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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Precious time sampler

In days-gone-by stitching a sampler was part of every little girls’ education. They would be worked at school, convent schools, or at home with their governess or tutor. 

Stitched in 1771 by a girl named Elizabeth Garratt, the sampler is in delicate condition with many holes, and missing stitches on the right side. This rare sampler came into my collection already professionally framed, so I dare not take it apart – even though I am very curious to see the underside.

Typical of the time, the letters J and U are missing from the alphabet, and in some words the letter S is replaced with an F looking letter which is actually just a decorative long S. This is one way to confirm the authenticity of the sampler, as by the early 1800’s the long S was replaced with the small, rounded S which we use today.

Sampler from 1771

In poor condition - Note the holes....

Here you can see my version of the sampler. Because the sampler lacked some letters ( J and U ), I have added these along with the modern spelling of words, this has made the size/shape slightly different from the original.

There is a space on the lower end of the sampler to stitch your own name, and date. 

Antique sampler replicas look their best when stitched on linen with natural, or over dyed embroidery floss, or silk. So this is a great way to use up those skeins of embroidery threads that you bought at that artisans market and never found a use for before. Just be careful when using natural, or home dyed threads and linens - the colours can run, so don't wash the finished piece.

Pattern available on ETSY, Makerist, Website

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Knitting around the Christmas tree

My 12 years old daughter Emilie, is very fond of knitting. So for Christmas I treated her to a very large bag of colourful yarn, and expected it to last her a good while. But Emilie being the fastest knitter I know, she used up most of it within the Christmas holiday knitting little toys, and purses. 

She is a very creative soul, and not too fond of following patterns, preferring to knit away and then put it together from her own imagination and using what she has available.

So here is a little sample of some of her Christmast 2017 creations, a little turtle, a pony, a fish and some purses. She also has started work on a mermaid, photos coming soon.

Emilie knitting away... !

Pink pony

A little turtle, fish and purse
As for myself, I tackled my fear of socks and knitted my finished up my first satisfactory sock while watching Christmas movies. Hopefully the second one will match ! 

My sister had presented me with a big, beautiful ball of King Cole Zig Zag yarn and the free pattern it came with, so as soon as I was finished with my cardigan I got started with the socks. 

The printed pattern did not come with detailed pictures, so I went online and looked up a bit on you tube about sock knitting just to make sense of what was printed. But as it is recommended, just follow the pattern exactly as written and before you know it, you will have turned a heel, and knitted a gusset.

Here is a you tube video I found very useful:

" Yeah ! " I managed to knit a sock, and it wasn't so difficult ! Knitted in King Cole Zig Zag yarn - 3014 Strata