Monday, March 29, 2010


Today finally brought the UPS man with the new scroll rods that I need for the Richmond sampler.  I've been waiting for these for a month and last week I was convinced that they were in my neighbor's garage...crazy, I know, but I got a notice saying they would be shipped and when I saw the UPS guy dropping off a long, skinny box across the street and my neighbor tossing it in the corner of the garage without even looking at it, well, you know how it is.  A watched package is never delivered.  Thankfully I finally got a tracking number and realized that they had not even been shipped at that point, saving me from making a total fool of myself by going over and asking to see the package in the corner of their garage.  That was probably golf clubs, lol.

At any rate, now I can pick up again on Richmond, which I haven't touched for several weeks.  I was stitching in hand but it's huge and I don't enjoy stitching in hand.  I have not done any of the queen stitches because my tension isn't right unless my fabric is taut, so I broke down and ordered the new 30" scrolls.  Here you can see how long they are!

Here's my progress on Richmond so far - I have almost all of the flowers done across the top, but I have not finished the baskets since they are done in queen stitch.  Those will be next, along with filling in the queen stitch in the border (first I have to get it on the scroll bars, which I always find challenging with a piece this large).

Last, a close-up of some of the flowers.  This is a beautiful piece and now I am going to be switching back and forth between working on this and Maria. 


  1. Susan! I'm so glad you commented on my blog so I found yours! I've always loved seeing your work on the bbs and all. You pick such amazing samplers to stitch, and I see from your blog so far that the trend is continuing! I looove the Richmond Sampler and am planning to sign up for the online class when Margriet offers it. And I'm kicking myself for not signing up for Maria Antonini. I so wish I had! Beautiful work on both pieces so far! Welcome to blogging!

  2. PS: books are my other favorite pastime too. :D

  3. Susan,

    Your sampler looks wonderful!

    Glad that you didn't make a fool out of yourself with the UPS man. I don't know what I would have done had my man driven past me since my tracking number said the baskets were supposed to arrive today.

    Keep up the great work with your blog!!

  4. Susan,

    I am so glad that you have taken the plunge and started a blog! Now I can keep up with you too!! Your Richmond Sampler is coming along beautifully. Now that I have the queen stitches down, I am focusing more on the flowers and border outline. Makes me feel like I am getting more accomplished!

    Glad to see that the scroll rods arrived. I hope that getting the sampler on them does not prove to be too difficult!

    You asked about my new hoop...I know that Nordic Needle carries them among other online stores and you can order direct too. The things that I love about it are:
    1. fabric stays TAUT - very easy to see where to stitch
    2. The screw for the wingnut is long so it does not come apart when readjusting.
    3. It is very light-weight and does not put added weight on my already weak wrists from early stage carpel tunnel. Here is the address to the website:

    I love your Maria sampler...the colors are gorgeous! The different stitches and variation will make for a beautiful sampler. I look forward to your progress.

    Again, I am glad to see you here and look forward to more posts! Happy Stitching!