Thursday, October 18, 2007

Old Sampler Part 1

Before I tell you about the Old Sampler project I'm working on, I would like to tell you who "won" the charts in my previous post. Mark was a good sport and drew names out of his hat.
Michelle won the "Acorns" kit and Nancy K. won the "Pyn Pillow" chart. Please email your snail mail address to me and I'll pop them in the post next week. My email address is in my profile. I hope you enjoy the projects as much as I did! Thanks to everyone for the nice comments about my acorn goodies. I do appreciate it!

In spite of the fact that I have 61 projects in Diane, kitted up and ready to go, I couldn't resist the lure of an Italian mystery sampler. (They had me at "Italian.") The website is here and the Old Sampler info page is here. If I'm understanding things correctly, you must finish the current part in order to receive the next part. I hope I can keep up with this! This is the first part.
I'm stitching over 2 on 32 ct R&R Goldfinch with DMC 930. I love the way the blue looks on the linen. It's exactly the look I was going for.

Speaking of new projects, thank you Katrina for sending me the Lilybet freebie. It looks like such an easy stitch, I couldn't resist kitting it up. (Do you detect a trend here?) Instead of making an ornament I am going to make a pillow, so I'm planning to use 18 ct Cork and stitch over 2 with #5 perle cotton.
These are the colors I came up with from my stash. I'll be using Holly instead of Grape Leaf and 729 for the gold. I'm sure I have a star button or charm somewhere in my stash, if I decide to use one. I'll worry about that when it's all stitched and ready to pillowize.

I have one last thing to show you before I run. Jenna sent me this Eventide pineapple chart and I stitched it twice while visiting Joy this summer.
I'm going to try to make a stand-up with them so I wanted to make them as large as possible. The design is tiny, just 16 x 23. I used Klostern with #3 perle cotton. Since I'll be stuffing this I was worried about stuffing coming out of those big holes in the Klostern. I thought iron-on interfacing would solve the problem but I was worried that the white interfacing would show through the cream colored fabric holes and give it a polka-dotted look. Those worries were unfounded. I used a very lightweight interfacing and you don't notice it at all. Hurrah!

That's all for now. I have a busy weekend planned. The fall stitch-in for the St. Louis Stitchers starts tomorrow. We'll be descending on Jeanne's house like a cloud of needle-carrying locusts. In addition to this, the Violet Threads needlework group was invited to demonstrate handwork during the ArtEast Studio Tour. I've always wanted to attend ArtEast but it never worked out due to other stitching commitments. (October is always a busy month!) This year I'm going to make it work. I'll be sprinting across the Mississippi River, back and forth between Jeanne's house and the ArtEast venue. I'm looking forward to a lot of stitching time, fun with friends and good eats. With any luck, I'll get to teach someone to stitch. I'll have pictures to post next week. The batteries are on the charger.

19 comments:

Barbara said...

I love your stitchy pics!!! That new mystery sampler looks so beautiful!

Jeanne said...

What great stuff - love all that acorn stuff from your last post too. I wish I had acorns in my yard boo hoo! They don't grow where I live. And that acorn thread holder is to die for! If anyone knows where to get one I would love to know! You are a lucky stitcher. :)

Vonna said...

First off...I dig that hat...
second, Chelle, your posts always make me smile and feel so happy!
All your stitchy-goodness in this post is SUPER...Diane is stuffed! Have a great weekend!

Linen Stitcher said...

Now wait a minute. If you've started several new projects, how is it that Diane still holds 61 projects? Hmmmm? No matter. The colors you've chosen for the Italian sampler are perfect! Have a fabulous weekend at your stitching events!!

monique said...

Oh 'Chelle, I don't know how you can start those things before the designer has posted all the parts! What if the bottom half is weird, or what if she drops dead mid-design?? You sure like to live on the wild side :)

See you tomorrow!

Pam said...

Great projects, I especially love the look of your Old Sampler. I visited the site a few days ago and saved the first chart, but wasn't aware you had to stitch each part to get the next.. eep! I guess I won't be able to participate, I'm to s l o w.. LOL. I'm envious of you getting to go to needlework functions, up here in the middle of nowhere we don't have anything like that! Sounds like lots of fun in store for you, enjoy!

Lillie said...

Thank you for the link to the Italian Chart and loved all your acorns project.Have a good weekend.

Ranae said...

Nice stitchy post.
I love that mystery sampler and the colors too. Good Luck with keeping up.
Have fun at the Stitch-In.

Carla said...

Great start on the Italian Mystery Sampler! Love the blue you are using

Maddie Can Fly said...

Oh the pressure of having to keep up with something -- ahhhh! Good luck to you! BTW, you've been tagged!

Michele said...

wow, you've been really busy while I was gone! love all the acorns :) and your mystery sampler looks great .. I do love that blue on the fabric too!!

Would it be possible to get a copy of the Joy freebie from you?? I just adore that tree :)

Michelle said...

Thank you, thank you!! Love the Italian Sampler, it is gorgeous! And one can never kit up too many projects, or start them, right?!

Karin said...

Love the stitching pics - have a great time this weekend, and can't wait to see pictures when you come back.

Needlewoman said...

Chelle -- Thank you for your comments on my blog. You look like you are having fun with all of your acorns -- I am really stuck on Halloween at the moment and have started A Primitive Needle's Kindred Spirits and a Mosey'n Me mummy called Scraps.

Jenna said...

I received Lady Violet in the mail from you yesterday. I completely forgot that I had asked you for it! I'm glad that you got good use out of the Eventide pineapple design. I still have an extra frame if you ever decide to do it on a higher count fabric. Thanks so much for sending me Lady Violet!!!

The Silver Thistle said...

Great pics!!!

I saw that Italian mystery sampler on someone else's blog earlier but didn't realise the stitching had to be completed to get teh next bit. I did wonder why there were so many gallery pics from stitchers on the site though, lol.

I might give this one a go, now you've explained how it works......

paru's_circle said...

found 'Marion' thanks for the link, shes wonderful.
thanks for passing by my blog
regards
P.

stitcherw said...

The Italian Mystery Sampler looks like it will be a lot of fun. I love the blue on gold combo you chose, very pretty. It will be fun to see what the next installment looks like.
Sue

Concetta said...

I love the Italian sampler and so look forward to seeing more progress... gorgeous!!

Merry Christmas!