First up, I've reached 200 followers, and I believe I promised A GIVEAWAY when I had ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE join up as followers! Since I've somewhat named 2014 as "The Year of the Sampler" I thought it would be appropriate to give away a beautiful sampler chart (plus a hand dyed linen and the flosses needed).
THE GIVEAWAY! WINNER ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, FEB 7th
This is C Street Samplerworks "I Sigh Not For Beauty" which was designed by Ruth Ann Russell and "inspired by late 18th Century samplers from the Boston, Massachusetts area." It has all the things I love in a sampler design - a grand house, trees, floral border, and several birds perched here and there -- I think I even spy two butterflies. (I apologize for this lousy photo.)
WHAT YOU'LL WIN: the complete, brand-spanking-new chart; a 1/4 yard cut of 32 count Apple Brown Bindy hand dyed linen by R&R Reproductions; and the DMC flosses needed to stitch this. I must confess (before I have a disgruntled giveaway winner on my hands) I didn't have three of the colors of DMC used in the model, BUT I dug my way through the boxes of STASH and was able to find some pretty close matches and all are full, unused skeins. Yippee! All you'll need to supply are a needle and scissors, and some lucky soul will be on their way to happy sampler stitchin' !
HOW TO ENTER - leave a response to this blog post BEFORE 1:00 AM Friday morning, (EST).
Tell me YOUR plans for your 2014 stitching. You don't need to list specific goals, but tell me about a project(s) you hope to finish or start this year, or maybe a new technique you'd like to learn, or maybe a retreat you plan to attend - anything goes, really, AS LONG AS IT'S RELATED TO STITCHING.
I'll give each valid entry/response a number and pick one at random from a Shaker Box, and announce the winner on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th.
As for me and my stitching, I did finish a "small" for the "2014 Small SAL" I signed up for (tap logo on left side for link.) I'm posting the pic several days late, but I did actually get the stitching on this finished before January ended. This is "A Colonial Candle Pouch" - the first project sent to those stitchers participating in the Colonial Gatherings Club via Dyeing to Stitch, the R&R Reproductions' blog. It was designed by Plum Street Samplers. I haven't done the "finishing" on it yet -- I don't own a sewing machine - but I'll figure out something. (Those Colonial stitchers didn't have sewing machines anyway, right?)
Keeping true to my Sampler of the Year theme, I've been working on Cornelia Vanderveer by Scarlet Letter as well as Snooty Parrots by Barbara Ana. (I'll post pics of them next time.) I'm having a little By the Bay SAL with my friend Kathy, which we started a couple of weeks ago. This is where I left off on By the Bay's "Tidal River." It's a fun project filled with the blues and greens I love plus lots of little details to bring the bayside scene to life. The fabric is 32 count Blue Dynasty and DMC threads.
I'm working on this between other projects, cuz that's just the way I roll! Ha ha ha. Until next time - good luck on the giveaway, and happy stitching!
DON'T you wish you were HERE - hanging in a hammock, and sipping a Margarita?