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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Mary's Parrot

Mary's parrot is finished! It is nearly as big as the sheep!
This took way longer than it should have. I don't know why but I was just very slow with it.
It was stitched in a horizontal stem stitch. It definitely would have been much faster using a cross stitch, but, I like the way it came out.



I have decided to stitch the big tree in the center next.
You can see that I have just made a small start on the outline.
 
I am getting worried that I will run out of silk. There should be enough because I am using everything that came in the kit, but I am almost out of white now, and I have the whole rest of the border to finish. Time will tell I guess.

Hope everyone is having a pleasant weekend!
Back soon!

Ann Scutt is finished!

The title says it all--I put the last stitches into Ann Scutt and she is complete.


The top


The bottom


And a close-up of the last bands.

Today I'm going to spend some time diving into my stash of Scarlet Letter charts for the next project.

With some luck, I'll find something a wee bit smaller than Ann--I'd like something just a little faster to finish!

Boy is my face RED!!

Just like the lovely red silk and red work book sent to me by Heather, who I mistakenly identified as Hannah.  Heather, I am so sorry I forgot your name, but I love all the wonderful goodies you sent me!
Melinda

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mary's little tree is finished

I worked on the tree on the left side of the sampler, and finally finished it.

It extends from the bottom all the way up to the strawberry border. I am glad I started at the bottom because there are exactly 2 threads separating the flower from the border!

Here is how the whole thing looks so far:

Next, I am on to stitch  a parrot that will be just to the right of the carnation. It is just as big as the sheep! Yikes! That is one big parrot!

Monday, 26 August 2013

The final floral band

I just put the last stitch into the last floral band on Ann Scutt.


The race is on--can I get the alphabet and the attribution stitched by the end of August and have a finish? I hope so!

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.

Thank you Hannah!!

I received the most wonderful package in the mail today, my prize of Lakeside 40 count linen from Hannah.  The linen is wonderful, and look what all she sent!!  Literally the whole kit and caboodle!!!
Hannah sent a beautiful book on redwork samplers, 4 enormous spools of a beautiful red hand-dyed silk to stitch them with, a decorative hem tape, and some cute buttons!  All this in addition to the gorgeous linen...everything that I need to stitch samplers from the book.  Thank you so much, Hannah! I have never done any red work  before, so I am really looking forward to starting this.


Sorry the picture is blurry, maybe someday I'll learn to take in focus pictures with my camera.

Melinda

Thursday, 22 August 2013

A Post on Behalf of Melissa E



Hi everyone. Here is my progress on Matilda Ann Charles. I was really happy to get the border finished last night!  You can read more on this blog post



Thanks for your lovely comments!

Melissa
http://wordsnblooms.blogspot.ca/

THANK you Evalina

Back on July 16th I was the winner in Evalina "my brilliant idea" contest to guess how many hours it would take her to complete her design and I guessed the closest. Her VERY generous prize was a $50 GC for any Scarlet Letter merchandise. Well, it took me a long long while to choose, but my prize came in the mail yesterday. Here is what I ordered Evalina!!!!!  photo ScarletLetter_zpse2f40b22.jpg I chose Emma Miles because I have seen so many of you stitch this and I think it is so beautiful. I picked Rebecca Robinson for the same reason. I am partial to designs with houses in them, and flowers, and this sampler fits the bill wonderfully. And I chose Mary Ann Michell because it has a house, it has the floral border, and the verse is lovely, but best of all I was amazed that it was stitched by a 10 year old girl. It is so sunny and cheery looking too. So thank you ever so much Evalina for helping me add to my ever growing collection of Scarlet Letter charts. I believe I have 8 of them now. I am working on Dorothy Walpole, but haven't stitched much on her for months. I have had some health issues and have not done much of any stitching, but am better now, and hope to get back to the needle and thread very soon. Nikki

Freelove Hazard 1792

Hi all

Here's my progress on Freelove Hazard.  This is a really enjoyable stitch - I love the combination of stitching over one and over two.

While this sampler may not be as stunning or intricate as some (such as The Tablet Sampler - how gorgeous are the flowers in that design?!!), I do love the verse in Freelove.

Keep stitching and posting everyone, this blog sure is a good source of SL sampler eye-candy! :-)


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Some progress.

Hello.
I'm made some progress. I'm stitching slower than I expected and I had to rip more than I expected but that's okay. I am enjoying the process. I'm going on another trip but taking "must do now" projects so I'm leaving this one at home for the time being.
I love to see everyones progress and I'll be checking the blog while I'm off on my trip.
Marlene

Many Happy Returns Cheri



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR CHERI
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU


Wishing you a wonderful birthday from all of us

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

PLL Progress

Good Morning Everyone!

It is a misty, foggy morning here in eastern PA.  The sun is up now and it feels like the heat is building already.  Guess our little recent taste of Fall is behind us and the "dog days" of August will be here by the end of the week.

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.  My first eye surgery went very well -- took all of 3-4 minutes (really!!) (though I was there for closer to four hours - arrgghhh).  The good news was that I was able to stitch that afternoon!  That was a surprise.  Since I had taken Thursday off for the surgery, I decided to extend the weekend and took Friday off as well. 

So, a little progress was made.  Here is an overall picture of where things are now...the big red flower/plant in the upper right is complete and the lion is beginning to appear.  Have also included a close-up of the red plant.  I love it!  The lion's head is pretty funny!!


 
Well, time to have another cup of coffee and then get myself ready for work.  Although I haven't commented that much, I've been thoroughly enjoying everyone's updates.  All of the samplers are so gorgeous.  My list of "must haves" continues to grow and grow and grow.....

Question

I was wondering... I know that most of the old samplers were stitched by very young girls but who designed them? The young girls?

A while ago I fell in love with Russian Rooster but I really disliked the whole sampler. I decided to stitch just the roosters motif (would you agree that they are very lovely?) Well, so much for my executive decisions... after I finished roosters I looked again on the writing and, after all, I figured that I like the sayings - such a beautiful, conservative values! I've changed my mind and it will be the whole sampler. Thank goodness I'd start my project on a piece of fabric that is large enough for the whole sampler. The left edge could be a little bigger, is just about an inch there... but I'm pretty sure I can manage.


fabric: 36ct Smokey White Edinburgh linen
floss: Liberty from Weeks Dye Works (red) and DMC 3847)

So long my friends,
Evalina

Monday, 19 August 2013

Ann Medd

I don't think I have posted Ann Medd at all yet.  So 2 months in this is where she is.


Sorry the picture is pretty rubbish.  This is part 2.  I had a really good stitching weekend, and I finished the Adam and Eve motif last night and started to remove the very small 1-over motif at the top.  I have decided to not put the 1-over motifs in at all as I hate doing them, and in this instance I think they make the whole think too cluttered.

Loving all your lovely work.  It is dangerous to come onto this blog as I keep seeing more stuff to add into my stash!

Have a lovely week all.

Michele

Elizabeth Mitchell - finished.

Elizabeth Mitchell is finished and I am really pleased with her. I did her on a 28ct cashel linen called 'dirty linen' and she is my first attempt  on linen. There are a few mistakes but I can live with those!

 I changed the centre part and dedicated it to our pets who are sadly no longer with us. The over one drove me mad and so after doing the first line in cross stitch I thought I would make life easier and do the rest in tent stitch. I was only after I had finished 'Ben' that I realised I had bought a lamp with a magnifying glass!



Sunday, 18 August 2013

Band 15 of Ann Scutt

It's done!  Band 15, with all its carnation motifs, is complete!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

A post for Marylin, translated from French


Hello Everyone,

First of all, thank you very much for welcoming me to this blog, for stitchers enamored with Scarlet Letter samplers.

And thank you to Louise for publishing my article.

I decided to start with, as my first Scarlet Letter, Frances Marshall 1838. My love of Adam & Eve samplers is reflected in this choice, as are the magnificent colors - especially the bright pink - and the birds...


I am using a 35 count linen, and AVAS silks which I find to be very luminous.



I hope you will enjoy following my progress, as I enjoy yours and also discovering your blogs.

I am French, and it is a great joy to participate in this blog. My thanks to everyone.

My blog can be found here:


Happy Stitching!

Marylin



Bonjour à toutes,

Tout d'abord merci de me recevoir sur votre blog de passionnées des Samplers Scarlett Letter.
Merci aussi à toi Louise de publier mon article.

J'ai décidé de me lancer pour mon premier Scarlett Letter, avec Frances Marshall 1838.
Il y reflète mon amour pour les Samplers où sont représentés Adan & Eve, ainsi que les magnifiques couleurs, dont le rose très flash, et les oiseaux ....
 

J'ai utilisé une toile de lin 35 cts et les fils de soie AVAS qui sont très lumineux.


J'espère que vous aurez beaucoup de plaisir à suivre mes avançées, autant que j'en ai,  à découvrir à toutes vos blogs.
Je suis Française, et pour moi c'est une grande joie que de faire partie d'un blog comme celui ci , alors à toutes, merci.
L'adresse de mon blog :


Happy stitching !

Marylin

Thursday, 15 August 2013

An Unusual Giveaway and The Winners of August's Draw

I am going to start with a new giveaway which has been donated by Karla of Patchwork Rabbit.

Karla is the only stockist of Lakeside Linens that I am aware of in the UK and possibly Europe. Karla has recently become a stockist of Scarlet Letter too !!! Check out her website, it is full of lots of goodies.

The giveaway prize is a 13 piece project pack from Lakeside Linens. Look at all those lovely colours. Although the pieces are only 9" x 9" they can be used in many ways plus act as good colour swatches.





If you would like to enter the giveaway please visit Patchwork Rabbit and email me the name of the breed of sheep on the SL sampler that appears twice on Karla's site.

Thank you Karla for this fun giveaway.

Now for this month's draw. We have three prizes plus a giveaway to draw today. A big thank you goes to Brenda of time2xstitch and Heather of History of Mount Needle Pie, both who have birthdays this month and have donated birthday prizes. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ladies.

The first name drawn is Kelrain who wins 10 skeins of AVAS from Ray.

The second name drawn is Melinda of Merry Wind Farm who wins a fat half of Lakeside Linen Vintage Strawflower in 40 count from Heather.

The third name drawn is Melissa E who wins the chart of Mary Steward from Brenda.

A separate draw has been made for the OOP chart of Rebekah Hacker and the winner is Margot. I adore this chart and wish that is was available for purchase as it would be on my to buy list. Thank you Marsha for your generosity in donating this prize.

Please can the winners email their address and Kelrain your choice of colours too.

September's draw takes place on the evening of the 27th as Elizabeth who celebrates her 60th birthday on that day will be with me and will make the draw. Elizabeth has kindly donated a $60 dollar gift certificate for SL and there is also a year's subscription of SANQ to be won. Make sure you post your progress to have entries into the draw.

Good luck to all in the new giveaway.




Wednesday, 14 August 2013

No progress on Hannah Bennett

Vacation was not at all conducive to stitching, as it turned out. I thought I would get a lot done on Hannah Bennett, but there was too much to do and see. We went to the Atlantic coast of Spain, about 1 1/2 hrs west of Bilbao. What a beautiful area! Too bad it took us almost 12 hours to get there.

I got home last night, only three days late. Our car broke down just as we were leaving Bilbao on Saturday afternoon. We had stopped to visit the Guggenheim Museum.  From there we were towed to Biarritz, in France. The car was finally repaired yesterday and I was able to drive home.

I'm hoping to have a progress picture for you soon. In the meantime, I'm enjoying seeing everyone else's progress.

Mary Eaton Update

Mary Eaton is coming along. I am following the suggestion on the pattern and leaving the right side and bottom border until the free style embroidery is finished.
Mary Eaton Sampler
I am nearing the end of the cross-stitch part, and will soon be doing the free embroidery part (gulp). The counting in this transition is not easy and I have not yet figured out a strategy. I have to be careful and make sure the design doesn't "grow" because there isn't a lot of extra linen here.

I have loved seeing all of your work! It continues to be such an inspiration to me.
I love all your comments too!

WIP and Thank You!

Firstly, I would like to thank Nicola and Marsha so very much for the gift of the "Animals From Early Samplers" book which I won in one of last months draws.  It is a wonderful book full of counted thread charts of insects, animals and birds with DMC and silk information.  I know I will get a lot of use from it so thank you so much.


Also, the photo shows my very crumpled and limited progress on the Gardner Pocketbook.  The strange looking unstitched circles at the top are the areas for initials and the date.  As I'm planning to use this as a stitching pocket, I haven't yet decided whether to put the charted initials and date, or mine, or both so I will probably leave that part until the end.

It is a very relaxing stitch and is just the right project for winter nights when I'm tired after a busy day at work.

I hope everyone else is enjoying following these two blogs as much as I am.   The achievements and talents of the stitchers here, coupled with Marsha's amazing samplers are truly inspirational.
Kind regards

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A Post on Behalf of Melissa E


Hello everyone. I have started on my second Scarlet Letter design - Mathilda Ann Charles 1819. I posted to
my blog on Sunday but am late posting here. For more photos and as well as to hear about my big "oops" with this sampler, please come by and read this post

Mathilda Ann Charles 1819

I hope everyone is enjoying a great summer and still having time to stitch! 

Melissa
Words and Blooms


Getting there slowly

It has been two months since I last posted. Although I work on this most nights, I don't seem to get anywhere quickly. The left side commandments took  4 weeks itself to complete. The right side is much sparser.
Hopefully I will finish before the blog ends. One foot (stitch) at a time. The pretty flowers are keeping me interested. 
I am enjoying  seeing and reading everyone's great work. So many beautiful samplers. Fantastic. 


Monday, 12 August 2013

The hornbook bestiary

As every month my progress are tiny, but as you can see the wing of the angel starts to appear.



I am convinced now that I would never finish the sampler before the end of the Nicola's red letter year. Please Nicola you must follow this blog after february 2014. (It's a formal request from lazy embroiderer)


bye bye

Brod'attitude

Ann Scutt progress report

Band 14 on Ann Scutt is finished!

I think it took almost as long to fill in the little bits and pieces as it did to do the main outline of the motifs.


And here's the close-up.

I have one more large band, one medium band, an alphabet and the attribution line and she will be complete. Maybe by the end of August? 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Beyond the Little X – An Interview with Fran of C Street Samplerworks

For this month’s interview we will visit with Fran of C Street Samplerworks!  Fran shares with us her stitching experiences and inspiration for designing, and her love of Scarlet Letter Samplers.


How old were you when you first picked up a needle and who taught you to stitch?  What was the first sampler that you stitched?

The first stitching I did was in the early 1950s when I was 8 or 9 years old.  I saw an antique sampler at a museum that was stitched by a girl my age, and I was hooked.  I walked downtown to the local Woolworth’s store and bought a little stamped sampler and floss in bright colors.  My mother gave me a Coats & Clark “Learn How” book, which had instructions for knitting, crochet, and embroidery.  She helped me learn the stitches I would need for the sampler.  She was not a needleworker, but she was a very talented artist and craftswoman and could do anything.  I didn’t know about separating individual strands, so I used all six strands!  I never finished the sampler, but I kept it in my sewing trunk, and a few years ago I framed it.  It now hangs in my stash room. 


In the early 1970s I discovered counted thread embroidery, and since none of my friends were stitchers, and I had no source for patterns, I bought a piece of hardanger cloth from a mail order company and started experimenting on my own.  The first counted thread sampler I ever stitched is one that I designed in 1974 for my mother.  I used the verse “God is Love” because it was one of her mother’s fundamental beliefs.  


In the mid 1980s I stitched my first sampler on linen--a strawberry band sampler designed by Eileen Bennett.  Again, since I had nobody with whom I could discuss stitching, I had no idea that stitching on linen was supposed to be difficult.  I jumped right in and had no trouble with it.  Sometimes a little ignorance can be a good thing!

Also in the mid 1980s I discovered Scarlet Letter. Marsha’s wonderful catalog soon became the high point of my year.  I finished my first Scarlet Letter sampler, Margaret Mason, in 1999, and the next year I stitched Ann Scutt.  Since then I’ve stitched Phebe Smith, Abigail Gould, and American Quaker Band Sampler and have several others that are WIPs.  I also have a big collection of Scarlet Letter sampler charts waiting to be stitched. 

Margaret Mason

Ann Scutt
Here is a portion of one of my sampler walls showing a few of the other Scarlet letter samplers that I have stitched, along with reproduction-style from other designers.  The samplers shown are (left to right) top row:  Margret Withrow by Gigi Reis; and a Dutch repro from The Essamplaire.  Middle row:  Phebe Smith and American Quaker Band Sampler, both from Scarlet Letter; and Abigail Brown from The Examplarery.  Bottom row:  Peace Sampler from Mary Garry; Quaker Sampler from Threads Through Time; and Scarlet Letter’s Abigail Gould. 


In 1997 my sampler “My Grandmother’s Flower Garden” won first prize in the “Lifetime of Memories” design contest held in honor of the DMC Corporation’s 250th Anniversary.  I received a number of prizes, including a trip to the Spirit of Cross Stitch Show in Sacramento, California.  That was when I started thinking seriously of designing professionally.  

My Grandmother's Flower Garden

What time of day do you stitch?  Do you sit in a set place and what tools do you like to have on hand?  Does everything have to be in a certain place in order for you to relax and concentrate on your work?

Because I worked full time for many years, I was rarely able to stitch in the daytime.  Now that I have retired from my full-time job, I still find it difficult to stitch during the day.  Somehow I feel that I must spend the daylight hours working—housework, yard work, etc.  I am gradually breaking that dreadful habit, but I still do most of my stitching after supper.  I sit in my recliner, put my feet up, and try to stitch for a couple of hours before I start to doze off.  Generally my two cats are vying for the prime seat on my lap, which often makes stitching a challenge.

A favorite spot for daytime stitching is my maternal grandmother’s wicker rocker.  This is the rocker that my mother sat in when she had to stay off her feet during the last 3 months of her pregnancy with me, so I suppose it’s natural that it’s such a comfortable place for me to stitch.  The chair sits in a bay window in our “wicker parlor”, and there is plenty of light for stitching at any hour of the day. 



When the weather permits though, my VERY favorite place to stitch is on our front porch swing.  



Do you use the stick and stab technique, or a sewing stitch?

I am a “sticker-stabber”.  I have never been able to stitch “in hand”, because my hands cramp easily.  Also, I like to keep my linen very taut, so I use wooden hoops almost all of the time, although with smaller projects I occasionally use Q-Snaps.


What is your favourite period of sampler-making and why?  Which designs appeal to you the most? (e.g. Scottish needlework, certain stitches, colour schemes, animal motifs, houses, figures, Quaker style, etc)

I don’t think I can choose one favorite period of samplers.  I love the elaborate band samplers from the 17th century.  But I am also drawn to early to mid-19th century marking samplers and other simple samplers stitched by girls from working-class families.  I suppose that is because I can relate to these girls, being from a working-class family myself.  As for motifs, I’ve never met a sampler motif that I didn’t love.  Well, that is, except for tombstones and the like.  And I don’t care for morbid sampler verses.  I like my sampler verses to “always look on the bright side of life”, to borrow a quote from one of my favorite movies.


Has working with reproduction samplers given you any new insight into the lives of the girls and women in the 17-18-19th centuries that you did not realize before?

Yes, it most certainly has done.  In addition to being a sampler fanatic, I have been fascinated with history since I was a small child; particularly the history of individuals, their families, their everyday lives, etc.  The logical progression of that interest was for me to become involved in genealogy research, which I have been doing almost obsessively since 1968 when my first son was born.

Once I began buying antique samplers, it was natural for me to want to research the families of the little girls who stitched them.  Some of them are nearly impossible to research, but I have been incredibly lucky with a few.  I even located a descendant of Mary Hannah Gipson, one of my sampler stitchers, and he sent me a photograph of her.  It was so exciting to see what she looked like as an adult and to try to visualize what she might have looked like as a child stitching her sampler in 1836.   

Mary Hannah Gipson
Original Sampler and my Reproduction
This sampler has a special place in my heart, because I was able to find so much information about Mary Hannah and her family.

Mary Hannah Gipson, ca 1887, taken
one year before she passed at the age of 60.

What aspect(s) of working with early textiles appeals to you the most?  Have you had any formal education in textiles?

I’ve had no formal education in textiles; however, as a child I learned a lot about art and crafts from my remarkable mother.  She was an accomplished artist and craftswoman.  Before her marriage she studied at the Art Institute in Chicago.  Beginning in my earliest childhood, Mom gave me a basic background in art—color, perspective, etc.  She didn’t specifically set out to teach these things to me, sometimes it seems as if I just absorbed them from being around her.  As far as samplers and counted-thread embroidery, though, I’m pretty much self-taught.


Why do you find antique samplers appealing?  Do you collect antique samplers? Apart from samplers do you collect anything else? 

Yes, I began collecting antique samplers, about 15 years ago, primarily for the purpose of charting and reproducing them.  And I do have several other collections.  I’m a compulsive collector, and I have to watch myself or I’ll start a new collection at the drop of a hat.  One of my favorites is my collection of over 100 child-sized German steins, many of which have fairy tale themes.  I love gnomes and other fanciful beings.  I have a collection of gnomes by Stephen Herrero and also some by Tom Clark.  Within my Tom Clark collection is a group of sweet little stitching-related gnomes who all wear thimbles for hats.


What other types of hand work do you enjoy?

When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I learned to knit from that same old Coats & Clark Learn How book.  I started out knitting scarves, mittens and hats, and later I enjoyed knitting afghans as well as baby clothes and sweaters for my sons.  Occasionally I will still get the urge to knit something—I’m back to hats and scarves again.

I didn’t learn to crochet until I was 27 and expecting my second son.  There was a pattern in a magazine for a sort of hippie-looking baby bunting in the bright colors of that era.   It was such a welcome change from the baby pastels that I taught myself to crochet in order to make it for my son.  But once I discovered counted thread embroidery in the early 1970’s that took up most of my time.


Any guilty secrets to confess?  (e.g leave tails on the back, drink tea or coffee whilst stitching, let your cat sleep on your work, etc)

I freely confess to using “Fray Check” to keep my linen edges from unraveling.  If I had to overcast my linen edges, I’d never get any stitching done!  I always cut off the edges before having a piece framed, so I’m not concerned about any damage to my samplers.


What has been your worst needlework disaster? (Loss, stains, holes)

Once I joined a sampler round robin, and we were supposed to stitch our own border before sending the sampler along to the next person.  I was about 3/4 done stitching my queen-stitch strawberry border when I noticed an annoying “slub” in the middle of the linen.  Instead of leaving well enough alone, I picked it out, and in the process broke a vertical linen thread.  I tried weaving in a new thread from the edge of the linen, but the threads kept breaking.  After several tries I gave up, bought a new piece of linen and started all over again.  Now when I see a slub I either pick it out before I start stitching on the linen, or I leave it alone!


If your house was on fire and you could only save one sampler which would you choose and why?

I’m afraid that if my house were on fire, the samplers would perish, because I’d be too busy saving family heirlooms and photos—after my family and the cats, of course.  If there were any extra time, I’d probably grab Mary Hannah Gipson, because she’s closest to the front door.


Am I the only one who forgets that her glasses are on top of her head?

If my glasses were on top of my head, I couldn’t function, because I’m blind as a bat without them! 



I hope you have enjoyed this in depth interview with Fran.  Her stitching is beautiful and inspirational!  Thank you so much, Fran, for giving us the chance to learn more about you.  I feel like I am sitting there with you on that beautiful porch!  If you would like to keep up on Fran’s stitching endeavors visit her blog at C Street Samplerworks.

Dorothy Progress 7

I almost forgot to update my progress on Dorothy this month ha ha! I am working hard at the Bargello band now, here are the pics..




Enjoy working on this band! Notice the over 1 verse, it is progressing ha ha! I hope to get it done soon!

Happy stitching!

Hugs,
Ellen

Many Happy Returns Jenny




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JENNY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU


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