The stitching on my Do-Right sampler is finished!


Now it’s just a matter of finishing the thing out for display. Probably by backing it with fabric, and inserting a rod and hanging string at the top. For the record, the stitched area is approximately 14.5 x 18 inches, worked at the relatively large and quick to stitch gauge of 15 stitches per inch on 30 count linen. Back when my eyes worked better, I preferred stitching at 25 spi, but so it goes… With luck and deadlines willing, the whole thing should be totally complete and wall-ready in time for Elder Daughter to bring it back to school with her after Thanksgiving break, where it will adorn her wall, admonish her to greater excellence, and annoy the heck out of her roommate, all at the same time.

Knitting visitors here will be disappointed to hear that the itch to stitch has not yet left me, and I’ll be working more of it before heading back to knitting or crochet. I am contemplating another accreted sampler of this type, this one for me.

I’m not sure what to say on the new project yet, although I’m leaning heavily towards Clarke’s third law or Elbert (Roycroft) Hubbard’s “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all,” but I will entertain suggestions of other similarly incongruous yet pithy non-sectarian sentiments. Feel free to post them as comments here. To head off one potential suggestion, I’ve already done one for The Resident Male that features “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” Eventually I’ll get around to sharing pix of that one here. It’s a long band sampler, done in deep red on cream linen. I doubt that 10% of the people visiting his office have read the saying.

And I’m not sure what the next one will look like. Lots depends on the length of the statement. I’m leaning towards monochrome again, possibly plain black, possibly a single color – deep green or navy blue on off-white linen, but no decisions have been made. I’m also thinking of playing with some of the antique graphed alphabets from Sajou and other European vintage stitching magazines, many of which are available here.

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6 responses

  1. I enjoy reading your blog for the embroidery and the knitting. Although I’ve been knitting for quite awhile, I know nothing about embroidery. I’d like to learn, but no one offers classes in my area. Do you have some suggestions for how to get started?

    Also, beautiful work you’re doing!

  2. If you’re in the mood for something a little longer, there’s always the Litany Against Fear from Dune. The Three Laws of Robotics? "No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulderblades will seriously cramp his style." Conan’s response to what’s best in life (or Cohen’s, if you’re a Pratchett fan).

    Now I want to do some embroidery again…

  3. Don’t panic!

  4. That is a fine piece of work. I do admire your ability to design as you go and finish with such a well-balanced product. Favourite words of wisdom: "Time and the hour runs through the roughest day".

  5. I’m wondering why the top border is so much narrower than the other three. I’m so impressed with your ability to design such pieces as this as well as your door curtain.

  6. How about "I reject your reality and substitute my Own."

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