Well.... done with my part anyway! When I told BFF Julie that I had gotten the BoaF Friendship Sampler pattern she wanted to stitch it too. But, she had a great idea. She would stitch the girl on my sampler that looked most like her and I'd stitch "me". When she gets around to stitching the sampler herself, I'll stitch "me" on hers. Instead of the year the piece shows at the bottom, this sampler will have both of our initials in it. This seemed like such a great idea and will really give the "Friendship" sampler more meaning. It would be an ideal piece to stitch for a dear friend and give away but I have such a hard time doing that. Giving my stitching away, I mean.
I get to stitch the blonde girl. Not because I am a blonde, at least not a natural blonde, anyway. I got blondie because I am a natural brunette but I've had highlights gone bad (orangey), I've had red hair - from fire engine red to a really pretty auburn, I've been darn near platinum and I've been what I am now which is sort of a non-de-script brown. Julie has never strayed from being a brunette. She is true to her natural hair color whereas I am constantly getting bored and changing my color.
This was a really fun stitch. It is on an unknown 32 ct fabric and I used most of the called for fibers. A couple of the colors called for are no longer being made, or they've changed the name but I found something similar and it worked out. I did change one of the blues to a darker shade as the piece was just a little too pastel for my tastes. You can see the difference in this picture and the last time I posted my progress on this. I ripped out all the light blue letters I had done and restitched them in the darker blue. The colors are so pretty and it was a fun, easy stitch. I also used a DMC flesh tone for the girls face - the fiber the pattern called for was going to make her look orange. While that might have been closer to my own natural look (especially if I use the wrong color of tanning cream!), it just wouldn't do for my sampler. I have to admit though, that her cheeks do look a a lot like mine when I put my blush on in the car, in the dark, on the way to work. I go in the bathroom for the first time at some point and wonder how it is nobody slapped a big, red clown nose on my face.....
I am so happy to have finally gotten to stitch this sampler that I loved the first time I saw it. I have now passed the pattern on to Julie so she can stitch it, too.
Finally today, look what ANDREA sent me! She had a contest on her blog and although I didn't win, I must have gushed enough about the cute angel that she sent me a prize, too! How sweet is that? I just love the primitive angel and look at that pretty needle waxer! How darling is that? Andrea's friend made it and I just love it. Please tell your friend thank you for me, Andrea. Not that I'll ever use it ~ it's way too pretty for that, but I will put it in my sewing basket that is the home for some of my prettier sewing accessories. She also sent the cute notepad. I was so surprised and really tickled. What a fun and sweet friend you are, Andrea. Thank you!
Thank you all for all the comments on my last post. I just love reading them and so appreciate that you take the time to leave a note. I don't take them for granted and truly appreciate each and every one.
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.