Technology turns a an long-lost memento from a family business into a treasure.
More than a mere activity, needlework is a pleasant (and occasionally challenging) pastime that affords us an opportunity to retreat from life's demands and complexities while doing something constructive with beautiful fibers and patterns.
A new chart is uploaded.
Brussels sprouts season comes early in Arizona. One evening as my husband Patrick was nurturing his tender plants, he came in the house announcing that he had found sticks and string to support the growing stalks. Proud of his thriftiness, I was somewhat taken aback when he showed me his handiwork: The "string" he had found was my missing "Brethren Blue" Sampler Threads (part of The Gentle Art's wonderful Simply Shaker Collection).
We were so excited to see the most recent issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly, featuring this sampler from our collection on the cover. Even better, the complete chart is one of several included in the Summer 2011 issue.
Thanks for your patience as we attempt to devise a banner that tells you at-a-glance what NeedleWorkPress is all about. We're taking bits and pieces from projects we've completed (and a few yet-to-complete) and arranged them beneath our name to create an identity.
Well, it seems fitting that my first post at NeedleWorkPress goes back to childhood memories of learning to stitch! Yesterday I had the opportunity to remind my Grandma Shirley that she was my first and only teacher in the art of cross stitch.
Photo will be uploaded soon.
Melding samplers with printed records often yields intriguing bits and pieces of of the past. An astute antiques dealer brought our attention to a delightful sampler created in 1827, most likely by John T. Alsap's mother, Kezia Alsap. Uncovering details of this family's life is among our current projects, with a goal of releasing this delightful piece in February 2012 to commemorate Arizona's Centennial.