Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Makin' a Sampler

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks so much for the great ideas for my "Blessings" piece - I do like the idea of a hanging piece.  Something to put up during the Holidays.  Now to get to actually putting that into action.....  some scary sewing in my future I think!!
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Not very much going on - still stitching away on my Exchanges - they are Fall Themed so that is nice - all the muted colours of floss I really Love.

There is a little something going on - and the title says it all.  I am a member over at Samplermakers - a great Blog site that Lori from Notforgotton Farm.  With that said - what is up is the great "Autumn Stitchers Challenge" that Jennie Lynn has cooked up.  When I first heard about this upcoming challenge I got super excited. Basically the challenge is to design and stitch up a sampler  - Included in the "rules" are some large and small motifs that may by used - and at least two have to be used in the finished piece.  Now, my little ole brain has been all a bubble for the last few days - I have the colour palette worked out - the piece of linen chosen - I have the center stitching all figured out (in my head) - I have a little poem I want to include (also in my head)....  but my stumbling block is the border.  I have been perusing all over the Internet different sites with samplers looking at borders.  I really don't want to copy an existing one but I want to modify one - I have an idea, but there is not a thing that is modifiable to look the way I want it to look.  For me a sampler is made or broken on the strength of the border and it is usually the first part that I am attracted to - so it is uber importante that I get this part right.  I'll keep you updated as I make progress.
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I found this older snap of my neighborohood -  how times have changed.


Looking West towards Twin Peaks -  24th Street - Noe Valley, 1901
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There you go sports fans!!  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
edgar

17 comments:

Jenny said...

Hi Edgar - that lonk does not work. Apparently you have to be a member and that is ny "invite only"...

Jenny said...

Wow - why do I not use spell-check? Anyway, this is what I am trying to say:
"Hi Edgar - that link does not work. Apparently you have to be a member and that is by "invitation only"..."

Patty C. said...

I belong to Samplermakers as well - A lovely blog !!!

Sue said...

Edgar, I would love to see this sampler when you have it designed. I LOVE my samplers!

Sue V. in VA
www.noahstitcher5.blogspot.com

Sue said...

I also love the fall of the year; it is my favorite season; I am preparing to stitch my last season sampler for the Prairie Schooler Country Seasons; it is Autumn. I have the other three complete!

Hugs,
Sue V.

Gabi said...

Looking forward to see your sampler. I was tempted to jump also into it, but decided not to. There is so much I really want to stitch at the moment.
I'm so curious what you're going to come up with. I always love your stitching, and I bet it's gorgeous.

Alice said...

Borders are important! I have a great deck of playing cards that is all different cross stitch borders... charted right on the card! How fun is that? I look forward to seeing your sampler Edgar, I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Melissa said...

Oh boy, I'm really going to look forward to seeing your design!

riona said...

I quite agree that borders are a crucial element in any sampler ... and I look forward to seeing what you create. I am working on an Earth sampler right now that had a very assymetrical border ... sometimes that actually works ... but not this time in my opinion. I re-charted as I went along and made it symmetrical and am much happier with it.

Margaret said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the Autumn Sampler challenge! Should be really cool!

Kathy said...

I too am on Samplermakers. My long weekend plan. Work on design. :) I can't wait to see yours. as for mine. I have the motifs and have a few ideas swirling around the mush of my brain. Well, we shall see what I come up with. :)

dixiesamplar said...

That Jennie Lynn is a genius...the Autumn Stitcher's Challenge is a wonderful idea!! I have been so excited to get started...and can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with! I bet yours is going to be quite lovely, Edgar.

Happy Stitchin'
Terri

Michelle said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with for your sampler!!!

Sherry :o) said...

I love the old pic of your neighborhood - have you taken a pic of how it looks now?

Good luck with the sampler - I look forward to seeing what type of border you pick!

Barb said...

Wow! designing your own sampler that's brave. I've thought of it and even bought a book on the meaning of the different motifs found in samplers. So far it's just an idea for me-no reality. Lots of luck to you! Can't wait to see your design!

DonnaTN said...

You have really set yourself a challenge. What fun to see all the great samplers that come out of the challenge.

mdgtjulie said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge, Edgar. And what a great snapshot. I would love to see my neighborhood circa 1901. It would probably be all fields, lol. I'm in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and I don't think this area was developed yet.