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Sunday, 16 January 2011

New Sampler Wall 2011

I picked up  2 more framed pieces yesterday. Then the fun began trying to put together another sampler wall!  Here we go with the photos!
The above frame is just lovely and really complements the stitched piece. I just love my framer! This was quite an expensive frame but she gave me a great price on it.


The above is the 're-purposed' frame that I had shown you last week. I'm very happy with it. It only cost me $10 labour so that was a great deal!  

The creative process of putting together the right pieces for the sampler wall, placement etc took us yesterday afternoon and this morning. We played with the arrangement on the floor first. My DH has now become quite an "art director" when it comes to arranging the pieces together, with definite strong opinions! ;-) I believe he quite enjoys the process too!
 

Then finally they went up on the wall with a slightly different arrangement than what was on the floor.  I'm very hoppity-happy with it! (I'm glad I took the photo of the arrangement on the floor as I couldn't get a photo of the wall without any reflections showing!)



Starting from the top left hand corner and ending with the piece in the center:
  1. Hanna Lovin Joslin 1856, from book "Honeysuckle Manor" by Blackbird Designs
  2. Tis the Season, from book "Joyeux Noel" by Blackbird Designs
  3. Mary's Best Handwork by With Thy Needle and Thread
  4. Birds of a Feather by Blackbird Designs
  5. Quaker Graden by Blackbird Designs
  6. Isabella Johnstone 1854 from SANQ summer 2010 issue
  7. A Very Fine Sampler by Birds of a Feather 
Here is my progress on Lo, How a Rose. It's getting close!
 
Thank you for your help with the magnifiers. It was interesting to read about what you are using (or not needing to use - very lucky). I will hunt around locally and see what I can find. 

For all of you who joined the Crazy January Challenge - congratulations and many thanks for posting on your blogs. It was great fun to see all the different designs, many of which I've never seen before! I know, it was very tempting to go and buy something new! 

News of Nashville Market releases are starting to come through. I read in one newsletter that Paulette will have a Noah themed design "The Flood" to complement Paradise Lost! Won't that be exciting?! 

Here it is Sunday evening (raining, raining) and it's almost time to start getting dinner ready, then wind down... just to get wind up for another busy work week. 

Hope you are staying well and happy! Thank you for dropping by! Have a great week!

47 comments:

mainely stitching said...

My eyeballs are popping - what a beautiful arrangement of stunning samplers!!!

Loraine said...

Hi Melissa! Long time no talk. So sorry for the absence. I needed a blog break for a bit.
Your wall is so stunning! I'm so inspired by seeing it. Your wallpaper looks perfect with it too. I absolutely love it! Great job to you.
Your Rose sampler is coming along. Your choice of samplers is perfect.
Thanks for telling me about the new designs. UGGG! The Flood will have to be added to my list of have's!
Hugs.

Jan said...

Awesome wall, Melissa! Your choices included are wonderful and the arrangement is perfection!

Great progress on Lo How A Rose too!

Joy said...

Melissa, Your wall is wonderful!! Such lovely stitching and framing...and looks like there's room on that wall for more samplers.
Have a great week!

Chris said...

What a beautiful sampler wall. I am ver inspired!

Brenda said...

Oh, how lovely...they all look wonderful together! Can I have your wall??
Brenda

Deb said...

Your wall looks absolutely perfect. Such wonderful pieces. I'm smacking myself upside the head because two that you have there - Birds of a Feather and A Very Fine Sampler - well, after seeing yours I had to buy them and meant to get at least one into my line-up. Well, I guess I better hurry up and finish something so I can do that. But your placement is great. I'd be so tickled.

I read about a great tip for hanging multiple pictures - I think it was from Martha Stewart. When you have a bunch of pictures to hang in a grouping, cut their shapes out of paper bags. Then tape those to the wall and rearrange until you like how those shapes look. I used to agonize over how far apart to hang things, but you can put your hanger through the paper or at least start it, take your paper down and finish hanging. It works great!

valerie said...

Beautiful sampler wall! It's gorgeous! Love your progress on Lo too...

Glenna said...

I think the samplers are not only wonderful on their own, but they work so well together with colors and themes that complement each other and frames that are similar in feeling but are not the same. So nice! Makes me fwant to hurry up and finish some stuff!

Margaret said...

OMG! I love your sampler wall! That's so great that your DH helps you with layout and all. So fun! (I love the rug on the floor too!) Love your Lo progress as well. What a great post! I'm in love with your sampler wall!

Michele said...

That is a wonderful sampler wall! I love seeing how everyone displays their work! The pieces all look beautiful together!

Theresa said...

I love your sampler wall!!!! All the frames you picked are gorgeous~~~

Faye said...

What a fantastic collection...They truly look like they are meant to be grouped together...I LOVE that!!

Very impressive...All you hard is paying off beautifully~~

Take care, Faye

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Congrats, 'tis perfection!

The Scarlett House said...

What a fantastic grouping!! I am very impressed with your eye for arranging. I can always use help in that area. It is truly a beautiful wall, my friend.

Deborah said...

Beautiful sampler wall. All the pieces go so well together.

Bine said...

Those are some stunning samplers on your wall and I adore how have you arranged them.... Looks like a dream...

Keka said...

I love your sampler wall

Sylvia said...

Oh wow!! Your wall is fantastic. I love that all the frames are somewhat coordinated -at least they look that way. Really beautiful.

KarenV said...

Your sampler wall looks fantastic Melissa! I love your two new framed pieces and the arrangement you have is excellent, very pleasing to the eye. Lo is looking lovely too!

Yuko said...

Hi Melissa, long time no chat, how have you been?
Wow Melissa, your wall is absolutely gorgeous!!!
I love your samplers so much, as you and I have similar taste, I have some designs want to stitch, too!
I also have some designs in my stash, your works make me buy lots of charts, lol!!

Carol said...

Oh, I'm so envious of your sampler wall, Melissa! If I could just tear myself away from ornament-making long enough, I might someday have even one wall like yours!

Each one is a beauty and I love how the colors in every sampler all seem to complement and bring out the best in each other... Very, very eye-catching!

Good luck finding a magnifier that works for you :)

Siobhan said...

Beautiful, Melissa!! Oh my gosh, you must be so thrilled with everything. Mary's Best looks amazing in that frame! The other frame on Hannah looks just right for it, too--like it was made for it. Hannah didn't make the Crazy cut for me and now I am kicking myself. I better go and stitch! LOL I love love love your Lo!

Karen said...

Such a great collection! The arrangement is great...kudos to you and your hubby. I'm sure have other wonderful goodies just waiting to be stitched...can't wait to see the next sampler wall.

happy stitching....

Kellie said...

Great arrangement and beautiful samplers. Looks like the pretty Lo How a Rose will get to join a sampler wall soon. :)

devonaz said...

Beautiful..just Beautiful..thanks for sharing.

Katrina said...

Really, really gorgeous wall!!! I love all the pieces you've stitched, I have every one of them in my stash :-), and the arrangement is perfect.

staci said...

Wow. Just WOW! Your sampler wall is stunning...a really beautiful and harmonious display. The frames for you picked out couldn't be more perfect.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wowser... your sampler wall looks fabulous. I'm so envious of your Lo piece... I think I need to get started on mine, along with Mary's Best and the list goes on.

Kathy said...

Your sampler wall (and all those gorgeous samplers!!!!!) is stunning! Just stunning.

I love your Lo piece. Another gorgeous one. Will this go up on the sampler wall too?

Meadows08 said...

Your sampler wall is amazing! Would you share the name of your framing shop? I live in the Greater Vancouver area...

Catherine said...

WOW! Your wall looks fantastic!! Now you'll have to pardon me whilst I go get a rag to wipe off my keyboard!!

Michelle said...

Wow! Your newly framed pieces are beautiful and your sampler wall is stunning!!! Such gorgeous pieces and they all seem to complement each other.

Irene said...

WOW What a wonderful grouping of stitching ! They all look great.

Laura said...

I can't believe it...I typed up a comment earlier today but it did not go through!

Anyway, I was saying that your finishes make me want to jump up and run around the house screaming with sheer glee!!! Talk about gorgeous!!!!!! Wow!!!! Congratulations! That wall should be in a museum!!!!

Barb said...

Beautiful sampler wall Melissa. It is quite an accomplishment to actually hang them for all to see. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jane said...

Great result with your new sampler wall! Tell hubby he did ok with the arranging:) Looks terrific.

I've been watching the news on tv about the floods here. Country Victoria has now been hit with mini versions of what Queesland has gone through. Thankfully I'm nowhere near it, but it's still sad to see it unfold on tv.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love the stitched pieces and the arrangement.

Lois said...

Ohhhhhh, I love your wall Melissa! Lovely progress on Lo!

Sharon said...

Your wall looks fabulous!

dixiesamplardesigns said...

WOW, now that is one impressive wall, Melissa!! I love all of them...what a great job.

Happy Stitchin'
Terri

WoolenSails said...

I just love your samplers and the beautiful frames.
It really looks so beautiful on the wall. I need to start thinking about framing mine.

Debbie

Karoline said...

Great framing Melissa, your sampler wall is gorgeous.

Lo is looking lovely, great progress

Lei B. said...

Your wall looks awesome. Your samplers are just beautiful.

Suzanne said...

Wow, what a beautiful sampler wall you have. You have some lovely designs which I have added to my shopping cart this morning,lol!

Erica said...

Your sampler wall is just gorgeous!
I have the wall, and I have some samplers, but I fear they may never meet!

Melissa said...

Your sampler wall is fantastic! I just ran across my kitted Very Fine Sampler the other day and am itching to start it. Seeing your finished one has just put me over the top. I see a new start in the very near future!