Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Good progress on Jane's sampler...

Yesterday I spent much of the day graphing Jane Philpott's Adam & Eve Sampler from 1837, and made very good progress. It's always fabulous to really dig into a sampler and find all of the little hidden gems, mistakes, compensations, and subtle color changes. Jane had lovely tension, and for a ten-year-old, did very well completing a sampler with a LOT of motifs.

I've been teaching Graham a little here and there about how I do things (he's 13). He came in yesterday while I was at the computer and asked if I had found anything unusual. I told him I found one stitch with another color stitch right underneath it (a dark green one underneath a beige one). I showed it to him, and he thought it was interesting.

The border is complete, and I'm just about done with the bottom third of the interior design (including old Adam & Eve). The tough part is just about done -- the rest should be much easier. I have a model stitcher all lined up, and the plan is to release this one for market in February.

By the way, our new kitten's name is Lucy Boo -- we couldn't decide on which of the two names to use, so you can call her Lucy, or you can call her Boo, but you can't call her Mr. Johnson.

6 comments:

Nancy said...

That is very interesting about a green stitch underneath a beige stitch. I think, too often, we try for perfection these days forgetting that those little imperfections give so much character.

I haven't heard that name joke in such a long time!

Cari said...

Exciting news about Jane. What fun to have a close up view of an such an old sampler.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the release of your A&E repro sampler.

Katrina said...

I am really looking forward to this sampler.

Sometimes if I make a mistake in the middle of a lot of stitching, I will just stitch over the wrong color with the right color :-). It's easier than unpicking.

Margaret said...

Can't wait! Isn't it nice when one of your kids takes an interest in what you are doing? The only one of my two kids that does that is my son. You would think it would be my daughter. :D

Raven/Missy said...

What you've found while charting a reproduction of that sampler is very interesting. I look forward to seeing the chart.

Congratulations on naming the kitten, I think Lucy Boo is very cute :)