The Needle's Work SamplerThe Needle's Work - Dawn Lewis
27 ct. Tea stained linen
Wanted to share my progress on the next in line to stitch from my stash. As previously posted, I am trying to stick to my plan, of stitching my stash by copyright date. This beauty is from 1991, and is a reproduction style sampler. After finishing Ann Rayner, I was oh so glad, that this is really a simple little sampler, with lots of pretty colors, and a variety of stitches.
Great starter sampler, for someone, who is knew to sampler stitching, and would like to try some other stitches other than "X." So far I have done the Rice Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Double Running Stitch, an Long Arm Cross Stitch. The band I'm working on right now, also calls for Satin Stitch. Other bands, will use the Montenegrin Stitch, and Italian Cross Stitch, Algerian Eye Stich, Two-Sided Italian Cross Stitch.
Great illustrations in this little pamphlet of the different stitches, and so far, I haven't had a problem following the steps to complete the stitch. And...I haven't had to pull out any of my 3 "go to" books when I don't understand, the concept of a stitch a chart is requiring.
Yesterday, so very proud of myself, when I changed the beater bars on both my upright vacuum cleaners, that I just didn't like they were picking up anymore. Dixie still requires a haircut, and I still haven't completed my living room accent pillows. Still working out the concept since I'm not using a pattern, and just winging it. But can't afford to just really be wild about winging it, since the fabric was $30 a yard, and I only purchased 1 yard.
I wanted a share a bit, or even vent a bit, on an experience I had on a stitching FB group recently. I belong to several, and am not going to specify which group it was. However, some readers may be able to figure it out. One of the groups, has a Stash Dive Thursday, where members go into their stash, and share a sampler that they haven't quite gotten to yet.
I like to be an active participant of the groups I belong to, and so in my excitement to share and participate, I posted a picture of the sampler I am currently stitching. I posted in the description, that it was a Reproduction Style sampler, and that it was a great one, for someone who wanted to try some new stitches.
Since, I belong to many groups, to be quite honest, I don't always remember the specific rules for each group. Evidently, this group is ONLY for reproduction samplers, and no other samplers are supposed to be posted there. (By the way, I was not the only person, who shared a Reproduction Style Sampler. One particular member, who was not the administrator, decided to take it on her own, and call me out for the post. I ignored it. Just like I scroll through/past many posts I receive on FB. However, when other members pointed out to this particular member, that she was not the administrator, and people shouldn't criticize other stitchers, the discussion went downhill from there.
I finally responded, and explained that I inadvertently shared my post, and apologized, but I thought her comments would have been better received with a friendly PM instead of calling someone out publicly. To me, it's like being called out by the teacher in front of the whole class. This women's defense to me was she didn't feel like it was in her ability to send me a PM just as a informative member, or since she wasn't the administrator, but....it was perfectly acceptable to call me out publicly. I finally decided, to delete the post, since it obviously upset her so much. But evidently the administrator beat me to it. I will tell you that because of this women, I decided to leave the Group. At 62 years old, I don't need someone else policing my activity, and have better things to do with my time, and efforts, than openly tell this individual her comments are/were offensive to me. And she really took the shine off belonging to this group and I don't need her negativity in my life. As a stitcher, I love to share, love to participate, love to be helpful to others, so to borrow a line, I decided to take my bat and ball home, and I'll participate elsewhere, where my contributions will be received positively and without conflict!