Mary Wigham: Part 15


We are taking a little detour from quilting today. Please allow me to show you one of the other things (besides quilting) I am working on. It’s been ages since I posted about my Mary Wigham progress. For those who are new to this blog, Mary Wigham was charted by Needleprint as one of the reproduction Ackworth School Girl Samplers. This picture is from the last time I posted about Mary:


Truth be known, I all but abandoned my stitching in the last few months until few weeks ago. I have been sneaking in stitches here and there during playtime with Miss Baby. Each motif that you see added since my last progress picture generally took about a week to complete. There were days I could only stitch a sum total of five stitches, when Miss Baby was needier than usual. My thinking is as long as I keep adding stitches to the sampler, it will eventually get done… so here is the latest:


So far, stitching the beige tone-on-tone motif has been the hardest because it was hard at times to differentiate the floss from the linen during stitching. I could only stitch this one during the daytime because it was just too hard to see at night.


I am generally not a baby blue person, but that baby blue motif touched my heart.


Each of these motifs aren’t very big – you can see one of them side by side with a penny. I am stitching on 32-count lambswool linen.

I enjoy all forms of needlework. I have been tempted to take up tatting recently, but seriously, I don’t need yet another hobby! So, I shall stick with what I currently pursue for now. :)

Curious mind wants to know if there are quilters out there that also enjoy other forms of needlework. I want to hear from you – tell me the projects you are working on so that I can further tempt myself. :)

24 thoughts on “Mary Wigham: Part 15

  1. Hello Ms Busy Lady! Needlework was my first love. Now it has to share the space with quilting. I’m a little slower at needlework now; eyesight has diminished somewhat and over-one is now impossible. I loved all the specialty stitches, even hardanger and heirloom stitching on batiste. Right now I’m working on “Mermaid’s Song” (Thea Dueck, Victorian Sampler). I love working with cashel because the stitches look dimensional. You might want to try needle tatting–much easier than with a shuttle. Your sampler is taking on your personality–very nice!

  2. Oh my this is amazing. I have a few needlepoint canvases somewhere in a bucket. I at one time loved to sit and do this type of work but I think my canvas was much larger than this one you show. I also have some knitting on needles that has to be finished. Also some knitted beaded bags I made six white ones for my granddaughters and daughter for their First Communion and they can use it for their wedding too if that day ever comes. ;) I would love some day to learn Stump work. Hugs

  3. I love quilting but also like to sew clothes and bags… I love bags. I also like to cross-stitch and just learnt how to crochet. However how does one fit all these into one day, week etc…?

  4. I’ve done a lot of crossstitch of photos of children when they are young. It’s great with current software to be able to do that kind of thing.
    I did take up tatting for a moment or two, and weaving also. My loom sits in the attic. I’ve wanted to do hardanger (is that what you call it?) It’s so beautiful. I’m also becoming a smocker ( slowly).
    But besides quilt, I do knit every evening. It’s a nice relaxing pretty much no brainer to end the day.
    The piece you are doing is beautiful.

  5. Hi Wendy
    I do a lot of crossstitch, did some hardanger embroidery last year but would like to do more and have done some swedish weaving as well.
    The piece you are working on is beautiful.
    I’m also getting back into knitting but not enuf time for it all.
    Diana

  6. Crewel; embroidery; macrame; needlepoint; chicken scratch; candlewicking; huckweaving; plastic canvas stitching; counted cross-stitch (I owned a needlework shop!); tatting; knitting; crocheting; latch-hooking; smocking; bobbin lacemaking; garment construction including suit-making, menswear, swimming suits, aerobic-wear; and quilting… What haven’t I tried!? I’ve enjoyed everything throughout my 57 years (58 on Friday!). Thanks for asking. Your petite ccs is lovely. Personally, I’m glad I’m over that phase!

  7. In addition to my quilting/sewing I also do cross stitch (am working on Lizzie Kate’s ‘Time For God’ on 30 count the smallest I have ever gone), hardanger, some needlepoint, knit but no crochet. I did try tatting — too complicated for me. On the sewing I am working on a photo (of her, her husband and granddaughters) wall hanging with embellishments for a girlfriend. This is my first attempt at this type of work. I’ve done Quakers before and really did enjoy them. Your work is beautiful.

  8. I have been a follower of yours for awhile and havent been able to figure out why I was a follower because I am not a quilter, i have enjoyed your site immensly…but I am a cross stitcher and I love your Mary Wigham piece. I have wanted to do it for a long time. Yours is stunning! what an heirloom piece! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

  9. Last year I took up crochet and knitting! And I already have two big plastic bins of wool collected for future projects! I have finished a striped crochet bag and am currently crocheting another bag to keep a project or two in, plus I am crocheting a garden of flowers, just for practice!

    I also enjoy embroidery and stitcheries as well as patchwork and quilting.

    I don’t know what other people to do to fill in time if they don’t have a hobby. I could never understand why people say they are bored, but I realise now that they do not have a passion (hobby) in life. How sad.

  10. Wendy,
    Quilting is my true passion, then cross-stitching.
    I have a Celtic Christmas lady I started cross-stitching years ago…must get busy and finish. Currently working on christmas decoration which is a mitten with a santa face.
    And have many more patterns, kits and threads.
    Plus I do some embroidery, knitting and crochet.
    Plan to knit a dress for my granddaughter for Christmas this year.

  11. You’ve made some progress — and it looks so wonderful. I still can’t believe you’re stitching 1 over 1!!
    I taught myself to tat years ago and, while I enjoyed it, it was quickly overtaken by quilting. For me it’s quilts, quilts and more quilts with a little bit of cross stitch thrown in here and there.

  12. I’m sure your stitch-in-progress will be as amazing as everything else you do :) I try many crafts once, and wait to see the end result. Of course some projects don’t quite go to plan, but at least I know I’ve tried it…my pottery pieces for example….lol… Happy crafting, Jenny

  13. Counted Cross Stitch has been my favorite needle craft for the last 25 years . . . started to quilt just THIS year! I love how your current cross stitch project has a QUILT BLOCK feel to it . . . sneaky, sneaky! You do BEAUTIFUL work <3

  14. Wow, that would be very hard to see. I’m in a section in my cross stitch piece with a few different shades of beige that makes it hard sometimes for me to find my place. It’s funny, when I hold it at arm’s length I can see the shading, but up close with my magnifying lens, they are hard to distinguish.

    I wonder if I am the only non-quilter among your readers. :-) (Maybe someday….) I like paper crafts as well as needle arts.

  15. I tat(haven’t picked that up for awhile), I knit(currently working on a pair of socks). I do embroidery( made some great biscornus for Christmas presents. But mostly I quilt

    Pat in Ny

  16. That is SO beautiful – my eyes would never allow me to do that, daytime or not! I mostly quilt, but also crochet every now and then. And of course I love stitcheries, especially combined with quilting!

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