Monday, 27 October 2008

Hi all.....

Thank you Hazel for this fun opportunity.

"Hi all"~ My name is Carolyne and I'm excited to be a part of this SAL, my very first ever. I have always loved having a needle of some kind in my hands, whether cross stitch, sewing/embroidery or knitting/crochet. I am now a busy 'Grammie' and hope to inspire some creativity with my grands as my Nana did for me.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Hi everyone, I am Joanie

Hi all, my name is Joanie and I live in Upstate NY with my DH and a menagerie of animals. I am 51 years old and cross stitch has been my passion for at least 25+ years. I enjoy all types of designs and designers, some of my favorites (right now) are Mary Garry (if you can find her patterns), Drawn Thread, Blackbird Designs, La-D-Da...and I love Quaker samplers (I have many in my stash), school girl samplers, alphabets and well, just about anything for the seasons.

Thanks to Hazel for allowing me to join this SAL.

I began this sampler when the pattern was initially released and I've stitched on it sporadically since I received it. This is my progress to date. (The picture is dark (sorry) and the quality isn't too great cause my camera is not the best quality either.)

I am stitching it on 32ct Antique White linen with AVAS 4612 (the silks that are recommended). I run hot and cold over the silk color, it's a beatiful shade of burnt orange. Sometime I like it (like today) and other times I think that it's too bright. As I sit and look at it right now, I feel that it looks wonderful. Must be the phase of the moon that's dictating whether I like the color or not.

I will not be working on this until the SAL officially begins because I am now in Christmas present mode. Many things to stitch and create for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve. I am looking forward to the encouragement this group will provide because I want to finish Bea up and start on her companion piece.

Have a good weekend all!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Thread choices

Hello all! I have narrowed my thread choices down to two--both DMC. One is a teal green (3847) and the other is what I call a dark peacock blue (3842). I am going to use the recommended fabric, which I STILL need to order.
As you can tell, I need serious practice with my camera and with taking pictures of needlework.
Have a great weekend :)

Floss Toss

Hi Everyone

I ordered sample threads from HDF, this is the option I am currently considering Zweigart 32ct belfast linen 'cream' ( a bit more yellow than the picture) with the main colour - varigated 1427/1443/3167/69 and one of the componant colours as a highlight. I stiched a motif from the chart and am happy with it so far although I may change my mind before 1/1/09!


Saturday, 18 October 2008

New member

Hi, my name is Debbie and I am in Tallahassee, Florida. I am a single mom to an adult son and and have grandpuppies and grandkitties. I love to stitch and love samplers. I have never actively participated in a SAL before and am really looking forward to this one. I read a lot of blogs and many of your names are familar, so hoping to get to know you all better. I am in the process of ordering my pattern and am not sure of fabric yet, but definitely know that my threads will be in the blue family.

New Member

Hello everyone
I have just joined this SAL, thanks Hazel for inviting me. I am Scottish but I am currently living in Holland. I have had this chart for a few weeks (PDF format) so this will hopefully give me the incentive to start. I have ordered a couple of samples of HDF silks to make a final choice on thread. I have a large piece of 32ct Cream Belfast linen so I will probably use that. The PDF does not give any information on materials, I found the stitch count but does anyone know how much floss is required? - only one colour?

Looking forward to participating

Friday, 17 October 2008


I'm Marian from Louisiana. Glad to be a member of this group. I bought the chart when it first came out and I also have the BP companion.

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I love to read (mysteries, especially
English mysteries), travel and do cross stitch, which is my big passion. I'm also a VERY devoted fan of my favorite football team, the University of Alabama. I was born and raised in Alabama and graduated from there many, many years ago. I'm also the church organist, which is really a keyboard now since Big Bertha hit the wall a couple of years ago. I'm looking forward to retirement in three years so I can have long fingernail and wear a hat every Sunday.

Hope to get to know all of you better in the next year or so and thanks to Hazel for forming this group.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Hi I'm Tracy

Hi everyone my name is Tracy I live in Newcastle upon Tyne with my two cute kitty cats, I've been online buddies with Hazel for a while now and she kindly invited me to join in with this fabulous SAL, I was in two minds whether I really needed another new start but what the heck I'm learning the hard way that life is too short.

I haven't picked out any fabby or threads yet, but I can say I will be stitching 2x2 on 28ct evenweave, just need to decide on a colour scheme. I'm loving seeing everyones colour selection and can't wait till the stitching begins.

Hello Everyone, I'm Terry

I'm from North Carolina and have been stitching for a long time. I enjoy samplers and started Beatrix Potter not long ago, but put her aside in order to do a mystery sampler and a Christmas Present. Hopefully with this starting after the new year and with everyone else's encouragement and progress I will finish her. It really is a joy to stitch. I am using Vikki Clayton Silks and linen. Can't wait to work along with everyone.


Wednesday, 8 October 2008

lots of new stitchers added

I see several new people have joined the blog - hello to all! I'm excited to see all of the choices you've made. I haven't given too much thought to my linen and threads yet - been real busy. I need to get going on it though. I just know I want my threads to be pink or raspberry colored. I'm going to order some samples from Vikki Clayton this week. I would like to do it in silks but they are getting so expensive and Vikki's prices are so good. Wouldn't it be great if we had pieces of all the linen colors at home to work with - it's hard deciding especially when sometimes you can't see it in person.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Hi everyone!

Hi there! Thanks to Hazel for inviting me to join. I found this blog this morning & fell in love with the B. Potter piece. I have emailed asking about the pattern. I already have ordered the floss that I HOPE to use. I will be excited about starting this in the new year!!!! I look forward to getting to know many of you & I am sure I already know some of you!!!


Just thought to introduce Myself, for those who don't know me I'm Rachael *waves*
I haven't decided on fabric or threads yet but I am on the lookout to see what catches my eye.
I do look forward to doing this SAL with you all!

Monday, 6 October 2008

hoping to finish it

I started this ages ago and was making pretty good progress but as always happens I got distracted by new designs.

I'm hoping with all the inspiration here that I will get this finished in 2009!


Sunday, 5 October 2008


Hello everyone

My name is Grace, I live in North Oxfordshire in the UK with my husband, 2 children and a dog!  I hope that this SAL will motivate me to start and complete the BP Quaker, which I was lucky enough to see in person last April at Beatrix Potter's house in Sawrey in the Lake District.  It hangs on the wall in her bedroon behind the door.  It is smaller than you would imagine, with tiny stitches. 

I am planning on using Vikki Clayton (HDF) silks in Fishpepper 4427 and 4425 with White chocolate for the cream accents. I am using the called for Zweigart Antique Ivory, either over 2 on 36ct or over 1 on 28 ct. Not sure yet which to go for, I might have to try out a couple of motifs and see which I like best.

This is the first time that I have joined a SAL or written a blog so steep learning curve for me! If any one can send me an idiot's guide to posting pictures on Blogger I would be most grateful.  (I use an iMac).  Thanks.


Friday, 3 October 2008

Pattern in Hand

I just got my pattern! I can't wait to get started!

Got my chart and supplies....

OOOO I am all excited today as I got my chart from Jacqueline and I received my fabbie and threads a couple of days ago. I decided to use 3 colours, a dark heather and a mid heather and a cream colour on the antique ivory belfast linen. I may also use some beads on the peice too, but I will decide nearer the time how I feel....roll on January!!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Penny from Italy

Hallo, I'm Penny from Italy, I'd like to partecipate to this sal, I love cross stitch and I like Beatrix Potter very much,
I have been stitching for 10 years and love a variety of designers including Jeremiah Junction, Lizzie Kate, Sisters and best friend... At the moment I'm stitching several projects including a monochromatic Christmas sampler, and a Lizzie kate sampler sal that you can see on my blog
I have been married for 7 beautiful years and we have two little flowers named Bianca Maria and Elena Maria 5 and 2 years old. I like cooking, stitching go out for walks and take photographs
... But where do you buy the chart? I can't find it on the web ... they don't make it anymore... Do I tell to this Jaqueline? Sorry but I don't understand well!!! My English isn't very good!!!
Please answer me soon

Huges from Fano Penny.