June 16, 2013

Decisions

Hello, all! I seem to be having trouble posting photos this afternoon--my computer connection seems to be a bit slow. Incoming thunderstorms? I had wanted to show you some photos of my progress on various projects, since I finished up Liz Easdon and her endless lawn this week! I finally had had enough of my ditherings, grabbed her up one day at lunch at work and stitched feverishly, then came home and stitched until 1 a.m. and put in another hour (mostly clean-up, clipping stray threads, trimming the fabric and taking inventory of all the various motifs to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything) on Saturay. I did leave two over-one lambs out of the final project--I just couldn't bear any further over-one or funky little animals, so the two sheep at the top of the lawn are child-free by choice. Off I rushed to In Stitches to consult with a framer. After months of carrying Liz around in her project bag, it seemed odd to return home without her, although I didn't exactly leave the shop empty-handed, and the project bag has a new tenant.
Meet Agnes Platt. I contemplated lots of samplers--the new Brandywine sampler, for one, which I saw IRL at the Woodlawn show. No, too large at the moment, although I'm not normally given to feeling overwhelmed, that's exactly how I felt, and if you've seen the materials list, since stitching with Belle Soie is my new THING, I decided to give my pocketbook a break. For now. I will stitch it in the future, I'm quite sure. Although it's in line behind six or eight other projects at the moment. Anyway, Agnes is reproduced by Blackbird Designs (who are ever so slowly dragging me into the idea of applique and quilting). I bought Agnes for the OTHER sampler in the booklet--the Strawberry Sampler. The pin pillow is darned cute too. I'm happy to report that all three projects use most of the same color palette, so it's something of a bargain, especially since I came home and did a conversion to Belle Soie mostly from my stash, plus picked up just a few new colors(including Strawberry Shortcake, which you see forming the strawberry here). It's charted for Gentle Arts (or DMC). I'm stitching it on 40 count Lakeside in Bisque.
I also picked up Sarah Chapple 1831, by Shakespeare's Peddler, too. I didn't kit her up, wanting to see what I had at home for NPI fibers, but I did get a few of the Silk n Colors and Glorianas called for by the design, since my stash of those is limited. I'm looking forward to stitching the flowers in both borders, and the house! I will probably start this in the next few weeks. And I've picked up Dorothy Walpole, aiming for a summer finish on her as well (loosly, let's say Labor Day). And maybe Christinia Cathcart by Christmas.
Pink: "I'm undecided. Stay out or go in?"
Happy week ahead!

16 comments:

Katrina said...

Love, love, love Miss Easdon!!!!! Gorgeous sampler. And Agnes is so pretty, great thread choices.

Melissa said...

Congratulations on finishing Elizabeth! She is a beauty. I laughed at your reference to the being lamb free by choice!

Love your new start on Agnes. I have this chart too and love all the pieces in it. I want to start Sarah this summer - am waiting for my linen. Anyway, we have very similar choices!

Happy Stitching, Glenna!

marly said...

Congratulations on another fabulous finish. Beautiful. I really like Sarah and then I looked closer and I think the verse is over one. No can do!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

All the samplers are pretty!

llknbillburg said...

Congrats on your finish!! That always feels so good and fires us up for a new start. I love your new pieces and am trying really hard NOT to start S. Chapple myself! I am hanging tough with the Year of the UFO but the temptations are many!!!
Laura

MarchAnn said...

Such wonderful samplers. Great finish my friend.

Deb said...

Glenna - Elizabeth is a beautiful sampler. Congratulations on your finish!! The other samplers that you have lined up are wonderful. I haven't purchased S. Chapple yet, but I know that it won't be long were my resolve wears down!!

Jan Gartlan said...

Liz is gorgeous. Well done! Your new samplers will be equally as stunning

Karen said...

Beautiful finish! I think you're enabling me with Sarah; the colors are so pretty.

Margaret said...

Your Liz Easdon is amazing! So gorgeous! Wow! Love your new start. I swear I didn't even think about the sampler and now you've got me drooling over it. lol! I have Sarah Chappelle too -- she's a pretty one!

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish! Can't wait to see it framed.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the great finish! Nice new start, those colours are lovely.

Cari said...

Your work is amazing Glenna, eye candy for sure ! I love Belle Soie and use it in just about every sampler I stitch. Kitty and Bunny looks like they are in cahoots. Enjoy your week!

Penny said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! Sounds like you have some wonderful stitching plans!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Yay! Another finish and some coin for the framer! Very nice.

Pink - put on roller skates and give it a go!

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenna,
I love your blog. I wanted to ask you some questions about your Charlotte Clayton colors. I could not find an e-mail for you on your blog. Could you e-mail me at
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Thanks!
Robin