Tuesday, September 08, 2009

P&P by The Sampler Girl & a BIG new start!

I'm just dropping by once again to share a few stitching photos. I know my posts are rare these days - but I will stop by when I have enough stitching photos to share.

I finally finished a design by The Sampler Girl! Why oh why it's taken me so long to do that I don't know, as I absolutely adore Tanya's designs and love her wonderful blog. I don't see this one stitched up often enough - and it's very pretty, take my word for it - the scan doesn't do it any justice at all.

Pride & Prejudice by The Sampler Girl
Fabric: R&R 32-Count Crème Brulee linen

As it wasn't intended as a wedding/anniversary sampler I decided the most appropriate would be to use Elizabeth & Darcy's initials instead, and I kept in the year that P&P was published. Just enough specialty stitches to make it very fun to stitch too.

And my new (big) start - Le Marquoir de Justine. I've wanted to stitch this for many years, so I can't tell you how excited I am to have made a start.



For those who don't know the story behind Le Marquoir de Justine... This is a reproduction sampler charted by Anne Pelletier-Pauleau. The original sampler I believe is in a museum in Provence. The original was stitched by a little girl, Justine Matthy, aged 8 in 1818, when she was preparing for her First Holy Communion. She sadly died only two years later at the age of ten.

I would guess that I'm about 1/3 into it. I'd love to keep stitching on, but I'm getting a bit frustrated by the size. I don't like to stitch in hand, and using q-snaps on something this big can get a bit messy at a certain point! So to avoid pulling my hair out, I'm going to take a wee break and stitch on something else for a while instead. Though I can't wait to get back to it!

This is mostly being stitched with NPI silks. There was one NPI I had to switch as it got lost in the fabric - I couldn't find another NPI in my stash that worked, so I subbed it with Crescent Colours Little House Brown instead (an odd choice, but it seems to be working). I'm using Lakeside Linen 40-Count Vintage Nutmeg that I've seen a few other stitchers use and absolutely fell in love with.

I already know the exact spot I'll be hanging this up when it's finished too! :-D

12 comments:

staci said...

Aren't Tanya's designs just the sweetest??? Congrats on a wonderful finish!

gio162 said...

Congrats on the finish, and oh my, Justine is looking just wonderful! What a great choice of fabric, I'm in awe.

mainely stitching said...

Oh I just LOVE your new project - and wow, you're so far into it already! I agree, handling the big QSnaps gets to be a pain. I wonder about a floor stand ....

Your finish of Tanya's design makes me want to pull all mine out and start on them right NOW!

Tanya said...

Your PRIDE... is lovely! Glad you enjoyed stitching it :)

Tanya

Karoline said...

Justine is looking stunning, fantastic progress. Pride is looking lovely

CindyMae said...

What a gorgeous finish! Beautiful work!! Love the new start as well, already, fantastic progress!!

Tracey said...

P&P looks gorgeous! And I like your idea for the initials and the year.. this one is on my wish list but someday I will get it and stitch it. :)
The sampler is coming along nicely- I completely understand your frustration though! I think I will be going through that soon when I stitch Tanya's "Sense and Sensibility" sampler. Not quite as large, but long..

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish and I love your new start!

claudia said...

very nice work,Compliments and have a nice day from Tenerife
Claudia

Stitchingranny said...

P & P sampler is very pretty Tina and I just love the look of the new one. I find that as long as I remember to take my work out of the frame as soon as I am finished it really does no harm covering the stitching (though a layer of thin wadding or felt helps protect the stitching too.

photo stitching said...

Great stuff!

Romy S said...

Hi Tina-

You asked me to put up some of my stitching on my blog and I have. Please see my latest posting below. Happy New Year! Romy

http://outsidethelane.blogspot.com/