I have finally been able to get some work done on this sampler. We have had such a long winter, and even today – April 27 – we still have snow. But the last few days have actually seen some sun, and it has made working on this project easier. The white stitches on the beige fabric were really testing my eyesight in the dark days we had previously. I still have not figured out what name I will put on the sampler, so I have started working up from the center and I will leave the bottom portion with the name for last.
Kreinik has announced six new metallic thread colors. From left to right: 9132 Lemon Grass, 9732 Blue Grass, 5805 Golden Pimento, 5815 Golden Chardonnay, 5835 Golden Olive, 5845 Golden Cabernet. These are available in Very Fine #4, Fine #8 and Tapestry #12 Braids, and I believe two of the colors are also available as blending filament. We will be getting these into the shop soon.
Lately I have been spending my evenings watching episodes of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice on Netflix. Today I was curious whether there were any cross stitch samplers devoted to these two books, and I found a website for The Stitching Parlor Inc, which designs antique-looking samplers. There are quite a few that are based on Jane Austen novels: Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion. I know I wouldn’t have time to complete even one of these immense samplers right now, but as one of my suppliers distributes charts from The Stitching Parlor, I think they may be next on my list to order for the shop.
The Daughters of Longbourn
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy of Pemberly
A Ball at Netherfield
Mr. Collins Abode
So maybe you can’t dine at Rosings twice a week like Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins, but you can stitch it to hang on your wall. The Stitching Parlor doesn’t seem to have any Bronte-inspired samplers, but I will keep looking!
My 4 year old informed me that I was stitching this all wrong. When I asked what she meant, she said “you already stitched all of the ABCs”. True, I had already stitched the entire alphabet once. Why was I doing it again? She will probably be shocked to see how many alphabets this thing ends up with when it is finished.
I haven’t been able to do much stitching lately. We went on a wonderful trip to Disney World during the kids’ Spring Break, and when we got home there was the usual unpacking to do plus lots of catching up work-wise. I am still not completely done, and we have been home for 6 days. But the trip was so worth it. We have been to Disney before, but this time we stayed an extra 2 days longer than usual. We are already talking about when we will get to go back. Whenever it is, it won’t be soon enough for me.
Today marks the start of the weekend and I am hoping I can get some major Spring Cleaning done in the next couple of days. My daughter doesn’t have preschool on Fridays, so she was home today. This meant that I couldn’t get any work done, so cleaning was about all I could do. I washed the kitchen floor and the cleaned the cabinets, and got caught up on laundry, vacuuming, dusting, and dishes. Tomorrow I tackle the bathrooms. The windows will have to wait, since we still have snow and they are calling for another 8 inches in a couple of days. Yes, I realize that it is the middle of April. That doesn’t mean much in Michigan. And the day the snow is all gone, we will have to turn on the A/C! That day can’t come quickly enough…