Friday, January 14, 2011

Maria Tilley 1835

I'm excited to show you Maria in her beautiful frame. She was an absolute joy for me to stitch. I have to admit there were times when I questioned my sanity at choosing 45 ct. fabric, but I couldn't be more pleased with her. The chart is now available from NeedleWorkPress. Many, many thanks to Vickie for once again entrusting me with bringing another one of her girls to life. Maria is on display at The Attic, if you are in the Phoenix area and would like to see her.
I'm still stitching away on Country Life, but I'm getting closer to finishing it. I can't remember a sampler ever being so labor intensive as that one, but it is a beauty. I'll post a photo soon.

I saw a spool cabinet like this one on The Twisted Stitcher's blog awhile back. After a few emails with Vonna, I decided it would be perfect for holding my DMC thread. I thought it was time to replace the plastic storage boxes that have held those fibers for more than thirty years. The plastic trays fit perfectly in the drawers. This is a reproduction that I found on eBay, but it really looks old. I have looked forever for a real antique one, but they were either way too expensive, missing knobs, or the drawers were wonky and warped. The height makes it perfect for sitting next to my stitching chair. Thanks for convincing me, Vonna. I love it.

31 comments:

Margaret said...

Maria is gorgeous, Tanya! Love the frame too! I have her all ordered already. :D Love your spool cabinet too -- I want to save up money for my own. It would be a great way to organize my threads. Maybe.

Loraine said...

I love it! Fabulous job reproducing this gorgeous sampler. I will definitely be adding it to my stash!
Love the thread cabinet too. I've wanted one forever. Thanks for the tip about eBay. I'll have to buzz over there and check it out.
I know I keep saying this, but I will hopefully be coming to AZ in a month or so. Can't wait to see your sampler in person at The Attic. Want to get together for lunch?
TTYS

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, Maria is gorgeous, Tanya!! Great frame, too. The spool cabinet is wonderful--I can see where it'd fit in so nicely with your decor.

I can't wait to see Country Life!

pamina said...

Maria is really beautiful ! great, great job !

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Maria is gorgeous! I love the frame and am still crazy for that spotted cow! Love your new cabinet!

Dona said...

Maria is such a treasure, Tanya! You did a beautiful job and I hope to stitcher her some day in the not too far future.

I hope you post pictures after you get your DMC threads set up in your new cabinet. I'd love to see how you organize it. You'd never know it wasn't an antique!

mainely stitching said...

Wowsie, that's a GORGEOUS finish! And I love your cabinet. I have my floss and silk in the plastic things and I just hate how they look.

Sampler Lover said...

Hi Tanya, Maria is simply stunning all done up in her frame. They really go together. She is such a beautiful sampler and you really did a wonderful job with her. I am sure that doing her on 45 ct was worth all of the trouble.
I love the way that Vicky puts her charts together.
Your chest of draws are lovely. Just what a sitching girl needs:) - Sandra.

Myra said...

Maria is just gorgous and on 45 ct?! Wow. Love your thread cabinet too - so nice to have everything in one place.

Nancy in WI said...

Maria Tilley is gorgeous! I'm drooling over your thread cabinet.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Maria looks fabulous in her frame. Love your spool cabinet... what a classy way to store your DMC.

Love to Stitch said...

Gorgeous job with Maria!! She is a great addition to all of our stash. The 45ct is fabulous, once you stitch on it a bit, it is easy, then going back to 40ct you really can see the difference. What is next? There is another sampler that was in that article which I am sure many of us would like to have (hint hint!) Love the spool chest, it is really something :)

Melissa said...

Congratulations on another beautiful reproduction sampler, Tanya! You're on a roll and you know what that means - what's next for your drooling audience to admire?

That is a beautiful spool cabinet and you're so right to get it!

Deb said...

Maria is really gorgeous Tanya! I think that I'm going to have to get this one definitely! Love your spool cabinet too. I think it's a great way to organize threads. I remember when Vonna showed hers and drooled over it then.

gracie said...

I will be sure to visit with the sampler on my next drive over to The Attic...it is beautiful. The thread cabinet is wonderful...what a lucky find.

Bertie said...

Wow your sampler really looks like an antique with the dense stitching, it is just gorgeous.

Great cabinet, looks old! what a find:))

Anonymous said...

Oh my! Maria is absolutely gorgeous. This is one sampler that has captured my attention. I love those trees and bunnies at the bottom. Love that spotted cow and basket of fruit - and even the border is beautfiul!!! Guess she may move up to the head of the stash now. Blessings to you - kelley

Sandy said...

Tanya, Maria is one of my favorite samplers. I knew the minute I first saw her, I wanted to stitch it. I'm soooo very glad you chose to reproduce this one. Beautiful, beautiful job.

And your new thread cabinet is just too cute!

Fiona said...

Maria is stunning, congratulations on getting it finished. I love your thread chest, it doesn't look like a reproduction, would love to find something like that for storing my DMC.

Fiona

Brigitte said...

Oh my gosh!!! What a finish. She looks wonderful. I can't even imagine stitching on 45 ct fabric, let alone do it.

Robin (Samplerbird) said...

Maria is a delicate beauty! Love all the little details. And your new cabinet is marvelous...what a great addition to your stitching space!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Gorgeous sampler and on 45ct, nice work and love the spool cabinet that you got.

Nicole said...

I love Maria Tilley and I LOVE that cabinet!! I bet it looks great in your house!

Katrina said...

Maria is so pretty and the frame i perfect and your spool cabinet is wonderful!!!!!

Sherry said...

I am drooling over both Maria and the thread box!

Jan said...

Maria is lovely and I adore your new cabinet!

Michelle said...

Maria is gorgeous! Yet another one to add to my to-stitch list! And your thread cabinet is fabulous - love it!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your big finish and recent addition as well. I have seen antique cabinets like those and yes indeed they were very expensive. Hoping I can get down to The Attic while your sampler is on display.

Suzanne said...

I love Maria and fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on The Attic newsletter. You really have done a fantastic job.

Oooh, I am so jealous of that beautiful cabinet.

Karoline said...

Maria is gorgeous, congratulations

Love your spool cabinet.

cialis online said...

Maria is gorgeous! I love the frame and am still crazy for that spotted cow! Love your new cabinet!