Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Sampler September Week 1

I'm doing my own version of Sampler September this year.  I believe it was started a few years ago on IG but thought I'd post about it here too.  I'm defining this for me as a sampler of my WIPs.  I've pulled 20ish WIPs and hope to give each of them a day's worth of stitching.  Most are samplers, but not all and there are several teaching pieces included.  I may not make significant progress, in fact I won't, but I do hope that it will reignite the spark for the project.  

I'm only showing after photos as adding before photos would make this too photo heavy I think.

Up first was When Thou Art Rich by HATS.  I was at a spot - an entire row of queen stitches on a linen that was a similar color to the thread - where I was mentally blocked on this one.  I picked it up and something just clicked! I finished the row of queen stitches (which was only about 25% done) and started the satin stitch row below.  I'll definitely be coming back to this one soon.
Hannah Hammond by Gigi R was up next.  I was definitely not enjoying this last time I put this one away. I can't say that I love her now but we are in a better place.   Not a bad outcome.

This is a teaching piece by Jane Timmers of Fancy Work called Liberty Little Sewing Box.  This is for a class this fall.  There will be smalls and a box from LeHays that will be finished.  Super cute.
Mary Barres came out.  Hard to see but I completed the ghost alphabet and started that bottom motif.  She's a big girl and will therefore be a long term project.
Tocatta 1 by the Drawn Thread has not been touched in YEARS.  Why?  I have no idea!  It's so close to being completed except for the hem stitching which I've never done before.  This was, I believe, the very first SAL project of my stitching guild.
I started block 10 of Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow.  The black box outline was already stitched, I do that before I put it away.  Everything else was stitched on its day of stitching which was a weekend day.  Closing in on the home stretch on this one too.
I'd call week 1 a success!  If I focused, I could realistically finish 3 of these before year end.  Will that happen?  Probably not.  That's ok though!  

I hope you're having a great week and that all your stitches are happy ones!


Robin said...

They all look like great projects. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress. I wish you well.....when I make plans like yours they never seem to come out quite right. Any progress is forward progress!

Annie said...

I like seeing your stitching projects. They all look interesting. I’m especially drawn to the last one. I haven’t x-stitched in years but I know I love doing it. I have a very old unfinished piece that is so close to being finished and I just don’t get it done. My interests have changed I suppose. Maybe watching your beautifully stitched projects will eventually inspire me to pick it up again.

Barb said...

I too love seeing your projects. You do amazing work, love love it all

Marilyn said...

When Thou Art Rich is so pretty.
I never did a Queens Stitch.
Looks like you are making progress on your WIPS.
Sometimes we need to put it away for awhile & bring it back out.

Robin in Virginia said...

Jackie, I enjoyed seeing what you worked on during week 1 of your version of Sampler September. Can't wait to see what you work on during week 2.

diamondc said...

Jackie: You have been busy, so many lovely designs.
I like to take a short rest from stitching every once in a while.


RJ said...

Jackie so many wonderful samplers you started. I'm so glad you pulled them out again. They are fabulous stitches that you will enjoy for years. Great start...keep up the good work. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Carol said...

That is a great strategy, Jackie! I can't handle having more than a large and a small project going at once. My brain just gets too anxious! Hope you'll finish up that pretty DT Tocatta 1 WIP, soon--you are so close :)

FlourishingPalms said...

Wowee. Twenty UFO stitcheries, huh? Well good for you to get back to them. I agree that the first one looks great! Wishing you the best as you keep on keepin' on.

Barb said...

Love your progress. The Jane Timmers is really lovely, but the HATS and queen stitches...can't wait to see more.