Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sampler note

I haven't discarded this project LOL if you take a look at my Rocky Mountain Stitcher blog you can see I have been frantically finishing up Guild samplers. I am almost done with the Margaret Matthews sampler and have begun my daughters wedding sampler to be completed by April. So soon as the MM is completed the Loara is started back up. Hopefully that will be by next weekend for sure. I am so ready to get this back in the groove and completed by next year.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Band 10 notes blue and bottom motifs

Band 10 Blue
My #23 which is beside 20 looks like #28
#56 is the start at #1 again.
Bottom row
The chestnut diamonds rotate their location 1 sits to the right of the chestnut bar the 2nd sits to the left of the chestnut bar. If you notice this out of sync look for an error.
The chestnut bar below the diamonds -skipping the beginning- one chest nut bar then two then one etc with the blues opposite in count. 2 -1-2 etc.
I checked the diamonds often 1 bar on left 2 bar on right etc to make sure I was doing the correct
diamond each time.
The #9 shares hole with #11
#14 shares with #13

Band 10 Completed

Band 10 Left side

Band 10 mid section

Band 10 right

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Band 10 Notes

Band 10
The instructions begin with Chestnut 1 the skip then up with 2. The picture shows chestnut- blue- chestnut -then up with #2. There us also a slant line after #2 that has no number and not to be used. I am going to follow the chart otherwise my blue number sequence won't match up and I would have to rip out and rechart the number sequence. It also coincides with sheet A.

The last chestnut motif number sequence is:

Band 10 Chestnut Section

Band 10 Chestnut part Mid section

Band 10 Chestnut part left side

Band 10 Chestnut part right side

Monday, May 30, 2011

The picture that came with the kit

Here is the colour picture that came with my kit.
I refer to it to make sure my counts are correct and to match up colours.


Band 10 Colour

The colour on the left is the colour that came with my kit. It looks nowhere near the colour on the box or other samplers I have seen stitched. So I decided to substitute DMC 400 for it since it looked alot like the colour in the picture above. Now to begin...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Band 9

Band 9 was just a Long arm cross. Like I mentioned earlier the instructions given with my kit for the Long Arm Cross looks like a Montenegrin stitch but I did the traditional Long Arm Cross. 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Band 7

Band 6
 Repeat of Band 1 except in blues.

Bands 1-7

Monday, May 9, 2011

Band 6 right side

On the picture the last tan motif doesn't have the end cross but I added it on mine.

Band 6 Left side

Reverse image of  Band 4

Tan Motifs: #58 begins #1 again

Blue motifs :#51 begins #5 again

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Band 5 Completed

Took me a bit to complete this band due to a baby sampler I had to finish for my niece. You can see it on my other blog.

Band 5 Left section

Band 5 Mid section

my chart has 123 next to 164. This should be 173. 123 is in the middle line

Band 5 Right section

The end of the chart has  3 blue slashes then the last motif. The picture has 4. I followed the picture but not a major factor in the finished product I guess.

When I did the last section there wasn't any real clear instructions on this area so I went from 114 to 141. Ended at 184 to start acorn. Come back at 22 to 219 end at 281.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Loara Standish DMC colours

My kit didn't have a DMC number listing so this is what I matched up in case you run out.
Loara dmc

1. Gold. 832
2. Blues 924 & 930 1 ea
3  bronze. 433
4. Dark Tan 612
5. Med Grey Green 3052
6. Brown 610
7. Med Tan. 613
8.  Willow Green 523
9. Dk Green 934
10. Chestnut. 829 & 830.  1 ea I subbed DMC 918 to match the picture

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Band 4

Band 4
Spring Break over..vacation done and daughter back to University now back to stitching!
This band required a little more focus. I had to rip out a bit due to trying to watch movies and stitch at the same time. I didn't care for the double strand use but single didn't look right over 3. The instructions say there are 9 tan and 9 blue but the picture shows 10 tan which is correct.
I did the lower running band first then the blue motifs. There are 7 blue b/s between blue motifs.

Loara Standish Band 3

This band was a bit confusing because the directions called it a long Arm Cross but the diagram looks more like an upside down Montenegrin stitch. I love the Long Arm Cross stitch more than the Montenegrin so I was torn which to do it as. Following the diagram it crosses over several stitches a couple times and looked bulky to me but I think this was so the back came out ok. This was not an important point to me since I was doing the non-reversible anyway. I ended up doing a regular long arm cross and liked it the best.

Loara Standish Band 2

The chart says count down 6 threads but I figured that is where you begin the next stitch below. Not 6 stitches between rows at least not what I could tell from the picture. I put 3 threads between row 1 and 2.

Band Two took me a bit to get use to since its stitched "over 3". If you remember that when you come up at a vertical thread you cross down into a vertical thread and same when coming up at a horizontal thread then down a horizontal. And if stitching upward or downward in a continuous row you will do one in a vertical then the next horizontal etc. Once you get the routine down its pretty simple. The tendrils or backstitches on the chart aren't easy to tell which is what colour so I had to look at the picture. The tendrils coming off the blue crosses are blue and the BS off the tan crosses are tan. Here you can also see a close up of Band 1

Loara Standish Sampler-non-reversible-Band 1

The fabric came in the kit and it 35ct so the finished sampler won't be as small as the original which was stitched over 50 ct.

The Loara Standish Story

Loara Standish story

Loara Standish Sampler.

Made by Loara Standish.

Material : Linen with silk embroidery.

Made in Duxbury, MA, c1653.

Descended in the Standish and Alden families.
Loara Standish, daughter of Captain Myles Standish, is thought to have made this sampler in her teens. It is the earliest known American-made sampler and the earliest known sampler with a verse.
Samplers of the 16th to mid 18th centuries served as permanent records of stitches and designs, intended for reference, unlike later samplers that were planned for display. American samplers followed the British form, as instruction in needlework passed from mother to daughter.
Typically, Loara Standish’s sampler is long and narrow (measuring approximately 7 1/4" wide x 23 1/2" tall) with patterns arranged in horizontal bands. Stitches, worked in counted thread embroidery on very fine 50-count linen, include Montenegrin cross, long-armed cross, back, outline, eyelet, double running and arrow-head. The rose, carnation, oak leaf and an intertwined "S" are among the stylized floral motifs above the verse :

"Loara Standish is my name

Lorde guide my hart that

I may doe thy will also

My hands with such

Convenient skill as may

Conduce to virtue void of

Shame and I will give

The glory to thy name"

Pilgrim Hall-Sampler Info