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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Sunday, 30 November 2014

The 2015 SAL!

What an exciting vote for the 2015 SAL!

All of the votes from the facebook group and the blog have been tallied and it was a VERY close race, especially for the top 4! As there has been much excitement over these samplers we will have all 4 as SALs for the New Year! You can choose to participate in any one or more. 

It will be a very fun year stitching together!

Mary Gail - 72 
Elizabeth Shephard - 70
Mary Ann Michell - 61

Jenny Bean - 58
Sarah Siddall - 47
Abigail Gould - 38
Emma Lerch - 27
Rachel Allen - 24
Elizabeth Wisler - 23

When thinking about supplies, please look over the details on the Scarlet Letter website and plan accordingly. www.scarlet-letter.com  For instance, Mary Gail is listed as 25 count over one so if you choose to stitch on a higher count over two make sure you take that into consideration.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A "MILLENNIUM" celebration and giveaway

I hope everyone has now visited the Facebook Group, it is good a good place to meet new stitching buddies and bumping into old ones too.

It is so nice to see such a broad range of stitchers there from members discovering samplers and The Scarlet Letter for the first time to those who already have many stitched pieces hanging on their walls.

Besides sharing an interest in the designs of Marsha Parker and The Scarlet Letter the new Facebook group is a place to learn about and to share our love and knowledge of needlework and  antique samplers.  

Somewhere to come when you need help with a stitch, a piece of equipment, fabric choice or just to spend some social time.

You will find it much  easier to "chat" and post. It is so much more interactive than blogger allows. 

There will never be a stupid question in the group and don't be afraid to post and share.

We now have two SAL's planned for the New Year - the 2015 SAL for a small sampler which is currently being voted for and the Mary Hurst SAL. Everyone is welcome to join in with one or both.

This weekend we zoomed past 1000 Facebook members and to celebrate we have a very special giveaway - have you guessed what it can be. The clue is in the heading.

We are so lucky to have a Millennium Frame to giveaway for the our members courtesy of Needle Needs which is a small family run business,  specialising in handcrafting beautiful, bespoke, heirloom products that totally transform the stitching experience. 

I am a huge fan of their quality products and would be quite lost without my frame and stands.

Please visit their website needleneeds.co.uk to learn more about their products.

This is a very generous prize and the waiting list for the frames is long as demand far exceeds supply.

If you would like to be entered the rules are (hopefully) straightforward :-

1. You need to be a member of Our Scarlet Letter Years
2. You need to have told another stitcher or stitchers about the Facebook Group and the giveaway.
3. Comment on the Facebook  post about the giveaway - stating how you passed on the news - own facebook page, blog, facebook group, guild, craft class,needework store etc.,


4. Introduce a stitcher to the Facebook Group leaving a comment with that stitcher's name. Every stitcher introduced will entitle you to another entry.
5. A name will be drawn by a random number generator on December 31st.
6. The giveaway is for worldwide shipping with despatch by me on the first working day of the New Year.


If you need some help accessing the Facebook Group please see my earlier post 


Monday, 24 November 2014

"Mary" Mondays - Mary Hurst SAL

Checking in on our first “Mary” Monday I would like to bounce some ideas around with the group.

Sometimes SAL’s don’t suit everyone’s work loads and standing commitments so I think it would be nice not to have fixed deadlines.

Stitching is all about enjoyment not pressure.

How about if we try and work on Mary at least once per week whether that session is just putting in just one strand of floss or a few hours of work - we all have a pace we like to work at and a SAL is not a race to the finish.

The important thing is that in a few weeks or month’s down the line she is not at the bottom of your WIP basket forgotten about and that momentum is maintained.

Mondays will make a good check in day when we can share our progress and tips about Mary. 

Originally I was thinking to start the SAL in the middle of January but I understand that there are quite a few who like to start a project on New Year’s Day. What are your thoughts about a start date?

The stitchers I have for the SAL so far are:-

Kay Lynn
Mj (as a possible)







If your name does not appear and you would like to join in you would be very welcome - please can you leave comment.

If you have an ideas about the SAL please let me know.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Elizabeth Cox - A finish

Elizabeth Cox is finished. 

This sampler is an important milestone for me.

The very first time I visited the Scarlet Letter website I spotted this sampler and thought "WOW" quickly followed by "I will never be able to stitch that"  but a few years later I have !!!

Being part of the online community has taught me so much and knowing that there is always someone there to guide and encourage has given me the confidence to try.

Thank you to my "pin" pals there is stitch in this one made by each and every one of you.

Vote for the 2015 Scarlet Letter SAL!

Hello Everyone!  As we near the end of the year it is time to start thinking of what is to come in the New Year so we have started a vote for a SAL stitch-a-long for 2015!

Here are nine samplers to choose from, all which are primarily cross stitch and a few with a sprinkling of specialty stitches.  For this first round of voting please comment on this post (or on the facebook post in the group here!) which samplers you have an interest in stitching, you can choose more than one!!!  example: 1, 4, 6, 9 etc.  ****DUE TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST the first round vote will end November 30th at Noon EST**** and the three most popular samplers chosen will then go to a final vote!  For details on each pattern please go to The Scarlet Letter website.

Lots of great samplers to choose from!  So hard to choose just one!  

Looking forward to us all stitching together into 2015!  xxxxx

Dona Dorothea - top half done!!

Hi Everyone,

Where has the Fall gone?  It sped by me it feels like overnight.  I finally managed to finish the top half of Dona Dorothea.  The ground seemed to take forever…and the little motif on the far right over one (my husband calls it a Genie Lamp) was a bear to stitch on 38 count fabric.  My eyes are not what they used to be.

Here’s an overall shot and a close up of the “lamp.”

Sorry the lamp is a little blurry.  It's not the best day for photographing and I am not the best photographer!  I hope to start on the next section this afternoon.

Reading the blog and the Facebook page, so much happened while I was in CA.  I’m seriously considering joining those who will start stitching Mary Hurst in the New Year.  It would be fun to have some specialty stitches to do along with the cross stitch.  On the other hand, I have so many charts in my stash…then there will be the Facebook SAL…plus all the other things I would like to do.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is this Thursday!  Yikes!  We have been planning to drive out to Pittsburgh to see our son, his girlfriend and my brother and SIL.  Now some things have come up and we won’t know until Monday afternoon if we can go out or not…keep fingers crossed for us – we haven’t seen our son in too long. 

Hope everyone in the US has a fabulous holiday…and here’s hoping the snow is not too bad where you are.