Category Archives: samplers

Farewell, Marilyn

The stitching world had a great loss earlier this week. On Tuesday, August 14, cross stitch designer Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum passed away. Marilyn was the hand behind the design company Told in A Garden, with designs under that name, as well as Lavender & Lace and Butternut Road. She was by far the most successful cross…

Friday Finish: How Great the Blessing

I can hear some of you thinking, “Didn’t she post about finishing that sampler a couple of months ago?” Well, yes. I did. But it wasn’t framed then. Here you go. Again, this is: Design: How Great the Blessing (with a few minor changes) Designer: Catherine Theron Ground fabric: 36ct linen Threads: silks, primarily from…

A right-handed stitcher, stitching left-handed

Thanks for all of the well-wishes on my carpal tunnel surgery. I’m now back to typing with both hands, but I can’t lift anything heavy (as in >1 pound) or do much grasping or pulling with my right (dominant) hand. As a result, I’m obviously slightly challenged in the stitching department! This situation rules out:…

Flowering vines in full bloom

With the realization that my Master Craftsman piece wasn’t going to be done on time, I picked up How Great the Blessing again. As I mentioned in my last post about this piece, I decided to go with the lighter flowers, though thank you to all of those who commented for and against this decision….

Choosing colors through image manipulation

Wow. Thanks to all of you who shared your stories in response to my post on color conversion problems! If you haven’t read the comments, please do! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with occasional problems converting threads (though I’m secretly quite jealous of Jane who doesn’t have to deal with this,…

Dealing with deadlines

It seems that lately I’ve been working against a couple of deadlines. My stitching time (to say nothing of blogging time) has disappeared as I’ve been trying to bake, decorate, buy, wrap, and write cards in preparation for Christmas. I’m happy to say that the baking, cards, and buying are done, though I still have…