Sunday, October 18, 2015

Antique Sampler - Week Two

Antique Sampler
BH & G Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazine
Mar/April 1992
28 ct. Lakeside Linen
Vintage Buttercream

Wow! I figured out the thing I live about stitching samplers is that when I get bored with an area or working on a color, I can skip around.

If you look closely you can see I've done that, especially since there was so much satin stitching.  Not one of my favorite stitches.  Especially if it's over a larger area. Just difficult to get it smooth, even and not pull the stitches too tight.   This time I used the wrong end of a crochet hook too pull the threads over, to even them out and untwist them.

For not being a real reproduction sampler, I have to admit it sure is pretty. Plus the colors really pop on the linen I chose.

Next week I will learn how to "couch", as that is what is called for in the center of the blue flowers.  Not sure how many other stitches I'm still going to have to teach myself. 

I'm so thankful I purchased a used encyclopedia of embroidery stitches off of Amazon.  It has wonderful illustrations. It was well worth the money!

Interesting week this week.  I had my very first colonoscopy. I won't bore you with all the details, but am praying that I don't have to have another for 10 years. It'll take me that long to forget the nasty witches brew  taste you have to drink to have your colon "clean as a whistle" so they can have a good look at your colon.

We had our first cold morning when I woke up to 39 degree weather.  The leaves on the trees are just beginning to turn from green to the reds, yellows and  oranges, that are so autumn!  

This is a picture of our backyard today. Just a bit of red and yellow. But it won't be long before the leaves start falling and will invariably end up in our stairwell leading to the basement.  The last two houses we've owned we didn't have many trees, but our yard is some sort of manner for the neighbor's leaves.

Then it will be November, and it will be shades of gray and browns.  I was born in November but it's such a dreary month.  At least we have Thanksgiving and the craziness of the Christmas season begins.

Speaking of which, I actually bought some stocking stuffers today.  Found out my oldest child is vacating his apartment and all his stuff is going into storage and he doesn't want more stuff to store. So it's cash and gift cards for him.  My daughter's list consisted of one item.  A new car.  I told her to continue to dreaming! The youngest hadn't been forthcoming with a list. Could I even hope that he doesn't want or need anything?  Probably not.  

Well that's about all for this post.  Happy stitching till next week!


  1. Lovely progress on your sampler, Pam! I am not a fan of satin stitches; I can never get mine to look right. Your backyard looks like ours; I am still waiting for more of the coloring to occur. You could always get your daughter a matchbox car for her stocking. Enjoy your week!

    Robin in Virginia

    PS Hope the results of your colonoscopy are good!

    1. Great idea about the matchbook car. But I'm it sure she'd see the humor in it. One year she asked for travel sized bottles (of alcohol), we knew what she meant and bought her travel sized bottles to store shampoo, etc. in. She didn't get it.