Thursday, October 22, 2009

1827 Harriet Burry Sampler

The A&E is still a half finished sampler, because I got sidetracked by this one, the 1827 Harriet Burry Sampler. It was in the summer 2008 Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. I fell in love instantly when I saw her. The garden gate is kind of unusual. The original antique was stitched on 50ct. linen, over one and two, with some specialty stitches thrown in. I'm using 40ct. summer khaki that I over dyed to age it a bit. I really liked the original color of Harriet's linen, so this is close. My thread colors appear to be more vibrant, even though I converted the charted DMC to NPI. She must have loved green, as it is the most dominant color. I'm using a brown for the trees. I'm proud of myself for getting so much of the border done already. I usually put it off for last, and then regret it. Since she's a big piece, I'll do a little everyday as I go.
We are having glorious weather here in the Valley. I planted pansies yesterday. I feel for those of you who are getting your winter clothes out. No, not really...we had to suffer all summer to get to these days. All I want to do is sit on my patio, stitch, and listen to the birds. Unfortunately, I'm behind in painting, so it's nose to the grindstone for me.

31 comments:

Tracey said...

It looks lovely so far!!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous!!! I don't even remember seeing this one in there. I'll have to go back and look. I love the feathery looking flowers in the border. They look like maybe they are shaded with grey? So pretty! And I love your fabric!

Jan said...

Gorgeous progress, I do love the delicacy of that border! Good for you, getting some of it done each day. Don't waiver!

Margaret said...

Oh wow! I love it so much! You picked some lovely colors for it.

anniebeez said...

This is so gorgeous and I love the brick wall!









it is so unique!

Alice said...

I'm in love with the border already. Lots of green? Its my kind of sampler. ; )The white flowers and white sheep show off beautifully against your cloth. It looks SUPER so far. I am in admiration.
Alice
xxx

Deb said...

It looks fantastic so far! You always pick out the best charts to stitch! And I love the border and think you have a great idea with keeping up with it. Borders always bore me to tears!

Melissa said...

Harriet is beautiful! Love your fabric. I really like the colors in this sampler.

Julie's Keepsakes said...

Wow, Tanya, that is soooo pretty! I love the greens and golds.

Siobhan said...

Tanya, wow! Harriet looks wonderful. I love the look of your linen... it's so nice and warm and just aged enough. Great job--I'll enjoy watching your progress!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow... it looks lovely Tanya. You always manage to pick the samplers with wonderful borders. Love your choice of NPI colors.

Glenna said...

I love the colors and design, and yay for doing the border as you go along. I swear it makes it more bearable. I'll have to get that magazine. Bet there will be a thunder of hoofbeats as we all go order it!

Suzanne said...

This is a big sampler, but what wonderful colours. I love the colour green, so I have instantly fallen in love. You have made such excellent progress.

Melissa said...

Oh, you! I always love what you are stitching. I love Harriet! I immediately jotted her name down and will see if I can hunt down the issue.

Nancy in WI said...

Hi Tanya, Remember me? I absolutely love this sampler! I am just getting back into this after 20 years and have to check out Stitchville USA in Minnetonka, MN. I know nothing about the silk threads, etc. I can't imagine stitching on 40 count. What an accomplishment this will be! Nancy in WI Brrrrrrrr

Myriam said...

So nice! I like it

Vaida said...

It's a gorgeous sampler! I love the aged look of the fabric, and these white flowers look are so pretty...

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rebecca said...

Hi, I was reading your blog enter and was also looking at some sampler pic's I have saved on computer. I have one that has a similar fence in front of a house. I would be happy to send you a copy of the picture if you would like. Please email me @ mrebec4@q.com if you are interested.

Cari said...

Tanya - what a beautiful piece. I love your linen and the colors stand out so well. Congrats on working on that dreaded border intermittently - it does make it seem less daunting, doesn't it?

I bet your pansies look beautiful - I need to plant some fall flowers, too.

Hope you get lots of painting done this weekend.

Love to Stitch said...

I always enjoy looking at your blog, and seeing which magnificent sampler you are working on next. This one is fabulous! I definatly am going to do some 'back' reading and check it out. The colors are outstanding. Great job!

woolwoman said...

Love this Harriet sampler - I am surprised I can't remember seeing it in SANQ but I'll run across that issue sometime and be inspired by your beauty. Your progress is awesome - YGG - Mel

Katrina said...

Oh Harriet is so pretty, your linen is gorgeous too.

Karoline said...

Harriet is looking gorgeous, great progress

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness, that is stunning!

Brigitte said...

I can easily see why you got sidetracked so much. Harriet looks gorgeous. And I love all the greens in it.

Cindy F. said...

Wow! Beautiful progress!

doris said...

I'm loving both your Harriet and your A&E. Can't wait to see more.

Cari said...

Tanya - what a lovely post. I always enjoy when people allow me a glimpse into their world. Work tables are supposed to be messy - it shows we are working hard :-) Speaking of which, I love your new set - what a fun piece for Easter.

Your dogs look so nice and comfy in 'their' chairs(love that red-checked fabric). My cat does the same, she loves to curl up close by while I work. Pets are such great company (even when they snore)

Harriet is coming along nicely - I like the specialty stitches and the colors are beautiful. I am going to have to locate this magazine!

Enjoy your weekend.

Nicole said...

Tanya, I'm so sorry I'm so late in commenting. Your Harriet Burry Sampler is looking so beautiful!! I love the changes you made!

pendlestitches said...

It looks amazing. And thank you for introducing me to SANQ. I'd not heard of it as it's not available in the UK. But I see that they do international subscriptions so I'm going to give Santa some very heavy hints!

I think I'm going to have to get the back issue that contains this though. It's just so very beautiful.