Sunday, June 15, 2014

Take a peek at Barbara Sarudy's blog "It's About Time:  Sewing Outdoors 1800-1900s."  She's posted beautiful paintings of women stitching, sewing and knitting outdoors. Look at the beautiful embroidery in this painting by Russian artist Sergei Vinogradov.


Monday, May 5, 2014

New Sampler Books!

It's always exciting to get new sampler books!  There are two new ones from recent exhibits.

The first is from the Biggs Museum of American Art in Delaware.  Go to the museum's Web site to order,  Click the shopping cart on the right side of the page and then enter Sampler in the search box.  The books are due to ship around the middle of May.

The second book is from Pilgrim Hall Museum.  Again, go to the museum's Web site,, to order.  Click Shop and then enter Sampler in the search box.  Not only can you order the book but there are sampler reproduction kits and sampler note cards available.  You can also call the museum shop and place your order over the phone, 508.746.1620.  The books are available now.
Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition

Both promise to be terrific books.  Enjoy!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Looking For Some Fun?

Good Morning Sampler Friends!
    I wanted to let you know about a couple of free stitch-a-longs that are getting ready to start on a couple of designer's blogs.
    The first is from Donna at By The Bay Needle Art. You can access the list of materials here.  Donna does those amazing stylized New England pieces and the Funky Bird Series.
    I have done 2 of her mystery SALs before.

Here are the other 2 SALs that Donna has hosted on her blog. She designs them so that they can fit in a 5X7 frame and I have found ones that are perfect at Hobby Lobby. Donna's colors and the way that she uses specialty stitches are wonderful. Won't you stitch-a-long with me?
This is the next SAL and it is from Blackbird Designs. I love the soft delicate colors in this piece. If you have stitched BBD designs before one of the things that makes them so wonderful is the overdyes and color palates that they use. You can see the information about the SAL here.

  So what are you waiting for? Do some stash diving now and pull the supplies for these wonderful projects!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Praiseworthy Stitches Workshop Payment Due May 15th


Hello Fellow Praiseworthy Stitches Fans,

We are a few weeks away from our Praiseworthy Stitches workshop which will be held on June 14th!  Quite a few people have signed up to take the class and believe me, it looks like it will be a total FunFest!  

If you have already paid for the class…thank you!  If, however, you haven’t gotten around to it yet, would you mind putting it on the top of your priority list?  

I need you to send a check to Chris Lynch for the amount of $130…NO LATER THAN MAY 15TH.  Please make the check payable to Chris and she will get the money where it is supposed to be.  I will send Chris’ mailing address to you by email.  

Thanks for taking care of this!

Happy Stitching, 

Robin L.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stitching Nancy Jhonson

If you joined us on the road trip yesterday you went home with the chart for the Nancy Jhonson sampler and a piece of 30ct. linen to stitch your sampler on.
I started stitching her a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to share my journey and some things that I have noticed on the chart.
  There were 2 different colors of linen in the kit. The yellower fabric is parchment and the light color is linen. I have been stitching mine on the light linen color.
I have used the charted DMC colors except in one place. The majority of the sampler is stitched with 2 strands of floss over 2 linen threads. The over one section is stitched with one strand of floss.
   The symbol for the navy color on the graph is a triangle but on the color key it is a /. Just keep looking at the color picture too.
   The V, W, X and Y and the dividing band above them is supposed to be DMC #712. This color is almost the exact color of the linen so I used DMC #644 instead.
   I hope that this helps in your stitching of this sampler. I look forward to seeing some finishes posted here.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Road Trip Recap

  Today's guild meeting was our annual road trip. This year's destination was Raliegh,  NC.
The day started here at the Mordecai House. This beautiful house is the oldest house in the city of Raliegh standing on it's original foundation.
The oldest part of the house dates from 1785.
   The Mordecai family also had a Girls School in Warrenton,  NC. The house has 4 samplers on display. One of the samplers is the Nancy Jhonson sampler.
We were allowed to pass the original sampler around in her frame and spend a little time with her. Susan S. generously provided charts of this sampler for each of the guild members to take home as a souvenir of the road trip. Weeks Dye Works also donated the linen for each member to stitch their own copy of this sampler. Thank you Miranda and Susan for this generous gift.
  The Mordecai park also contains other structures that have been moved to the park to preserve them. There is a plantation chapel from Chatham County.
  And there is the Andrew Jackson house. Andrew Jackson lived here as an infant with his family. The building was the kitchen house of a hotel in Raliegh. They occupied the 2nd floor.
Here we all are out front of the house.
   After the house tour it was off to take a tour of the city.
All aboard!
   This trolley took us on an hour long tour  of Raliegh. The tour gave us a wonderful overview of the city. Raliegh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
This is the shimmer wall. Raliegh is the oak city and the oak is depicted on this building. The picture is made up of all these small louvers and when the wind moves across them it shimmers and the tree branches move. Very cool!
  After the tour it was time for lunch.
What a perfect day to sit outside.
After lunch it was off to Ornamentea.
Lots of beads, charms and other wonderful craft items. The store has lots of different classes. The best sampler stitcher find at the store were pieces of mica that you can use for windows or a pond for your sampler just like some of those amazing 17th century pieces.
  A few of the group went on to Lone Star Mercantile to do some more shopping.
   It was a perfect day. Thank you to Susan S. for all the planning of the road trip and making it a success. Those who could not attend, you were missed!
  So, where should we go next year?


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Delaware Sampler exhibit

As many of you know, Mom and I recently made a trip to Delaware to see the sampler exhibit at the Biggs Museum in Dover, and to attend the associated symposium.  It was a wonderful trip, and if any of you have the chance to travel that direction, I strongly encourage you to find the time to stop by and take in all the stitching loveliness.

One sampler even has a tie to North Carolina!  Margaret Jane Cross was born in Virginia and lived in North Carolina for part of her life.  She stitched her sampler in 1829, and it bears strong resemblances to other samplers stitched at the Bowers' School in Lewes, Delaware.  Although the researchers for the exhibit could not find evidence that Margaret Jane attended the school, it is known that she had relatives in Delaware.  So she most likely either attended school in Delaware, or a graduate from the school came south and taught Miss Cross.

Taking photos in a museum is always a challenge, but here is the sampler, best as I could capture.

You can read more about the exhibit here: Wrought With Careful Hand