In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Ten Years in the Making

For the final Sampler Sunday in 2021, I have a finish!

In 2011, Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire offered an online class for Rebecah French, a reproduction of a sampler stitched in 1802. Rebecah was nine years old at the time.

Of course I signed up to take the class, and I have worked on it, off and on.

Obviously, more off than on.

But now, after ten years, Rebecah is finished!

I love everything about this, the delicate little birds perched among the flowers, and the wild, twining stems--but I think my favorites are the two Dr. Seuss trees. I mean, this whole thing looks like something a 9-year-old would do.

So now I need to decide on what will become the new Sampler Sunday project, which means a bit of stash diving. There are two front-runners in contention, but there are several others that are calling my name. I have a week to decide.

This doesn't mean I've stopped the construction on the Christmas projects I have strewn about my worktable. I do plan to continue to work on them this week.

So, I am heading upstairs to rummage in the stash. Nice way to spend the day after Christmas!


  1. Oh how wonderful a beautiful finish.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas .

  2. Congratulations on your finish. I have watched your love-hate, in-and-out relationship with Rebecca for these 10 years. We'll done! Linda E.

  3. Ann, that is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work. It deserves a special place to be displayed.