The perfect finish for a lovely sunny Fall afternoon. I do love the look of this sampler but boy was there a LOT of solid areas to stitch. By my calculations the house alone has over 4500 stitches! It is a BIG blue house!
That compote just about did me in. All the solid stitching on the dish and tons of color changes for the fruit, but in the end it was worth it.
I had planned to do all the alternate tiles on the roof in Scotch stitch but it didn't work out. The diagonal nature of the stitch was making the piece all skewed. I use to do this stitch when I needlepointed and it works well on canvas, but this linen is a looser weave and I think that it would need to be wet blocked, which I'm not going to do. Sooooo I just added a couple of Scotch stitches here and there.
In the cartouche instead of stitching "Feast of Friendship" I stitched an alphabet...
and you can see I just barely got it all in. Had to do from "V" on over one thread. Again I stitched my sons initials "C" and "N" in a different thread. Also I stitched my initials in a more cursive style instead of the block letters used on the original.
Don't know what I'm going to do next. For a hot minute I thought about getting out my Houses of Hawk Run Hallow that I started eons ago. I don't even know how far I am on it. Or one of my many many many other UFO's, or perhaps something new... and we all know something new is so much FUN! I recently acquired all of the Prairie Schooler monthly charts. I've admired them for years and since they plan on retiring at the beginning of 2016 I snagged them while I could. I like Prairie Schooler's style and that their pieces are done in DMC. No issues with dye lot variations. Mmmm... this is sounding more and more like a plan. Now do I start with January or February...how much time do I want to give myself? Tune in next week to see what I picked.
I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilt Slow Sunday Stitching today and with Super Mom - No Cape Vintage Embroidery Monday tomorrow.