Sunday's Manifesto Update Pictures
Below are a couple of pictures of my Manifesto. I only work on this on Sunday's. Here is my Easter Sunday update:
Now it is onto the garden above!
Monday, 21 April 2014
Trumpet fanfare....ANN MEDD IS FINISHED!!!! No idea HOW I am going to get her framed in the near future, as I have not seen any framers around in this part of Normandy. I will post on FB as well, as I know there are some ex-pat stitchers not that far from me and they may have the solution. I usually, trawl the charity shops until I find something right, but along with Pak Choi and English Cheddar, charity shops are something pretty non-existent over here.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Ann Medd, honestly, every stitch, even having to unpick all the turquoise so that I could make it dark blue. Just sorry she wasn’t finished in time for the end of Nicola’s year.
I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable Easter Sunday. We started the day with a long walk with Poppy and Blue and got caught in torrential rain a fair distance from home.
Hot showers and cups of tea were required on our return home and the afternoon and evening have been spent in front of the wood burner stitching on Ellenor?
Here are the latest bands, only two more (ableit large ones) to go and she will be finished.
She is the prettiest of samplers. There are alot of similarities in the design to EK 1653 so the bands seem familiar.
I have spent time this weekend watching Mary Corbett's video on stem stitch and reading her articles. It was very interesting reading about S and Z twisted threads and then practicing the stitch with the thread above and then below the needle and seeing the different way the thread sits.
There is so much to learn about needlework and I am enjoying sharing this journey with you all.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Saturday, 19 April 2014
The Araucana hens lay green, blue and pink eggs, and here is my Easter basket with naturally dyed eggs.
The second photo (awful, apologies, my camera battery failed and it will be hours before I can take a better photo), shows part of the German sampler that I am currently graphing. It's dated 1734 and is replete with symbolic motifs.
Avanti, la primavera!
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Thursday, 17 April 2014
I mentioned in my post yesterday about starting Ruthy Rogers. After seeing Barbara G's Ruthy (the photos are Barbara's Ruthy) I have not been able to get this sampler out of my mind.
This is way out of my comfort zone but I am going to give her a try. Bob of Winderwood Farm is joining me and if anyone else would like to stitch with us you would be very welcome.
I know that Marsha and Barbara are there for us if help is needed.
I meant to include this photo in my post about EK yesterday, here I am with my sisters and Mother.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
I am sorry about the photographs, I will take proper photographs in daylight when she comes back from the framers. No super fast framing this time as the framer is on holiday :o((
My plan was to continue with Ellenor Wykcs and start Ruthy Rogers but this week I have been asked to stitch the handicraft item for my W.I's group entry for a show so I will be side tracked for a few weeks.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
This month's prize, the beautiful chart of Mary Bailey has been won by Tommye. Congratulations Tommye and thank you to Karla of The Patchwork Rabbit for donating the chart.
The draw for May has been arranged by Sally and is a full year's membership to The Sampler Guild which includes quarterly newsletters by email and all the benefits that are part of the TSG membership.
Should you already be a TSG member then you qualify for one year’s free membership along with all the benefits you have been receiving once your existing membership expires.
Thank you Sally for arranging this and to Linda Hadden of The Sampler Guild for donating the prize.
From The Samplers Guild website
With hundreds of members based here in the UK and throughout the world, the aim of The Sampler Guild (TSG) is to offer a forum to further the research of sampler history, provide the next step-up from Cross Stitch, promote the preservation of antique samplers, continue the art of sampler making and have lots of fun!
There are three methods of contact with members:
1. A quarterly newsletter that includes articles by both experts and enthusiasts alike, information on forthcoming exhibitions, and members requests for information and advice.
2. This website, which is updated frequently - as soon as news comes in.
3. The TSG Google Group, a secure online messaging facility only available to TSG members.
We also have frequent and very popular 'Get togethers' and 'Meet-ups' which regularly take place all over the country. Every year seems to get busier for TSG members, so please see the quarterly newsletter and visit the 'Forthcoming Events' page for the latest details of what is happening.
The TSG Emporium offers a showcase of the best products from the UK and around the world including charts, books, linens and other essential items such as threadwinders, scissors etc. TSG members receive substantial discounts across a wide range of products, please visit TSG Emporium 'Contents' page for details.
The Sampler Guild runs classes of varying types, at different locations up and down the country. These classes take place in first class venues that have included Muncaster Castle (twice), the Wroxton House Hotel near Banbury, Covent Garden in London and our local facility, the Soltau Centre in Maidenhead. Tutors have included Betsy Morgan, Lauren Sauer, Alison Snepp, Jackie du Plessis, Jenny Adin-Christie and our own Katie Carr.
The Sampler Guild is fortunate in being able to call on a number of museum curators in the UK and Europe for expert advice. In addition a selection of well known Sampler Houses and Sampler Guilds in the USA, Canada and Europe have proved to be more than eager to share their vast wealth of knowledge with us.
I am very happy to discuss The Sampler Guild in more detail and to answer any queries you may have regarding membership and activities. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me. I am usually available Monday to Friday between 9am and 10.30am, or e-mail me - see below for telephone number and e-mail address.
As well as here in England, we have TSG members in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland and of course, Scotland, Wales and northern Ireland.
Members of The Sampler Guild receive a quarterly newsletter, 20 plus pages encompassing far more information than can be conveyed on a web-site, participation in annual stitching challenges and exchanges (should they wish) and advance information regarding meetings, stitching classes and events. TSG members also have access to a friendly network of sampler enthusiasts and stitchers who are as interested in samplers as you are. With the TSG 'Google Group' you can now chat to fellow TSG members world-wide.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
We are having an Easter Egg Hunt for contributors but everyone who visits our Gallery can join in the fun with with our Easter Bunny Hunt.
Details of the contributors Easter Egg Hunt can be found here and for the Easter Bunny Hunt which is open to everyone details can be found here.
GOOD LUCK !!!
A big thank you to Krista for laying out the Easter Eggs and Bunnies for us to find and to Marsha for her continued and generous support of Our Scarlet Letter Years.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Happy to say that I just put the last stitch in Scottish Sampler Circa 1740. This was a fun stitch and I love the two birds at the bottom. So cute. This was stitched on 32 count linen using DMC threads. I made a few minor changes, stitching one row in Smyrna stitch instead of cross stitch and moved a few things over by a couple of spaces. I love the geometric designs on either side (Ikat-like) and the big flower centered in the bottom half. And the crowns…lots to love about this sampler! Here is an overall shot and a close up of the two birds at the bottom.
Now I need/want to get back to Elizabeth Mitchell. I am so tempted to start another one as well…I’ll see.
I may have spoken too quickly about visiting the Scarlet Letter in May. Turns out that Marsha will be away for the month of May. There is only one day in our travels that I can fit in a visit…am waiting to hear back from Marsh whether anyone will be on site so that I may enhance my stash. Fingers crossed (while not stitching).
Gorgeous day here in PA. I left work at Noon to enjoy the afternoon. I’m thinking some iced coffee on my patio and then back to stitching.
Enjoy the weekend!