Thursday, February 27, 2020

To Market, To Market....

Hi Everyone!  It's that time of year again...   We all know March means lots of new releases for the Nashville Needlework Market!  Lots of eye candy for sure!

I have a few new samplers to present this year.  Photos are below and more details can be found in the links to the right ------------------->

Miss Mary Barker 1830 reproduction sampler - I just loved these two birds when I saw the antique!  I think they should be given names... any suggestions?  The colors just pop on this sampler!  There are a few specialty stitches, a couple of eyelets and some over one but just a bit here and there.  There are also some queen stitches in the red flowers along the bottom but I have also included a cross stitch alternative for those wanting to keep it simple :))


Here is another Mary sampler, Miss Mary Dickinson 1842 reproduction sampler - In this sampler I loved the cotton candy colors used and how the house reminded me of the Victorian style houses with painted trim we see today.  The verse said a lot to me and I think Mary wanted her true friends to remember her as they knew her in their hearts.  It is unusual to see a sampler stitched by a 17 year old.  I truly wish there was more to learn about Mary.  I did research the verse and found that it was popularly used on transferware in the late 1700s and early 1800s, examples of which are included in the chart.  


And my third new release is a sweet reproduction of an antique wool work sampler, E. Dalton 1847 - The Beekeeper's Cottage - I thought it was such a sweet scene with the red-roof cottage and bee skeps with bees buzzing about.  What an idyllic little place!  Looks like the perfect little cottage for a stitching retreat!  I stitched two versions for models, one was done on perforated paper and the other was done on linen, both with DMC threads.  The first one I finished with a layered look on a wooden decorative board and the second I sent to Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher, for some wonderful finishing magic!  She made a beautiful flat fold presentation with Lady Dot Creates trim.  






There are so many wonderful new releases coming out this March at Market!  We are truly so fortunate to have such an array of choices to suit all of our stitching moods!  

Happy Stitching Always!  







Saturday, December 21, 2019

Choose Joy

Well, hello there!  It's been quite a while! 

I have been busy working on a couple of models for the Nashville Market 2020 so I will have more info on those in a couple of months.  But after finishing my last model I was inspired to create a sweet ornament, a freebie gift to you, called Choose Joy. 



 I have chosen to make it into a perforated paper ornament but it would also be real cute done as a small pincushion.  The stitch count is 51 wide x 43 high. 


Here is a little sneak peek of the model I just finished and it has been sent off to the framer.  Lots of pretty colors, like springtime! 


I am looking forward to the New Year and working on my WIPs, and especially starting on the Ann Roberts Sampler SAL which I will be leading in the Our Sampler Years facebook group.  Each month we will be doing a part of it so I look forward to sharing it with you as we all stitch along!  


For more info about the sampler please visit Hands Across the Sea Samplers website here.


It seems like winter has already come out in full force here in the Northeast!  We are all covered in ice..... it is soooo very sparkly and beautiful!  but cold!!!


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! and Happy 2020!!  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chatting about Lucy and Gertrude

Recently I had a wonderful chat with Gary and Christine of We Talk Fiber about Lucy and Gertrude and samplers and stitching!  They are doing a giveaway of a Lucy Calcutt chart and there is still time to enter by March 18th!  You can access the podcast here

Be sure to check out the other podcasts at We Talk Fiber.  There have been some wonderful interviews with those in the trade and with needleworkers, from stitching to knitting and everything in between!


Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  May the luck of the Irish be with you today and always!  

Wishing you happy stitches always xxxxx

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Market fun with Lucy and Gertrude!

It is hard to believe it is already a week since the Nashville Needlework Market!  It came and went so very quickly but it was great fun to experience the Market and meet everyone in person!  I met friends and stitchers I have known from online communities as well as shop owners from all around the U.S. and even Australia! 

My Lucy Calcutt 1825 model was on display along with my new release, Gertrude's Garden.  Please ask your local needlework shop for them or you can also get them directly from me.  For more info on Lucy please click here! and for info on Gertrude please click here!  


I also got to meet Kimberly, the owner of Sassy Jacks Stitchery!  Here we are together with Lucy....  She will have both Lucy and Gertrude on display at her shop in Asheville, NC so if you are in that area please stop in to see them in person!  


It was so fabulous to see what all the designers were offering for Market and I couldn't help but bring some goodies home with me.............


Before heading back home I fast-tracked it around Nashville to see some of the sights.... I finally got to visit the Johnny Cash Museum (high on the bucket list!) and the Ryman Auditorium and had a delicious BBQ lunch.  I was amazed that even at 11 am in the morning Nashville was a-buzz with live music coming out of every place I passed.  What a fun town!  I hope I can get back to experience more of it some time.  


So I am back home and planning on a peaceful weekend!  And I wish you all the same!  

Happy Stitches Always xxxxx






Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What's New!

Hi Everyone! 

This weekend I am headed to the Nashville Needlework Market with my new sampler, Gertrude's Garden!  A really sweet reproduction sampler at 142 x 175 stitches! 


A sweet couple next to their home with windmills, flowers, birds and critters.  A wonderful palette of nine colors. I also think Gertrude's Garden would look fabulous done monochromatic in one color of choice.  I stitched the model on 36 ct Lakeside linen in Light Exampler with DMC thread.  I have also provided a silk conversion to Au ver a Soie d'Alger.  The chart is printed in full-color and includes photos of the original sampler.  



Please let your local needlework shop know if you want Gertrude's Garden sampler chart.  And, if you will be attending the market please be sure to stop by and say hi!  The models for both Gertrude's Garden and Lucy Calcutt 1825 will be on display.  

Wishing you happy stitches always! xxxxx






Monday, September 25, 2017

Lucy heads to the Attic!

Thanks so much for all of your comments and love for Lucy!  Her colors are so cheerful she brings a smile whenever I see her.  Now she is on her way to Attic Needleworks in Mesa, Arizona! 


She will be on display there 'hanging' with their fabulous sampler collection through January so if you stop by the Attic please snap a pic with her and hashtag it on Instagram... #lucyandme  ...I would love to know who visits her! 


I was so happy to see that Ellen from With My Needle started Lucy right away!  It was such a surprise to see her recent pic on Instagram.....  She is off and running on the border :))  Ellen is using 36 count antique ivory linen for her Lucy.  Beautiful!!


This weekend in the Our Sampler Years facebook group we had a 'What's in Your Hoop?' weekend party!  So I picked up this WIP, Blackbird's Quaker Garden, while watching the Global Citizen Festival from NYC.  A great day of awareness and music!   




Wishing you a great week full of happy stitches!  xxxx


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Introducing Lucy!

I am so excited to finally introduce Lucy!

Miss Lucy Calcutt 1825 - originally stitched by Lucy when she was only 8 years old!  Wow!


Lucy Calcutt 1825

So many beautiful colors...pinks, purples, reds, they all just pop on the linen!  With flowers and sweet animals every bit is filled with happiness!



I stitched the model in all cross stitch, just as Lucy did, on 36 ct Light Examplar Lakeside Linen with DMC threads.  My adapted reproduction was charted using photos of the antique and matching colors as closely as possible - not as easy as I thought!  I sent her off to Sherri and Terri at Total Framing in Fairfax, Virginia and they helped me pick out just the right frame.




She is a biggie!!  Such a happy sampler and I am so thrilled to finally share my finish!  It has been an exciting process of learning to chart an antique sampler and be the first to stitch it since Lucy did herself in 1825!  And, I am happy to be able to make the sampler chart available for others to do so as well!  


For more sampler details and info on how to purchase please click here!  

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and happy stitches always xxxx