November 08, 2009

Sing, Sing, Sing

Thank you all for your well wishes during last week's stomach ailment--I'm much better now and tearing around in my usual scatty way. I've given Sarah McP a little vacation because I got tired of looking at all that pink and green and yellow. Plus I wanted to do something a little more Thanksgiving-ish, but without the turkey specifically, since I'll finish the sampler long after that holiday is over (it's in a little over two weeks! Can you believe it?) So I restarted the Plymouth Sampler by Brenda Keyes of the Sampler Company. This is about the 4th time I've started this. I've tried it over one with cotton (too hard to work on), over two with cotton on a couple of different fabrics, and didn't like the effect. Now I'm doing it over two on 40 count Graziano linen (puro lino, it says, stamped in gold on the selvedge; it's a very heavy, luxurious fabric, and it's thick enough to conceal any carrying of threads across the back), with NPI silks from my stash that I'm converting on the fly.

Here's the photo--I'm sure you've probably seen it. I purchased it at the Sampler needlework shop in Plymouth, Mass. a few years ago, literally just down the street from where the Pilgrims landed the second time.


I've been listening to some alternative music lately, and particularly, a song by the White Rabbits called Percussion Gun. It features a pair of drummers. I love good drumming, and they're ok, but nothing like Gene Krupa of Benny Goodman's band. Now that man could drum. (Photo courtesy of www.drummerworld.com.) The White Rabbits perform in hoodies, rather than suits or dinner jackets....



"I think that the White Rabbits is an excellent name for a band."


I'm off to find some appropriate music to play while mopping floors. Happy week ahead, all!

26 comments:

Siobhan said...

Oh dang, that is gorgeous, Glenna! I've seen the sampler before but seeing your WIP close up... beautiful.

bunnygirl said...

"White Rabbits" is indeed an excellent name for a band. Pink would be an excellent percussionist.

Melissa said...

The sampler has got such pretty colours!

I like the "White Rabbits" too for a band name. I like the drumming - probably would be good therapy for me right now! ha ha.

staci said...

OMGosh! That Plymouth Sampler is going to be Stunning!

Margaret said...

Oh I love that! I've always loved this piece. You're going to torture me now. lol! I love good drumming too -- I always have. I'll have to look up what you're talking about.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Love your "new" piece! So glad you're feeling better. :) You should try some Kula Shaker - I love to clean with them blasting in my headphones. :) They're a little old though... I guess I'm dating myself. :) Have a great week!

Marjo said...

Glenna, that is so beautiful and the fabric is perfect. Your stitching just pops on it. It is going to be a beautiful piece to work on this time of year. Glad you are feeling better. Oh and for the comment on my blog the retreat is to die for and the hike is 20 miles of trails but the best view is straight up the mountain. Sigh but the view is worth the pain of getting there.

Deb said...

What a great start on this project! I loved Brenda's designs forever, but have never stitched one. You're off to a great start!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Great start on Plymouth Sampler, Glenna. It really looks beautiful and it's a perfect stitch this time of year. Great choice!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Great start Glenna!

Kellie said...

The sampler and the fabric are both gorgeous! I love Brenda Keyes' samplers...well, I apparently love collecting them as I haven't stitched one yet. :) I am going to give the White Rabbits a listen. Glad you are feeling better!

Daffycat said...

Beautiful progress, Glenna.

White Rabbits? Pink, how did I know you'd like that name?

Cari said...

Glenna, I am so glad that you are feeling better!

I love your fabric choice - I hope this one works for you! This sampler is just beautiful!

I hope you all are enjoying the same gorgeous weather we are - this weekend has been just amazing.

Enjoy your week.

FrecklesandDeb said...

That is a great name for a band. Wonder how they thought of it? Maybe they were reading a certain blog at the time...

Love the sampler. It's going to be wonderful when it's finished.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Buddy Rich. Saw him once ... wow.

Bunns on the Drums!

Giovanna said...

Great start on the sampler! I must try some of that 40ct Graziano sometime, it looks fantastic.

Caroline said...

Morning Glenna! Plymouth Sampler is gorgeous - great restart. Your colour choices look good to me!

Thanks for the White Rabbits link - I really like the song, and the lead singer is easy on the eyes ;)

mainely stitching said...

So what is good music to mop floors by? I've got some of that action coming up in my immediate future. ;)

I'm not very knowledgeable about percussion (or honestly, anything to do with music) but I have some Mickey Hart drumming that I do really like.

Katrina said...

Glenna, it's so pretty. I love it, can't wait to watch your progress.

Fez and the Gang said...

I agree bunnies.... White Rabbits is a super name!

samplerlover said...

Hi Glenna, glad that you are feeling better. I love your new sampler. I always like the Pilgrims in it. Looking forward to seeing your progress. - Sandra.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Very interesting notes on this sampler, Glenna. I have it in my stash, and your comments will help me whenever it surfaces as a piece for me to start! I love Brenda Keyes' pieces. Yours is going to be gorgeous with the NPIs. I'm a Plymouth girl, so I'm truly hoping to stitch this one some day. Your progress on it will keep me coming back, dear Glenna! :]

The Scarlett House said...

Glenna, I hope your current attempt at Plymouth will be just right. Mine is over one and it's one of my favorites. I think I need to dig out another one of Brenda's designs here soon.

Stitch By Stitch said...

Glenna that's a wonderful choice for fabric. I love their linens! Glad you are feeling better.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

White Rabbits rock! we found a song about Amelia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKI4wEP-wJ4

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