Last time we visited the Long Dog Sampler that my niece and I have been plodding through together, I was saying good-bye to it for a time, due to this commissioned project that I needed to design, set up, and stitch. Well, you know… I’m always full of a million excuses (a negative characteristic that I’m trying to correct in myself!), but the fact of the matter is, I never did quite put the thing away like I was supposed to! A reader asked in one of the comments not too long ago how this project was coming, so I thought I’d show you an update…
Now that summer has arrived, my niece has launched into her sampler with a little more concentrated effort. I haven’t seen her latest stitching endeavors yet, though. Hopefully, next week I’ll be able to catch up with her on that. She told me she plans to listen to audio books (she’s a great fan of Agatha Christie) and stitch away. Sounds like an ideal summer plan to me!
After I told you I was bidding farewell to this project for a time, I discovered that I could slip the whole project into a nice basket and keep it more or less available, regardless of other work to do. It’s much easier to take this project out and put a few stitches in when I have a few minutes than it is to go out to the studio, where I’m working on the ecclesiastical piece! So I’ve kept this thing next to the sofa in the living room, and have managed a few sessions on it here and there, as time allowed.
I’ve managed to put in almost three whole bocks up there on the right.
Each of these little blocks is less than an inch square, but in each of those little squares, there are 729 little stitches, so they actually take a while to do.
The sampler is pretty colorful, and no two motifs are the same, which is nice. While the actual stitching may get a bit repetitive, the changes in pattern and color make the piece interesting to stitch. It’s kind of fun, filling in those little blank squares with color and shape. There’s no stress at all involved in this kind of stitching, so it really does make a good, relaxing summer project!
This is perhaps the oddest square I’ve stitched so far. It doesn’t seem to fit the style of the other squares, and the colors are quite bright and almost garish. At first, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the zig-zag pattern or the color arrangement. But what’s strange is that, just as I was coming to the end of this square, I found I did actually like it, somehow. I liked the way it filled in so tightly, and how all the colors formed their little own zig-zaggedly neat little rows. Overall, I wouldn’t call it “me-ish,” but I like it!
This top half of the grey and pink square is perhaps one of my favorite elements so far. I like that “carnation” look, typical to 17th century petit point slips and other historical embroideries.
I’m glad we undertook the project. It’s given me a better appreciation for counted techniques. And I still do intend to carry the whole project through to then end, which, for me, is a good sign that I’m enjoying it.
I haven’t stitched on this for a couple weeks now, but I am still keeping it next to the sofa, awaiting the next 15 minute break that I can devote to it!
Now, this is the thing: two weeks from yesterday, the embroidery piece I (finally) got set up the other day is due. I bet you know what that means! It’s the only thing I’ll be stitching on now. I must get it done! I have so many other projects, too, that I want to start! I’m also going out of town in two weeks – before I go, I want to set up several “on-the-go” embroidery projects that I can work on while I travel. So, keep your fingers crossed for me, that I actually do get something accomplished! THANKS!
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Enjoy the day!