October 31, 2010

Rhode Island

I like Rhode Island. I fly into TF Green Airport (so much easier than Logan in Boston) when I go to the Cape. Or I drive up 95 through Rhode Island. I always know I'm home when I see the VW-sized New England Pest Control bug perched on a rooftop from the highway near Providence.

(Photo borrowed from NE Pest Control.)

How can you fault a state that has a craggy, gorgeous coastline, the "cottages" of Newport, Narragansett Beer, the Rhode Island Reds (quick, tell me what sport, plus I think it was HAD the Rhode Island Reds) and the beautiful, classic Rhode Island samplers? (Also, for some reason, a large number of drivers who zoom along in the left lane and then cut across four lanes of traffic to take an exit. Really, I see it every time I drive through Providence. Why is that, RI readers, if there are any of you?) Here's a reproduction Rhode Island sampler, recently released by The Scarlet Letter. I dropped by In Stitches on Saturday, on the way back from taking our old-lady cat, Yazziebear, to the vet (a wonderful vet recommended by none other than Sampler Girl) (Thank you so much, Tanya--we love our new vet). I dropped by In Stitches since I had drive right by practically. Before I had even spun the "new charts" rack, Patricia said, "Have you seen the new Scarlet Letter?" I had, on SL's website. But I hadn't seen the large photo, so when I got it in my hands, I was sunk. (Thanks, Patricia--I get into so much more trouble with your help!) After kitting it up, I rushed home and started it. Behold, Elizabeth Sheffield:


Here's the interesting thing about stitching Elizabeth. You know that feeling you get when you want to see how the design's going to turn out, so you stitch "just one more color before bed" and before you know it, it's 3:00 a.m.? And that's WITH a photo of the project. This project's photo is of the original, antique sampler, with all its uneven-ness, some fading of the colors, and the slightly less than perfection that marks the original historic sampler. So it's extra enjoyable to stitch this and see the sampler emerge. I'm working on it on 40 count Lakeside Meadow Rue, which is a good bit darker than most of the linen I work with. I'm using AVAS, although it's also charted for DMC. The colors are a little off in this photo, because I shot it late in the afternoon as the light was going.


The "strawberry row" (the blue flower blob) is done over one, as is one of the alphabets and the people (but not the house) and some of the flowers that make up the border. The colors are incredibly vivid. I can't wait to get to the people--they should be fun to stitch.


Liz Sheffield is not my first Rhode Island sampler. Remember this? It's a reproduction by Vermillion Stitchery (now closed). I'm stalled on it because I was doing the conversion from cotton to silk on the fly, and ran into some difficulties coordinating and matching colors, so I set it aside. They share some design elements and characteristics, but I'd be pleased to hang them both.


And for the bunny folks, I wanted to share this photo to commemorate Tocktoberfest. Says Pink, "Trick or treat. Smell my feet!"


Happy week ahead, and happy Halloween!

19 comments:

Vanessa said...

Thanks for the memory...I knew I was close the paradise, (the cape) every time I saw the big bug on 95. Its been about a year and a half since I made it to the cape, too long for sure, but plan to be there for a short visit in a couple weeks. I will be looking for the bug! Also, your work is beautiful, always love the RI samplers.

April Mechelle said...

Both those sampler are great. Love the colors!! Tell Pink I like those Feet.. LOL

SilkLover said...

Beautiful samplers! I am so glad I do not live near In Stitches where I would have to look at the Scarlet Samplers charts in person. I would be in deep trouble!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely samplers and lovely bunny feet!

gracie said...

As a former Rhode Ilsander, well, there is nothing to say about the drivers...here in Arizona we complain about the drivers! I guess that is what everyone does....anyway, love the stitiching...miss the sea coast and more but I love it here in the Valley of the Sun. Your stitching is coming along and look forward to seeing the finish.

Margaret said...

I have a good friend who lives in RI, so I'm quite familiar with the lovely pest on the rooftops. lol! You're doing it again, you know. That enabling thing! I was sure I'd be able to resist that Elizabeth Sheffield Sampler, but you're showing me that I can't! lol! I guess it has to go on the wish list now. You are definitely the enabler extraordinaire! lol! Hope you had a fun Halloween! (I won't even mention the Vermillion Stitchery piece..... which is gorgeous!)

Deb said...

You know that I have to close my eyes when I come across your blog because you've always got something beautiful being stitched and I have to have it! Just love, love the new sampler (and yes, SL will be getting a call from me!) LOL

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

Whew, you got that 'Tockber pic in by a hare.

Rabbits' Guy said...

There is a touch of Elvis there too! Capt'n Nat lived and worked in Rhode Island. A fun book "Temple to the Wind" about Nat.

Stitch By Stitch said...

Such great little feet:)

You samplers are just beautiful! Keep up the great work.

Siobhan said...

Gulp. I shouldn't have looked. I've had Mary Tillinghast (think that's the name!) ready to go for a few years now, and haven't stitched it. I could stitch Elizabeth and hang them together. Deep breath. Deep breath. I love the other sampler that you have as a UFO/WIP--you definitely need to hang those together! Love the rabbit's feet. :)

Katrina said...

Gorgeous!!!! I may have to order that. The colors are so 'unexpected' but pretty :-). Can't wait to watch your progress.

Sweet bunny feet!

Nicole said...

I was just looking at that sampler in the SL catalog yesterday. It's just gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see more!! :)

Beth said...

Wow - I am in awe of anyone who tackles such large projects - they are going to be lovely!

Brigitte said...

Both samplers are just gorgeous.
It must be such a delight to go to a real LNS, find a fantastic chart and then buy all the supplies needed for stitching it and then go home and start right away. What a treat. No wonder that you stitched until the early morning, lol.

Cari said...

Oh Glenna....you are such an enabler. I was looking at the SL catalog supplement and was amazed with the Elizabeth Sheffield sampler. And then what to my wondering eyes should appear...the sampler on your blog!! I love it. I'm looking forward to watching your progress. Hugs

Michelle said...

Both projects are lovely! The colors on that new one though - wow I'm in love!!

Jeanne said...

love your new start, especially the colonial-style people. i have never been to R.I. but maybe someday.

Reese said...

I love you butt better Pink that your feet. I am planning to get bunnies in the shelter this Christmas and I am already preparing and building rabbit hutches for my new pets. I am so happy to bring them home and I would like you to meet them.