Friday, January 21, 2011

Progress on Susannah King Sampler

It's been a busy week at work, but I have made some progress on my Susannah King Sampler. Even with a three-way bulb over my shoulder and an Ott Light, I still can't hardly see what I am doing, so it is very slow going.

I stitched the Eagle above the house, and the motifs to the left of the house.  I also finished a few more letters in the saying, which is stitched over 1 on 28 count linen (how do you 40 and 45 count stitchers do it?).  I also finished some more of the flowers around the border and the grass under the houses.

I realized after I stitched the chain stitch around the Eagle that it was supposed to be in the tan color, but I rather like the blue.  Sorry, Susannah, this is my sampler now and with all due respect to the integrity of your work, I'm just not going to change it.  Of course, I changed the left wing to be the same as the right wing.  The pattern called for it to be somewhat smaller, but my accountant brain just couldn't stand for it to not be a mirror image.  I asked my DS (15) what the proper word for that was, and his reply was "A-Count-Ant."
What would we do without teenagers to bring us down a notch or two?


  1. Your sampler is going to be gorgeous. I just love this! I'm going to have to look for the pattern - it looks familiar and I might have it in stash. I'm going to have to look. I just love everything about it. I think that I like the blue chain stitch around the bird - it defines it a little better, but if you hadn't said anything, I would have thought that was the way it was suppose to be. I just love all the different stitches in this piece.

    Oh and if stitching one over one on 40 ct. fabric, I think that most of us use a tent stitch going this direction \\\\\\\\\ and it seems to cover well.

  2. Thanks so much. The pattern is by Just Crossstitch Seven Historical Samplers-The Chester County Collection. Oh and thanks for sharing the info on the 1 on 1 stitching. At least that would make it not quite so difficult.