Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Asheboro Female Academy

Below is a link to an article in the Asheboro Courier-Tribune about the effort to save the Asheboro Female Academy building.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

August Meeting

Hello everyone!  Our next guild meeting will be here before you know it!  Make sure to mark your calendar now so that you don't forget it.

When: Saturday, August 8, at 10:00 am
Where: Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Library, 1420 Price Park Drive, same meeting room as we usually meet in.

The Agenda:
1- Annual Yardsale... Bring your unwanted patterns or stitching supplies.  Bring plenty of dollar bills!  As in the past, we will use the proceeds to help fund future education programs for the guild.
2- Business Meeting... we'll be discussing next year's meeting dates and plans.
3- Program... What do Indiana Jones and Plymouth Rock have to do with early 19th century female education in Fayetteville, North Carolina?  Robin Patrick will give an answer to that question in a brief presentation of her ongoing research on Fayetteville female schools and teachers.

I hope to see most, if not all, of you in August!

Friday, June 12, 2015


Hi everybody!  We've had too many people who were not able to go at the last minute, and not enough people able to go.  The trip to Hope Plantation tomorrow is canceled.  Hopefully we will be able to reschedule for a time that works better for more people in the group since I know so many of you wanted to go but just couldn't on this particular weekend.  Have a great weekend, whatever you're up to!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

June Meeting

Hi everybody!  You should have received an email from me a few weeks ago about the trip to Hope Plantation.  If not, please comment here or send me an email so that I can make sure you get any messages I send out in the future.

Our June meeting is fast approaching.  This month we will be taking a road trip to Hope Plantation in Windsor, NC.  I'm sure many of you remember Robin L mentioned this plantation a few months ago.  They have a collection of samplers made in here North Carolina.  All of them are quite charming, and some of them are just stunning.

The details: we will be meeting at Hope Plantation at approximately 12noon on Saturday, June 13.  Bring a picnic lunch and we will enjoy a lovely al fresco meal on the plantation grounds.  I will provide a chocolate dessert. :)  Afterwards, we will enjoy a tour of the houses at the plantation, and, of course, enjoy an up close look at the samplers, which our host has generously agreed to bring out for our inspection.  The cost is a mere $6, plus food and gas.  Afterwards, we have the option of heading back to Greensboro, or heading on to Edenton to take a look at the historic buildings in the town and maybe spy another sampler.

So far, we only have a small group of seven going.  If anyone else is interested, we'd love to have you join us! Regardless, I hope you all have a wonderful, stitch-filled month!

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.