Monday, August 8, 2016

A Little Stitchin' Finish and a Little Stitchin' Sart...

Gentle Friends, well, after about a year of stitching on and off I've finished up "Sojourner" 
... here's a snap of my version of this wonderful sampler...


"Sojourner" by Heart's Ease Examplar Workes
April 11, 2015 - August 6, 2016
Stitched on 36ct "Pecan Butter," Using the called for "Belle Soie" silks (Classic Colorworks)

I made the most changes in the bottom portion of the piece...  one the most obvious was to leave off the suggested initials, they seemed to me to clutter up the bottom register.  I also clipped the grassy area and left off a very large section for my name and date and only put my initials and date in the lower right corner stitched over one.  I did this because again I felt that it made this section far too bottom heavy. I followed the suggested silk usage for the most part except again in the bottom section, I used "Briar Patch" and "Oatmeal Scone" for the two deer - and - I changed the grape leaf to "Attic Tea" and added an extra grape.  I loved doing this piece and wanted to thank the Needlework Guild of Minnesota for letting me take part in this Private SAL with them!!  It's a great sampler for the Bay area and for California flora and fauna!!
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The new piece I'm headed for took a while to decide about.  I initially pulled out a little piece that is a sort of WIP, but put it back and then dug around and out popped a sampler I have wanted to do for a few years..... The Plantation Sampler...


.... I spent a couple of hours pulling the called for DMC and then converting those colour choices to Belle Soie (Classic Color works) silks, some colours were easier than others to convert.  I then hauled out some linen choices and decided on a piece of 36ct "Wren."  I think this will be a fun piece to work on this Fall.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar



29 comments:

Jonette said...

Beautiful finish! Love your new start too.

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous, gorgeous sampler, Edgar. You should be well pleased and proud. Your next sampler is a winner too. I've admired it for a long time and have the fabric and threads ready to go. Once more, lovely work on a lovely design. Maria S. Ontario

Annette-California said...

WOOHOO! Congratulations Ed! Sojourner is Gorgeous! A long time in the making for you and what a Fantastic sampler! Lovely new project you kitted up. Looking forward to seeing progress.

Kristen said...

Stunning finish, Edgar!

LindaLee said...

As always! Beautiful work. I love stopping in and catching up on whats going on in your house. Always interesting and fun. Keep up the beautiful work.

graycat said...

That is a beautiful sampler - wonderful stitching !

Tricia B said...

An exquisite work of stitching art. Would love to see your gallery 😊 Looking forward to your Plantation progress.

needlenurse said...

I'm almost sad its done, I'll miss the updates. It is beautiful Edgar....... an accomplishment to be proud of for sure. I'm looking forward to seeing The Plantation Sampler come to life. I'll have to look but think I may have it in my stash! Congratulations on your finish. You know who would say "good job!'.


Wanda said...

What a stunningly beautiful sampler Edgar! It's been fun seeing it grow. I love the bottom and am especially taken with the deer and other critters - heck, I am taken with the whole sampler!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your sampler is beautiful--an heirloom--worth every stitch--good choices on your changes. Looking forward to watching your progress on The Plantation Sampler--I have this sampler in my stash.

CathieJ said...

Sojourner is gorgeous! I am looking forward to watching as you stitching the Plantation Sampler.

CalamityJr said...

So beautifully stitched! I know you're going to enjoy having this beauty in your home.

Robin in Virginia said...

Sojourner is stunning. I like your changes on the bottom section. Look forward to seeing your progress on The Plantation Sampler come fall.

Karyn said...

Gorgeous finish on "Sojouner," Edgar, what a huge accomplishment...you must feel so proud! I could just look at it all day and still find new little treats hidden within.
"Plantation" is wonderful, I can't wait to see it's progress.
Your floss colors on both are gorgeous...love it all!
Hugs

Shelly said...

Beautiful! Now that's quite an accomplishment!

Pam Tanner said...

What a wonderful sampler. The colors are absolutely wonderful. Makes me feel happy just looking at it.

Gene Black said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. I can only imagine the hours that went into it.
My sister in law is working in SF this month. When I saw pictures, I wished that I could have gone with her so I could come visit with you and Rico.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congratulations! Very nicely done. I've enjoyed watching this one grow. I like your choice for the new start too. Have a great week!

Arlene Grimm said...

Absolutely beautiful Edgar. I look forward to seeing your next project come to life.

Vicki said...

Sojourner is hands down one of the most beautiful projects I've seen. The colors are so vibrant and there is so much to look at in this pattern. Just gorgeous, Edgar! Great choice for your new start, can't wait to see your progress.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Beautiful finish! I love the checkered deer, at the bottom. All of your changes are wonderful. Congrats!

laceystitcher said...

I love the birds, deer, and the adorable quail in your beautiful sampler! What a wonderful finished project. Your new one is going to be so gorgeous. Happy stitching......................

Von said...

Congrats on another awesome sampler finish! Looking forward to watching your Plantation take shape. :)

Margaret said...

Congratulations on such a gorgeous finish! Love it! I love your choice of next project too. It's a beautiful sampler!

Barb said...

The sampler turned out beautiful. I do like the changes you made. You always give me courage to make changes!! Good luck on the new piece!

Tina said...

Have really enjoyed watching this sampler come to life,its absolutely stunning,my favourite are the deer although i love the colours of the bright flowers, looking forward to watching the next one grow

Kevin said...

Edgar, your "Sojourner" sampler is absolutely beautiful!! Love everything about it. Looking forward to seeing your next masterpiece come to life. I, too, love the Classic Colorworks/Belle Soie silks and I'm sure your conversion will be wonderful. Thanks for sharing your sublime stitching with us.

Anna van Schurman said...

So beautiful, as always, Edgar. I especially love the hill and its bargello look.

Justine said...

I'm a bit behind with blog reading but so glad I didn't miss your amazing finish! What a beautiful piece with so much work put into it. The colours are just so rich.
I love your new start too especially the hares (rabbits?) Looking forward to all your updates already!