Challenge.  Nicola turns 50 this month and has decided to celebrate by stitching a series of Scarlet Letter reproduction samplers over the next year and inviting other stitchers to join the challenge.  She's gotten great response to this, and has many small challenges and prizes going on.  I've chosen SDW, A German Band Sampler circa 1710 as the piece I'll stitch for this challenge.  I still have to order the chart, fabrics, and threads, but this is the one I've chosen:

SDW A German Band Sampler circa 1710 by The Scarlet Letter

This sampler will make a wonderful companion piece to And They Sinned, the sampler I'll be starting as soon as my Lakeside Linen fabric comes in.  There's been a delay due to illness in the family of the ladies who own LL, but hopefully it will be in soon.  Both SDW and ATS are about 45" tall, with SDW being just a bit wider than ATS.  I'd love to have both of them on my wall!

And They Sinned by Examplar Dames Design Co.