Dutch Beauty has returned to me, and I am incredibly happy with her. When I crawled into bed last night, I sat for quite a while just looking up at it and marveling that such a young girl (by today's standards) would have stitched something so astounding. Was it expected of her to do so? Did she start out with the intentions of creating something this large, or did she simply have trouble finding a stopping point? Could she not settle on just one pattern, but wanted to incorporate many? (Yes, they had cross stitch patterns back then!) I'm sure if she knew I copied her masterpiece, she would laugh and say, "Oh, that old thing?" 😉
The barrel distortion of my lens made the frame look bowed in the above photo, but in real life it is not! Thank you, Julie, at Reflections Framing and Stitching for choosing such a gorgeous moulding for it! (Maryann and Julie and Connie are all such sweet ladies. and I'm thrilled that we once again have a lovely cross stitch shop here.)
This sampler is a mirrored pattern, which made the work a bit tedious at times. But in the end, it was worth all of the exasperated sighs and exclamations of, "This again?"
Believe it or not, my bed is king-sized. The way everything fits so snugly into the photo gives it the appearance of being much smaller than it is, but trust me, it's pretty overwhelming when I walk into my bedroom!
I cannot believe it's finished! And now I want to stitch my guts out. 🙂
And guess what else I got back this week!
Thank you to Jill Rensel for such a lovely job on my (The Primitive Needle) A&E! I loved the original color scheme Lisa designed it in, and when I saw the way Shepherd's Bush had changed the colors, I couldn't believe it was the same sampler! Tina and Teri did a beautiful conversion to their signature soft palette, and as much as I wanted to use it, I knew that it wouldn't quite fit in with this particular wall of color. So I opted for keeping the majority of the primitive colors Lisa used, while switching out a few to more vibrant hues in an effort to keep up with the other Edens. (To the left is Frances Eden, and underneath is Paradise Lost.)(Would you believe that it just now occurred to me that Frances Eden's last name is Eden? Am I the only one who didn't notice the coincidence?)
I'm off to do a little weeding (Mom, quit snickering… okay, a lot of weeding!), and then perhaps take a walk around the lake. But when I get back, I do believe I'll stitch until I can stand it no more. 🙂
What beautiful framing for your beautiful stitching – congrats!
Laurie in Iowa
GORGEOUS!!!! I cannot wait to see it in person! Omg..and your A&E is wonderful, too! I love them all, especially with your new walls. LLLLLY
Just gorgeous, Paulette!!! I’m in awe.
♥ marylin ♥
My dear God as beautiful works! It is exceptional to see such beauty! I am under the spell points, but also executives who are beautiful!! Your fan from FRANCE
WOW!!! It is great!!! Hello from Russia! Nika
Gorgeous gorgeous!! Wow! That’s a king sized bed?! Wow, DB is a big girl! lol! Love seeing your A&Es too. Love the frame Jill used on your A&E.
WOW! Dutch Beauty is a beauty. I would be spending lots of time in the bedroom just looking at her. What an accomplishment!
Your other finishes and framed pieces are also lovely.
Yes, each time I finish something, I also want to start something else
Wow, Paulette! It is stunning! Beautiful stitching and the frame really is perfect for it. Seriously, I’m in awe!
Your SB A&E is beautiful, too, and has another great frame.
So, what next?
What an amazing piece! Simply stunning!
Le rat des fils
C’est géant, c’est magnifique !
Dutch Beauty is just stunning! What an accomplishment!
I love how you added just touches of colour to Lisa’s A+E!
Beautiful — -all of them are absolutely beautiful. I bet you are right about the original stitcher — I bet she’d point out every spot she did “wrong.”
I’m curious — just how long do you have to stitch to reach the point of “standing it no more?” lol
I’m from Holland but I’ve never seen this before. its beautiful !!
What a beautiful piece! Lucky you….
So, so pretty!!!!! Love them both :-).
Oh Paulette, Dutch Beauty is out of this world beautiful !!!!!! I love it and the frame is just so perfect for it. Thanks for showing it to us. I love all your other framings too.
Dutch Beauty is absolutely breathtaking and it looks beautiful in your room…
Dutch Beauty is ginormous! That was a “Butt Load” (technical stitching term) of stitching. I love the flag peacock.
Breathtaking, Paulette. You have so many gifts, it’s no wonder you have little time for ‘weeding’. 😉 Cathryn
Dutch Beauty is amazing Paulette!! I,too am overwhelmed by what these young girls could accomplish. They’ve done a beautiful job on the framing. I had no idea that it was as large as it is! Gorgeous!!!
Lovely work on your A&E as well!
Your Dutch Beauty is wicked cool. The A&E wall must be looking fabulous too.
Amazing Paulette!! It is such a stunning sampler, and the moulding is just perfect. What a masterpiece.
I also just love your A&E, so pretty, and it holds its own quite well with the other two.
Did you stitch Dutch Beauty in DMC? Or pick other fibers? It’s lovely!
Dutch Beauty is even more beautiful framed. Enjoy it!
Paulette – I am always amazed when I see DB – it is so gorgeous and the framing is just exquisite. I also love the frame choice on your PN A&E – I have this one started and am into the tree but I just can’t stay on it – I lose interest very quickly – I actually love the colors so I don’t know what my problem is. Cheers ! Mel
It’s a beautiful pattern that’s beautifully stitched and framed !!
Magnifique sampler hollandais
pouvez-vous me dire où on peut trouver la grille ?
joli blog que je découvre
This sampler is wonderful. Is there a chart. We no longer have a shop here, so I can’t really ask anyone. There are some others on Pinterest that I’m wondering if there is a chart. How do we find them?
This is beautiful!!! Very inspiring