Monday, October 10, 2011

Finally, some framing. And Ann too

First, here is Ann Smith.


I am so loving her colors!  The words and the cloud parts are all over one.  I did what the directions said -- stitched the words in full cross over one, and stitched the motifs in tent over one.  Makes it much easier!  And it's what the directions said too!  (The threadwinders are from a talented artist, Betsy Krieg Salm.)


Such a pretty sampler!!

I forgot to mention last week that it was thanks to a good family friend that I was reminded of Ann Smith sitting in my stash.  She suggested I stitch it, so I pulled Ann out of the stash box and decided to go for it.  So thanks, Anne!

Another amazing thing about Anne.  We know her family and her through their having been family friends with the father type's family.  Anne and her siblings grew up with the father type and their parents were all close friends.  When I started my blog, Anne emailed me to let me know that she stitches as well.  Who knew?!  It's nice to have a fellow stitcher and crafter hiding among friends to discover!

This year has been a bad year for many it seems.  That includes my poor LNS owner.  What with the various issues we've been having and the various issues she and her DH (who does my framing) have been having, I haven't gotten any of my framing for a while.  I finally remedied that and picked up three pieces on Friday.  Here they are, in no particular order.


Isabella Johnstone.  And a closeup of her frame.


Next up, the Jenny Bean Creation Sampler.



And finally, Frances Eden.


It's hard to tell from the pic, but the frame is so perfect for this piece!


The father type helped me unpack all the framing when I got home.  He set various boobie traps  for poor Mia with the clear tape from the wrapping.  (Don't worry, it was a supervised thing and the tape and plastic were eventually thrown away for safety.)  I think Mia enjoyed herself, but she didn't like the tape sticking to her various body parts and made sure to shake them off very carefully if they so much as threatened to stick to her.  She finally settled down for a nap in the detritus.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone in the States has a great Columbus Day and that everyone in Canada has a great Thanksgiving.  Have a great week, everyone!


57 comments:

Jackie said...

Love your framing! I'd love to see where you hung it.

My pups love to be in the middle of everything too. But unlike Mia, they can't get quite so close!

Siobhan said...

Jiminy crickets, Margaret, you have some seriously speedy needles! Ann looks AMAZING! So does your framing. Fantastic choices on everything! They're all fabulous but I think my absolute favorite is the moulding on Frances Eden. Beautiful!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh I love the colors !!! very very beautiful ......

have a good time !

ROSELLA 69 said...

Sono sei Sampler davvero eccezionali, i colori sono bellissimi caldi,e' uno spettacolo vederli nascere complimenti vivissimi ciao.

Love to Stitch said...

Nice job!! Both your WIP of Ann and your framed pieces look FABULOUS!!!!!! It is gonna be great fun locating their new home on the wall :) Take pics!!

robindefender said...

Ha ha, kitties need a little booby trapping now and again!

Your framed pieces look absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the finished creation sampler... makes me realize how much I need to get to work on my own version of this one!

And your progress on your 'new' sampler looks gorgeous! Happy stitching!

Laurie in Iowa said...

OMG... Margaret, Ann Smith is just stunningly gorgeous. I'm so in love with this sampler and I really, really don't need to add another great sampler to my ever growing, must stitch right now, list.
The frames are perfect for your beautiful stitching. My absolute favorite frame is the one chosen for Frances Eden.

Nancy said...

Beautiful stitching progress on Ann, she has such gorgeous colors! You picked out the perfect frames for all three pieces! Well done!
Mia, as always, is adorable!

Karen said...

Such beautiful pieces. I love the frame on the Creation Sampler... will have to look for that one! Kudos on such great pieces.... happy stitching...

Zlata said...

Very beautiful framed works!!!Especially Frances Eden! Just gorgeous!!!
And very fast progress in the new sampler! Very nice colours!

Dona said...

I can see why you are in love with Ann - the colors are beautiful and so is your stitching! It would look great hanging next to the quilt Mia is sleeping on, if Mia would give up her quilt!

Beautiful framing, too. I like them all, but Isabella is my favorite I think.

valerie said...

Great framing Margaret! Hope you found some wonderful places to hang them all. Great progress on Ann too!

Annie said...

Ann Smith is looking wonderful. That looks like a favorite color palette for you too.

And what a great collection of framed pieces to have waiting for you! Those will look so great on your walls.

Mouse said...

oooooo well done on all that work being framed ..,looks gorgeous:) and poor Mia and the sticky tape ... funny but naughty ..lol and that last shot of her is lovely :) t.t..f.n :) love mouse xxxx

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Wowzer, as 'ye sew, so shall 'ye frame ~ Just beautiful, happy for you. Next step... get 'em hung!

Andrea said...

Such gorgeous framing Margaret!! I'm working on both Isabella AND Creation Sampler, so seeing these is very inspiring for me! Beautiful!!
Oh, and Frances Eden...that's on my list too! I love the frame you chose!

Wonderful progress on your Ann sampler!

KarenV said...

Ann's colours are just gorgeous! Wonderful framing as well, I especially like the JB Creation frame with the "wave" pattern around the edge, perfect!

mainely stitching said...

Everything is so beautiful! :) Great choices, all the way around.

Deb said...

Ann Smith is definitely a beauty (and one I must pull out of the stash pile) and just love all your framing! Don did a wonderful job on them and the frames are perfect!

And you know that the animals are worse than kids for being inquisitive when things are going on.

BrendaS said...

Ann looks marvelous! Love the colors too:))

Your framing is gorgeous! How wonderful to pick up 3 pieces all at once. Can you take pictures of where you hung them so we can see?

Have a great week Margaret:)

Anonymous said...

Margaret, You have presented a wonderful feast for the eyes today. I love all of your framing. Can't wait to see where you hang each sampler!
Ann Smith is absolutely gorgeous. Oh my - what a gorgeous sampler! Look forward to seeing your progress! Hugs to you - kelley

Vonna said...

Oh golly moses where to start?!
First off the new Ann (or Ann of the wip drawer) is lovely...stunning stitching :) Can't wait to see her grow to big girldom :)
And your framing....well I just love each and every one to pieces Margaret, such lovely heirlooms yu create!

Penny said...

What pretty colors on Ann! All of your stitching is beautiful and the frames perfect choices. Funny how you can become attached to someone else's cat, especially one that you have never met in person, but I love Mia! :)

Glenna said...

What perfect frames! I love the Jenny Bean frame particularly. And now that you've restarted Ann S., I feel like getting her out. All that over-one beat me down. And as always, I love seeing Mia on your lovely quilts.

Jean said...

Lovely framing, and Mia is always precious

Dawn said...

Thanks for the link, lovely thread winders.
Your samplers are so beautiful, and now framed they are ready for ... a gallery wall?
Over one - living that this week...Mine's tent.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Lene said...

I don't know what or who is the cutest: the new sampler or Mia:) I do love the bright colours of your current project, though. And the frames are just so perfect. You have to show us how they hang together. Do you have a full wall with all of them?

Cari said...

OH MY GOSH...your framed pieces are PERFECTION. Each one stands on their own....just beautiful !!! And your needles are flying on Ann...She is just beautiful as well. Thanks for the fun pics of Mia too!!

Mindi said...

I really love those bright and cheery colors on Ann Smith. Your framing is lovely, you picked some nice molding to compliment the stitching.

woolwoman said...

WOW - the framing is gorgeous Margaret - love them all but Frances is particulary stunning - I think it is those wild bright colors - so neat. Love your finishes in the previous weeks post - I'm woefully behind on blog reading and need to post myself. Hope you have a great week! Mel

Chris said...

Ann is stunning! The colors looks bright.
The frames you picked are just perfect for those 3 samplers. I really need to finish a few more samplers. I have been distracted!
Have a great week!

Kim said...

Margaret, the frames are so perfect for each piece. I know you were happy to get them framed!!!!
Enjoy them hanging on your wall~

Bertie said...

Very colourful is your Ann, you've stitched such a lot too!!
The frames are just fabulous Margaret, stunning:)
Betsy's threadwinders are gorgeous, I managed to buy some too, they sell out so quickly! :D

jean said...

Margaret maybe you should give us a tour of your walls, I am sure they would look amazing. Love your work and I especially love Frances Eden. Thanks for sharing.

Faye said...

Margaret~~ All your framing is stunning!! Wonderful job....I love the selections.......

samplerlover said...

Oh Margaret, Don has done a wonderful job with your samplers. He has picked the perfect frames for each of them.

Love Ann Smith. Would you believe that I started this one a few months ago. - Sandra.

Susan said...

I don't think I'm going to be able to resist Ann Smith if you keep showing pictures of your gorgeous stitching. Love all the framing, but especially Frances Eden.

Patty C. said...

You are really trying to tempt me aren't you - My goodness - Beautiful display !!!

Sherry :o) said...

Funny, my husband used to play with the cat with tape too...

Beautiful stitching and framing (as you always have)!!

marly said...

The framed works are so wonderful! Ann Smith's colors and design are magnificent. Can't wait to see more progress.

Sylvia said...

Ann Smith is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! And your framing- Margaret, everything turned out so well!!

Giovanna said...

Love it all, especially Frances Eden - congrats!

Carol said...

You are so lucky to have a wonderful framer nearby, Margaret! My Christmas at HRH is still languishing in a drawer because I don't know where to take it to be framed :(

All of your framed pieces are amazing and Ann is looking splendid as well...Always enjoy your lovely samplers :)

Melanie said...

Ooo, I do love the colors in this piece. Nice and bright and cheery.
Awesome frames!! They look fantastic!! Where are they going to be hung now???

doris said...

Gorgeous stitching and fabulous framing! Alas, Frances Eden is waiting in my stash ... deep sigh.

Ranae said...

Beautiful stitching and framing
The frames are gorgeous and perfect

Joy said...

Ann is so pretty...can see why you're loving her. There are no words to describe your beautiful stitching...and the frames are perfect! Do you ever sleep;)

Lois said...

What lovely framing, definitely worth the wait! Especially love your Frances Eden. Just perfect. Ann Smith is well, just, lovely! Great colours, don't envy you all that over one though!!!

Catherine said...

I love the colors in Ann too!! And your framing - wonderful! The frames you chose set off your stitching perfectly!

Michelle said...

Mia is such a cutie pie. Ann is looking gorgeous - what fabulous colors on her. And your framing - woohoo!!! Love love love how Frances came out. That frame is amazing.

Sherry said...

Ann is lovely. I love how colorful she is. Your framed pieces are stunning! You are going to a houseful of stitching before long!

Hugs to Mia!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the framing! They all look wonderful.

Sally said...

Your framing is beautiful! Makes me want to start my JB Creation Sampler but I must resist!

BeckySC said...

Everytime I visit your blog it just takes my breath away at the gorgeous stitching you have done! WOW!!!
((( hugs)))

Melody said...

Congrats on your beautiful framing finishes!

Glad Mia had fun with the wrappings. :)

Rhona said...

Great colours on the Ann. Love your choice of frames too!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the kind comment you left on my blog.

I really love the frames you have chosen, they suit the pieces perfectly. I love the colours inAnn, they are so vibrant.