Friday, May 23, 2014

Progress!


     I'm mixing up the eyelet stitches with a bit of smyrna cross stitches. My letter "A" is off a thread or two and the "D" barely hooked up on the bottom curve. Quite a bit of cheating on my part. I'm stitching in the evening while watching TV. (Excuses....excuses) I realize you are probably doing the same and not making any mistakes.


I find I enjoy stitching this project along with all of you. It makes me feel like we are united in some way.

 Elizabeth Phirman sent the photo above. (Looks like her lovely quilt was the color inspiration.)  She writes....
 This SAL has been so much fun!  My linen choice was from Lakeside Linens 36ct.  Pearl Barley.  The border and four sided alphabet is Gentle Art Burlap.  The dark blue is GA Brethren Blue, with the light blue being GA Mountain Mist.  There are more colors to come...a slight design adjustment...hint...I live by the sea!
 
 Judy Tukey writes:
I have attached a picture of the fibers I will be using for this fun project that I will be stitching on 32 ct R&R Apple Brown:  Many of us at Dyeing to Stitch will be stitching along with you.  I can't wait to get started!
Gentle Art Sampler Threads:
Antique Rose, Poinsetta, Joshua Tree, Briar Rose, Uniform Blue and Cidermill Brown

Pat Ryan from Dyeing to Stitch sent her colors too. Her colors are pictured above. She writes:

     Hope it is not too late to join the stitch along. I picked 40ct. R& R Vineyard Mist. Classic Color Works silk: Rosebud, Chester Blue, Pecan Pie and Herb Garden. Also used Glorianna silk: Brick and Dried Pink Roses. 

Katrina Devine writes: Having too much fun stitching this piece :-)!!!!!
 Her sampler is pictured above. I like how she has begun her piece. As she has begun each line and has her placement secure, she can now choose which alphabets she wants to work on ...good way to keep it interesting.

Many thanks to all of you for your participation. It means a lot to Barb and me. We love seeing your samplers!!!  I'm going to get Barb on Instagram soon. Will give details on the next posting. 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I'm riding the Katy Trail and listening to some music.The Peddlers Jamboree is this weekend. Going to do a bit of cross stitch in the evening too! 

Until later,

Alma

 

26 comments:

  1. wonderful to see everyones stitching, some beautiful stuff happening here! Thanks for doing this.

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  2. Sometimes when I am stitching I think that going backwards is the norm! So I make lots of mistakes!
    Greetings
    Lida

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  3. I love that you aren't a perfectionist and making mistakes/changes. After all, the chart is just a suggestion!

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  4. Fun to see a few photos. I have made the smallest of starts, but think I will change this piece into "my" colors.

    Thanks for the fun project.

    Bobbi

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  5. Love seeing everyone's color choices, they are all so pretty!!!!!!!

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  6. I have found a cross stitch pattern on someone's blog and I am not sure if it is a pattern of yours. Could you let me know your e-mail address so I could send you a link? I just love it!

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  7. Beautiful! I had wanted to start this, but HAD to finish a few projects to take with me to FL (as gifts). We are leaving Thursday so I hope to go gather my supplies to stitch while I'm gone. On another note, I scored big today - bought a kit & book for Midnight Silhouette, which I have been wanting for ions!!! I'm a happy gal!

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  8. This is a lovely project! Just rediscovered my love for cross stitch and samplers in particular. Will be joining in from UK. I've just bought ordered the R&R linen and Gentle Arts threads (more fab discoveries!) from a lovely UK on line shop http://www.patchwork-rabbit.co.uk. Thank you for this gorgeous free design and SAL!

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  9. I have jumped into the ring and started also.
    With 32ct Wexford linen - French Vanilla Swirl (yummy) it looks awesome. I have used the colors suggested but mixed them up....I really love this sampler...thank you....having fun....vivian

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  10. Just discovered your delightful blog. Please can you tell me if I can purchase in the UK "With Needle and Thread" published by Blackbird Designs. Do hope so.

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    1. Hi Andy,

      I'm really sorry, but the publication has been sold out and is no longer available.

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  11. Wonderful progress from everyone! I'm on the eyelet part and it's taking an age...maybe I'll cheat and add some smyrna crosses too...hehehee. Yes, watching tv while stitching can be lethal...loads of mistakes!! Hugs!!

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    1. I'm all about cheating! I did some eyelet stitches and love them.....but they take a lot of time. I had to add the smyrna cross too. I do like the change in texture resulting from the change in stitches.

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  12. Hi friends, I love yours designs, the colors are beautiful. I really like it, and I have a question, Do you use frame ?, Do you recomment use it ??

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    1. Hi Leonor,

      I don't use a frame ....it gets in my way, but Barb loves using a frame. I think pick the method that works best for you.

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  13. I finishend the Sampler, but I can't find an emailadres.
    Here is the link to my blog: www.merklapperie.blogspot.nl
    Thank you for the chart!

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      I think I posted on your blog....but it didn't show up just yet. Wanted to let you know your sampler is wonderful. Congratulations on your finish!
      I would like to try your finishing tech. Your hem stitch looks perfect.

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  14. Is there a faster way to make an eyelet stitch?
    Is anyone have trouble dragging the thread over to the next stitch?

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    1. Prendre un seul fil mais pas de moyen rapide.....

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  15. What is your opinion on the grain of linen cross stitch fabric, and orienting the sampler to the grain, and how to do that. Also, do I need three inches extra per side?

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    1. Hi Jane,

      I don't really look at the grain of the linen or orient it in any manner. But, I'm not an expert. Usually the linen is cut at the shop and I stitch according to the design size and the measurement of the linen. A two to three inch outside border is just fine for framing.

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  16. Hi Alma! I've finished stitching that lovely sampler but I cna't find a way to send you my pic! I do not have an Instagram account, btw. Can you help, please? Many thanks again for sharing this sampler with us!

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    1. Hi Emmanuelle,

      Send it to me at
      alma@blackbird-designs.com

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  17. http://p0.storage.canalblog.com/08/55/380821/97078194.jpg

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    1. Your sampler is wonderful! What linen color did you use? The floss colors work really well with your linen choice. Love the changes you made to the design. Congratulations on your finish.

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