February 20, 2011

Rolling Down the River

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 Pink.


Then Elvis, bringing up the rear of the Bunny Parade!


Happy week ahead!

31 comments:

mainely stitching said...

LOL @ the bunny parade for food! It's a zoo here, when the food pellets start hitting the various bowls, too. :)

Beautiful new sampler!!!

Catherine said...

Love your new start and other stitches! LOL - love the bunny parade too!

Littlebit said...

Cracking up at the bunny parade pic. That is so cute!!!
Oh wow..your Susan Rambo is going to be stunning. I love the colors..love the SHM sampler, as well.

zoomcity said...

Your stitching is inspirational. I love that Susan Rambo sampler. The colors are delicious. I've never seen Sarah Hatton McPhail before, but it's gorgeous.

Deborah said...

Your stiching is beautiful, as ever.The bunny parade was just plain wonderful.

Melissa said...

A Bunny Parade! I love it!

Yes, Susan Rambo! She's looking lovely. She is definitely on my near list to stitch. I've ordered the silks but what with Nashville market stuff, I figure it will be 3-4 weeks before I get my goodies and can get started. You're off to a great start.

Sarah is looking so pretty. What an interesting sampler she created!

Karen M said...

Love the bunny parade! Your stitchery is overwhelming. How do you manage so much. I would be completely confused!

Margaret said...

Such a cute bunny parade!!!! That's a bummer about Susan Rambo. Dear dear. I'm going to have to check that out. I was planning on stitching it too. Looks nice though. Love Sarah! Boy, do I need to stitch her! Now back to those bunnies..... lol! Hope the rug replacement is going well.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Love the new sampler you have started, those colors certainly are different than the ones in the magazine, but it looks great.

Your bunnies are just too cute!!

bunnygirl said...

Bunny Parade - too cute! I just love Elvis's bunny butt!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a beautiful, new start, Glenna! The colors in the photo are gorgeous!
Sarah McPhail is really coming along and will be another stunner to add to your already impressive collection!
Love your bunny parade pics - they are so darn cute!

Loraine said...

What a fabulous sampler! Love the little bunnies chasing each other too.

Nancy said...

Susan and Sarah are both such wonderful samplers, and you have made nice progress on Sarah. Love those bunny tails!

Michele said...

oooh! I cannot wait to stitch Susan Rambo too! Beautiful start!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the bunny parade. Your Sarah is one gorgeous sampler. Wow... the tree looks fabulous with the addition of those stitches.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Somebody notify Guiness ... that bunny butt parade may be a record!

Karen said...

Wow, your Sarah is coming right along -- she's beautiful! I can't wait to see her finished. And Susan Rambo's a wonderful piece. As soon as I saw her, I knew she had to go on my "to stitch" list.

Love the bunny parade :-)

Sylvia said...

You new sampler is gorgeous! I'm not sure about the purple, but I bet it will look great overall. You have made great progress on SHM - she is stunning.

Your bunnies always crack me up.

Alice said...

Wonderful new start! Love the bunny parade.

Carol said...

Just want to tell you that the photos of your bunny parade started my day with a smile--too cute :)

Siobhan said...

Sarah looks GREAT!! You've made such tremendous progress on it. I love your start on Susan, too. I do love the color of the flower but will take note of the probable oops in thread. Thanks for posting about it--I think it's one of the threads that I have to order.

Katrina said...

Funny bunnies, they are so sweet!!! Love the parade :-).

Gorgeous pieces! I love them both. Sarah is just wonderful and reminds me of spring!

Julie M said...

Beautiful piece! I have learned you can never go by what the colors are in a picture. 9 times out of 10 it looks nothing like what they really are. So if you like how the picture looks, choose your colors from that rather than following the chart.

Cari said...

Love to drool over all of your stitching Glenna. Your pieces are just lovely. And my personal favorite...the bunny parade. The pics just warm my heart! Hugs

merumo said...

Hello, I just found out you have started Susan Rambo's sampler while I was gathering my stuff to get ready :) Yours looks very pretty so far and I'm very tempted!! I agree, I see that color difference on mine, too, as I was checking NPIs in my stash. But I will stick with that one :) I'm still awaiting my friend who are awaiting her supplies to be delivered to start Susan. Happy stitching!

Nicole said...

Beautiful start on Susan!! The bunnies are just too cute! :)

Michelle said...

Susan will be so pretty. I agree that there may have been a number transposed somewhere. How curious. No amethyst squirrels though! Sarah looks lovely too - what a difference that makes to the tree!!! And a bunny parade, too funny.

Kellie said...

Beautiful start on Susan and I love your progress on Sarah. I might have to add both of these to my collection. The bunny parade is adorable.

Giovanna said...

I love that sampler too - how inspiring!

Stitch By Stitch said...

That picture of the bunny parade is the BEST! I had no idea that bunnies got so excited for dinner time:) So precious!

marylin said...

very beautiful,
have a good day

marylin France