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I’m feeling a lot of stress these days from work, who knows why, so tonight after a nice chat with my mum, I found I did have a bottle of wine after all, poured a glass and turned on the Big Bang Theory.

Next to my big Martha Washington chair I have baskets with my knitting and other craft projects, and when looking down I saw my long neglected embroidery sampler from Drop Cloth.


Wine, chicharonnes, and embroidery – a new solution to anxiety. All I have to do is finish the black border, then I can block and frame it.

I also joined an embroidery pattern of the month club from Studio MME, thanks to my little sister L___, the designs are so cute! I had to buy this one immediately, as I have a deep affinity for foxes. But before I can start the foxes I must finish this pretty sampler.


After a slug of wine I start in. There is something inherently relaxing about the gentle sound of the needle punching through the fabric, the hiss of the perle cotton sliding through and the magic of seeing the pattern and colors grow underneath my fingers. A half a glass of wine later, I am done.


I feel better already.

Finished Objects – Embroidery Sampler

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I had time to sit and relax, what a pleasant change for this fall!

While I was relaxing and chatting with my family I picked up the lovely embroidery sampler by Rebecca Ringquist I started in October.

Et, voila!

And more of the detail:


The last finished area was stitched in variegated blue perle cotton using bullion stitches.


The little wheels were fun to make.


The section outlined in orange was my favorite part to stitch.

This was a fun project and I am looking forward to buying some more perle cotton for my next sampler!

Embroidery Sampler

A few weeks ago I took a class from Princess Animal on how to embroider, what a fun night!

We met our amazing instructor, Rebecca Ringquist, and started a sampler using various cotton floss and perle cottons.

When I was 8 or so, my Granny taught me how to embroider, knit, crochet and crewel, but after she passed away I didn’t really have the heart to go on. In the early 90’s I started needlepointing and really loved it, but over the past few years I have been knitting steadily.

A gal needs a change, and like changing one’s hair color I needed something different and had been thinking about embroidery. I started buying little patterns and iron-on designs but could not really remember how to make a French knot or do a pretty satin stitch.

Voila! Princess Animal’s class was perfectly timed!

Here is the sampler we started with and what I learned to do that night.

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After nailing the maneuvors for the French knot and the backwards stitch, we progressed to the chain stitch and the buillon stitch. Ta Da!

I think Granny would be proud.

Here is where I am after today’s lunch hour.


I also purchased a few other samplers from Rebecca from her Etsy store and her blog Drop Cloth.  The cake sampler is really cute and I am looking forward to picking out perle cotton colors for it.


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