Sunday, January 22, 2012

An encore appearance for a sampler on Sunday

I hope everyone had a very enjoyable weekend. I was able to do some sewing and some stitching and some knitting so it was a good one for me. Today I was out of the house most of the day so my choice of a sampler for Sunday is one I already had pictures of - The Mystery Sampler from Blackbird Designs. This is one of my absolute favorite samplers I have ever stitched.



Now by the time I stumbled across this sampler it had been released for a while and parts of it were already turning up as OOP. It took me a while to assemble all the parts but it was so worth it.



I love everything about this sampler. It has a house, a lovely vine covered house. An alphabet with cursive letters like I learned to make in second grade.



A verse that could be my mantra "I can not count my day complete till needle, thread and fabric meet." And lots of wonderful birds, a pot of fanciful flowers and a wreath. What more could a person want in a sampler?

And looking at this sampler led me to taking this one out of its ziploc bag.



This is how far I've progressed in doing the Anniversaries of the Heart series. I love this sampler too. It is going to be a big one - about 28" wide by 18" high. The fabric is a evenweave in a dove gray tone. I want to get this one done before the end of 2012. It is doable if I work on it a little every week.

And looking at this project made me remember at least 3 other "large" samplers I have in process- The Houses of Hawk Run Hollow, And They Have Sinned and The Four Seasons collage by Marjolein Bastin. Boy I started some BIG projects! Well I'm going to focus on one at a time. Its a good thing that cross stitch will patiently wait for you to rediscover it.

Now to spend some time in my recliner doing a bit of stitching -
carol fun

15 comments:

  1. OH wow...now that is alot of work, wonderful!!!

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  2. Oh, I just love that Mystery Sampler! It's gorgeous. Definitely on my must stitch list. And your AotH looks great!

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  3. I haven't seen the Mystery Sampler done and it's stunning!

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  4. The BBD Mystery sampler looks fabulous and you've got a good start on AotH.

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  5. Love your BBD Mystery Sampler! AoTH is such a wonderful piece, keep going with it!

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  6. Beautiful, absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I too love everything about it!

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  7. Gorgeous...worth every single stitch. And worthy of many encores.

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  8. Beautiful work on the Mystery Sampler. I see you still have a fondness for samplers with houses AND alphabets! :) I too have And They Sinned and Houses of Hawk Run Hollow started. I was hoping to have ATS stitched by June to bring to Ken at Bowmans to frame, but that is NOT going to happen. I'll have to aim for 2014.

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  9. Your Mystery Sampler is lovely and I think you will enjoy working on A of the Heart again too - such pretty colors.

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  10. Oh My!! I really love all these samplers. Some day I will work on one like these.

    Crispy

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  11. Wow -- I would really love to have accomplished just one of those samplers in my life! I am terrible at counted cross stitch. Maybe I need to take a class!

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  12. Oh wow! That IS gorgeous! You have certainly awakened the napping cross-stitcher in me! Do you have a favorite place to buy your patterns? I love Marjolein Bastin, but apparently it's been a long time since I bought kits. I had no idea she had patterns. I may be sunk. :)

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  13. Carol, you know i love this one--totally worthy of a re-post! I need to find some linen I like and restart this puppy!

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