May 14, 2010


This week, I started my little grand daughter, Olivia's, birth sampler. Now don't laugh...Olivia is going to be three years old, so to say I am a little behind is an understatement! But Olivia has a little sister, Isabel, who was born last July...haven't started that sampler and then we had a another baby girl, Charlotte, who was born last month...haven't started that one either...so I figured I had better get on the ball. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day..I try to get in about an hour of stitching or rug hooking every evening..but I am so tired after work, I usually fall asleep in my stitching chair around 8 pm. Boy am I getting old!

I am using motif's from the new booklet by Blackbird Designs, "Honeysuckle Manor". I love the colors in the sampler and I thought it would be a nice one for the girls. As you can see...I have the dreaded "hoop" marks on my fabric, but I have to use a hoop..can't help it! I am also using 14 count aida....which is so much easier on my eyes..and I find I can stitch a heck of a lot faster. I only wish I had purchased all of the hand-dyed floss that was listed. I used mostly DMC floss with the color conversion...but I did purchase 3 Gentle Arts skeins and the colors are so soft and the variations in the thread is just beautiful. Well...I'd better get back to the sampler...I've got lots of stitchin' to do!

7 comments:

Joanne said...

Too funny - don't feel too bad - My Nana made each of her 6 grandchildren a sampler - she was so behind she saved them for wedding presents - I got mine when I was in my 30's! LOL! Hoop marks iron out!

Cari-in-VA said...

Love your new start! A birth sampler is a wonderful gift at any age.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I feel the same way, Bobbie. By the time I get home from work - fix dinner - clean up - walk the dogs - then sit down to stitch - I don't get much done before I'm snoozing away! Your sampler looks beautiful and it's never too late. I'm thinking of stitching them for my boys and they're 17 and 19!

Lori said...

Better late than never Bobbie! It will be a lovely sampler. I like the colors.

bayrayschild said...

Bobbie, glad you're feeling better now. Food poisoning is no fun at all.

What a lovely thing you do for your family. Your granddaughter is one lucky girl!

Can't wait to see the finished project. I know it will be grand!

Have a great day!
Audrey

Deb said...

The start on your sampler looks great! Such a pretty design. And I wouldn't worry too much about being behind on the birth samplers - I made one for my son and got that one finished pretty quickly, but for my daughter, I stitched the main portion of it and never put in her name and date - she's almost 13! LOL I'll get there someday.

Kathy (woolfind) said...

By the time they are old enough to appreciate them, they won't remember when they were given anyway :). Wonderful gifts, and lovely work as usual!!