Friday, August 10, 2012

The Graue Mill

Last fall, while visiting my husband's native Chicago, we took a little detour on our trip to our hotel  from O'Hare. My husband was raised in the suburbs, in Downers Grove to be exact, and has fond memories of the Graue Mill, which is located in the neighboring town of Oak Brook. Knowing that a sampler by the same name (and in the mill's collection) was on my To Stitch Bucket List, he was all to happy to show me this lovely old mill.
Graue Mill
Oak Brook, Illinois
He said the old girl looks a lot better than he remembered. Apparently, there has been some restoration. And while the sampler bearing her name was not on display, it was fun to look around. Old mills are pretty interesting places, even if they don't have a sampler squirreled away somewhere. 

Graue Mill
Oak Brook, Illinois

Last month I stitched the Graue Mill Sampler, reproduced by Threads Through Time. Isn't she lovely? Stitched on the heels of Ann Rayner, I was happy not to have to work a single alphabet. Miss Rayner stitched  six on hers. Mercy.

The Graue Mill Sampler by Threads Through Time
Stitched on 40-count Lakeside Linen using
Needlepoint Inc Silk and Planet Earth Fibers Silk
Now the fun of choosing the next project. As the temperature is going to soar to 115 today, I think it sounds like the perfect indoor activity. Autumn cannot come soon enough. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Katrina said...

Too much fun and I love the sampler :-).

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oooh, what a lovely, old mill! It rekindles my fondness for the Midwest...specifically the Great Lakes area. The old, fieldstone & cobblestone buildings, a covered bridge along the way, and all-around quaintness, is tucked safely within my heart.
I LOVE your sampler...and feel certain that is it a fine addition to your home.
Happy day to you...
Most warmly,

Deb said...

Oh how I love this sampler!!! I'm going to have to try to find the pattern. Much less labor intensive than Ann Raynor. I just finished stitching Ann not long ago, but six alphaabets is a little much, don't you think. I just love the Graue Mill Sampler!

merumo said...

Hi Joy,
I didn't know you are back to blogging! What a nice discovery!! Your sampler is beautiful. Love it!!!!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Gorgeous finish, Joy! I am ordering it today.