Thursday, June 14, 2012

L'Automne est finis!

Finally! Yeah!

I have to say that I found this very difficult. I'm sure that part of it was that I stitched it one over one, but the design itself was very curvy with the winding vines, etc. I do not think I have ever made so many mistakes on a design, at least not in recent history.
There was a lot of improvising going on here, especially towards the end.

Here she is. Sorry about the crooked picture.

L'Automne - Birds of a Feather
Stitched 1 over 1, using DMC threads on 28ct natural linen

Since we have been immersed lately in all things chicken, I couldn't help but be drawn to The Sarah Whiteley Sampler. I love the crazy looking chickens in it!

The Sarah Whiteley Sampler -Reproduction of an 1823 sampler

This is an oldie from 1985, from Susan L Coyle of Creative Designers.

I made a start.

There is something amiss here though. I started in the center the way I always do, and then moved to the left side, and up to the top. I was really surprised to find how much fabric I had at the top. Gives you a very uneasy feeling that there won't be enough on the bottom. There is also more on the left margin than there should be. I have measured this so many times. Mathematically, it seems to be reasonably correct, but my sense is that something is wrong. I am also wondering if the stated finished size is correct. Hmmm! I was thinking of re-doing it, but I would really hate to do that. Aggravating!

The chickens are keeping us in stitches! They are such funny little things! They seem to double in size in front of our eyes. When they were little, I would feed them the small bits from the bottom of the popcorn bag. The mere crinkle of the bag sent them into a frenzy! I created a monster, or monsters I should say. Now they come to my door to beg for popcorn, the silly things! I had no idea that chickens could interact so much with people. I'm afraid they have become unintended pets!
Chickens calling!


Margaret said...

I love your L'Automne finish! Beautiful! Love your new start as well. You chickens have really grown! Wow!

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Congratulations on your finish - i have heard a few people say they find the piece hard going - this is the first one ive seen completed! The sampler with the chickens look like it could be a fun piece to work on - especially seeing you have some of your own - i dont think they know they are not adopted -

Anne said...

Big big congrats to you for finishing this design!! It's amazing! Lovely sampler you chose to start!!

Katrina said...

Congrats on the finish, she's so fun!!! Love the ode to chickens :-).

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on this finish. It looks gorgeous, and all over one!