Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer time peeking in on Slow Stitching Sunday

I am enjoying stitching up the BBD SAL for Her Sampler. I'm happy with the changes I've made to floss colors and stitches, and I made a big change today

After finishing the big alphabet using Smyrna crosses instead of eyelets (try it... it goes sooooo much faster) I decided the row with the numbers didn't do anything for me. I started paging through this book, Sampler Workbook by Caroline Vincent, you can see it here.

And I found this...honeysuckle... I love the smell of honeysuckle and it reminds me of my sainted Grandma who gave me some Avon honeysuckle cologne when I was about 12. A sweet memory in so many ways!

Now seeing the picture I realize I've left off a stitch at the top of each of the petals on first two motifs - gotta fix that. Under this band I have plans for another  personal band and I think that will finish it up. I'm not concerned about the border as the original pattern has 4 different corners and so will mine, maybe ever different from the four BBD came up with. This has been a fun stitch. I'm envisioning a pretty gold frame, something kinda frilly and feminine. Have to see what's available at Joanns. I know Bev will do a great job as always.

Here are a couple of close ups of what I've done so far.  LOVE the big bump of the Smyrna cross.

Like the look of the four sided stitch but don't like stitching it. Oh just noticed that alphabet should have a small row of four sided stitch in between. Need to think about that. Maybe I can come up with a substitution I like stitching.

Hope you are having a great weekend. So far mine has been lovely, great weather and time to sew.

Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Just lovely stitches. Beautiful! I love honeysuckle too. I have a giant climbing honeysuckle in the backyard. It's a hummingbirds' all-you-can-eat buffet in June.

  2. This looks great! Your changes make it look even better. Can't wait to see it finished!

  3. What a beautiful sampler and I love that you are modifying it as you go to make it even more personal. The Avon Honeysuckle comment just gave me a big blast of memory smell from my teens too.

  4. I love your honeysuckle! After doing one row and one dividing line of the eyelet stitch, (which I hate stitching btw), I realized that I used the wrong color. Oh well, must carry on. I love the look of the four sided stitch, but I'm not doing it. I don't want to spend that much time. But it will beautiful when I'm finished. You're doing a fantastic job with yours!

  5. I absolutely love the changes you have made. The honeysuckle is so much prettier than a row of numbers!

  6. All your changes are super - I LOVE your honeysuckle vine row you added. That's inspired.


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