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Monday, January 11, 2016

Challenge Day 8 through 11

Starting a new project every day is turning out to be a lot of fun.  It gives me an excuse to sit down and stitch almost every day.  It has also forced me to take a look at my stash of kitted projects and charts and to start thinking about which ones I will actually stitch and which I will not.

On Day 8, I started the Elizabeth Derby Sampler which is in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum.  It was charted by Joanne Harvey for The Exemplarery.  I like the free embroidery flowers and leaves in the border and the floral band.  I was able to spend enough time stitching to finish two rows across the top of the inner portion of the sampler.






On Day 9, I started Think Summer by Lizzie Kate.  This is a fairly small, fun piece full of bright summery colors.  A great piece to work on in the middle of an Illinois winter.  I think this piece will be a quick finish when I go back to working on it.







On Day 10, I started working on Catherine Jordan's Jamestown sampler.  She enhances her stitched pieces with paint which will be added to this one when it is completed.  I took this as a class with the Lake Michigan Sampler Guild and initially was more excited about her method of stitching than I was about having a map of the James River.  Several years and a lot of genealogical research later, I know that my Baugh ancestors had settled on the James River in the 1630s and that I am descended from the Boons who settled in Isle of Wight, Virginia.  I think I will mark the locations of their original homes on my map when it is completed.  So far, I have only stitched a small amount of the coastline.




On Day 11, I started the Jacobean Berry Weight, a small over one project from The Heart's Content.  I had difficulty counting the sawtooth vine correctly and unstitched as much as I stitched.  I think I am going to need a combination of better light, and either better glasses or a magnifier to finish this piece.

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