Monday, April 8, 2013

Catching Up My SALs

  Since I finished Tommye's birthday gift and the 2 memorials I needed to complete, I have moved back to working on my SALs.  I am woefully behind on the Maryland Inspiration Sampler and have been working on that for the last couple of days.  I've had some issues with some of the colors (what else is new??) so I have stitched and ripped and stitched again to get it the way I want it.   I have converted from the over-dyed to the solid silk in a couple of places (both of the vines) and had to dig for older skeins for a couple of others so the dye lots are better matched to what the designer selected.  This is where it is right now.

Maryland Inspiration Sampler
40 ct Lakeside w/ Belle Soie &
Needlepoint Silk
I love this piece but it is huge and there are a ton of color changes.  Good thing it's in a rotation!

  Ann Bowers saw a little stitching time as well.  I'm not too much farther along than last time but she is next up to see some serious needle time!
45 ct Italian Linen w/DMC

 Last but not least, I have revived a piece for the Scarlet Letter Challenge.  I finished Ann Grimshaw back in February and haven't worked another SL since then.  Next up in that category is Flamestitch Sampler.

Flamestitch Sampler
36 ct Summer Khaki w/DMC
Sorry for the creases but I try not to iron until I'm ready to frame.  This piece is just getting to the good parts and I'm looking forward to getting back to work on it on a regular basis. The bargello is going to be so much fun!!

  I do still have Francis Pool waiting patiently in the wings and I will try to get her back in the rotation as well.  She is close to a finish so that should act as motivation!!


  1. Such beautiful works in progress..... That Flamestitch Sampler is just stunning!!!!

  2. Hello

    Just found your blog.
    Your stitching is beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much! And now I've found you too!! It will be fun seeing what you stitch next!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your samplers they are going to make me look at a few of them again.
    I will be up home in Northern Va in May and doing some house/dog sitting for my niece while she is on her honeymoon. She lives in Ruthers Glen.

  4. Laura, Laura, Laura:

    You have been a busy girl! I love all the samplers you are working on! You are making great progress!

    I am stuck in model stitching land! Ann Bowers is oh HOLD for the moment. I am still working on my SL Manifesto on Sundays!

    Happy Stitches,



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