Okay, here is my cheat project. My friend Julianne so kindly gifted me with a birthday present to 123 Stitch....and as I was dreaming over all of the charts, I ran across this reproduction sampler by Shakespeare's Peddler. I had seen this chart in the past and always liked it, so armed with the freedom of a gift certificate, I purchased it and I am so excited!!!! I also got the CHS chart The Birds and the Bees that is one of Linda's WIPS!!!! So, as Elenor Ferrow 1842 is my current obsession, I had to start it right this instant!!!! Here is my small start. And of course, I have to have one of my Kelmscott Needle Minders to coordinate with the project. I love this acorn needle minder. I think it might be the first one I ever purchased.
Here is an update on the progress of Sweet Adeline. I am loving this project so much!!!! I am going to gather all the charts I have lined up for red/white samplers for a future blog post. I am also going to make a list of my favorite red threads so that I can refer to it in the future. Schoolhouse Red will definitely be on the list. That is what I am using on this project. I also have to say that the fabric that I am using for this project is not one that I would have known to pick out on my own. When I kitted this up I was with my friend Karin. She told me about her love of the fabric called Linen by Weeks Dye Works. I usually find that Weeks fabric is not stiff enough for my liking; but this Linen by Weeks is perfect in tensile strength and also the color is just perfect for this kind of project. Highly recommended!!!
Again, I say unto you, half the fun of stitching is kitting up the project and assigning it to a stitching project bag. I have my Sweet Adeline in this completely fabulous Vera Bradley pouch. The pouch is actually a small laptop computer bag. If you are near a VB outlet store they are mostly affordable as project bags. They really lend themselves perfectly to this function. So fun!!!!!
My project bag for Eleanor Ferrow is a total one of kind that you cannot get anywhere. Sorry! I picked out the fabrics myself and then had Natalia of Stitching 4 Joy create one of her utterly fabulous, work of art, stitching wallets. Natalia is not currently making stitching wallets, but if she ever starts up again I will let you know. Truly, these are works of art!!!!!