Monday, August 1, 2011

A peek at Sarah Elizabeth Brooke and some fun news...

Here's a small look at Sarah Elizabeth Brooke.  I hope to get her framed today, and I will do another post as soon (maybe tomorrow) as she is ready to show.  You might remember that she is a reproduction of the antique sampler below.  I brightened up her palette and tidied up a few of her motifs, but for the most part she is charted as Sarah stitched her.  I always agonize over what to change as to not compromise the charm and integrity of the original.  We all like our borders to match up though, right?  With the poor light conditions that these young stitchers must have had, I think they did remarkably well, even if they did go over an extra thread from time to time.
Here is another version of my Death By Candy Corn sent to me from Bonnie.  This is what she had to say about it:
"I did use a 40ct. linen, 18 century rook. Then just brushed the walnut stain over the piece after stitching. I didn't soak it as I didn't want to have the candy corn come out to dark. So I kind of went around the corn. I dyed the chenille I had with black rit dye.  I love how it came out."
Very nice, Bonnie.  Thanks for sharing.
Now for the fun news.  Over the weekend, Amy from Down Sunshine Lane invited me join them for the Pals 2011 Stitchin' At The Beach  for a meet and greet.  I am very excited, and I look forward to being a part of it.  I'll be bringing my models and charts.  It didn't take much persuasion as I have wanted to head to the beach, and Myrtle Beach in particular, for a very long time.  You can ask some of my friends who are probably sick of hearing me whine about that longing.  Hey, I live in AZ and it's hot and dusty here, what more can I say?  Thank you for including me, Amy.

21 comments:

Margaret said...

Love that close up pic of Sarah! I can't wait! I love what you did with her. I know you'll have fun at the beach. Are you counting the days? :D

Sunshine said...

I have a boston too. His name is Buster, and is now 12 yrs old.
Looking foraward to meeting you at the Pals Retreat. You'll love it I'm sure!

Rebecca said...

Sarah is very beautiful. Didn't realize that your header piece was from Sarah's sampler, interesting.:)
What will you do with the recharted/stitched Sarah? I have always wondered when someone recharts and stitches an original that they own. Just curious.

mainely stitching said...

Your repro chart is just so great! :D Love it!!

Nicole said...

Sarah Elizabeth is gorgeous and I can't wait to get my pattern!! I'm so glad you'll be coming to Myrtle Beach. We're going to have a blast! :)

Bertie said...

Tanya you have worked so hard on EB, she looks fabulous! Your patterns are wonderful:))
Have a great Beach Party:)

Sherry :o) said...

Your Sarah is fabulous! Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Have fun at the beach!

Michele said...

I like the colors I can see on that snippet! Can't wait! I would love to see a larger photo of the wall where you have the original hanging. :)

Michele said...

In the top left corner, I think I recognize a sampler I saw in a Brenda Keyes book I just checked out from the library - I was just thinking about starting it!! I just keep wondering about the squirrels - are they playing kazoos? lol

merumo said...

Another pretty sampler you finished! It was really nice to meet you at Sampler Sunday last month. I didn't know you were coming and it was totally a nice surprise!

samplerlover said...

Hi Tanya, I am so looking forward to seeing all of Sarah. You have done a marvellous job with her and I am sure that she is going to be very popular. Love Bonnie's Death By Candy Corn. It is lovely to see your pieces done by somebody else.

Oh wow, I am sure that you are going to have such a fantastic time at the Retreat. - Sandra.

Mother of Mayhem said...

Although samplers are not my favorite thing to stitch, I will be buying yours. Something about it has just struck a chord with me. I like all of your designs so far and wish you great success in the future. I'll keep looking for more updates!

Karen K. from Belcamp, Maryland

Melissa said...

oooooh, Sarah looks gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing the chart!

Have fun "at the beach"!

Faye said...

Oh Tanya~~ I so look forward to meeting you at the PALS retreat at the beach in October!!! How exciting for you AND us~~~ You will have fun and will meet a ton of stitchers....Look forward to it!

Take care, Faye

Catherine said...

Sarah is beautiful!! Love it!

How fun to be invited to the Pals Retreat!

marly said...

I've always preferred samplers with houses or buildings and this is a great one. Have fun at the beach!

Gabi said...

The sampler will be a beauty. Can't wait to see Sarah in all her glorie. Wishing you lots of fun at the beach :)

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, what a fantastic pic!! Sarah is going to be such a fun stitch. Wonderful finish by Bonnie. I know you are thrilled about the Pals retreat and beach time--you go girl! :)

Katrina said...

Love, love, love Sarah and I can't wait to get my chart :-). Bonnie's finish is too cute and congrats on being invited to Pals, too much fun!!!!

Fiona said...

Your sampler looks great. Great news about your trip to the beach. I look forward to meeting you there and seeing your beautiful models too.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Beautiful. Live the frame.