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Friday, 2 May 2014

Ruthy's Apple Tree




Ruthy Rogers is progressing and her tree has taken root and is laden with bright red apples. I am enjoying stem stitch, it is so fluid. Getting to grips with stem stitch opens up a whole new world of samplers. 

Eliz. Cox has been hovering around the top of my "dream stitch" list for some time and this week I have kitted her up to follow on from Ruthy.


She is such a stunner but this section was way out of my comfort zone but I now think it is doable. Stitching with our group and the support and encouragement we give to each other has made so many samplers doable for us.

                           (both photos of Eliz. Cox courtesy of The Scarlet Letter)

The next step for me on Ruthy is to stitch the birds and the sky sections. I really like how the chart shows the stitch directions for the sky area and breaks the large area down into small workable sections. 

21 comments:

Dee said...

I never realized there were so many styles of samplers.

The barn would be quite a lot of work, but it sure is beautiful.

Kaisievic said...

Beautiful work and I like your description of stem stitch as fluid. So apt. Good luck with your next project too.

Debbie Bauer said...

Love the apple tree. Almost tempted to pick an apple! You are right in your description of the stem stitch. So glad I joined this SAl !

Winderwoodfarm said...

your ruthy is comming along so well! i will post my progress on monday, but nit nearly as far as yours! yours looks so nice!

Bhooma said...

Your Ruthy is gorgeous !! Seeing yours makes me want to add her to my stash :)

samplerlover said...

It's wonderful to see this sampler from another perspective. It's a really lovely sampler and Nicola you are going really well with it. I knew that you would love stem stitch once you tried it Nicola. It's so do able. Looking forward to seeing your Elizabeth Cox. You are going to love doing this one.

Elizabeth said...

Ruthy is looking good. I too, like your description of stem stitch. I think it is a very soothing stitch to do (although I have only my very limited experience of doing what I have done on Elizabeth Brain).

Stitch Wizard said...

Beautiful progress on Ruth and I love the apples so much. Your stem stitches look beautiful and I cannot believe how fast you have come. I am working on the red winged blackbird and will post soon. Your Ruth is gorgeous

Stitch Wizard said...

It should have said Ruthy is gorgeous. I am on my tablet lol

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Serena B said...

The tree is something else,can't wait to see more of your beautiful stitching! Ruthy is coming along so well!

Krista said...

Amazing and quick work, Nicola! The the tree is beautiful! I was very intrigued by the stem stitch since I have not done it before, at least not in years, so I found this youtube tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TebgWq9AqyY

looks quite fun! Did you drawn the area onto your linen or use a counting method?

Truly stunning!!

Bethany said...

I just knew you wouldn't be able to put Ruthy down. Your going to finish her before you know it and then on to EC. I really love this sampler and would stitch it with you, but you are stitching way too fast for me. You have gotten more finished on Ruthy, then I have had time to do on MacDonald. I sat yesterday trying to stem in a leaf and this morning I am heading back to try and finish it. It's a rainy day here in Florida, so maybe my husband will let me stitch for awhile without wanting to go out and about. Thank you for sharing the close ups of EC, I think I just might have that as my next sampler....

JoAnn said...

I'm so sorry I didn't join the Ruthy SAL. Your's is really looking lovely. I'm currently stitching on a quilt that I started many moons ago and now have to wait on Stencils to arrive in the mail so I can finish it. In the meantime I will see if I have enough in my stash to kit Ruthy and join the rest of you.

I know one thing, I like sampler stitching much more than I do hand quilting.

Theresa said...

Your progress is already so amazing! And your inspiration to start challenging samplers also much appreciated!

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

I knew you would like the stem stitch. Fluid is right. When I am working the stem stitch it is like floating down a river. Filling with stem stitch goes quickly.

Beautiful! I am so glad I can stitch vicariously thru you. ♥

Vera said...

So beautiful Nicola - love it. Your next choice looks like a beauty as well. No Scarlet Letter visit this trip unfortunately...so disappointed.

zenuwpees said...

Magnifique broderie Marie-Claire

Lanie said...

Beautiful stitching Nicola! Isn't stem stitching fun?! Once I finally tried it on my 'Sarah Stuart' I wondered what had been making me so anxious ... it really is a terrific stitch ... not so scary! ... and I love the results. Have fun with 'Ruthy'!
And I cannot wait to see Eliz. Cox ... maybe I'll join you on that one!

Stitch Wizard said...

I love Eliz Cox too and want to get her eventually as well. Like you said Nicola, it opens up a whole new world of stitching learning how to do this stem stitching.

Elizabeth said...

Just beautiful Nicola.