ABC Sampler and Post 1,000!!

It’s taken over 7 years, but I have finally reached post number 1,000! I obviously don’t post as often as some other people do.

Here is what I have decided to stitch for our new granddaughter (since Train of Dreams didn’t work out). This is ABC Sampler from Design Works. It’s cute and just filled with animals and lots of colors. The photo of the project is printed on shiny paper and I had to take photo at a slant to prevent the flash from hiding a lot of it.

Every kit has its own little quirks and this one is no  different. The thread is sorted through holes punched in light weight cardboard (that is normal), but there are no symbols to tell you what color it is. The instructions say that the colors are placed in the holes in the same order they are shown on the chart – left to right on the top row and then it curves down to the second row which is in order from right to left! I knew that would drive me crazy, so I picked up a pen and wrote the symbols above each hole. Then I got to work.

Starting in the middle of fabric, I stitched the jaguar. And here he is!

Now this is more child friendly and I can’t wait to pick it up each afternoon and work on it for an hour or so. I still have to stitch the large capital J above the word, so I’ll start there tomorrow and then start the iguana next.

Saying Goodbye to Mini Train of Dreams

I’ve worked hard on this and for the last few weeks, it’s been a chore to work on it. I could have finished Page 1 today if I kept going for another hour. But I’m so disappointed in this…

Here is the photo of what it should look like:

And here is my stitching so far:

There just seems to be a lot of detail that is missing in this Mini version. I can’t see wasting my time for the rest of the year working on it. So it’s goodbye. I won’t throw it away, but I’ll put it away for now.

I’ve ordered a different project to do for the baby’s room – an Alphabet with colorful animals. It will be here this week and I’ll show it to you next week, after I’ve completed 1-2 letters.

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 14

Page 5 in now finished! I did all of the rooftop for the manor house, even though part of it was on Page 6. It was just easier this way.

You can see that I have a LOT to do on Page 6, starting with the outer border. I’m hoping I can get it all of Page 6 done by this time next month.

There is a lot of backstitching to do on the manor house, but the instructions say not to do that until the entire manor house is complete. Onward!

Mini Train of Dreams – Progress 6

I usually do 2 columns at a time on this, but this time I did 2 and a half columns. This will finish Page 1 when I get the bottom half of these columns done.

The bell and the book at the top are done and the trunk is almost done. I’m excited about the bottom of the page – the train starts to appear next. You can see a little smoke now and the start of the smokestack already. The top 1,000 stitches only took 11 days (all that black at the top helped!).

This will be back before the end of the month with page 1 completed! There are 5 full pages and about 15 stitches on page 6.

Mini Train of Dreams – Progress 5

Four columns are now complete – only 28 more to go. LOL

Dream 5

Back up to the top again. I hope the bell at the top will be finished when the top of two more columns is completed. The trunk is looking good and I can’t wait for the train to start appearing on the bottom half of the these next two columns.

This will be back in another two weeks.

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 13

After putting Father Christmas away, I pulled this project out to finish this year. I haven’t worked on it since December of 2015. Here’s where I had stopped at that point:


NF Sampler 11

Actually, there was a little more done on the side borders. I’m now working on the large band with the manor house which has the roofs on pages 5-6 (what I’m working on now) and finishes with pages 7-8.

NF Sampler 13

The middle of the design runs through the beige section of the chimney. The sky on the left side is completely done. When the rooftops and chimneys are done on these two pages, I’ll stitch the night sky on the right side and continue the side border on that side. It’s good to be working on this again. I’m enjoying it a lot.

Mini Train of Dreams – Progress 4

With several sections of solid colors, I was able to get the next 8 squares done in just 10 days. Wish there were more like that. 🙂

Dream 4

The blue at the top is the beginning of a bell lying on top of the trunk. On the trunk, you see the beginnings of the tassels and the locks.

Now on to the next section – the bottom half of these two columns. I’m working on it an hour every day and average about 10-12 colors each time. This will be back at the end of the month.