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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Elizabeth Cox

I thought I would post a progress report on Miss Cox and share a little tip I find useful.

I like to photograph my work, enlarge it, then study it for faults. It seems far easier to notice problems this way.

Can you see how the flash has highlighted the linen showing through the stem stitches on the grassy bank under the gazebo. This is easily remedied by going back over the area with an additional row of stitches here and there.

Does anyone else check their work in this way?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014



     Wishing you a wonderful birthday from all of us.

Monday, 27 October 2014



Wishing you a wonderful birthday from all of us.

Saturday, 25 October 2014


Marsha has just signed a licensing agreement with the State Historical Society of Wisconsin to reproduce this amazing early 18th century sampler made by Mary Hammand in 1732, possibly in Rhode Island.  It should be available in the spring of 2015.

This is going to be another beauty. Spring cannot come soon enough !!!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Thank You Elizabeth

Good Evening Everyone,

I, too, was a lucky winner in the September draw and received from Elizabeth a copy of the Cornelia Ann Vanderveer sampler and a fun Sajou key fob.  How cool is it that the tartan pattern was designed so close to where Elizabeth lives?  It is fabulous and I’ve already put it to good use.  Thank you Elizabeth!

Well, I managed to do absolutely NO stitching while on vacation, and the past week has been brutal.  Work is very busy, but I may have partied just a bit too hard with my friends.  I think I need to take a week off after vacation just for recovery – lol.

I hope to start back up with Dona Dorothea soon.  I’ve missed stitching on her for sure.  I hope to get a bit more done before I head to California in a few weeks (another work trip).

Have a great week!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Thank you, Elizabeth!

I was lucky enough to win one of the draws from last month, the chart Winds on the Wold.  Hmmm, perhaps this may be my next Scarlet Letter project???

And what a surprise, Elizabeth also included a Sajou plaid key chain!  

A big and heartfelt THANK YOU to Elizabeth!  xx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

October's Draw

I sat down some two hours ago to type this post but have been distracted by an auction today of this medallion sampler

There was a guide price of £40 - £60 UK pounds and sold for £1,400.00 !!!

Samplers never cease to amaze me.

The new facebook group is going really well and for anyone who has yet to visit it is worth a look. It seems to be a medium that is easier to post and chat in. Please give it a try.

The draw prize this month has generously been donated by Krista to celebrate her birthday. Thank you dear Krista - your sponsorship is very much appreciated by us all. 

The winner this month is Sonja C. Well done - please can you let me have your choice of chart and address.

Next month's draw is sponsored by Dawn M and is the gorgeous chart of Susey Oliver. Please share your current SL WIP for your name to go into the hat.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Whoopie! The Knox Family Sampler is finished!

Here she is in all her glory:

The Knox Family Sampler - 36ct linen using DMC
Here is another shot:

(Click on image to see detail)

It is hard to see the detail in these photos. There is a variety of stitches used here, long-legged cross stitch, backstitch, zig-zags, and wheatear stitch. The grass is done in a satin stitch. The lettering at the bottom are similar to the top, and are stitched one-over-one. My favorite part is the illuminated letters.

The chart states that it is an "ambitious sampler". I would definitely agree with that! I am very glad that it is finally finished!

Monday, 13 October 2014

A Milestone Birthday for Gentility - BUT WHICH ONE !!!


Wishing you a wonderful birthday from all of us.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Beyond the Little X - An Interview with Bhooma

For our October interview with sit a bit with Bhooma!  No tricks here, only lots of treats from Bhooma about how much she enjoys stitching and a picture walk through her beautiful, diverse stitching of Scarlet Letter samplers and much, much more!

Bhooma, how old were you when you first picked up a needle and who taught you to stitch? 

I was probably around 11 or 12.  I learnt it from my mom.   I also inherited her love of crafts.

Carousel ~ Teresa Wentzler

What was the first sampler that you stitched?

The one that comes to mind is Metta Putfarcken by Sampler Berlin.

Metta Putfarcken 1848 ~ Samplers Berlin

What is your favorite time of day to stitch? 

I could stitch any time of the day but nights are my favorite time. 

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

I usually stitch in my family room.  I am usually spread out on the couch with my stitching paraphernalia all around me.  From my couch I can look outside and watch the birds chirping on the trees.

Angel of Love ~ Lavender & Lace

Angel of Christmas ~ Lavender & Lace

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

I use the stick and stab technique.

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

I use a frame. I would be lost without my millennium frame.

What is your favorite linen and thread?

I like lakeside linen.  Among the hand-dyed linen, Sassy's hand dyed linen is my favorite.  For threads, I like HDF and AVAS silks. 

Long Dog Sampler using HDF silk

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

Yes, I have tried specialty stitches.  I have to say my favorite is Jessica. 

Mery Cox ~ Scarlet Letter

When did you discover the Scarlet Letter?

I was introduced to Scarlet Letter when I saw one on the HDF forum and ordered a couple.   I still haven't stitched them but have added quite a few to my stash :)

What was the first Scarlet Letter sampler you stitched? 

Believe it or not, I stitched my first Scarlet Letter sampler when I joined Nicola’s Scarlet Letter Year challenge!  My first SL finish is A Pattern Record.

A Pattern Record ~ Scarlet Letter

Which designs appeal to you the most?

I like band samplers....

M.Woods 1759

BW1880 ~ Samplers Berlin

ATS 1871 ~ Gigi R Designs

...as well as Quaker style samplers.  

Primera ~ Wiehenburg Samplers

Quaker ~ Wiehenburg Samplers

Any sampler with red and beige color scheme draws my attention.

Papa ~ Samplers Berlin

Do Bears ~ Long Dog Samplers

Gooitie Cornelius 1701 ~ Samplers Berlin

How do you display your stitched samplers?  Do you frame them?  Hang them singularly or in groupings?  

I used to frame my stitched needlework but not anymore.

EH 1875 ~ Samplers Berlin

BKRM 1779 ~ Samplers Berlin

What other types of hand work do you enjoy? 

I knit, crochet and quilt.   But of late, cross stitch has been my focus.  

Needlepoint pictures

Needlepoint sampler

Any guilty secrets to confess? 

I am guilty of licking my floss!!

What has been your worst needlework disaster?

Thankfully, so far, I have not had any needlework disasters!

Dorothea Padies ~ Samplers Berlin

If you can pick just one, which is your favorite sampler that you stitched?  And why?

If I have to pick a favorite among the samplers I stitched, it will be Mette Putfarcken.   Even though the original was stitched in one color, I decided to stitch mine with three colors.  This also was the first one I stitched over one.

Mette Putfarcken 1811-1848

What Scarlet Letter sampler are you currently working on now? 

I am currently working on Ellenor Wykcs and Jean Scrimgeowr.

Ellenor Wykcs in progress

Jean Scrimgeowr in progress

What other hobbies or interests do you enjoy? 

I like to read.  I like to relax with a good book before falling asleep.  If it is a good book I may end up staying up late, but of late have not done much reading.  I also enjoy gardening.  

Chatelaine Egypt Garden

Thank you so much, Bhooma, for sharing your stitching journey with us.  You have created an amazing collection of needlework.  A feast for the eyes and a true inspiration!  Naturally, I had to google the Jessica stitch!  

We look forward to seeing your Scarlet Letter samplers continue to grow!