In 1997 I worked The Chimney Piece with DMC cotton floss. I purchased a lot more floss because I wanted a more solid field of stitching.
There are a variety of stitches, I chose to use the split stitch mostly to fill in. My work was awarded a First Place Ribbon at the Woodlawn Needlework Show in Alexandria, Virginia.
I was told by the woman in charge that my sampler would have won the Viewer’s Choice Award, but lost by three votes.
When my daughter Jessica announced her engagement, I asked her what kind of sampler she would like for her wedding. Jessica of course, wanted one like her favorite – The Chimney Piece.
Good thing I also had The River. The River has been OOP. I made a copy of the printed paper, modified the design, and transferred it to 40 count Graziano linen (took me 3 tries to get it right).
I added a few personal touches. I wouldn’t let them take it home right away. It needed to go on tour to my Sampler Guilds & such.
Jessica’s wedding sampler was awarded a First Place Ribbon in the Maryland State Fair 2004.
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