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Monday, 27 April 2009
Petites Lettres Rouges

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Here is my final version of Petites Lettres Rouges! Not only did I finish stitching this delightful sampler, I also managed to hem-stitch it (not easy on such a high count fabric). Ethel Susan Richards is my maternal grand-mother who was born in Aberdare, South Wales in 1893 and was a dressmaker/embroideress. There is a picture of her with my grand-father here. This tiny sampler measures slightly less than 5" x 3" (including the hem-stitching) and is stitched on 48/50ct French Gander linen with a deep red Soie Surfine thread. I am going to mount it on a raw linen and frame it once I find a suitable frame. I would like thank Alma and Barb of Blackbird Designs for supplying this free design (here) and holding such a great competition. I wonder what Alice would think if she knew that 91 years after stitching her own sampler that stitchers from all over the world would be stitching her Petites Lettres Rouges!

Although still rather tender, my hand is coming along great. The scab has now fallen off to leave a deep pink scar which will, of course, eventually fade into the crease of my palm. I am now doing the exercises that I was shown by the physio when I had the same surgery to my left hand in 2007 so hopefully by the time I have my follow-up appointment with the consultant on May 7, I will be discharged. Thank you to everyone who took time to leave comments and sent emails, cards and gifts to me during this stressful time and yes it was stressful - can you imagine not being able to stitch for a week let alone four weeks!

No thoughts of stitching in the garden today as it's raining!  

Thanks for visiting
Take care 

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  • On 27 April 2009 at 09:35, Blogger Jurga

    Beautiful finish! :)

  • On 27 April 2009 at 09:59, Blogger dianemi

    Congratulations on a truly beautiful finish, Carol!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 10:27, Blogger Nina

    Beautiful finish!!
    I cannot open in bigger size this photo :(

  • On 27 April 2009 at 10:52, Blogger VALIE

    The finish is beautiful, unexpectedly bringing fame to Ethel... Congratulations on your personalised version of PLR (have you counted the threads ?)

  • On 27 April 2009 at 10:54, Blogger Brigitte

    It's so nice and delicate, your version of the little sampler.
    Glad to read that you hand is doing great so far.

  • On 27 April 2009 at 11:46, Blogger Margaret

    I like your version of the freebie -- wow, how can you see the holes in the fabric? lol! I used to be able to see them, but these days I can't.

  • On 27 April 2009 at 11:59, Blogger Vonna

    A singularly lovely finish :) Your picture of the finished project is the best I've seen yet!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 12:22, Blogger stitchinfiend

    That is so beautiful and what a great finishing job.

  • On 27 April 2009 at 12:55, Blogger lena-lou

    What an finish ::) it looks lovely Carol! My own paternal grandmother was called Ethel and she fell out with my Mum for a while for not naming me after her ! I am so glad my Mum stuck out and named me after her own grandmother instead lol
    It is raining here too
    Take care

  • On 27 April 2009 at 13:11, Blogger Susan

    It's beautiful, Carol. Congratulations on your finish. I can't wait to see this one framed.

    I'm so glad your hand is healing up nicely!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 13:38, Blogger Lisa

    Your finish is beautiful and a wonderful tribute! I am glad to hear that your hand is feeling better!
    Take care

  • On 27 April 2009 at 14:27, Blogger Deb

    Congratulations on your finish! It looks wonderful. I don't know how you could see the holes to stitch on that fabric, but you did a beautiful job!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 15:20, Blogger Patti

    Oh Carol (and no I'm not singing to you you'll be pleased to know) but your little sampler is just totally gorgeous. I am so glad your hand is feeling better. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  • On 27 April 2009 at 15:39, Blogger Susimac

    Its lovely my friend, I like the sound of how you are going to finish it too. Fancy hemstitching too, I struggle on 32ct for that never mind 50ct LOL!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 15:46, Blogger tangerinedream73

    Lovely stitching Carol - as always! Glad to hear that your hand is coming along smoothly.


  • On 27 April 2009 at 16:07, Blogger Kim B

    Beautiful finish!! It's so petite and delicate!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 16:45, Blogger Barbeeque4

    What a beautiful finish!!! I am so glad you are getting better

    ... watch the mail........ :)

  • On 27 April 2009 at 17:11, Blogger jennilynn

    Very pretty.

  • On 27 April 2009 at 17:13, Blogger Dovilė

    congrats on beautiful finish:)

  • On 27 April 2009 at 17:18, Blogger valerie

    Awesome finish Carol! Can't imagine stitching on 50 count. Was going to start this over the weekend but got foiled. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

  • On 27 April 2009 at 18:29, Blogger Carla

    Petites Lettres Rouges turned out great!!!
    I'm glad your hand is healing fine :)

  • On 27 April 2009 at 20:44, Blogger Karan

    Beautiful finish & a wonderful memento. Good to hear your hand is healing so well. :0)

  • On 27 April 2009 at 22:10, Blogger Daffycat

    Wow Carol, you are right 'back in the saddle' after the surgery, aren't you?

    Your tiny sampler looks lovely!

  • On 28 April 2009 at 00:47, Blogger Cindy F.

    So glad you're healing nicely:)
    Such a beautiful sampler and the size and hem-stitch must be even more incredible in person:)

  • On 28 April 2009 at 02:11, Blogger Theresa

    This is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm glad to hear that your hand is on its way to recovery!!!

  • On 28 April 2009 at 12:24, Blogger dany

    J'adore ta version !
    Je t'embrasse chère Carol et te souhaite un bel après-midi

  • On 28 April 2009 at 15:26, Blogger Von

    Great news about how your hand is healing!

    Your PLR is gorgeous and I'm impressed with the hemstitched edge - great idea!!

  • On 28 April 2009 at 16:02, Blogger Karoline

    It's gorgeous Carol, congratulations. Glad to hear your hand is healing well

  • On 28 April 2009 at 17:16, Blogger Stitcher

    It's lovely, I wished I'd had time to stitch this one.

  • On 28 April 2009 at 22:19, Blogger Shelleen

    beautiful finish

  • On 28 April 2009 at 23:20, Blogger RuthB

    Are you NUTS?????????? 48 count? Yes, you are nuts! Certifiable for sure.

    It is beautiful though. :)

  • On 29 April 2009 at 09:36, Blogger Jeanie

    It's lovely !
    Glad your hand is healing well :)

  • On 29 April 2009 at 16:05, Blogger Angela

    Well done for finishing your stitching - against all odds!! I love the way you have hemstitched it and can't wait to see it when you've finally mounted it.
    It's so nice to see al the different dedications :>)
    Hugs Angela

  • On 29 April 2009 at 17:16, Blogger Lelia

    Job well done Carol!!! It is fantastic. I used plain DMC floss -- but was happy with the outcome.

    Excellent idea to hemstitch & eventually frame! I hadn't thought about the finishing.

    I have enjoyed seeing the different samplers all stitched up

  • On 29 April 2009 at 18:23, Blogger Andrea

    A beautiful finish.

  • On 29 April 2009 at 19:09, Blogger The Daily Mel

    Your sampler is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on such a beautiful finish. :)

  • On 29 April 2009 at 22:21, Blogger Candace

    What a lovely tribute! It's beautiful & I love the hemstitched border. and it's soooo tiny!!! Bravo!

  • On 30 April 2009 at 16:43, Blogger Zhenya and Nika Aksutin

    Hello! My name is Nika! I so like your blog! We are from Russia. My husband and I to work with students. We organize many clubs to construct attitudes friendship and to speak them about the Christ. I have ladys club, we to do hand made cards, scrapbook, quilt and crosstitch. It is good opportunity to testify about our God and His love! Every Saturday I have craft club for ladyes. We do cards, quilt, crochet, cross stitch too. It very not usual and new to Russian culture. I to study from different blogs how to make cards, made quilt and to use different technics. We are missionary to the Far East Russia. We are russian. We live in city Birobidzhan, it is the Jewish region in Russia. A lot of Jews live here. They have synagogues and to celebrate religious holidays. But many of them do not know the Christ. We have 2 daughters. Polina is 8 years and Liliya is 2 years.And if you are interesting about us I shall be glad give answer to you. I will glad if you can write me.Sorry my English.

  • On 1 May 2009 at 07:54, Blogger Brenda

    Your version of the little sampler is lovely.

  • On 2 May 2009 at 11:54, Blogger lena-lou

    Hey famous Lady a little bird tells me you have grown since becoming famous too ;-)

  • On 2 May 2009 at 14:51, Blogger Hazel

    Beautiful finish! x

  • On 4 May 2009 at 11:42, Blogger Michele B.

    Teensy count linen and hemstitched to boot - all with a post-surgical hand. You do beat all! Alice would certainly be amazed and thrilled at your work.