Wednesday, January 25, 2012

meet Sarah and a giveaway

I first saw Sarah Hatton McPhail's sampler during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg several years ago. We were touring the textile conservation building, and Sarah's sampler was hanging on the wall in one of the work rooms, alongside a second sampler with similar composition, and a black and white drawing of the same scene. I think she was on loan from another museum for an upcoming exhibit, but I'm not sure. I loved the tranquil river scene that makes up the bulk of this piece. Flash forward a year (or 3), and Marguerite of The Essamplaire was offering a reproduction of this sampler at Jeanine's Gathering of Embroiderers . I HAD to have it!

It has taken me thee years (I think it's only been three years), but she's finally finished! Without further ado, I proudly present to you Miss Sarah Hatton McPhail:

Happy dance! Happy dance!

As you've probably guessed from the fact that I have finished Sarah, I have also finished my model stitching. I don't have photos of them yet, but I hope to be able to show you what I stitched on sometime in the next couple of weeks.

I finished Sarah yesterday morning, and decided to spend the evening after work sorting through my stitching stash. I have to admit, I was a bit depressed when I finished. So many pieces that I've just never gotten around to finishing! And so many things that I know I will never stitch. I even found ziploc bags with patterns I'd finished, and all the threads for said patterns as well. Why did I do that? I mean, it's not like I plan on restitching a project as big as The Shores of Hawk Run Hollow, so why aren't all those fibers reintegrated into my fiber stash? The world will never know.

I found about 10 mostly stitched, or stitched but unfinished, ornaments. I know this is partly due to the fact that, until about a year ago, I considered myself completely incapable of putting an ornament or pillow together myself. Which meant I had to rely upon the good nature of my mom. She helped some, but since she has plenty of stitching and assembling to do for herself, there has always been more to do than there has been time. Last night, I took one of these old ornaments that is completely stitched and finished it into a pillow ornament. Look at this poor thing, it's been waiting for assembly for TEN YEARS!!! (oh the shame of it all)

This ornament is all over one and comes from a kit by Maureen Appleton. I have 4 more of her kits sitting in my stash. One is nearly as close to completion as this one was. I think I put it away because it calls for blending filament, and I don't like stitching with such temperamental stuff. I have added it to my WIPocalypse list. To the bottom of the list, that is.

Which brings me to the giveaway portion of this post. I have got to do something about all these charts! I could just take them to my mom's EGA group and let them sort it out, but then I thought it might be kind of fun to have my first giveaway here on my blog. If there isn't any interest, then I'll go back to the original EGA plan. I have divided my purged stash into 5 packages, and I will be giving away each package to one interested person (assuming there is such a person). There are kits, a little bit of fabric, and lots of charts (some gently used, some never been used). Here are the groups:

Group 1: The Theresa Wentzler Package. Includes charts, a couple of kits, and a magazine with a Theresa pattern inside:

Group 2: The Fantasy Package. Includes a Disney kit, dragons, mermaids, pirates, and a couple of Christmas ornament patterns.

Group 3: The Sampler Package. Includes a Quaker Christmas, a reproduction sampler, and an ornament with enough fabric to stitch it up.

Group 4: The Celtic Package. Includes a few Celtic patterns, the entire "Crabby All Year" set of patterns, and a couple of pieces of fabric of various sizes.

Group 5: The Nature Package. Includes a couple of bits of linen, and several patterns with animals.

Basically, what you see is what you get. Soooo, is anyone interested? If you are, here are
1. You must be (or become) a follower of this blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post only indicating which Package or Packages you would be interested in winning.
3. For a bonus entry, post about this giveaway on your blog, and come back here and leave a comment telling me that you have shared along with a link to your blog.

You have until midnight EST on February 13 to enter. Sometime shortly after that, I will randomly select a winner for each of the packages. If I pull your name for more than one package, then you can pick which package you want to receive, and I'll do a redraw for whichever package you did not choose.

I hope that is all clear, and I hope some of you are interested. Thanks in advance for helping me find a new home for these items.


geeky Heather said...

WOW!!! Congratulations on that major finish! Sarah is gorgeous.

I may or may not have some ornaments waiting to be finished that are almost that old...I'm not sayin'! =)

I'd love to be entered for the #1 (Teresa Wentzler), #2 (Fantasy), and #3 (Sampler) packages. This is a great giveaway!! Thank yoU!

Margaret said...

Your Sarah is so gorgeous! Lucky you to have seen the original in person too. The ornament looks great too! I hate finishing, so I'm not shocked at 10 years. lol!

I'd love to enter your giveaway. Can I be entered for 1. Theresa Wentzler, 3. Sampler, and 5. Nature? Great stuff! I have to say though, I'm the same way. I don't know why I hold onto all these charts I've already stitched. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

Blu said...

WOW! Sarah certainly is spectacular! Kudos on finishing her.

Your ornie is so pretty! And at least you finally got it finished. That's a plus XD.

Please, please count me in for #1.Teresa Wentzler, #2.Fantasy and #5.Nature. This is a fantastic and generous giveaway!

Ellen said...

Sarah is gorgeous! Love that ornament too!

What a great giveaway! Sure would love to enter this giveaway( #3 and #4), thank you for the chance.


Faye said...

Wow!!!Sarah is just stunning....I have absolutely loved following all her progress and I am sure you are doing the big ole Happy Dance!!

Count me in on the great giveaway fun....I spot a Threads of Gold sampler I "need" in the sampler group...Would love that!!! Take care, Faye

Theresa said...

Congratulations on your big finish!!! Sarah is GORGEOUS!!!! Your ornaments turned out great~~ Good things are worth the wait, even if it took 10 years!!!!

What a great giveaway!!! I would love to have a chance on winning the #3 Sampler package. Thank you sooo much for hosting this giveaway~

Cleejoow said...

What a lovely finish! and a great give away :) i would love to be in group 2, I posted about your give away in my Blogger side bar.

(it's possible i post this comment twice, wasn't sure if my comment came through the first time :()

Katrien said...

Sarah is just stunning!

I'd love to be entered in the give-away, I'm interested in the Thereza Wentzler Package or the Fantasy Package. Thanks!

Siobhán said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the finish!!! It is stunning! And congrats on the finished finish, too. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one with stuff waiting for years to be 'finished'! ;)

I'll pass on the giveaway because i've been so lucky lately--but thanks anyway!

ricketyjo said...

Congratulations on your finish! It looks fab :)

Miss Pants said...

That is a gorgeous sampler! It looks like A LOT of work.

I would like to be in the drawing for the Sampler Package. I love anything Quaker!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Miss Sarah and your finished ornie are fabulous! Yes, please sign me up for No. 3, Samplers, and No. 5, Nature. Thanks for putting on such a generous giveaway.

Chris said...

Sarah is so beautiful. I can't wait to see her framed! She needs to be hung up ASAP!
The ornament finish is looking wonderful too.
What wonderful giveaways :)

MoonBeam said...

Congratulations on your finishes...must feel really good.

I would love to enter your super giveaway. Please put my entry in for #3, the sampler group.



Mrs Dibble said...

Aren't you lovely...hope I am not too late I have no idea what time it is over there but here it is 1030 in the morning of 13 my fingers are crossed. I would love the Celtic Package, so my hand is up for that one. Regards Eleanor