Loara’s Pansy-Final Update

November 26, 2009

How appropriate that on Thanksgiving Day I can say that this project is complete!! In all honesty, I planned it this way and am pleased that I was able to stick to the timetable I set for myself. Since my last update I stitched the final word of the verse and the final border. The complete verse now reads “Lorde guide my hart.”

I want to congratulate the fine folks at Examplery Sampler Collection who put this kit together. The chart was very easy to read as were the stitching directions. It was also nice that they supplied an ample amount of thread to finish this piece.  I hope to start another project possibly in December but definitely right after the first of the year. I’ll keep you posted. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Loara’s Pansy- Update 10

November 19, 2009

The end is definitely in sight and I am pleased that I will make my Thanksgiving deadline!

I have completed the first line of the portion of the verse featured in this piece. It reads “Lorde guide my”. Interestingly, the “d” in Lorde is stitched in the correct position but in the word guide the”d” is flipped. Again, I’m not wild about the tone on tone element of this project but it is authentic and true to the original.

All that remains is the last word of the verse and one last border. In my next update I will reveal the finished and framed piece!

Loara’s Pansy-Update 9

November 12, 2009

I have finished the pansy!!sampler

 I did find it a bit tedious to stitch the inside of various parts of the pansy with the medium tan floss. While tone on tone gives great dimension to the piece it is rather slow going. All that is left to be completed is the verse and the last border. I am still hoping to complete the piece by Thanksgiving.

Loara’s Pansy-Update 8

November 2, 2009

We are experiencing some beautiful fall weather in my part of the country. Now that it is November, and feels like fall, I am inspiredloara sampler to complete this project by Thanksgiving! Recently I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with life in general, and this project in particular, so I’m pleased to have actually made progress in the past three weeks. The border of the leaves on the left side is now complete; as well as the border of the pansy. I have begun to fill in the pansy with back and running stitches. Next I will fill in the leaves and that part will be finished. I will then complete the two borders and the verse. I will keep you posted on my progress and I hope you’re having pretty fall weather wherever you are living!

Loara’s Pansy-Update 7

October 13, 2009

Although it has been several weeks since my last update I’ve not made too much progress. I am happy to report that I have begunlssampler.6 the pansy itself…working on the leaves. I’ve been doing quite a bit of cross stitch and am now about to use the running and back stitches. Nothing like a stitch change to inspire one to continue. I wonder what inspired Loara to keep working on her sampler?

Loara’s Pansy-Update 6

September 24, 2009

I had another productive day this past Sunday. I finished the “curlicues” on the right side and the four leaves on the left side. I am reallyblog pictures 003 pleased with how it is starting to take shape. I am stitching all of the various elements in the order as stated in the directions. Once I complete the four leaves on the right side I will be able to start the pansy. At that point I will be half way through the project!!

Loara’s Pansy-Update 5

September 16, 2009

In one day I made more progress on this sampler than in the last two weeks! This past Sunday was my dedicated stitching day. When you compare this photograph with the last one I posted, you can see that I recovered from the counting LSsampler.5Amistake and forged ahead. Fortunately I did not find any other errors as I first thought I might. I am now using the backstitch and running stitch. This is providing a nice change of pace from all the cross stitches. I hope to continue at a good pace and soon start on the actual “pansy” part of the design.  And, I am extra careful to double check my stitch placement. I would prefer not to have to remove any more of my work!

Loara’s Pansy-Update 4

September 3, 2009

Still love the 35 count linen but I learned the hard way that I really need LSsampler.4to be careful. I counted incorrectly while stitching the green portion of the braid. I didn’t realize it until I was stitching with the blue thread. As you can see, I removed a good sized portion of the green from the right side. The design  still doesn’t look right to me so there might be even more ripping in my future!

While this is frustrating I have been reminded  that needlework requires discipline…the more you stitch the better you become. I realize I’m a little rusty and need to put a bit more effort into my work; particularly this “heirloom” variety.

Loara’s Pansy-Update 3

August 25, 2009

I really can’t believe this is already my third update. I’m happy to report thatloara.chart2 I continue to make progress; however, I’m still not finished with the braid. I am about to start on the blue portion of it. Working with a darker color will be a refreshing change.

I learned a couple of things this past week. Normally, when the instruction calls for stitching with two strands of thread,LSsampler.3 I will use one and fold it in half before threading the needle. As I make the first stitch I pull the needle through the looped thread which in turn “anchors” the thread to the ground fabric. With this project, the instruction is to use two strands and cover the tail with the stitches. I experimented and stitched both ways. The latter definitely lends itself to a much “cleaner” look on the back. Somehow the front looks better too; although, that could be my imagination. Certainly the one-strand method is easier in terms of anchoring the thread but I really think I will use the two-stand method from now on.

The other, and more surprising, thing I learned is that I really don’t mind stitching on 35 count linen. I never thought I would hear myself say that!

Loara’s Pansy-Update 2

August 19, 2009

I am unhappy to report that I did not stitch nearly as much as I had planned LSsamp.2this past week; which happened to be my last week of summer vacation. Suddenly there were lots of little things that needed to be accomplished that, unfortunately, had nothing to do with stitching. On the other hand, I’m happy to report that I managed to work more of the braid and am still thoroughly enjoying this project!