If I stitch just 3 flowers a day...

it will be finished in 4 days
 (or so I thought...more on that later)
 Does anyone else do this?
Count motifs, estimate how many you will stitch a day,
and then do the math to determine a finish date?

I do this,
 can't help myself...

 I've been telling myself, for some time, that
I am about done with the stitching of this sampler...

I am about done,
 when a piece has 20,000+ stitches,
the problem is,
it can look about done
and still have a few thousand stitches to go...
The "over-ones" are all done.
 That is always a sense of accomplishment!
Love the verse on this one...
The verse is a hymn penned by John Fawcett (1740 - 1817)
Elizabeth Clark has been an enjoyable stitch.
I don't get a lot of stitching time in during the holidays,
 I try try try to sneak in a few stitches a day!

The antique sampler shows lots of fading.
You can see the difference in colors of floss,
 from old to new.
The piece is lovely in it's faded state,
however in charting,
 I have stayed true to the original floss colors
 used by Elizabeth.

When I purchase an antique sampler
 it often times is just one motif that speaks to me,
 and says,
"buy me"!
See those big leaves?
Look harder...do you see the big clusters of grapes?
It is those grapes and grapevine motifs
 that stole my heart...
I'll tell you a little story...
During our college living days,
 the dh & I would load up the kids in our little Dodge Omni hatchback
 and take Sunday drives
through the Des Moines river valley
in search of grapevine.
The area is beautiful in the fall
 and the kiddo's didn't seem to mind!

 It was easy to spot grapevine when the tree leaves started turning.
The crimson to almost deep amethyst colored leaves of the grapevine are very visible then.
 We pulled, tugged, and cut grapevine from the trees
stashed it into the back of our little Dodge Omni.
Bungee cords were used to hold the trunk shut
 and off we'd head down Lincoln Highway 30 towards Ames...
grapevine hanging from our trunk!
Quite the sight...

The vine then got soaked in the kids' blue plastic swimming pool,
to soften the vine.  (Sorry kids, no swimming today!)
 Once softened,
I would create grapevine wreaths.
The wreaths were then decorated with various little hand stitched bears
 or painted wooden geese
sold to local shops.
We are talking early 80's here...
when geese, bears & bunnies
were the decorating craze!

Upon shooting the below photo for today's blog posting,
I noticed another border that I didn't see while charting....ugh
Do you see it?
Look hard, over to the far right, near the frayed edges...
Back to charting,
more stitching,
and more "doin' the math thing".
Scratch any idea that
 this sampler will be done in 4 days...

With thy Needle & Thread,


Colleen said...

I love, love, love this piece!! It's absolutely gorgeous.

I'm retired so you'd think I have lots of time to stitch...HA! So, when I sit down at night to catch a movie with DH I try to get some stitching done. Usually not as much as I'd like, but at least I'm making progress on some of my WIP's :)

Sandra said...

I absolutely love this sampler. Brown is one of my favorite colors, so this one is special. Good luck. Doing reproduction is a labor of love.
Homespun Elegance

Marie in Texas said...

I love the sampler and have been wanting to stitch a sampler with grapes since my husband grew up in Western New York and his dad grew grapes for Welch's and was part of the Welch's grape Co-op. Will put this one on my list to stitch in 2014. Thanks for all your lovely reproductions, Brenda.

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Pam in IL said...

Love it! And, yes I do count and try to estimate how long it will take to stitch a certain area or finish a piece.

Marlene said...

It's lovely! The colors are wonderful. I can't wait until you finish it and have it available for sale but I guess I'll just have to. ;)

Kevin said...

Beautiful sampler, Brenda! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that counting thing with motifs or repetitive patterns on a project! I'll also sometimes pre-thread needles with lengths of flosses so I'm ready to just pick the next needle up and continue on stitching ( I hate all that stopping, threading, etc.. I feel like I'm wasting time! LOL) But, I will TRY to estimate how many needlefuls of thread I'll need in a particular color