I’ve been stitching like mad on the Autumn quakers sampler by Rosewood Manor , and now it’s almost finished – here’s my progress over the past couple of weeks.
I’ve now finished another page and a half (sort of). Here’s the sampler with two thirds of it done – six pages of the chart in total:
Isn’t it looking lovely? It’s quite big, too – about 18 inches high, and I’ve still got another row of chart pages to stitch.
The bottom right hand corner of the sampler has a kind of cartouche, which you add your initial to, choosing from the complete alphabet of letter motifs which are included in the chart booklet. I haven’t stitched that part yet, as I’m not sure if I’m going to do it exactly as the chart says to, or ‘do my own thing’.
But it’s good to see how high the sampler will be in total, now that I’ve stitched the height of that page, even if I haven’t done the whole width yet.
For most of this sampler, I’ve been cutting the thread straight off the little balls of Valdani three-strand thread. I’ve been using one needle per colour, to try to save a bit of time by not having to re-thread one needle all the time. I bought this thread pack specifically for making this design, and it is very cute, in its own little box, but I decided I wanted something even quicker!
So I unwound all the balls, cut the thread into two foot lengths, and looped it onto a wooden thread sorter, which works much better for me.
Should have thought of that before, really, as you can see from this picture that I haven’t got much more to do, now.
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