Saturday, February 27, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 Good Morning....our last February Stitching Saturday! This year seems to be moving right along. 

I worked on several pieces of stitching this week. 

I picked up this small stitch by Hands of Design when Priscilla worked with Cathy Habermann.

I am doing Hippity Hop on this scrap of 16 count aida I had left over from another project. The blue shows up better in person....This will be added to the dough bowl.

I also did some creative work this week. I have long admired The Mother's Tree but I knew I would never do all that charting and centering of names of my ancestresses. Pam of Pam and Steph on Floss Tube stitched this so if you want to see it completed, check out her channel.  I had a Pineberry Lane sampler named Sarah Platt and as I stitched the alphabet I wondered if I could make this into a small Mother's sampler.  It is a work in progress....I plan to put a small motif between each name. I also did each woman in a different font to emphasize the differences in each generation.  My grandmother's line goes back to a Cherokee woman named Talotiskee Nettle. She Married Little Dragging Canoe and their daughter was Christiana Canoe.  I have to wonder if the missionaries who worked among the Cherokees had an influence on the daughter's name. I will never know but it is fun to speculate.  I plan to put each woman's full name on the back of the sampler once it is framed.  It is neat to see the line all the way to Kendall.... Talotiskee, Christiana, Matilda, Melinda, Lillie, Lena, Marjorie, Arlene, Amelia and Kendall.  Eleven generations of strong North Georgia women.

G Legere has another finished line...
I did not take it out of the q snap because it is quite a job to wrestle it into the snaps.  I finished I and K. I noticed there is no J on this sampler. I looked it over to make sure I had not made a mistake but I have read that some samplers left off certain letters in order to make it fit together. 

And finally I was working on Mychal's Prayer. I just love doing the font on this one!! Silver Creek Samplers are always a fun stitch. Check out everyone's work on this SAL at #mychalsprayer on Instagram.

Riley Harbor by Kathy Barrick came home from the framer.

I was so pleased with the job The Middle House did for me. I hung it in my bedroom where I can see it from my cozy chair.  I picked a gray frame to pick up the color of the whale. The touch of gold on the edge brightens up this frame.  If you are in the North Alabama area, I highly recommend The Middle House. They also have some beautiful canvases at a great price.( Ask me how I know?) 

I had my eye on this beautiful cotton field when I took my needlework to the store several weeks ago. It was on sale when I went to collect Riley Harbor so it came home with me and I love it. Marvin asked me what it was with me and cotton!! I just love to see a cotton field in the fall. It reminds me of the Bible verse, the fields are white unto harvest.  Both of my parents picked cotton when they were younger and I know from their stories it was hard, backbreaking work. Now the big pickers can clear a field in a day or so.

I have been going through my stash and I am realizing my tastes have changed in my stitching life. I am leaning more to samplers and not so much cutesy charts.  I also have a few Prairie Schoolers that I know I will not stitch but I was hoarding. Over the next month or so I will be giving them to a lucky reader. First up is a Stitching Housewives chart, Up on the Housetop.

To enter the giveaway you must be 18 years old and live in the continental USA. Answer this question to be entered into the drawing....what is your prediction for March...In like a lion or in like a lamb?

Happy Stitching Friends.


Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, what lovely stitches you worked on during the week. Your "Mother's Sampler" is amazing. What a wonderful idea! Riley's Harbor is simply gorgeous; love the frame you picked for it. The cotton field print is a beauty. Enjoy your weekend!

Sandy said...

Arlene, that Riley's Harbor is amazing. It turned out just perfect. I feel the same way about cotton for the same reasons. Mother talks about picking cotton as a girl. They got out of school to harvest the cotton. I also love all of the other pieces. Man they are pretty. The colors in that G Legere are so pretty. I just love them all.

Georgia said...

Arlene, you have been a busy woman! I loved your post today, and the framed piece of Riley's Harbor is stunning. I know what you are saying about taste's changing, I am right there with you. As for your Mother's Tree, I really like your idea. I am on Ancestry, so some of mine has been rather interesting. I do have the Mother's Sampler (some where in my stash), but at the time was a little overwhelmed with the pattern. I really like the idea, thank you. Keep creating, and keep stitching my friend. Many blessings to you and yours:)

Margie said...

I love the picture of the cotton field! Always enjoy your posts and reading about what's going on in your life, as we don't get out much. I sure hope March comes in like a lamb. I think most of us can use some nice weather for a while. Take care.

Quiltingwiththefarmerswife said...

Your stitching is beautiful. My taste has changed in the cross stitch patterns I like to stitch too. Love the G Legere but I only stitch on 14 count so it would be a 'little' big.
Must thank you for introducing me to Christmas at Fairacre by Miss Reed. After finishing The Nightingale, I needed a light read. The stories were so sweet and gave wonderful lessons on kindness and grace. I'm now waiting for the first three books of the Fairacre series to arrive from Amazon.
Bless you. Patty McDonld

Mari said...

I love how Riley Harbor turned out! We have a nautical family room in our basement and it would fit very well there.
I also love your Indian heritage - so cool!
I started an ancestry stitch quite a few years ago. It's beautiful but full of half and quarter stitches, so I never finished it. I'm impressed you are working on one!

Carol said...

What an interesting family history you have, Arlene--really fascinating! I love your version of the Mother's Sampler and the different fonts that you used make it so special. And that framed Riley's Harbor--wow! Lovely new print, too. I have never seen cotton fields in real life--it must be quite a sight... Enjoy your last day of February tomorrow ♥

moosecraft said...

All beautiful stitches! Your G Legere is looking amazing! I was watching a Fat Quarter Shop video last night and learned there is a cotton shortage. Then I see this beautiful picture you found! The world needs more cotton fields! :-)

Mary said...

Arlene, Your family history is so interesting!! 11 generations and that you are able to trace them back is just so fascinating to me. All my great grandparents were immigrants. I have free access to Ancestry via our library and I really need to try and do a search. I think your sampler with all the names is so impressive. How neat that you have Cherokee in your blood!! Like Carol, I have never seen a cotton field!!
Your Riley Harbor is stunning and the framing is beautiful. This has been the longest Feb ever for me, it must be all the snow!! I'm really looking forward to Spring.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I love coming to your blog and seeing what you are into and this week was no different.