Sunday, October 26, 2014

EH 1875 Week 3

Well another week has just flown by.  I didn't get much done around the house, and I do have a "to do" list longer than my arm.  But, I did get a lot of stitching time in.  I was able to complete 3 whole pages of this lovely sampler.  Though I was booking right along, which I guess I am, except when I figured out there is over 30 pages to this chart.   Oh, well it keeps me out of trouble, even if it does keep me from doing housework!

I also started a new take along project.  It's called the Family Name Sampler by Nancy Turner of the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  I thought it looked very Moria Blackburnish, which is why I purchased it.  I tried to start it on Tuesday, when I and my partner in stitching crime, met with the cross stitch group.  But....I figured out that I can not stitch and talk at the same time.  I ended up ripping out the beginning of the border.  However, I did manage to catch up a bit, on Saturday, when it was such a beautiful day here in Northern Virginia, that the hubbie and I decided to just sit on the back of the boat.  I stitched.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

EH 1875 Week Two point One

After my previous post on Sunday, I spent a great deal of time having to "frog" out an entire motif, due to leaving the last row out from the motif above, throwing the count off.

Not to be dissuaded I pick out the wrong stitches and starting stitching again.  The picture below, is where I had hoped to be Sun. night, and that was to begin stitching the bottom border.  Crap really does happen, so you just rip and resew again!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

EH 1875 Week Two

You know how they say "that pride goeth before a fall?!"  Well, BAM, I just hit the floor!  I was stitching along very merrily, happy with my progress.  Thought I was going to boast about the fact, that I had finished page three and four.  Even with having deep cleaned both of the college kids bedrooms.   I'm talking deep clean.  409ing all the wood work, polishing the furniture, cleaning off their fans, cleaning the carpeting. OPPS!  Not so fast.  I get down to the bottom of page 4 and realize that I'm off.  Don't know where I'm off, just know that the line of the border is not ending on the same line with whatever it is on the bottom right side of the chart.

Thoroughly disgusted with myself, I walk away.  Sometimes you just got to do that when you make that sort of booboo.  Look at it with fresh eyes.  Came back a little while ago, and I spotted the stitches that somehow I had just forgotten.  So, I'd like to post that I have completed page 3 & 4, but that would not be completely accurate.

I have, however posted a picture of 3 & 4 prior to the ripping out that I have to do.  Where is the mistake?  One line prior to the beginning of  the lady's head.  I left out a row of of about 8 stitches.
Oh, the joys of cross stitch!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

EH 1875 Week One

Okay, I'm a little early on this post too.  But.....I recognize that the rest of my week is getting ready to be pretty action packed, and I won't have time to work on my project, and/or post.

It's parent's weekend at JMU. Both of my youngest two children are now studying there.  It's also the ring ceremony for our daughter who is a junior, and a football game, and tail gating.  Not to say, that I won't be stitching, I will!!!!  But it will be on my "take along" projects.

I have started my EH 1875 by European Reproductions.  I have had this chart for awhile, but didn't have the fabric.  In pulling out my stash, I decided I needed to start working on charts that I have had for awhile, and this is one.

I am using DMC and 28 ct., Lakeside Linen Antique White.      

Sabine Taterra's charts of European Reproductions, are wonderful.  She enlarges them, so they are so easy to read and keep on track with stitching.  However, the down side is, that there is no shaded area to show where one page overlaps to another.  Nor does the page start with the next row. I made a copy of page two, and then figured out where page one ended on page two, and highlighted the rows, I need to completely ignore on page two.    Now that I figured this out, going to from one page to another will be seamless!!!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Framed, Finish and Next

Well usually I try to post on Sundays, but so much to share since last week.  I got Through The Years Gone By back from Michael's yesterday.  Have to say, it's impressive piece even though I sewed it.  My husband told me that it's his favorite piece so far.

I, and my partner in crime have been attending a stitching group in the area.  We go every other week.  I decided the project that I was going to dedicate to just sewing there, was a Tavern Sign by Carriage House Sampling.   Because the ladies are so friendly, I wasn't getting much done on the piece, and decided I would finish it, so I can dedicate my time at home to the NEXT project, and from here on out I will take my souvenir cross stitch things with me to the sewing group to work on.  Easier to carry, and much easier to work on.

Here is my Tavern Signs Too by Carriage House Samplings done on 28 ct. Lakeside Buttercream Linen and using DMC thread.

And like any cross stitch addict I have already chosen my next project.  The fabric is ready,  I've pulled my threads, and with any luck I will be sewing on this tomorrow.

And what is it?  It's EH 1875 by European Reproductions.  I will be using 28 ct. Lakeside Linen Antique White and DMC threads.  This is one of my charts that I have the longest, (well except for those that I have now decided, I probably will never do!) and I am looking forward to sewing this.  Weekly updates will follow!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amish Life - Visiting the Neighbors - FINISH!!

Oh boy!  I put in the final stitches today, and am just ecstatic!  Glad to be done, happy to start another project.