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.