Sunday, 19 April 2015

An April Update.

Mary Hurst from The Scarlet Letter

Mary is growing each week and new stitches are being learnt. She is going to be a long sampler but I have the perfect spot waiting for her to be hung.

I have just reached this point.

My sampler Martha Allis is currently being reproduced by The Scarlet Letter and I have been busy researching Martha's history on the internet and at the Record Office and what a fascinating one it is too.

Martha Allis 1770

We have been very busy the last few weeks and our social activities have included a trip to the theatre to see Blood Brothers. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The weather has been wonderful at Poldhu Cove and we have already seen temperatures into the twenties at Trewoon.

Poppy has been sunbathing !!!! 

Blue has not been himself and our wonderful Vet has been doing some tests. I wonder if he is feeling his age, it is hard work following his Mummy around all day no matter what she is doing.

We enjoyed the Masters last weekend and although there were no green jackets to be won at Mullion Golf Club Ray and his team won their competition this week. 

We received a lovely surprise is week - a photograph of Trewoon taken from a drone, whatever next !!!

Trewoon Poldhu Cove Lizard CornwalllLuxury seaside cottages

Today we woke to another glorious spring day with a beautiful blue sky.

Our walk today was inland and who could resist walking a blossom lined footpath 

which leads to a series of lush green fields.

 where Poppy and Blue can enjoy running off their leads.

They were ready for some shade when we got back home but Blue was still working looking after his Mummy as those naughty seagulls are on the roof again !!!!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Easter Weekend 2015

Cottages at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

Water hazard at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

Another water hazard at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

Water hazard at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

Looking from Dartmouth across the Dart to Kingsweir

A wander around the marina

The Royal Castle Hotel a favourite eating place for us is packed with period features
Easter Monday trip to Burgh Island

Sea Tractor ride across the causeway to the Hotel
The Art Deco Hotel's Diningroom

The bathing pool
Slow amble around Burgh Island

View from Burgh Island

Newton Ferrers
A Sat Nav Moment

The Sea God Neptune

A Tall Ship at Charlestown

Friday, 3 April 2015

The Two Marys

Mary Hurst The Scarlet Letter Whitework Section

Mary Hurst The Scarlet Letter Section 3

Mary Hurst The Scarlet Letter Section 4

Mary Hurst The Scarlet Letter Section 5 in progress

Mary Hurst The Scarlet Letter
Mary Gail The Scarlet Letter

This is just a quick stitching update for this Easter weekend. I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Feller Collection

This summer Michael and Elizabeth Feller are opening their Cotswold Manor House to sampler lovers for parties of 15 to 20 to study their fabulous collection.

This is a very special opportunity.

Our Scarlet Letter Years sampler group are organising three tours - two in August and one in July and have places available for the July trip.

If you are interested please can you leave a comment below. 

This is a wonderful opportunity and I for one can't wait.

Spring Catch Up

Ann Short - The Scarlett Letter

Marsha has a new sampler available ANN SHORT. She is a beauty and I thoroughly enjoyed stitching the model.

The fabric has photographed a pinky colour when it is in fact Lakeside Linen Vintage Exemplar, the last two photos show a truer colour.

I wasn't able to share my progress but she was started in November and completed earlier this month. 

Ann Short - The Scarlett Letter
Ann Short - The Scarlett Letter

Ann Short - The Scarlett Letter

Ann Short - The Scarlett Letter

Ann Short - The Scarlett Letter

Monday, 12 January 2015

Bare branches of each tree on this chilly January morn look so cold so forlorn

As I sat down to bring my blog up to date I looked out of the window and saw such a wintery, blowy day. This poem came to mind.

Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday's dusting of snow.
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who want to see
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow
like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,
buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow.

Our days are already getting longer and there is so much to look forward to as 2015 unfolds.

Elizabeth Cox from The Scarlet Letter

Since my last post Elizabeth Cox has been finished and hung. To mark in my own way Remembrance Sunday I added many poppies to her and dedicated the sampler to two uncles who lost their lives in WW2, sadly fighting on opposite sides.

Miss Cox was a big learning curve.

She has, however, flung open the doors to many more samplers.

It is hard to choose a favorite section but the red house was great fun to watch grow.

Stem stitch creates such a wonderful background.

My "main" current project I am unable to show at the present time. It is a beauty and I am very excited to be stitching "her". I will share her with you properly as soon as I can.

In the meantime here are two sneak peaks that were revealed to Our Scarlet Letter Years.

 I can show you Mary Hurst which is the 2015  Group Learning Project  for our Scarlet Letter Years.

Band 6 Mary Hurst by The Scarlet Letter

I have 183 eyelets to start and end individually on this Band.

If you are interested in stitching Mary Hurst or would just like to follow the tutorials you can access my stitching notes HERE 

The links are updated each week as further bands are explored.

They will take you step by step through the various bands. If you wish to stitch her you will need to purchase the chart but there is nothing stopping you having a go at some of the specialty stitches on a doodle cloth.

A dreaded stitch for most is detached buttonhole and I have not actually stitched a sampler yet that has this in. I sat down yesterday evening and had a practice, taking photographs along the way.

Detached Buttonhole Stitch

I have used Mary Corbet's wonderful video as reference

If anyone reading this blog post has experience of this stitch I would be interest to hear from you with any words of advice.

Tips and tricks can make a big difference to how we stitch and a very BIG part of blogging and sharing via social media is learning from each other.

Recently Barbara Hutson (whose satin stitches are perfection) shared one with me which I used last night.

Thank you Barbara.

Archie had his second birthday on January 2nd. He is such a busy little chap and loves nothing more than to be helping on the farm. He will follow the farm manager around all day with his wellington boots and cute bright green waterproof dungarees on.

The beauty of The Lizard Peninsular never fails to fill me with awe and we have managed to get out walking most days in all types of weather.

Poldhu Cove, The Lizard

The holidays saw us in demand and we buzzed around the country staying with various family members. We were back home for Christmas Day with a wonderful coastal walk and an afternoon spent constructing (and I do mean constructing) a bright red shiny kitchen set for Archie.

New Year's Eve saw us partying the night away with dear friends at the golf club

Ray, Nicola, Sue

I think we all found muscles the next day that hadn't been used for sometime. We blame the DJ who played "our" sort of music.

John, Kathryn, Tony

If anyone would like to contact me about joining Our Scarlet Letters Years group or to stitch Mary Hurst please email. There is an email link top right hand corner of my blog.