Mary Glover that is.
Can you remember when Emmanuel offered up this lovely SAL, way back in 2011? There were so many stitcher's taking part, it seemed that everywhere you looked you would see Mary.
As usual I started with great enthusiasm but, also as usual, fell by the wayside.
First it was the over one stitching, I hate over one stitching, although it does look fabulous when it's done, so I suppose it's worth all that effort.
Next it was the rice stitch that sent me into a panic, but there was no need for me to get into a flap because it was actually quite easy once I started it, and very enjoyable to do :-)
Finishing the rice stitched panel spurned me on to finish the sampler, that's when it I came a cropper yet again.
I trotted off to the framers with my newly finished piece, got her all laid out to choose a frame but all the time I was thinking that something wasn't quite right, so I took her home to check.
When I came into the SAL I think others were already on the second part and for some reason, (and I have absolutely no idea why) I started stitching down a way from the top and never went back to finish, so I was 3 lines missing! Thank goodness I noticed in time otherwise it could have been an expensive mistake!
I promptly banished Mary to the cupboard in disgust where she lay forlorn and forgotten for nearly another 12 months.
A couple of weeks ago whilst having a clear out I once again came upon poor forgotten Mary and decided that I had punished her long enough, she deserved to be finished and put on show.
I left off the two little straight stitched motifs at the bottom because I preferred the look without them I also dabbed a tea bag all over the finished stitching to give a more aged look.
Close up of the frame
So, yeah, there is something about Mary, she's beautiful, and I love her, but was also a pain in the ass, lol.