Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Whole lotta froggin' going on...

I decided to frog the red flowers on this tree, highlighted in this picture with a black circle. They just looked too stark against the pale green branches. I'm re-stitching with the suggested brown, which I originally thought would look bad. Truth is, it looks better than the red.

Also notice the fleur-de-lys (sp?), circled in black. I'm frogging the one on the right. I realized I'd used the wrong color (the two fleurs-de-lys are supposed to be the the same color).

I hate frogging! It seems to take 4 times longer than the original stitching.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Justine, after 5 months...

Wow, I've been stitching this daily for 5 months!! I'm a slow, inefficient stitcher, and it's a big chart ... but I'm making progress! I absolutely love this pattern.

I do regret, though, sticking with linen floss for the blue color. My only option was a light baby blue, and I know it would look better with something like a deep turquoise. Oh, well, c'est la vie!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

the mystery solved...

Over the years I've seen this magazine for sale on eBay. I thought the cover sampler (described only as "The Scarlet Letter sampler") was interesting and always wondered what the verse said.

I contacted a couple sellers and asked them about the verse but, apparently it was too much work for them to tell me, because none ever responded. So I figured what the heck, it's only a few bucks, and I bought the magazine. (What can I say? I'm a sucker for green linen...!)

The magazine has a nice feature on the Scarlet Letter company. It's simplistic to call this sampler "the Scarlet Letter sampler" because it's only one of their many, many reproduction samplers. It is actually the "Chloe Jenkins 1814 Sampler."

Here's a better picture of the text:

And here's a picture of the sampler done on white or cream linen. I think I prefer the green.

Verse reads (and includes many misspellings):
Chloe Jenkins was born in Scituate March the 6th 1802 This done in the
13th year of my age and in the year of our Lord 1814 (note: how is this possible? Wouldn’t she either be 12 years old or wouldn’t it have to be 1815??)

When Death transfers me to the dust
May I be numberd with the Just
My soul assend to worlds of blifs
Where dwells immortal happinefs
See here I leave my name behind
Forgetful mortals to remind
That once I live’d

But can I hope this slender webb
Entwind with party coulourd thread
When bronze or deep cut marle bust
With time is crumbling back to dust
Will give me life nay but to live
I must to tame a trumpet give
With virtue tun’d (???)

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Justine progress pics

Here's my latest -- one picture taken with a flash, one without. Maybe I'm a quarter done...? It's going slowly; I wish I had more time to stitch!