Friday, February 05, 2010

"The Lady and the Unicorn" Here are some picture of one of my huge cross stitch projects that I started more than ten years ago but has been sitting in a corner of my livingroom in its stretcher frame. I bought this back when as a kit. The kit included the linen, floss thread and graph. Speaking of graphs...there are nine pages to the graph. I I am on page 5 which is almost done. Then there are three more to go. The ones left go cross the top and are not as dense so they should go faster. It is just me..finding the time and forcing myself to take it back out and get to work on it. The piece also calls for going over two threads with one strand of floss. I also took a close up of one part of the picture showing the lady's dress so you could see the beautiful shading it has. I love this picture and really should get it done. In one of the pictures I also show the picture in the stretcher frame...and then I unrolled the pictures and place a yard stitch by both pictures so you can get an idea how big this picture is. In the one picture where I unrolled the picture you can see how much I have gotten done on the picture and how much I still have to go on it. I worked so much on this picture that I got burned out from doing cross stitching but I am back at it again. So who knows maybe I will get it finished so it doesn't see the garbage can because Mom didn't finish it.

I also have another needlepoint kit that is done with floss. Another really huge picture.This kit represents the sense of smell. You can see the lady with the scent bottle.

I am also showing the picture of the finished wool needlepoint that I have that I bought last year at an antique fair. I don't remember how much the man was asking of the picture exactly but I got it for $20.00. I love all three of the Lady and the Unicorn pictures I have. And here is that picture.

I also have a huge sampler that I started too over 10 years ago. This sampler is called "Hannah Sampler". I did a goggle search one day to see if there was a picture of this sampler finshed somewhere on the net. I didn't find a picture of this sampler anywhere...but you will be surprised when doing a goggle search to see how many Hannah Samplers are pictured out there when you click on image. Anyhow...this sampler is from the magazine "The Needleworker" I don't think it is still in publication...but this design is an adaption from A 1849 sampler. There are three installments to the sampler each in consectative issue of "The Needleworker" magazine. Once I finish going across the bottom of the one section as you can see in one of the pictures I will have the first installment finished. In the other picture you can see what the sampler looks like after I hopefully get the third installment finished. The reason I decided to do this sampler was because of the verse. Hopefully if you click on the picture it will enlarge enough so you can read the verse yourselves.

Then I got a surprised the other day from the UPS. A big box...which was for me. I thought...what is this...I wasn't expecting anything. Well....I opened the box and inside was this...

These trees were from Maggie Brown of MO. I was so surprised. She said I they were 90% on sale after Christmas and that they were Halloween Trees. Well...Heck....I can use these trees all year around...just think I can see hand made Christmas ornaments, Halloween ornaments and so on...I can have all kinds of fun with these trees and look they are purple. Thank you so much Maggie. If you are reading my blog...please leave me a comment. I love these trees. What fun!!

That is all for now...I am all pictured out. I Hope you all enjoyed yourselves with my little bit of writing and show and tell.


Anonymous Avital said...

Cool photos! Good luck finishing your unicorn piece. I'm still blown away by your $20 needlepoint find. Amazing!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Maggie Brown said...

Hi Sherry,
I am glad the trees arrived safe and sound. I did not know you did cross stitch. Last year, I read The Lady and The Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier, a historical fiction novel that tells the story of the creation of those tapestries as well as some of the symbols incorporated into them. It was an interesting book. Enjoy decorating your trees.

11:22 AM  
Blogger battatter said...

I have always loved the Lady and Unicorn pics too! I used to have a big canvas one.. I wonder where it has gotten to.? And if I'm not mistaken, there is one on the wall in Harry Potter's Gryffindor hall.
OOOh, I am SOOOOO jealous of the purple Christmas trees! They are Fabulous!!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Paula C. said...

I am sooo jealous! I love your purple tree. It would even be pretty with snowflakes on it! Have you looked on-line for free XS patterns? There are lots available!

1:41 AM  
Blogger MaryT said...

Love the sampler and the lady and the unicorn are really going to be pretty when finished.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Wow! The Lady and the Unicorn pieces are beautiful! What a masterpiece you'll have when you finish it...

I've got just the thing for your Hallowe'en trees--look for it in your Mardi Gras box!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Ridgetatter said...

Very nice work with the Unicorn piece. It will be worth the time and effort. bj

2:18 PM  

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