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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Finally some progress on The Knox Family Sampler


I have been working almost exclusively on The Knox Family sampler. It is a very slow painstaking process on this one, and sometimes it seems like it will never be finished.

The beginning rows of alphabet all use the same two colors, and it does get a bit monotonous.

Some of the dividers between the alphabets are interesting. It is hard to see the detail here, but here is a slice.


The entire inner border is done in a straight stitch in dark gold.
The first dividing band is done in dark gold cross stitch.
The second band is done in a back stitch using medium green.
The third dividing band is done in a zig-zag fashion with alternating straight stitches of green on the upswing, and dark gold on the down swing.
The fourth dividing band is done in a Long Legged Cross Stitch.
The fifth dividing band is done in Old Fashioned Cross Stitch.

Finally I got to the point where I can work with pink!
Next come the large illuminated letters. Each one takes quite a while to complete.


 First the letter is stitched, then the filigree work is completed.


This is where it stands so far.

I love the soft, muted colors of this sampler!

Although I get quite frustrated with the slow progress of the Knox sampler, I feel like it will be worth the trouble when it is finished, at least I hope so!

16 comments:

Winderwoodfarm said...

this is beautiful! you are dong a great job. cannot wait to see the finish!

llknbillburg said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And I love your illuminated letters. Laura

Serena B said...

So beautiful,the colors are so gentle and serene. Well worth all the trials,thank you for sharing!

Serena B said...

So beautiful,the colors are so gentle and serene. Well worth all the trials,thank you for sharing!

zenuwpees said...

Bravo la broderie est magnifique Marie-Claire

Krista said...

Beautiful!! Love the swirly letters!

Bethany said...

Oh, it will be so worth it, when you are finished. Did you use the colors it called for and did you use silk of dmc? I have this from way back, one of the first samplers I bought to work and it is still in the box waiting to be picked. I just love the colors on this.

Bethany said...

Oh, it will be so worth it, when you are finished. Did you use the colors it called for and did you use silk of dmc? I have this from way back, one of the first samplers I bought to work and it is still in the box waiting to be picked. I just love the colors on this.

Lanie said...

Beautiful stitching, Erica! I love all the alphabets and the colors are lovely against your linen.
Your efforts will certainly produce a wonderful sampler!

Vera said...

This is gorgeous Erica! Well worth the time and effort. The colors are so soothing and I like how the dividing lines are done in different stitches. So, so pretty. I'll look forward to more progress pictures and a fabulous finish of course!

Heritage Hall said...

A calming effect to the eye...the
colors are so soft and appealing.
The additional color on the down
stitch on one of those dividers
had better make a positive difference to the eye or why all
the changing effort?
Your work is so lovely, Erica.

Dee said...

It will be SO worth it. The sampler is beautiful.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Gorgeous!
Beautiful work.
Love this sampler.

Nicola said...

Oh this is beautiful Erica. The colours really appeal to me. I have never heard of old fashioned cross stitch and would like to find out more about it.

Erica near Chicago said...

I love the colors in this one. It is beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful Erica.