She’s finished! Isabella is finished and she is beautiful! I put the last stitches in on Thursday night. What a thrill to finally have another sampler finish. She is stitched in the called for Belle Soies, but on 40ct Vintage Lentil – none of which would have been possible if it weren’t for Sylvia! I wanted to start Miss Johnstone for my birthday last year and my sweet friend made sure I was able to. I started her on my birthday last year in August, but then set her aside in order to try to get my Hare Pyns stitching done. I picked Isabella back up in April this year, because I needed something pretty to focus on during everything I was dealing with at the time. And I’ve pretty much worked on her steadily since April (as steadily as I get). And here she is finished in my birthday month.
There were so many things that drew me to this sampler, the beautiful ivy border, the M. Roden (which is a family name), and of course the red cow.
And as much as I enjoyed stitching that red cow, I really loved stitching the bottom half of this sampler. I loved the little flower clusters. I loved the little blue berries. And I loved getting to stitch a name that’s dear to me too. And if all that wasn’t enough, when I got down to the bottom of the sampler, I noticed something in the directions I hadn’t seen before. There was an instruction about what color to use for the backstitched line. What backstitched line? Well, sure enough, there is a red line just above the M. Roden. It is nearly impossible to see on the chart (truly impossible unless you’re looking for it). Which may explain why I hadn’t seen the red line on other finishes of this piece. So then the question, do I stitch it or not? I finally decided that what I love about this piece is that Isabella just kind of did her own thing. Her leaves don’t match, her sampler is delightful in its asymmetry. So, why not a red backstitched line? And sure enough, I love it. I’m so glad I decided to include it.
Isabella was a really fun sampler to stitch and I’m so glad she and I had the pleasure of each others’ company. And I think that her finish is well-timed, since it’s time for another WIPocalypse post too!
Here’s Isabella’s full-length portrait.
And since my Isabella was finished during the London Olympics, and since she is herself an English girl, I thought I’d share something fun I brought home with me the other day.
Don’t you love my new book? I fell in love with the old well-worn look of it, and of course the crowns! It makes me think of Paulette every time I look at it. But the best part?
It’s a box! I can keep my stitching supplies in there so that they don’t get absconded by a couple of little four-legged fiends. How fun is that?!
Thanks for always stopping by, and thanks for watching my progress on Miss Bella. I hope to see more of her being stitched on other blogs soon!
I am grateful for working together to make our home lovely.