This is a little peak at what I've been working at this past week. It's a small alphabet sampler I designed quite awhile ago. It was designed using a single shade of brown, which is what I tend to do when I haven't yet decided on a color scheme. I can spend hours fussing with color selection. I've found it's better at times to simply allow inspiration to operate on its own schedule and trust that whatever is missing will present itself in time.
The color inspiration for this piece came from these wonderful retro fabrics. I was rummaging through my craft room looking for my quilting scissors when I came across them. I'd purchased them years ago to make a sewing basket for my daughter. Though not entirely my taste I have always been drawn to these 30's and 40's reproduction prints. The resulting colors in the sampler are much brighter than I'm used to working with but every once and while it's good to take a less traveled path.
My computer is slowly getting back to her old self again. Just one or two more programs to install and several hundred files to move over from the backup drive . . . but at least she's working. I know I'll have to replace her sooner or later as she's getting on in years (in computer years, anyway) but the longer I can postpone that day the better. I've become rather attached to her.
I'd every intention of starting in on some Valentine's crafts to share with you but fixing up this old girl has taken most all of my free time. Hopefully in the coming weeks I'll have some finishes to share, projects to post, and hopefully a few tutorials as well.
Until then I hope everyone enjoys the chilly Winter weekend.
1805 Valentine 1852 peacock aged aged linen All Hallows Eve alphabet alphabet sampler anniversay antique antique linen antique samplers antique sheet music apple tree applique Autumn basket beach Bette 1709 bird black walnut dye blanket stitch Blest Art Sampler bloom box brown hen budding wreath butterfly Christmas Cora Lipton's Marking Sampler crescent colours cross stitch crown decorative dixie sampler designs doll making euphemia myles sampler eyelet sampler Fabric and Framing fabrics feather stitch flowers framing free pattern french knot french letters bluebird frogging garden Gentle Arts giveaway hand dyed heart heart garland Holidays hollow wreath Josephyn Sayer journey's end June Blooms keeping joy king lazy daisy linen love make do Marked Anne Mercy Doll Mercy Sampler motifs needle book needle punch needlework Notforgotten Farm osnaburg over-dyed threads partridge pattern peace and quiet peacock peahen Peahen's Valentine pear photo album pincushion pine tree pink pinkeep prim primitive punch needle queen quilts R and R reproductions rag quilt reproduction fabric rug hooking Samplermakers samplers Seek Thy Love sewing sewing book sewing pins silver snow spot motif spring Spring peacock St. Valentine's Day stash stem stitch stitcher's challenge stitching Summer Tattered Suitor thank you threads toile tulip tutorial verse vine weeks dye works winter Winterberries wool wool applique