Remember my first post back in November 2012 when I was trying to decide which of the many Scarlet Letter samplers to stitch? I wish I'd known back then how much work is involved! My choice was the English Transtitional which is absolutely gorgeous but much more than a year's work for me. If I am lucky I may finish it by my own 50th Birthday (2016 in case you wondered)
So luckily for me I won a prize in the Advent Calendar giveaways, the lovely petite Elizabeth Burrows. But even with a small sampler like this, the cover picture is deceptive. There are different stitches and techiques to learn. Much of Elizabeth is stitched over three rather than the usual one or two. So that involves careful counting. She is also larger than she first appears, I used 35 count and she is the same size as a piece of A4 paper.
According to my stitching diary I started her on the 8th January 2014 and finished her last night on 18th February 2014. And here she is:
Stitched on 35 count SL linen
Using Olde Willow and DMC
This is a scanned picture rather than a photograph because it shows the colours so much better. I used some linen threads from Olde Willow Linen Threads for three of the colours and DMC 152 for the pale pink.
The linen threads were an interesting experience. As you may expect they are similar to linen fabric with uneven parts and even slubs! I wonder if the young Elizabeth stitched with something similar to them or if she had silks to use? They are also very slightly variegated which shows well in the dividing borders. I do like the subtle effect.
So, my first Scarlet Letter finish, the only question now is - what next? Do I start Janet Carsels who was my Christmas present, do I press on with some of the English Transitional or do I buy another small chart and get another finish sometime this summer?