Thursday, May 24, 2012

" Ann Dale" progress ...

Hi everyone!

Have a little more of "Ann Dale" to share. Probably won't get any significant stitching done for the rest of the month, so I'll call this my progress as of end of May.

Shakespeare's Peddler "Ann Dale:1827"
Lakeside Linens 40ct. Vintage Pear
Needlepoint Silks, Gloriana Silk Floss, Belle Soie Silks by Cresent Colors

This triple border is a bugger ... requires alot of stitching time! But for a piece this large I think the triple border "frames" the sampler nicely. Just don't want to save all this stitching until the end ... so, note to self ... don't fall behind with border stitching!

The empty box in the center of this row is where the verse will be stitched, and yep it's over one!

I actually don't mind the over one, but I need chunks of time to concentrate and get into a stitching rhythm. That I don't have right now, so I'll be coming back to stitching the verse!

Theresa from Shakespeare's Peddler posted a picture of a completed "Ann" on her blog. Clearly a more proficient stitcher than I am!  It's a cute picture ... she photographed her framed "Ann" beside a cocker spaniel puppy to show the size of the sampler!

Still working on Kelly's Black Swan tutu. TICK TOCK ... that's the sound of a very loud clock! Yikes! Recital is in two weeks! Hope to get it completed this weekend and then as my sainted grandmother would always say, "God willing and the creeks don't rise" Kelly will model for you next week.

Wishing everyone a glorious Memorial Day weekend. Heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all of the men and women who serve or have served our Country. I am proud of the military men in my family.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! Until next time ... happy stitching!


  1. Hi, Lanie,
    Ann is magnificent! I have order the linen and would like to start her, but I have two other large samplers going right now too. You have made great progress!

  2. Wow, what wonderful photos of your progress! And the linen looks like "pear" in your photos. Ann Dale is looking lovely. Can't wait to see the tutu unveiling!

  3. Your stitching is wonderful and Ann is looking so good. You're making really wonderful progress on it.

    And I can't wait to see the tutu. I know that it's going to be spectacular!

  4. Ann is looking wonderful! I'm stitching her too but no where near as far along as you. I agree about the border - it's a time consumer. I'd love to hear about any changes you've made.

  5. Lanie, I just love this on the vintage pear linen - what an interesting field for the other colors!

    Looks and sounds like your summer is off to a busy start. Time flies...

  6. Ann is just so gorgeous! Love how the colours pop off the vintage pear. Good luck with getting the tutu finished!

  7. Oh, Ann is growing more beautiful with each post, Lanie!! What a wonderful piece and the fabric you're using is perfect. Over one on 40 ct.--yikes!! Do you do a tent stitch for that? I can't imagine!!

    Looking forward to seeing Kelly and her lovely tutu (having only sons, I never got to do fun things like dance recitals!)...

  8. Absolutely gorgeous progress!!

  9. Fabulous piece, and I'm really loving your blog. Glad to have found you!

  10. Hello

    I'm new to your blog and I'm pleased to have seen it!

    Your sampler is beautiful, the colours are so lovely.
    Good luck with the Black Swan tutu!

  11. Ann is SO big! When I saw the photo I thought the Cocker Spaniel was a doorstop! You're doing a beautiful job ~ such even stitches!

  12. I have been admiring the Ann Dale sampler for awhile now but I have some reservations (besides the size). I am wondering about a couple things: since my eyes are not what they used to be, I found that I am more comfortable working on 28 count fabric. Will this project look as good on a lower count fabric? Also, I am not crazy about specialty stitches - I prefer mostly cross stitch but I am ok with taking on some other simpler stitches. Do you think this project can be done in mostly cross stitch and some simpler stitches? Thanks for any advice.