Sonoran Borders projects...all on display in one place!

Well, now that we have all of the projects back from Kansas City Star Books, we'll be able to share them with you at the TNNA Fall Needlework Market next week in St. Charles. We can't wait for you to see and photograph the array of projects, several that would make great class projects for everyone from beginners to more advanced stitchers.

Our 1787 Ellennor Whitehouse Sampler featured in Fall SANQ

We were so excted to open our Fall 2013 Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly to find the reproduction of Ellennor Whitehouse's 1787 sampler featured beginning on page 5. The vibrant but simple sampler features several sets of alphabets, the Lord's Prayer, a verse about time and a row of vibrant motifs. Although we know nothing about Ellennor, we can imagine she was a patient girl, stitching her sampler on uneven linen with close to 50 threads to the inch.

Introducing a new book--Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship

We hope you’ll enjoy making the projects in Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship as much as we enjoyed creating them! The book was a labor of love from many standpoints and on the part of many people. Bringing new life to well-loved, tattered and torn treasures from the past has been nothing short of a joyful (if not laborious at times) process. Adding a story that ties together the projects literally was true bliss.

Garden delights

 As our gardens ripen--and compete with weeds for precious water and other nutrients--we wanted to share our "Sweet Pea" design with you. Not only did we stitch it in a rainbow of traditional greens, but also in pinks, for that special little "Sweet Pea" in your life. Congrats to everyone who won a copy of this summer-fresh design in Norden Crafts' recent drawing. And thanks to Norder for sponsoring these fun give-aways. Happy stitching and eating...fresh from the garden!

Introducing Zoe Gene

It's about time that we post some photos of the newest Jennett, Zoe Gene, born to Maegan and Patrick a month ago. Her eyes light up a room (blue like mom and dad's, of course) and her long fingers are destined to be skilled with needle and thread. She's the first girl in a while for our family, so her closet is full of bright, flowery and feminine clothing! Weighing in at 10 lbs 4 oz, she's already outgrown newborn sizes.

M.A. Coleman's 1824 Sampler in Spring 2013 SANQ

We've been preoccupied with book deadlines and a babe-on-the-way, and neglected to share one of our newest reproductions that appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Having a piece in the magazine is always an honor and we're thrilled to be able to share these antiques with magazine readers. The multiple monochrome alphabets combined with wisdom from bygone days bring peace and harmony to this simple sampler.

Changing the sheets

The simple act of changing the sheets just starts out the day in the right way. Not sure what it is…maybe the cheerful designs printed on the fabric. (Today’s choice is flowers, but the polka dots almost won out.) Or, the fabric itself: Tightly woven cotton, so smooth when neatly stretched over mattress corners. Perhaps even the anticipation of hopping into bed, a mystery novel* in hand, at the end of a long day.

Even sweeter than samplers!

What a treat to have Van and his family visit AZ last month! Mom Ashley is an amazing photographer who captured the little guy in the living room amidst samplers made by children of bygone days. We apologize for neglecting, but have been so busy with family, market, travel and a new needlework book due out this summer. More on that soon. Meanwhile, we do hope spring is a time of new life, new energy and new projects for you. Happy stitching!