Friday, January 23, 2015

Hand carved sampler frame

    It has been a very busy start for this new year. After Christmas  (I survived!) I got swamped with orders for stitched and framed motto samplers and I am almost done with those orders. In between all of those I have managed to start on a new sampler pattern and also a new hand carved frame. I have a beautiful antique frame that I used for my Welcome Spring sampler if you remember. Here is the picture again.
I have been carving the Adirondack frames for my motto samplers for 9 years and I wanted another large frame for my Youth's Flowery Season Sampler I did last year. My son made the frame for me. It is a little larger than a standard 16 x 20 frame (stitched it on 32ct and should have been 36 and it would have fit) so I got out the carving tools and I am half done with the frame. Here is a progress picture of the fancy top part

I hope to have it finished this weekend as I am anxious to see it stained. I am also doing drawings of the next frame I want to do with a slightly different design of my own. Will I sell these? Not sure yet. They take almost a week to carve so I don't know...they may be too expensive for most people. If I had just the frame to carve it wouldn't take so long but I have to keep stopping to do ebay orders and other things....and these arthritic hands can only do so much. I would love to do wood carving full time if I had the hands for it. I guess I should have started carving 40 years ago!

I hope all of you are enjoying new projects this year.....I love to hear from you so drop me a line or two  when you have the time.
                                                 Nancy

34 comments:

  1. So Beautiful !! You have so many talents to be proud of !! I love it all ! If you do carve a frame I would like to be the first (or as close as possible) on you order list :) This is my official pre-order request :) Just Stunning !!!

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    1. I am still considering doing the frames....of course you can have any custom size to fit your needlework.....we will see how it goes! Thanks so much.

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  2. So beautiful!! But where do you find the time??!! Laura

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! You are one of many talents. I so appreciate anything done by hand especially in this day and time.

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  4. Stunning frame and the sampler is beautiful! x

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  5. stunning absolutely stunning!

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  6. You do amazing work! Your talents are a blessing and I'm so glad you share them.
    ~Jessica

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  7. Amazing frame! You are so talented!

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  8. Your talents and skills are amazing, Nancy! Your frame is gorgeous and I look forward to seeing it finished and stained.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

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  9. What amazing artistic talents. You are surely blessed! Thanks for Sharing with us.

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  10. Beautiful frame! You are a Jack of All Trades, Nancy. Designing, stitching, dyeing, carving... Would love to see your new design - in your new frame. :)
    Thank you.
    Katya

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  11. Wow! Is there anything that you DON'T do? :-) It's beautiful!!

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  12. Your frame is exquisite Nancy. How do you do it all, what's your secret?

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    1. I use the talent that God so graciously gave me. When my life is through I will be able to tell him I used all the talent he gave me. Thank you all for the kind compliments on the frame.

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  13. Wow!! That is beautiful--actually BOTH are beautiful!! Can't get over them! I THINK I have a hand carved frame that I found in an antique shop in Maryland... going to go look at it again... Hugs!

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  14. The frame is so beautiful! A true work of art! You are so talented!

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  15. you're just a "jill" of all trades!!

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  16. Beautiful frame and sampler. Lovely work.

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  17. Your embroidery is very beautiful and a wonderful setting.What an efforet to create a beautiful setting congratulations hugs from Belgium Marie-Claire

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  18. All I can say is "wow"! You have amazing talents. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  19. Beautiful stitchery and frame. I love that style of frame :)

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  20. Okay you are one super woman. I didn't know you hand craved the frames yourself. It's gorgeous Nancy! WOW!!! love Annette

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  21. WOW! Love the needlework and the frame! You are so very talented and the work you do is exquisite!

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  22. El sampler es hermoso, pero el marco lo es mucho más,felicidades

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  23. Yow-za! Beautiful!!!
    Hugs
    xxxx

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  24. Wow! You carve too! Your frame is beautiful.

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  25. Is there anything you can't do?! ;-)

    The frame is going to be gorgeous.

    I look forward to seeing the new sampler design.

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  26. It was so good to hear from you. Judy S said that you have been very busy just as I figured. Love the frames you are carving. I have an antique one that is carved; I will take a photo of it sometime and email it to you just in case it is different than the ones you have. Hope you have a great weekend, and take care.

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  27. Amazing! You are so creative that it just bubbles up and flows out to so many different areas.Wish I had half of your ability.

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  28. Nancy, that is amazing! I am impressed...woodcarving no less!

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  29. What a talent! I don't consider myself talented just because I can follow a pattern. This is true talent! Let me know if you need any help with your floss!

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  30. Seriously, you carve as well? Where does your talent end, my friend!
    BEAUTIFUL

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