Monday, March 26, 2012

Something new, something old, and something strange

Here is the my new reproduction sampler, Jane Hopkins 1801.  She was stitched on 35ct. Mocha linen from Weeks Dye Works.  I think I was drawn to the somber verse, and then to the contrast of the sweet row of flowers at the bottom.  I really wanted the pretty parts to stand out, so I did something that I haven't done in a very long time, and that is stitch the model with two strands. The verse, small alphabet, and all eyelets are done with one strand. 

 
Threads needed are: WDW's Sweet Potato, Crescent Colour's Wisconsin Woods and Black Coffee, and Flax, Antique Rose, Apple Cider, Picnic Basket, Otter Creek, and Old Red Paint from Gentle Arts.
The stitch count is 149w X 146h

Now to the something old.  Um, that would be me since I celebrated another birthday on St. Patrick's Day.  Actually, that's beside the point, and the something old is really this darling little shoe.  I saw it in an antique shop, and it had to come home with me.  I love the little black button enclosure.  When you see it again, it will be re purposed as a pin cushion.  I've got plans.
This is the strange.  We had a winter storm roll through last Sunday. 
It hailed! 
It's kind of pretty on top of the grass.
My poor birds were hiding for cover when the white stuff was coming down. 

19 comments:

Faye said...

Loving that sweet new sampler... I love eyelet stitches~~ And, that is the sweetest little shoe! Great find..... You did good~~

Faye

Laurie in Iowa said...

I love the flower motifs too... and I would have never thought to stitch them with two strands to make them stand out. Great idea.
Can't wait to see the shoe repurposed into a pincushion.
I dislike hail storms... so damaging... hope you didn't have any damage.

Melissa said...

I love the sampler! I can't wait to stitch her. I need a Scarlett House Wall just for you! Sweet shoe and the winter storm! Yikes! Hail is the worst.

Loraine said...

What a wonderful new sampler! Beautiful colors.
Happy belated birthday. I love the shoe. I am always in awe of people that can find odd objects, and have the vision to make them into something wonderful. I'll be looking forward to seeing it re-purposed.

Margaret said...

Oh my! Jane is gorgeous! Love the frame too! Love the little shoe -- it'll make a great pincushion! And the hail -- yuck! It is pretty though, like you said.

Deb said...

You have another winner with that sampler! I really love it. And I love the shoe that you found. That is going to make a great pincushion!

Nicole said...

I love Jane!! She's so pretty, Tanya!! Another must have!!

Tanya said...

Jane is very pretty. A somber verse with pretty little flowers.It would be strange to see hail in AZ, I hope your house and birds are ok.

Sylvia said...

Jane is lovely, and the frame is prefect.

You have a good eye for thing, that little shoe pincushion will be unique.

Katrina said...

Love, love, love Jane!!!!! And the frame is gorgeous. Fun pictures of the backyard. I am going to get some bird feeders this year.

Fiona said...

Nice new sampler and your little shoe find is very pretty. The photograph of the hail is very unusual in a kind of pretty way.

Michelle said...

I am in love with Jane - she's gorgeous. And her frame is just perfect for her. I'm looking forward to this one being released, so I can add her to my TSH collection!

Dona said...

That is a very sweet sampler, Tanya! I love the frame with it and the two strands does give it a nice texture.

How strange to see hail in your yard!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Very pretty autumn colors - with the glowing blooms! Neat shoe - I'm a sucker for baby shoes, too.

valerie said...

Beautiful new sampler. It's gorgeous and the verse is lovely

Karoline said...

Jane is gorgeous, congratulations

Brigitte said...

Looks absolutely great, your new sampler.

Anne said...

Lovely new sampler!! it's so sweet! That shoe is the cutest!

Teresa said...

bellissimo lavoro, complimenti e saluti da
Tereesa