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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Dance: Examplar IV

After the trellis motif took so long, I never imagined I'd be completely done with Catherine Theron's Examplar IV by this time!

The strawberry motif worked up fairly quickly. The leaves are all done in detached buttonhole with return. The stem uses long arm cross, diagonal cross, and colonial knots, and the strawberry itself is in tent stitch over 1 with occasional cross stitches for the seeds.

The caterpillar (who seems to be heading for that strawberry!) is also done in tent stitch, and the crown in the lower right corner is in rice stitch.

After these, all that remained were the corner motifs in double-running and diagonal queen stitches, and the personalization.

Catherine had the great idea of personalizing her sampler with both start and end dates. I wanted to do the same, but also wanted to add a bit more detail. After a bit of thought, I ended up with "2007 Mid-Eastern Region EGA" to commemorate the seminar at which I took the class. The "SMH" in "SMH 2009" stands for Strong Memorial Hospital, not that I'll readily forget where and when this piece was finished!

As of tomorrow, I'll once again be working on Joan Thomasson's Celebration Santa, which DH brought in today!

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Pregnancy ticker: 34 weeks, 1 day.
Less than 1 week to go!

18 comments:

Edy/Grandma said...

Jeanne, your piece is gorgeous...your MIL is right, you are a fantastic and fast stitcher!
Hang in there -- baby too.
Edy
NYC

gottastitch said...

This piece is beautiful!

Know you and the baby are in my prayers daily.

Love your blog and look forward to new post.

Stef said...

Jeanne, Examplar IV is stunning!! I love your blog and am learning about all these stitches that I have never tried before. Your work is just beautiful!!! Keeping you and the baby in my prayers!

cathymk said...

Beautiful! Just gorgeous! Congratulations

Katrina said...

Gorgeous! I love how you've personalized it too. Lots of good thoughts and prayers for you and the baby :-).

Kathy A. said...

Wow, that is just stunning. I just love the colors in this one.
Another week down - you go girl. Won't be long now!

Anna van Schurman said...

Great job! It's lovely. I hope you're getting tired of stitching, because you won't be able to do too much starting pretty soon now!

Karoline said...

It's stunning Jeanne, congratulations. I hope this last week continues to be 'boring'

Lindsay said...

Stunning Jeanne, Congratulations

suequeblue said...

Jeanne-this is a stunning piece and you did stitch it up super fast!
Thinking of you and the babe!

Mary Corbet said...

Whoa!! and WOW!!! Nice job and nice completion - you deserve to dance!! Good work, Jeanne! It's utterly gorgeous!

Carol said...

As usual, beautiful work!

Beth in IL said...

It is lovely. You do great work.

Fran├žoise said...

Just gorgeous!!!!!
Congratulations
Fran├žoise

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

Oh Jeanne, what a beautiful finish!! Your spiral trellis is perfection - I've yet to try one myself. Your needlework is such an inspiration. Keeping happy thoughts for your delivery and we'll be waiting to hear when you have news.

Anonymous said...

Just a note to let you know that I will be praying for all to go well on Friday.

Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,

Congratulations on another finish!

Many years from now you will be able to show "Little Bit" (our family name for yet to arrive babies), what you did while you were waiting for them to arrive! All kids loving hearing stories about themselves! :-)

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

kgirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on the new baby, as well :)