Today, a special look at a sampler stitched by Sally Anne, hanging in her hallway nest to her bedroom door. I love this sampler and Sally Anne did an incredible job stitching it. The canvas is from Ewe and Eye. It can be found on the Ewe and Eye web site: http://www.eweandeyeandfriends.com/html/thumbnails.php?currentPage=11&category=Everything%20Else
Traditional to antique samplers, butterflies and birds decorate this sampler and big tufts of leaves from trees dot the background.
Pressed glass flower and leaf beads and seed beads decorate the wreath on the head. The butterfly bodies are faux bullion knots.
The sampler background is a combination of a laid filling and black work. See Ann Strite Kurz’s book, The Heart of Blackwork , for more interesting laid fillings and blackwork combinations. Ann is one of my favorite stitchers and has wonderful stitches in all her books. I usually just look at the colored pictures and stitch graphs she has is her very detailed and text filled books. Order her books from your favorite needlepoint store. Here is the web site with Ann’s books:
The lion was felted with wool roving and the face is tent stitch. He looks like a nice lion!
Under the ribbon border, between the main part of the sampler and the area on the bottom, is the traditional sampler alphabet and two urns of flowers. I love the needlepoint border with the ribbon selected for the matting around the needlepoint. Date the sampler was finished is in the right corner. it is fun to look at needlepoint and see when it was completed. Think about adding initials and the year date to your needlepoint.
The ribbons around the needlepoint selected by Sally Anne, are from the Ribbonry in the Chaparral Needleworks. They are perfect for the sampler and mirror the needlepointed ribbon border between the two sections of the sampler. The needlepoint was framed at Davis Hardware here in Houston and they do a wonderful job! Web site for Davis Hardware is: http://www.davishardware.com/
Do a sampler for your house this year!