Sunday, 12 July 2009

Friendship indeed!

Remember when I posted for help to find BOAF's Friendship Sampler? Well, I have to say thank you to a very kind and generous stitcher, who shall remain anonymous because she is so shy (I know my friend that YOU will laugh when you read this), for enabling me to be able to stitch this lovely sampler. Thank you!

I have completed the borders, which usually is my least favourite thing to do. At least this border is easy because it has a "pattern" much like a rhythm in a dance. The black border zig zags and goes - one two three, turn two three, turn two three! You get the idea. Borders that are just straight lines just kill me 'coz I'm so bad at counting anything past ten! I'm always afraid that when I get to the corners they won't meet and yes that has happened to me so I usually try not to just do the borders first.

Now, the fun part of the stitching can begin! There will be lots of colours, flowers, alpabets, and of course 2 friends. A couple of stitchers I know are well into stitching this. Go have a look at Terri's and Cathy's lovely work.

That's not a lot of stitching to show, but I found this one that I haven't shown you yet, and that's because I wasn't sure I would keep it. Now that I have the Dainty Housewren done, I think I will have a collection of 'women' for one sampler wall.
My Needle's Work
by Little House Needleworks

I'm back at work and it's been busy and it'll keep being busy. I have this mental image of lounging in a hammock under the shady trees but that's not to be. I'm not taking any exciting overseas trips so one way of compensating for this is via this book.

I found this book at my local bookstore. Apparently Jane Webster is an Australian who has set up a cooking school at a chateau in Normandy. She uprooted her family with 4 kids and 1 husband and moved there a couple of years ago. This book is part cookbook but also partly a record of how they got to where they are today. It is filled with stories, luscious photos and the recipes look pretty darn good too - more homey fair than fancy which is to my tastes. This is a little treasure!

Note the pretty collection of dried flowers from my garden! I thought the colours really complemented the cover of the book.

Today, when I was out for a walk with my friend, we passed by a little antique shop. Usually it is closed but today the lady decided to open early so we walked in. I bought this -
- for $15. The lady said it's just a print, not an original. She said it's maybe 75 years old? I bought it for the frame but I like the picture too.

I will leave you with some more photos of my roses.

Fragrant Dream
David Austin Rose

There is a story behind this rose. I don't think you can get this rose anymore. I certainly haven't seen much in the way of reference nor seen it in the nurseries again. We bought it probably 15 years ago. It might've been an experiment. This rose was always puny and 'struggling'. When we moved to this house I decided to dig it up as it was a small thing and I felt I needed to take care of it. Somehow, in this location, something magical has happend to it and it is doing really well. The colours are an amazing apricot/peach whereas it was pale pink before, and in the next stage of its opening from what you see in the photo (I don't have one to show you) the flower is completely ruffled. It is then at the peak of being Cinderella at the ball! And, true to its namesake, it's beautifully fragrant. I'm so glad I brought it along.

Although this striped rose looks big in the photo, it's actually a minature. I don't know the name of it but it's so delicate and pretty. There is a freshness and youthfulness about it. If this was a girl, she would be maybe 12 years old in a red and white gingham dress riding a bicyle down a country lane. What do you think?

OK. Time to go and check out your blogs! Thank you for stopping by, and as always thank you for your comments! Have a wonderful week.


Margaret said...

That's so great that you've joined in the ranks of the BOAF Friendship Sampler! Borders really can be a pain, can't they? Always nice to get them done and have them meet! Beautiful roses too, and nice idea to have a wall of women.

Andrea said...

Oh gosh, borders can be such a pain! Yours looks great though! Great progress!
This was one of my favorite samplers ever to stitch, I'm so happy your shy friend shared the chart with you!
Your roses are beautiful :-)

Cathy B said...

You are off to a great start on your Friendship Sampler!

valerie said...

Great finish and new start! I can't wait to see more of the sampler. I love that saying!

Your roses are always beautiful!

Glenna said...

You're smart for doing the border first--I usually save them for last and then get bored and put it away.

I love the last little red and white rose--it looks like a peppermint.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

So glad you got the pattern you wanted. The rose story is great and the roses beautiful. CJ ok;-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful roses, Melissa! I love the striped one, it looks really unusual.

Glad you managed to find Friendship Sampler - you're off to a great start!

Jane said...

Hi Melissa! Lovely to see your stitching progress. You're doing really well with that border. I'm always nervous myself if I decide to tackle the border first.

I LOVE your 'Needle's Work' finish!!! Why haven't you shown this before? :) You've done such a great job with the variegated colours. I had so much trouble with mine, especially that green!

Those flowers in the bowl next to your new book does compliment it well. Great photo!

Take care and have a lovely week.

Cari said...

Borders, they are the bain of my cross stitching existence :-)

What a wonderful thing to receive the chart. It truly is a beautiful pattern and is on my wish list (along with many others) especially after seeing and reading how Terri finished hers.

You're roses are beautiful!

Cari in VA

Kellie said...

Melissa, I know what you mean about the borders. That has happened to me on several occasions as well. You have a nice start on your BOAF Friendship Sampler. I look forward to seeing this one progress. It was nice of your friend to share the chart with you. This chart seems to be all but impossible to find. I love My Needle's Work and your antique store find. Your roses are beautiful. Hope you have a great week. :)

mainely stitching said...

Aren't stitchers just the BEST! I'm so happy that an angel helped you out with this beautiful design. Can't wait to see more of your progress! :D

Deb said...

You're off to a great start on the Friendship Sampler. Isn't it great all the kind hearted stitcher out there that share. Love your LHN finish too. They were never ones that caught my eye, but now that I'm seeing them finished, I really like them. Yours looks wonderful. And your flowers are beautiful!

Patti said...

I can't wait to see more of this done. I don't think I've seen it before but it sounds wonderful and I love the border anyway. I really like your idea of a wall of women especially LHN ones. Flowers are gorgeous too. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Jan said...

Melissa, your roses are beautiful. You must indeed have a green loving thumb! Love your LHN finish, and the thought of your wall of women, how clever is that?

Anonymous said...

Lovely garden. I had a Joseph's Coat rose that did the same thing. Whatever was wrong with the previous location, I don't know. But once it was moved, it suddenly found what it lacked and just took off growing, with some of the biggest most beautiful roses I'd ever seen.

I also like to get my borders out of the way first when I'm doing a project. It's an undescribable joy when the borders all meet up like that. Can't wait to see how your BOAF Friendship sampler progresses!

Joanie said...

I'm jealous of your BOAF. It's been on my wish list for ages!! Looking forward to your progress. I feel the same way about borders...get them done and out of the way, immediately!!!

Your roses are beautiful.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I'm so happy to see you stitching the BOAF Friendship Sampler. I see a resurgance in this darling pattern! I loved stitching it; the colors are so pretty.

Your LHN finish is darling as well!

Great find on the frame/print and I'll now have to go check out that book you recommended.

Your roses are beautiful!

CindyMae said...

Stitching friends are just the best! The border looks fantastic! Love the stitching! The roses are just gorgeous!

Brigitte said...

It's so great that you are able to stitch this wonderful sampler, too. And your LHN finish looks wonderful.

Siobhan said...

Good for you for getting the Friendship Sampler borders stitched! I hate doing the borders, too--I'm always sure that the sides won't match up. Your LHN is very cute! Beautifl flowers, too.

Snip said...

Great start! This post is so topically diverse. Thanks for sharing about your roses, too.

Cindy F. said...

Oh I LOVE the Dainty Housewren!!
congrats on finishing her!!! Awesome idea to have a "women's" wall:)
Really great start on your sampler!!
Can't wait to see more of it:)

Marjorie said...

Love that LHN piece, I may have to grab one for myself. I have a miniature rose similar to the last one in your post, it's called "Stars and Stripes"--don't know if it's the same, but it looks pretty close.