February 19, 2012

WIP 18: Revisiting the Product of My Needle Sampler

Hi, all! It's been a busy week, but I've been chugging along on my various samplers, and I spent all of today stitching away on four designs--Sarah Hatton, Dorothy Walpole, Snowy St. Nick and a new design toward the end of this post. WIP is The Product of My Needle Sampler by The Scarlet Letter. It's an original design by them, meaning it's not a true reproduction, although it looks a lot like one. The colors are especially nice in it, but I started it years ago and disliked the 32 count fabric I used, and the fact that I was using only one strand of the AVAS, which means all the filled in black didn't have quite enough coverage. I am not fond of skimpiness, so I put it away. I'd gotten pretty far along, but I decided to restart it on 40 count fabric, using a piece of older Lakeside from my stash (probably Examplar). I didn't have to buy any new fibers and the spool of silver metallic cord was still in the project bag. Here's the new start, which I'm much happier about:


The old sampler on 32 count. Not bad, but it irked me.


And the design, which was copyrighted in 1988, although it's still available on the SL website (for $7! A bargain, truly!)


I worked at the shop yesterday, and a bunch of brand-new JBW designs arrived. I snatched up two of them. For JBWs, they're pretty large (this one is 76 W x 207 H). This is "The Rabbit Alphabet," which is charted for 28 Linen in Antique White, using Crescent Colors in House Wine, WDW in Camellia or DMC in #3731 (the consensus in the shop is that the DMC is too bright). Personally, I think it'd be especially nice stitched on a piece of Cashel in "Baby Lotion."


I started this on a piece of Porelain Lakeside 40 ct from my stash, but I think I'll go back to the shop and get the Baby Lotion fabric, since the design calls from 10 1/4" buttons, 6 3/8" buttons and one 1/2" button, so the scale will be off. I'm using Silk 'n Colors in Raspberry Parfait.


I picked up this little design as well: "Rose Motif Sampler." I'm showing the WDW I'm going to stitch it with--Crape Myrtle--which is very variegated. I think I'll stitch it on Baby Lotion also.


Here's Pink, approving of the pink rabbits on the pink fabric.


Happy week ahead--back next Sunday with yet another WIP.

24 comments:

Margaret said...

Ok, this SL piece is when I started following your blog! lol! I remember you were looking for tulip samplers. :D I think you'll probably be happier stitching it on the higher count linen. Too bad you had to restart though. Love the JBW pieces you picked up. Never seen them before -- they're so you! Bunnies galore! lol! Well, maybe not the second one, but still. Love them! What color is baby lotion fabric?

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You have been very busy! I do think Pink really does approve of the rabbits!

marly said...

One of the best Pink portraits I've seen.

Linda said...

I love the samplers and wish I could stitch them. Great job - they look awesome. Tell Pink I said hi.

Linda

Laurie in Iowa said...

I haven't seen the SL sampler before... Nice. If you weren't happy with your start you made the right decision to start it over on a higher count linen. Why be unhappy... stitching should be fun.
I can see why you had to have the JBW chart.... bunnies, bunnies everywhere.
Glad Pink approves.

Karen said...

The SL piece is so pretty. I agree with you about the coverage; it looks much nicer on the 40 count.

Those JBW pieces are really nice! The little rose sampler may have to come live with me.

Daffycat said...

Oooo, the black & gold on PMNS is so gorgeous! The spots and dots of fabric showing through the black would have irked me too, I like the smaller count much better.

Awwww, I LOVES your new bunny project! What a darling design.

Laura said...

Everything is totally gorgeous!!!!!!!

Catherine said...

I'm with you on the coverage! It would have irked me too! Love the bunnies and roses patterns as well! Z

Beth said...

Rabbit motif fan - I love the new JBW piece - and I'm sure your bunnies approve too!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pink has great taste!

Chris said...

That SL piece looks great. Very much like a Norwalk sampler.
Love the new JBW stash too.

Krista said...

Pink is so CUTE! Love your stitching, that bunny sampler is so sweet!

Mugwump Woolies said...

The bunny sampler is so sweet! Could Pink come to my house for a play date? I have carrots!
Robyn

Anna van Schurman said...

I'm so impressed when people start over. I just cannae be bothered. I must be a perfectionist. ;)

Katrina said...

Love the SL piece!!!! Cute pink bunnies too :-).

Nancy said...

Have fun stitching your sampler Glenna, and I like your new choice of linen better too! Thanks so much for sharing the JBW Designs. I hadn't seen them yet, and I love both of them! Lovely picture of pink - was she the inspiration for the Rabbit Alphabet?

barbara said...

Pink looks both dignified and approving. :)

Deb said...

You know, I really have to stop visiting your blog because every time I do I'm writing down another piece that I want to stitch. And I think Pink is thrilled that you're going a bunny piece.

Michelle said...

Love the restart - I think you'll be much happier with it on the higher count. And the bunny sampler is fabulous - it will be great on the baby lotion fabric!

woolwoman said...

BEAUTIFUL head study of Pink - love the bunny alphabet - darling!
Enjoy your week - melody

Siobhán said...

Love that tulip sampler! How pretty. Ugh on the restarting but if you're happy with the higher count--go for it! That bunny sampler is adorable.

Kellie said...

Love all of your WIPs! And Pink too, of course! :)

Sharon said...

It has been SEW long since I have done this type of craft. Your samples are beautiful.