is the last of the completed samplers for 2008. Remember the post about my disliking the color turquoise? Well, now that it is done, I like the colors better. Dyeing the piece helped, too. I'm not quite sure about what type of frame to use. I don't have anything in my stash of moldings that will work. Any suggestions?
My current project is Isabella Brackin 1832 by Historic Stitches. It is a wonderful reproduction of a schoolgirl sampler from Ohio. I was initially drawn to this piece because of the muted colors and the inconsistencies of it. The border changes colors in an odd place. Maybe she ran out of thread? I like it irregardless. According to the designers notes, there are two practice areas on the sampler, one for queen stitches and the other for over one crosses. Both areas are outside the formal border in the two bottom corners. She goes on to mention that Isabella's sampler is not a mirror image sampler. The left side motifs are more symmetrical, with the right side being unevenly balanced and containing errors. She suggests that Isabella probably stitched the left side under some one's watchful eye, but was allowed to complete the right side on her own. I love that. I have a bit of the border started, but instead of showing you that, here's the picture from the chart.
Thank you all for the lovely and encouraging comments about my upcoming venture and painted "stitching pretties". I hope to have more designs to show you very soon. Here's to a wonderful new year filled with lots of time for stitching!