Good morning and good start of the week to you! Last week we had a lot of rain so I spent a lot of time really diving in and reorganizing my stash and then preparing linens for almost 40 projects. Yup, that's right, double digits - Four Oh. All different sizes from small to large to largest! In the process, I came face to face with my Nemesis, a project whose looks I loved but which I had a number of issues with way back in 2008. Here's the story:
The old story: back in 2008, actually when I started this blog I was still relatively new from returning to stitching. I loved the look of Elizabeth Savilles 1841 sampler as you can see here. I love the colours, just so Shabby Chic!
When I first got the fibers, however, I was shocked at the colours chosen. The linen was Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linens which is a gorgeous fabric and I love it, but not for this. I had other issues with it and I put this down and picked it up a couple of times and this is where I stopped in 2009.
That's Daisy helping me with the photo taking this morning! You can see it looks pretty nice but it just did not meet the picture in my head, which is a light linen with lots of pinks and reds.
So last week, I decided to "Try, Try again" but with a new start, with new fibers. I have been saving a piece of creamy linen mottled with some pink hues, just for this lady. I had struggled to figure out how to get the floss colours as per the photo on the chart but I finally decided the easiest was just to pull some colours I liked from my stash. Here's how Miss Savilles is looking.
I am experimenting with floss as I go but so far I have decided to use Belle Soie silks Attic Tea for the border vine, and Poison Apple for most of the flowers.
The chart is another challenge I faced back in 2008. It is likely charted exactly as the old sampler appears with lots of broken lines (missing stitches). I have decided that I will make some changes to this aspect as my mood dictates. I want to love stitching it and love having it hang on my wall! So far so good! I will not be defeated this time! ;-) I also realize I was not a very experienced stitcher back in 2008 and that, most likely, contributed to my frustration when stitching E.S. as well.
Have you had your own version of a Stitching Nemesis? Do tell!
Although we've had lots of rain, somehow some plants are still thriving. First is the David Austin rose "Golden Celebration".
Next up is the pretty "Benjamin Britten". The colour reminds me of red geraniums!
Finally, we have a clematis "Duchess of Edinburgh". It's funny that this year, the colour of it has turned to a pretty light lilac when it is in full bloom! So pretty!
That's it for another post! Thank you for all your visits and comments! They keep me motivated!
Have a wonderful week!