Thursday, 8 November 2012

Christmas Quaker Sampler update

Here is my progress on Songs of the Seasons by ByGone Stitches - below is a reminder of where I was on my last post and an update of where I am now.



This is my first time using Vickie Claytons silks - I found the silk a little difficult to work with at first and was having problems with it knotting up at the back, which was annoying when I didnt notice and kept on stitching! - however after I nice stiff drink of Vodka and Lime and a change in technique, I am happy to say things are now progressing along a lot more smoothly!
This is a beautiful sampler and I am enjoying myself immensely while working on it - can you see the little crosses in the star at the top of the hoop - isn't that so pretty?
Take care everybody and I will post again soon.
Hugs and Stitches,
Amanda

32 comments:

  1. amazing what a little vodka will fix. It is a beautiful piece, I think it will end up on my Wish List. I love the little stocking up there too, that is a little stocking, isn't it. SO pretty.

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  2. You have made great progress!

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  3. Lovely stitching Amanda! It looks like a fun one.
    Diane

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  4. So pretty , love the colour, I must say I like stitching in silk, hugs.

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  5. It looks absolutely beautiful! Excited to see your progress with this

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  6. Wow! Now I feel really behind - it is looking fabulous!

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  7. Great progress, it looks lovely!

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  8. Beautiful, I just love the colour, it's so rich.

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  9. Really gorgeous!

    Funny how a little vodka lime will smooth you out. I mean, smooth out your silk. LOL

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  10. That is indeed a gorgeous sampler! It is on my "to do sometime before I die" list : ) I have never used silks. Any tips would be greatly appreciated : )

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  11. Great progress! Love anything Quaker! Enjoy your stitching! Hugs!

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  12. Just love it, Amanda--such a perfect color for this piece!

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  13. Very pretty. I really like the color you chose. Looking forward to watching your progress on this one.

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  14. That is going to be a beautiful sampler!

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  15. Great progress! looking beautiful so far :)

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  16. Try THREAD HEAVEN. Run your silk over the block before you thread your needle. It helps. Really.

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  17. That is going to be GORGEOUS! I do love the color you've chosen. I did Quaker Christmas using Vickie Clayton's silks and found them very difficult to stitch with as well. Not only did I have trouble with knotting but fraying of the thread as well. I finally had to start cutting my lengths to stitch with much shorter (6") and this helped greatly. So sad this designer passed away in May.

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  18. You've made a lot of progress and it looks beautiful! I laughed at the vodka and lime comment. Guess I'll have to stock up before trying to stitch with silk!

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  19. Lol! I love how the stiff vodka helped you with the knots! Good girl! I love me some vodka too :D Gorgeous progress so far. I actually loved using her silks. Didn't find they knotted up too badly....but then again I didn't use red. I find with red threads, any kind, they usually knot the most. Not sure why that is!

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  20. I must remember that trick the next time I have trouble with knots, lol! This one is on my wish list. I thought it would be perfect to stitch for us since my hubby is a choir director and organist. You've made great progress and it's really lovely!

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  21. Beautiful stitching. Love it. Great color too. LOL at the Vodka.

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  22. hahahaha re the vodka ...lol love that colour and its is going to fabulous when finished ... that star is cute isn't it :) love mouse xxxx

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  23. Hi Amanda! Me again. Check out my blog, I'm talking about you! :D

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