Friday, July 8, 2011

Mary Bate's lovely sampler has arrived

Mary Bate's sampler from 1796 is even more lovely than I figured. The colors are golds, greens and antique rose. The linen is about a 52 count, and the size of the original is 12 by 15 1/2.

The sampler is mounted on a wooden frame with little nails/tacks. I always hate removing the samplers from these frames, because I am always so afraid to tear the piece. But it'll have to come off at some point. It's not good for the life of the sampler for it to stay mounted on wood. It'll get conservation framed after I reproduce it. I do not yet have plans for a release date for this sampler.

Here's a cute picture of Graham from our vacation. We visited the Fargo Zoo the first full day we were in town, and he wanted to ride the merry-go-round. Even though he's 14, you can see he was kind of pleased with the situation.

And this is the last picture I took of Chi and Soba before I took them to PetSmart two weeks ago. They were adopted within a few days. But it makes me a little sad, because this was their last cuddly nap together on a favorite chair at the house. I do miss them, but have been in contact with Chi's (right) new owner. Andrea loves Chi, now called "Stella." They sit and watch movies together in the evenings, and Andrea has bought Stella new cat toys and a black gingham collar with a bow.

Have a great weekend. I hope you get some stitching done!


Lisa said...

What a gorgeous sampler!

dxponhs1 said...

Another great sampler that I can't wait to add to my stash. It's beautiful!

diamondc said...

I love your sampler, but the picture I really like is the cats they look like siamese twins oh so cute they are.


Nicki said...

Wow - that one is gorgeous. I sent you a message on fb about model stitching. If you want someone to do that one for you... ;)

The kitty photo is wonderful. they really are beautiful. Tough to let them go.

Amy said...

Gorgeous!! Love the colors.

Oh, what cute kittens. I love kitties.

Have a wonderful day.

Kathy said...

I really think you should move this sampler up on the release date "list." Remember I do want to stitch this one. Chi and Soba are just adorable - I'm so glad they found homes!!!

Lynn said...

This is truly a beautiful sampler. I can't imagine stitching on 52 ct!
It will be a lovely reproduction.

Glad the kitties have found homes. I would have found it really tough to see them go. They're just adorable!

Nancy said...

Mary Bates is beautiful, love those colors! What an adorable pair of kittens!

Valerie said...

What a beautiful sampler! I look forward to reproducing it!

The kitties are adorable...and I am glad to hear that at least one of them has adjusted well to their forever home!

Have a great weekend!

Sherry :o) said...

Love the border on Mary Bate. The pic of your son is cool - I have a 17 year old who still likes to do things like do I at much older than 17...hope the child in us lives on as long as we are breathing! Cute kitties - I don't think I could give them away after they lived at my house...I am such a sucker for the purring and cute, soft, fuzzy faces!

Carol R said...

Mary Bate is wonderful!
Cute kitty pics too