Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Early Home Was This

Cleaning out the buffet drawers is always a mini expedition here!  That fabulous Victorian chunk-o-tiger-maple is my catch-all for old photos,  crafty baubles, vintage tidbits and random thrift store silver.  At the back of the drawer I found a cross stitch piece I had finished ten years ago, back in my sampler-obsessed days.
I designed this pattern as a folk art replica of the 1759 colonial home where I grew up.  I made two samplers.  The first I gave to my parents as a Christmas gift.  The second I made a year later as a gift for my brother.  Apparently I decided to hold out for the right frame and 9 years later I still haven't found the perfect match, though I suspect I gave up looking about 8 1/2 years ago.
Cross stitch and I have a love-hate relationship. I absolutely adore stitching historic samplers! But I usually screw up a line somewhere near to the project's end  and hate looking for where I went wrong.   Using over-dyed threads means ripping out all that is not right and starting over.  For me, it's easier to part ways and move on to a new project.  I will forever be that sampler stitcher whose linen's backside is a rat's nest of knots, whose stitches jump a line, and whose wrinkles never seem to smooth.
Thank goodness I am a primitive artist where all mistakes are forgiven as a sign of the times!


  1. I agree with you. I love to do cross-stitching, but I usually mess it up and get off a line or two, but most of the time you can't see it thank goodness. Thanks for sharing these. :)

  2. Great design Jacquie, you should restart your frame search as it deserves a lovely home! I love cross-stitch but haven't jumped into the world of stitching on linen quite yet; I love the look of the historic samplers but they intimidate the heck out of me! And yay for primitive where our 'mistakes' become character ;O) Deb