Monday, August 31, 2009

Yet another progress report

Just a bit of progress for me, as I had to do some obligation stitching...I cut a piece of my MaryW linen off to use for a mailart piece and I love that finish, so I'm really looking forward to this one.maryw

Yoyo Progress 4 -- Mary Wigham sampler
over 1 on 40 ct Lakeside Linens V. Lt. Examplar
Over-dyed Conversion Threads (list posted here)

I had to change some of the lighter fiber colors but I think I have it sorted now. I really do enjoy whenever I can stitch on this beautiful sampler and I hope you are all doing well with your's. Oh, I didn't notice until I was viewing the picture on the web that I had forgotten to put my quarter in, so I pasted one in, but it is to scale so you get the idea, I hope.

I do read all your posts here on this blog, but I have an eye disease which really limits my computer screen-time so I can't comment to all of you. But I love seeing where you are, what you've done with the design and the colors. Thank you all for your wonderful posts and pictures.


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Progress Picture

Hello Fellow Mary Stitchers,

I hope you are still enjoying your stitching! I am loving it even though I am not able to devote as much time as I would have liked to the project. I am following the colors, and am in love with them. Mary had a great sense of colors! Here is what I have so far:

I wish you a great and productive week!

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August Progress

Hello Mary Wigham Stitchers,
I'm enjoying seeing everyone's progress and stories.
I have been busy this August but found a bit of time to work on my Mary. On the first weekend, Mary went camping with me in Northeastern CO. We fell into a strange juxtaposition as I'm recreating Mary while surounded by old windmills and new wind electric generators. I worked on Mary both of the next weekends and yesterday we were on a ranch in midstate visiting family, so I added a few more stitches. Here are a few pictures.

As of Aug 30th

Old Windmill and New Wind Generator in NE Colorado

Mary as of Aug 1st, with the wind generators on the bluff in the background.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Bit of Progress

Today at my LNS' all-day open-stitch class I finally finished that first half medallion, and got started on the next one down the left side.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My first Medallion

Hi, this is my first post.I am March and have been stitching since 1987. I am very happy that I was able to join the group. Thanks for including me Shari. :-)
I am stitching Mary W. on 25 count evenweave, I am doing it 1 over 1, using full stitches. It's the first time I have tried to tea dye my material. I got it to dark at first but was able to lightened it a little. I did lose some of the splotches but I like how it came out. Right now I am using the colors on the pattern but may change that as I go along.
I have been stitching on this for a few hours a night for the last three nights and got my first medallion do. I really like how it looks.

MW 8.26.09

I am really enjoying watching everyones MW take shape and I love some of the different colors combos that are being used. I know this is a historical sampler but it's great that we are making it our own.


I am normally a pretty good chart reader, and rarely find the need to tear out stitches. But this sampler, for some reason gets me every time I pick it up! Since I hate reversing my work so very much, I have decided to keep it as-is, and if I make a mistake, well then... Well!

Here is my progress:

All initials in the original will be replaced with initials from my own family... ZK and CW are my two grandmothers.

Monday, August 24, 2009

My update on the Mary Wigham SAL

Hello all,
I was hoping to give you updates as my husband, son and I drove from California to Maine for our summer vacation. It didn't work out as I would have liked it to. I had purchased some reading classes to take with me and found out they weren't strong enough. Then I tried to stitch on the pattern and it was way to hard in a bouncing truck. I had hoped once we got to Maine I would find some time there. It didn't happen because we had something to do everyday while we were visiting with family. We were gone for 5 weeks.

Here is what I had started before leaving for Maine.

Here is what I have worked on since returning from Maine.

I am stitching this on 32 count Jobelan Lambswool. I changed two DMC colors. I am using 209 instead of Ecru. I am using B5200 instead of White. I am just about finished with part 1 and will be working on part 2.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

To my stitching sisters who have posted ruefully here about having completed only one or two motifs, I say: take heart! I'm the one bringing up the rear.

I was so inspired by MW that I spent the summer going down a long long side road. I -- this is the short description -- dyed linen and then dyed silk thread with which to stitch upon it.

What an adventure it has been. When friends teased Thomas Edison about making 130 attempts at designing a light bulb filament, he responded "now I know 130 ways that don't work." Edison and me, guys.

But at last my linen, dyed to look old, faded, splotchy, and my silk are completed, and I'm ready to begin.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Starting Over

Call me crazy, but I have started over. Originally, I was stitching on 32 count, using all shades of blue. But the more I saw of the samplers stitched using the recommended colors (or close variations) the more I realized that I just like the way Mary stitched it, so why change it up? Besides, I really, really wanted to stitch it on 40 count.

My linen order arrived last week (Zwiegart 40 Ct. New Castle) It is a bit stiff right now, but I like the color a lot. I am using DMC fibers, not exactly the colors recommended, but close. Here is 3 days worth of stitching:

If you don't recognise it, that is because I started in the bottom right corner (one of my odd stitching quirks- bottom right is my preferred starting point).

Update on Progress

I have been finishing up some exchange pieces so my progress has been a little slow on this piece... and when I start to stitch on it ... I want to stitch nothing else but this piece! This shows where I am at with it though!
As of 08/20/2009 .

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Melissa's Mary Update

I have been working more on my Mary Wigham sampler. I'm really enjoying this sampler thus far, not only stitching my own, but seeing all of your lovely samplers, too! I've not been stitching her exclusively as I still have other projects that need attention as well, but she is definitely my primary focus right now.

Here is my latest progress photo as of last night:

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Fabric: 36-count Maritime White linen from Lakeside Linens
Fibers: Variety of GAST, CC, and WDW
Stitched 1-over-1 using tent stitch

Until next time ...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

a little late... but still an update on progress!!!

A little LATE... I took these pictures 2 weekends ago... and will try to be a bit faster with the post on the next update... But 2 Saturday's ago my Friend Deb and I both met and stitched on our Mary SAL ... I wanted to show you all where we were at that point...

This was my Progress at that time... I have changed a few of the colors around and am using HDF silks on a Lt Mocha 32 count Linen.

You will see out little Sheepie... this is our stitch pet! He holds needles very well... ;)

This is my friend Debra's progress...

you can sorta see her sheepie! he is hidden some at the bottom!

I love that Green cartouche at the very right hand side of the top row!!!!

And... Guess where we were stitching....

That is right....

This seems to be the place for us to meet and stitch and be able to have a great atmosphere... and able to talk... and have a yummy beverage!!! i love our coffee house!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's magnificent, Ellen! Congratulations on finishing Mary! You're an inspiration! My Mary has been set aside for awhile so I could finish a RR, but I hope to get back to her soon.
Sharyn :-)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Here is my completed Mary Wigham.
You can't see it in the photos, but I backstitched under the sampler "Stitched by Ellen Chester in the year 2009--Cincinnati, Ohio" . This information will not show when the sampler is framed.

I'll have a plastic pocket put on the back of the frame for the chart, information about Mary, and perhaps some information about me.

C'est fini!

Thanks (??) to a sleepless night, I was able to finish Mary Wigham early this morning.

I still need to check for any missing parts, and then I can give her a good pressing. I hope to remember to take a photo before I take her to be framed.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mary Update

Hi All,

I have not made much progress lately. I got a little side tracked when my computer stopped working. After ten years it was time for a new one anyway. I had to do some research to decide what to buy, finally decided on a HP notebook and I love it. I finally finished the blue half medallion, I enjoyed stitching it but it seemed to take forever. I started on the one next to it but I am thinking of changing the color. The tan does not show up well.

Happy Stitching,

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Question & My Conversion

First of all, I have a quick question for those of you who have finished or are nearly finished who stitched this as a monochromatic sampler. How much floss did your sampler take? A friend of mine wants to stitch this as a monochrome and is trying to figure out how much floss to order. So if any of you could provide any insight, I know she would appreciate it.

Some of you have asked about my conversion that I posted a couple of weeks ago. I ended up having to change a few of the fibers because they ones I had initially selected completely disappeared on my fabric when I tested them. After quite of bit of test stitching with other fibers, I've finally come up with my final conversion. I'm stitching my sampler 1-over-1 using tent stitch on 36-count Maritime White from Lakeside Linens. Below is a pic of the final toss on my fabric followed by the table with my conversion.

Please bear in mind that even though I am providing the DMC color numbers in the table below, my conversion is in no way meant to be necessarily similar to the original DMC color recommendation. I used the DMC colors as a starting point for inspiration and then just kind of went from there selecting colors I liked that fit in with the muted palette that I wanted for this sampler.

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Fibers are listed below in the order they are shown (from left to right) in the above photograph. I have not included color 676 from the original chart since Jacqueline indicated there is very little of it used, and that's only for outlining. So, I will just use one of the other gold fibers instead.

DMCMy Conversion
WhiteWDW Honeysuckle
EcruCC Ginger Snap
225CC Cinnamon Toast
310GAST Sable
352CC Dulce de Leche
356WDW Red Pear
407CC Country Lane
433GAST Wood Smoke
435WDW Pecan
519CC Deep Fennel
725WDW Gold
739CC Perfect Piecrust
746WDW Oak
927CC Dublin Bay
930WDW Deep Sea
934WDW Kudzu
963GAST Woodrose
966GAST Chamomile
3052CC Joshua Tree
3768WDW Dolphin
3822GAST Caramel Corn
3855GAST Apple Cider
3857GAST Berry Cobbler

Thanks for everyone who was interested in learning more about my conversion. I'm really excited about my colors and hope they stitch up as lovely as I think they will. :)

Until next time ...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mary to the seashore

Well, I haven't had much time to stitch lately but I am heading to Cape Cod with Mary in tow! I am sure I will have some much needed leisure time to spend with Mary!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Very little progress :(

I thought I would never ever ever finish that first medallion, but here it is...Yay Me! I sure hope that it doesn't take me as long to cross stitch any of the rest of them. Sorry for the ugly cell phone pic but it's all that I can do at the moment. I'm so happy to be starting a new motif. And no...I didn't spill koolaid on it-it's just some weird shadow.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

finally an update

Sorry I've taken so long to post an update, I needed to finish Ann Trump before I could continue on with Miss Mary.

Everyone's Mary's are beautiful and some are going to fast!

Hopefully I can concentrate more so long as Beatrix doesn't start calling out for some attention.
Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Contrary Mary!

As seen on my blog: dear Mary's latest stitchings. She seems to hide herself in between projects in my basket! She wriggles into crevases, and slithers beside new stitching magazines in her little stitching bag. I've dubbed this small figurine, "Mary Wigham," she has just the face and attitude, I think. :]
More progress, hopefully, in August!! Hugs, and congratulations to all who were stitching fabulously! Deb

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mary Wigham Restart

Well, after my consideration & contemplation, I finally made the decision to pull different fibers and restart my Mary sampler. I originally started her on 32-count Legacy linen from PTP using the recommended DMC fibers. I then decided I wanted to stitch her using over-dyes, so I pulled over-dyes that basically coordinated with the recommended DMC colors. After stitching on that a bit, I decided that I really wanted to do her in more muted "traditional" sampler colors and on a finer count linen.

When I was at my LNS on Saturday for our monthly all-day open stitching class, I had a couple of my friends help me with my final color selections. I restarted Mary yesterday using the new fibers and stitching her 1-over-1 using tent stitch on 36-count Maritime White Lakeside Linen. I'm SOOOOOO much happier with her now!

I'll close out with a couple of pics. The first is of the toss of my final floss choices and my fabric. I may still have to make a couple of substitutions because I'm not sure a couple of the colors will show up on my fabric using just a single strand. I'll make those decisions as I go along. The second shows my progress as of last night when I put her down to head to bed. Both pictures may be clicked to see a larger version.

Thanks for looking!

The Daily Mel


I have completed six more motifs over the past two weekends; weekends are made for stitching! You can see progress pictures on my stitching blog + some others, click here. (Don't forget to leave a comment on my stitching blog under the July 28th post & enter the contest!)

Sweet Miss Mary stitching to you all!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Daisy in Moberly

This is my progress so far as I have not progress as fast as I would like. Miss Mary has been a fun piece to stitch on as I am using Collard Green, Beanstalk and Rosebud in Belle Soie. It is on 36 count fabric. I had to do the squirrel in brown and I thought he would not look right being green and I may do the birds in black. I have enjoyed it and hope that there will be another one sometime soon. I have enjoyed the different fibers and fabrics that everyone has used. Happy stitching

Update on Progress...

I have been slow starting on this one... I have been doing some shop models for a friend. I have made some progress though! I know I am far behind most of you... But ... i am having so much fun with it. I am Using Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed Silks... when I started I was only using the basic colors ... no mottled one... I have now decided that I am going to throw a few in there for fun!
As I stitch it... i have been able to explain a little of the process to my 17 year old daughter... and she is falling in LOVE with this sampler too. She now is looking online at the Quaker Samplers... and That is what I had hoped. Another generation looking at, adoring, and stitching the Samplers that are out there! So Mary Wigham, and this SAL has helped to keep the samplers alive. THANK YOU to those who started and are keeping this process going!


Hello Ladies, I have really enjoyed watching the progress of everyone.  The work as well as the colors are beautiful.

Here is a picture of my progress as of August 1st.  Sorry that the picture is dark.

Samplers 001

Pat in Texas

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A little more progress

Using 45 count linen has been a slow process for me but a little more progress made. Marjo

I got a little...

…more done on my Mary today at my LNS' all-day open stitch class. Does this motif feel, to anyone else, like it takes forever to stitch? I also got to watch Melissa choose new fibers for her re-start of Mary.

Far from done....

Although I am so far from being done, I wanted to share my progress. So far, my favorite motif is probably the one with the crown, the tulip motif being the close second. What motif have you enjoyed stitching so far?

Tiny Progress

Hi Stitchers -- I love everyone's progress and the color selections are just gorgeous. I have not been devoting the time that I should to the lovely Miss Mary Wigham. Now that I have the entire pattern, maybe I will be able to devote more time to her. My plan was to devote half a month to the Beatrix Potter SAL and half to Mary, but what can I say. . .the best laid plans. I hope to have both of these lovely samplers hanging on my walls one of these days, it just might take longer than I hoped.

I am stitching Mary on a beautiful piece of 40-count New Castle PTP Legacy with Belle Soie Herb Garden and Shepherd's Pasture.

Sharon in St. Louis