Saturday, December 6, 2014

Elena Tratman 1824

is actually charted!!  Happy dance!  I finally broke down and purchased a MacStitch program.  Probably the best $65 I have ever spent.  I had been struggling away for 6 months trying to chart mt first antique sampler.  I printed off lots of graph paper, invested in an array of colored pens and pencils, and spent hours trying to examine the sampler with a magnifying glass.  Of course, every time a mistake is made you have to start over.

Well Macstitch is the best thing since sliced bread.  I accomplished in a two weeks what I had been trying to do for months!  Of course, this is not taking into account the fact that when I was 2/3 done, I decided to try and resize the chart, and of course messed it all up and had to start over.  Now to stitch her and then print up the charts.  I sure hope I'm not to old to start this new endeavor .

Probably an English sampler, I would hazard to guess northern England.  Strawberry border, house, animal motifs and trees.  Unusual in that there is no alphabet.

I'm trying to research this building and see if it resembles any castle of the time.

Love how she squeezed in her name.

Several cute deer and a verse from 1743.

I hope you like this sampler!  On to stitching the model.  I hope to have this finished and available in a few months.



  1. I am so impressed at your effort and success! I will look forward to it being a chart!

  2. She is lovely! This is very exciting! Good luck in your new venture. I guess you like Macstitch? Nice to know!

  3. The sampler is amazing! I love the colours and motifs. Sounds like macstitch was a big headache saver!

  4. Fabulous. Congratulations on the finish! When it's ready for sale, it will be closer to summer. YAY!!!!

  5. Melinda,
    You are not too old to learn to do this! Love your antique sampler. I will be in line to purchase your pattern when completed. You go girl! Hugs, Lori

  6. Love it Melinda! Congrats on charting your first sampler. It is something I yearn to do someday as well. Love the pink house and the animals.

  7. Beautiful Melinda, never ever to old to learn. Love the holiday sampler, so wonderful.Blessings Francine.

  8. Sweet sampler! Love the deer! Congrats!

  9. I admire you for taking this to task and being so persistent with it. She is a beauty - good luck with model stitching. Hope you are enjoying the season - Mel

  10. Melinda ~
    Congrats on teaching yourself to use the program and not throwing it out to pasture when you lost all you work.
    Hugs :)

  11. How wonderful! I love everything here.