Because you asked...

so here is a progress report on 
the Frances Pool 1832
This has been my "in between project"...
I pick it up and work on it
in between seasonal designs
that have critical deadlines.
This is what is so nice about a sampler...
it is non seasonal,
no deadlines,
no hurries,
just casual stitching...
 it is what I call an "everyday" piece,
one that can be kept out everyday of the year!

I have actually picked Frances Pool up again
and will put a few more stitches in it,
until I need to start the September Word Play,
the last in this monthly series.
Once the Word Play series is done 
I plan on finishing Frances
and hoping for August/September release
for this antique reproduction chart.
As you can see Frances came to me in pretty sad shape.
Dirty, stinky, holey, along with some stitch loss.
Like many antique samplers,
nails the size of Texas were used to secure it to a crude wooden frame.
The linen had darkened so badly
 that it some of the motifs on the antique
are hard to see.
  I knew that the linen as I see it,
 wasn't how it looked when it was stitched.
In looking closely at the edges of the sampler,
 my best guess was the linen
was closer in shade to the selvedge of the linen,
so this was my guide in matching up the linen.
The piece is being worked on 30 count Parchment linen
using Weeks & GAST flosses throughout.

With thy Needle & Thread,


BrendaS said...

Looks beautiful Brenda. Can't wait for it's release:)) You always have so many wonderful designs and I just don't have that many hours in the day!

gracie said...

It will be magnificent when you complete it.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I am so looking forward to this piece. You are bringing it back to life so beautifully!

Nancy in WI said...

I CAN'T wait for Frances Pool! Love it!

Grit said...

Hallo Brenda,
die Stickerei sieht schon wunderschön aus.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

This is beautiful. I love the linen. Hopefully I will be finished with Straberry Hill before this one is released :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a true labor of love! It's beautiful!

dixiesamplar said...

Good Lord...more samplers to add to my wish list...there goes my granddaughter's college fund :o) JK, Brenda, I am truly looking forward to this one...love the motifs and the colors!

denise said...

can't wait to see it finished. denise

Judy said...

Oh, thank you for the sneak peek. I love this piece, dreaming of the finish! Love the colors, it is just gorgeous. Thank you for bringing it to life for us. It is just so sweet. I plan to get it the minute it hits the shops.
I love your designs, have MANY of them.
Judy in Kansas

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the release of that gorgeous sampler! Thanks for the sneak!

Jeanne said...

what a beautiful sampler....can't wait the see the finished product. love the colors of this one.