Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Mary Eaton Update

I have been working diligently on Mary, but the satin stitch leaves really take a long time. It can be very frustrating trying to get them uniform. Several of them, I have done as many as 3 times. Eventually I just give up and leave them as they are.

Here is a closeup of the stitches.

(click to enlarge)

This was a kit, so I used the materials included, but I really wish I had swapped out the gold color for something a tad darker. The letters in particular, don't show up very well.

It always takes me a while to get used to the "sparse" look that a single strand of silk has on 30 count linen.

The large flowers, vine, border and alphabet are done in cross stitch. The leaves are all in satin stitch, and the saw-toothed white border in done in counted satin stitch.

Here is the whole thing so far.

(You wouldn't know it was my stitching if it didn't have some part of Furry in it)!
As soon as I get ready to take the picture, he jumps up!

On the home front, the garden has grown tremendously!

We have already harvested some of our corn. It doesn't get that big, but it sure tastes good! We have lots of tomatoes, but for some reason they don't seem to want to ripen.

We do have hope though.
There is one peeking through.  Mmmm! Soon!


Penny said...

I love this sampler, so pretty! Our cats do seem to love being a part of our stitching. :) Corn is one of the things I most look forward to in the summer, and nothing tastes quite like a tomato fresh out of the garden. Hopefully your's will ripen soon. :)

Margaret said...

This sampler is so pretty! Love it so far! Your garden looks great too! Nice pic of the furry one with your stitching. :D

cucki said...

aww the sampler is looking so pretty.
your garden is looking so sweet..and sweet fur baby :)
love & smiles x

Giovanna said...

I think the leaves look great - lovely stitching!

Lois said...

Such a lovely sampler! The leaves are looking good. Hope your tomatoes ripen soon.

Karoline said...

Mary is looking gorgeous, great progress

Hope your tomatoes ripen soon, I'm trying with them again this year and hoping for a crop after a couple of dismal years