Monday, November 21, 2016

Some sampler news....

Greetings,

First off, I thought I would share some progress on my next release, Sarah Ann Marven.  Sarah is a large sampler, and I am currently at a standstill needing to get some more threads.  Sarah's verse is a tribute to her dead mother.  I did not think that I could bare to stitch it so soon after my Mother's passing, but oddly enough it is rather comforting.  


While waiting, I have accomplished a few small finishes.  First is a hornbook design.  A fun, easy stitch.  The chart was purchased from Etsy.  Will be mounted on a breadboard.



Next, a cute Christmas design by Lori Rippey.


A pretty design by Pineberry Lane, Elizabeth Pickford, with a few changes, mostly to use threads that I had.  Elizabeth may become a stitching  bag.


Here is the a beautiful Virginia sampler currently being charted.  She is Elizabeth Tompkins, and I am honored to have been asked by a descendant of Lizzie's to chart her.  There is an enormous amount of  history available on Elizabeth, but unfortunately I have yet to identify the manor house, or find another sampler with this beautiful border.  I believe Lizzie to have been taught by an aunt rather than in a school.  However, another aunt was a teacher at a girls' academy, and is mentioned in Kim Ivey's book, In The Neatest Manner.


Finally, a few photos of a new acquisition, Ellen Spedding 1832.  She features lots of red, a pair of really cool deer, and Adam and Eve.  I love that she wrote "In Adam's Fall, We Sinned All"  Finally, a girl who blamed Adam!  Should be fun to reproduce.



Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Melinda xxx

11 comments:

  1. Love all of the samplers! Happy Thanksgiving!! Janice

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  2. Oh Melinda your needles are flying I just love the looks of all your new reproductions coming out I'm starting a savings account for merry wind farm purchased I can't wait!

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  3. Sarah Ann looks very interesting! Nice to see your other work too. I've never seen that hornbook design. Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

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  4. You've been busy! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Robyn

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  5. Looks like a LOT of stitching going on around there !
    the sampler you were commissioned to repro is gorgeous and so unique. Can't wait to see your newest! hope you have a happy turkey day ! mel

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  6. Your work is simply amazing.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  7. All your small pieces are so pretty. I can't wait to start Emmiline. However, I found a young lady in my DH's line who would have been 10 in 1835 so I will be stitching her name in my sampler.

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  8. All so lovely, Melinda! Happy Thanksgiving to you. Think of you often. Lori

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  9. I'm loving all the sampler charting and future charting and stitching going on! Everything is beautiful! Love the small finishes too. Good luck with all the work ahead!

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  10. Gorgeous stitching and WIPs and charting going on here, wonderful to see.

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