Saturday, March 20, 2010

My wip of AWFAA and some goodies I got.

This is my latest wip photo of All Was for An Appil from the Scarlet Letter.
I am so happy to have finished stitching those trees :) which by the way I
change the color to an overdyed since I wanted the tree to have more color.

I still have to outline the parrot by Adam's side and the right clouds. I am
really enjoying myself in having time to stitch on my wips. I also change the
color on the snake, I went with a darker shade of grey blue.

Now I would like to share with you some of my new stash I just received from Kathy at  I am so excited with everything.  I got seven new pairs of scissors--four of them are the antique reproduction style and I just love them.  The other three pairs were the new Kelmscott Little Gems in primitive black, the Steweb scissors and the Elizabeth I scissors.  I also got some new Mother of Pearl Thread Winders and Thread Drops and the lovely new Hearts Afire Needleminder.  Also, Kathy  just introduced me to these  wonderful Thread Savers from Rosewood Manor.  They are made of wood and are very very smooth and they will not snag our wonderful silk fibers. I have simply fallen in love with them!

I also got The Village Square Sampler from Samplers Remembered, two new charts from The Marking Sampler and five new charts from Threads Through Time!  I feel like a child on Christmas morning!  I cannot wait to begin winding my silks and stitching one of my new charts.

I would also like to tell you that The MadStitcher now has a message board on her website and I would love to see you all over there so we can talk and share. You have to register to avoid spammers but it is easy to do. Hope to see you all there.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Marie was kind enough to send me a photo of Cathie's Needlecharmer all finished and framed.  It is so lovely.  She did a wonderful job on the stitching and the framing just sets it off beautifully.  Thank you Cathie and Maria for sharing this beautiful photo with me. I just love all of Cathie's beautiful samplers.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New WIP Photos from Kiki

Kiki has really been stitching and has sent me more photos of her wips.

This is Trinity: All she has left to do is finish the border. Isn't it gorgeous? Kiki you are doing a fabulous job on this one.

And here is the beginning of her Quaker Virtues Project. Kiki has chosen 9 of the Quaker Virtues designs and is stitching them on 1 large piece of fabric. She chose not to do Faith as it has a slightly different stitch count (although this is easily corrected) and is doing the other nine alphabetically--Honesty, Humility, Love, Patience, Peace, Prosperity, Obedience, Strength, and Wisdom. 3 across x 3 down.  She is leaving 10 stitches (20 threads) between each section making this a total of 440 x 470. She is using 36 ct fabric 1 over 2. So the total size for this will be 24.5 x 26.2 plus whatever margin she leaves when finishing it.

I don't know if  you can see it in the photo but she has gridded out all nine squares so she can get her placement right. I cannot wait to see how this comes out. Several people have mentioned doing this but this is the first person I know of who has actually started it. Thank you so much, Kiki, for sharing your beautiful work with us.  Please keep us updated.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Maria from Canada sent me these three wonderful pictures
of her friend Cathie, also from Canada of her finished samplers.

The top one is "Stella Jones 1811" which she stitched it on 32 count
Belfast linen with GAST, the second picture is "1831 Quaker Samplar"
which is also a antique reproduction, she stitched it on 32 count Flax
linen with DMC threads.

The bottom one is "Black Dahlia" she stitched it on 32 count Flax linen
using DMC threads, but most of all I love what she did. Cathie did
her own verse and added a beautiful silver cross charm WOW that
really caught my eye since it looks so beautiful and personalized it
to her liking. Great stitching Cathie and love what you did.

Maria also sent me pictures of Cathie's wall of samplers that she has
stitched through the years and every sampler on that wall was too
beautiful to describe. Thank you Maria and Cathie for your kindness
and generosity in sharing pictures of your finished samplers with me.

God bless, Vilma