Sunday, February 12, 2012

Richmond Sampler is finished!

Cue the Hallelujah Chorus! 
 Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! 
Richmond Sampler is finished! 

Words cannot express how delighted I am with the finished product.  She is simply gorgeous.  I visited my grandmother today and was able to get some really nice photos in her dining room.   Enjoy a pictorial visit with Anne Maria Clarke and her remarkable sampler...





























I hope you enjoyed the pictures...it is because of your encouragement, dear followers, that I was able to stick with this and finish!  THANK YOU!  Now, for those of you who are wondering what in the world those mossy green stitches were - well, they were my infant attempts at queen stitches as taught to me by Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire when I took the Richmond Sampler class at the Gathering of Embroiderers.  I had never stitched a queen stitch before attempting this sampler.  Now I can honestly say I feel like a queen stitch expert!   I decided to leave in those beginning stitches as they were part of my journey with Anne Maria Clarke.

Now, what to do with my time???  I am sure to find something and I promise to post soon! 

Happy Stitching,
Valerie















59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you on your stunning finish of Anne Maria Clarke! I know you are thrilled beyond words to have her finished!

Robin

PS See you at the end of the week!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your sampler is beautiful. Am sure you will enjoy her for years and she in return will bring joy to you.

Looking forward to seeing your next project

pam said...

Just lovely! Cannot wait to see what monster you attempt next!Congrats

Elizabeth said...

This is just so beautiful and your tiny over one stitches are so adorable! I love the dogs and horses at the bottom - I was so impressed I had to show my husband and he said he really liked the look of the sampler :O That hardly ever happens - I usually get a general nod ;) Lovely, lovely.

Nicky said...

Fantastic Valerie, well done! You have made a beautiful job of your sampler. Congratulations!

Carol said...

Absolutely incredible finish, Valerie!! Congratulations on stitching that mammoth sampler :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congratulations on your awesome finish. I love this sampler and it's been a pleasure following your progress on this beauty.

MoonBeam said...

Valerie, you are right...she IS simply gorgeous. Your stitching is truly magnificent. And great photos to show her off. A big congratulations on this finish.

Bobbi

robindefender said...

This sampler would certainly make you a pro at queen's stitches! She looks gorgeous. Congrats on your finish!

valerie said...

Woohoo! Valerie...Richmond Sampler is gorgeous! Good for you for sticking it out. Now you have this beauty to hang on the wall! And you're a pro at the queen stitch. I've never done one before but the American Sampler I want to do is loaded with them!

butterfly said...

Congratulation's your sampler is beautiful and lovely photos.

Lois said...

Valerie, it's gorgeous! Well done on completing it. I really enjoyed seeing all the pics - what a beauty.

Debby said...

Ooh Wow!!! It's beautiful!! Congratulations on your finish!

greetings from Debby,
www.crossstitchstyle.blogspot.com

ROSELLA69 said...

CIAO,E' UN LAVORO STUPENDO,BELLISSIMO,NON HO PAROLE BRAVISSIMA CIAO.

Margaret said...

Huge, huge congratulations!!!!! It's such a gorgeous piece and you did such a great job on it too! Love all the pictures -- fantastic!! Yay! I'm doing a happy dance for you!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Huge, wonderful, stupendous, delightful congratulations on your stunningly beautiful finish!!!

Chris said...

WOW! Valerie!
Congratulations on an epic finish!
The queen stitches are wonderful. They were one of the reasons I didn't sign up for this class :)

Nicole said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish!!! Can't wait to see what's next! :)

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your finish Valerie! I want to tell you how beautiful your sampler is, but it is so much more than that. You have created a true masterpiece filled with many, many wonderful things!

Nicola said...

Valerie, that is one beautiful sampler, congratulations on your finish! I look forward to seeing your next project.

Penny said...

Congratulations! What an absolutely beautiful sampler! Wonderful pictures too. :)

SewAmy said...

Oh wow, it is beautiful. Your stitching is gorgeous. I was wondering what those stitches were and was going to ask you until I got to the bottom and you explained them. :o) What is the Gathering of Embroiderers?

Ranae said...

Wowza! The sampler is stunning, such beautiful stitching
What a piece to treasure

Ann said...

It is wonderful! You have to be so proud! Can't wait to see what you tackle next.

Mouse said...

wow you are defo the queen stitch queen ..lol and it looks stunning ... are you going to frame it ???
well done and soooo what's next then ???? lol love mouse xxxx

Katherine said...

Oh, My! How beautiful and impressive. Your Queen Stitches are fantastic! You have a wonderful project and should be very proud of yourself.

Blu said...

What a truly spectacular finish! Your stitching is gorgeous and you may safely claim the queen stitch crown after that border!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I squealed out loud when I saw your post! Yeah!!!! Valerie, it is stunning and your pictures are just beautiful. I am so beyond impressed with the beauty of your work and all those queen stitches -yikes! The whole thing is such a beautiful work of art. I can't wait to see how you frame her. Huge Congratulations!!!

BrendaS said...

Congratulations Valerie! It looks beautiful:)

Sally said...

Beautiful!

Vickie Niggemann said...

Just beautiful! :)

Cindy said...

Holy Moly Cow! It is just beautiful... an incredible job well done! :D

Deb said...

It just so beautiful!! I can imagine how happy you were to put in the final stitches. It is such a beauty and such an ambitious project.. I think the Queen Stitches alone would have done me in.

Congratulations!!!

Katrina said...

OMG, what an accomplishment!!! It's completely gorgeous. I love it :-).

Sharon said...

An amazing finish! Congrats!

Catherine said...

Simply stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Maureen said...

I can understand why you are so thrilled with your finish - it is stunning - big congrats!

Kellie said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful finish!!!

Lee said...

Gorgeous! Can I use your sampler as part of my February blog theme of stitching that I love? I'd be sure to give you the proper credit and links. And I'll wait to hear from you!

Siobhán said...

WahOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Congratulations on a stunning finish!

MartyG said...

Simply amazing. You have to be so excited. Congratulations. Marty.

Dana Baker said...

Huzzah!!! This is so very beautiful! I always have a bitter sweet feeling when I have finished something that I have worked on for a long time.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Valerie,
Somehow I missed this blog update when you first posted! Your Richmond sampler is absolutely stunning...what an accomplishment! Mine is simplified in several places...I just could not see to stitch the men on the horses. Yours is wonderful. Have you already picked out a place to hang it?
Melinda

Cindy in Virginia said...

Absolutely, positively exquisite, m'dear! I know I proud you are, I am proud of you! Oh, how I wish they would release this chart!

marly said...

Wow. Thanks for all the photos on this magnificent sampler. So nice to see details rather than an online chart photo. Congratulations!

Chris said...

Hi Valerie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Mary Joan said...

WOW! This is stunning. I'm so glad you took lots of close up picture of it, to show off the beautiful detail.

Karoline said...

It's just gorgeous, congratulations

Love to Stitch said...

Sooooo gorgeous!!!!! Outstanding finish!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing it framed and what you choose to work on next. It certainly feels wonderful to have finished a project and what a greAt one to start off the year!!!!!!!

Dona said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your beautiful finish!

Kathy Ellen said...

Congratulations Valerie on finishing your amazing masterpiece! Every detail is so exquisitely stitched. It is most definitely an heirloom piece to pass on to generations!

Jenny said...

She is so beautiful! Congratulations on this huge, super-gorgeous finish, I am celebrating with you!

Soo, after you take a breather, is it time for Shores...? LOL

Unknown said...

I love your finished Richmond Sampler, it is gorgeous! You should be very proud of thse queen stitches, they are perfect. I am still trying to perfect mine. I have a new blog. It is One X at a Time @wordpress.com. Stop by if you get a chance!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on finishing such a spectacular sampler! I have really enjoyed examining your stitching up close and personal, thank you.

pamina said...

What a beauty ! congratulations !

Melissa said...

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations!

Brigitte said...

Wow! What a finish this is! Congratulations!

Nieves Mª said...

¡¡Maravilloso sampler¡¡

¡¡Felicidades por tan bella labor.

Saludos.

NievesMª.

Maggee said...

Congrats to your wonderful Finish! It is quite lovely, and I am sure you will get it framed and enjoy it ever so much! Lovely, lovely, lovely! Hugs!