Saturday, July 11, 2015

Question about how to get started

I have a question. I am just starting to stitch the whole alphabet in 3 rows of 9 and was wondering how far apart do I stitch each letter to make it all line up even?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Wonderful Conclusion

I thought this day would never come, but here it finally is with the most wonderful sense of conclusion. I am so thankful to have stumbled across the beautiful work of so many women who came together to stitch the Prairie Schooler Alphabet.

I wanted my sampler to reflect my love of mystery and the thrill of discovery; and came up with the idea of an I Spy an Alphabet theme.

Hidden within my 15" x 15" margins, (28ct Natural Linen), are 26 Alphabet Letters, 26 Alphabet Words, 26 Spelling Bees, and 26 Alphabet Motifs all taken from the original patterns. So can you find them all?

I tell you I make my own self giggle as I come up short each time I try and count the bees! I will tell you I have been tricky with my purposeful misleading placement of words and motifs. There is one glaring mistake in the sampler that is original to the patterns. Did everyone catch it as they stitched? It took me awhile to notice.

Spoiler Alert: Here are the answers:

WORDS:  Arrow, Bark, Compass, Dog, Eagle, Flag, Grape, Hour, Indian Corn, Joy, Key, Leaf, Moo, Nest, Oriole, Pineapple, Quip, Rain, Soar, Tweet, Umbrella (2, Because you always need a backup!), Vine, Welcome, X-Stitch, Yarn, Zinnia.
MOTIFS: A-anchor, B-bee hive, C-compass, D-dog, E-eagle, F-flag (Backwards per original pattern), G-grapes, H-Heart-in-Hand, I-Indian, J-Jack-o-Lantern, K-kitty, L-leaf, M-moon, N-next, O-owl
(In tree.), P-pineapple, Q-quilt block, R-radish, S-sewing basket, T-thistle, U-umbrella, V-vine (Parrot's cage), W-watering can, X-X-Stitch (The Entire Piece!), Y-yarn, Z-zinnia.

Thank you so much ladies for letting me join in on the fun that is the Prairie Schooler ABC Bee. It was a joyful experience. Elizabeth

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Big Question!

I truly feel as though I am in a race to the FINISH and all the other horses are trying to crowd me out. My goal with my sampler is to contain within it's 15" border: 26 Alphabet Letters, 26 Large Motifs, 26 Over-one Thread Motifs, and 26 Alphabet Words. Whew! See what I mean?

To create a bit of order, I am stitching all of the Alphabet Words in DMC 221. I have also positioned them purposefully only threads apart from one of the motifs. You just can't have words floating about!

I'm giggling to myself at how I have had to remind myself to move my Q-Snap often so as not to over stitch one particular area. The big question now is where on earth will I squeeze in J for Jonquil and it's corresponding motif! Happy Stitching to you All!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Stitching in the New Year

I hope your holidays were blessed with the joys of family and friends, good food and celebrations, and stitching, of course! With holiday preparations now in the past, I have pulled out my ABC Sampler with the intentions of a New Year Finish. What was getting old to stitch is now new with possibilities.

I have had the most fun choosing my favorite alphabet motifs and finding clever ways to insert a representative for each letter.Some items are stitched over one, such as the crabs and fish in this photo, to add a fun element to finding each alphabet.

You may be surprised to learn there isn't any template I am following to place various elements other than to count the number of threads between the outside edges of two areas stitched, divide in half, and stitch my  design beginning with it's center. Too much space left above a motif provides an opportunity to stitch over one.  When this piece is completed, I plan to begin one using PS Halloween motifs. Perhaps you will want to join me! See you soon, Elizabeth

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I Spy an ABC

It turns out Col. Mustard was a bigger culprit than first imagined. My yard of fabric simply did me in! But I have so admired the beautiful samplers I have watched take shape on the pages of this blog, that I had to devise a stitching plan that would work for me.

I do hope you will allow me to share my progress on my I Spy ABC sampler. Within the borders of my 13"x13", 28ct Natural Raw linen square, I will have something from each pattern represented. Some of the motifs will be stitched over one thread, such as the pumpkin and the crab seen in this photo, (sans the crumb the little crab has latched on to). The actual alphabet letters will be placed in the open spaces.

By the way, has anyone else wondered why the "F" for Fox has such long ears? It seems this sampler continues to be filled with mystery! I hope you will enjoy watching my sampler unfold.

Monday, October 20, 2014

First Row is Complete!

I was delighted to put the final stitch in I is for Indian today, as that means I have finished the first row.  Hoorah! I started this project mid-January 2015.  It takes me about one month to stitch a block.

I am stitching it on 36ct Belfast linen in a raw colour.  I am using mostly the recommended DMC threads in 2 over 2.  It is a devine project. I cannot wait to start the next row.  I will be stitching J is for Jack O'Lantern over Halloween which is perfect timing.

I hope you enjoy my photos. How are your alphabets going out there fellow readers?

Jan x

Monday, August 18, 2014

Col. Mustard with the Zinnia in the Stitching Room

Vacation Days delayed my start, but the ABC Sampler is now firmly a member of my stitching rotation. The behemoth has affectionately become known as "The Big Mustard" for it's similarity in color to the kitchen condiment readily found in any well stocked pantry. In all seriousness though I just love the color! It's simply wonderful paired with everyone's favorite 3371. Colors that would otherwise fade into the background simply pop off the fabric. Will I be this enamored by J K L ? Oh well, I'm in love for now.....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Greetings From the Heart of Ohio!

Hello, My name is Elizabeth, and I am so very excited to have discovered this wonderful place to share in the journey that is the Prairie Schooler ABC Sampler. I wish to extend heartfelt thanks to Jan of Australia for her graciousness in sharing many tips I have already found helpful.

I have purchased an entire yard of Wilchet's 32ct Desert Sand, and will be stitching over two threads with the called for DMC colors.

Are you a rotational stitcher? I definitely am, and this sampler will wend it's way among Mirabilia's Cinderella, Long Dog Sampler's Dawn Chorus; and have you signed up for Country Cottage's Ornament of the Month Club? I know! There's a whole lot of stitching to be done. I would love to here what your projects are. Thank you so very much Vonna for letting me join your lovely group!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Enjoying this new start

I have just started to sew this amazing ABC series - I have been following you all sewing away and was really wanting to begin but I could not get hold of G-H-I as this pattern was out of print.  However PS have just done a small reprint and I have now got the "full house" so I am up and running and loving it!
I am sewing on 32 count Antique White Jobelin using DMC but with a few substitutions here and there as I go along.  I am sewing 3 across by 9 down - we are fast running out of wall space so I believe that a long sampler will be easier to find a home for than a wide one!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Can't wait to get started!  Still wait for my order to arrive.  I'm so excited.  Should be here on Friday . I have seen some of your pictures they are so wonderful.  Rachelle

Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm on my way to start the whole ABC

I've order a yard of lambswool linen for the alphabet.  I have my patterns except for G*H*I.  Does any one knows where I can get it?  I can't wait to receive my order to get started.
     I'm will be doing my alphabet on individual pillow for a display shadow box.   Rachelle

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beginner of ---"The Whole ABC "

Hello,  I am from Canada.  I'm excited to be part of the Prairie Schooler ABC Stitching Bee.  I Would Like to do the whole alphabet.  I would like to know what I need to get started?  Rachelle

Thursday, April 17, 2014

YES...The Whole Alphabet Started

       Greetings from south africa :)
i'm so excited to be a part of this lovely group...
             ...and very delighted that i started this lovely project :)
"The prairie Schooler" A B C...,,
            with my dear friend JAN ... she inspired me to start this sweetie <3
i will stitch the whole alphabet on one picec of much fun :)
...& wanted to share the start of this one with you....
i love it
        Have a nice day
    love cucki xxx

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Whole Alphabet is started...

A few months ago I stitched L is for Leaves as a single piece. Now I have started stitching the whole alphabet. I am stitching this using most of the recommended DMC threads on 36 count raw linen using 2 threads over 2.  I stitch on this design whenever I can as I am really enjoying it. Kevin from Cabbages and Kings blog is stitching this in a cyber SAL with myself and some local friends.

A is for Anchor is finished except for the actual "A". I haven't decided what colour to stitch it yet.  The recommended DMC thread 3857 is very dark so I don't think the A will stand out if I use it. I think I will decide after I have stitched a few letters.  I have swapped a few colours in this piece.  The crab I stitched in a salmon red DMC 3830 as I felt it was more lifelike.  I also swapped the 3857 thread for 221 on the left anchor.

I have stitched about one-third of the next letter too, B is for Blackbird. The mother and baby blackbirds are darlings on top of the pie. So far I have used the recommended colours.

Until next time, happy alphabet stitching…
                                                 Jan x 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Time to share!

Hello all

I've been lurking on this blog for a few months now whilst working on the ABC and I have finally managed to get camera, batteries, memory card and laptop all in the same place, so here are some pictures of my progress. Kevin's post that he was starting prompted me to share my work so far, but apologies the photos aren't that great.

I started working on it in October, when the clocks went back in the UK and winter officially started. I'm doing it all on one piece of Zweigart 25 count floba raw, with one thread. The middle row is nearly all complete - see what you think.

I'm loving the results - as a Brit, there are a few letters which seem "very" American to me, if you know what I mean - no offence!  But the overall look is great and makes a nice change from a lot of the other run of the mill cross stitch designs out there.

Happy stitching!

best wishes


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Finally starting!

I'm very excited to announce I'm FINALLY going to start working on my PS Alphabet! Today I'm getting everything organized, prepping my fabric, sorting flosses, etc  I'll "officially" begin this week.  Big thanks to my friend Jan out in Cyberspace for letting me stitch along with her face to face group as they work on this project together.  It always helps to have encouragement and motivation - especially on large projects like this.
And, I'm willing to help encourage or motivate anybody else who is out there in Cyberspace who may want to start this as well or pick up where they left off, etc.  Just shoot me a message or comment right here if you're interested in stitching along.  Happy stitching!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

L is for Leaves

I am happy to report that I have finished L is for Leaves.  Such a pretty deer frolicking in the forest. I will frame this piece as a separate letter.
L is for Leaves
32 count antique white linen 2 over 2

Now that it is finished I am even more eager to stitch the whole alphabet on one piece of fabric.  I have a local friend who is going to join me in my quest which will be inspiring and hopefully keep us motivated.

All I have to do is decide on fabric count, alphabet configuration, and to use half or full cross stitch.  So many decisions!!! The hints and tips posted on this blog are very helpful.

Happy stitching…
                       Jan x

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's Finished!!

My first 2014 Finish!
Prairie Schooler Alphabet
Ecru Congress Cloth
My own overdye cotton floss conversion
Stitched entirely in tent/basketweave stitches

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My First Letter...

Hello dear group members,

L is for Leaves is growing well.  I have stitched three quarters of it.  I am stitching this with friends, working on it once every three weeks.  Delighted in how it is turning out. Actually, so delighted I will definitely stitch the whole alphabet on one piece of linen!

L is for Leaves
Stitched on 32 ct linen
Using 2 strands recommended DMC threads

Thank you for viewing :)
                                  Jan x

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Getting close to the end.

On 40 count Maritime White Lakeside linen. One over two. I will be bereft when this is finished!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's Been A While

Here is the latest on my Prairie Schooler ABC project.
Just a reminder-ecru Congress cloth and my own conversion to mostly overdyed threads-GAST & WDW. Stitching in tent stitch.

Here is what it looks like all the way to the far left side.
I really would like to finish this project by the end of this year.
Let's see some other updates!

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Few More Letters...

Yikes, the last time that I posted on my progress was February 17, 2010.  Yes, you read that right 2010 ~ that is terrible! At that time I had complete the letter "A" and a tiny bit of "B"

I love this design and truly want to complete it so I am committed to finding time to work on it.

Today my progress looks like this:




See you when more progress is done on this monster projects!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Can't wait to start this!

I have all my supplies gathered now - all the DMC flosses, fabric and charts - now I am dying to start!  I promised myself I must complete at least one of my WIP's before I start this project, BUT I'm thinking maybe a rotation will be the way to go with this project.  I just need to sit down with a pencil and paper and write up some kind of rotation schedule.

Is anyone else just starting this or still working on theirs?

Also, for those of you who stitch with a rotation, what works best for you?  Do you choose certain days to work on each piece of your WIP's, or do you switch projects after getting to various benchmarks of each project?   I've never really done a rotation before - I'm just really bad about picking up whatever calls to me at a given moment and start working on that until the next project seems to want or need my attention!  Lol.  I think I definitely have ADD when it comes to my stitching.  It's fun, but I never seem to accomplish or FINISH much this way!  ;-)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hello, newbie and question regarding frames or hoops

Hi, I'm new to the blog and excited to get started. I have a question about what holders/stands you use. I was thinking of using the Needlework System 4 lap/table stand and Q snap holder. Does anyone use this combo? Also, how large will my fabric be if I'm doing 9 across and 3 down on 28 count evenweave or linen? If you're doing it similarly, are you doing each block with a wooden hoop, plastic tension hoop, scroll frame (what size?) or this System 4 setup? I love the idea of the Q Snaps, but how do you know what size to invest in? I mean, they go from 6" to whatever, so I can't figure out whether I need a little one or a big one. Suggestions?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I have been a busy little stitching bee...

PS "D"

I finished "D is for Drum"

And made a start on "E is for Embroidery"


It has been slow progress, but I am working on it, steadily, once again :-)


Sunday, August 5, 2012

6 of them...


here is my work...

Next week I'm in holiday, I hope I will finish "P for parrot" one of my favorite patterns ;-))

And Bravo to all of you for your stitching!!

"see you soon"

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I have been working steadily, and have some real progress to show for it...


Like Syd, I am stitching on a 25ct 1x1, so it is slow going. 

I honestly think that I have frogged more stitches than I have wrought, but I am pushing ahead, none the less, and I am still loving this WIP. 

I am in awe of the progress that has been made by all...high fives all around! 


Monday, July 9, 2012

One Down, Twenty-Six to Go

I've finished A and have made start on B.


Tonight I plan to begin filling in the pie.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

here is mine...

1/1 on Cashel platinum

I just finish Z for Zinnia.. I will "jump" to R for Rabbit..

I really love this alphabet, as I finish one letter I have the impression to start a new project with a new letter..

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Start

Here is my progress so far on the Prairie Schooler ABC's.  A bit of a slow go since I decided to do this over one - but I am seeing some progress.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The second block for me..

PS alphabet stitch 1/1 on cashel linen platinum with DMC threads
H for Honey...
I made a mistake on the grass under the hive..never mind...
I really don't know if I will stitch the bee at the top..

For the letters I won't stich the brown's an alphabet so it is important to see them.
stitching 1/1 the letters disappear into the background.

Q is on my hoop

Have a nice day

Véro L

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hi, Well I decided that I need to get back on this since I finished the letter A then bearly went onto the letter J & this was back in April 2010. I didn't realize it has been so long! I am now only a few stitches away from finishing J. Using Antique White 40ct NewCastle and loving it! I hope I can post a pic for you all soon.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Here is my first one !!!


My first letter is finish!!, as I stich 1/1 from right to left, I start with the "I" Indian corn.

It takes only 5 days to stitch it ;-)))
I don't know if I will stitch 3371 DMC in letters's blocks so..I wait a while before stitching the letter
1/1 on cashel linen 28 count
I will continue with H for Honey...a speedy design I think...!!!
Have a nice Day
Véro L
(Sorry for my english)

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Hi all :-) I've just finished G is for Garden, but after seeing the stunning finishes on here, I've decided to stitch them all together in 9x3 on 32ct Ivory over 2. It'll be big, but I think it will be fantastic.

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

M is for Mermaid

I finally finished my M is for Mermaid - that's 4 out of 26. Slowly but surely making my way towards the end. Stitched on a random scrap of cashel linen, unknown color. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

ready to start..

As I change of mind about linen...I prefer to stitch on a Cashel 28ct Platinum.., I will stitch a 9x3 pattern.
With my Xstitch software I create the general chart..

"see you soon"

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bonjour from Lyon in France

Hello I'm Véronique ( Véro L).
I really happy to join this group.
As I recently finish a large red Alphabet (picture on my blog), I would like to start a new big project.
I'm quite crazy about PS's designs so..I'm sure I will be able to finish this one.

For the linen, I have a large piece of french natural linen from Gander it's a 30 count.
I will stitch 1/1 a 4x7 pattern with DMC threads.
See you soon with a picture of my stitching.

my blog: Mon aguille
Have a nice WE

Monday, March 12, 2012

"A" Is For...


I finally finished my first letter...woot woot!
I finished the letter "A" and started on the letter "B."

I gave up on the letter "N" and a dead middle start (after the 7th attempt and multiple froggings) and decided to just start at the beginning...and that was the right decision.

I am still stitching in a 9 x 3 pattern, on 25 ct Oatmeal Floba using the charted floss, however I see what many of you wise gals have noted about the letter colors being a bit too dark, but I went with the charting anyway...and now, I am not so sure about the color of the letter "A," as it is really hard to see, but I hate to rip-it since the 1 x 1 makes it really hard to remove.

Any thoughts on what you would do would be so appreciated.

Once I got my groove, I am really enjoying this WIP, and I looove the Floba's such a dream to stitch on.
I can't wait to pick it up and stitch each day.

Ma Teakettle

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Complete

Hi Everyone, I finally made a start and here is 'A' finished :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm New Here

H, I'm Syd. 

I've joined your group and can't wait to get started.  I have ordered my charts.  If I was at home during the day would probably be stalking the mailman.  I'm sure they'll arrive soon.

I haven't selected a fabric yet but am fairly confident that I have something in my stash that will work.  I am planning to stitch 9 letters across and 3 down for my layout.

I was toying with the idea of combining the alphabet with the PS monthly patterns but the math was making my head hurt!  I could figure out one side but not the others.  If anyone else has figured this out I'd love to see their interpretation. 

My blog is if you are interested in looking at my other posts. 

Thanks for including me in your group.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Itty Bitty Start

Prairie Schooler "N"
My picture is crummy and doesn't do the colors justice =(
I have had a slow start and even slower progress, but here is what I have so far.

I am stitching all of the letters on one piece of 25 ct Potato Lugana fabric, using the charted DMC floss in a 1 x 1.

I am finding this WIP to be a very fun challenge, and I can't wait to sit down each day to work on it some more!

I will keep you updated on my progress.

I am just awed by everyone's progress as I now see how much it entails, and I especially adore your personal touches....brilliant!

Thanks for allowing me to join you all.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

S is for Sewing Complete

Please excuse my happy fingers.

Prairie Scooler, S is for Sewing block.

I hit the idiot key on my computer and deleted my post.

(Jackie :-(