Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Five WIPS

 Ta Da!  Here are the five picks from my generous stash!  It was so much fun to go through everything and pick five.  However, it was also rather daunting.  Why do I buy so many charts?  Why do I have so much fabric and fibers....why do I kit so much up.  I know I have more than I can possibly stitch.  It is just that so many things call to me and make me happy and dream of all of the possibilities of finished projects.  Then there are my friends and things they have stitched...and then those charts call to me.  Then there are things I see on blogs, Facebook and Instagram......it is never ending.  Then there is market coming up.  Help me! 

With that being said, here are the five that made the first round.  First up is this fabulous sampler that Patti is also working on.  This is Mary Edmondson 1812 by Pineberry Lane.  I love love love every chart there is by Pineberry Lane.  She is a "desert island" designer...meaning if I had to be stuck on a desert island I would be perfectly happy to be stuck there with just her charts.

When we were at The Attic last summer we saw this chart all stitched up.  Patti and I hyperventilated over it quite a bit.  This is The Kinsford Sampler by Carriage House Samplings.  I am deeply in love with this.


 I have been in love with this sampler for years!  It was printed in an Antique and Sampler Needlework magazine.  This is the Isabella Johnstone Sampler.  I love the red cow!!!!!  Why I have not finished this is beyond me. 


 My friend Pat started focusing on stitching samplers with red thread only last year.  It is really fun to look for samplers that lends themselves to this style.  I was infatuated with her idea and am following in her footsteps.  First up is this lovely reproduction sampler by Brenda Keyes......Hannah Wells. 

Here is Sweet Adeline 1873 reproduced by Gigi R.  My friends Pat and Brenda both stitched this recently and when I saw this chart I was obsessed with it.  I have since made quite a bit of progress on this one.  

One thing that is really fun about these red and white samplers is picking out the reds to be used.  There are so many variations.  As you can see for the Hannah Wells sampler I picked Ribbon Red.  For this sampler I am using Schoolhouse Red. 

And the accessories!  Above you see a mother of pearl heart thread holder that was a gift from my friend Brenda several years ago.  It is perfect to hold the red threads for this sampler!

Below you see one of my Kelmscott needle minders.  I love them so much!  It is great to have a ton of them to match up with each project. 
Coming Soon:  Kellie's 5 WIPs!  I need to take pictures of them at our next get together.

Also coming soon:  A post entitled I already added a 6th WIP!!!!!!  Yes, last night I broke down and kitted up and started a new project.  But that is it!  No more until I finished one of these.  I will blog about my new start soon.

19 comments:

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! I love all your projects--we have very similar stitching tastes--Pineberry Lane is one of my favorites and I don't think Carriage House has ever published a chart which I haven't added to my stash. Gigi is new to me and I am anxiously waiting to start the Isabella Fox sampler.

Yes, I see things on blogs, new market releases, pieces the stitch girls are stitching and I immediately think I need to add or start the project.

Desert Island projects--I have many

Paula Sibbald said...

Laura! I am Paula from Kelmscott Designs! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and your 5 WIP posts. Not sure if we are friends on FB - over there I am Paula Morrish Sibbald but would LOVE to join with you and SO SO sorry I missed you when you were at the Attic (we only winter down here) - Paula

Stitchinowl said...

Hi Laura, Well, you finally let us see your own 5 WIPs...and a 6th to come! All of your WIPs are gorgeous, but my favorite is the Kingsford sampler. I might have to break down and order that one. In one of your photos, I also spied your cute basket, with what appears to be Ziploc bags of WIPs. I really need to organize my stash better :)
Carolyn

Melissa said...

Great projects, Laura! I love that Pineberry Lane piece. I wonder if I have it. I do have the Kingsford piece though! I must dig that one out!

Happy Stitching!

Glenna said...

Love your choices and your photos of your and everyone else's FIVE (hah!) choices. I say hah because you know that market is coming.... Now I'm obsessing about reds--the possibilities! The worst part is things I wouldn't normally care about--when I see them--I'm sunk, and so I add another. And another.

Ruth said...

Oh I love them all.... and Glenna's right -- you've got me obsessing over reds now. And, wouldn't you know, I have no reds in process..... rats!

Robin said...

Fabulous choices, Laura! I really like your Kingsford Sampler. You bring the Pineberry Lane and I'll bring the Prairie Schooler to that deserted island; we could trade back and forth. I really like your MOP heart thread keep.

Robin in Virginia

PS Can't wait to see #6.

woolwoman said...

I so very much enjoyed seeing ALL of your friends 5 WIP's SAL - this is too cool - it is so nice to have a close stitch group. I have a DF who loves red samplers - I think that Sweet Adeline might be a good choice for a future bday gift. Don't you all shop at Inspired Needle? Cathy is my Not so LNS too ! I know she has a group that comes into the shop for stitching - only wish I was close enough to be part of her group. Looks to be a great year - enjoy! Mel

Vickie said...

ooOoo! Sweet Adeline is my personal favorite here.
You are something with six now. ;)

Jeanie said...

Laura, I love them all but I'm especially fond of the red thread sampler. They'll be just gorgeous when they're done!

Melody said...

You have some lovely projects started!

marly said...

All great choices. I have Edmondson and can't wait to see her stitched.

pj said...

Laura
I was wondering when we would see your fab five! Ha! Or six! Can't wait to see your progress this year! I love them all...and like you, I have way too much kitted or purchased.

Hope to see you in April! More fun!

Hugs,
Pam in Iowa

Margaret said...

All your WIPs are lovely! But I'm in love with the Kingsford Sampler. I so need to stitch that. Gorgeous!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

I also started the red cow. Let's finish it!!'

donnacrafts said...

I love your blog. Your projects are wonderful. Enjoy each one. Please post your progress. Thanks for all the inspiration...

Maggee said...

Yes, there are many addictive facets for cross stitching! Guilty too! I have a framed piece called Red Band Sampler on my bedroom wall, and every morning I wake and look at it. I have the second one (called Red Band Sampler II) waiting to be stitched... I just have to work it into the mix one of these days!

Anne said...

Gosh, coming to your blog is a bad thing for me...lol! I want all of these samplers and want to stitch them now!! I've always loved Mary Edmonson with her pretty bright pink flowers!

Jackie said...

Beautiful WIPSs! It must have been hard to pick just a few to focus on.