May I Present

Jane Longstreth! Jane* has been a work-in-progress since 2005 or so and I finally put the last stitches in her during the June 17 Friday Night Sew-in. We've had our ups and downs along the way, including frogging of some of the over-one verse and restitching the basket twice (miscounting) as well as the lower left border (again because I cannot count). Those over-one flowers on 36-count are tiny! But the stem-stitched leaves caused the most anxiety and kept me from working on this piece for quite some time. Those leaves got ripped out a time or two, but I think they are passable. One of the other things that was hard for me about this sampler is that the motifs are not always symmetrical. I had to let some of my sense of order go! I'm so glad I persevered.

*A little history about the sampler: Jane Longstreth is one of a group of well-known pieces from Chester County, Pennsylvania. Jane was the youngest of seven children and she stitched this sampler when she was 14. The original sampler is in the collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

Comments

  1. She is just gorgeous!!! I have the chart in my stash and really would love to stitch it someday. Yours is just fabulous! Congratulations on such a stunning finish!

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  2. Beautiful. Good for you for hanging in there!

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  3. Perseverance pays off... Jane is beautiful. Congrats on your finish.

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  4. Great job and so glad you persevered! That border is wonderful and the colors are fantastic.

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  5. It's beautiful!! Great job! you must feel gratified that you have finally finished this WIP. How will you display it?

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  6. I've tried to post several times Susan and blogger is acting up - I am so happy for you finishing Jane - I think we both started about the same time. Don't know that I will ever get mine finished so I'm glad to see yours is done and gorgeous! Enjoy it - Melody

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  7. She's beautiful! I'm glad that you didn't get up working on it. I think this is the first one that I've ever seen finished, and it's beautiful.

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  8. Jane is gorgeous, congratulations

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  9. Your determination to finish it paid off--what a stunning sampler!! Congratulations!

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