Monday, October 22, 2012

How exciting!

First off, no new stitching to show.  And I'm afraid there won't be any for quite a while.  I am now stitching a huge model for Vickie at Needlework Press.  It will be taking up all my time, probably till the end of the year.

BUT!  Remember that framing I said I'd brought home the other day?  Here it is!



Sorry about the quality of the pictures, first off.  The lighting wasn't perfect.  Anyway, this is Mary Roe, by the Scarlett House.  Here's a closeup of the frame.


Next up, here is Ann Rayner by Threads Through Time.


(Ugh, the lighting is terrible.)

And the frame.


And finally, here's Sarah Elizabeth Brooke by the Scarlett House.


And the frame.


And here they are, hanging on the start of my sampler wall in my new sewing room!


Don't they look great?  The top row, from left to right is as follows:  Rebecca Robinson by the Scarlet Letter, Jane Tindall by Needlework Press, and Ann Rayner by Threads Through Time.  The bottom row from left to right is the Richmond Sampler (Anne Maria Clarke) by the Essamplaire, Isabella Johnstone by Needlework Press, Mary Roe by the Scarlett House, and Sarah Elizabeth Brooke by the Scarlett House.  (The wall looks yellower than in real life.....)

And yes, this means that we moved things into the new sewing room!  Which, by the way, will always be thought of as the girl child's room.  Here is the proof of that -- the door to the room.



Still as she left it.  And here is the rest of the room!  I did make a couple of changes after the first couple of pictures.  You might notice the differences as you go through the room.



(My dear father type rented a dolly and manhandled those file cabinets full of my stash from one side of the house to the other.  Amazing!)  (Note Mia in the window.)


Where the rocking chair is now is where the daybed/sofa bed/futon sofa bed will go.  That is yet to be purchased.  Oh, and that huge trunk is the girl child's from her camp days.  I'm planning on storing my linens in it.

Then I decided my spool cabinet had to go on this table here in the alcove, at least for now.


So that I could put a certain something where I had put the spool cabinet before.


Yup!  My featherweight, which is basically my sewing machine.  (The sticker on the drawer of the desk is from the girl child, of course.)

I like my little groupings.  (I have way too many possessions.)


The magnets from the British goods store in Maine look great on the side of my file cabinet.


Don't you love all these frames?


There's my coronation jug.  And the bowl is a commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee this year.






More Anglophile stuff, a couple of which are actually the girl child's from a friend.  The license plate was my mother's from her car.


Sorry to overwhelm you with pictures.  I can't wait to get whatever we decide on for seating/sleeping and put it under the samplers on the wall!

While all the hanging was going on, we finally hung these long neglected samplers elsewhere in the house.  We hadn't hung them because one of them had fallen previously due to its weight, and I'd been scared to hang either one since.  But we took the risk and tried again.


My Dutch Beauty by Permin.  It's hanging for now in the hallway where there isn't very good light.


And my Advent Sampler by Mary Beale.  We've hung it over the computer in the computer room for now.  It's nice to have it back on the wall.  And the damage to the frame from its fall a few years ago isn't at all as bad as I'd thought it was.

I'm not sure what I will be posting about in the next weeks with my model stitching going on.  We shall see, I guess.  Hope I haven't bored you with my new sewing room.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  Mia says hi too.


84 comments:

Keeper of the Crowes said...

What a feast for the eyes!!! Everything is so lovely. You inspire me, Margaret!

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful work! And I love yor collections-we have similar tastes. I look forward to you blog on Mondays.
Susan

Vickie said...

Bore me?! Are you nuts?! I LOVE it. Wow! I am sooo jealous you have a sewing room. I sit at the kitchen table to stitch and I have plastic bins in the basement stacked up. :(

BrendaS said...

Oh Margaret I'm so thrilled for you about your new sewing/craft room! LOVE all your samplers hanging up -- you are such an inspiration with your beautiful stitching and framing!!!!

Everything looks great and I love all your collections! We all love our stuff:)))

Have a great week and good luck with your model stitching.

Deb said...

Oh, you must be giddy with excitement with having your own room now!!! What a feast for the eyes with your new samplers and some of your older ones!! I had to go back and look at the pictures again and again.

BTW, they make excellent museum picture hangers that only put a teeny tiny hole in the wall - barely noticeable - and are made for different weights of frames. I've never had a problem with one falling off the wall or ruining the wall. Home Depot and Loews carries them.

Going to go back and look at the pictures again!!

From the Heart Needleart said...

What a fun room. I love your samplers.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on getting to feather your stitching nest! It looks great. I love all your BAPs hanging everywhere! I want to have a sampler wall someday too.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Oh I enjoyed my visit very much today. But I do think you wore out Mia! LOL!

Kristen said...

Oh Margaret, what a wonderful room! I envy you that you get to go in and 'play' in it whenever you want. ;) That sampler wall is stunning!

Barb said...

WOW! What more is there to say???

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Margaret...I'm drooling, drooling, and drooling over this post. I love every single pic you took. Your framed pieces are BEAUTIFUL. Doesn't it make you happy to look at all of them?

I see sweet Mia is going to love this room!! Enjoy your model stitching! And just take more pic's of your sewing room for the next couple of months! I will look at them over and over. Oh...and lots of pics of Mia!!

Hugs !!

Annie said...

That is one sewing room to die for! Just so perfect.

Love the latest framing and love the entire display.

Drooling time for me!

barbara said...

Oh my goodness - at first I was overwhelmed by how beautiful those frames are, but once I got down to the pictures of your sewing room, I was ready to faint! Gorgeous, from top to bottom!

Myriam said...

Wouah!!!!!!!!!!!!! So nice! Love Mia!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

How wonderfully exciting to be moving around and reorganizing your place. We've been doing that too around our place and once it is all complete....well its just the best isn't it?! Your repurposed girl child's room is gorgeous! Love the moulding! I also love your little momentos and groupings....always a good thing!
Each every one of your to gasp over samplers are stunning Margaret. Absolutely stunning!

Vicki said...

Your room looks awesome! I love your sampler wall. I'm trying hard not to be envious... but it's a losing battle! Enjoy your terrific room.

marly said...

What a nice room! Thanks for letting us in to take the tour. The three new frames are perfect and what a grouping. Beautiful display - so much so that it's tempting me to consider stitching a few. Then the Dutch Beauty photo sneaked up on me - wow. You certainly chose the right frame for that one! Enjoy your new room!

Jo Ann said...


OMG Margaret-thanks so much for the "tour". You have done an amazing job so far on your "new" room. AND those samplers look magnificent! They look great all hanging together. And all your little treasures add so much to the room. I am sure you will be in paradise when it is all finished. Thanks again for sharing. Jo Ann

Vera said...

Oh Margaret -- it all looks so gorgeous and wonderful and fun! Each time I see one or more of your completed samplers I get re-inspired...but these days, evenings come and I am lazy, lazy, lazy! But, I had forgotten about Dutch Beauty -- what a gorgeous piece!!! enjoy your new space!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my... I'm in love with your new sewing room/girl child's old room. That alcove is so sweet. You and Mia are going to be spending so many enjoyable hours in your room. When do you think you'll be getting the bed/sofa/futon for the room?
Your sampler wall looks fantastic, the new framing is perfect and I'm so glad DB has finally been hung and the Mary Beale sampler rehung. Let's keep our fingers crossed they'll stay up on the walls.
Good luck with your model... but you know I'm going to go through some major stitchy photo withdrawal until you get the model completed.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Oh my gosh, Margaret! Your creative space is just gorgeous and I love all the little treasures sitting around! The alcove is fabulous and your featherweight looks so happy sitting there!
I will have to come back when I can spend more time just looking at all your gorgeous samplers (the wall is fantastic) and all your treasures. Whew! What a treat!

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a wonderful space you've created for yourself! The wall of samplers is magnificent...such a beautiful stitch you have! Great tour!
Have a good week, Margaret!
Robyn

Beth said...

One word for your wall of samplers - stunning! How nice to now have a work / play space all of your own (and Mia's too!)

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwwww
i am still keep on thinking about all the lovely stuff..everything is so lovely and so much ME..i will dream now about all these lovely treasure..
hugs and love xxx

woolwoman said...

bored ! you're kidding right - It was SOOO much fun to take the tour of your new space. I'm so excited for you - it's awesome when you can create little vignettes for all your collections - I envy your organization - all looks great. Your samplers are just wonderful and look great in your room. DB and the Mary Beale one are just awesome to see again. Enjoy your time in that incredible space - love the alcove and the arched doorway - so cool - Mel

Berit said...

OOh! Congrats on the new room--and sampler wall!!

merumo said...

Nice framed work! I know that's just one of the sampler's walls in your house, but I just live it!! Mary Roe is in my stash awaiting for her turn. And your sewing room is really nice. I see you are ready to sew now ;)

Sandy said...

I loved all the photos, Margaret! Your sampler wall is GORGEOUS!!!! And your sewing room is really starting to come together. The new wall color came out really nice. (I want that featherweight machine!!!! LOL)

I'm so happy for you!

Sandy said...

I loved all the photos, Margaret! Your sampler wall is GORGEOUS!!!! And your sewing room is really starting to come together. The new wall color came out really nice. (I want that featherweight machine!!!! LOL)

I'm so happy for you!

Lizzie said...

most definitely not boring!!! it looks lovely Margaret and I love the wall colour.
Lizzie
xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Margaret, Thank-you so much for sharing your new sewing/sampler room. My daughter moved out a month ago, and I miss her so much,and I hate going into her empty room, there's no soul. Now you have inspired me, and cheered me up. I feel a sewing room is brewing. I always look forward to seeing what you are up to. lots of Love Julia in England

robindefender said...

Your sewing room looks great! And I love the framing as well. Have fun with your model stitching.

Karen said...

I love your stitching room; it looks great! I'll bet the light in it is fantastic. Your samplers are gorgeous, as usual :-) I think Mary Roe my need to go on my to-do pile - beautiful colors!

Love to Stitch said...

I enjoyed your post so that I read it twice!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new room!!!! The samplers on the wall and all your beautiful treats all over displayed. How truly wonderful. Very exciting to work on a new Needlework Press design, those are always worth the wait!!!!!
I am thrilled to see your Dutch Beauty hung-- GORGEOUS!!!!! And if it is not too much trouble, please let me know what stitch count you used-- I appreciate it :)

Love the Mary Beale advent piece too, I have to break that one out!!
Enjoy that great new sewing room!!!!!

Kaisievic said...

Definitely not boring, Margaret! Thank you for sharing all of your glorious samplers with us and I love your new sewing room. It looks like it will be the site of great new stitchy creations.

hugs, Kaye

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, my goodness, I really love your new sewing room. It is really lovely. Your sampler wall looks wonderful and all your treasures spread around the room make the real even more special. I hope that you are able to spend my happy hours stitching away in there. You have every girls dream :) - Sandra.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

what wonderful finishes! Wish my room was that clean. What fabric did you stitch you Advent sampler on?

Loraine said...

Oh Margaret, what a wonderful post! I love your new sewing room!!!!!! The color is warm and fun, and the samplers on the wall are amazing. You have so many wonderful treasures too. I'm sure it feels nice to have your own space now, and you can feel close to your daughter while you're sewing away.
Your Dutch Beauty and Advent sampler are fantastic too. I have never seen those before...oh why must you tempt me? You have wonderful sampler taste. Let's pray they stay on the wall where they are suppose to be. :)
Hope all is going well. Good luck with your model stitching. I can't wait to see what you are working on.
Hugs to you!

Wanda said...

Dear Margaret, showing your sewing room and your beautiful works of art could never be considered boring! You are an endless source of inspiration. I love your collections (suffer somewhat from a similar problem :) )thanks as always for sharing, Wanda

Wanda said...

Dear Margaret, showing your sewing room and your beautiful works of art could never be considered boring! You are an endless source of inspiration. I love your collections (suffer somewhat from a similar problem :) )thanks as always for sharing, Wanda

Nicola said...

Oh Margaret your samplers are breath taking, I always think that they are so effective when hung in groups. So pleased that you now have your sewing room.

It must be hard to model stitch when you have to part with your work at the end.

Teresa S. said...

Yes, you caught me falling behind on reading blog posts :)
I don't know where to start with comments. Here goes-

What a fantastic room! Your sampler wall is really beautiful but the Dutch Beauty and Advent Sampler just blew me away.

I have been eyeing DB (Paulette at PSS posted hers not too long ago)and I really like it better than ATS which I already have but haven't started. Now that I've seen yoursI have to give this some more thought!

The antique frame on the Advent Sampler is just lovely and I have a frame very, very similar-no surprise, huh?

The little tableaus are just striking-your pincushion caddy and bowl with little pincushions, the dolls, scissor frog, and the spool cabinet looks so homey.

Your featherweight really takes me back too. Love everything!

Jackie said...

Your room is gorgeous! You've really brought everything together. Love your sampler wall!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! Your stitching room is awesome--I love everything. I love your sampler wall, your sewing cabinet, your stitching chair and and and. . .

Miss Mia looks comfortable I think she approves

P.J. said...

You must be enjoying your stitchy room! Always fun to bring home framed pieces, the look great. My mouth dropped when I saw your Dutch Beauty! Incredible!

Anna van Schurman said...

Great room! Almost makes up for losing a daughter?? Love the finishes too.

Anonymous said...

Your work is amazing! Love all the samplers.

Miss Pants said...

Great room! And it's so wonderful to see all the finishes, old and new. Moving things around gives them new life doesn't it?

Ranae said...

Omgoshness
I love the sampler's and the new sewing room
I have to go back and look again at this post, lol
Take care

Elizabeth said...

Wow - all your stitching is beautiful and I love seeing Ann Rayner framed a different way! And I also love SEB - I still need to take her down to my framer's shop. I really like all the things you've done with the space - that little alcove is so adorable. I really miss the kind of whimsical architectural elements like that here on the West Coast. Those kinds of things are very often pricey additions! Enjoy your new craft room :)

Dawn said...

Absolutely stunning!! What a beautiful collection you've stitched up! Love the redware plate too. DH looked over my shoulder and said 'Oh WOW!' too ;-)

ginnyt said...

your new sewing room looks great!!! it's giving me inspiration to reorganize mine

Giovanna said...

Lovely framing, and nice work on the stitching room.

Chris said...

Wow! The room looks amazing. The sampler wall is so beautiful. I love your fram choices.
I love the tour of your treasures. So lovely.
Hugs to you and Mia!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh que de merveilles .... Absolument merveilleux le mur remplis de samplers !!!

beautiful my friend
bisous from FRANCE

Nicole said...

Your framing turned out beautiful, Margaret! And so did your new room. I love the paint color you chose. I think you'll be very happy in there! :)

Joy said...

Oh my, Margaret all of your stitching and framing are just breath taking...I would so love to visit!! Nice sewing room and I think it is lovely you would keep the daughter's door as is. I imagine it warms your heart. Good luck on your model stitching!

Erica said...

Margaret, your frames are just perfect!
I have yet to find a framer near me who gets that a bright shiny metal or plastic frame will not do for a reproduction sampler! Duh!
Which is why my stitching never seems to get framed!
BTW, I LOVE your house!

Linda said...

Wow Margaret. I think everything has been said. I hadn't seen the two bigger pieces you stitched. They are absolutely stunning. What a work of art.

Your sewing room is awesome. I love all the displays and knick knacks you have about. If I did that here, they would be on the floor and scattered everywhere. I have really, really bad cats.

Again, what a great tour. You didn't bore anybody.

Linda

Melanie said...

Everything looks amazing! Such a beautiful collection of samplers, it really is a feast for the eyes. Have fun in your new sewing room!!!!

Krista said...

What an amazing post, Margaret! So many beautiful samplers, love all the framing finishes! just gorgeous! Love your new sewing room too, it is really coming together, and quickly! Have fun stitching the new piece, I wish you could show us bits of it!

Glenna said...

Wonderful, wonderful framing, and thank you for the fascinating poke around your sewing parlor!

Mary said...

Margaret, I love it all - everything from Ann Rayonr to all the details in your new stitching room. What a great spot for spending many hsppy hours with all your special things.

Annette-California said...

FANTASTIC, AMAZING, Totally soul healing. I enjoyed every picture...I have to go get a cup of hot chocolate and re-read:)))))
You spoil us - thank you.
love Annette
I feel like I should purchase a ticket to get to see your private museum (all you gorgeous samplers) LOL.

Karoline said...

Your stitching room is amazing, thanks for sharing it with us

Tempus fugit said...

Your room is wonderful ! I espacially love the sampler wall !!!

Sherry said...

Love your sampler wall! Lucky you on the sewing room. I have way too much stuff too. I need to clean it all out but I just can't make myself get rid of things.

Paulette said...

What a fabulous sewing room, Margaret! And I definitely needed the smelling salts after looking at your sampler wall - GORGEOUS!!

Good luck with that model!

Paulette

From the Heart Needleart said...

I'm so glad you made the connection and found my blog. If you can't find the ornament chart at a shop let me know.

Ellen said...

Hi Margaret.

Sorry it has taken so long for me to see the results of your sewing room makeover. (I've been away teaching in Wisconsin.)

Your samplers are amazing, and they look incredible hanging on your walls. Don't you like the way the new wall color sets them off?

I also like your other groupings. Is that a Betsy Krieg Salm painted needlework box I spy?

Sorry we won't be seeing any needlework samplers from you for a while because of your model stitching. Maybe you can take photos of some of your samplers that you haven't yet shown on your blog. Without a weekly fix from you, I fear that I, like many others, may go into withdrawal.

Sharon said...

Oh Margaret, your work is just absolutely gorgeous, so inspiring. Love your sewing room. Everything looks great. and Mia, she is so beautiful, please give her a big hug from me. xoxo

Kathy Ellen said...

Margaret, this was an absolutely lovely tour of all of your gorgeous samplers, sewing room and treasures. Your incredible needlework is always so awe inspiring to me.

And your sewing room looks wonderful and so organized too. Love it, love it, love it!

Blessings to you and 'Meow' to Sweet Mia!

Jean said...

Never boring, its nice we have blogs that we can share a bit our worlds to our friends. Mia is as lovely as always. Oh, and I have that sewing machine, it was my mum's. I also have a treadle that works (my grandmother's)and my own. Your file cabinets are in better shape than mine. I still drool over that Mary Beale Advent Sampler.

Carol said...

Oh, your own stitching room--and it looks marvelous!! Love the color you've painted the walls, Margaret. You'll have so many wonderful hours in there :)

Your samplers look fantastic--can't wait to see the huge model you're stitching when you're all finished. Enjoy!!

Angie Burrett said...

Margaret: thanks so much for your lovely comment on my Blog. But your work is amazing, I just LOVE your Blog - you are an inspiration! Have a great weekend x

Angie Burrett said...

By the way, if ever you come to England you just must come and visit with me - cos you can help me sort out my sewing studio and we can talk cross-stitch for hours - and hours - and hours!!! Your sewing room is just AMAZING xx

Evelyne said...

You don't border me with these pictures.
I like your new sewing room very much!
It's just perfect!
I adore your samplers, they are absolutely stunning!! I go looking them again and again.

Hugs for Mia and have a great weekend,
Evelyne

Anne said...

GASP!!! Your room is where I want to be right now!! Now!!! Oooh Margaret...so much to drool over and look at! I looove Dutch Beauty! I can see how she fell from the wall...heavy with beauty :D I love all your little stitchy, antiquey nick nacks all together in your room. Your wall of samplers is something I aspire to have one of these days!! Jane will be my first real one...so I have many more to go! Give a hug to Mia for me!!

Sally said...

Beautiful framed pieces Margaret.

Oh wow I just LOVE your sewing room!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oh Margaret, your framed samplers are even more beautiful framed to perfection. I say we all have too much'stuff' but isn't it great to have a place to put it out to enjoy? Great job, and look forward to seeing even more.

Sherry :o) said...

Never a disappointment, visiting you! I am catching up from a couple weeks and how much fun news to catch up...Ann is stunning (as they all are), love Mary's frame, the Dutch Beauty and Advent - OMG - and so many bricks on Sarah.

Glad you had a nice visit with your son. And a great vacation - it's been awhile since we took more than a long weekend - and never a long vacation alone - hmmm, that's close in my future.

Your room is beautiul - I love having my own space, albeit cluttered at times. Awesome collections!

Sherry :0)

Brigitte said...

This post was like wandering through a sampler museum and adore and admire all the wonderful pieces there.
Enjoy your new sewing room. It must be such fun to be in there and sew.

Solstitches said...

Wow Margaret what a fabulous post this is!
My eyes are almost popping out of my head at so much loveliness.
Your stitched samplers are awesome and I only wish I could view them for real.
Love the new sewing room. I have a Singer Featherweight too and a lot of my sewing is done on it.
Margaret

Catherine said...

Excuse me while I get a rag to wipe of the screen....beautiful samplers and I love what you have done with your room!! Thanks for sharing!