Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Stitch Maynia Week 3

Week 3 of Stitch/Sampler Maynia was a good one.  I started Red Deer Sampler by GiGiR. I'm stitching this on 40 count Lakeside Linen Cedar Plank with the called for overdyed cotton.  The linen is darker than I normally work on and I thought it would be slow going.  That was not the case at all.  I'm really loving this one and it was very hard to put down.
 For week 4, I'm starting Hannah Hammond by GiGiR.  Here is the silks from The Attic Needleworks silk conversion for Hannah on the Lakeside Linen I'll be using.  It's 40 count in Vintage Light Examplar.   This is one of my favorite linen colors/makers.  The silks are luscious!
I hope your stitches are happy ones!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Total Framing

A couple of months ago, I sent out a couple of samplers to Total Framing (Sherri/Terri) for framing.  This was my first time using them and first time doing framing long distance.  I was really please with the process and the outcome.  I was texted photo options from a couple of angles and quickly made a decision.  Sherri is a stitcher so she gets us!  Terri may be as well but I do not know it if she is a stitcher.  The frame selection happened pretty quickly and then several weeks later, I got a call from John for payment as he was shipping my pieces back to me that day.  They were very well packed and arrived safely.  I use glass but everything was perfect.  
 Elizabeth Atkinson
Hands Across the Sea Samplers
46 count Silkweaver Golden Oats
Called for AVAS 100.3
 Heritage Sampler
Plum Street Samplers
36 Count Lakeside Linen Vintage Meadow Rue
Called for overdyed cottons
 I was so happy that I sent this BIG girl to Sherri and Terri for her spa treatment.  Can't wait to see what she looks like in a couple of months!
I hope you have a great weekend and I wish you happy stitches!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sampler Maynia Week 2

I'm going to try and update my Sampler/Stitch Maynia progress each week.  As a reminder, I am starting 4 samplers in May beginning May 1st and I will focus on stitching that sampler until the next new start a week later.

For week 2, I ended up selecting a sampler to stitch that was not in my initial plans.  I chose Mary Barres from Stacy Nash.  She's a big beautiful girl.  I'm using 40 count R&R Creme Brûlée and the called for Weeks Dye Works overdyed cottons.  Here is a terrible photo of how much I was able to stitch during the week.
The next two photos show a dilemma with one of the thread colors - specifically the Parchment color.  It's not showing very well on my linen.  There is a lower case alphabet using this color just under the upper case alphabet that is stitched in the rose colored thread.  Looking at the photo on the cover of the chart, this looks to be true to the antique.  I need to think some more about whether or not I'm going to keep the lower case alphabet as charted or make a change.  

If I make a change, what color would I change to?  Any ideas you'd like to share would be greatly appreciated!
My new start on Friday is Red Deer sampler by GigiR.  The border is unusual and beautiful.  The yellow so far seems to be a little out of place but I'm leaving it as it does seem to match what I see on IG on other posts about this sampler.  The linen color isn't photographing true to color and is probably more accurate in the 2nd photo.  It is 40 count Lakeside Linen Cedar Plank.  It's pretty easy to stitch on and Lakeside Linen is definitely my favorite linen.  I'm using the called for overdyed cotton on this from GAST.  I'm really enjoying this one!
Hopefully I can keep this up and be back next week with an update as to where I ended up with Red Deer and what I started next!  Hoping all your stitches are happy ones!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sampler Mania Week 1

Before I started Stitch/Sampler Maynia, I was working on Martha Pudsey.  The photo below shows where I ended up with her.  I typically do not stitch the entire border at once but I got into a rhythm with her and just kept going.  The photo below is not good but you get the idea!
May1st was the first Friday in my Sampler Maynia and I chose to start Sally Stansfield.  See the left border, I stitched that 3 times because I can't count and because Sally decided to add an extra stitch into an otherwise consistent border.  I also had most of the vase in but the third time I started it, I decided it would be a better idea to start in a different place.  I'm stitching her on 40 count Weeks on Zweigart Straw linen with the called for AVAS.
That's it for week 1!  I hope all your stitches are happy ones!

Friday, May 1, 2020

First Stitch Maynia

I am participating in my very first Stitch Maynia.  Normally the thought of Stitch Maynia makes me get twitchy!  I couldn't work on a different project every day or start a new one every day.  I *think* I can handle 4 and since there are no rules in Stitch Maynia, this meets the criteria!

Actually it is a Sampler Maynia as I have selected to start only samplers in May and only stitch on these 4 projects during Maynia.  I first heard the term Sampler Maynia on Ellen Chester's Instagram account.   If you do not already know Ellen, she is a prolific stitcher and an amazing designer and teacher.  You'll be glad you checked her out!  I LOVE Instagram, it's my favorite social media platform by far.  You can find me there as JackiesStitches.    I'd love for you to follow me or visit me there!

Let me back up a little, the whole idea started with my friend Teresa and I deciding to start a new sampler on Friday's in May.  Or maybe she decided and I got sucked in.  Yes, I think that is what happened!  Then we realized it fit the no rules Maynia.  Jill is joining in too but I'm not sure she is starting samplers.  She set up video chat tonight to start together and see what we are working on first.  She invited some other people too so it will be fun!

Anyways, enough of me rattling along. Here is what I decided to start in no particular order.  There is a definitely GigiR theme you will notice.  All of these were also already fully kitted and just waiting their turn to be grabbed for a new start.  

Hannah Hammond 1845 by GigiR with a silk conversion from The Attic Needlework in Mesa, AZ on 40 count Lakeside Linen in Vintage Light Examplar.
Red Deer Sampler by GigiR using the called for overdyed cottons on Lakeside Linen 36 count Cedar Plank.  I have a piece of 40 count I'd rather use but I think the margins would be tight.
Jane Southward by GigiR using a silk conversion from The Attic Needlework on 40 count Lakeside Linen in Vintage Sand Dune.
Sally Stansfield using the called for AVAS on 40 count Weeks on Zweigart Straw.
I'm still undecided as to which one I will start tonight but am leaning towards one for a very specific reason.    Let's see what happens tonight!

Are you participating in Stitch Maynia?  I'd love to hear your plan for the month.

Wishing you many happy stitches!