In addition to starting A Friendship Sampler, I've also started Rebecca Robinson. I have a special fondness for this type of schoolgirl sampler. I like the fact that it is also from Pennsylvania. My family settled in PA., after migrating from Germany. As you can see, I'm done with the very big house house in the middle. I'm not a huge fan of all the filling in that was required, but I love the way it looks. After using mostly pale colors in my last couple of projects, it's wonderful to be using the deep golds, greens, and blue. There's not much linen left bare on this sampler, but I'm using 40ct. vintage Buttercream from Lakeside. It's a yummy color, and I think the silks will compliment it nicely. It's all straight cross-stitch, no over one or specialty stitches. As big as it is, I'm happy for that. The stitch count is 330 wide by 250 high.
The best part is that it already has a home on a wall. For once, I know exactly where I'm going to put it. It's going to hang over my headboard in the master bedroom.
I've been trying to find inspiration to paint some new needle case sets. I'm a moody artist, and sometimes, the mood just escapes me. I wish I could just sit down and the ideas would appear out of thin air. Hopefully, I'll get back to it soon.
Thanks for the wonderful comments about Sarah and Margaret. I appreciate them all. It's seems that a lot of you are being afflicted by the contagious "Startitis" disease. I've had it myself. Let's blame it on the heat and the long days of summer.