Hello, All! This week I started something new, which many of you have spotted in the most recent issue of Sampler and Needlework Quarterly. It's the 1839 Susan Rambo Sampler, and I'm stitching it on LL 40 count Buttercream from my stash and the called-for NPI threads (it's also charted for DMC). The colors of my first flower (the one at the top left and right of the sampler) is a very different color than the color in the photo, and I'm wondering if there's a number transposition somewhere. In the magazine photo it's a pale blue/mauve, and IRL it's quite amethyst. I don't have DMC 451 in my stash to compare, but the magazine photo appears to be DMC 415. My theory is that it was stitched originally in DMC, and someone did a conversion. The other colors so far seem true to the magazine photo. Not sure of this, and my policy is not to frog unless strictly necessary--it doesn't make any difference to me what color the flower is, but you may want to consider it if you're going to stitch it. The squirrels, which have the same color symbol (and a white shade also), are surely not amethyst though, so those I will change, to a gray not included in the floss palette or to the NPI conversion of 415. Other than that, I'm enjoying stitching it.
I put some time in on Sarah Hatton McPhail. Here's the before pic from last week.
And after. Notice particularly the tree, which was really brought to life by just a bit of stem and back stitching. Sarah Hatton and Margriet Hogue of the Essamplaire did a wonderful job on this.
We are replacing the carpet in the master bedroom, and I had the carpet place come take out the carpet so I could see if there was any damage to floor from cat/rabbit pee. If so, I would use Killz on it to block any possibility of smell, although just taking the old carpet away seemed to accomplish that. The rabbits have enjoyed running around on the uncovered floor while I cleaned their room and prepared their dinner. Peaches is always first when she hears the dinner bowl hit the floor:
Then Elvis, bringing up the rear of the Bunny Parade!
Happy week ahead!