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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Beyond the Little X - An Interview with Bob of Winderwood Farm!

This month we sit down with Bob of Winderwood Farm.  Bob has been stitching Scarlet Letter samplers for years and is sharing some of his wonderful finishes with us.  You will not believe what his first sampler was…. he definitely jumped in with both feet!  I hope you enjoy his interesting story! 

How old were you when you first picked up a needle and who taught you to stitch?  What was the first sampler that you stitched?

I started stitching when I was 23, newly married, I was at the Strong museum in Rochester, New York and they had the original sampler of the Shepherdess.  In the gift shop they had a repro kit by the Examplarery.  I had to buy it and try, and I was hooked!  No one told me I needed a beginners one to start with.  However, I stitched this with no problems, that’s because I did not know any better!

What is your favorite time of day to stitch?

Any time I can steal to stitch is a good time.  Somehow most of the time I have is in the evening.  I just need to know when to stop and go to bed!


Do you sit in a set place and what tools do you like to have on hand?

At the moment the living room is being redone so I sit where ever I can to stitch. Normally I have my corner where I have a side table and my wingback chair.  On the table I have a three drawer spool box where I keep my scissors, tomato pin cushion and needle threader in along with my glasses.  I have little toys in the box I get out from time to time like my sewing bird.

Mary Gail

Do you use the stick and stab technique, or a sewing stitch?

Stick and stab...

Do you prefer to stitch in hand, or with a hoop or frame?

I use a frame on a floor stand.  I have ordered the millennium frames, floor and table stands as well… just awaiting their arrival. Seventeen years ago I lost my dominate arm to infection, having just the dumb one left I needed to figure out how I was going to continue to stitch.  The first thing I did coming home from the hospital was to grab a tomato pin cushion and a loran needle threader.  I put my pin in the cushion, slid the threader through the eye of the needle and laid my floss upon it.  It worked!!  Next was a floor stand and I was back stitching!

Damaris Underwood

What is your favorite linen and thread?

I have a couple of yards of a hand-woven uneven linen.  This is my all time favorite. I can no longer get it so I do not use it often.

My favorite thread is silk.  I am fussy, I use silk, danish flower thread or wool that I dye myself.  Nothing else.

Have you tried specialty stitches and do you have a favorite?

I have tried almost every stitch I have been able to find.  I like most but my favorite is the queen stitch, I think it looks wonderful stitched on a piece.

Scottish Sampler

When did you discover the Scarlet Letter?
I found the Scarlet Letter in 1989 when I bought a catalog but did not order.  At that time my children were little and there was no extra money. I was able to start purchasing in the early nineties.

Boscobel Oak

What was the first Scarlet Letter sampler you stitched?

The chimney piece.  I thought it was a wonderful piece and enjoyed stitching it.

What is your favourite period of sampler-making and why? 

17th and 18th century, because I like the looks of this time period and the pictures on many are just awesome! I like so many I need four lifetimes!

Abigail Gould

Currently Bob is working on Ruthy Rogers and making wonderful progress……

Ruthy Rogers in progress

Amazing stitching on all, Bob!  And I agree with you, I need four lifetimes too to stitch all that I wish to!  Thank you so much for sharing your story.  You are truly an inspiration to us.  We look forward to your stitching updates. 

Bob is very generous to sponsor this month’s giveaway so remember to post an update to be included in the drawing!


Nicola said...

I have so much respect for Bob and all he has acheived. A great interview, thank you for sharing with us Bob.

Vera said...

I agree with Nicola. Thank you Bob and Krista for a great/fun interview. Your stitching is gorgeous Bob.

Elaine Wimberly said...

Great interview! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

Lanie said...

Oh my goodness, Bob, what beautiful work you do!!! Your story of 'finding a way' is truly inspiring ... thank you!

samplerlover said...

What a great interview. Bob's stitching is really stunning. He has done some bof my favorite SL Samplers.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Bob has my utmost respect and admiration. I injured my non-dominate arm in 1997. I was not allowed to stitch for 3 years. At least now I am able to use both hands - although I must limit the time spent stitching.

Bob is Awesome!

Erica near Chicago said...

Thanks for sharing. It is nice to see another Justice.

Heritage Hall said...

I admire Bob's daring do and gumption...If this were a case of reincarnation, it would not surprise me if Bob were one of those male embroiderers working on
a King's ceremonial robes.... his work is that extensive and professional..... Thank you for
sharing this wonderful interview.

Bhooma said...

What a great interview! Loved reading it.

Elizabeth said...

Really enjoyed your interview Bob. You are such an inspiration.

KB said...

Bob you certainly are an inspiration. I truly admire and respect your desire to overcome adversity and continue to stitch!! You certainly are a living example of "When there is a will there is a way" Thank you for sharing your story with all of us..

zenuwpees said...

Les broderies sont magnifique et un bon reportage felicitation bonne broderie Marie-Claire

Margaret said...

What an inspirational story! Thanks so much for the interview. Love seeing all your gorgeous stitching!

Cindy L said...

Thank you for another wonderful interview! Bob, you are so inspirational to all. I enjoy seeing your stitching updates.

Bethany said...

Wow, when we least expect to learn a story of great inspiration, we get it in this months interview. Bob, what a wonderful addition you make to this blog and your first sampler, I can't believe. I look forward to seeing what the years have for us to look forward to.

Winderwoodfarm said...

To everyone who belongs to this little community. I want to thank you because I have been able to put my energy ,passion and love of history into these samplers and others. Todays designs are tomrrows antiques! I put the best material I can afford into my pieces as most of you do because we stitch these in hopes they will last 3 to 400 years. To be able to share with everyone is just Awesome! In the past the only to talk about stitching with were the weekend refrig magnet stitchers. They did not understand the disire, passion and love for this. You are the insperation to stitch more and more, like a addiction it only grows!
Thank you for being there!
Bob Winderwoodfarm