Friday, January 6, 2012

Mercy Sampler

Teach me to feel anothers woe
To hide the faults I see
That mercy I too others show
That mercy show to me

I think this is a lovely sentiment to begin the New Year. I enjoyed stitching this sampler immensely and not only because the verse is so appealing to me personally. It's just such a simple sampler. It's small, measuring only 8 1/2 inches square and was so easy to stitch in hand. It also uses only two thread colors which meant much fewer tangled threads in me sewing box.

The colors came so easily, as well. The moment I saw Gentle Arts Portabella I instantly fell in love with the color. It was such an elegant blue-grey and so beautifully variegated. I stitched this sampler during the holiday season, and with so much frenzy around me and such an udemanding sampler as this was a blessing.

As soon as the sampler is framed it will hang with "Mercy" doll. When I chose the fabric for her dress I wanted a pattern that was simple but the colors of this particular fabric were too bright, black and what looked to aqua. I bleached it in an attempt to lighten the colors some and to my surprise the little flowers became brown and blue, almost identical to the colors in the sampler. Obviously these two pieces were meant to be . . .

I'm putting needle and thread away this weekend and working on a little paper project. As all the holiday decorations begin to come down my house is feeling empty and I'm already looking forward to St. Valentine's Day. Hopefully I'll be able to share that with you next week. Perhaps it will be my first tutorial to share with all of you.


Jennie Lynn

Edit: Mercy Sampler and "Mercy" Doll are now both available as e-patterns for purchase on My Designs page or feel free to e-mail me.


basketsnprims said...

Hi, jennie ~ love it and the doll. will you be offering this sampler as an epattern? thanks so much.

cucki said...

Hello dear it is a very sweet pattern.. I love it too..
Hugs cucki

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I've been waiting to see the two pieces together and it's heavenly.
And to think that the flowers dyed
to the floss colors! Amazing. It's a beautiful sampler, truly. And the little 'dollye'is a perfect
I saw the Portabella thread also and I chose it for one of my sampler's letters.

Mouse said...

ohhh that is lovely and amazing about the little dress changing to the same colours too :) happy new year to you :) love mouse xxxx

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

It turned out beautifully. I love that you'll display it with your new doll. Very nice. The colors are wonderfully subtle.

Peggy Lee said...

Love the sampler. There is a certain beauty in it's simplicity.
A perfect turn out with that fabric!

DebbieSFL said...

love the sampler, hope you offer as a pattern

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

So Love the sampler!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Prim Blessings

Isobel -Argante- said...

Hi Jenny, nice to meet you, I really love all your works, they inspire me so much... Thanks for all you create :-)

The Primitive Hare

Erin said...

LOVE your Mercy doll. Great idea to bleach the fabric...I forget that can be done. :)