Saturday, 14 July 2012

Elizabeth Savilles 1841 sampler - fini!

Good Saturday morning to you all! It's a beautiful day and I have lots of good things to tell you!

The Job Interview accomplished!
First off, thank you so much for all your positive thoughts, prayers, emails, comments wishing me well on my job interview. It went very well yesterday and I have a verbal commitment for a job. I am holding off on doing the Happy Dancing until I have official word as things have fallen through in the past. 

That may happen next week so I will keep thinking positive on the outcome. Big thank you and cyber hugs to all of you! 

Elizabeth Savilles 1841 Sampler
Here comes something I CAN do a Happy Dance about - Elizabeth Savilles is finished! I'll let the photos speak for themselves! 

 And here she is  (Ta-da!) all dressed up with roses from our garden.
*Sigh* Love. Love.Love! 

The following two photos show Elizabeth compared with the cover of the chart and what my original attempt with the recommended fibers look like. Quite a difference, wouldn't you say?!!! 
I am so glad I decided to try restarting Elizabeth back in June. I started this sampler on June 8 and finished her on July 9. The minute I get confirmation about my job I am taking her pronto to the framer's!  I want to have her hanging on my wall so I can see her every day and remind me of the lessons I have learned this year. I also want to say that I was inspired by many stitchers and their own versions Elizabeth Savilles.

Info on my version of Elizabeth Savilles
Many of you had asked so now you shall receive! 

Linen: 36 count "Celtic" by Stitches and Spice in Australia. 
Now I had purchased a 1/4 yd maybe two years ago and it was around $28 which was comparable to other linens. This spring when I tried to order it at the Needlework Show I found the cost had jumped to $42! Yikes. I shall have to wait on ordering it . But if you look for a light creamy linen with some splotches of pinks and tan/brown I think that would work nicely. 

Floss: Belle Soie silks for the most part - 
Attic Tea (Weeping Willow)
Poison Apple (Bucks County Red)
HDF Qunice 1401 - (Innocence Rose)
Rose of Sharon - Philadelphia Red (I didn't use this too much)
n/a - Quaker Swan (I didn't use white on this piece)
Tortoise Shell - (Prov.Brown)

Other floss used BS Angel Blush, BS Walk the Plank, DD Red Dust, SNC Burnished Gold, BS Mudpie

I did not use a 1:1 conversion and that is because often times the chart says to stitch something in green (for example) that I think should be another colour - like a couple of the birds. I played with using whatever colours I had on hand and what my mood dictated! ;-)

Signing off! 
Well, this has been a long post so I will start wrapping up. I have struggled to find my next project and I have started and frogged 3 projects already! I hope to settle down to something this weekend now that the interview is over! 

Here's handsome Danny wishing you a lovely weekend and the breeze will sail over your wings! 



Jan said...

Melissa, your Elizabeth is just GORGEOUS!! And I agree, so worth the extra effort at getting the fabric and fibers to work for you, breathtaking!!!

And a great big cyber hug congrats on your 'verbal' job offer!!! Super cool!!!

Anne said...

WOW!!! Elizabeth is STUNNING!! I love the colour changes you made and the fabric is gorgeous!! You purchased from Australia? How was that?!! Ooooh so happy for you that the interview went well! I was thinking of you yesterday giving you a mental hug and well wishes!!! Hello there Danny! I love how he hangs out with you!!!


marly said...

Wow. What a beauty. Fantastic job choosing the colors to showcase her. Hope all goes well with the job!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Elizabeth is beautiful. Congrats on your big finish. I'll continue to send positive thoughts your way. A verbal offer sounds promising!

Margaret said...

Beautiful finish! I love the colors -- so beautiful! Good news on the job too. I will continue good thoughts that you will actually get the job. Fingers and toes crossed too.

carol fun said...

Oh Elizabeth is simply beautiful! I love your conversion - it sings! Congratulations on the job - hope the written confirmation comes quickly!

Theresa said...

Your Elizabeth is stunning!!!! I love the colors!!!! Just gorgeous!!!

Good to hear that your job interview went well~~ Hope you will get a confirmation soon!!

We're in are last week of packing. Still can't imagine we'll get it all done in a week!!!It hasn't really hit me yet that we are leaving the States, maybe when I see all the boxes gone, I will finally feel it...

Hazel said...

Yay on the job front! Your sampler is truly stunning! Love it. x

Vickie said...

Just gorgeous! Congratulations on the job. I have prayed for you.

P.J. said...

Beautiful, luscious colors! Fantastic job, lady. Congrats on the job interview and verbal commitment. Can't wait to see what you settle down on for your next project.

Keep on stitching.

merumo said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish of Elizabeth and a job offer! She sure looks gorgeous. I'll still keep my fingers crossed for the official word for your job. Ms. Limo says she will help me, too! Big hugs!!

Deb said...

It's gorgeous Melissa and I think that your fabric choice is perfect. I like it so much better than the first linen and it was definitely worth starting over. Thank you for your conversion too! Congratulations on a wonderful finish!!

Fingers crossed on the new job!!

Solstitches said...

What a beautiful, beautiful finish!
I agree that the second set of linen/silks is so much nicer.
Congratulations on the new job!

Maggee said...

Oh man--you did such a GREAT job on Elizabeth! It is a beautiful finish, and will look so wonderful framed! Congrats! Hugs!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I am so tickled that your interview went well and that you have a verbal commitment for the job!

I love, Love, LOVE, your Elizabeth Savilles. She is gorgeous and your conversion and stitching are perfect! I can't wait to see what kind of frame you select for her. Well done, gf!

Hugs and continued good thoughts being sent your way!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The time and effort were worth it Melissa, the end result is just lovely. I hope you find something that suits soon, I think we've all been down that road where something appeals till we make a start and then for some reason it's not quite what we want to stitch. I'll keep thinking good thoughts for you and hope that all comes together this coming week.

samplerlover said...

OMG Elizabeth is simply beautiful. She is up there amongst my favourite samplers and ones that I would love to do one day. Congratulations on fishing this beautiful piece.

Good thoughts coming your way re the job interview. I hope that things go well for you.

barbara said...

That just totally knocks my socks off!!

Glenna said...

Liz is just gorgeous--and thanks so much for giving the conversion to Belle Soie which I love. I started it but did not like the pale, shreddy cotton overdyeds I was using. Most of all, lots of positive thoughts coming your way on the job being officially yours!

Mary said...

Oh Yes, she is so worth the effort. Congratulations on finishing her - can't wait to see how you frame her.
Now that I am back home I must get mine to the framers and up on the wall too.
I have everything crossed for you re the job and hope to hear good news soon.

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish!! I love your changes. Hope you get the job.

Penny said...

An absolutely gorgeous finish!! I love it on the lighter fabric. A verbal commitment sounds positive! :) Hope the official word comes through quickly! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.

Teresa S. said...

Your restart was absolutely the right thing to do--what a difference! Really lovely fabric and conversion--love it!

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, this is just wonderful. What a great finish. It's interesting to see the difference between your first version and the final one. Maybe the somewhat muted colours of #1 wouldn't have been bad on fabric #2, but the second version is definitely more beautiful. Looking forward to seeing what you decided to stitch next.
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you to get this job.

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...

Hello Melissa,

I like your sampler so much. The colors are very nice. Your sampler is better than the original stichery. Really wonderful.

Greetings and have a nice day

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on both fronts!! Both the job and the stunning sampler!!!!

Maggie said...

Beautiful, just beautiful :-)

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the beautiful sampler, and I'll keep everything crossable crossed for your new job - all the best!

Catherine said...

Congratulations on a most stunning finish!! Love the colors in this one.
Great shot of Danny!

MoonBeam said...

Your Elizabeth is gorgeous! So clean and crisp looking, with beautiful colors. Congratulations on making choices that are pleasing to you. That's what it's all about. I'm going to make sure my stitching friends (no blogs) see your beautiful finish this afternoon.

Love the dragonfly photo!


Chris said...

Beautiful finish! I love the colors!
Congrats on the verbal offer. I hope that everything comes through and you will be starting soon!
I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Carol said...

Well, you've done it, Melissa!! You've outdone yourself with your latest beauty!! Your version of Elizabeth is just amazing--makes me want to pick up my needle and dive into something big for a change :)

And I am so hoping the verbal offer becomes a firm job that you will enjoy!! Can't wait to hear all the details :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Melissa, firstly, congrats on the offer. I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything falls rightly into place!

Secondly, what a stunning finish! I think having her framed as you say will be a great reminder.

Congrats all around! Hugs!

Lois said...

Your adaptation of Elizabeth is wonderful! Congrats on finishing her!!! I know exactly what you mean about not finding the next larger project to work on. I'm still debating and not making up my mind. I've pulled several charts out, kitted them up and then can't find the enthusiasm to start!!! Congrats on the positive progress towards a job!!! Hope you get confirmation in writing soon.

Mindi said...

Good luck with the job, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. Congratulations on finishing Elizabeth, she's absolutely gorgeous!

Veronica said...

So happy for you. Fingers crossed that everything works out.

Congratulations! Happy dancing with you here. Elizabeth looks stunning! I absolutely love the changes you've made. Looks so much nicer than the original. Can't wait to see it framed.


Sharon said...

It's absolutely gorgeous Melissa! Congrats! I too would have that one hanging asap. Good luck with job! I am hoping it will go well for you.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Very beautiful sampler !

amitiés de FRANCE my friend !

valerie said...

What gorgeousness Melissa! Elizabeth is stunning and that splotchy cream/pink linen is just perfect for her! Super congratulations on the job offer! I hope that verbal becomes a written...maybe it has already. I'm still catching up! lol Your roses from the garden are spectacular're so lucky to have a green thumb and such beauties in your backyard.

belle said...


I'm new to your lovely blog.
Congrats on your verbal commitment, fingers crossed it all works out well for you.
Your sampler finish is absolutely beautiful and I much prefer your changed version. Love the roses!
The dragonfly photo is brilliant!

Dona said...

Gorgeous finish! Congratulations! I do like the second fabric a lot more. It was a good choice.

Congratulations on a successful interview! That's exciting.

Anna van Schurman said...

Beautiful work on the sampler!

Gabi said...

Oh My Gosh. This is SO gorgeous. can't stop staring at the pictures of your finished Elizabeth.
Crossing fingers on your job offer :)

Suzanne said...

Absolutely stunning finish! I really love how you changed the colours, what a huge difference it makes to the look of the piece.

I recently bought some fabric from Stitches and Spice and found the price was only marginally higher, I think the problem is the exchange rate, with our dollar being quite strong at the moment.