Saturday, July 18, 2009

another sampler?

I just finished another sampler. This one's a gift. The squares are a bit smaller...only about 1". This was a bit of a challenge but it really helped me keep the stitches more delicate and fine.
I had this Marie Antoinette idea in my head for a while...I just kept making french knots on top of french knots making her hair-do comically tall. I was thinking it would be fun to do a sampler of all sorts of funny hair-do's....maybe next.
I used a beautiful, delicate piece of lace which I stitched over. I thought a couple of little birdies would like to call this prettiness home.
I really love making fat french knots....sometimes I wound them up 6 or 7 times. I tried once to do 10 but it made a big fat mess. I really love the 3-d quality of the cupcake frosting. yum.
Hey! I didn't even notice that little bit of black thread that is peeking out of the border...
a sweet little springtime hat.
My favorite of all. Metallic thread can be so hard to work with because it separates and knots easily but I really like the effect of it. This itty bitty cakestand looks so sweet in person.
I like how this little pink house turned out...I did a little loopy thing with the treads along the roofline to make a scallop.
Tah-dah!

46 comments:

leesiebella said...

Hi Amy!!

Oh, this sampler is so, so adorable!! Love all the details and the Antoinette hair do is amazing! Love it!

xo
Analise

Crystal said...

That is just beautiful. Really makes me want to try...not sure if I am that patient. :)

marble rose said...

Goodness - I love it - I have such admiration for you - to have the patience. It's wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

Fleur
x

Cameron Blazer said...

You are just flat-out, unbelievably creative. I love what you do and the warm heart with which you do it.

Jill said...

Another wonderful sampler! I totally love that "Marie-Do"-- oh my gosh! So cute!

xoxo, Chloe said...

Amy, that so darling!

Fiona said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, as is the other one you made. It really makes me want to try one for myself but I need a new embroidery ring before I can get started.

Sadie Lou said...

Very sweet! I love your whimsical designs!
~Sadie

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

love, love, love this!!!

cindie said...

Amy... I love it... and I love the other one as well. Is that monk's cloth?

Sonya-Dime Store Thrift said...

I know who its foooooor! I guessed:) She is gonna LOVE it. (I won't spell it the other way, haha)

Elyse said...

this is really adorable and i have to admit that it's very much the way that i like to draw -- small, sweet pictures. my favorite subjects: small cottages (natch), birthday cakes, red/white polka dotted mushrooms. i am so loving this!

xo

Mary Green said...

This is amazing - do you sketch it out in advance on paper?

Nicol said...

I love it! I've done a little needle work in the past but nothing like this. Perhaps I should give it a try again.

Alison Gibbs said...

Amy it is absolutely gorgeous
Alison

Doreen said...

That is just so COOL!

LenaDesign said...

this is adorable. So very cute indeed. You are very talented.

Kathy said...

This is absolutely charming, my dear! Fabulous job. Clearly, I think about food WAY too much, because I thought Marie Antoinette was an ice-cream soda!! Loved the adorable little cuppy-cake. This is beyond darling! - Kathy in Chicago

Linda B said...

Beautiful! You make it look so easy:D I would love to give this a try.

patientmom said...

so pretty!...and the little silver cake stand is adorable in print too :)very sweet...will you show us the project when it's all finished?...lucky friend who receives such a precious gift :)

Jeanne said...

Love these
Love all you share
Love Jeanne

Nerissa Alford said...

just gorgeous! i LOVE marie!!! i may have to try a sampler. i'm seeing so many lovely ones out in blog land :) thank you for sharing
Nerissa

Saucy said...

Whoever is the recipient of that goodness is going to be thrilled.

You're going to start a new trend with the samplers!

Valarie said...

I love this mini sampler. You have inspired me to pick up the needle again. Have a lovely day. Valarie

suesueb said...

just gorgeous!

Tammy said...

So sweet, I sooo want to break out my sewing box!!! Your creativity always inspires me.

Best wishes,
Tammy

Jill Elaine said...

How about I send you a list of things that are 'me' and you can do one of these for me??!!!! I just love them:-) This is just beautiful. You really have a wonderful talent.
Jill

kimbo848 said...

truly a work of art from the heart

melissa said...

Oh my goodness, Amy, you have done it again!! I absolutely adore your latest sampler :)

melissa

hormone theraphy said...

It's really cute. I made one 3 years ago but untill now it is not yet done. Not untill this thing I've seen, and already saw the outcome its really inspiring.

J. Christina Huh said...

This is incredible!!!

Lisa said...

Lovely, Lovely.
You are an inspiration!
Thank you for sharing your gift.

Lelia said...

Oh how kewl!!! Job well done : )

Kirsty said...

Wonderful idea, beautiful work, gorgeous colours. I'm inspired and very happy to have found your blog. Off to explore some more!

Molly said...

This and your other sampler for Alfredo are breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

veggiecath said...

It looks amazing! I love it <3

Flash said...

This sampler is gorgeous!

Shelly said...

I started with embroidery as a very little girl, but I've drifted away from it into knitting and crocheting.

Seeing this makes me itch to pick up a needle again. I especially love the bit of lace you stitched over.

I'm inspired! Thank you!

Autumn said...

I came here hoping to find a pic of a sampler--thanks!! So beautiful!

Jeanne said...

I love that hand stitching and embroidery is making a comeback. These images are adorable. It makes me want to start one of my own.
xo
jeanne

Karens Hopes said...

Your work is so beautiful.
Karen

it jobs said...

wow!!! What a very beautiful work!!! You are such a very creative person.

twinkleshabbystar said...

Amy,
This is has to be one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. All so tiny and dainty. Beautiful work!!! :) Smiles,Jenn

Samantha said...

I absolutely love your little samplers! I have some linen embroidery cloth that I hope to hoop once I get my sewing room unpacked so I can give one a try. Re: your love for the knots with many wraps, you should check out the "bullion" embroidery stitch which is basically that, but there is so much you can do with a strand and all those wraps. If you want a book, the A-Z series of books published by Country Bumpkin of AU illustrates this and other stitches beautifully.

Billie said...

I love your sampler, colors are wonderful and so is your work!

Alva said...

I totally love all the colours! This is SO beautiful x))