Sunday, 10 February 2013

Miss Myers has come to play

Greetings on a almost-sunny Sunday afternoon! 

Please welcome my next victim project on my scroll frame. When I first saw the design on Diane's blog, I knew I would have to stitch it. I'd wanted to stitch something different in colour - this one goes into the Blue/Brown/Creme combination. 



I am using all the recommended silks and linen. At first it was weird to stitch on this 28 count (or maybe 30?) linen but I really like the effect it provides to the design. The colours of the silks that Diane chose are just gorgeous together.

I was struggling with this when I first started stitching it but then I realized I was NOT enjoying the audio book that I was listening to. It took a few more tries before I finally settled on a classic - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. Ahhh, the idyllic countryside of England... it's very soothing.

Question for you - when it comes to borders, are you someone who has to finish the borders first before you tackle the rest of the sampler? I very rarely do that. I am what I call a "relative" stitcher. So, if I am stitching the bird on the left, let's say, I will count that it is the right number of spaces from the border and the flower and the basket. "It's all relative".

The reason why I asked is that I had to frog the right hand side of the border a bit and then I wonder about how stitchers take to doing borders, if there are any tips and tricks. 

It is a long weekend here as it's "Family Day" here tomorrow. Woo-hoo! More stitching and fun to be had! Daisy is keeping my stitching chair warm.  Yes I sit on a regular chair as I need to sit up when stitching with my scroll frame. The soft comfy chairs are hard on my back and don't work at all for my stitching. 

Doesn't it look like Daisy is listening to my audio book too? 

Well, that's another post for me. I see I've gained a few followers lately - welcome!

Thank you for your visits. Your comments have helped enable me to keep on stitching (yes, work is still full of crazy-makers)! I hear there's been a lot of snow back east - for those in the cold, I hope you are keeping warm and snug.  Take care!

25 comments:

Margaret said...

Ok, this one hadn't appealed that much when I saw it on the LHN blog. Now of course, it does. lol! It's so pretty! Your checked linen seems more subtle than the one shown on Diane's blog?? Anyway, love it of course. i always love what you stitch!

As for borders, I vary. Sometimes I try to finish the border first. But other times I feel like I will do better if I do the inside at the same time. It all depends on the project.

Loooove George Elliot!!!

Kim said...

LOVE it!!! It's on my list now! Thanks! ;o)

Deb said...

Oh, I love how that fabric plays so well with the design. Like Margaret said, you see something and are not sure if you like it, but then you see someone stitching it and you fall all over it! It's really pretty!

Catherine said...

Even prettier than I thought!! I used to stitch the border first ~ I needed to know it would match up! Lately, I have been stitching the border in sections following the progression of the inside motifs.

samplerlover said...

Oh that one looks pretty. Will have to check it out.

No, I don't do the border all at once. I usually do one of two things which depends on on the sampler. I usually do the border as I go and then go and stitch something else for a while. Or do as much of the border as I can to get going and then come back and finish it at the end. But usually by then, I start wondering why.

Carol said...

Oh, I LOVE this newest sampler, Melissa! I hadn't seen it on Diane's blog, but I went and peaked and wow!! Great choice...

I am another stitcher like you when it comes to borders and I'm so glad I am. I'm working on the PS Feb. Sampler right now and if I had stitched the entire border first, I would have had to rip out three sides!! Luckily, I found my mistake on the very top before I had done any more. I basically stitch from the left top across to the right and then down--looks like you stitch from the bottom up :) Whatever works!!

Lovely little Daisy--give her a cuddle for me!! And enjoy your long weekend :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

I like your new start and the checked linen.
Sometimes I do the complete border and other times I'll just do part of the border to get the correct placement of a motif and stitch the sampler across the width of the linen and then down.

valerie said...

Miss Myers looks pretty already. Love the colors on that gingham fabbie. I think I'm the crazy one who stitches the border first (i.e. Jane Pattison) because I also am weird and stitch by color too. lol Although I only did the green and am adding bits to the border as I go.

marly said...

I need to check this design. Never saw it before and it looks interesting. I avoid borders but when necessary I do it last so I can check alignment with the completed rows.

Lennu said...

Oh what a cute photo of Daisy, she really seems to be listening too! I love the look in her eyes :)

Your sampler is beautiful of course, I love the colours. I always enjoy so much seeing the designs you choose to stitch, they are always wonderful and as I've said a hundred times, I always love the colours.

I guess I'm a "relative" stitcher as well. I never finish borders first or last, although the reason mostly is that I think it would be boring :) But I want to count everything is in the right place and stitch borders as I stitch everything else around.

Have a happy new week Melissa and I hope you have some time to stitch as well! I've continued stitching Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow and enjoy every stitch :)

Elisabetta said...

This sampler is really wonderful and your stitch is just perfect!

Brigitte said...

Oh what an interesting fabric choice for Miss Myers. The blue-grey squares go perfectly with the blue in the sampler, great! And listening to a classic book while stitching on a sampler must create the perfect atmosphere.
After a measuring desaster many years ago I've started everything I stitch in the centre. So, the border is often the last thing I stitch. Or, when I work from the centre to one of the edges I sometimes add a part of the border to that edge. But I never start with stitching the border.

Chris said...

Daisy looks very entranced.
I am a relative stitcher too. Your start is beautiful.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Daisy looks so intent, they are good company are they not? Your new stitch is very pretty, I like the colourway.

Anne said...

Oh Melissa it's so pretty! I love the colours and the soft checked fabric!! I think yours is softer too and very pretty! As for the border, I don't really have a method. For Jane, I stitched it in parts and the area that was on my qsnaps. For Hannah, I'm going to do it in parts as well. I'd rather stitch the border in parts since it can get tedious stitching the same thing for months. Yay! You are finally reading my recommendation! You will really love the Mill on the Floss. George Elliot is a superb writer and this was one of my favourite books by her. Love little Daisy! So cute!

Linda said...

I'm not quite a fan of stitching borders. I don't dislike them per se - but they are not usually my favorite thing to stitch. I would rather get to the meat of the design! So I do it a bit at a time...
I like the LHN design - I may have to get this one! But I'm thinking I will do it on a solid colored linen - I'm contrary that way - LOL!

Linda in VA

Marie said...

I love the linen you are using for Mary Myers Sampler. Your work is beautiful.

Much Like you, I do not stitch the border 1st and sadly have no great tips to help you along. Careful counting is all that comes to mind.

I am wondering what book on tape you are listening to, Daisy looks shocked. :D And oh so cute.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Ooh, I do love anything with a cute little bird. Very pretty. On the border subject I have learned,, the hard way I am afraid, to stitch them as I go. Happy Stitching. CJ in OK

Evik said...

Oh Melissa,
this sampler looks so pretty! I like used colour combination

Happy stitching! :)
Eva

Tammy said...

Great colors in that one! It's going to be gorgeous!

Giovi's Creations said...

I love the Sampler colors Melissa!
and Daisy is so cute :) Giovi

Siobhán said...

I'm with the others who've said that they weren't too pushed on the sampler until seeing your WIP pics! It's really pretty. I'm also a relative stitcher. I find it easier and that there are less mistakes if I start in the top left and stitch across and down. I don't think I've ever done a border and then filled it in.

Karoline said...

Great new start it's looking lovely.

Congratulations on finishing Sarah's House is gorgeous.

With borders, it entirely depends on the project for me.

Lois said...

I am very behind on blog commenting these days Melissa and have missed more of your updates than I realised!!! This is such a pretty WIP! As for borders, I tend not to stitch them first, I think I'm too paranoid that I'll get to the end and it won't match up so I've always gone with stitching it as I go along. Plus, I guess I like breaking up the border so that I can stitch other parts and have a bit of variety. With all the driving I've been doing lately I've become more of a convert to audiobooks but I've found that whoever is reading them is the thing that seems to stop me getting into the story. I've had a couple where I stopped after the first couple of chapters because the voice irks me so much that I can't get into the story!!!

Natalia said...

Such a cute design !! I love the fabric too. Daisy just has the prettiest face :-)