April 24, 2011

Easter Greetings!

I spent some time this week on a WIP--and I also started something new: "Dorothy Walpole" by the Scarlet Letter. I'm stitching it using AVAS (it's also charted for DMC) on 40 count Picture This Plus in Legacy. I love the PTP fabrics because they're substantial and the dying results in a particularly nice mottled appearance (which you can't tell from this close-up). The alphabets are mostly done in eyelet stitch. Interestingly, the alphabets make the sampler look Scottish, but it is Irish.


Here's Dorothy's chart.


This is Catharine McNeal 1843 by Samplers Revisted. I made some good progress this week, although the over-one section has slowed me down just a bit. This is being stitched on 36 count Picture This Plus also in Legacy, I think.


I have a concern though. Normally it's my policy not to frog unless it really bugs me or causes havoc with future stitching on the design. The windows should be done in rice stitch (the two-tone is correct on the left window, but I mistakenly stitched it in regular cross). Would you frog it and restitch in the rice stitch, which I correctly did on the right-hand window? There are several more windows, all of which should be done in rice stitch. Hmmmm. It does bug me a bit....


Here we have the Easter Bunny, investigating his treat basket. "Wait. Where are my treats?"

"No treats here! I'm throwing this thing around! And maybe moving out!"

"The Easter Bunny is very unhappy today and is going to make you pay!" Don't feel sorry for the bunny: the basket itself is the treat--it's made from Timothy Hay. And later on there will be fresh dandelions for dinner for all the rabbits.


Happy week ahead from the Grumpy Bunny and all his friends!

25 comments:

bunnygirl said...

Pink makes an excellent Easter Bunny and I'm sure he'll figure out soon that he can nom on the basket.

Hoppy Easter to you and your hoppies!

Catherine said...

Happy Easter to you and your bunnies!! Great stitches!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Beautiful stitching ;)

marly said...

Dorothy looks like a project that will keep a stitcher interested to the end. Your rice stitch question - being answered here by a lazy stitching wimp - means it's not bugging you enough. When it is - you will decide. You're such an accomplished stitcher that I don't feel qualified to answer! Lazy wimp would have done it ALL in cross and kept the rice for pudding.

Katherine said...

Glenna - I'm not a frogger either, but in this case, yes, I would. Have a great Easter!

Debby said...

Poor Bunny - I'm sure he'll be better when he gets his dandelions!!!

I'm with you, I don't like to frog unless I have to. But I really like the rice stitch look of the one window. If you do all the rest in rice stitch, I think you should redo the one that's been done in "plain" x's. I know if it was mine, it would bug me terribly.


Good luck.
Happy Easter

carol fun said...

You have a terrific Easter bunny there. That Timothy hay basket is the perfect treat. I LOVE the Dorothy Walpole sampler - so pretty! Happy Easter!

Nicole said...

Beautiful start on Dorothy, Glenna. I just LOVE this sampler!! Definitely a must get for me!! Catharine is looking great too!! You don't have too much more to go!!

Nicole said...

P.S. Happy Easter to you and the bunnies! :)

Mouse said...

mmmm I have sat and thought about this if it bugs you enough to ask the question then yes I do think you ought to frog it as if all the rest are supposed to be rice stitch then it will stick out like a blind cobblers thumb ..lol so be brave and go for it :) love the bunny treat basket :) love mouse xxxx

Margaret said...

Ok, I love the colors in Dorothy. You've convinced me I need it. lol! As for Catharine -- I hate to say it, but I'd frog. I'm the kind who avoids frogging if at all possible too, but I think this would bug me too much. :(

Happy Easter to everyone in your household!

Nancy said...

Dorothy is beautiful! As to your question about the rice stitch, if it were me it would bug me too much, so yes I would frog the first window and redo in rice.

Love your bunny! Happy Easter!

Jan said...

I hate to say it, but I would frog the window.
The other bunnies must be hiding from Mr. Grumpy. Tell them all Happy Easter!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Both Catherine and Dorothy look fabulous. You've convinced me that I have to add Dorothy to my collection.
Now about the rice stitch... I try to avoid unstitching, but in this case, I would get those cross stitches out of those windows, restitch them in the rice stitch and do the remainder of the windows in the rice stitch.
I am biased though... I love the rice stitch.
An edible basket for the bunnies... how thoughtful. Enjoy your Easter.

Deb said...

You always pick the best samplers Glenna! I have to get over to your blog ASAP to see what new things you're working on. Love Dorothy so much!

Happy Easter to you and your bunnies! Glad they get a treat today!

Cari said...

Gosh Glenna, your selections of samplers is just over the top! You have the most beautiful pieces to work on. I love all of them. And you new blog header photo is BEAUTIFUL. It was quite a surprise when I opened up your blog. Good choice. Happy Easter to you and the bunnies! Hugs

Rabbits' Guy said...

Like the Header.

Frog It. (I don't know for sure what that means but it sounds awesome!)

Pink does NOT look happy, edible basket or not. But - it's more than the gang here got, so enjoy it fellers!

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

Pink does look disgruntled by the whole affair, have you been making him frog perchance?

mainely stitching said...

Baskets FOR the bunnies - I love it!!! :D

As much as I also dislike and avoid frogging, I'm afraid I probably would bite the bullet on this one and re-do the window. Bah! But the rice stitch adds such a nice variation in texture ... Good luck, whatever your decision!

Michelle said...

Loving your start on Dorothy - she is such a pretty one. And yay for making progress on Catherine M. I nearly always end up ripping out and correcting because it bugs me too much to leave it. I do like the extra texture the rice stitch adds, and if you're going to go with all the windows the same, that's the way I'd go.

Karen said...

Beautiful stuff! Looks like you're on the home stretch with Catharine. If the window is bugging you, I'd say frog. Otherwise, everytime someone admires it you'll think "yeah, but the one window should be rice stitch..." Frogging is a PITA and frogging on 40 count is a royal PITA but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Natalia said...

Glenna I love your WIPs, specially Dorothy !!! Beautiful linen and colors...
Being the perfectionist I am, I would frog the window and stitch it with the rice stitch, but that is me... :-)

Siobhan said...

I love your samplers! I am big on not frogging--but you need to do what you think you can live with!

Brigitte said...

Ahhhhh. Another new start, and a fantastic one. Your projects are ALL fantastic!
As for the rice stitched window - I love the look of it and would redo the other windows. But you have certainly made up your mind about it in the meantime. I'm very curious to see what you decided on.

Giovanna said...

Lovely stitching! And I'm on the frogger bench: it's a pain, but it shouldn't take that long, and you'll be that much happier with it.