Welcome to my blog. I'm probably very much like all of you who love the needlearts. My life revolves around family, friends, home and all things that help to make for a more contented life. When time allows; cooking, gardening, decorating, and collecting are my joys. I look forward to sharing all of these things with you. I also hope to keep you up to date on what is going on at Homespun Elegance, in regard to the needlework designs and the "Plain & Fancy Wares" that we offer.

Wishing you "Many Happy Stitches".

Friday, July 19, 2013

Marking Sampler Update!

Hi Everyone!
Are you melting like I am?  So over this disgusting
weather.  We are suppose to get a break from the
heat in a day or so, but it will probably come along
with some nasty storms.  I'll take it as long as the
wind isn't too bad.  The yard to screaming for a good
watering, but there is no point in doing that now.
My potted plants are OK because I'm watering
about every other day ~ so so far so good for them.
It has been a while since my last post.  I don't know
where the time goes, but it does.  Faye has been
on vacation this week (lucky thing - but she deserves
it), so I'm holding down the fort alone and not
doing it very well.  Unfortunately, the first thing to go  
when I'm running out of time is the Blog, but I
must fill you in on the progress I have made
on the
Slowly but surely I am moving along.  I only
get to work on it for a very little while at night.
At this rate it will be a few more months
before it is finished, but I love it.  It is going to
be fantastic hanging over the bed in my
guest bedroom.  Cannot wait.
This is where I was when I first shared it.
 And this is where I am now.  I cannot wait to get
to the next row of letters.
This is the antique sampler.  I didn't choose a
fabric as yellow/gold as the original, because of
where I want to hang it.  But since it is only one
color you will be able to make it whatever you want.
Another interesting thing about this sampler is that
the J, K, W, X, and Y are missing.  I am not a
sampler historian.  Does this give a clue as to
how old it is or where it was stitched?  If you
know, would you please share.
The original post was on June 20th.  So you can see
 it has taken me nearly a month to get this far.  Pathetic,  
I know.  In the original post, I said if you
"comment" each time on the Blog when I do an
update, you will be put in a drawing for a copy
of the design and something else. So, if you wish to
try to win, just give me a quick "comment".   
"Many Happy Stitches",


  1. Its looking lovely, the soft and muted color is gorgeous. Just tell yourself that some progress is better than no progress, and stitching the sampler isn't a race, enjoy and savor the process.

  2. Was so good to talk with you today my Friend ~
    stay cool and keep on stitching!
    love your progress so far :)

  3. It's beautiful. You are making great progres

  4. It's wonderful, so subtly beautiful. Hope the weather cools down for you soon.

  5. Sandra the sampler is coming along nicely! It is lovely! Stay cool it is so HOT here.

  6. It's looking really good! I love the soft color.
    It's Hot here in the south too, plus we need rain!

  7. Have been waiting for a progress report!! Love the muted tones on this one. It will be gorgeous once completed. Not sure about the letters other than the fact that most "old" samplers are missing the J. Stay cool if you can!

  8. I am a nut for marking samplers. Love the colors of thread and linen you are stitching yours with. I am looking forward to following your progress on this one.

  9. I can't tell you about the age of this sampler. But i do know that stitchers were very practical in those days....they only stitched those letters they would use in marking the linens in theirs closets.
    So no J because they used a I back then, and a W is a double V.
    Hope this will help you.

  10. I think you are making great progress - such a beautiful sampler - hope you have air conditioning where you are, its hot here in Taiwan too :{

  11. Your sampler is coming along nicely. Looking forward to the next update :)

  12. It's looking great so far! Can't wait to see more!

  13. What a beautiful sampler.

  14. You are making nice progress. I'm usually a golden/yellow lover, but really like the taupe-y color you've chosen.

  15. It looks wonderful, I love the fabric and floss you chose. Nancy

  16. I love samplers, I like to do alphabets. I have bought a lot of samplers, they tend to be high on my list. I would love to win this pattern

  17. Beautiful stitching - we are having unsually hot weather here in the UK so I understand how you feel x

  18. Beautiful stitching and very beautiful sampler ..
    Stay cool and happy stitching x

  19. very nice! i think it's hot everywhere. denise

  20. I think it is coming along nicely.

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  22. The marking sampler is looking fabulous, love the color and look of it! Hope you get some relief from the heat too, here it is horrible too! I am already looking forward to Autumn!

  23. Sandra, Your sampler is going to be beautiful! I have always thought that "tone on tone" embroidery is very elegant. Happy stitching!

  24. Love it so far. Can't wait to see it finished.

  25. I love the softness of this sampler.
    It is coming along beautifully. Being as busy as you are and trying to enjoy your leisure time, I think your progress is great.


  26. Sandra, I really like the colors you have chosen. Slow but steady. Wonderful things are worth the wait.

  27. This is so going to be worth the wait--and I think the colors look perfect--even though I am a big fan of golden colored threads. Maybe by the time I'm finished with Lucy Redd you'll be finished with this!!

  28. This sampler is really lovely. I love the look. I think that this may be an Italian sampler with those missing letters. You have chosen a beautiful combination of colors

  29. I have always heard that the older samplers were missing one or all of the letters you mentioned. It's a beautiful effort.

  30. Great progress - your sampler is looking wonderful, love the color of fabric and thread you have chosen!

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  31. I absolutely love your sampler. It is so beautiful and rich looking. I love the tone on tone look. I think that's what makes it so elegant and antique looking.

  32. As you know from our previous chats, this is one I really am looking forward to. It's looking wonderful and I think you've made some nice progress. Stay cool and enjoy your stitching.

  33. It's a lovely sampler. I'm enjoying your progress!