Saturday, 21 April 2012

Needlework Days - April 2012

It's time for Needlework Days again at Feisty Tapas! I really enjoyed taking part last month, and I found some lovely new blogs to follow, so I'm back to share my work in progress.

My current work in progress was first blogged about here. It is the Three Things Sampler by Moira Blackburn and I've been working on it for several years now, in fits and starts. The pattern is made up across two sheets, so when I started it I made the decision to work on one sheet first before I moved onto the second. This was so that I didn't get bored, as it was like having two separate pieces to stitch. I can't remember why, but I started with the bottom half.

I must admit that joining in with Needlework Days last month did give me a bit of a push, and I actually harboured the secret thought that maybe, if I really put my needle to it, I might even get the bottom half of the sampler finished. I did work really hard at it, but unfortunately I didn't get there. As you can see from the picture below though, I am making good progress.

The main areas that are yet to finish are the rest of the house (all the same colour so it's a bit boring) and the tree on the right. The centre area between the lions and the strip across the bottom under the house will be left blank for now as they are where the inscriptions (as well as name and date) go and I'm too superstitious to do those until the end. Well obviously I won't do the date yet as it is likely to be many years in the future!

Above the tails of the peacocks there is nothing marked on the pattern, but on the sample photograph there are two initials there. Because my name will be written out underneath I don't need to put my own initials there, so I thought I might stitch an H and an M for Harry and Mia. But I'll need to find somewhere to put an R for the other half then too!

Moira Blackburn Three Things sampler

Let's see if by next month I can finally finish this section!

UPDATE - I finished the sampler in March 2014! You can see a photograph of the finished sampler here - Moira Blackburn Three Things sampler completed.

6 comments:

  1. That is fantastic! So intricate, I have a similar "forever project" on the go, I will include it on Needlework Days (when I find it after the move).

    I am so glad Needlework Days has encouraged you to pick it up again. I need to set myself a little cross-stitch corner in the new house. Keep it up, you are doing such a fabulous job with this sampler, and the best thing is that it will be handed down from one generation to another for a very long time.

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to see your "forever project"! Trouble is that it's so nice to have one that in a way I don't want to finish it, because then I'd just have to start another!

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  2. Lovely to see your progress with this project!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully I will have some more progress to share next month!

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  3. That's absolutely beautiful! I really must pick up my ballerina again now that I'm recovering :)

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to see how you are getting on with the ballerina, that's a complicated piece too!

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