Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I have finished my In Friendship Sampler. 

I took the last stitches in it on Friday. I started it after we moved up here to Muskoka and we’ve been here just over 2 months. Not bad considering there are a lot of tiny stitches in it. We went out to a local art store in Huntsville that does framing and I chose a frame for it. So once the frame comes in I can get it done and up on the wall. The last bit of stitching was this bird holding a strawberry in its mouth. 

That strawberry is done over 1 thread. This fabric was 36 count, which means there are 36 threads per inch. My 4x magnifying glasses were essential in doing this whole piece, but especially that strawberry.

While working on the In Friendship piece I set aside the Harbour Village from Victoria Sampler. I also had to order threads for this one since I ran out of the black and the white threads needed to do a lot of the buildings. I ordered those at the same time as the threads for In Friendship so they would be here when I needed them. I suspect I am going to need more of the black before this is done. Of course I could always substitute something else. I’ll wait and see what happens. I could probably use a cotton black in places where it is the only stitching. I also have some of the Onyx colour left from the In Friendship sampler which is a black with tones of grey in it that would work for some roofs. I’m on a don’t order anything unless absolutely necessary diet at the moment, so that might be the way to go.

This coming week has the potential to be a busy one. There are plans to go blueberry picking and then make some blueberry jam on Thursday and Friday. Our grand daughter was at day camp all last week so we had a good rest. I think I am going to continue that resting today and quietly stitch some more on my village. My dear friend Susan and her husband were able to drop in on their way out to the east coast. It was so good to see them after way too many years apart. So much to catch up on even though we keep in touch through facebook messenger. It isn’t the same, but it is so much better than when they first moved and we were dependent on snail mail letters or expensive long distance phone calls. (sigh)

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.


  1. I love the finished sampler and the frame that you chose. No one but you will know that you substituted some colors and it will make those roofs more interesting. Enjoy your stitching!

  2. Your finished sampler came out so beautiful - and the quotation is true. How beautiful! I agree with Cathie, changes in the thread will only be noticed by you and may even add a bit of texture. Your work is so lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Wow, your finished In Friendship Sampler is a beauty! The frame you chose complements your lovely stitching perfectly. Wonderful you had a lovely visit with your friend after such a long time. Blueberry picking, then making jam....sounds both fun and delicious. Enjoy stitching your Harbour Village pretty; it is looking fabulous.

  4. Gorgeous stitching, and wonderful finish!

  5. Wow great job on finishing that sampler so quickly Cathy!! It is beautiful!

  6. Congrats on the finish. Looking forward to seeing it framed.


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