Friday, August 02, 2013

It only took me 5 years....Pride & Prejudice sampler finish! (photo heavy)

I'm happy dancing because I finally finished this project a week ago!!   I started it back in 2008 when Vonna from The Twisted Stitcher started a blog titled "Me Myself & I" for doing 'neighborhood' samplers.  Those were popular at the time with many people doing round robins to build their 'neighborhoods' and the blog was encouragement for people doing one by themselves. I decided to do a Jane Austen "Pride & Prejudice" neighborhood as it's one of my favorite movies.   I pulled patterns from my stash, bought some (mostly from the Stitching Parlor "Pride & Prejudice" series) and started planning my sampler.  At times I got really tired of it and put it away for months at a time.    In January I saw an article online mentioning that 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the Pride & Prejudice novel - I had no idea about that.  It turned out to be a good motivator for me to finally finish this piece up this year so I could put those dates on it.  (If anyone has any questions about the patterns I used, there is a separate page on my blog here that lists them.)

My goal was to make my sampler resemble venues used for the A&E 1995 Pride & Prejudice  mini-series with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth - it's my favorite of the many versions made of this wonderful novel.  I searched out the filming sites online and other photos so you can see my inspiration for each part of the sampler.   It was hard to get the colors right in my photos.   I adjusted some of them - the sampler was stitched on cream 36-ct Edinborough linen even though it appears grayish in some photos.  Without further ado....here it is!

First off a photo of the completed sampler:

 
The lovely Bennet sisters on location while filming...Lydia, Lizzy, Jane, Mary & Kitty:





Longbourn, home of the Bennets:

 


Netherfield Hall - the country home Mr. Bingley rents and where he starts his romance with Jane Bennet, and where Lizzy meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy:



 

What a military camp back in the Georgian era looked like -


And our P&P British Regiment camped at Meryton...with the infamous Mr. Wickham:




Here we are at Rosings Park where Darcy's aunt and cousin live:





And where the Bennets' cousin Mr. Collins has his parish church with his new wife Charlotte. 

 


Charlotte and her Mr. Collins.   Mr Collins' hobby was bee-keeping. 





We have the incredible Pemberley, ancestral home of the Darcy family.



The House
The Grounds

And finally Mr. Darcy and Lizzy, living happily ever after!

 


I'm so thrilled to get this project off my UFO list!  Thanks for visiting friends and readers!

63 comments:

  1. What a supberb accomplishment! Very well done! Congratulations!!

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  2. Jeanne I have encouraged you before with this sampler, and I am so happy for you to see it done!! Wow, what an accomplishment. Hooray for you.

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  3. Congratulations! I really think you should market the chart as so many Jane-ites out there would love it. Your design skills are awesome.

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  4. Jeanne, you did a fantastic job with this - amazing! Besides being relieved, you must be so proud of this accomplishment! Congratulations!

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  5. Wow , what a fantastic achievement. It is gorgeous .X

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  6. Absolutely Fabulous! (to use another British show!) Amazing! I've followed your progress on this. You must be so thrilled! Going now to look at how you put the pieces together. Thank you so much for sharing this masterpiece. Nancy in NY

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  7. Wonderful! Congrats on your beautiful finish.

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  8. Jeanne it is absolutely wonderful!!!!! I think you need to chart this up and sell it to the JA Center in Bath. It would sell so well and I would be your first customer.
    Congratulations on a fabulous achievement.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  9. What a wonderful accomplishment! I love this version too and you have done a fabulous job telling the story in your design. I agree with the others, you chart this design and sell it to all the P&P fans out there!! Laura

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  10. WOW! What an amazing accomplishment! You did a fantastic job in catching the feeling of the time and of the story. Everything about it is perfect from your color choices to the arrangement of scenes and characters. Jane would be so very flattered and very impressed!

    Congratulations on finishing such a magnificent piece.

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  11. Congratulations Jeanne! It looks beautiful and I love all the real pictures you used in your post:)

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  12. It's fantastic, Jeanne!!! Loved seeing the actual places depicted in your sampler. I think that my favorite is Mr. Darcy and Lizzy. You really captured them!!

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  13. What a fabulous idea,Jeanne!! I'm amazed at how closely your stitching captures the images in the photo. Jane Austin herself would be so very proud!

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  14. Wow, wow, WOW! This is stunning!

    Congratulations on planning and completing this amazing neighborhood!

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  15. Wow! What an accomplishment!!! You should be so proud and happy -- it's stunning and just marvelous! Congratulations!

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  16. Absolutely stunning!!!! A true masterpiece. Consider yourself applauded.-- actually you should consider yourself so embarrassingly applauded, foot-stomped, bravoed, and cheered that you are forced to shuffle your feet and say "stop, no really stop" with flaming cheeks and all!

    In short, love it! Congrats.

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  17. Hello Jeanne,

    I am so happy for you, this is a Masterpiece. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a great weekend.
    Bev.

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  18. This is wonderful! I love how you put all the elements together and added quotes from the book. Just lovely!
    Lori

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  19. Oh WOW, its a beauty!! Congrats on such an accomplishment.

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  20. Way to go, Jeanne! I absolutely love it and your eye for color and composition are fantastic!!! This is an incredible piece and you should be so proud. It's spectacular!!!

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  21. This is really a masterpiece! It's not easy to put a design like this together. Congrats on such a wonderful finish.

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  22. Jeanna,

    Your piece is stunning. Thank you for posting all of the particulates. I would love to do an Emma sampler for myself. The Gwyneth Paltrow film is my favorite. The costumes were lovely!


    Have a nice weekend,
    Amy Varnell-Miller

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  23. Wow, it's great!

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  24. Congratulations on this fantastic finish. And congratulations on this stunning post. It's so great to see the stitched houses and persons and then pictures of the real houses and the actors and actresses who played the JA characters.

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  25. Wow, congrats on your finish.
    It's gorgeous!
    Marilym

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  26. Wow, it looks amazing! Congratulations on such a fantastic finish :)

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  27. This is an amazing piece. I absolutely love how you worked parts into a whole sampler. Love the final look of it all put together. Congrats on a finish and I hope you are happy dancing all the way to the framer.

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  28. This is an amazing work!! Congratulations, your sampler is beautiful and unique :)

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  29. Congratulations!!!
    Your work is fantastic and I love how you show this to us.
    Grit from Germany

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  30. Wow! This is amazing Jeanne! Congrats on finishing and I really loved the photos that you put along with the sampler!! I adore Pride and Prejudice and anything Jane!!

    Hugs

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  31. Remarkable. Just magnificent! The garb, the details, the layout! What an accomplishment. Congratulations!

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  32. O.M.G. that is simply stunning a work of art and pleese pleese market it as I would be one in line , I love Jane and all things relating to her. I am standing back in amazement WOW SEVERAL TIMES OVER.

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  33. Outstanding! A true labor of love. Congrats on your beautiful finish.

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  34. Outstanding! A true labor of love. Congrats on your beautiful finish.

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  35. Congratulations, it's stunning

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  36. This piece is amazing!!!! You did such a great job putting this together and stitched with love! I tis a beauty and such an accomplishment! Hang it in your home with pride and you will surely smile each time you pass by it. Very, nice work!!!! pj

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  37. Wow! Wow! Wow! Such a stunning achievement!! That must have taken a ton of planning to fit everything in and make it all flow so smoothly. Really gorgeous finish, Jeanne--congratulations!

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  38. That is absolutely amazing and completely gorgeous! !!!!!! I am so in love with it that I am going to have to copy it.; 0)

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  39. What a wonderful finish and design. I love the way you put this together and designed it based on the movie. Speechless!

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  40. Absolutely amazing!!! WooHoo Jeanne!

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  41. What a wonderful sampler! You have certainly captured the true essence of Pride & Prejudice and what a treasure you have created.

    happy stitching on your next project!

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  42. This has grown more and more stunning with every addition. I have loved watching your progress. The story unfolds so effectively in your visual interpretation. I spot something new every time I look at it.
    What luck that the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice was this year and motivated you to finish it. You must be thrilled to see all your hard work grow into this breath taking piece of work. Congratulations on your achievement and thanks too for all your encouragement to me to get on with my own :-)

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  43. As a new follower and lover of Jane, I am just stunned by how beautiful this is. Oh, for time to do one of these myself. You must be so pleased with it!

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  44. Fantastic sampler, absolutely beautiful and so lovely!
    I love every detail!!
    Congratulations on your finish!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  45. WowWowWOW! This is perfect! And well timed. How fortuitous that it took you so long. LOL

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  46. This is lovely! Did you ever think of making a chart and or kit for this? I would definitely be interested in purchasing either of them.

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  47. wow, that is an achievement, well done for continuing

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  48. Your Sampler just takes my breath away. That is a gorgeous masterpiece! You did such a beautiful job. I am speechless.

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  49. What an outstanding creation you have!!!! And the photo referencing is just amazing.... I have looked at it THREE times now, and I am spell bound!!! A hearty congratulations to a VERY good job..... Take care, Faye

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  50. Fabulous! Enjoyed seeing all your photos!

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  51. Jeanne - this P&P sampler has always been one of my all time favorites I have EVER seen any time any where ! I absolutely LOVE the finish and yes the 200th anniversary was a great motivator for you. It is just stunning - what more can be said - the amount of work and thought you put into it is simply amazing. I hope it gives you years of enjoyment and pleasure. Cheers ! Mel

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  52. Oh it is absolutely wonderful!!! You really should chart it up. You'd have a queue of customers.

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  53. This is really and truly incredible! Well done!

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  54. You did a great job! Congrats

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  55. This is simply incredible. I'm such a huge fan of P&P and samplers. I hope you put your name and date in a corner somewhere.

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  56. Amazing, as a fan of P&P myself, and in particular this Mr Darcy and this Elisabeth, I cannot say how much this post -your sampler, and the pics you have found- thrills me.
    Congratulations!
    This is a great achievement.

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  57. It's all been said before me but must let you know that when this scrolled up on fb it took my breath away. I knew nothing about your five year stitch on this so a complete surprise. It is stunningly beautiful while telling a story so many love.

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  58. Your sampler is lovely. What I am avidly searching for is either a full on picture of, or a pattern for, the gorgeous needlepoint chair next to the Bennett's fireplace in the 1995 BBC Pride & Prejudice. PLEASE write back if you know where this may be found. franpoliti@hotmail.com

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  59. Would you mind if I made a chart of this for my own personal use from your photos? I would love to make this myself!

    I won't post it for others to use, unless you give me permission of course! I just love this so much and would love to make my own, but I wouldn't want to make my own chart if you were planning on selling one. I'd rather support the original artist instead. :) thank you!

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  60. This is amazing!!!!!! I would love to stitch this!!!! I am just in awe!!!!!

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  61. Hi, You captured P&P perfectly. Just wanted to see if you have since offered the pattern as a chart?

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