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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista

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Friday, 23 August 2013

Mary Eaton Update

It was when I posted last time that I discovered the mistake I made!
The inner saw-tooth border was supposed to be stitched in light blue, not white.

Fortunately, I hadn't gotten too far with it, but still frogging silk . .  ugh!

Here is my new photo of the area:

With that fixed, I was finally able to move on to the free-hand stitching. The area under the last red flower was to be filled in with a large fanciful tree/flowering bush. I stared at this for ages, but I couldn't figure out how to stitch it in place accurately. There isn't a lot of extra linen here to play with.

I opted to leave it, and move on to the sheep standing on the hill. This wasn't easy either.

The stitching here looks a bit helter-skelter, but I had to find my way to the bottom to get anything to work! I needed to "build" the hill that the sheep was standing on first.

The little sheep took me over 4 evenings to finish, but I was pleased the way he turned out.

The legs, head, tail and ears are done in satin stitch and then covered with black. The entire body was filled in with French knots. That is a lot of French knots! A single strand of silk does not make for a big knot!

After the sheep, I started on the tree to the left of the sheep. That is the tree that goes all the way to the top.

The tree trunk is filled in with a vertical stem stitch in two different shades of brown.

Since I took these photos, I have made a little more progress, but there has been as much frogging as stitching! That darn tree is causing a lot of grief!

I will be back soon with some more photos.

10 comments:

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Erica,
The sheep is just amazing! Love how your sampler is coming along.
Melinda

Vera said...

Wow - that sheep is gorgeous! I don't want to know how many French knots you had to place. This all may take so much time, but the end result will be absolutely stunning!

Scarlet Letter said...

The white border looks quite pretty. You could try stitching over it with blue, then using one strand each blue and white for the rest so it is consistent. As much as I love slimy green frogs, those of the needlework persuasion should be avoided.

llknbillburg said...

How brave you are to work the free-hand stitching. I am always intimidated by it and will pass on a piece that contains it. Good for you! Keep up the good work!! Laura

Chris said...

Great progress. I love the colors in this sampler. Sweet sheep!

Merilde said...

Your work is lovely and I just love your sheep!
Lori

Angel Blue said...

Very nice

Erica near Chicago said...

I love the sheep.

Kielrain said...

Wow. I am loving this piece. Freehand work scares me but I love seeing it worked up.

brod'attitude said...

I love your sampler