Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nancy Jhonson

Here is my finish of Miss Nancy Jhonson from the Mordecai House in Raliegh.
Does anyone else have this finished or in their WIP stack?

I think that one of the Praiseworthy Stitches class kits will be in my WIP stack soon.

Happy Stitching!


Friday, April 24, 2015


The April meeting of the Guild was held at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston Salem, NC.
20 members from the Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild and the Charlotte Sampler Guild attended. 
Jenny Garwood from MESDA had set out  a great assortment of samplers for us to study.
MESDA is in the process of installing a permanent needlework gallery so if you visit you should be able to see many of these pieces. The piece in the picture above is of Mt. Vernon and was featured in an article in SANQ.
Here is a piece from the Raleigh Female Academy.
This is a sampler from Oxford, NC and was reproduced in the Summer 2013 issue of SANQ. I think that I will need to pull out that issue and kit this one up. 

Now to Kentucky...
So pretty!
MESDA turns 50 this year. If you visit towards the end of the year all the gallery work that they are doing will be completed. 
This Georgia sampler that Jenny is telling us about will be part of the MESDA textile   symposium that will be held in Athens, GA in January 2016. You can check the MESDA website for information on the event.
  I am always inspired to stitch after seeing other needlework like this.
When I choose a reproduction sampler to stitch it is usually because I have seen the original in person and maybe I have learned something about the stitcher or where she was from or what life was like for her. It adds another dimension to my stitching. How do you decide what you are going to stitch? Is there a motif? Did the stitcher live near you?
It was a wonderful day spent with friends and beautiful needlework. Those who could not attend were missed.

Thank you Cissy Smith for arranging the outing and to Jenny Garwood and MESDA for sharing their treasures with the Guild.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

4,400 samplers online

Hello everyone!  This link was shared on Carriage House Sampling's blog, and I thought y'all would enjoy it as well.  There are a few North Carolina samplers on here that are in the hands of private collectors, and quite a few other interesting and beautiful pieces.  There are even samplers from Hawaii!  I have only made it about a third of the way through so far, but it's definitely worth a few hours browsing time if you are in a sampler kind of mood.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weather 1: Sampler Guild 0

I hope everyone is safe and warm and taking advantage of some extra stitching time today!  Cissy just called me and pointed out that, not only are the temperatures staying below freezing for the rest of the week (meaning that all this ice isn't going anywhere very quickly), but there is a good chance that even more bad weather will hit us this weekend.  So... we are not having our meeting this weekend.  I am quite bummed as I was really looking forward to seeing Cissy's collection, but never fear, we are moving the meeting back by two weeks.  March 7, we will try this again.  Same time, same location, same agenda.

Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you right after Nashville Market!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

February Meeting Information

      I hope everyone is ready to enjoy morning tea and see some wonderful antiques at our next meeting!  We will be meeting at Cissy Smith's house to hear about (and see) her wonderful collection of antique sewing tools and samplers.  In addition, we will be playing "Name That Stitch," using one of Cissy's antiques with a few 'mystery' techniques.  

    Do you have a favorite antique sewing tool or accessory?  We would love to see it! Please feel free to bring your antique for show and tell.  Our discovery time will be followed by tea and light snacks with plenty of time for socializing.  Check your email for a signup list for bringing food.

We have invited members of the Carolina Sampler Guild in Charlotte to join us. This promises to be a fun (and educational) event!

When: 10:00 am, Saturday, February 21 
Where: the home of Cissy Smith (email Cissy or Robin Patrick for the address/directions if you need them)
What to bring: a magnifier if you want to play "Name That Stitch"
                       an antique sewing tool or accessory for "Show and Tell"
                       whatever food item you sign up for

   Hope to see you there!

PS.  Mark your calendar for the April meeting, which will be Saturday, April 11.  Details coming soon-ish.

Friday, December 5, 2014

3rd Annual Christmas Breakfast and Freebie Exchange

Hello Sampler Friends.
   It is time once again for our annual Christmas Breakfast.

When: Saturday December 13th, 2014
Time: 10am
Place: Elizabeth Hurd's house
Please contact Elizabeth for what else is needed for the meal.

Freebie exchange will take place again.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Antiquing, Stem/Outline Stitch and Seed Stitch 101 - October 18, 2014

After seeing Myra's antiqued box, I knew I had to learn how to do it myself. After painting my own little box, I thought you might like to do it also. But, I wanted something special for the top. After participating in the stitching of the Jamestown jacket, I knew it was just the thing.  

I have two books in my collection with designs taken from girls' workbooks. Your design has been chosen to fit the little box. The color of the box will be Williamsburg blue and we will use one of the new antique colors of silk (created by Trish Nyguen, inspired by 17th century samplers) to stitch the design. We will learn how to Outline and Stem Stitch the outer line of the design and then use the Seed Stitch for shading the leaves and flowers.  

I will bring all of the materials to the meeting. The kits will cost $10.50 and they include:

1 spool each of Soie Perlee and Aux Ver Au Soie 1003 in a blue green (think dark Williamsburg Blue)
1 - 4" oval box
2 bottles of paint - blue and black
2 sponge brushes
1 #10 crewel needle
1 piece of 40-ct. Alba Maxima white linen (8" x 8" or 9" x 9"), depending on whichever size cuts the most equal.  

If you plan to participate in the class, please be prepared to pay for your materials at that time.  

If, however, you are not taking the class, pack your stitching project and come to the meeting anyway. We want to see you!

See you the the 18th!  Can't wait!