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2014, November 14 enewsletter - Attic Needlework

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2014 November 14 Issue No. 14-23
November Sampler of the Month The Scarlet Letter’s “Eleanor Parr 1816”
What sampler lover wouldn’t absolutely fall in love with this sampler with
its magnificent bird border?! Here’s what Marsha of The Scarlet Letter
writes about this sampler:
Eleanor Parr created this amazing and unique sampler sometime before 1835 (The
1816 refers to her birth year.). The border of birds encircled by vines and leaves is
unprecedented. Fleur-de-lys embellish each of the four corners surrounding a central
reserve containing a traditional verse, floral sprays and garlands, and two elegantly clad
young girlfriends enjoying a frolic in this amazing landscape. The verse reads:
When his lost sheep the shepherd finds
He calls his friends around
Rejoice with me my friends he cries,
My wandering sheep are found.
The reconciled father joys,
To see the sinner weep,
And Jesus with extended arms,
Welcomes his ransom'd sheep.
Eleanor was born in 1816 in Burscough near Ormskirk in Lancashire to John and Ann
Parr. At the time of her birth her father was a boatsman on the canals, but in a later
census he is described as a farmer. Eleanor married a farmer by the name of Joseph
Webster. In fact there are still Websters farming in the Lotham area today. Eleanor lived
to be nearly 81 years old. Eleanor's extraordinary sampler, employing only cross stitch,
petit point and stem filling stitches, is a magnificent testimony to what the simplest
stitches can accomplish given creativity, motivation and of course access to some very
good materials. The range of color and the intricacy of the design, such that one can
identify the birds she has stitched, astound the viewer and the needleworker to this day.
During November
save 15% when you
minimum of 2 of
the following:
Chart: $35 (charted for AVAS) ~ design size: 426w x 490h
Linen: Varies, depending on the count & margins ~ 40c, $58
Silks: Au Ver A’Soie, $$193.50; 12-ply Overdyed Silk, $258; Tudors, $178.50
Many of us fell in love with this most incredible sampler when we saw the antique, above, and so we have done
an overdyed silk conversion keyed to the antique’s reds & brick shades. With 34 colors in the thread legend, I’m
sure you can appreciate the time involved in completing this conversion. Before we select a silk overdye, we look
at how it works with its surrounding colors in all of the places it appears in the sampler and how it works with
the overall palette, including the linen. The linen color we have selected is also a more golden color as in the
antique, which we think is splendorous with the rich reds, greens, and gold/browns. We offer you several
choices for your silk: the Au Ver A’Soie solids as charted (11 colors call for 2 skeins); an overdyed silk conversion
keyed to the reproduction colors shown at the left; and also an overdyed silk conversion keyed to the antique.
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Right, “Mary
sampler from
Eng land’s
Museum, is a
stunning Scarlet
L e t t e r
reproduction of
an English band
sampler that
begins with a
section and
continues with a
queen, a princess,
a boxer with a
bishop’s crosier,
and lovely
arcaded pattern
bands featuring
ro s e s, a c o r n s,
pomeg ranate,
pansies and
It is
currently a SAL
project for a
g ro u p o n t h e
Internet and, as
such, enjoying
much deserved
popularity, with
its wonderful
techniques and
stitches, including
counted satin,
c r o s s ,
buttonhole filling,
double running,
C r o a t i a n fl a t ,
queen, and rice,
several of my
More from The Scarlet Letter
Below, we are fortunate to have on display two versions of this stunning tentstitch needlework picture, “A Parrot, A Leopard, A Lion” ~ the one on the
top is The Scarlet Letter model stitched over one on 35c, and the one below it is
Courtney’s version, stitched over one on 40c, and Courtney used an
overdyed linen for the ground fabric and chose not to stitch the background.
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A Favorite of The Scarlet Letter Reproductions
Left, coincidentally, just in time for our newsletter focus on Marsha’s beautiful
samplers, Diane brought in her “Dorothy Walpole” for framing last week, and I
only wish that you could see it in person! Diane used the overdyed silk conversion
that we did and put it on the overdyed linen we recommended. Oh, my, this is
one in my stitching basket that needs to be finished! My favorite part, of course,
is the bottom half ~ it is just exquisite! Diane said she changed the verse and
lightened the colors a bit at the very bottom in the “grass” area.
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As an Attic Addict save 15% in November on:
* The Scarlet Letter Charts
* All in-stock Au Ver A’Soie Silks
* All in-stock Colorscapes Linen Special Cuts
Sunday, November 16, Sampler Sunday, 1 - 4 ~ It’s a crazy busy
time of year, but this being the 3rd Sunday of the month, we’ll see if any
of you have time for this gathering of sampler devotees. Refreshments
served; please register; fee $10
Saturday night, November 22nd, Our 17th Annual
Silent Auction for Breast Cancer Research, 6-8 pm,
at The Gathering Place, 1837 West Guadalupe, Suite
107, Mesa, right NEXT DOOR to our shop! Donations
now being accepted, through mid-November! See p. 5
Our Holiday Hours
Wednesday, Nov 26, Close at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 27, Thanksgiving Day, Closed
Wednesday, Dec 24, Close at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 25, Christmas Day, Closed
Wednesday, Dec. 31, Close at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan 1, New Year’s Day, Closed
Two weekends for our 2015 Sampler Symposium
and Merry Cox’s optional class on the following Monday
(All are sold out/waiting list only) ~ See pages 8 - 9
Our 2015 Junipine Retreat is scheduled for 3 PM
Thursday thru Sunday noon, February 19 - 22, and as
always, it is a waiting-list event. But please do add your name
if you’re interested because, as we’ve seen in past years, life
happens and there are cancellations. The dates have been
reserved with the resort ~ more details to follow.
Saturday, November 29, Sampler Stitches 131, 1:30-3:30 ~ Linda
continues this very popular series, covering your favorite sampler stitches
with demonstrations and a comprehensive handout to take with you as a
future reference. Stitches covered in this class: Rice Stitch, Long & Short
Stitch, Tent Stitch, and Scottish Stitch. Fee $20
Saturday, December 6, 10:30-12:30, Beginning
Linen This monthly class in this busy season may
not happen, depending on registration (minimum 2
students). The class is appropriate for both beginning
stitchers and anyone wishing to refine their skills.
The class project is Linda/Needlemade Designs’s
Tulip needlebook design, and the $30 fee includes
her expert instruction + materials. Class fee is due upon registration.
Saturday, December 20, 1 - 4 ~ Our Annual Kris Kringle Party.
Hopefully by this date you will have all of your Holiday preparations done
and will be ready for a relaxing and fun afternoon! Special Seasonal sweet
treats and the Attic’s famous fruit punch + ornament exchange for those
wishing to participate. Please register for our planning purposes.
Save the Date ... for Summer School 2015,
August 21 - 23 (please note new date) ... for some
History Lessons ... with a needlework bent!
We only have a few BCRF cookbooks left!
Support a great cause (all net proceeds go to breast
cancer research) by buying a copy(s) of the Recipes
for a Cure cookbook for a donation of $14.95 (or
more) with fabulous time-tested recipes as well as
complimentary designs from 11 designers.
Finishing/Framing Deadlines
Stocking & Pillow Finishing ~ The deadline has passed, and we’re into the
“additional rush” fee time, increasing as it gets closer to Christmas.
Ornament Finishing ~ Monday, December 1
Framing ~ Custom Frames, Saturday, November 29; Ready-Made Frames,
Saturday, December 13
Three workshops with Jackie du Plessis: * Attic of Dreams Part 2
* September Morning (Photos on the following page)
* Something New & Very Special
Full details to follow in a future newsletter.
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Jackie’s September Morning
Coming November 2015
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Our 17th Annual Silent Auction for Breast Cancer Research with Proceeds
Benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
Location: Gathering Place, 1837 West Guadalupe Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202. See map below.
Date & Time: Saturday night, November 22, 6 - 8 p.m. final bids ~ Bidding closes at 8 p.m.
Each year the handmade donations raise thousands of dollars for research. All proceeds are
donated to BCRF. To read about this A+-rated organization, go to their Website
A few words about the auction and how it works:
• Donations are currently being accepted. Total receipts for
the auction will be published soon after the auction close.
Individual winning bids for donated items will not be
published but, rather, our focus is on what we all can
accomplish together. Unfortunately, an individual bid,
taken out of the context of the evening, may give a very
wrong impression. Thank you for your understanding.
• Auction newsletters listing the item number and minimum
opening bid will be posted to our Website, and notification
of their postings will come to you if you’re in our
eNewsletter database.
• Bidding can begin by any of you from afar by email or
phone (our toll-free number, 1.888.942.8842); to place a
bid, please ensure that we have on file your contact
information as well as your credit card.
• Final bids are placed on Saturday night, Nov 22
• The night of the auction we will not be able to accept
phone bids. To ensure your successful bid, you may wish
to place a type of buy-it-now bid.
• Payment is best made by a personal check payable to
BCRF; its tax-deductibility is a matter between you and
your accountant ~ but credit card or PayPal transactions
will be accepted if you insist.
Above, the Gingerbread Church,
Part 3 of the Gingerbread Village
designed by The Victoria Sampler
Above, a four-sided mouse house, with each side
reflecting a season, and the tiny mouse resident sits in
the loft. The bottom of this seasonal house features
this verse: “For every stitch There is a season.”
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Our November 2014 Workshops w/Sherri Jones . . .
. . . of Patrick’s Woods are now just a wonderful memory ~ here and on the following
page, images from a weekend of beautiful needlework projects! Thank you, Sherri!
Several beautifully finished Blue Ribbon Sewing Boxes!
The Attic, where old friends meet!
A peek into the Gathering Place and the
food, refreshments & auction donations.
Back row, Bernie from Belgium & Sherry from Texas
Front row, Robin & Sue from Australia & Sherri ~ and
behind them, some of the BCRF auction donations
Marie from Minnesota
Merry, Nita and Nancy ~ and more of
the auction donations in the background!
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More from Our Sherri Jones Weekend
John, Rhonda & Carolyn
Melissa from Colorado & Amy from Arizona
Laurie & Sharon from California
Bernie & her almost
finished Patriot Patty box
Nancy very nattily dressed for our
Patriot Patty workshop, including
her beautiful handmade tote!
A half dozen beautifully
finished Patriot Pattys!
Melanie with her almost
finished Patriot Patty box
Ramona is wearing her Patriot Patty
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January 2015 Sampler Symposium . . .
Registration and Hotel Information
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... Friday night, January 16 thru Sunday, January 18
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Please register for the weekend of your choice by email. All of the email addresses that you may have for me and the shop all work so it is not
necessary to send more than one email. Please do not phone the shop to register. We will be happy to answer your questions, but registrations will only be
accepted by email. Receipt of your email registration will be acknowledged by email, and after your email registration has been received, you will be
notified by email and asked to phone our toll-free number with payment information. A nonrefundable deposit of $50 completes your reservation.
Space is limited by the size of the room to 49 students.
Because an email address is needed for each of you to provide additional information along the way, we are looking to email registration as the best
method for the entire process, to ensure fairness for everyone, most importantly.
I am very pleased to present the weekend faculty for this event:
Friday night, 6 - 9 PM, Merry Cox’s �Souvenir Book’ with a 5 - 6 PM supper.
Saturday morning, 9 AM, “19th Century Mourning Practices,” a PowerPoint presentation by Sandra Ball that includes mourning
samplers and embroideries as well as a coffin quilt and many other interesting facts from the Victorian era. Following a midmorning break, Sandra will also present a lecture on gravestone art, also touching on the vampire scare in early New England.
Saturday afternoon, 1 - 4 PM, Holly Rison will teach the “Gentle Art of Scrimshaw.”
Saturday evening, 5 - ? PM, reception at The Attic, with food, refreshments including adult beverages served.
Sunday, Merry Cox’s �Eternal Love’ Stitching Tray w/Accessories, 9 - 2 PM, with the last hour for lunch.
Your $495 fee for the Symposium includes all classes, kits, and lectures, a light supper on Friday night, breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea breaks on
Saturday, a Saturday night reception at the shop with refreshments and supper, and Sunday breakfast and lunch.
All classes will be held in Meeting Rooms A+B at Hyatt Place Mesa, where they have available an Attic Needlework room block
with prices of $134 for King rooms and Queen/Queen rooms. Here is their Website. Free shuttle service to the shop is provided
(airport transportation is not), so renting a car is optional and really not necessary.
�Souvenir Book’ by Merry Cox
Friday night, 6 - 9 PM. A souvenir is a
memento which serves as a reminder of
past events or a keepsake with sentimental
value. What better way to remember a
special trip or event or our love of
stitching than with this unique souvenir
pull-out book.
There is a stitched
bookplate for the first inside page plus a
lovely miniature sampler for the 4th page.
You will construct the book with beautiful
paper and use scrapbooking techniques to
make pockets with fun embellishments
with lots of space for pictures and
personalization. In addition to making
the souvenir book, you will make a
drawstring bag with vintage ribbons for
your book.
Stitched on 35-count linen with Nun
Stitch, Feather Stitch and �over 1’ tent
stitch. Kit includes all stitching materials
and finishing materials.
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January 2015 Sampler Symposium (continued)
Saturday morning, 9 - 10:30 AM, “19th Century Mourning Practices.” Sandra Ball’s PowerPoint
presentation will include mourning samplers and embroideries, mourning clothing, jewelry, and other Victorian
mourning customs, including a “coffin quilt.”
Following a mid-morning break, at 11 AM Sandra will continue with a presentation on gravestone art, also
touching on the vampire scare in New England.
The Scarlet Letter’s “Mourning Sampler
1832,” with the name and date left blank
to be filled in with the name of your loved
one, is one of a few charts available.
Examples of Holly’s scrimshaw
Saturday afternoon, 1 - 4 PM, “Learn the Gentle Art of
Scrimshaw.” Embellish your beautiful pieces of needlework with
colorful scrims! В You can do it! Become a scrimshander! Holly will teach
you two methods, freehand and transfer. The class will use vintage piano
keys to achieve lovely works of art that you can take home from the class!В You will create a monogram piece and a lovely colorful painted piece. В You
will receive all the tools necessary to create these pieces.
�Eternal Love’ Stitching Tray with Accessories by Merry Cox
Sunday, 9 - 1 PM. �Eternal Love’ is the name of a poem Merry wrote for the foreword of Sampler Motifs and Symbolism by Patricia Andrle and Lesley
Rudnicki. Merry has always wanted to incorporate her poem into a needlework project, so she designed this 6”x 6” stitching tray with the poem, charming
birds and vines.
Of course, we must have accessories to complement the tray and then, of course, we must also have a box ... a wonderful papier-mГўchГ© painted box
with a stitched nameplate on top. The accessories include a mattress type pincushion/pin keep and a scissors holder, both finished with ultra suede. Stitched
on 35-count linen with Cross Stitch, Cross Stitch �over 1’ and Nun Stitch. Kit includes all stitching and finishing materials. (Scissors not included)
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Monday, January 12, 2015 OR Monday, January 19, 2015
Full ~
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9 AM - 4 PM
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A Young Lady’s Workbox
Imagine a very young lady being at school (�Dewitt Academy for Young Ladies’) in the
1800’s and receiving her first sewing workbox. As the instructress issues each painted
workbox, she informs the young ladies that they will be perfecting their sewing and
stitching skills with examples to fill the compartments within this special workbox.
Inside the painted workbox is a stitched tray with a
poem Merry wrote. The tray (with a very unique
finishing) can be removed to hold threads, buttons,
scissors, ruler etc when working on a project.
Pincushion to the right lifts out to reveal the perfect
place for a thimble and other treasures. Pinkeep is
placed in the back compartment along with ribbons
and threads.
Needlecase features the �Dewitt
Academy’, a basket of flowers and personalization.
Inside the case is a stitched needle page, an ultra
suede scissors holder and scrimshaw ruler holder.
(Scissors and ruler not included in kit.)
When ready to close the workbox, the needlecase is placed inside the linen tray.
This is an all-day class with Merry Cox, an optional class, i.e., not included in the Symposium Weekend. Registration for this class will be accepted by
email only. We will be happy to answer your questions, but registrations will only be accepted by email. Receipt of your email registration will be
acknowledged by email, and you will be notified by email of the status of your registration and asked to phone our toll-free number with payment
information. In addition to your kit, the workshop fee includes breakfast, lunch, and a mid-morning break. Workshop fee, $230.
Because an email address is needed for each of you to provide additional information along the way, we are looking to email registration as the
best method for the entire process. A nonrefundable deposit of $50 completes your reservation.
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Gigi in her “USA” sweater,
a Ralph Lauren, she says.
Happy Birthday, Gigi!
Today, November 14, is Gigi’s special day,
her 82nd (yes, that’s not a typo!!!) birthday,
and I know there are many of you out
there in Samplerland who join me in
wishing her a joy-filled celebration. And
as we honor her on this special day, we
pay tribute to this amazingly energetic
woman who has added so many
pleasurable hours to our needlework
p a s s i o n by s h a r i n g s o m e o f h e r
outstanding collection of samplers by their
And I am thrilled to introduce the
latest Gigi reproduction on page 13, “The
Betrothed W & E September 1889”
The manor house Gigi and her family called home some years ago.
The breadth of her collection astounds me, as do the size of several of her
“sheets” of needlework. This one, filled with Little House Needleworks designs,
she donated to an annual fair in Belgium this past September, with lottery
ticket proceeds going to the benefit of UNICEF.
A n o th er “ s h eet” o f s am p ler s, th i s o n e to
commemorate the 2006 Ackworth School Symposium.
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Let’s get to know Gigi just a bit better!
I emailed Gigi and said, “I'm preparing this week's eNewsletter, with special page(s) on you, your birthday, and your
samplers. В And I thought it would be very interesting for all of us to get to know you a bit better, so I have prepared several
questions that will help me write this page.”
I’m certain you will find this as interesting as I did. Here are my questions, and her answers:
How did you come to love and appreciate samplers and antique needlework?
I just always loved anything handmade and used to watch my mother knit В funny looking dresses for us with angora wool that made me
sneeze each time I wore them But she was always creating something That was years ago so I think that the bug was well implanted Years later I
tried a stamped cross stitch design of a sampler then started looking for more and gradually became a sampler addict .My maternal grandmother
came over to us each Wednesday В to do some sewing and mending for the family and when she had finished using an old sewing machine (the ones
that you have to make your feet go back on forth on) В Then, when she had finished, В she would get little pieces of cloth out of her Mary Poppins
bag and start embroidering Just like that with no example. It always fascinated me. On those Wednesdays she would give us each a little round
piece of money that had a hole in the middle and that was to pay the ice cream man В for our weekly
When did you begin collecting? В I started collecting round about 1993 more or less
What is the breadth of your collection? В For example, the exquisite schoolroom samplers that you both
donated to the auction and gifted me with, first of all, is that the correct term for them? В If not, what are
they best called? В Those are very hard to find but as most come from Belgium I had the good luck to have two sellers on the Sunday flea market at Tongres
Belgium (one of the best known flea markets in Europe) and they would call me to see if I would be interested. In Belgium we call them
“rouleaux d’écolières” meaning schoolgirl rolls But in Holland they are called “Souvenir de ma Jeunesse”.
Do you still have the very first sampler in your collection? В If so, what does it look like?
I really do not remember. That was long ago and faraway.
How many of your samplers have you now reproduced?
I will have to go to gigirdesigns to see. By heart I have no idea I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to my two
right arms : Inguna and Meriem. Without their skills there would be no reproductions… Merci Inguna and Meriem.
Of all in your collection, which one(s) is/are your favorite(s) and why?
I like Isabella Fox a lot because of all the red apples on the tree.
How will you celebrate your special day?  With your children and grandchildren?  With my family all of them One of my daughters has a high tea each year (very british) with homemade scones, Eton’s Mess, homemade
cakes В etc etc but what it is going to be this year I have no idea A lot of whispering is going on but ends as soon as I appear. But whatever it is it
will be welcome.
And anything else that you think our readers will find interesting. В You know that you are a fascinating
person to each of us. В And you also know that we are so very grateful for you and your samplers and their
reproductions because you have added so much pleasure to our embroidery.
В I would like to say that I was very happy to be able to have been brought up in London even though it was WW2. To me England is still
memories of the days of my youth and also the ability of being able to communicate with my English speaking friends I love coming to Nashville
and the other TNNA markets ( to see Zoe of course) and I would like to express В a big thanks to all the stitchers that like my reproductions and to
the people that work behind the scenes. You for one Jean.
Just one more thing : I also collect antique linens mainly from Alsace in France where they are still plentiful and beautiful and…best of all
…affordable ..but that is another looong story.
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“The Betrothed W&E September 1889”
The linen color, much more golden than it
photographed, is one of Lakeside’s beautiful
double-dyes, and the 40c cut is $47.
I am thrilled to introduce this latest Gigi reproduction, an absolutely stunning sampler honoring a wedding. If I start it now, maybe
it will be finished in time for our 50th wedding anniversary! By my calculations, that gives me a few years!
Here’s what Gigi says about this sampler:
This lovely sampler probably has German origin. An inscription in the center of the sampler says “September 4, 1889 W & E.” And there is a
courting couple from Siebmacher’s Modelbook straight under the inscription, which leads us to think that it has been made to mark an engagement of a
The original was stitched on perforated paper with silks. Stitches used were half cross, full cross, and a little bit of backstitch.
Our reproduction is charted for 40c linen and only full crosses over 2 threads of linen are used, with exception of a few backstitches.
The front side of the sampler has been faded and some colors have been altered over the time. The back side reveals that initially the sampler has been
much more colorful. Since some may find initial colors too bright and hard, we propose two alternative color lists for your choice - one from the front, another
from the back.
The reproduction is charted for overdyed cottons from both Classic Colorworks and The Gentle Art. We have done a silk conversion
to the colors shown on the front. The chartpack includes alternative color lists, one for the more faded front side, shown above, and
another for the more bright and colorful back side. As usual, I fell in love with the front, and that’s how we keyed our silk conversion.
The chart is $24; linen prices vary depending on the count ~ the design size on 40c is 17 x 13.5; overdyed silk conversion, $172;
Tudor silks, $126.
Order a complete kit for this beautiful sampler, that is, chart, linen count of your choice, plus threads of your
choice, and receive a 15% discount.
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A Few of Gigi’s Beautiful Samplers
These images, taken from both Gigi’s FaceBook page and her Website, represent a small portion of the reproductions available to our needles.
“Sweet Adeline 1873” $15
“Mary A. Bunce 1846” $22
“The Rose Wreath Sampler (C. Matthews 1841)” $24
“Maria’s Sampler 1831” $24
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More Gigi Samplers!
“Anne Auriol 1841” $22
“Elizabeth Precious 1817” $18
“Mary Hart” $15
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And More from Gigi
“Ann Dowding 1831” $24
“Virginie Grimoux” $22
“Anne Lansac 1843” $22
And Gigi’s favorite, “Isabella Fox 1827” $24
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Gigi’s Generosity
The items on this page Gigi generously donated from her personal collection to our BCRF benefit. Look for more information in next week’s Auction Newsletter.
2 photos necessary to
capture the length of this
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New from Kelmscott Designs
Pere Noel & Snowflake Needleminders $9.50 each ~ Angel Mother of Pearl Threadwinders 2” x 2” (2/pkg) $9
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Wendy KC Designs’ “Regal Amethyst Caddy”
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2 new from The Primitive Jewel:
above, “The Feather Tree Necklace
Kit” $10 is as adorable as it looks,
and quick to stitch for gift-giving.
Below, “Angles We Have Heard on
High” $6 primitive ornament chart
that includes the twine hanger
Lady K Needlearts’ “Winter Blooms”
$9, third in The Patchwork Series
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New Designs On the Way to Our Attic
3 charming ornaments from Homespun Elegance,
each $8.50 w/charm: “Merry Christmas Wishes” ~
“Snowmen Everywhere” ~ “Olde Saint Nicholas”
Clockwise from the right:
Pineberry Lane’s “Peace
& Plenty” $11, 135 x 82 ~
R o s e w o o d M a n o r ’s
“Quaker Birth Sampler”
$9, 79 x 77 & “Windham
House Sampler” $9, 109 x
109 ~ T.A. Smith
Designs’ “Pretty Little
Square” $8, 95 x 95 or the
threadkeeper, 51 x 51
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3 from Lili Violette: “Sampler di
Neve” (Sampler of Snow) $17, 138 x 146 ~ “Jour
d’Hiver” (Winter Day) $14, 136 x 154 ~
“Practically Perfect in Every Way” $14, 214 x 122
From above left, Little House
Needleworks’ “Lantern Lane” ~
“My Lady at Christmas” &
“December Calendar Girl”
Left, “The Sampler Tree,” 12
months of stitching beginning
December 2014, Sampler-styled
ornaments ~ and that’s as much
as we know about this at this time.
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Our Customers Share
Melissa’s beautiful “Ann Bowers
Sampler” from The Examplarery
~ Melissa “pinked up” the
strawberries a bit. This continues
to be a favorite sampler for many.
Melissa’s “ATS Saxony
Sampler” from Gigi R
~ Melissa did much
r e s e a r c h t o fi n d a
suitable motif to insert
in the empty space in
the upper right. How
wonderful that Melissa is
making this sampler her
own! Can’t wait to see
more as it progresses.
Left, Jeanne’s very beautiful
“Forever Young” by Heartstring
Samplery ~ love the colors, and
even more, the verse!
Roxy’s “Promise of Spring” from Silver Creek Samplers on
52/60 with Tudor silks ~ her email forwarding the photo said, “I
just finished my Silver Creek on your 52 count fabric! Love it!!!”
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Yesterday the FedEx driver brought us a HUGE box of charts, and our staff has
begun pulling your orders and readying them for mailing, so you should begin
receiving your orders for these sampler reproductions. Thanks for your patience
while this last order was placed, printed, shipped, and now being processed.
This is a must-have book for anyone who does
counted threadwork that I was reminded to
show you again as some of you are doing the
“Mary Hurst” Scarlet Letter reproduction.
The Proper Stitch presents projects and stitch
illustrations by Darlene O'Steen that educate
and improve your stitching skills. It is one of
the few books available that actually shows
both the front and back side of each stitch. It
doesn't just show diagrams, it gives clear
explanations for the stitches and how they can
be done properly. This second printing features
24 new pages, 2 never before published
projects, 5 new stitch illustrations, as well as
updated photos and revised illustrations. 168
Now available at a special price of $30.
Of special interest in the Winter 2014
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly:
A ve r y c o m p e l l i n g
article, “Connected by
Threads: World War II
POW Sampler s as
Effective Therapy for
Trauma,” written by Dr.
Maureen Daly Goggin,
University Professor of
Rhetoric who has
lectured at several Attic
Sampler Symposiums.
It’s football playoff time, and we’re enjoying it to its fullest while it lasts. Right, Tyler with Danielle and sister Hannah!
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