So, I called up one of the second stringers, Moira Blackburn's, Time and Seasons.
It's a beautiful sampler that I began 2 years ago...yikes, and according to this spreadsheet that I keep I haven't stitched on it for 15 months!!! Oh my...but anyway, I put needle to fabric and I did a couple of acorns and a few of the leaves on left side. Not a lot of stitching but enough to satisfy me. When I began stitching this sampler, I changed the colorway to a more antique palette from Vicki Clayton silks. Kwilty Kim did her sampler with that colorway and it's so soft and vintage. Just the look I wanted.
I also received this sampler in the mail the other day. It's also from Moira Blackburn, a reproduction sampler called Maria Short. I first saw this sampler on Donna's blog, Cross Stitch Samplers and Such and I KNEW I had to have it. It came earlier this week from Criss Cross Row. I had to start it too, right away. I haven't put a lot of stitches into it, just a bit of the upper border and the upper left motif. It's done in DMC and I am stitching it on 36ct Antique White Edinburgh linen.
This is the description of the sampler that I pinched off Moira's website:
This sampler has been re-produced from one sewn by Maria Ann Short in 1829 at the age of 11 Years. It was worked on fine linen, over two threads in silk. A religious text was worked over one thread ‘Lord make me understand thy Law Show what my faults have been And from thy gospel let me draw Pardon for all my Sin’.
Two alternative verses are included with the Chart and an Alphabet if you wish to include your own choice.
‘She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands’Proverbs 31.13
I am going to stitch the Proverbs verse, I didn't get a choice of verses with the sampler. Hmm-mm. I thought about stitching it tonight but the linen really needs to be zigzagged or hemmed before I get going on it. Fraying linen drives me nuts. All those loose linen threads...grr-rrr.
Now, I am just waiting for my fabric for the Stitcher's Wallet, a lovely pattern from The Gift of Stitching.
Earlier this evening, I tried to fix the broken links in this post and I inadvertantly deleted the bottom of this post. I posted about going to see the Cadet and how I was so anxious to see him.
We went yesterday, it was a great day (but expensive, he needed many things from the grocery store). We took him out for dinner and hit the grocery store, Borders, Best Buy and Wegmans. It was a fast afternoon. I miss him an awful lot!