Things we love

Well, it's that time of year when Cupid's arrow strikes, candy sales soar and counted thread designers are readying projects for the Nashville Needlework market. We love our sweethearts, we love our dark chocolate (with almonds) and we love bringing you new projects.

Couldn't do it without you!

This past weekend, my partner, Maegan, and her husband, Patrick (my son), helped 50-some sampler and needlework enthusiasts create their own little fold-out pattern book from start to finish in a little over an hour. Thanks, you two, for helping clean messy hands and instruct with such energy. Thanks to everyone in the class for trying something new, and for your expert pre-stitching, that permitted you to complete your project in class.

Have you seen Martha Hyde 1835?

A reproduction of Martha Hyde’s delightfully symmetrical sampler appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Other than the sampler itself, we know nothing about Martha. We do, however, appreciate not only her playful squirrels, but also the verse she selected to place inside the central cartouche. If you don’t already subscribe, be sure to pick up a copy of SANQ at your favorite needlework shop.

Why we do what we do...

Christmas came early to NeedleWorkPress in the form of the "hopes, dreams, respect, pride and tremendous love" a mother wove into each stitch of the Jane Tindall sampler she lovingly completed as a gift to mark her daughter's 21st birthday. We do not know how to thank Siobhan for selecting "Jane" as the gift project.

With a name like that...

Ok, ok, ok! So I'm a sucker for sad little (and big) samplers with quirky characteristics. This one has many flaws (bug holes, rotted threads and lots of age spots), but great charm nonetheless. The verse is sad but sincere. The overall layout is quite pleasing and a tad bit unique. The flowers and angels and birds hold their own. And look at the backsides on those deer! Best of all, though, is the maker's name: Fanny Hooper.

Patterns & Posies

Nothing more perfect than an early-fall weekend in Arizona's White Mountains! While "perfect" to one member of our family is trout fishing the streams, "perfect" to another is poking around the area's retail establishments, seeking out cast-offs and treasures that can be repurposed and reused. The Christmas elves pictured here presented a pleasing pattern in their display basket (going to go back today to get the green one for Meagan).

In progress

Oh my! As the saying many precious projects, so precious little time! (Actually, it's a verse from one of our greeting cards featuring two needlewomen from bygone days. If you haven't seen it, see if it's available at your favorite needlework shop.) Back to the topic at hand. The BIG DEER! This is one of several projects currently on our drawing board.

A simply spectacular sampler weekend!

Begin at the beginning, they say. So, that's where we'll start--with the laughter and fun of teachers Maegan and Nancy, at the opening session of this weekend's Summer Sampler Soiree offered by Attic Needlework. Then there was our decision to recreate a Victorian chili pepper pinkeep to commemorate this event in the desert sun.

Time for something NEW

New" seems to be a theme in our lives these days. New grandson, precious Van Jennett, born to Ashley and Willy July 23rd. Then there's the new blue-eyed black kitten that showed up in our back yard this week. And the "new" old sampler we need to reproduce (complete with sheep, a dog, a donkey and a verse on fraternal love). New flowers captured in my sister's garden.