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Saturday, 11 May 2013


Charting a sort-of-oval sampler is tricky, since the oval outline is done in freehand stem stitch. Ann Thompson stitched this in 1803.  I'm doing my very best to reproduce it.  The asymmetry  of the interior oval is creating some problems.  She likely stitched the center before enclosing it in the border so that is my approach: chart the center, then try to recreate the border around it.

17 comments:

Teresa S. said...

I have an antique oval frame with the original domed glass in it. I've been waiting for just the right piece to stitch for it!
Love the Christ on the cross in the center of this piece, too :)

Deb said...

This is a beautiful and one I know I'll just to have!!

Inguna said...

It is a very beautiful sampler and well worth the effort! Thank you for charting it!

Nicola said...

There is something so appealing about oval samplers. They look so good on your sampler wall amongst the rectangular frames.

Thank you Marsha.

Fiona said...

Looks like a challenging processes. I'm sure when it is done it will be just as beautiful as the original.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Wonderful sampler. Love the deer that appear to be caught in the trees. Almost looks like a child's toy.

I just finished charting an 1806 sampler with similar central crown, angels & verse.

Mary said...

Amazing!

Brenda in WI said...

Looking forward to getting the chart for this one - it is really neat.

Lanie said...

Beautiful ... looking forward to seeing this one completed!

HollyXSing said...

I can't wait for you to finish and have the chart available for sale! I will sign up immediately!

I love it,

-Holly in VA

Cheri said...

Beautiful!

Vera said...

Very pretty! I find the oval very appealing as a change from square or rectangular shapes. And I love the deer and the A&E figures. Can't wait to see it completed. Thanks Marsha!

Sue El Anani said...

Beautiful can't wait for the chart to come out

Sabrina Fechtel said...

That is so beautiful!!!!

Stitch Wizard said...

If anyone could do this and make it beautiful, it would be Scarlet Letter for sure. It is going to be so lovely and all of us will want to have this to stitch!! Beautiful!

Bhooma said...

Beautiful!

Scarlet Letter said...

My first and most formidable job is to understand the sampler. It's sometimes like facing a foreign language that you absolutely need to translate: unless you've learned the fundamental vocabulary, you will be lost. My job is to translate the samplers so that others can understand, appreciate, and follow the pattern without too much trouble. "Antonia" has been stitched and will be available by midsummer. This was a difficult task for me because I don't speak Spanish, and the motifs are so ethnic, but I appreciate the help that many of you have given me in translating and recreating her sampler.