Thursday, June 24, 2010

Plymouth Sampler finished!

Hello stitchers one and all - I'm excited to report I finished up Plymouth Sampler a few days ago. I'm doing the happy dance to be sure! I finally had time today during lunch to press it and get a decent photo. It was a lot of stitching as it's fairly "solid" but lots of fun especially once you get the houses done This was designed after the 9-11 terrorist attack by Brenda Keyes of The Sampler Company as a tribute to America. It is stitched on Vintage Meadow Rue 40-count linen by Lakeside - I purchased this lovely mottled piece of linen some years ago and glad I did. The linen the Lakeside ladies are dying these days is not nearly as mottled as it used to be - maybe because they are dying in bigger lots of linen? I don't know but even my LNS owner was commenting on the changes she's noticed (not that we don't still love Lakeside Linens!). It's charted for DMC floss but I stitched the conversion to Needlepoint Silks that my LNS provided some years back.



If anyone in the domestic U.S. would like the chart please mention it in a comment to this post and I will draw a name in a week or so and pass it on to someone else. It's "gently used" but still totally usable - I wrote the conversion on the chart and it does have a piece of scotch tape along the center where the chart (it's big) was folded in half - I was afraid it would get too worn there so I taped over the crease. It comes with all the accompanying extras included in the original pattern - a chart of alphabets, some history of samplers, etc.

I also finished a little self-framing project (patting myself on the back). This was another piece I pulled out of my "waiting to be framed" pile and decided I could do myself. Once I realized the piece was not as big as I remembered it, I had a brainstorm that it might fit into one of those pre-made frames for panoramic photos. I found this frame at a framing shop on sale for $8.99 - it was pretty ugly when I bought it (see before and after below) but I spray-painted it white, added a little Martha Stewart fine glitter, and it worked out great. This is a Shepherd's Bush piece that was stitched a few years ago in a round robin. Total cost of framing was $13 as I used my 50% off coupon at JoAnn's for the spray paint. :)



"Snowpatch" by Shepherd's Bush
Stitched on pale green linen with silks

Now I'm concentrating on working on With My Needle by The Goode Huswife and Quakers & Quilts by Rosewood Manor. I was sort of stalled on both of them for a bit but now getting going again. It's hot here this week so I'll be taking a dip in the pool this evening and I want to catch that new show called "Boston Med" which looks interesting. Here's a photo of our dog Abby - we call her "Princess Bea" and you can see why. She's got a wonderful life let me tell you!

35 comments:

  1. Wow! Great finish! Congratulations! And your framing job is great! I need to learn how to do that! lol! Your doggie is a cutie!

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  2. WOW!!! I love your finishes.. Your blog is chalked full of gorgeous finishes. The frame looks great.

    hugs
    -missy-

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  3. Congratulations on your finish! It's beautiful! I would love to have a chance at winning the chart. :0)

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  4. Oh, an absolutely great finish. Congratulations! I love this chart very much and have it in my folder for this year's to-be-started projects. Your framed piece looks very good.

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  5. I love Brenda Keyes - her projects always appeal to me. I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

    What gorgeous finishes! You did a great job with your own framing. What a difference a coat of paint makes!

    Looks like your pup is living the good life like my 2!

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  6. Wow, do I love your finishes. Brenda Keyes designs are always so wonderful and I love the fabric that you did yours on. And your framing came out wonderful. Can't beat $13 with a stick for framing!

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  7. Congratulations on your "Plymouth Sampler" finish. Great stitching! Please enter me for a chance at winning this great sampler. Thanks!

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  8. Isn't it wonderful when you get a few things done and framed...I have a few to work on too.
    I,too, would be interested in stitching your giveaway chart...please enter my name!!!
    Blessings, Dianntha

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  9. Plymouth is beautiful. You have inspired me to get mine out (only the left-hand building and border done) and plug away at it. The big blocks of color make it a bit more difficult for me. I agree about the mottled fabric. I love LL but if I want really mottled linen, I buy the Picture This Plus. Your framing treatment is so darned cute!

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  10. what a great finish! I'd love to be in your drawing for the chart.
    You can't beat those less expensive framing finishes!! Your turned out great.

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  11. Gorgeous finish!!!! And I'd love to be in the drawing for the chart.

    Your framed SB piece is so pretty too :-).

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  12. Forgot to say, what a cute puppy picture :-). She looks very comfy.

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  13. Your Plymouth Sampler looks beautiful! The colors are very pretty. I would love to have a chance to win it.

    You did a nice job on framing the SB piece. diana.h@comcast.net

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  14. Great finish!

    I love how you finished/framed the SB piece too! the frame turned out really nice!

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  15. Your Plymouth Sampler looks wonderful Jeanne - I really should make a start on mine and I love your framing of Snowpatch, you've done a wonderful job on that one too! :o)

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  16. The Plymouth Sampler is gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing it and on all the framing you've been doing.

    I think we talked about a SAL for Quakers and Quilts over on the WIP board on Legacy. Don't get too far ahead of me since I won't get back to Q & Q until I finish my Moira Blackburn sampler (hopefully in a couple of weeks).

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  17. What a beautiful finish!!! I would love to be entered in the drawing for the chart. Thanks!!

    edgar

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  18. Love your finishes...and what you did with the frame. What did you think of BostonMed? I can't imagine the stress of working with all the commotion and noise, with people's lives hanging on my decision.

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  19. Oh gosh, Jeannie, it's STUNNING. You must be so thrilled! :D :D :D

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  20. Oh, that is just beautiful. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing that. You did a wonderful job. The Shepherd's Bush is a colorful cutie as well. Love them both. Can't wait to see the sampler framed.

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  21. Congratulations on your finish! Love what you did with that frame for your SB piece :)

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  22. Plymouth Sampler is looking gorgeous and I love your framing of Snowpatch. Congratulations

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  23. Wow! What a STUNNING finish! Seeing yours definitely makes me want to stitch it, so thanks for a chance at the chart!

    Love your SB finish and frame, you did a really lovely job :)

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  24. Congratulations on a stunning finish!

    Love your SB finish too. So cute!

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  25. Wow, what a magnificent finish!
    I love that very much.
    Great job on the framing too - it has turned out so nice.
    Maybe I'll pluck up courage to frame something of mine.

    Margaret

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  26. Well I have just found you and now I have to go look at older posts as your work is fantastic! I happy dance a lot with Heidi so I dont mind putting on the shoes and dancing with you too. The SB in its 'new' frame is a definite want it want it, perhaps Iwill have second thoughts and not go look as I think you may be a bad influence as I am easily led lol. lOVE that Plymouth Sampler too.
    Just have to live longer !!

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  27. Congratulations on that poignant finish and well done on that framed piece. It looks so professional :)

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  28. Wow . . . what a great finish! Please enter me in your drawing.
    jill_sandberg@yahoo.com

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  29. Just found your blog, and I'm thrilled! I just got this chart for my birthday, and it is inspiring to see it stitched. You did a lovely job. I love your other stitching too, and will be adding you to my blog roll! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Great finish! Love the colors.

    Your framing looks just perfect. What a deal!

    Enjoy your week.

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  31. Now Abby...you have the right idea how to spend summer...lol.

    I love your new sampler. I wish I lived in the US so I could join in. And the framing is perfect. I love to frame things myself now. I have had a horror story about framing and then started doing it myself. Your frame is just right for the design.

    Now I really must pull my WMN and put it a couple of stitches on our neglected SAL. I will let you know when Saskia and I are ready to start on the other SAL. We are making our first part bigger so it will be sooner... in about 6 weeks I think. Maybe we can have our WMN done by then...yeah right! I am so slow on this sampler for some reason. My lady on the sampler is still nowhere near done. :-)

    Love, love, love your Peppermint Twist!

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  32. Jeanne - Congrats on finishing Plymouth - I am trying to devote 1 night a week to mine just to keep a few stitches going into it. Mine is a mix of Belle Soie and NPI and I agree with you about the lack of distressing on the LL but it's still a great product. LOVE your framing job on the SB piece - you did a super good job with it - YGG - Cheers! Mel

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  33. Had the right blog yesterday, but wasn't sure. Now I can read Heidi's comment, so i'm at the right blog.
    I love your projects, there so pretty. And a lovely finish of your latest project. I found your Peppermint twist. A pretty frame, and I have alway admired how the framing and several layers of colored 'paspartouts' are done in the USA. We don't have that here in Holland.

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  34. Oh wow!! BEautiful job!! I have always wanted to do something by Brenda Keyes,,,,This piece is especially pretty on the fabric you chose....Thanks for your consideration, Faye

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  35. Plymouth Sampler is looking gorgeous You do great work and finishing is so wonderful.
    Please enter me in the drawing if still on.
    Thankx, hugz, reinaknits (~reina~in Las Vegas)

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