However as some of you who follow me on IG know, I finished Flowers of the Field last week, so I actually have something to blog about. It was a lovely design to stitch, but I'm glad I chose 32ct and not 40ct after all that over 1 lettering!
Here is a close up of the final part:
And the whole design completed:
|A terrible photo, but long and narrow designs are so hard to capture!|
I know that samplers aren't every stitcher's cup of char, but I love them - original and repros! I love their deceptive "perceived" simplicity. Flowers of the Field, though not a difficult stitch by any means, contained a much greater variety of stitches than is found in any Chatelaine Design - designs that look very busy and complicated, but are actually quite simple to stitch.
Difficulty, like beauty, is very much in the eye of the beholder though - which reminds me of a recent article by The Oracle of Needlework. There are some reproduction samplers that I would love to attempt in the future that scare me to death, that other stitchers wouldn't bat an eyelid at. In a weird way the difficulty makes me want to stitch them all the more so - much safer to be an adrenaline junkie from the comfort of my stitching chair lol! The designs themselves look simple, but if you are fortunate enough to be able to look closely at an original (or if you are stitching a reproduction), you can see the variety of stitches used and the perfect tension (my personal nemesis!) applied to thread and fabric. The really mind blowing thing though after you've admired such a piece of stitching, is when you realise that the needlewoman that created the original piece was actually only a young girl!
In the future I would love to stitch a "scary" repro sampler as a learning piece for myself, really focusing on the quality of each and every stitch to produce the best piece of needlework that I can. For the moment though, the closest I can get to that is by stitching vicariously through SANQ, by reading through the last collection of the final issues on CD that will hopefully be dropping through my letter box sometime today.
In the meantime, who knows when I'll put another stitch in a piece of fabric.........my next blogpost may be quite some time lol!