I’ve reached the top edge of my giant blackwork sampler:

The current panel will span the entire width of the piece:

It’s adapted from a Lipperheide pattern. The original is shown with a pulled thread mesh background, rather than the squared fill I’m using. That background made the book’s illustration very difficult to work from, so I had to redraft the pattern before I could begin. The squared voided fill takes a long time to stitch, so I am guessing that it will be a couple of weeks before I can address the areas to the left and right of my dragon. Not sure yet what will go there – possibly gangs of narrow borders, either horizontal or vertical. We’ll see…

In other news, I am very proud of the whole String family. Smaller daughter has spent the last two weeks farming a sourdough starter “It’s not fair! Other kids get kittens or puppies. Why do I get Francis The Yeast Culture for a pet?”

Yesterday we decided it was time to try it out. The Resident Male took charge of mixing up the dough, the various rises, loaf forming, and baking. Here is the result, crunchy-fresh and hot from the Dutch oven in which he baked it:

I wish this was Smell-o-‘Net because the house is heavenly right now. Marian would have been proud of him, too!

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2 responses

  1. I have been watching your sampler grow these past several months and have been humbled with the creativity that is has demonstrated. I love seeing how you have made the patterns fit together. Looks wonderful.

  2. Simply gorgeous! : )


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