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Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Fir Tree Sampler."

Hello,

I hope you are having a great weekend. Friday was a good day as  I finished the cross stitch sampler I have been working on. It has been quite a journey.


There was lots of counting and counting again. I ended up un-picking some of it as well. The blue stitching was taken out under the alphabet. The pattern was at fault,with the ends having a different number of spaces at either side it was annoying me. So un-picking was the way to go. Another thing I found out was that the new threads I bought to finish the flowers were so different from the colours I had already stitching. To alleviate this I un-picked the same amount of flowers in the bottom left hand side to correspond with the top right hand side.


I started stitching the side border and found out I was one row out. I had left out three small stitches in each flower stem in the ones under the trees. I also worked out that there border wasn't even. You may think by this time I would have put this back into the sewing room cupboard. Never fear I was determined to finish it.


So I downloaded some graph paper and had a play around and changed the border.

Looking back I probably could have done two of these samplers in the same amount of time but I wanted to accept the challenge I set myself last month and try cross stitching on linen.

Happy days.
Bev C

23 comments:

Maria said...

The Fir Tree Sampler looks fabulous and well worth your unpicking and patience Bev.

Fiona said...

Oh well done for all that unpicking... it was so worth it though - it looks wonderful... are you going to frame it?
Hugz

shez said...

wow Bev it looks fantastic,well done.xx

Dolores said...

Bev, it was well worth your efforts. The sampler is lovely.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Oh my Bev,
But look at it. It is beautiful and well worth the time. You will treasure it forever.
Have a lovely weekend.
I should have read your blog before my e-mail. It would have answered my question.

Blessings,
Bobbie Lynn

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, patience seems to be the key word here.
Beautiful, Bev! Such pretty pretty colors.
And how annoying, that a same thread number gives a different color.
Happy weekend to you!

Kelli said...

It's gorgeous! Your perseverance paid off. :o)
xo

Christine M said...

Well done on persevering with your cross stitch. It looks lovely. I'm sure I would have hidden it in a cupboard a long time ago! lol

Sharon said...

It looks fabulous! Well done on persevering!

Pauline said...

Bev, you must have the patience of a saint! It was worth the effort, of course!

Narelle said...

Glad you didn't let it get the better of you :)

Terriaw said...

It turned out beautifully! I love it, especially after reading about all the work you put into this.

marina said...

well done it looks fantastic. I hear you about the unpicking, I just made another pin cushion and found a mistake when finishing the last corner of the border. I had to find the mistake and then unpick!
At least you will be happy with the result- the new border looks great too.

Maree: said...

Now I know why I gave up cross stitch lol that would be me too Bev and it would have ended up in the bin..lol
Good On You for Persevering it looks Gorgeous.
cheers

Margaret said...

Well patience was rewarded once again, always in a woman never in a man , so the quote goes, however you went above and beyond the unpicking time. Great job well done.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Beautiful cross stitch Bev, you did so well persevering!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good on you Bev...you must be pleased as punch!!!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Bev, your cross stitch sampler is very beautiful. Lovely work. Hugs Judy

Michelle said...

The cross stitch is beautiful... well done!

O'faigh said...

Hello Bev, absolutley beautiful Sampler you have made....only you would know...Hugs,O'faigh

Nicky said...

Beautiful job Bev, good on you for sticking with it, it looks fantastic.

Lounging with a Latte said...

Well done on perservering with the sampler, it looks lovely.

Melody said...

Truly beautiful work and even though the linen is more tricky it looks wonderful.