Monday, January 6, 2014

What Was She Thinking?

I'm having so much fun with Jean Scrimgeowr that I told my husband yesterday that I might not sell a lot of stuff for a while.  I would rather stitch than promote my Etsy shop.  Fortunately, we don't have to live off the income from my fobs and stitch markers.  And yesterday, I had to take a break to stitch a Habitat for Humanity sampler, so I am really itching to get back to JS.
My New Year's good luck is holding so far...or maybe after decades of stitching reproduction samplers, I have actually learned to look for compensations and other oddities, especially in borders.  As I worked my way across the top border…and unworked my way back a way… I discovered that each repeat of the border motif moves up one stitch all the way across the top.  Now I can hear you asking why I think my luck is holding given that I had to frog a little.  Well, normally, I would make it all the way around the border (and it's a big one) before I thought to look for those aberrations.  And now that I think about it, what probably made me take a second look is one little backstitched tendril extended above the graph and I thought, 'hmmm, wonder what that means'.  So I probably haven't really learned much in all those years, I'm just lucky.  And, it’s a good thing I left a decent sized margin at the top because I thought the top left was the high point in the design.   
What's the lesson?  Never make assumptions when stitching a reproduction.   And it just occurred to me that I'm probably going to go nuts when I frame it!  Do I square up the large border or the truly square inner red backstitch border?  Aaaargh, I'm going to obsess about that until the piece is done.  I hate it when I starting thinking too much.

Another interesting thing I've found is that the vine in the first band is in two different shades of green.  They are so close that it is difficult to tell that they are different unless you look very closely.  It seems to be planned, as opposed to not having enough of either color, but I wonder what Jean was thinking. 
I'm also wondering if the two dogs (one is on the far left side of the first band) are pets, since they are both pictured in two colors.  That green blob will be a bird once I add the legs, beak and eye. 

10 comments:

  1. Wow! You are really moving right along!! And I am with you! All I want to do is stitch to and tomorrow that is exactly what I am going to do!! Laura

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  2. Can see why you are so enthusiastic, it is beautiful, Tommye.

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  3. Pretty piece. I am being tempted by Scarlet Letter's Samplers too. Not that I don't have a few other projects to stitch.

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  4. This is a beautiful sampler so far - I love the scrolls and intricacy of the design. I'm just a beginner with stitching reproduction samplers, although I have amassed quite a few from Scarlet Letter this past year. Last year was my hoarding..I mean COLLECTING .. And this year it's time to really get busy stitching! I learned something from your post here, and will definitely be aware of little changes when stitching these! Can't wait to see your sampler as you continue stitching.

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  5. Nice progress, Tommye! The details of these reproduction samplers amaze me, especially when I think of the age of the young girls who stitched them!

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  6. Beautiful! I always figure that the girl stitching the original was just stitching along and fudged when she needed to. lol!

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  7. It is looking great. Don't you wish you could have notes from the original stitcher for an explantion of all the weird things in their samplers? I would love to know the stories of why when I run across color changes or things that seem off in some way but it's also one of the reasons I love doing them

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  8. This is so pretty...I don't blame you for wanting to keep on stitching this one. I love this. Your progress is great.

    Happy Stitching
    Linda K, Railroad

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  9. Beautiful work, Tommye, and I really can see the two different colors. Maybe the word "stash" hadn't been discovered yet :) thanks for sharing

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  10. Jean is looking gorgeous, great progress.

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