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Monday, 23 September 2013

A Finish




"The Tableau" was stitched with AVAS on 36ct. The border has been taken from The Tablet and the pictorial scene from The Shepherd and Shepherdess with Jacob Sheep (with many amendments).

The verse is not original but has been tweaked slightly.

I have incorporated Poppy and Blue and the cove where I live. I had originally stitched another sheep but removed it as the scene looked too crowded when I added Poppy. Cupid has been stitched blind as Ray and I turn a blind eye to each other's faults. I also used treasure braid to stitch the flame of love as ours burns strong and bright.

I incorporated two hares prominently into the sampler as they can represent immortality and the gods of love. I hope that our love will be there for eternity.

A third has been stitched as a "shadow" as our love for each other is always there for us in the background of our daily life together.

What next - always the hardest part of stitching from Marsha's wonderful sampler portfolio.

I am having problems with my ipad and blog press so am emailing photos to the PC, they then blur but if you click the photo it should open and give a better view.


108 comments:

Melissa said...

Nicola, this is absolutely stunning! I swoon with admiration, not only for your stitching but the way you've literally designed a new just-for-you sampler! Congratulations!

ps I have received my chart on Friday - thank you!

Carmen Sutton said...

No words to describe truly a work of art and all your own with bits of the past. Well done I'm sure it will be a family treasure!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Truly stunning! In both beauty and sentiment.

Laura said...

This beautiful.
That quickly.
Congratulations.

Erica near Chicago said...

You are so creative and talented! I love how you make projects your own.

Nikki said...

I love seeing your finishes Nicola. They are always so personalized, and that's what a sampler should be, something special and meaningful to the stitcher. Thanks for sharing such a beauty with us.

Nikki

Heritage Hall said...

Ingenious ~ You are a wonder, Nicola.. When do you sleep? I have
yet to see projects accomplished
so quickly and originally. Kudos to
you ~
Gentility

Rowyn said...

Your sampler is absolutely stunning, and the colours are amazing. Love all the personalisation and meanings behind it.

Jonette said...

I am in awe of your talent. This is beyond words. Absolutely beautiful!

Lanie said...

Oh.my.goodness.Oh.my.goodness.Oh.my.goodness Nicola! The "Tableau" is exquisite! Your love for Ray, your pups, your cove, and of course your needlework is beautifully captured in this piece.
Congratulations on creating this heirloom ... how pleased you must be with it. Now I can't wait to see it framed!

Kielrain said...

Wow. That is a great sampler. I love all the things you did in it to make it yours. What a creation!

Deb said...

That is simply amazing Nicola!! I love everything that you did to make this sampler a symbol of the love that you and Ray have for each other. It's just stunning!!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Nicola, This is just spectacular! What did hubby say?
Melinda

Krista said...

It is so beautiful Nicola!! I am in awe of all the details, especially of Poppy and Blue!! Love, love, love!!

Margaret said...

Nicola, this is a masterpiece! Talk about an heirloom. You are so amazing. I am so in love with this. Oh my gosh. Congratulations! What a labor of love!

Jenny said...

Your sampler is the most amazing, beautiful piece of needlework I have seen. I love all the personal touches that you have added to create a true heirloom! Congratulations on an absolutely spectacular finish.

Faye said...

Just breath taking!! An heirloom for sure~

Wanda said...

Oh Nicola! Talk about breathtaking!! I was teary-eyed reading your description and the symbolism you incorporated. What a wonderful heirloom in honour of the blessings of your love.

Debbie Bauer said...

This is truly a "Love Story". A stunning heirloom. Your stitching is perfection.

Elizabeth said...

Nicola, this has just got to be your best sampler yet. I felt quite emotional reading the verse. This really is an heirloom.

Hopefully I will see it framed - so looking forward to seeing it..

Chris said...

Gorgeous finish Nicola!

JoAnn said...

Nicola: I don't know what I could add to let you know how beautiful and meaningful your sampler is. Every comment before mine has said it perfectly. It truly is exquisite.

Bethany said...

Nicola,

I love that you added so many memories and loved one's to this sampler. Even your lovely pet's are center stage. This will surely hang in a special place, not only in your home, over looking your cove, but also in our hearts.

Bhooma said...

Gorgeous Nicola. I love how you adapt the designs to interpret things that meant the most to you. You are so talented.

Cheri said...

You are so talented, love that Poppy and Blue are included. Very pretty.

Lynn said...

Simply wonderful!!

samplerlover said...

Oh Nicola, Your have taken 2 really stunning samplers and created a truly amazing work of art that is very special. I know that it will take pride of place in your beautiful home and will mean a lot to both you and Ray. Congratulations - Sandra.

Cindy L said...

Nicola, WOW! what a stunningly ,gorgeous sampler you have created. Have you thought of designing? I just love everything from the verse to including Poppy and Blue. A piece you and Ray will treasure forever. I can't wait to see what is next.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

I can't wait to see her framed.

Absolutely Fabulous!

Pamela said...

So very beautiful, Nicola, and so much of your heart bound in each stitch. I'm thinking of the person who, many years from now, will treasure this sampler and connect with its maker and her perfect expression of love.

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What a stunning tribute to the love you two share! This is a piece that will be cherished for generations! Congratulations, Nicola!

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