Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week 8 - Hannah Lancaster

Hannah Lancaster Sampler
Worcester Art Museum
The Porcupine Collection
35 ct. Unbleached linen

Really slow going on this sampler.  Thought I'd be well in to something else already and I'm still not to the bottom of the chart.  

I think what is taking so long, is there is just a lot of fill in of straight cross stitch. There's not a whole lot of empty spaces between motifs like some of the samplers I've stitched.

I have stitched so much, that I actually put a hole in my finger from pushing the needle through.  I tried a band aid.  That didn't work!  Kept catching the thread.  Tried some various forms of thimbles I already had. The metal ones made my finger sweat and kept sliding off. I tried some other form of thimble and though my finger didn't sweat it  continued to slide off or get caught.

So I bought this little gadget at a quilt shop. Seems to work okay.  At least my needle isn't sliding into the hole on my finger. It feels like it's going to fall off, even though it hasn't.  And I have taken it off and put it back on at least 3 times, and it's still holding.

I've ordered some sticker type thimbles. When they arrive, I'll let you know which one I like better. Anything to save my finger!

Speaking of ordering.  It surprises me the lack of customer service some of these LNS show to their customers.  Or maybe it's only me.  Within the last month I have ordered things from LNS which I located via the web to purchase something I wanted.

In two instances, after waiting more than 10 days, I inquired about the status of my order.  In both instances, the LNS was out of what I wanted, and instead of notifying me, to give me a chance to shop elsewhere,  or just simply letting me know my order would be delayed because they didn't have it. The both waited for me to inquire.  If you wonder why some of these companies don't make it, perhaps this is just a little of the reason.

Well that's about all for this week.  Happy Stitching!


  1. Hannah is looking good, Pam! Sorry about your finger; I hope one of the fingertip type thimbles help. I'm not surprised about what you have discovered with the LNS. Have a fabulous week!

    1. I don't know if you belong to any of the sampler FB groups, but there is one person sharing her experience with purchasing a millennium frame. After waiting so long to receive it, it came completely destroyed. I see a lot of complaints for them. I have one of their frames bought it many years ago before there was such an increased interest in them. I think I did wait 6 months back then, but understood that each was hand made individually, no assembly line. The company is him and his family. Would I buy anything now, probably not. There are lots of alternatives out there that work just as well.

  2. First, concerning the finger: OUCH!!! I am curious to know if you'll discover a good solution. "They" need to invent a liquid band-aid that dries super hard.
    Second, re: the LNS: I was just talking to my husband the other day about how it seems so many businesses don't seem to understand how important customer service is . . . I'll pay more at a place that has great public service (polite, kind, friendly, etc.) even if another place has cheaper prices.
    Third: Have a good day, Pam!

  3. I don't know maybe because a lot of the LNS are staffed with women from various generations. Perhaps part of the problem is that they aren't as tech savvy. Or don't have the staff that it's one persons job is to fill the online orders and follow up on the orders or emails. I know my sister bought me a gift card at Christmas from a LNS, and it took them 3 weeks just to send it to her.