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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Oh so Pretty!

Stitching this sampler just makes me want to break out in song! 
I Feel Pretty
Oh so Pretty
I Feel Pretty and Witty and Bright! 

The sampler is Marlene's sampler by Romy in Austria. Here is my progress.
 

See what I mean? She is not a very big sampler (127 x 127) but she is packed with stitching and lovely colours!  I have a tiny floss dilemma. Compare the first photo with the next photo which is what the finished piece should look like.

The alphabets are stitched in OWS' Cats Eyes. The problem is my floss does not have much of varigation in it so the letters just disappear into the linen (see lower right). I didn't really notice that until I turned the OTT light off! So, I'm not sure what I will do yet.  What do you think? 

Oh yeah, and while you're comparing the photos, note the basket in mine is not all blue. *sigh* By the time I noticed that the basket was all done in that light brown and I did not have the heart to frog it all out. Instead  I made up for it by filling it in with the blue.

Here on the home front it's been a weird week. Sometimes life hands you some worries and one has to ride them out!  We have some sunshine today which is a good thing!  We have signs green sprouting everywhere! 

Thank you for visiting with me. Your comments are always a gift! Have a wonderful week!

35 comments:

Karen said...

She is pretty! Love the basket with the blue and brown better. Although, I do think the letters get lost due to the lightness of the thread. I hope you continue to enjoy stitching her...

Natasha said...

She is pretty oh so pretty :) I hope you are enjoying her. Great work so far :)

Glenna said...

She IS pretty (and now that dumb song is running through my head, thank you very much--LOL). The basket is fine--who will know--and it looks good, but I think I'd frog the lettering and try something a tad darker. Then again, I hate frogging, and there will still be texture even with the lighter thread. Depends on if it will bug you.

KarenV said...

Very pretty! I agree with the other Karen, the basket looks good with the blue and brown together. I would personally find a different thread for the letters, but I guess it depends on how much the lightness of them bothers you. The squirrels are cute though!

Irene said...

Great sampler, the basket looks good, but I would change the letters to a darker shade, I didn't even notice them in the first photo.

valerie said...

Beatiful sampler and stitching! Oh no, floss dilemna. I would frog out the letters and use something a little darker. I didn't notice the letters the first time I looked at the photo. Glad you are enjoying your stitching!

Barbi said...

It is very pretty! And now I have that song running thru my head, which I appreciate very much! Thank you!
I think I would redo the letters in a darker colour, you haven't gotten that far into it yet. But I like the basket the way you have it :)

Kim said...

Oh my word! I haven't seen this lovely piece before!! I love it! Squirrels ....love the squirrels! :o)

Joy said...

It's wonderful...just the way it is! I wouldn't change a thing...many antique samplers have alphabets that are "barely there". Live with it and see what you think. You too have a wonderful week.

Linda said...

Love your "mistake" on the basket! Sometimes those types of things work out more wonderful than we imagine - and yours certainly did that! I also wanted to say I ordered the book that Lo A Rose is in. I got it a week or so ago and have already started stitching it. I'm doing mine on Vintage Maritime White...

Linda in VA

mainely stitching said...

Wow, that really is an exceptionally pretty design!

As for the alphabet, it's true that a lot of antique samplers have faded out so bits 'get lost' in the fabric ... but I think if it were me, I'd frog some of the letters and sub a more noticeable color, while leaving others as they are.

Michele said...

It is very pretty indeed!

Carol said...

You always pick samplers with the prettiest colors to stitch, Melissa! I just love this one and can't wait to see yours all finished up. (I would make the lettering darker, too, but it is up to you!)

Daffycat said...

It is such a pretty design!

Jan said...

Gosh, Melissa, this is very pretty! I haven't seen it before now. I see what you mean about the letters of the alphabet getting lost. I would just opt for a darker color, to show up on the linen. But I do like your rendition of the basket.

Do.take.good.care. Try not to let those worries envelope you.

Laurie in Iowa said...

That is a very pretty sampler. I wouldn't worry about the basket. IMHO I'd unpick the letters and choose a different skein of floss.

Margaret said...

Wow! I love this sampler! Gorgeous! Not sure what to do about the letters. Maybe you should sub a different fiber in? Doesn't look like the letters are showing up well at all. The basket -- that's up to you. I do like the blue, but the brown looks fine too, right?

I can't believe you have signs of green! People in the UK are saying the same thing. So unfair! We're just getting more and more snow. There's another storm coming this week. Sigh. Snow piled up so high -- ugh.

WoolenSails said...

Well, I think your mistake made it better, looks more prim that way;) I always love seeing your pieces, you do such beautiful work and you always frame them so beautifully.

Debbie

Loraine said...

So very pretty Melissa! (Now I can't stop singing that song! LOL!)
I've never seen this gorgeous sampler before, but the squirrels are adorable. Love it, except that border would scare me a bit! LOL.
Hugs.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Love this sampler and see the problem with the lettering, if you haven't gotten too far maybe it's worth frogging the letters and choosing a different color. I think what you did with the basket was great.

Deborah said...

I love this sampler! I would probably frog the letters and do something alittle darker but the basket looks great. Where can i find this designer?

Annemarie said...

Oh Melissa, what a beauty! Where do you FIND these treasures? Your basket looks better than the original, and I'd leave the letters as they are, too. Isabella the Red Cow had some very light lettering, and I thought it looked wonderful, even though in certain lights you can barely see it's there. It's the texture that gives it... texture :o)

Siobhan said...

You do realize that you've created a chorus of stitchers breaking out in "I'm so pretty, I'm so pretty..." song, right?! ;)

I LOVE this sampler! I hadn't noticed it before but oh my gosh, it is gorgeous. I'm not big on frogging so I might just be inclined to leave the letters as is, but if the letters was one of the things that attracted you to wanting to stitch the sampler, maybe then restitch it. As for the basket, I would consider that artistic license. ;)

Lee said...

Such a beautiful sampler, Melissa! Aren't overdyeds just so unpredictable? I agree with Siobhan. If the letters are part of the reason that you chose the design, then I'd either choose a darker color, or else go to your LNS and scout for the same color but a different dye lot.

Then again, this is coming from a stitcher who decides to leave off entire borders because she doesn't want to frog one flower...

Katrina said...

LOL, now I am singing in my head ;-).

I love it, I'd never have looked twice if I hadn't seen yours. Now I want it, LOL.

Anne said...

What a beautiful sampler! I love the colour "mistake" of the basket. It works! As for the letters, well I don't have too much expertise to say, but perhaps a slightly darker hue would help? (PS I live in Vancouver too and notice the little snowdrops poking out of the ground! Hopefully this frosty bit passes!)

Michelle said...

Very pretty! That border is so lovely!

Melody said...

Hi. The sampler is going to be beautiful, but I think you will want to redo the letters in a darker shade. You don't want to do all that work and not be able to see them.

Sharon said...

Such a gorgeous sampler you are stitching! I think I am feeling enabled here.

Jane said...

Basket looks fine but those letters girl, you've got to change to a different colour. You don't notice them at all - it will annoy you when it's finished and hanging up on your wall.

I hate it when a variegated thread doesn't look like the charted pattern. Dye lots can be so different. If you can't find the same one that has more variation then go for one in soft grey/blue & a pink/peach tone. A trip to your LNS will do the trick (never know, you may find somethings else to purchase while you're there!).

Lois said...

What a lovely WIP! You pick the nicest things to stitch!!! The basket looks fine as you've stitched. As for the letters. Well,that's a tougher one. Maybe pull out some other overdyeds and see if you can find a similar shade with more variation. If you're feeling like they're blending in now better to change rather than keep going.

Nicole said...

It really is a pretty sampler!! Good luck with the thread - dyelots can be so frustrating!!

Suzanne said...

What a very pretty design. OWS threads can be a little tricky with their dye lots.

Karoline said...

What a gorgeous sampler, great progress

Cathy C said...

I feel Pretty is absolutely the most perfect title for this piece. I really do love it! You have so many gorgeous finished samplers on your blog! You must stitch in your sleep!

Hope you have found another job and that life is back to a good place. I found the link to your blog on Tempting Tangles, that's how I found you. I've had a nice time reading your blog! Your flowers are amazing btw, and I wish we had the climate you have so we could grow all those varieties here. I live in SW part of USA -- New Mexico and we are too dry and hot to grow the things you have in your garden. YOur garden looked so restful and welcoming!