Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Beloved is Finished! Harriot is next!

I worked on it all last week and finally finished up on Saturday.
The part that took the longest of course was the green lawn background, which was filled in with a horizontal stem stitch.

I love the little dog and bunny on the lawn!

The white veranda is stitched in a horizontal and slanted satin stitch.
The little flowers at the bottom were added after the lawn was completed.

The whole thing measures 3-1/2" X 2-1/2".

Here is the finished sampler.

My Beloved - The Scarlet Letter 

For my next project, I decided to take on The Harriot Boardman Sampler.

The Harriot Boardman Sampler - 1804
I am using DMC, stitching on 25-count green linen. I must say I am intrigued with this linen. It is dyed with different colors in the warp and weft, as the original was. It is a unique combination of blue and green threads.

This is a WIP. Here is where I left off:

A closer look:

The sampler comes from Dover, Massachusetts.

The stitches used include cross, satin, eyelet, stem, counted thread and freehand.

This type of ground has been found on samplers made from 1788 through the 1820's, from Canada and Maine to Washington D.C., but is most  frequently found on samplers from the north shore, Essex County Massachusetts and eastern New Hampshire.

The deer, flower pot, and grass at the bottom are all freehand. That should be interesting!


cucki said...

Aww such a sweet finish,,well done dear..
Your new sampler start is so lovely too..
Love xx

McKenna C. said...

Congrats on your finish! It looks awesome! I could never figure out all those different stitches. :P


Julie said...

Beautiful finish and such a pretty sampler.

Margaret said...

I love your finish! So cool!!! Your next start is wonderful too!

P.J. said...

Nice job, can't wait to see the finish on Harriot.

Nicola said...

I will be following Harriet with great interest.

Barb said...

A great finish and your new project looks very interesting. I think it looks quite lovely.

Siobhán said...

Wow, congratulations on the finish! You are whipping through those samplers, you go girl!!

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the lovely finish! You made it!

Mary said...

Lovely little finish! Great WIP, too. You're right, interesting piece of linen, and so pretty.

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing 'My Beloved', it's gorgeous. I feel your pain on the over one on 35 count, my oldest wip is that which is why it's my oldest!

Love the linen for Hannah, she's looking lovely

Susan said...

Congratulations on your finish! Beautiful WIP. Love the colors.