Monday, March 12, 2012

Jane Hopkins...past and present.

Jane Hopkins was 13 years old in 1801 when she stitched her sampler.  While still in excellent shape, with no missing stitches,  her bright colors have faded.  I bought her unframed, so was easy to see what she originally looked like on the back.
I stayed true to the colors she chose, but I opted to go with over dyes.  The antique was stitched on a 25ct coarse linen, and I chose 35ct Mocha from Weeks Dye Works.  The chart should be available within the next couple of weeks.

My Carolina gal pal, Faye sent me this pair of project bags.  Aren't they awesome?  They are perfect for me.  I love the red, the contrasting prints, and the sweet little bird on the zipper.  Thank you, my friend.  They are already holding a new sampler.
We are enjoying some beautiful weather here in the desert.  March is one of my favorite months.  The citrus trees are blooming, and the air smells wonderful.  The geckos are starting to come out to sun themselves, and the doves are making making nests in my hanging basket's.  Spring is in the air.  We have had guests visiting from the Midwest recently, and it's always such a pleasure to share the beauty of Arizona with them. 

16 comments:

Krista said...

Love the new sampler. Such beautiful colors!

marly said...

This sampler looks like another winner!

Margaret said...

Jane is lovely of course. I always love your taste in samplers. Love those project bags.

Cindy said...

Can't wait for this chart. I know I love the colors.
Cindy

Fiona said...

The original sampler is in very good condition. Your reproduction looks very pretty too and the colours look great. Your project bags from Faye look just the thing for your sampler projects.

Deb said...

Another wonderful sampler!! Really pretty colors.

And I love the project bags you received!

Michelle said...

Jane is beautiful and it's so fun being able to see the back too! Do you think you'll frame her now? Love the project bags - such fun!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Jane is beautiful and I love the colors. Awesome bags from Faye! Isn't it wonderful to have something pretty to cart your projects around in?

Loraine said...

Can't wait to see this new sampler. I love the colors!
Wonderful bags from Faye too. She is a sweetie.
Enjoy your wonderful weather!

Nicole said...

Jane is beautiful, Tanya! Love the project bags Faye made too!! I'm going to have to ask her where mine are the next time I see her! ;)

Katrina said...

Love your new sampler and the project bags are just wonderful!!! Love them.

Anne said...

Gorgeous new sampler! I like a lot! Beautiful project bags from Faye!

Terri said...

Beautiful, Tanya! I look forward to picking her up in the near future.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Wonderful sampler...such fun to see the back and the original colors. I am always amazed when the work is so beautifully done by such a young girl...it truly was a different time.
Robyn

samplerlover said...

Oh Tanya, this is another really lovely sampler. Your have the best taste in samplers you know.

Still owe you an email. I am very slack. Don't think I need the Ark this week. The rain has disappeared for 5 minutes. But it is always lurking. - Sandra.

Dona said...

That's a sweet sampler, Tanya! I love the colors. The overdyes will be pretty to use. Sweet borders, too!

Your weather sounds perfect. Hope you have time to stitch on your patio so you can enjoy it before it gets too hot!