Ann Womack

After a long hiatus from my needlework, my recent decision to take the shop to Pakenham Stitch! has brought my stitching mojo back.

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Over the past 6 or 7 weeks I have been working on Ann Womack, from Shakespeare’s Peddler.  Originally stitched in 1838, Ann Womack is a gorgeous monochromatic sampler consisting of 5 alphabets, one of which is over one, a verse and a number of motifs.  The suggested fabric is a 40ct linen from Lakeside Linens, and the thread is a NPI red silk.

Having neither the thread, nor the fabric in my stash, I was not going to leave “Ann” in the someday pile.  Looking through my stash, I came across a piece of 32ct hand-dyed linen from Silkweavers.

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Many moons ago I collected different pieces of linen through Silkweavers.  the colour I have used is called Sandcastle.  Fortunately the cut is large enough for this sampler, though there is a little less fudge room around the outside of the linen than I like.

Next came the thread selection.  With a strong fascination with red samplers, I have a tendency to collect red threads.  This time I am using a Valdani 6 stranded cotton from my personal collection.  Knowing that it is a reasonably large sampler (223×223 stitches), I needed to make sure I had enough thread from the same dyelot, which made this thread the perfect choice.  I have 2 x 10yard skeins.

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Since the 7th of July I have found myself regularly stitching on this project.  It is a lot of fun, and something that gives the opportunity to practice mindfulness.

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Next time:  How I am approaching the stitching of this project, and why.

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