Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Baby Sampler WIP

You probably don't remember... but I was working on a gift baby sampler back in December/January. Well... I'm still working on it. But it's close to being done. I was hoping to finish it on the holiday weekend but alas that didn't happen. Then I decided, ah why not, I'll share it anyways!!

This is a super cute design. I am not a big "baby design" pastel person but love the saying in this and the colors. I made one single change which is to make the hearts a pale pink instead of white (as they were being lost on my fabric, but also cause the sampler is for two little girls so it seemed like some pink was needed). The design is from Cherry Hill Stitchery and it appears the name is just "Birth Sampler". Here it is, almost done. Owl to be finished, and two names being added to the bottom (for the two girls in the family).




I have to say I'm appreciating good old DMC on 32 ct linen. It is a nice simple change for me to work on. No fussy silk, over 1 on 25 or fancy stitches. That said, I'm starting a Jeannette Douglass as soon as this is finished and will be back to my usual 'epic' elements in my stitching.
This is my first Silkweavers fabric that I've ever stitched and OMG I think I'm in love!!! The softness of this fabric is unparalleled. I think I have  cashmere yarn that isn't this soft. And the hand-dyed colours are truly incredible. The photo doesn't do it justice.

Other WIPs: 
I have been working on Dragons and will show a 1/3 or 1/2 page update now that we are in the home stretch!! I think I'm almost afraid to finish this last page, and yet eager to get it finished. It's a weird scenario in my mind right now.
As mentioned above, a new Jeannette piece will be started after the sampler.
My husband has also moved some artwork in our main room around (to accommodate the record player set-up that we bought. Yes genuine 1970's turntable, amp & speakers) and he has asked me to work on the Ink Circles piece that reminds us of our trip to the Netherlands a couple years ago. So that will be getting started (likely after dragons).
And then of course, when dragons is done... a new epic, epic piece will need to be chosen! And I have a lot of options with 50+ HAED designs, plus a few other designs with similar painting style stitching.
Whew, good thing 2015 isn't half over yet as I suddenly feel like I have a lot of goals that aren't set up are going to happen this year! :)

26 comments:

Mrs Xstitch said...

very pretty finish

Justine said...

That's a lovely design for a birth sampler. The fabric is gorgeous and sets off your stitching perfectly.
looking forward to seeing which Epic you stitch next! Great plans.

Fidike Mamivonat said...

Oh, so beautiful!

Leonore Winterer said...

This Birth Sampler really is cute - I think i'll need to try Silkweaver Fabrics eventually, I'm hearing so many good things about them. Also, I love all the plans you have, I'm really looking forward to seeing you work on one of your Jeanette Douglas pieces :)

The Crafty Princess said...

I've never seen a sampler like this before for a bub. Love it. Congrats it's perfect.
xo Alicia

KimM said...

What a darling sampler! I love it.
xxxx

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Such a cute sampler and that fabric is gorgeous!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

This is such a pretty sampler! I love the color of the fabric, too... just lovely!

Linda said...

What a cute design Mel. I love the colors.

Linda

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great design in wonderful colours. My son's version would say "read me a story, and one more, and one more and another one, just one more!"

Esmeralda said...

Love, love that baby sampler
Look forward to see a update from the new starts

Faith... said...

Oh how pretty that turned out! Great job with the stitching.

Tiffany Pincombe said...

That's a great birth sampler! And beautiful choice on your fabric.

Meari said...

One of the ladies at the retreat started this design. It's adorable. I like Silkweavers, too. Can't believe you hadn't tried it before.

rosey175 said...

Oooh I just picked up some Silkweaver fabric to try. Glad to hear it's lovely to work with! I'm still waiting for the right pattern to leap into my mind. :)

And 50+ HaEDs egad. Are there enough lifetimes? :D Looking forward to what you decide to tackle!

Tammy said...

So pretty! That fabric is gorgeous too. I've not even atempted a HAED, but maybe one day-if I can ever finish a Mira design! LOL.

fhlstitching.com said...

I love the fabric you chose for this design. So cute! I'm sure the recipient will love it! -Amanda

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is an adorable sampler. Someone is going to love it! blessings, marlene

Mii Stitch said...

Wow this is sooo pretty! Love the colour palette & your choice of fabric. It's a perfect match & fabulous finish!

Vickie said...

Love your finish!!!! Can't wait to see your dragon!

Miamina said...

This is lovely and the fabric choice set it off perfectly! Well done on a beautiful finish :)

Rachel Tomkins said...

I love this sampler. The colours and fabric are just gorgeous!
You don't have a stash page, so I'll be interested in seeing what your next epic project will be. :)

Marexstitch said...

Love this baby sampler, turned out wonderfully!

Karen said...

Great design, Congratulations on your finish!

Hazel D said...

I adore this birth sampler - it looks really modern yet is still cute. Silkweavers was the first hand dyed fabric I ever bought and used and so began a long love affair with hand dyed fabric.

Max's Mom said...

Your project is beautiful. Love it!