Perhaps not too festive, but definitely poignant, this 1855 sampler called to me several years ago from the back shelf in a downtown Pasadena, CA, antiques store. I envisioned the maker creating it perhaps to commemorate a marriage or anniversary, its simple sentiment so charming. So, I set out to reproduce it to be enjoyed by both stitcher and recipient today.
Our newest Needlework Notebooks are ready for market and we just had to share two of the designs based on Maegan’s “Funky A & E.” Her skillful adaptation of an 1882 Berlin woolwork sampler features two different color palettes—one that’s even more vibrant than the antique and the other featuring more traditional hues.
Selected as one of four new counted thread designers to exhibit at the TNNA winter trade show in Phoenix, Maegan thoroughly enjoyed the first day introducing her wares to the needlework world. This is one of those cases where the pictures tell a better story than the words, so we hope you’ll take a look and ask your favorite shop to give NeedleWorkPress a call to learn more about “funky a & e,” “Posies from the Cottage” and “Roses in July.” Adding her talent to NeedlWorkPress is a true joy!
The yellow bird chart is a little vintage premium that was included in, of all places, cigarette packages many years ago.
We cherish the carefully carved wood ornaments on our vintage Christmas tree and we appreciate the decorations that have accompanied us from childhood to the present.
Bringing new life to vintage designs is Maegan’s forte! This and her vibrant use of color were recognized recently by the Counted Thread Group of TNNA and as a result, this newbie to the needlework design world will be displaying her work at the winter trade show in Phoenix!
Gratitude knows no limits! Our hearts swell in appreciation of our families, our freedoms, our friends. Sometimes, though, it's simple appreciation for the little things that adds joy to our days.
When our favorite pastimes can benefit a good cause, our actions are doubly blessed! Such is the case with The Attic’s annual silent auction to benefit Breast Cancer Research.
Not only did this week mean time to turn the page to begin a new month, but also starting to schedule more and more 2012 activities and events. Hard to believe that another year is coming to a close! If you haven't seen our Book of Days for 2012, stop by your favorite needlework shop to see what's new for the coming year.
Have you ever encountered needlework in unexpected places? I recently did and couldn't wait to share the experience.