Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Little Richmond Progress

Happy Sunday!

The weather is beautiful here in the Shenandoah.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping.  If I did not know better I would think it was spring and not the first of January!  Oh, well.  I am sure Mother Nature has a trick or two up her sleeve and hopefully one of those tricks is SNOW!  Bring it on!

I have been busy stitching away on Richmond Sampler.  I thought that I would share a quick picture...

Those little horsemen gave me a fit.  Figures that the men would be a problem.  After staring at the graph and my linen for multiple hours analyzing how I should approach those little men, I decided to re-visit my pictures of the original sampler.  I am glad that I took so many pictures when I went to view the original Richmond Sampler at the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia.  As I looked over pictures and analyzed Anne Maria Clarke's original stitches I realized that Anne Maria fudged her stitches quite a bit.  They were far from perfect so I figured if fudging was good enough for Anne Maria, then it was good enough for me.  I marched over to my stitching stand, picked up my needle and just stitched the darned things.  They may not be perfect but they are done. 

I am about two-thirds finished with the grass.  After that I will move on to the house and then I will be finished!  WOO HOO!  I cannot wait!

Thank you for all of the kind comments and a huge welcome to my new followers!  Thank you for taking the time to visit my little blog.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. 

Happy Stitching!

33 comments:

Catherine said...

Ah yes...men giving us trouble! They look great! Can't wait to see your start on the house - I love houses!

Anonymous said...

You have made awesome progress on Richmond! Good for you, Valerie!

Robin

robindefender said...

Great progress. I think those little horsemen are a big part of the reason that Anne Maria returned to my 'in progress' stack for a little rest late last year.

MoonBeam said...

You are right around the corner from a huge finish. Great work. The grassy area looks pretty intense.

Bobbi

Margaret said...

You've done the hardest part imo! I had to fudge with those darned horsemen too. lol! Good to know Maria did also. :D Your Richmond Sampler is gorgeous!!

As for the snow -- hey, I'm a happy camper. lol! I'd be happy if we had no snow all season. :D

merumo said...

Your Richmond Sampler looks gorgeous!! And you must be seeing the goal right there already? It'll be stunning!!

Nicola said...

The sampler is looking lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

Farm Girl said...

Your Richmond Sampler is looking fantastic Valerie, you have made wonderful progress recently.
Best wishes for lots of happy times(and of course stitching time) in 2012!

Faye said...

Valerie! You should be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel...It is absolutely stunning! Each time you post an update, its all I can do to not go to the craft room and try to kit up one those HUGE sampler designs I have lingering in there...But, seeing your work, surely makes me want to put a large sampler on my 2012 list....hmmm.... I just might!

Take care and send some of that snow to the Carolinas when you get some@!@

Take care, Faye

Alesia Matson said...

Good progress!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I think the horsemen look fabulous and I'm so in love with your Richmond Sampler. One day I hope to stitch her.
The pups and I are enjoying our mild, almost snowless winter. It means longer walks and outdoor time for them... which they love.

Dana Baker said...

This inspires me to get busy on my sampler's. This sampler is so gorgeous!

Peggy Lee said...

Very inspiring!
This is a beautiful sampler.
Great job on the horsemen!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, your Richmond Sampler looks great, Valerie! You're making great progress on it. Love your WIPocalypse list!

Chris said...

Wow Valerie! This sampler is looking amazing.

samplerlover said...

Your Richmond Sampler is looking lovely and you are so near the end. I can see a happy dance on the horizon lol.

My weather is just perfect at the moment (it's Summertime) But rain is always around the corner. I am so over rain this season.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Valerie,
Love your little men!! You might have noticed on mine that I ended up leaving them off... I couldn't see t well enough to stitch them. I have a rule, if I can't see it, it isn't fun, so I don't stitch it. But yours looks so much prettier than mine.

Melinda

SewAmy said...

Oh your Richmond Sampler is beautiful. It makes me want to try it one day. Living in Richmond and all.:o) I love seeing the progress of yours. Thank you for sharing.

Gabi said...

Your Richmond sampler is absolutely stunning. Love it. You did a great job with the horsemen. They look great to me.

Teresa said...

Love your sampler, I think we all do a little fudging now and then.
Enjoy your wonderful weather.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Katrina said...

What a gorgeous sampler!!!! I love seeing your progress on it :-).

pam said...

Your progress is great! you know those men can be difficult. Cannot wait to see the finished piece as well.

Elizabeth said...

I love to see your work on this piece because it's so beautiful. The amount of time and talent is taking is incredible - really admire your patience!

Penny said...

Absolutely beautiful stitching! I think the little men look perfect - the fudging worked. :) The finished piece is going to be gorgeous!

Jenny said...

She looks wonderful - but I hear you about the riders. They gave me a fit too! LOL How wonderful that you saw the original and even better that you got such wonderful help from your pics! Almost there - the hard parts are done now, right?

Joysze said...

Your little men look great, Valerie. Almost there!!!! Can't wait to HD with you. :D

LaDonna said...

What a beautiful sampler.

Suzanne said...

We are having the same problem with the weather here. It's supposed to be summer, but we had the coldest start to a January morning in recorded history the other day and had to pull out the slippers and dressing gowns.

Your sampler is looking beautiful.

Karoline said...

It's looking gorgeous, great progress.

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Marsha said...

The horsemen look awesome to me. Did you see the horsemen today on Shiobhan's blog? Yours look just like them! It looks great. That grass looks like a bear.

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