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Friday, 3 May 2013

A Giveaway






It is the most beautiful summer's day here and certainly not one to be indoors. When I am walking the coast paths with Poppy and Blue I find so much creative inspiration from nature's beauty.

I often muse over my stitching on these walks and make plans.

I would love to know what is the chart you have on the top of your "to purchase next" list and why it appeals to you.

One lucky stitcher will receive their wished for chart.

Just leave a comment below. Draw will be on May 15th.

GOOD LUCK

72 comments:

Erica near Chicago said...

Hello Nicola, There are a number on my list including the Huntsman and Diligence, but I think that Manifesto is at the top. I love the colors, the garden, the animals, and especially the woman with the book.

Dawn said...

On the top of my wish list is Manifesto. This is such an amazing sampler and I am itching to start it everytime I see an update on the blog. The Christmas Sampler is also trying to push its way to the top.

Dawn M

Martha S said...

Hi Nicola,
Wish I was there walking the beach with you.
At the top of my list is Elizabeth Sheffield. I've never have done a Rhode Island sampler, I love the birds and the colonial people.
Have a great afternoon.
Martha S.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Dona Dorothea Gazano y Garcia - why? Crazy checkered Moose makes me laugh, at least I think it's a moose, lol - also the sampler is gorgeous - very unique. Amanda

Paulab said...

Winter Quakers by Rosewood Manor.
I was recently at a LNS and picked
up this chart but kept putting it
down. I have Quaker Diamonds started
but not finished. So I left it
behind but it was so sad to do so!
It keeps calling my name. I love
the fabric it is stitched on and
the valdani colors are so pretty
and the designs that will be stitched on the fabric at so striking!
I think if my favorite over Quaker Diamonds and I thought one was to
die for!
Paulab

Pamela said...

After seeing Carolann's posts, Sarah Willson moves to the top of my SL wish list. So many lovely colors and motifs...and then there's those striped pants!

Elaine said...

Grazing Sheep after seeing your beautiful start :D

Annette-California said...

Elizabeth Sheffield from Scarlett Letter. I love this sampler, the incredible colors and on the bottom she stitched or finished it October 11. That's my birthday and I turn 50 yrs young this year:) This is my next purchase. Have a wonderful day by your beautiful ocean. love Annette

Dawn said...

Jane Rees - 1869
I LOVE this piece, and the history included with it.

What a beautiful setting you have to enjoy!

Cheri said...

I am thinking about one of the new charts, Sarah Dutnel. I like the colors and the tree of life design. As a beginner I want to take the next step from just cross stitch and this sampler has some counted satin stitch that I think is lovely in some of the other sticher's samplers that I have seen completed. Also the description says the chart is in color to make it a bit easier. Not sure about that 35 count linen though.

Jenny said...

Good Morning Nicola. Your walk sounds lovely and after reading your post I have a real strong desire to take a day and spend time at the beach. Maybe someday soon.......so I will stitch instead. The next SL chart that is on the top of my list is Sarah Willson. I fell in love with her on Melinda's blog Merry Wind Farm. The colors are lovely, I have a real soft spot for English samplers and I love the history of the broom people. Those oversized people make me smile everytime I see them....Lol. I hope you are having a good day.

Vera said...

Hi Nicola, your walk looks so enjoyable. It is beautiful here as well, and I have curtains drying on the line in a wonderful breeze.

I think the very top of my list is still Dona Dorothea. I love the checkered deer and eveything about this sampler. SDW is a close second now....

Erica said...

Hi Nicola!
I don't have to think much on that question!
I have coveted Jane Atkinson for ages! i think it is all the reds. I love them!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Hannah Carter - I saw the model last weekend at Lynn's in Madison, WI. I want to stitch this sampler one day.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Nicola, if only I could walk that beach with you. I do some of my best thinking near water too. The next chart I'm thinking of getting is "A Flamestitch Sampler." I've found myself drawn to several SL charts with flamestitch/bargello in them. It's a new-to-me stitch and I love the finished look!

Ann said...

There are two in the running: SL" Marie Abbott and The Pattern Record. I love the colors, the bands, everything about them--at some point they will come to live with me!

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Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a lovely thing to be able to go for a walk along the shore! I've lived near an ocean and there is nothing quite like it. Ann Smith for me. Love the pretty colors and the A&E, too. But gosh, there are so many to choose from, aren't there? I just bought the Christmas sampler a week or two ago and there are others I love, too that I'm sure to add to my stash one of these days! Thanks, Nicola! You and the other NSLY stitchers are very inspiring and enabling!! Had to delete my first comment when I noticed a bad typo. :-(

Deb said...

You know I'm coming to visit you one day, don't you? Where you live looks incredible.

I don't know if I'm eligible to be in the giveaway as I just won something, but if I am I'd love Elizabeth Hoover. Although there are just too many to pick from - they're all so wonderful!

Stitch Wizard said...

Good Morning Nicola. What a beautiful photo of the beach there. It must just be like paradise to walk along the beach and enjoy the sound of he sea, the beautiful flowers and walk your beloved dogs. It is just beautiful there. After seeing your Grazing Sheep and those strawberries I would have to say that Grazing Sheep tops my list. Seeing it stitched shows how pretty the colors are and I love the sheep too.

Julierose said...

I know it's too hard for me, but I just love that Manifesto--it just calls me name...maybe someday in the future (when I learn to count --I can count a Chopin Nocturne, why not this???) hugs Julierose

Krista said...

Sarah Dutnel - I put that one at the top of my list the first moment I saw it, I love the tree, reminds me of a tree of life.

BristolStitcher said...

I am enjoying Jane Atkinson so much, I would love to stitch Hannah Brassington to go with it. They have the same flowers! Isn't that interesting?

Scarlet Letter said...

I can feel the sand between my toes! What a spectacular photo. I could dive right in.

Margaret said...

I've been contemplating this all morning. lol! I have sooooo many charts I want from Scarlet Letter, it's ridiculous! But probably the one I really really want and always think about is Polly Philip. Oh, that design is breath taking. I think I fell in love when I saw Bethany (I don't know her last name) stitch it and show her progress photos on a board years ago. Gorgeous!

Bethany said...

Nicola,

I have been working in my garden and it is filled with butterflies and bees. I still have a long way to go, but with each passing day, a little more gets completed. Mind you my samplers are suffering.

I would have to say one of the next would be Mary Ann Mcdonald. I love scene's in my samplers as well as something totally different. I have never seen a flying angel like in this English sampler.

Robert said...

I have two samplers that I really want to stitch - one of them being SDW. After seeing your's completed and frame it is hard to resists especially the band with the Peacock and duck. The other one is Marie Abbot. There is something about these band samplers done in running stitch that really call to me.

Fiona said...

At the top of my list would be Corraggio. I would, if money were no concern, to have listed Manifesto. I love to use AVA'S for stitching and could not afford to buy them for the foreseeable future.

Kielrain said...

I do so love your photos. Just had to say that first.

As for what is at the top of my too purchase list. Easy. I so want to get Ann Medd. I love the scale of her. The amazing pictorial portions just have such great colour. Not to mention the set up of that one is so different from anything else I have. She just calls to me. I have so far been to chicken to go for it though.

Jonette said...

Polly Phillip because of the cheerful colors and whimsical motifs. You are so lucky to be walking on the beach!

Bhooma said...

After seeing the WIP on WB, I want to stitch a Flame Stitch sampler. I would like to stitch Flamestitch Sampler Circa 1760

Anne said...

Oh wow! So many are on top of my list! I would love to stitch Jane Atkinson though. I adore Adam and Eve samplers and the flowers in this sampler are out of this world. I first saw it stitched by Margaret, and that piece got me into samplers. Then I saw you stitch it and have been reminded that this sampler is a must on my list!!

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely photo Nicola.

I would love to stitch A Hornbook Bestiary. I love the colours and just find the sampler so interesting.

Laura said...

Nicola
The place is beautiful.
I like A Flamestitch Sampler.

Lelia said...

One of the nicest things about these group blogs are seeing samplers progress.

It is one thing to see a photo on line + quite another to watch a sampler progress to completion.

having said that, I so enjoyed seeing Deb stitch the Abigail Gould's Sampler of 1796. When she found a photo of the original sampler, I went head over heels for this project ... totally on the top of my list!

If you haven't see her post - go to Deb's 12/21 post
http://scarletletteryear.blogspot.com/2012/12/abigail-gould-progress.html.

See? know what I mean?

Stitch well !!!

Marsha said...

John Murray 1840. He has some beautiful colors especially blue. I live in a blue house and I have a wee bit of Scottish blood in me.

Aileen said...

My next choice would be The Huntsman-the scene is so joyful and colourful. Thank-you Nicola for bringing together so much fantastic creativity for us to share. It's wonderful and so inspirational.

samplerlover said...

The one sampler that I would love to get in my hot little hNds would be Ann Hair. I think she is do beautiful.

Joanne O'H said...

After the amazing posts on these blogs, Sarah Willson would be my pick. I love the broom ladies!!
Thanks Nicola & Marsha, for another great giveaway.

Mary said...

Nicola, the beach is such an inspiration for my stitching as well. Something about those brilliant yet subtle tones and the rhythm of the surf....and for that very reason Ann Medd is at the top of my "next purchase" list.

Robin in Houston said...

I'd love to give AW1662 a shot. High time I conquered the Montenegrin stitch. I like to pick pieces that stretch me and improve my skills. And on top of that this sampler is gorgeous.

Lanie said...

Thank you, Nicola, for sharing your walk with us ... beautiful!
My next purchase will probably be "Rebecca Cullin". I think she is one of the first SL samplers I fell in love with. I never thought I would attempt to stitch her because of all the freehand stem stitching. But now that I am finally attempting to do some freehand stitching, I feel ready to give Rebecca a try. And then there is Sandra's beautiful "Rebecca" that is truly inspiring!

Kim Hummel said...

My next to purchase design keeps changing. Currently, the next one is Susan Dunn. I recently purchased the Norwich sampler book and have been on the look-out for those designs ever since.

Loved seeing the photos of your completed cottage on your blog. It looks very relaxing

Kim H

Kath said...

I have two patterns that I've put on the top of my wish list. One is Emma Miles, she's the first Scarlet Letter pattern I ever saw and I fell in love with her. The other is Rebecca Cullin. I love her because I find the pattern stunning and she would challenge my stitching with new stitches I've not done before. She's one of those "I'm dying to buy her but scared to stitch her" I mean, what if I fail and can't do it? LOL
If I had to chose, I'd go with my first love....Emma Miles.

Faye said...

Most definitely Helen Virtue is my next sampler to stitch!!!! I love the unique border and pleasing color combination..... There are SO many to choose from however.....

N said...

Hi Nicola,
Thanks to seeing all the beautiful samplers being stitched I have now added some of my UFO samplers back to my rotation of projects. One of the SL samplers that has been on my list is Ann Scutt. There are of course others from SL, Essamplaire and Examplarery...

PoundingSand said...

What a lovely place you have for walks! Poppy and Blue must be in puppy heaven.

How can anybody choose just *one* sampler? I love the fancy letters in Katie Sym and want to see how they compare to the Dutch samplers. But I'm also fascinated by Sarah Brignell. The border flowers are so much like Jane Atkinson's, and the pastoral centerpiece is practically a miniature in itself.

Kate

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Have been dreaming about your cove.
Need to renew the passports.

I am only wishing to be walking on your beach some day soon.

Delfi said...

The yet-to-be-completely-charted Antonia!

Theresa said...

Wow there are so many I would love to do...to narrow it down to one on my purchase next list... well, I have changed my mind so many times!
After seeing such lovely work it is hard but I have to say I really would love to do the SDW sampler (German Band Sampler). I just love the colors in that one and it is so pretty!
Enjoying this SAL so much!

Nikki said...

As much as I love The Scarlet Letter Samplers, my mind keeps going to the yet to be released Stone House on The Brandywine Sampler by Heart's Ease Examplar Workes. I just LOVE the look of the house and the whole sampler. I keep going to her blog and looking at it.....it calls to me and I need to have it someday.

Nikki

Carolann Dunaske said...

So many samplers, so little time. My dream sampler is "The Ideal Landscape". Once I saw that it had queen stitches I was hooked, love the colors and the big red house.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

After seeing Margaret's beautiful finish--The Hart Lives Where it Loves. I love all the red in the border, the sneaky rabbit, the happy couple, the playful dog.

Such a hard choice to select only one!

Debbie Bauer said...

Nicola, your walk sounded wonderful! Its finally a beautiful spring day here so I also headed out for a walk. Did some gardening and put out the deck furniture.
As for my top of the list sampler it is Jane Atkinson. The vibrant flowers are the main reason I love this sampler. It would look stunning in my living room.

HollyXSing said...

Good Morning, Nicola:

What a beautiful site...I can see where all your inspiration comes from...a lovely site!

Atop my wish list by Scarlet Letter is Rebecca Robinson! I love that border!

:) Happy Stitches,

-Holly in VA

Angie Burrett said...

I just love the animals in "Country Life 1783" - I think they would be amazing fun to sew and I love the size of this sampler. Fingers crossed!

Louise said...

On the top of my very long list is Ann Smith 1767. I love the bright colors, and the wonderful flowers in the border.

Thanks again, Nicola!

woolwoman said...

I have Mary Gail in mind Nicola. I am interested in trying a tent stitch SL sampler on silk gauze. I've never tried the silk gauze before - I purchased some in 32ct and I also have the SL Spot Motif sampler but gees that is a biggy and I thought maybe I better start small. Not that Mary Gail is tiny but just small-er than the Spot. I really love the Parrot, Leopard and the Lion but that is a biggy too. Thanks for the giveaway opp. Hope you are having a lovely start to the new week - Melody

Kerri said...

Nicola - you are evil! It is so difficult to stay committed to my lovely Dorothy Walpole when there are so many other wonderful samplers waiting for me.

Since I only own the 1 SL chart I have a lot of options. I think a smaller chart would be best. The one that comes immediately to mind is "A Flamestitch". I admired it in their ads for so many years and would love to stitch that one.

Mindi said...

Its a hard choice for me. The Tablet Sampler has been on my wish list forever, but I never seem to purchase it. I've also fallen in love with Ruth Bachelor due to all the wonderful WIPs I've seen over the last few months.

Silkstitcher - Kay Lynn said...

Nicola. I would give almost anything to walk on that beautiful beach with you and your dogs. My late son, loved the ocean so much. Whenever I see a picture of the ocean orvseacoast, I always think lovingly of him! At the top o my list is JanevAtkinson. I love the border so much. The colors in the sampker are gorgeous. I know it would be a real test to win and stitch this beautiful sampler!

Inguna said...

Nicola, I have rather long 'must have' list. The top 1 in this list at the moment is CATHARINE METCALF 1836, an English pictorial sampler. I just love everything about this sampler. Adam & Eve, a lovely landscape, a cute cow, 2 angels and many white birds.

Cindy L said...

Nicola, you have such spectacular views! I also find myself thinking of my next project when I walk. My wish list has changed so much since joining and seeing all the beautiful posts. Now my top pick is SDW after seeing your beautiful finish. I have also added Sarah Wilson to my list. It just keeps on growing.

Loraine said...

Nicola, you are amazing. I would love to come and visit you someday in your beautiful cottage by the sea. How is your husband doing? Do you hear from him while he is on his voyage? I've had you in my thoughts.
What a lovely giveaway! Does the chart have to be Scarlett Letter? If so, then my pick would be Ann Medd. I just can't get that blue girl out of my head. My other "want" chart that is not SL is the new Blackbird Designs chart, "Agnes Platt's Strawberry sampler". I just love the beehive. Have a great one!

Jennifer H said...

Dear Nicola,

I too have a lot on my wish list. But, I would have to say I would pick Ruth Bacheler. I just love the colors on her, and after seeing some of the finishes, and one color conversion (stunning by the way), I am hankering for her now more than ever.

I love the pictures of your home base, just so lovely to see when I suffering from allergies big time.

Thank you for the giveaway!
Hugs and Love,
Jen

Sharon H said...

Like many other stitchers in the group, Manifesto has risen to the top of my list. I love the whimsy of the scale - flowers larger than windows on the house, the size of the lady, you get the idea. Plus having the garden at the side of the house from a different point of view - incredible.

Thank you for all that you do!

Sharon H

Ellen said...

Top of my list is Rebecca Robinson after seeing Faye's gorgeous finish. I love the honeysuckles border. Thank you for this giveaway!

Hugs,

Marlene said...

Hello Nicola! I would love to have Coraggio. It's a very unique sampler with wonderful motifs: the 16th century texile motifs, all the sea creatures and griffin motifs. It's absolutely lovely!

Rachel F said...

What a beautiful photo! So glad you had such a lovely day and location for a walk. There is nothing quite like sunshine and a refreshing breeze to help clear the mind and restore peace of heart!

I think I would like to stitch Sarah Dutnel. The colors and large leafy tree with all the little creatures looks like it would be interesting to study and stitch. I don't know what size it is, though. Hopefully, not too big!

Thank you, again, for another opportunity to read about other stitchers interests and look at samplers I hadn't previously.

Carmen Sutton said...

I love your view, I would look forward to taking walks if I had such a scenic path to take.

So the top two SL samplers I would like to start and don't own are Anne Medd and Hannah Carter. If I were lucky enough to win that might help me make a decision.
Good Luck to all!

H and T said...

What a beautiful photo! And yet another lovely giveaway. I think I would like Manifesto. So much going on in that piece. So much personality.

Thank you,
Heather

Rebecca in TN said...

I would love a chance to win Dorothy Walpole- after seeing her stitched here, she is at the top of my SL list!!