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Friday, January 3, 2014

A New Year and a New Project

Thanks so much to all of you who joined me on my winter walk!  I hope those of you in the Mid-West and the East are staying warm.  Your weather has made big news out here and I have all of you in my thoughts.  Stay warm and safe!!
I want to share my next project with you.  Last winter my sweet sister gave me an old sampler. Here are photos of it. You are able to see it - (  Here ). As it was winter and he was a bit bored, my DH charted the old sampler.  You can see it -(  Here ). I don't know how I became distracted but I never stitched it.  This was the year!! Last night I stitched part of the border.  I am very excited about this project.  It will be truly one of a kind but more importantly, I feel it is a tribute to the young girls who stitched the early samplers. They didn't have the choices we have today in fabric and floss.  I have tried to stay fairly close to the colors she chose but I am stitching on 28 count linen and hers was a much bigger count, closer to 25. 
Thanks again to my DH, the genealogist, we found Elizabeth  her family in England in 1881.
Here is my very humble beginning:


The border she chose was a bit more orange, but I like this color much better. 

Thanks for joining me today and I hope the week-end will be great for all of you.

20 comments:

  1. Oh I can't wait to see your progress on this sampler!! Please keep posting pictures of it.

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  2. Wow charted it and found her! That makes it very special!

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  3. This is very interesting and yes, I totally get how you feel a connection to the ones who stitched before. Can't wait to watch the progress!

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  4. Pretty pretty. Can't wait to see it grow.

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  5. Love the color of the border already. great story behind the sampler. I too am looking forward to seeing your progress. love Annette

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  6. Wow , so looking forward to seeing this progress. XXX

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  7. You're off to a great start! I look forward to seeing your piece grow.

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  8. Lovely start.Really looking forward to seeing this project develop. How wonderful that you have found out some history about Elizabeth.Do you know what part of England, Barb?

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  9. I can't wait to see this progress!!

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  10. What an ambitious start for the new year! Can't wait to see more of it.

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  11. Looking forward to seeing this progress.

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  12. I am so glad to see you started this. I will enjoy watching your progress.

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  13. Kind of a joint effort between you and your husband. :) I'm really looking forward to seeing your progress!

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  14. Good start and I look forward to your progress on this sampler

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  15. Love that color for the border, Barb!! Enjoy your new project :)

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  16. I'm not able to see your pics, but I like the border so far! I'm excited to watch your progress!

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  17. I can't see the pictures either but I think it's great to stitch a sampler of a girl whose family your husband could trace back. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on it.

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  18. Hi, Barb,
    I really want to see your antique sampler that you charted, but when I click on the links it says I don't have access? Melinda

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  19. That's fantastic! I am looking forward to watching your progress. :-)

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