Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Sampler Of My Own

There's nothing better to do on a cold Winter's day than to sit in your most comfortable spot, in your most comfortable clothes, with your favorite cup of tea and stitch the day away.  I feel bad for those who have to go out in this frigid weather.  As I'm sure it is the same where some of you live here in the U.S. ~ Kentucky has seen record breaking lows this Winter.  The homeless shelters are not turning anyone away even if they are filled beyond capacity.  I usually go a bit stir crazy when I'm house bound for longer than just a couple days but in this case I am glad to stay at home where it is warm.


Have any of you ever sat down and just started stitching on a piece of linen using no chart or pattern?  Just winging it as you go along?  I've always wanted to do that and I had a piece of linen that I had stained up set aside for that in mind.  I know what I like...primitive style, old historic samplers, muted colors...etc.  I have several books with alphabets and sampler motifs in them that I have browsed through.  I'll pick an alphabet or a border design, stitch it up and then go looking for the next thing to stitch on it.  Here is what I've come up with so far......


I can't promise that each design will be perfectly centered or that there won't be any mistakes in it but that is what I'm going for.  You might be able to see "2014" stitched there after the row of numbers if you click on the picture to see it bigger.  I'm thinking maybe I should outline it....or something????  Any suggestions?  It will be a band sampler I suppose.  I have the linen rolled up at the bottom, unrolling some as I need to.  I am looking for any suggestions that you  might have as to what to include in my sampler.  Sometimes (OK most times) I lack in the creativity area but if I am given a suggestion I think I can run with it to make it more personal.  I am anxious to see what you all come up with!



I have also been working on ABC Tapestry a bit.  I have finished the K block and have gone down to the fourth row to work it backwards.  The O block is finished and I'm working on the N block now.  That darn K block seemed to take absolutely forever to finish!





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I have been doing my physical therapy exercises at home quite faithfully.  I hardly ever miss a day.  I love my Leslie Sansone DVD's to exercise with in the garage.  Too much marching and jumping around to do in the house so Masterchief has hooked up a TV and DVD player out there so I can let'er fly to my little heart's content!  I like her DVD's because I can modify the workouts to suit my abilities.  For example, I can jump around a bit, and I can do arm movements, but I can't do both at the same time. There isn't a sports bra in the land made to help me there.  So, if I choose to do the "mild jogging" as she calls it, I must have my hands and arms free to keep 'the girls' in check, or I can choose to do the arm movements while mildly stepping in place.  Sorry if that's TMI but I know there are a few of you out there who can sympathize!!



Do whatever it is that keeps you cozy and warm! I'm on my way to my chair, my blankie and my stitching.

~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee



29 comments:

Natasha said...

Ohhhh ABC is looking great girl. maybe small motifs like chickens, spool of thread, flower urns etc...

Stay warm, I am still in my PJ's trying to stay warm. They are calling for snow here in South Carolina. Thats a big deal here people are getting cray cray LOL

Can't wait to see more of YOUR sampler :)

Angie said...

Peggy Lee, I have a love/hate relationship with the girls so I can definitely relate to your comments. They made me laugh so hard!

Your sampler looks great! Keep stitching what you like. I always include an animal in a spot where nothing else fits. I like birds, or a small dog or cat.

I'm 'up' quiet a ways from you closer to the Ville. A military transplant I don't recall Winter being this cold for this long.

Happy stitching! Angela

Angie said...

Peggy Lee, I have a love/hate relationship with the girls so I can definitely relate to your comments. They made me laugh so hard!

Your sampler looks great! Keep stitching what you like. I always include an animal in a spot where nothing else fits. I like birds, or a small dog or cat.

I'm 'up' quiet a ways from you closer to the Ville. A military transplant I don't recall Winter being this cold for this long the last few years.

Happy stitching! Angela

LoriU said...

So happy to see your post, and glad you are doing well. I also do those PT exercises everyday, and like the Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds workouts.

Stay toasty!

Vickie said...

Your sampler is really neat Peg. How about ladybugs that you like so much?
Good for you plugging away on ABC.

marly said...

I can't do arm and legs at the same time either, but it's not because I'm endowed. I just lose my balance and fall over. How about choosing a favorite line from a poem or scripture to continue the sampler? It's looking really nice!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Its just wonderful. I love the fabric!

Vicki said...

The alphabet sampler you are designing looks fantastic. I would like to design my own, but have not found the courage yet! The ABC Tapestry is gorgeous - I love the detail. Stay warm!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I love the idea of stitching your own thing. Maybe you could put some motifs on it that have special significance to you like a flag or an eagle or an anchor.

Stay warm dear friend. It's brrr freezing up here too. Hugs!

Shirlee said...

A chair, a blankie, & stitching. Sounds like heaven to me : ) Pretty cool to just sit down & wing it with a sampler design!

Barb said...

You are doing a great job with no pattern and that alphabet design is just amazing!

Krista said...

What fun, stitching your very own sampler. I will have to plan to do the same someday. Love it! Your ABC is also looking lovely. Stay warm and enjoy your evening!

P.J. said...

Keeping the home fires burning for cozy stitching. My SnB girls and I did a flat robin years ago and we added different motifs to represent the places we travel ed for our get togethers. Like whales for the whale watch in Maine, needles for the Silver Needle in Tulsa OK, sunflowers for Kansas, flags for patriotism...etc.

P.s. Sweet lady I have a pay it forward for you; just been terrible about getting to th PO. It's coming....soon.

Annette-California said...

Love your ABC sampler. I think your doing an incredible job of creating your own sampler. As for your year - I don't think you need to outline it. It looks great as is. And your last abc tapestry is amazing!!!
Good for you keeping up with excising and staying warm:)
love Annette

Bekca said...

I think the idea of such a personalised sampler is great, it looks fab so far!
Spending a whole day in my stitching chair sounds like a dream. I think I'll just have to make do with an evening for now!
Best wishes and stay cosy!

Brigitte said...

Such a great idea to stitch such a personal sampler. And it looks so great already. Maybe you could add some old sampler motifs here and there.
Good luck with your exercising.

jhm said...

Be sure to add some speciality stitches - one of the orignial reasons to create band samplers.
FInd some motifs that please you as well - flowers are common,as are birds.

Most of all - Enjoy it.

JHM
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

Friendship Crossing said...

Hi b'day buddy! I haven't visited your blog in awhile, but always glad when I do!
Your sampler is gorgeous and yes, I've always wanted to try that too!
Maybe you can find some tiny motifs to stitch across the bottom, altho' I love the way it looks now!

funny about the 'girls' and I know exactly what you mean! ha ha

Warm hugs,
Tanya ~ your other Ky. buddy

Faye said...

Your sampler is looking awesome!!!!!! I love it~ jogging in the garage.... Hmmmmm..... I got the visual!!!! :D

Maggee said...

Hello there! Catching up on blog reading today, since there is a LOT of snow on our streets right now! I love flowers and birds--that is what attracts me to charts! You are doing great on YOUR sampler--congrats! I use Leslie's DVD's too! Love them! Hugs!

Chris said...

Hey Peggy Lee!! So nice to see an update from you. Your made up sampler is just lovely.
Hugs!

Simply Victoria said...

I love your sampler. How about hummingbirds, maybe 2 facing each other, on the bottom?
Keep on exercising ; ) Stay warm and stitchy!

Sweet Sue said...

Oh Peg, what a gorgeous sampler you're creating, looking forward to seeing your progress, you should be very proud! Maybe include tiny initials somewhere to remember the grandbabies, just a thought. Hope you find something to include that you feel really fits the sampler. Keep warm and go easy on the girls:) xo

Catherine said...

Oh my gosh ~ I can't stop laughing at your description of your exercise needs! I am absolutely loving your sampler!!! You should consider a row or two of initials in honor of family members. Perhaps a few floral or animal motifs thrown in here and there....can't wait to see what you come up with!

Jeanne said...

Glad to see a post from you Peggy Lee...your little original sampler is mighty cute. Just about anything can work in a sampler...as others have said you could find something personal to you - maybe a pet, a favorite flower, etc. It will be totally yours and original. Good luck with your physical therapy, it takes will power somedays to keep going but sounds like you're doing very well.

Lorrie said...

I love your sampler! I've thought many times about doing a "spot sampler" but just never seems like there is enough time. Congrats for getting to it! Your Tapestry is looking FABULOUS!

Sherry said...

love the sampler! How about a few small motifs to tie it all together?

Sharon said...

Your original sampler is beautiful!

April said...

I love your stitching Peggy. I am still laughing about the Girls.. I understand.. I just need to start exercises. Period...