Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
My camera is going on another vacation without me this week so I thought I'd update my progress for you. I have had a little trouble with frogs, but mostly where Mary herself became asymetrical and I didn't watch the chart close enough.
clickable - it's a real close up
and very large file in case you are on dial-up
Yoyo Progress 3 -- Mary Wigham sampler
over 1 on 40 ct Lakeside Linens V. Lt. Examplar
Over-dyed Conversion Threads (list posted here)
If you do click to the larger photo you can barely see the first set of initials (SH -- below the yellow and above the blue) but you probably can't actually make them out. And I have three different threads that are almost that color, so off to the LNS for me. I'll need these three colors replaced with something that can be seen. I've just skipped over to part two instead of doing the really light colored flowers in the center of part one. I am finding this to be a very fun stitch and hope that you are enjoying your's just as much.
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.
My Photo Albums
I have had a rather challenging time with Mary. I ended up having to take out a motif that I had spent 2 1/2 weeks to complete. I have very limited stitching time, and so, having to take out stitches on a motif is not my idea of fun.
Click here for details on my one step forward, two steps back Mary update for the week.
Meanwhile, happy stitching!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I find it very interesting and useful to read everyone's messages here and watch everyone's progress. Isn't it amazing how different the sampler looks in the different palettes we are using? Everyone's version is so pretty and unique!
Well, here is what I've stitched since my previous post.I still enjoy stitching it a lot and wish I had more time.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Is there anyone else with the same problem? It just happens in this blog, I tried in other blogspot and no problem at all
Here are pics of my Mary as of last night. The first picture is my entire sampler and the 2nd one is the updated stitching. I made a little change to the 2nd large mortiff at the top. The one white heart that pointed down bothered me, so I changed it to blue. I also added couching to the right & left hearts -- didn't like the way the straight stitches looked. Totally arbitrary changes but I am happier with it now.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here is Mary at Heart Lake in the Adirondack Mountains in norther New York State. We are in the midst of the High Peaks region and the home of the Aderondack chair which are located on the dock for much needed relaxation! I didn't even have to cook so had nothing to do all day except stitch with Mary!! Rough trip!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I have enjoyed reading everyone's progress on this blog. I found the pink motif quite a doozie to stitch. So, please make sure you count, count, count before making any stitches. Even though the pink motif turned out to be quite a doozie, I happened to like it a lot! It ranks way up there among my favorite motifs thus far.
Please click here for close-up pictures. Please leave a comment so that I know where to visit you back.
Here is my latest progress. I am not sure which I enjoy more stitching this piece or looking at all the wonderful pictures of Marys from around the world. The pictures are so well done. I just bought a digital camera in June and am still learning to use it. I am struggling a bit trying to get good pictures. Any suggestions on the best way to photograph this needlework would be appreciated.
Hope you are staying cool and "In The Pink" while stitching your Mary Wigham Sampler. I have been reading the various blogs and just lavishing in all those glorious color schemes. Aren't they fabulous? (I have been taking notes for future samplers.) Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this awesome SAL!
I am at: silverthreadsgoldenneedle.blogspot.com
Monday, July 20, 2009
I am so far behind. I cannot wait until I get this splint off of my finger! My stitching will improve so much!
Have fun stitching! Keep up the great work & keep posting!
I inserted one of my little creatures in this week's installment. I added a butterfly in Mary's Garden. You can find a closer picture as well as the butterfly chart on my blog
Thanks for your comments and have a wonderful week
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I have finally gotten a "good start" on my Mary Wigham Sampler. I do not say that in jest. This is at least the fourth start I've done. The first was begun over-one on 32 ct Creme Irish Linen which I wasn't all that fond of but which is a nice fabric. But since after 50+ years of stitching I still can't count I botched the first motif so many times I thought I might actually quit. At some point when I had that motif totally frogged out and had set the design aside in frustration I was looking through my stash for something else and finally ran across the perfect fabric for Mary. I had really wanted a fabric that looked 'old' or had an 'old time' feel to it and I found a flea-market-find which reminded me of the tea dyed sheets I started stitching on when I was five years old. Again, I had to frog out the entire first motif at least twice. When I eventually got that first one right the next three motifs just went by in a breeze. So finally, here is my first bit of progress. I'm using Melissa's over-dyed conversion, but when I put in the "SH" initials using GAST Lambswool it did not show up at all, as you can see in the photo. That gives me little hope for GAST Shaker White and GAST Flax, so all three of those threads will probably be changed as soon as I can find replacements.
EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to tell you I'm using a backwards tent stitch, which Grandma called the "cheating stitch for small stitching stitch" for lazy stitchers like me. You just put in the second half of your cross stitch, that is so that it looks like the normal "top" of a cross stitch and if the fabric is high-count and you don't look too close it 'looks like' it's 'cross stitched'. Since I am lazy, I love this stich (LOL).
Yoyo Progress 1 -- Mary Wigham Sampler
40 ct Lakeside Linens Vintage Light Examplar
Over-dyed Conversion Threads (by Melissa)
Friday, July 17, 2009
hi, i'm terri from illinois and i am working on mary wigham as well! after starting her on rather scratchy 32 ct. linen using bright pastels, i changed my game plan and started over on 28 ct. lugana (super soft) using weeks dye works floss - my color choices? tafetta - a darkish purple, plum - a lighter purple, romance - a deep pink, cappuccino - a light golden brown and cadet - a dusky green...she won't be an exact repro and that is what i am loving - making mary my own! thank you for the invite to this blog, shari!
my blog - purple and paisley
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Seems all is well now.
Now for me and my Mary. I have been delayed in starting because I couldn't make up my mind on what colors/fabric I wanted to us and then to see all the wonderful combinations, it didn't help.
After much searching and some digging through my stash and I have settle on ash rose, 18ct aida and the recommended DMC with some Carrie's Creations thrown in.
I started the Beatrix Potter SAL, but did more frogging than stitching, just didn't like my colors. It has set in my work basket not touched for the last few months. I'm going to start over on that one also and make these two companion pieces using the same ash rose and colors.
Hopefully I'll have some pictures after the weekend.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
You won't be surprised at my small showing when you see where I attempted to get some stitching done...
I have started to work in a little brown with my blues, and have decided to exchange all of the initials with ones from my own family, leaving room for nieces and nephews that are sure to come in the future. I had to take out one set of initals, but the SH gets to stay in honor of my niece Savannah.
Greetings to you. I hope you are still enjoying Mary.
I am still stitching in Part 1, although I have ventured a bit to Parts 2 and 4 to complete a motif. I have had to take out stitches when it came to the cream flower motif. That was a doozie to stitch -- so make sure you count it once, check it twice, before you stitch, especially if you are stitching over 1. Taking out stitches over 1 is NOT fun!
Please go to http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/mary-wigham-part-6/for more pictures.
I wish to thank Needleprint and Shari of the USA blog for all of your encouragement, support and especially the resources you have provided. This is my most enjoyable SAL experience.
Monday, July 13, 2009
It is hard to capture just the correct color of the fabric and the floss. Both are more of a warm spectrum, rather than the cool, as depicted below.
The view outside of pink geraniums blooming on the patio. Perhaps their colors had some influence when I was choosing the pink shades of floss!
It has been ten days since the stitching on Mary W. began. This shows the progress accomplished so far. I probably would be at least one or two motifs further along if it were not for the frogging! Oh how I hate that awful, & pesky pest! You would think by now I could count better.
The geranium blooms on the fabric are some of the pink ones from just outside the glass door from the garden-room where I stitch. It is especially cool in that room, no air-conditioning needed even though it is in the high 90's outside. May you have a wonderful week, & stay cool while counting your stitches.
Be happy in your stitches...
Happy Mary stitching & happy Monday everyone!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I've stitched 2/3 , three more weeks and it will be finished. It will be a sweet and sour finish, I've developed a special love with this piece and even when I want to see it done I will definitely miss working on her
There is a closest pic on my blog :D
Thursday, July 9, 2009
My Blog, home of the Totally Useless SAL, come on over and join the fun.
My Photo Albums
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I've had a heck of a time just getting this far. If you want to read all the gorey details, you can do so at my blog, I'm not going to recount it all here. But I did want to repeat the part that I think we can all relate to the most.
The 'mistakes' in the pattern. I have tried really, really hard to follow the actual pattern as it was downloaded (yeah, I know...don't follow the color choice, but pick the design to be puritanical about), but the inconsistencies are driving me crazy. I'm fixing the errors as I see them and as I go. And while I realize Mary was only nine when she did this, as I picked out that first motif for the seventh and final time, all I kept (ungraciously, I know) thinking was: where was her sewing instructor while little Mary was making all these mistakes?
One of my pioneer ancestors at 11 years old was given a journal the day before her family set off from the East coast to the West. Now, we know this because she, quite bitterly (yes, I do come by it honestly) and with a vocabulary better than most high school graduates, recorded receiving this stupid journal, which she now had to write in each and every day, while her brothers got pocket knives, boots, hats, and in one case, a rifle, i.e. the "good" gifts.
What stands out in my mind was the entry she made regarding her mother's method of schooling. She had to do it in cross stitch. Here's this very smart and very disgruntled 11 year old, after traveling was done, having to then do all this needlepoint instead of being able to play with her brothers and peers, and she's recounting--very, very bitterly--about trying to hurry and finish her stitching just as fast as possible so she could play, too. And her mother caught her doing it and smacked her hands. Five times. Each. And then, not only did she have to rip out everything and start all over again, but she had to do it with hurting hands AND it was dark before she finished so she never did get to play. Not with anyone. She had to go to bed instead. Stupid journal. Stupid stitching. And she was going to "lose" them both in the first river they came to.
I don't know about the stitching, but fortunately, she changed her mind regarding the journal. :) Have a good week and may your stitches all be neat, straight, and properly, unhurriedly placed.
Yesterday morning I found and downloaded part 5. So I know were to find parts 1-5. But when I heard part 6 was up, I went to were I found part 5 but 6 was not there for me. Is 6 away from parts 1-5?
I am just wondering if this has happened to others....
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Part 6 of the SAL is up & ready for download. I am hoping to get a lot of stitching done the rest of the week. I have done my errands for the week, got my laundry caught up from our trip & have all my triplet pictures printed! Now, stitching time!!!!!