Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Getting close...

Getting very close to finishing Amsterdam. Not sure if I make it this month, but I can smell the end!!!



Lately I'm really getting into reproduction samplers and spending  hours of admiring those on other blogs.  Dreaming of having a sampler wall on my own. 
That's why I'm so exited to start  Mary Allen soon, also known as the Village Square Sampler, designed by Samplers Remembered. I'm drooling over this sampler now for quite a while.


And here the fabrics I considered.


From left to right
36 ct Lakeside Linens Vintage Luna
36 ct Lakeside Linens Vintage Cornsilk
36 ct Silkweaver Buttercream


Favorite is right now Buttercream.


To the total amusement of my youngest daughter, I got myself a foot. That girl is daughter of her mother and easy to amuse.  I mean what's a foot more?
And since I'm going to fill the tip of it with lead shots, it will be really a lead foot too.
Here is my new (soon to be lead) foot with half a sock on it.

37 comments:

Lynn said...

Amsterdam is gorgeous! You're making incredible progress!
I'm also starting to really get into the reproduction samplers. I've already got my wall picked out where I want to display mine some day!
I love the Buttercream fabric too. It's a favourite of mine.

geeky Heather said...

LOL at "lead foot"! =)

Mouse said...

ooooo I can see the end too :) well done on getting so much stitched and just love your lead foot :) and think buttermilk is the favourite for me too :) love mouse xxxx

Margaret said...

How gorgeous is Amsterdam! Wonderful! I love Mary Allen and want to stitch her as well. Love all those fabrics. What did you choose? lol on the foot! It works well for holding your socks!

Glenna said...

LOL--I have a leadfoot on the gas, just ask the cop who stopped me. Love Amsterdam--what a ton of beautiful stitching that is. I love the buttercream, but I'm going to have to investigate cornsilk--I've never seen that or heard of it either.

butterfly said...

Wow what a beautiful stitch, Amsterdam is looking so good.

Meari said...

LOL @ lead foot. Too funny.

How exciting that you're almost done with Amsterdam!! Yay.

BrendaS said...

Amsterdam will be stunning when she's done. I'm cheering you on for a finish:))

Can't wait to see your new start. The colors look gorgeous

cucki said...

wow..lovely stitching..i can feel the end too..i love the buttercream fabric too xx

Shelley said...

woo hoo - Amsterdam is looking awesome. Keep up the great stitching...the end is near.

Sarah said...

Wow, I can't wait to see it finished! Love the sock too!

Sarah @ Kiwi Gets Crafty

samplerlover said...

It is always wonderful to get so close to finishing a piece. Amsterdam is looking really lovely and I really love your fabrics. Beautiful selection there.
Ahh another Antique Reproduction convert lol. I got hooked on them many years ago.
Love your foot BTW. - Sandra.

valerie said...

I never tire of seeing your Amsterdam progress. It's coming along beautifully!

Giovanna said...

Great progress on Amsterdam! Looking forward to seeing your sampler grow.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Amsterdam looks wonderful. I love the Mary Allen sampler. The silks look great on the Buttercream.

Deb said...

Amsterdam is such a beautiful piece. I'm so happy that you're almost finished with it. And I have to agree with your selection of fabric for Mary Allen. It's going to look wonderful on your choice.

Melissa said...

I am amazed by Amsterdam! You can almost do the Happy Dance!

Looking forward to your new start on Mary Allen!

Nancy M said...

You have really whizzed through Amsterdam. After my little experience with it....I know how tedious it is and my hat is off to you for getting it done (almost!) so quickly! Love the "foot" I'm sure it will model many lovely socks to come!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Choosing the best fabric to suit can be hard - they all look good. I know what you mean about the lure of the sampler - so many people are stitching them that it's tempting when you see how lovely they look.

Sally said...

You are making amazing progress on Amsterdam Gabi.

Love the fabric and threads. They are really pretty. I think Buttercream is my favourite too.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

And your progress is great! Deciding can be the hardest part. I have the lead foot attached to my body! One day I shall knit socks... well, maybe!

Cindy's Stitching said...

you have been busy. Its almost finished. How sweet.

Carol said...

Oooh...you're almost there, Gabi! I'll bet you'll finish by the end of the month--how exciting!!

Your new foot is so funny--I had no idea they even sold such things, but how great that will be for fitting your socks...

Another vote for the buttermilk here--looks like a beautiful project :)

Ellen said...

Can't wait to see the finish, it's gorgeous!

I also love samplers, there are so many that I want to stitch!

Hugs,

Anne said...

Wow Amsterdam must have taken a long time to stitch, and its beautiful!! I'm loving that Buttercream fabric too! It will work perfectly!

I'm REALLY loving that foot and the sock that's on it. Very stylish socks!

Felicity said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Gabi

Jackie said...

Fabric choices can be difficult. I like the buttercream too. It looks really nice with the silks.

LOL on the lead foot! Are you going to get a head too?!

Pumpkin said...

Wow Gabi, you are going to be done it soon! You're really coming along quickly :o)

All those fabrics look lovely but the Buttercream is yummy!

LOL! LOVE the foot! And the sock too ;o)

Wagapapa said...

I didn't know about Mary Allen sampler but it's great! I prefer buttercream linen too.

Dani - tkdchick said...

OMG I can't wait to see Amsterdam finished. A friend of mine is working on London and its spectacular!!!

Your foot reminds of the Movie a Christmas Story where the Dad wins this huge prize and it turns out to be a lamp... but its in the shape of a woman's leg. Halarious!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, Amsterdam is a masterpiece!! You're going to be happy dancing all over the place (hope you don't have a lead foot. ROFLOL! Sorry, it was so obvious but I had to go there.) when you're done!

Yeay on the repro lovin'! I remember, back in my Lizzie Kate & HIHN days, I used to look at the repros at the LNS and think I couldn't possibly want to stitch something so staid. Now, I can't get enough of them, especially if they're quirky. I just LOVE Mary Allen--the colors are gorgeous. Did you see Robert's (A Gentleman's Samplings--think I have his blog name correct) WIP of it? SO nice. I did mine on Creme Brulee but I saw my friend Carol's finish of hers in person, done on French Vanilla, and I wish I'd gone with something with more yellow in it. I think you'll be very happy with the Buttercream. I can't wait to see some WIP pics!

~*Shar*~ said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog; that's my granddaughter hun; not my daughter. :) and the material is I believe 32 ct. Cashel Days Gone By that I'm stitching "Jolly Jack" on.

Hugs, Shar

Lois said...

You're so close to finishing Amsterdam and what a stunner it will be! I'm with the buttercream, looks so lovely with the silks. Love the foot!!!

Julie said...

Great progress - I can't wait to see it finished!

Jan said...

Love your Amsterdam project. So close now! Can't wait to watch your progress on Mary Allen.

Kathy Ellen said...

"Amsterdam" is a true work of art, Gabi! Aren't reproduction samplers addictive. "Mary Allen" is really gorgeous. Did you finally settle on one of the linens for her. I think that my favorite is "Buttercream".

Your lead foot is just wonderful...perfect for displaying your fabulous sock creations!

KarenV said...

Amsterdam is looking wonderful - the detail in it is amazing. Great progress! Love your foot too, clever idea.