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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Margaret Randolph and Seventeen Sailors

Well, Miss Margaret was coming along quite nicely until I was struck down with pneumonia.  I had made quite a lot of progress but found myself being unable to concentrate and making lots of mistakes.

So, I resurrected Seventeen Sailors which I hadn't worked on since last summer. This is on 25ct linen and I had stopped doing it as I found I enjoyed working on 28 ct  linen so much more - this is the lady who had to be persuaded to try linen!

Anyway, I have so enjoyed working on this and bringing the sampler to life. Both samplers are ready to go in the car along with my Millennium frame as we are going to Cornwall for two weeks. Nicola will be able to see both works in progress and I will be able to access her expert advice!

I feel that my stitching has become quite messy - not so neat. I don't know if that is because I am experimenting with becoming more 'stitch efficient' (not sure how I can explain that better). I have until now always made my stitch from bottom left to top right and then bottom right to top left. Anyway I now try alternating rows with as described above and then the return row top left to bottom right and bottom right to top left. I am trying to figure out if it makes a difference and would welcome any advice.


Erica near Chicago said...

Seventeen sailors looks like great fun. Enjoy your trip to Cornwall. Glad you are feeling better.

Krista said...

Wonderful progress on both samplers! Glad you are feeling better. I have found my stitches come out better if I stitch rows upwards, ex. bottom row, then row above, and then above, etc. I also found my stitches look neater if I stitch the row right to left, upper right to lower left on the first leg across and then on the way back upper left to lower right. When working with two threads I always railroad (separate the threads with the needle as I pull the needle thru the linen) my stitches on the top leg. The threads seem to lay better that way.

You will have lots of expert advice while visiting Nicola :) I wish I could be in Cornwall too!

Nicola said...

Safe journey Elizabeth, so excited to be seeing you tomorrow, we will have lots of stitching sessions during the next two weeks.

Angie Burrett said...

Have a wonderful time down in Cornwall enjoying Nicola's slice of heaven! Much chat and stitching in Poldhu Cove, with expert advice on hand! xx

Bethany said...

Two wonderful samplers. I know you are going to have a wonderful time with Nicola. What I wouldn't give to visit her one day. But this doesn't seem to be in my future for now at least. Have fun, Happy Stitching.

kathy b said...

Gosh that's a beautiful blue/aqua color I LOVE IT.

Feel better
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Vera said...

Oh! Have fun on your trip - you are the lucky one! Your samplers look great (I, too, love the shade of blue. So glad you are feeling better.

Cindy L said...

Have a wonderful trip to Cornwall. The beautiful views, weather and stitching with Nicola should help with your recovery. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Both samplers are looking wonderful too.

zenuwpees said...

Beautiful progress on both samplers Hugs Marie-Claire