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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Introducing.....

the lovely:

the pink:

the ultra feminine,

Elizabeth Savilles:


This is officially, the Elizabeth Savilles, 1841 Sampler by Finger Work. She is worked on 32 count linen with one thread over two. I used mostly crescent colors floss and the thread substitutions are listed in the previous post. The only called for thread I did use was the Taupe for the flower vase on the left side (which was a last minute decision). In the picture of the sampler, that vase looked a lot lighter in color than the one on the right, although the pattern called for the same color. I thought the taupe gave the perfect contrast. When I started this sampler, I dyed the fabric in raspberry tea and splotched a bag of it all over the fabric to give it some interest. As you can see from the pics, that has all but faded away, I'm sorry to say. I don't dare do that now as I'm afraid it will run. Oh well, I still love it.

I "fixed" some of the sampler but left a great deal the way it was charted and of course, included a few mistakes of my own. The major changes were to add feet to the bird (in the middle tree on the right), and to connect some of the branches on the tree. I also made all the small little rosebuds, or carnation buds, complete but left the bigger flowers and corners as charted.

I've been working on this a LONG time. I started blogging in February of 2009 (it's almost my 1 year mark) and I think she was in my third post that month. At that time, I'd been working on her for a while - I think I started her in the summer of 2008. I loved this sampler the first time I saw it but I got bored with the colors - even though I absolutely love them. I must give thanks to DEB who said "Why don't you just try putting in one length of thread a night? At least that way, you'll make progress and eventually get her done." Great advice. I took it, for a while but wasn't truly motivated until I saw CARI'S post. She started and had gotten so much beautiful work done that I was re-inspired. I decided to put everything else aside and get this long overdue WIP done. Thank you girls! Now Deb, take your own advice and get to work on AAWFAA (And All Was For An Apple)!!!

I am off in a little while to take Elizabeth to the framer. I have to thank you all so much for all the lovely comments on my Jenny Bean and PS framing in my last post. You are all so kind and I so appreciate your enthusiastic support of my choices. Of course, most of you are terrible enablers; KIM said "eat beans" to pay for it. Uh, no. MARNIE said her mom used to say "I should have been born rich rather than beautiful", I wish I'd been born both! SANDRA was the only one that voiced a differing opinion to the gold frame and for that, I am thankful - she thought a brown/red toned frame might look better so I will definitely have a look at some of those, too. ANDREA, I think we are indeed "soul sisters!". We like so many of the same things, don't we? LORAINE, you asked about the mouldings for the frames: they are both by Larson Juhl. The number for the Prairie Schooler frame is 357593 and the one for the Jenny Bean piece is 457593.

Again, thank you all so much for stopping by, for leaving a comment - boy, they are special, and for being so supportive. Until the 1 year anniversary....

Peace!
Terri

85 comments:

Katrina said...

OMG, it's completely beautiful. I absolutely love your colors and I can't wait to see it framed. Huge congrats on the finish :-).

KarenV said...

It's just gorgeous Terri! I love the pinks, they're just so pretty :) What I shame the tea faded, but it still looks absolutely beautiful!

Annie said...

Congrats on a gorgeous finish! All your little touches make this so special. Awaiting the photo of the framed piece now!

Melissa said...

What a gorgeous girly sampler! She's beautiful!

LiahonaGirl said...

Terri: The sampler is gorgeous. You do beautiful work! I hope you've found the perfect place to display it in your home.
Nancy

Barbeeque4 said...

What a beautiful finish - congrats!!

staci said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the colors and your stitching is flawless! Can't wait to see your frame, I'm sure it'll be gorgeous too :)

PS I really like that little heart-shaped tin :)

Siobhan said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Terri, you must be SO thrilled!! That is just absolutely amazing. I really have to dig mine out. Gorgeous job, I can't wait to see the frame you choose!

Melissa said...

Oh wow, I love this! I started ES in August 2008 then put her aside twice as I got so frustrated. I think I will, one day, start all over again, with my own choice of fibers.

Congratulations, Terri! I know what tough slogging this must have been. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Julie M said...

It's beautiful! The pinks are gorgeous. Can't wait to see how you frame it. Larson Juhl is very fond of their mouldings, hence the cost but they are also quality wood with a lot of detail most of the time. Whats a person to do??

Deb said...

She's beautiful Terri! I know that you got bored with it, but I'm so happy that you got back at her and finished her off! Now that I've seen this finished, I'm going to have to write your changes down and one day, maybe a thread a day (LOL) can do this. But think that you have to give Cari the credit on this one. Elzabeth is gorgeous, stunning and elegant!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous! I think I may now have to add that chart to my stash immediately! Love her!!

Angela said...

It's just so gorgeous! Good for you for sticking with it, what a wonderful finish this will be framed.

Jennifer said...

Terri, I love this ! I am a huge pink fan . You did a wonderful job. Your walls are going to be looking very spiffy!

Danielle said...

She's gorgeous. I haven't seen this one before (I've really been away long, haven't I?). The colors are so vibrant--how did you decide on which to pick--I'm terrible about making substitutions! I'm always too afraid they won't look good together. Too bad the tea dye faded, but it looks perfect in any case. By the way--I ordered the Jenny Bean Halloween sampler after seeing others stitching her (may have to add the Christmas chart to my stash, too). And I started stitching those PS monthly designs but as accessories--I made Jan-Mar before giving up. I love how they look as one sampler. Maybe I will dig mine out now!

Margie said...

It's beautiful! I can't wait to see if framed.

Margaret said...

She's gorgeous!! I love the colors! Can't wait to see her framed -- I know you'll pick the perfect one.

Catherine said...

What a beautiful piece! Congrats on your finish - can't wait to see it all framed up!

Ann said...

Terri - Wow! It's a gorgeous piece. I really like the idea of one length of floss per night - I'm going to keep that advice. Can't wait to see it framed. ~Ann

Marjorie said...

Lovely, lovely piece! Congrats on finishing it after all this time.
Any ideas for framing yet?

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

The Elizabeth Savilles is so pretty and pink Terri. Beautiful work.
Be always in stitches.

Evik said...

Beautiful sampler! Congrats on a gorgeous finish:)

lynda said...

What a beautiful design! Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

Patti said...

OMG it is GORGEOUS!! I knew I loved this design and I so have to stitch it one day when I have time. I love pink - not that you can tell from my overpinked living room or anything.
Patti xxx

Maggie said...

Terri, that is one beautiful sampler! I love it!

can't wait to see it framed up, it's gonna look fantastic!

Andrea said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Terri! I love the pinkness, just perfect in every way! Can't wait to see what frame you pick out for this, you have quite the knack for finding the PERFECT one :-)

xoxo

dixiesamplar said...

From one Terri to another...Betty is beautiful!!! Can't wait to see it framed...it's going to be spectacular!!

Loved the framing on JB and PS as well!!

HAPPY STITCHIN'
Terri
www.dixiesamplardesigns.com

stitcheranon said...

It is beautiful...well done.

doris said...

Miss Elizabeth is so, so gorgeous! You must be completely thrilled. I can't wait to see what you and your framer do to her.

Glenna said...

Ohhhhhhhhh. So pretty and pink and wonderful. I want to stitch it now of course!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous piece!!!
françoise

Marion said...

PMG!! Absolutely stunning Terri!! Pat yourself on the back for the gorgeous finish! Can't wait to see her framed!!
Take care
Marion

woolwoman said...

HOW stunning Terri - Elizabeth is just smashing! I love the changes you made and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this lovely piece materialize - hard to believe it's been a year almost - I enjoy your blog so much and thanks for being a follower of mine as well. can't wait to see her framed and oh BTW - what's next? Mel

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Terri on your finish of Miss Elizabeth! She is lovely! I can't wait to see what frame molding you pick out for her!

Robin

Nancy said...

Elizabeth is gorgeous! You did such a beautiful job of stitching! I love the colors, and you're right, it's very feminine.

~Judy~ said...

OOH Terri!!! Simply gorgeous! Love all the colors.

hugs, Judy

Blu said...

It's a beautiful finish! The colours are gorgeous!

mainely stitching said...

Heavens to Betsy, that's just about the prettiest thing I've ever seen!

Linda said...

I'm absolutely, totally in love with the sampler. I have a couple things on my bucket list, one is to make an antique repro sampler. Where did you get the pattern? I've seen a few websites which have them.
Linda

Laurie in Iowa said...

It's beautiful! Congrats on another awesome finish.

valerie said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish. Elizabeth looks amazing! Can't wait to see what moulding you choose for her.

Karen said...

Congrats on your finish, Terri, she's absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see it framed!

Kim said...

Liz (can I call her Liz?)...she's gorgeous even in her pinkness!! Beautiful!!! That's what I've been doing on Ann....at least one length a night. Maybe she will see completion!

Tanya said...

It is beautiful!!! Congratulations!

MyLifesAStitch said...
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MyLifesAStitch said...

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!! Really just absolutely perfect, Terri! Thank you so much for posting the thread changes in your last post... I'll definitely be using that as a reference (someday) because I think your changes were perfect! She is absolutely beautiful... have I used that superlative already? You deserve a major pat on the back - YGG!!! :)

Edited to add: She will look beautiful no matter what you put her in, b/c she is so beautiful! And, I really love the way you photog'ed her. Really did justice to her.Well done all the way around, Terri!

Valerie said...

Elizabeth is absolutely gorgeous! I fell in love with this sampler when I saw it on your blog and Cari's blog. It is on my wish list and hope that mine will turn out as beautiful as yours! Look forward to seeing her framed and to seeing what your next project will be!

Sandra said...

I have changed my mind, now that I've clicked on a close up of Elizabeth, I think she needs a frame with green in it and maybe some reddy/pink, if that's at all possible. Great finish, well worth persevering.

Annemarie said...

Oh.
Wow.

That's it That's all I can think of. Oh. Wow.

Giovanna said...

Congratulations, Terri, she's a real beauty!

Sherry said...

Totally stunning! You should be very very proud! I just love what all you did with her. Congratulations on a beautiful finish!

Jane said...

It looks gorgeous, Terri! I love the pinks in it and I'm sure you'll find just the right frame. Well done for finishing it off.

Carol said...

That has to be one of the prettiest samplers I've ever seen, Terri! Congratulations on your luscious finish :)

Kellie said...

Gorgeous!! I love the pinks. Congrats on such a beautiful finish. You will have to show us a photo of it framed. :)

Susan said...

So beautiful, Terri! Congratulations on another finish!!

PS: My word verification is "snolards." Is that what I'm being because I'm sitting around reading, stitching and playing on the computer during my snow day?

Loraine said...

Oh Terri! I'm in love with your lovely pink sampler! You did a wonderful job! Another lovely sampler to add to my "wish list." I love the idea of putting in a strand of floss a day. Perhaps that is a good goal for some of my long overdue projects.
Thanks so much for your frame info. You are so sweet to look that up for me! I will see if my framer can order those in, I just love the way they turned out. Your taste is amazing.
Hope all is well. I wish I had more time in the day to keep better track of everyone. You are a stitching soul sister for sure, and I really appreciate your posts and comments.
Have a great day, and many hugs!

Dovilė said...

lovely:)

Michelle said...

It's simply gorgeous!

Mylene said...

It is simply beautiful!! Congrats on the finish.

Missy Ann said...

So beautiful! I can't wait to see her framed.

Susan said...

Elizabeth is just beautiful!
Congrats on the finish!

Shelleen said...

congrats on the beautiful finish!!

Stitching Cat said...

This is beautiful! Love the Pink!

bea de caracas said...

So wonderful!
Kisses to you...

samplerlover said...

Oh Terri, it is really beautiful. You must be so proud to have this gorgeous piece finished. I also can't wait to see it framed. - Sandra.

Paulette said...

Oh. My. Word. STUNNING!!! I've had this chart for such a long time, after falling in love with the model one year at market. I can't believe I haven't stitched it yet, bc it is truly one of my very favorite samplers I've ever seen! Yours is ultra-everything!!! (I've made a note of your floss changes as well. Spectacular!)

Paulette

Brigitte said...

Oh Terri, this finish leaves me kind of speechless, because it's so beautiful. It has the most unusual (to me) colours for a sampler and it is quite simply beautiful. Congratulations!

Rachel S said...

She is beautiful.

tempus fugit said...

Your Eliizabeth is SOOO BEAUTIFUL !
Again, thank you soo much for the conversion ! I bought my threads yesterday in the Paris fair (which was wonderful, by the way ;-)

John'aLee said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

Lois said...

She's gorgeous and congrats on finishing her! I've been watching Cari's progress on this piece and it is so pretty. I look forward to seeing her framed. Thanks for leaving a comment when you dropped by my blog. That in turn has led me to yours and I'm very glad it did!

Karoline said...

Elizabeth is gorgeous, congratulations

JOLENE said...

Shabby Chic, Romantic, Lovely, Sophisticated, Elegant, Charming, and Stunning! All words to describe Elizabeth. SO beautiful Terri, congrats on such a beautiful piece of artwork. Framing is my favorite part of finishing, the colors, textures and designs. So, I have this pattern and silks in my drawer at work. Exactly where I put it when I received it,and it;s still there in hiding! Now, after this beautiful rendition, I am thinking "one strand" a day is doable. Inspiring Terri!!!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

I just love this sampler you did and yes Pink is a wonderful color. Looking forward to seeing it framed.

Have a great day -- Roberta

Cyn said...

Hi Terri,

Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing that you dyed her with Raspberry tea and the results. I've been debating on trying to dye some fabric with the herbal teas. Hmmm... Even though yours faded I still think you can see the faint raspberry color so I may try this.

Enjoyed seeing your finishes on the previous post. All of them are beautiful!

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

Jeanne said...

Oh I love love love it Terri. I love anything pink and a pink sampler - well what can you say! I am chuckling at you saying you've been working on it a long time - I have samplers that haven't been out of their bags in over 2 years LOL. Can't wait to see it framed. Congratulations on a spectacular finish!

Cari-in-VA said...

Terri - I don't know how I missed this post.

Congratulations on finishing her, she is absolutely gorgeous and I think I may put the Yellow House aside and pick her back up again - especially now that I have the missing thread. She really is a beauty and I love your idea of dying it with raspberry tea. I can't wait to see her framed.


So what are your stitching on now?

Are your parents surviving Virginia's wicked winter?

Have a great week!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful finish! The colors are stunning!

Dona said...

Terri, I love your Elizabeth! It is beautiful, and I know you have to be proud of it. The first time I saw it on your blog I think you and I were about at the same point in the design. Great advice from Deb as you now have this beautiful piece finished. Love your color changes, too. Enjoy your finish!

Susimac said...

OOOOO Terri she is beautiful, what a simply gorgeous finish, I will look forward to seeing her all framed up.

I love your colour choice of threads too.

Bertie said...

A truly beautiful sampler, the colours are just gorgeous.

Have just come back from the Paris show and you would have loved it there, lots of red and pinks, try to go next year LOL. Have a look on Tempus Fugit's blog!!

Tammy said...

OMG!! That is SO gorgeous, girl!! Seriously, it's fabulous. And I love that you sprinkled the tea on it-it's just fantastic!

Mary said...

Terri
I just love your Elizabeth - found the two of you a few days ago and have been back each day to have another look. I am not really a pink person and to date I haven't done any of the reproduction samplers, but I think I have to have this one.

Hazel said...

That is one of the prettiest samplers I have ever seen. Must keep my eye open for this one. x

Catherine de l'Atelier des dix doigts said...

I am so sorry but I did not take the time to read everything since I "fall in love " with the Elizabeth Savilles Design, could you tell me where to find the chart?