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!



The next meeting of the Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild is October 18th.  It will be held at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.  Please plan to arrive no later that 9:45am, so that the meeting can begin promptly at 10:00am.  Louise Henderson will be in charge of the meeting.  More information will follow this post, so be on the lookout!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Announcing the SECOND Annual Yard Sale! Saturday, August 9, 2014!!!

As you know, this Saturday, August 9th,  is our second annual Yard Sale!!!!!   It's time to go through your stitching supplies and gather those items that you no longer want, need or are just tired of looking at and bring them to the sale.

Are you tired of feeling guilty about the projects that you will never finish?  What about those charts that you just had to have, but now wish you had passed up? Do you have any stitching books that you no longer want? Extra fabric…threads…stitching accessories?  Bring it all to the sale! You know what they say:  "One stitcher's "trash" is another stitcher's treasure!".  

Be merciless in your decisions.  Get rid of anything and everything that has prevented you from moving forward in your stitching passion!  It is time for you to have a clean slate!  

All items will be sold for a dollar and the proceeds from our sale will go towards the cost of upcoming workshops or Guild events.     

We will meet at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library, located at 1420 Price Park Dr.  Please plan to be there by 9:45am so that you will have plenty of time to get your sale items ready to be rifled through by stitch-crazy women!  As always, our meeting will start promptly at 10:00am. 

In addition to our world famous Yard Sale, we will also hold a business meeting. This Guild is your Guild and we want our meetings to reflect your desires, needs and wishes.  So, come prepared with meeting, workshop and road trip ideas. Nothing is out of bounds, so get creative…really creative!  

As always, there is an optional lunch after the meeting.  (Location?  To Be Announced).  

Aren't you excited?!?  I sure am!!!  See you Saturday!!!

Robin L.

PS.  Bring a lot of dollar bills!  

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!