Things we love

Quite often, our posts are shared news of new projects we are excited to show you. This time, though, it's Vickie writing from her grandmotherly perspective. Sad. That's how I felt as I moved the Shaker sewing case back into place, carefully stacking the old spectacles atop several antique autograph albums. You see, they all live harmoniously on a glass-top table next to the fireplace in our usually serene living room.

Welcome Spring!

Several years ago we found a simplt, little handmae Easter greeting from 1905.  Tucked away in a dusty corner of an antiques booth, it begged to be recreated as a cross stitch chart to greet Spring. This is the over-two version, using Weeks Dye Works fabric and fibers. We added a tulip and perked up one of the bunny ears in adapting the pastel design that was bordered by decorative stitching.

Could this be a shamrock in Mary Magee's border?

 Sometime in 1826, Mary Magee practiced stitching her alphabet--three times. Then she added some numerals, birds, trees, crowns, hearts and flowers. These cheerful elements are all surrounded by a surprisingly pleasing three-sided border (we won't even mind stitching this one), capped off at the top corners by what perhaps might be stylized shamroks. Really, we have no idea what kind of leaves grace this charming sampler, but since it's St.

Our purse is featured in the Spring issue of SANQ!

Don't you love receiving real mail? Letters, cards and magazines you truly enjoy? We were so excited to open our mailbox recently to find not only the Spring Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly, but also the return of our purse featured on pages 20-23 of that issue. The lucious colors make this simple spray of flowers a delight to stitch. Now to sneak out for a night on the town and an opportunity to put the pretty little purse to practical use.

A Schoolroom Alphabet: Your enthusiasm is greatly appreciated!

We are so excited to roll out projects featured in our new book, A Schoolroom Alphabet. We'll be doing local book signings this month, and will display all 12 projects as well as related items, including a real, modern-day printed handkerchief and a micro-fiber cloth (to clean eye glasses, phones, computer screens, etc.). We can't tell you how much fun it is to bring you these little pieces of the past, recreated for functional use in the twenty-first century.

Great springtime stitching: Margret Rogers' Garden of Eden

Little Margret Rogers sure had a sense of whimsy! Thankfully her work survived through the years and is here to greet spring with cheerful birds perched on the tree of life and two children joining Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. A peahen joins the peacock at the top of her sampler, accompanied by two dogs, all flanking a giant tulip. Then there are the spotted dogs on the lawn, accompanied by a grey cat.

A new tribute sampler debuts in "A Schoolroom Alphabet"

As a tribute to the girl who stitched her name along the side of this nineteenth century printed handkerchief, Maegan created a large sampler featuring not only the alphabet but also a motif to accompany each letter. Read more about the antique handkerchief and get this chart, as well as 11 other projects, in our new book, A Schoholroom Alphabet, just published by Kansas City Star Books.

A Schoolroom Alphabet, our NEW book, is here!

We're so happy to introduce our brand new book A Schoolroom Alphabet! Each of the 12 projects in the book is inspired by an 18th century alphabet handkerchief from "the landmark collection of Betty Ring." The projects are as practical as they are pretty: emblems for backpacks and purses, a needlework tool-tote, an e-reader cover and a blue bird pencil case are just a few of the alphabet-themed designs.

Margret Rogers' Garden of Eden

We wanted to share a glimpse of a reproduction sampler due out next month. In her folksy sampler, Margret Rogers decided to add two girls flanking Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, where she also scattered several dogs, colorful birds, a peacock & peahen, and, as shown here, a fluffy cat. We used overdyed cottons to replicate the threads she chose more than 200 years ago. Thanks for taking a look! More soon.

The Cat's Out of the Bag!

We are tickled pink to announce our new book, A Schoolroom Alphabet: Twelve Cross Stitch Projects Based on an Antique Handkerchief, due out in time for Valentine's Day! The amazing folks at Kansas City Star Books worked with us to bring you a stunningly beautiful book full of practical projects based on an alphabet handkerchief originally from the Collection of Betty Ring.