Hens and Chickens

Hens and Chickens

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Looking ahead already!

I've had such a wonderful time stitching my Blue Ribbon Sampler, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed my sewing.  In fact, I have enjoyed it so much that I already have my next project in mind - Dorcas Haynes, Scarlet Letter Sampler, which I hope to start soon as part of Nicola's Scarlet Letter Challenge.
Another sampler I have wanted to stitch for many years is Moira Blackburn's Time and Season Sampler, so I have finally got around to buying the chart and kitting her up in silk - wow, expensive compared to stranded cotton, but I hope will be worth it.

Next on my to do list is the Rhapsody in Red Sampler, again in silks, using just two shades of reds.  This sampler reminded me ot BRS in layout, but I liked the idea of the limited palette.

I also treated myself to some charts to add to my stash.  I picked Chatelaine's Egypt Garden, as I love the country and the history so much.  The Chart arrived with one page badly copied so that I could not see any of the speciality stitches, but a quick email to Lisa at Sewandso and a freshly scanned copy was on it's way to me - superb service!  I highly recommend SewandSo.

I also found a nice French Openwork Band Sampler, which was just different enough to the Just Nan charts I already have in my stash.

Lastly, I fell in love with this Bagatelle Chart, which is whitework but all done in Cross Stitch and Holbein Stitch.  I think I would have preferred the challenge of some speciality stitches though!

I am now going to try to be good and not buy anything else......for a week or two!

Ms Divers x

Friday, 1 March 2013

Blue Ribbon Sampler progress.

I have been working on the satin stitch section of my BRS Sampler, and have nearly finished block four. Just need to do the eyelets, I will save the filet panel until I have finished the sampler. Unfortunately I have run out of stranded cotton and had to order some more, along with some super sampler charts to go in my stash. I have also ordered a selection of stretcher bars for my Millenium Frame, and they arrived very promptly. I am now all prepared for starting my Scarlett Letter Sampler, Dorcas Haynes, as soon as I finish BRS.

Ms Divers x