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.  This weekend I snapped a selfie with her because she is heading out of town.... 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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's New and Exciting!

Hi there!   It sure has been a long, long time-- a whole year in fact! 

When last I posted I was working on Lucy, charting and stitching my first reproduction sampler.  Well, she is a BIG girl and I have started and stopped and have given you a few sneak peeks along the way...  Here is one last sneak peek! 

Building up a red house and near the finish line!  I am looking forward to finally revealing her soon to all of you.  So stay tuned!  If you would like to see the other sneak peeks of Lucy please click on the label at the end of the post.  

In between stitching I have been going to some fun markets.  This was my first year visiting the Penn Dry Goods Market in Pennsylvania.  I signed up for six of the lectures and learned so much about the history of floral samplers, Moravian needlework, Mary Linwood and more.  If you have not heard of Mary Linwood check out this link.  It was a fascinating series as well as a great market with wonderful quilts and antiques.  

Penn Dry Goods Market 2017
And just last weekend I had a great time in Rhinebeck NY for the annual Country Living Fair.  It was a perfect day for walking the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.  There were so many unique items.  Lots of inspiration everywhere!  

Rhinebeck Country Living Fair 2017

So that's a quick peek into what's new and exciting here!  

Have a great week!!  Wishing you miles of smiles............

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring has finally Sprung!

It has taken quite some time, but Spring has finally arrived.  There is color everywhere now!  

It has been a few months now since I have last updated the blog.  I have been doing some stitching, really I have!  Even through the winter, I found some places to go and fun things to do.

I visited the Cloisters in NYC, a museum that is part of the MET that has medieval artifacts.  It was my first visit there and so amazing to see the displays and pieces from centuries ago!  There was also an antique card exhibit on display going back to the 1400s!  Most of them were hand drawn or hand painted.  There were some glorious tapestries to be seen, including the famous unicorn tapestries.  

I always manage to fit music in my life.... I visited Daryl's House twice! 

First, seeing James Maddock, and, then again, for a Johnny Cash tribute on Johnny Cash's birthday! 

Lots of fun!!  

In order to get into Spring fever mode I went to two flower shows!  

First, was to the Macy's annual flower show in Herald Square NYC.  The theme this year was America the Beautiful and the displays were GORGEOUS!  From Lady Liberty's torch to the Golden Gate Bridge and everywhere in between I was amazed at how they transformed the department store into a flower extravaganza!  

From Macy's in the heart of Manhattan I then zipped up to the Bronx to the NY Botanical Garden to see the annual orchid show... Orchidelirium!  

Orchids in every color and shape and bursting in beautiful color!  

Just a few weeks ago I found a Spring quilt show in Southbury CT by the Piecemaker's Guild.  

Such an amazing array of talent and designs to be found..... from cats, to VW beetle van :), to a calendar quilt, even the Kiss by Klimt!  

Just last weekend I went out with family and friends for some weekend fun.  We went to the local German restaurant and enjoyed a beer and good eats.  

The was even a stein locker for the regulars to keep their mugs at the ready!  

And Gigi says Hello! while she is enjoying her cat nip carrot!  :D

And on to the stitching world....  

Our Sampler Years facebook group has been growing and having fun each weekend with Sampler party weekends celebrating different designers or having stitch-ins!  Please join us to be part of all the fun!  

We have also created a dedicated blog, Our Sampler Years blog, for the group where we post featured interviews.   Please take a visit to see our most recent interviews with Margriet of The Essamplaire and Brendon from Linen and Threads in Australia and more!  

And, last but not least at all!  My stitching project!  I am still working diligently on Miss Lucy.  Here are a few more sneak peeks and I am hoping to be releasing her this summer!!  

This sampler is such a joy to be working on.  It is so colorful, I think the young girl who stitched it almost two centuries ago used her linen and thread as her coloring book!  

I wish you all happy Spring days with lots of pretty blooms and pretty stitches!!  xxxx