One of my goals this year is to finish Maria Antoni. This piece is a Mexican sampler and The Essamplaire is currently running this as an online class. I am not participating in the class because I actually got this kit at Jeannine's sampler seminar a few years ago. I went to the seminar not planning on taking any classes - Mexican samplers are not my primary interest and for whatever reason I did not sign up for the class. I was just going to go and stitch for a few days. I arrived, and the first night I went to the stitching room. There were all these ladies with these beautiful silks laid out in front of them - I didn't even know what they were working on, I just knew I had to have it! Clearly when someone asks what attracts me to a particular sampler, the answer is color! These photos are a bit washed out - clearly I need to improve my digital photography skills - but you'll get the idea.
I begged Jeannine and Margriet to let me into the second day of the class - fortunately for me there was an extra kit so they obliged. After finishing Elizabeth Yeagers I was ready for some real color and Maria seems like just the ticket. So far it's stitching up fairly quickly. I'm skipping around as I want to do a lot of the satin stitch last. The sampler is almost reversible - the cross stitch is a variation that just has vertical lines on the back. Here's a photo of the back.
I'm trying to make as much progress as I can with Maria because I know that once my large scroll rods arrive and I can put the Richmond sampler on them, that will grab my attention again.