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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Friday, 27 December 2013

A finish and a new start

(f you click the photo it should be clearer)

I am afraid that I could not bond with Elizabeth Simon. I had too many other gift projects which had to be finished for Christmas. For me - I build up a relationship with my samplers as I stitch them, I think that is why I have withdrawal pangs when I complete them.

I adored the satin stitched flower border which was what attracted me to her so I unpicked the two outer borders which I had stitched across the top row and added a favourite poem. I finished this on our wedding anniversary - funny how it coincided.

I know that I have not done this beautiful chart justice but at least it can be framed and enjoyed. I am going to have a double mount just touching the outer stitches which should give it more impact. It looks a little lost at the moment. I will post a photo when it is framed.

I have started Rachel Jarratt. After seeing Kate's progress with her's this shot up my to-stitch list. I am stitching her on 32ct rather than 30ct as I needed her to be a little narrower to fit where I intend her to hang.

Kate - I hope you post some more of you wonderful photos soon as I find the close ups a huge help. There are a few stitches in this one that I have not done before and need some hand holding.

Happy New Year to everyone and don't forget to claim your SL discount voucher for January.


Lanie said...

She's beautiful, Nicola ... congratulations! I love how you 'signed' and dated this piece.
Enjoy 'Rachel' ... will look forward to your progress posts!
Wishing you many blessings in the new year!

Bethany said...

I am just in Awe.... I can't believe how many pieces you finish in such a short time. You must have little fairies helping with chores...... Happy New Year to you and your family.....

Jenny said...

Your sampler is just lovely Nicola. I love how you personalize each one...you have given me the confidence I needed to do that with mine as well....Rachel Jarratt will be just lovely, I will enjoy watching your progress! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who bonds with the sampler that is being worked on and then miss them when I am finished :) I hope you and your family have a very Happy New year.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Ditto everyone else.

Congratulations on another beautiful finish.

I have two family weddings coming up in 2014 and need to get busy making each of them a personal wedding sampler. This is one of my favorite poems too and I think I should include it on one of them. Thanks for the reminder.

Krista said...

What a beautiful finish, Nicola! It is hard to decide what to do when you don't enjoy a piece, but how clever you changed it to what you like so it does not remain unfinished!

Will look forward to seeing your progress on Rachel. I hope you enjoy and bond with this one. I know I will have major withdrawals when I finish up my SDW!

Heritage Hall said...

Oh Nicola, what a beautiful finish. What a beautiful marriage. Wishing you and yours
a blessed and fulfilling 2014 to

Elizabeth said...

Another beautiful sampler Nicola. I just love the poem. All the best for 2014 x

Vera said...

So beautiful Nicola -- well done! And, love your new start as well. Best wishes to you and Ray for a fabulous 2014!

Theresa Born said...

Very beautiful! and you are such an ambitious stitcher, unafraid to dive into new venues! Happy New Year!

Faye said...

Beautiful start Nicola~ Blessing in 2014~~

Cindy L said...

Nicola, congratulations on another beautiful finish and your new start! I also bond with some of my samplers that I'll slow down my stitching so it won't end. Happy New Year to you and Ray!