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Sunday, 29 August 2010
DBS finished - well almost!

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I have now finished my Dutch Band Sampler although I still have to put initials in the cartouche and date it. Once this is done I will get in framed in time to give away for a Christmas gift. This sampler was reproduced by Katie Trendell of An Elne of Lynnyn and appeared in the Sampler & Antique Quarterly. However, I did not use recommended fabric and threads and this is stitched on 40ct Newcastle flax linen with AVAS silk threads. Again not a brilliant photo - it's dull and gloomy here today. If I can get a better shot in the next day or so I will edit this post.

Click on picture for a closeup view

After a heavy rainfall I noticed these raindrops perfectly balanced on the Dicentra Cucullaria (bleeding hearts) and could not resist taking a shot. Nature's 'diamonds'!

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And then I noticed a solitary flower on the clematis together with more 'diamonds'. I am not too fond of wet weather but sometimes it produces some great pictures.

Niky is running a contest over on her blog to win a 'Niky's Creation's prize" - see her post of August 24. All you have to do is email her for the chart and then stitch and 'finish' said stitching. The contest ends of September 10 so you need to send her a picture of the stitched and finished model by September 6. I love Niky's designs so I thought I'd have a go and last night stitched the design and I hope to 'finish' it later today or tomorrow. 

I have now finished charting my design for Halloween - Sew Spooky - so I need to get the model stitched up ready for an early release so as to give plenty of time for stitching this one in time for Halloween. 

It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and, as usual for a Bank Holiday, the weather is awful. I am so ready for my trip!

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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  • On 29 August 2010 at 12:50, Blogger Babs

    It looks nice and the pictures are so wonderfull.

  • On 29 August 2010 at 13:38, Blogger Gillie

    DBS looks gorgeous, especially in close up, well done for finishing it and even more well done for giving it away! Love the flowers and leaves too! I love Lady's Mantle for the same reason. You've got to find something good about the rain, lol! Of course, here we could desperately do with some!

  • On 29 August 2010 at 14:14, Blogger KarenV

    Very pretty finish, congratulations!

    We've been a bit luckier with the weather - we had most of our rain last week, I think and have only had showers this w/e. It's terribly windy though and quite chilly - definitely staying-in-and-stitching weather!

  • On 29 August 2010 at 15:58, Blogger Nancy

    Your Dutch Band Sampler really is amazing! Beautiful job Carol. I can't wait to see Sew Spooky! How fun.

    Don't you just love Bleeding Hearts? They are one of my favorites!

  • On 29 August 2010 at 16:25, Blogger Robin

    Your DBS looks fantastic. Funny, my boss's initials are DBS so when I read your title I couldn't equate the initiasl to Dutch band Sampler! I got my chuckle. Your work is breath taking as usual.

  • On 29 August 2010 at 19:41, Blogger Andrea

    Lovely colours on DBS. Hopefully it will pick up on BH Monday.

  • On 29 August 2010 at 20:34, Blogger Blu

    Congrats! Dutch Band Sampler looks great!

  • On 29 August 2010 at 22:35, Blogger angelasweby

    Carol hi,
    DBS is really lovely and so dainty. No one does "small" like you.
    The raindrops really are beautiful. We had a big downpour here this afternoon and even before the last raindrops had cleared the sun was bossily pushing its way back out of the clouds again and it was spectacular. Everything suddenly seemed to shimmer and glisten.
    I love Dicentras and tried hard to get one this year but we were too late, maybe next Spring.
    Angela xx

  • On 29 August 2010 at 23:31, Blogger valerie

    Congrats on your finish! DBS looks fantastic...I just love the colors! Sorry to hear about the rain but you did get some gorgeous photos.

  • On 29 August 2010 at 23:43, Blogger Faye

    Dutch Band is absolutely beatiful~~ Congrats on the finish~~~Faye

  • On 30 August 2010 at 08:19, Blogger Le blog de marylin

    oh is very beautiful !
    best regard marylin

  • On 30 August 2010 at 16:46, Blogger Brigitte

    A beautiful finish!

  • On 31 August 2010 at 08:43, Blogger Marie-P

    DBS is gorgeous!!! It is hard to believe that you will part with it! What a generous gift~

  • On 31 August 2010 at 11:20, Blogger Lois

    DBS is wonderful! Congrats on such a lovely finish. Can't wait to see Sew Spooky!

  • On 31 August 2010 at 13:31, Blogger Enza

    Thanks for your visit.... compliments for your blog!!! Enza xxx

  • On 2 September 2010 at 10:54, Blogger Karoline

    DBS is looking gorgeous Carol

  • On 4 September 2010 at 06:34, Blogger Suzanne

    Your Dutch band sampler is beautiful. I love looking at raindrops on leaves and they are my DH's favourite thing to photograph.

  • On 7 September 2010 at 17:47, Blogger Meari

    The colors in your sampler is simply gorgeous. Congrats on the finish. Love the floral pics!

  • On 8 September 2010 at 19:17, Blogger Barbeeque4

    What a lovely finish!! Congrats!!!

  • On 12 September 2010 at 14:58, Blogger Maggee

    You did an OUTstanding job on the Dutch Band Sampler! I have been following progress on this, and now seeing it finished, must hunt down the pattern for myself! Hugs.