Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Mary Barker 1830 conversion update!


As I am stitching along on my #MondayswithMary I noticed that two of the silk colors were noted in the wrong place!  All the colors are correct but the 693 and 763 NPI need to be swapped.  

Here is a snap of my progress through last night with the colors noted above.  

Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience!  

Here is an updated conversion list with the NPI color numbers in the correct place!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

#MondayswithMary !

Hello there! I hope you are all enjoying your Summer! and for those down under... Winter! We are coming around the corner to #SamplerSeptember very soon! My Miss Mary Barker 1830 model is on display at Attic Needleworks in Mesa, AZ so if you visit be sure to take a look-see! The model was stitched using dmc thread but I have now created a silk NPI conversion! The conversion is noted on the Mary Barker tab ----------> but here is a look at the pretty colors and my start from Monday night. I thought it would be great fun to have #MondayswithMary heading into #SamplerSeptember so come along and join me if you like! On Miss Mary Barker, or perhaps another sweet 'Mary' sampler!
In the meantime, I have been busy working on a few of my favorite Wips! Here is my August update on the Martha Dawson Sampler which is being done as a stitch a long following a month-to-month schedule. If interested in more info please find the Our Sampler Years group on Facebook. I have monthly Stitch with Me videos as we make progress along the year!  I am using 100/3 au ver a soie silk on 40 count Old Sheep linen from XJudesign.  
Next up is pic with me! holding my progress on Those Who Sing by the Drawn Thread.  Such a fun stitch, I love all the birds and the pretty flowers done in satin stitch.  I am doing this also as a stitch a long as a birthday SAL with Colette (Highway stitcher on Flosstube) as we both share the same birthday!  This is the second year we have had a dedicated stitch a long for our birthday year.  I am using the silk package from the Drawn Thread which was mostly Dinky Dyes silk - which I absolutely loved!  On 40 count zweigart Summer Khaki linen.  

I did have a finish in July!  - I was so surprised at how quickly this sampler stitched up!  This is Ann Gott from NeedleWorkPress which is a dedicated stitch a long from Attic Needleworks this year.  I chose to change the verse and add my initials, and also changed the Bandana color to dmc 816 for a brighter pop of red.  I stitched this on 40 count Abecedarian linen from R and R Reproductions.  

And last night I wasn't sure what WiP to pull out next but settled on one I haven't seen in quite some time.... Elizabeth Furniss from Hands Across the Sea Samplers.  I fell in love all over again with her.  I am doing my sampler in dmc thread on 40 count vintage country mocha linen.  I have some ideas to change things up but we will see how it goes.  I love my bling-y needleminder!

Some other beautiful Hands Across the Sea Sampler charts have made their way across the ocean to me too!  So many samplers so little time.  I have gotten the silks to do Harriett Godhard so maybe soon there will be a start!  And, that Jane Hopkins with those flowers!  I have the dmc all ready to go on that one too!  

So aside from stitching I have been getting out more and more lately.  I went in to NYC for the first time since beginning of 2020.  I went to one of the Van Gogh experiences and it sure was! Such an amazing visualization in combination of sound and reflection.  Highly recommend!  

I also visited one of my favorite, happy places near my home... Candlewood Lake in Connecticut!  Always so relaxing to sit by the lake!  

The colors have been fantastic this Summer, the flowers have been really soaking up the sunshine!  

And I was surprised to find this display at my local Michael's store!  A whole rack of Anchor threads!  I am looking forward to trying some.  It even provides the dmc coordinating color so if the dmc thread is out there is another option!  

I think that catches things up for now!  Some things to look forward to.... I have a new release planned for next month.... something very RED!  

You can also find me @juststitchingalong on Instagram.   Hope you will join me on #MondayswithMary !  

Take care and Be well!  

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Be Thankful Always

Happy Thanksgiving!  

I thought today was the perfect day to share this sampler with you.  A freebie sampler from me to you!

Miss Mary Yerger 1859 is a sweet Pennsylvania German sampler that I reproduced from my personal collection.  I stitched the model almost as Mary had stitched her own structuring some of the motifs and letters to give it some balance.  I have also adapted it to add a special message at the bottom, Be Thankful Always!  

I stitched the model on 32 count Apple Brown linen from R&R Reproductions using Ginny Thompson Flower Thread.  A fun thread to work with, one strand is comparable to using two strands of DMC thread.  They come already wound on floss cards and very easy to unwind as needed.  

I have also provided a DMC conversion so Mary Yerger's sampler can be stitched on any fabric of your choosing!   Here is the DMC color conversion:  

You can access the pdf of the chart here !


You can also find my updates for Just Stitching Along on Instagram @JustStitchingAlong 

I wish you all a wonderful holiday, albeit a different kind of holiday this year.  

Be well and stay safe! 


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