Good Sunday morning to you all! I'm going to do a quick post just to show you Miss Jane Harris in all her prettiness. I present her to you with a sigh of relief and a big smile on my face!
I'm still smiling when I look at her. I won't be getting her framed for awhile since I am not working so I don't want to spend the money now, especially with the Market goodies coming this month, but more importantly because I haven't found a new framer yet. So for now I have pinned her up on my bulletin board where she'll hang out and wink at me every once in awhile! Jane is the biggest sampler ever stitched for me so I am very happy with that milestone too!
Here are the "technical" bits. The Jane Harris 1827 Sampler is published by McIntosh Sampler. I stitched on 36 count Vintage Light Examplar linen (Lakeside) using various silks from my stash. I have been asked about a conversion and I can tell you bits of what I used in a minute but I did not have a 1:1 coversion. I quickly found that I wanted to break out from the original charted colours and just used what I felt like. Yes, when you do that, there can be a bit of frogging involved.
I started stitching this in the lower left hand corner. See that red and rust coloured basket? That colour combination occurred a lot, including in the peacock. Well, I wanted a blue and purple peacock and it just kind of spiraled happily from there!
For the border I used Belle Soie's Strawberry Shortake and Weathered Vine. The rust colour I used in the basket and framing the house was AVAS 4236. I used a lot of BS Poison Apple and Terra Cotta as I love that combination! The design of the middle basket was my creation.
I could never have done this changing-up of colours if I was still in a full time job. I really needed time to play (and frog). My advice if you want to do what I did is just to have fun with the process and don't be rushed. I'm glad I started from the bottom where there were lots of different motifs for me to add colour in so I can get a sense of how the palette would look. Then I used a lot of those colours in the alphabet at the top part of the sampler.
Now, I am onto doing the same thing with another sampler. I am still in the trial-and-error (ribbit, ribbit) stage so no photos yet.
Oh, one question I have for you if you don't mind - do you have any favourite colours in silks? Can you tell me your top 3 or something? You can tell I love Belle Soie silks, can't you?
Well, this was a quick post but not so short! However, time to get on with Sunday! Hope you have a great week. Thank you for stopping by!