Is there a sampler that you admire but are hesitant to start?
Mary Hurst 1661 - has been in my stash for a little while now waiting for me.
She begins with a beautiful whitework section and goes on to feature arcaded bands with roses, acorns, honeysuckle, pomegranate, pansies and daisies. The clothing of the queen and princess are enhanced with silver metallic bullion thread.
She has lots of different stitches - counted satin, cross, Montenegrin, button hole filling, double running, Croatian flat, queen, faggot, seeding and rice.
Some of these stitches may seem daunting and a few I have not even attempted before but I do believe that all things are possible if you try, so I will be starting this sampler in the New Year after recovering from the festive season. Probably middle to end of January.
I will be posting detailed photographs as I stitch and sharing the experience with the group. I know that I can call on Bethany Gallant and Barbara for advice and guidance along the way.
If you would like to join me in stitching this absolute stunner you would be welcome.
Mary is a difficult sampler to photograph so I have included photos by three stitchers.