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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Thursday, 28 February 2013

Post for Lori

This is a belated Happy Birthday wish for you. I hope you had a lovely day and are enjoying your "year." You certainly are bringing joy to many! (I sent a message in your birthday, but for some reason, my computer wouldn't cooperate and send. Apologies)

I am slowly getting a start on my sampler. I hope to do a little more and post a picture soon. This has been fun, I have never participated in anything like this before. thank you!


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Post for Barbara G

Margaret Mason – she is progressing along nicely, instructions are excellent this time so smooth sailing. Alphabets are looming so work may slow down a bit. Not too fond of those.

Many thanks

Barbara G.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Manifesto Update

      It's been too long since I've updated you on my progress with Manifesto. I admire those of you who stick to schedules and update us on a weekly basis. I'm not one of those people and I hope I won't be kicked out the the 'group' for my lack of discipline.

      The sky is taking forever to stitch... but it's well worth the effort. We will have masterpieces when we complete our pieces. But I know it will be a very long time before I'll be celebrating that glorious finish.

      I'm currently taking an on-line course, Cabinets of Curiosities, which is an in-depth study of 17th century embroidery. While waiting for our caskets to become available for purchase I decided to go ahead and start stitching a door panel for my 17th century mirror surround. I've chosen an SL design, Justice, and I'm stitching the design over one in tent stitch on 36 ct. linen. I converted the AVAS silks to the 17th century color palette we are using in our course.

    Here's my start on Justice which is also my first project being stitched on my new Millennium frame and stand.

Post for Pat L

Here is this months progress. Progressing ever so slowly just like the tortoise!

Pat Logan

A post on behalf of Joann McC

A Happy Dance for my Finish!

Dona Dorothea Gazano y Garcia

Stitched by Joann McC
Sassy' Fabbys:  36 ct. Creamy Cocoa
DMC Threads

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Letter by letter

Jane Rees finally got put in some Qsnaps and clamped to my Lowery stand.  I also had to pull out the magnifier to work on the 40 count Ricamo.  My eyes just can't handle it without a magnifier (my old glasses prescription might also be a factor).

Jane Rees on 40 ct Ricamo linen with
HDF Gandy Dance silk floss

Even thought I took this photo while Jane was still on the frame, you can still see I've made it all the way across the top; considerable progress from the last photo posted.  Long ways to go though, which is why I'm just taking this letter by letter.  As much as I love Jane, she's sort of like doing homework.  I don't exactly love the stitching process with her.  I think it might be the fabric.

Post for Barbara G - Linen Storage


When I purchase linen for embroidery I always try to iron out the crease that is often there. Much nicer to get a piece without but not always possible. I staple a label to the top with name, colour, size and where purchased, etc., whatever you need to know. I then roll it on a tube (paper towel, wrapping paper, etc.) along with a few others of the same count and put it in bags that I have made. I label the outside of the bag and store them all in a drawer or a large plastic container ( the kind used for wrapping paper).

I don’t buy linen by the yard but in smaller amounts so they fit most tubes. I made my bags out of leftovers from my quilting days. Bags of different sizes can also be used to store ongoing projects rolled on their bars. A drawstring could also be added if you are going to transport it.

Barbara G

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Part Two - The Stand for the Millennium Frame

By request I have done a video about the stand for the Millennium Frame.

Hope you enjoy. Any questions email me and I will try my best to answer them.

Don't forget to enter for the giveaway being drawn this Friday for a £50 gift certificate from Needle Needs. See post on Blog 2 for February 22nd.



Antonia is coming together and it is thrilling to discover how she did it as I analyze her sampler line by line, stitch by stitch.  Designers encounter "frogs" all the time, but I think I'm on to her now.  Onto another topic- needles. There must be a chemist in our midst.  When I posted the words of Antonia's sampler on this website many Spanish speaking friends interpreted for me.  Can any of you explain why certain needles dissolve in some hands, and work forever in others? The best needle ever made, in my opinion, was "My Favorite Needle".  They are gone now, but thankfully I hoarded three of their hand made stainless steel needles, with the perfect touch to the tip, sliding through the linen effortlessly.

Monday, 25 February 2013


Here is a very poor quality photo that shows where I am currently on my Hart Lives sampler.  Lady Jane Hart has been finished for a long time and Sir Henry Wiley Hart is coming along. 

Love the faces on these two - however I don't think my folks would be too keen on being compared to this victorian couple or hopefully they will get a charge out of it when they finally do get their anniversary sampler.  Mind you I didn't say "which" anniversary because this one has been a WIP and a UFO for a long long time.

Thanks to Nicola and the SL blog for encouraging me to blow the dust off the old Harts and get this project in rotation again.  Hope everyone is enjoying their SL projects.  See you again for checkin in March.  Melody

Large Alphabet done

Hello. I really enjoyed watching the Oscars last night because I was able to stitch and watch at the same time. I can't do that with regular television shows.
I was able to finish and complete the large alphabet. :)
Today I will start the inner alphabet which is multi-colored.
I was stitching with a friend yesterday and we discussing the merits of stitching on a frame of some sort versus stitching in hand which I tend to do almost exclusively.
Any advice on a frame that is easy to use-attach linen, manipulate in hand, or one you could not live without. Someone mentioned in an earlier blog that they liked the millenium frame.

On to stitching...I try for one hour a day.

Update on Ann Smith and Manifesto

Ann is coming along nicely, although it rather slowly with all the over one:

This portion has taken me quite a fews days of stitching.  Actually probably about two weeks as some nights haven't been the best to get in some stitching.  When I can find time to work on her though, it actually goes rather quickly.  I did notice, just before posting this picture, that the leaf work on Adam was done in the wrong color (UGH!!), but I decided to leave it.  Taking out over one stitching can be quite a pain.  Here is a picture of the entire piece so far:

I also started working on the Manifesto.  I am going to stitch this on Wednesday nights, but unfortunately things got in the way the past couple of weeks, so was only able to work on it one night.  

I had entertained thoughts of following Holly and starting over on 40 count gauze, but then common sense took over and I decided to just keep going on the Jobelan.  I have to say though that I will be coveting Holly's when it's finished.


Post for Barbara H

Good Day All!

It looks like many of us were able to get a lot of stitching in this past weekend.

Everyone’s work is beautiful!

I finished my QSD model on Saturday so I felt no guilt what-so-ever spending Sunday afternoon working on EK 1653.

I worked the last 5 acorns on the lower band seven this morning. I put a cross in the eyes of the marching boxer, so it wouldn’t look like a zombie.

The boxer now looks like a deer caught in the headlights. I may go back and put a few small stitches on top for an eyelid, or just leave it.

May each stitch you take be one of Joy!

Barbara L. Hutson

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Holly's Manifesto - Sunday #3

Well, I worked my little fingers to the bone yesterday while watching the Daytona 500!  This background stuff is very slow going!

I'm going to need another Sunday or two, to finish page #1.  I am going to do one page at a time.

I am so tempted to skip ahead, but I will hold fast to one page at a time!  I can't leave the background work for later....if I do that, I will never finish this project!

Here's my progress from Sunday #3:

It is coming out nicely, but it's a ton of work!

Happy Stitches,


Edited to add Labels.

Promise not to laugh

I have spoken to a few of you via Face Time to show how easy the Millennium Frame is to use.

Not everyone has Face Time or Skype so I have done a short OFF THE CUFF video clip.

No laughing please.

After watching it back I realise that I could have done it better, worn some blusher and lipstick but I wanted to show "reality".

If you have any questions I am always here for you.


Sunday, 24 February 2013

A Bit More on Ann

After being away from home and Ann Grimshaw most of  last week, it felt really good to settle back in with her again, even though there have also been a million other things to get caught up with.  Here's what's new on Miss Ann as of this morning.

And a wide shot in all her glory..

What start out as a worry - two very different dye lots of the same color run - has really become a happy stroke of good fortune.  It's been a lot of fun to pick and choose which of the motifs will be stitched in the main paler tones, and which will be accented in the darker.

And such a thrill to find this in the mail yesterday afternoon.....

...the first 10 skeins of silk from SewandSew, won as one of  this month's giveaways!  The other 10  should be arriving shortly.  Thank you again Nicola, I'm still breathless with excitement over this.  I wasn't really planning to start on Jane Atkinson until later in the year, but once the rest of the silks arrive, it's very unlikely I'll be able to put her off that long.  As for linen choices, I'm wondering what those of you who have already started or completed Jane have gone with?

Off to wait for tonight's Academy Awards fashion faux pas....

Nearly finished....

Here is an update on my "Log Cabin" sampler - I have finished the border vine and now have just more of  the flowers to complete, and then the sun and moon either side of the cabin - I hope to get this done during the next two weeks.  There are always so many other things on the agenda, and sadly I did not get as much sewn whilst away visiting my Mother as I had hoped:  however I think it is looking good and it is fun to sew.  Such a relief when the border vine met up! : -
I am itching to start the next on my "SL to do list" - so many of you seem to be racing ahead!  There have been some wonderful updates, I do love reading them all. There are many talented needlewomen out there.

The Dread Band Six of Ann Scutt

You wouldn't think that this band would have filled me with fear and trepidation. Starting out, it didn't.

However, if I could find a way to misread or miscount, I found it on this band. Other than the strawberries, stitched in a fetching shade of blue, I worked every stitch on this band at least twice if not three times. It's sad when you make the same mistake twice.

But it's done, done, done! Now I move on!

Third side done.

Another side done! I'm progressing steadily. :)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Millennium Frame - Barbara G

I hope everyone is as enthusiastic about the Millennium Frame as I am. I bought one a number of months ago and have just ordered another size. Everyone should have one even if you already own a zillion others. As far as I am concerned there is nothing better. Tension is everything!

I have finished about two-thirds of Margaret Mason, still awaiting thread to finish Mary Hurst and then I will have to decide on what to do next.

Barbara G.

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I have not been stitching much...after problems with my Hannah Canting I cut off the stitched part and trashed it. I ordered the Margaret Gatis pattern, and have been reading the instructions while waiting for my fabric to arrive. I am going to use 36 ct Light Exampler and DMC. I seem to be in a stitching slump lately, and I am hoping MG will shake me out of it! I am loving all the progress made on the lovely samplers here though...so much gorgeous stitching! Lots of eye candy!

Friday, 22 February 2013

SDW Sampler SAL Week 17

This church motif seems to be never ending! I am making slow progress, but at least it is progress! Here we are at the end of last week...
and at the end of this week...

Thursday, 21 February 2013

New start

I while ago I've won Jane Atkinson chart and I promised that I will start Jane on Nicola's birthday. Promised kept, here is my progress from day 1

I took this picture late in the evening and the picture doesn't reflect true colors. The fabric is actually beige not gray. I'm stitching Jane on 40ct linen with Soie D'Alger silk one over two. Nicola is right - Jane is really fun to stitch and it is so addictive!

So long friends,

Happy Birthday from Canada

A birthday greeting just before midnight here, Nicola, for a great day and a wonderful year ahead of more stitching.  Thanks for your inspiration in setting up this unique "celebration" - we all take part in your special year, and make it our own special year at the same time :)   Best wishes from the Canadian West, on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains. 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Happy Birthday Nicola!!!

I hope you have the most WONDERFUL birthday ever!!!
This adventure of blogging our Scarlet Letter samplers was brilliant!
I am having so much fun doing this and learning about the elements of blogging that I am humbly grateful.


one more wish


One more Fabulous 50 Birthday wish! Hope your next 50 are as blessed as your first!

FABULOUS AT 50 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Isn't Nicola FABulous at 50 !!!!!!!!!!!  She is doing the most amazing samplers, in charge of all sorts of renovations and updates at her home place, has a wonderful husband and family not to mention that darling Archie AND is doing all these great and exciting things on the Scarlet Letter blogs. 

Today is the day to celebrate Nicola - HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU NICOLA!!!!!!!!  I hope it is the most FABulous day of the year for you.

I thought I'd show an update of my Hart sampler but I can't get the photos to load for some reason.

Will try again soon

Best wishes Nicola ! 

Harriot's Goofy Deer are finished

This was not without problems however.
Sometime after starting the second deer, I noticed that the dye lot was different. The deer on the right is actually a lot brighter than the one on the left.
I am hoping that it is not too noticeable.
I can't help but think these look like cartoon deer! I don't think they had cartoons back in Harriot's day, but these guys certainly have a Disney-esque quality to them! I think it's the eyes.

One of them turned out to be a bit larger than the other. Not sure how that happened.
Oh well. I am certainly not going to do them over again!

I started working on the flowers. They are also done freestyle. I am not having any easier time with these, but atleast, the vines and leaves aren't quite as obvious when you mess up!

I have a ways to go. I have the center floral motif, and then the left motif to do yet. After that, I will go on to do the grass.

Here is how it looks so far.

I love seeing all your projects, and I am so grateful to Nicola for bringing us all together this way!

Happy Birthday from Oz

Dear Nicola,

Wishing you the happiest of days,

all my love, Kaye

Happy Birthday, Nicola!

Happy happy birthday to you! I hope you are having the most wonderful day!


Post for Barbara H

Happiest of Birthdays to you Nicola!

You have brought much joy into our lives.

I absolutely love the new addition to my work table.  The spool caddy is a work of art that I will treasure always.

EK 1653

I have not been able to work on EK 1653 for well over a week, but she is coming along.  I took the photographs 12 February.

EK 1653

I am not sure if I am going to fill in all the areas with satin stitch.  I like to see the blackwork designs.

I don’t know who made this blackwork cake, but doesn’t it look scrumptious?


Barbara L. Hutson
Queenstown Sampler Designs
284 Wye Knot Court
Queenstown, MD 21658

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, dear Nicola!  By now it is almost over, and I hope you have had a special day!
Happy birthday Nicola!
Greetings from Belgium!

Joyeux anniversaire

In french "Joyeux anniversaire" in English "happy birthday" Nicola

A flower for you in this special day

Happy Nicola Day! :)

Happy Nicola Day! Whoo hoo!! I do hope you have a wonderful day dear friend. You have no idea how much I am enjoying this blog as well as blog two. :D

Hugs and Love,
Jennifer H

Many Happy Returns.

Happy Birthday Nicola....hope today is a great one!

Happy Birthday, Nicola!


May these be the only frogs you see today!

Happy Birthday to you Nicola.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy birthday, Nicola

I hope you have a wonderful, special day today, Nicola.  Happy 50th birthday!

From Margaret in New York.


I hope that you have the most wonderful day, dear friend.  Filled with happiness and all the things that you wish for on your special day!!


Happy Birthday, Nicola!!!!

Happy Birthday from the "Center of the Universe".....Ashland, VA!

Happy Birthday and Happy Stitches!

-Holly in VA

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday Nicola !!

From Nikki in Maine


Dear Nicola,

May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love and cheer!!!!!

Love and Best Wishes from South Carolina
Martha S,

Happy Birthday, Nicola!

May all your wishes come true, today and always!

Happy Birthday Nicola!

All the Very Best!!

Happy, happy birthday to you Nicola!!

lots of love from Mary, Ruby and Molly in sunny Florida


Happy Birthday Nicola.
................have a super fun day..
love and warm hugs from sweet south africa..
love and big hugs
cucki xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Many happy returns of the day to Nicola, hoping you have a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones xx

Happy Birthday from the North Side

Nicola hweg
Pennblodh Lowen 

Happy Birthday Nicola. Have a wonderful day.

Much love Elizabeth.

Happy Birthday, Nicola!

A very happy day to you! Joyeux anniversaire !

Best regards,

Nicola: Enjoy your special day!!!!

Happy Birthday Nicola!!!!

Here's to a grand celebration on your 50th Birthday!!!  We are thrilled to wish you a Very Very Happy Birthday!!!!!

Hugs to you!!

Happy Birthday Nicola

Enjoy your Special Day!

Laurie, Emma and Owen


Happy Birthday dear Nicola! May all your dreams come true and all your wishes be granted.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Needlepoint Advice Please!

As some of you know, I am intending to stitch Manifesto as a Needlepoint rather than a cross stitch design. I have done quite a bit of needlepoint in the past but always using crewel or tapestry wools. I blogged about my selection of colours etc over at Emily's Cupboard and Michele commented with the fantastic suggestion that I could follow the traditional practice of stitching the motif details in DMC or silks to provide contrast. I must confess that I had never heard of this before, but now I am really curious! Does anyone know of a good online source or preferably a good book on the history of Needlepoint/Petit Point so that I can read up on this further?

I am really excited about this project!!

Monday, 18 February 2013

M. Quertier 1799

The more I stitch of the black quaker, the more I like it! Here is the progress on M. Quertier 1799. I decided to change initials on motifs. I have no idea who JT, SW, HT or AT were and it would be so nice to have blog participants initials. JT became JP for Jo, SW will be NP for Nicola and so on...