Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Long Time, No See....


I'm very sorry I've been so remiss in updating my blog. Our lives have certainly been in a whirlwind over the past few months.

We are now pretty well settled in our new home although there are still a few boxes to unpack. We have hung  over 250 things on the wall. Yes, you read that number right. Most of the items are framed pieces, and of the framed pieces most are needlework. It  has been a very time-consuming process. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my new sampler walls. You can click on the photos for close-up views.

First, is a view of what I see from my new stitching spot. All of the samplers on these walls are reproductions.

Here is a close-up of the samplers on the lower wall.
Identifying the samplers starting with the top sampler on the left
in the hallway of  the 1st photo--a partial view of  Dutch Beauty (Permin)
 Column 1--Isobel Doig (The Examplarery); Rachel Allen (The Scarlet Letter)
Column 2--Amy Eliza Herbert (The Porcupine Collection); Janet Gibson (Hope's Dwelling Place)
Column 3--Sarah Owen (The Essamplaire); Frances Eden (Handwork Samplers--OOP)
Column 4--Sovine Palphryman (Handwork Samplers--OOP); Rachel Hyde (Threads Through Time)
Column 5--Lucy Adams (The Examplarery); Mercy Hopkins (The Examplarery)
Column 6--Ann Bowers (The Examplarery)
Column 7--ES Sampler (With My Needle)
 
And here is a close-up of the samplers on the staircase. It was quite a process to get the spacing right.
Identifying the samplers starting with the sampler on the top left
Column 1--Elizabeth Mears (Queenstown Samplers); Sarah Salter (Sheepish Designs)
Column 2--Ann Raynor (Threads Through Time); Hannah Lancaster (The Porcupine Collection); Elinor Simpson (Historic Stitches)
Column 3--Mary Gibson (Haslemere Museum); Margaret Gibson (The Scarlet Letter); Mary Sharp (Handwork Samplers--OOP)
Column 4--Anne Maria Clarke (The Essamplaire); Ann Hair (The Scarlet Letter); L. Haworth (The Marking Sampler)
Column 5--Deborah  Walker (Just Cross Stitch--The Chester  County Collection--OOP); Hannah Pepper (Fine Lines Magazine--OOP); Mary Katz (Mercer Museum)

Here are three samplers (non-reproductions) which are on the wall above the tv.  I can see 35 samplers from my stitching spot. How wonderful is that?
Identifying the samplers starting on the left
American Sampler (Treasures Magazine)
Queen City 20th Anniversary Sampler with minor changes (Heart's Ease Examplar Workes)
Snooty Parrots with minor changes (Barbara Ana Designs)

Next  up are photos of some of the models in my office. The one on the floor is a new one--just waiting for us to write the directions. I chose the wall color to  go  with the drapes that were already in the room.

Identifying my With My Needle samplers starting with the sampler on the top left
Column 1--partial view of the Family Record Sampler
Column 2--Accept This Posey (from a Friend); Adorn Thy Heart (can be adapted to be a wedding sampler)
Column 3--Kind and  True; Elizabeth Wood

Identifying my With My Needle samplers starting with the top one
An Emblem of Love (single color version); Caroline Bevan

Next is a view of one end of the hallway at the top of the stairs between my office and our guest room. (There are four more samplers there that aren't shown in the photo.)
Identifying the samplers starting with the sampler on the top left
Column 1--Williamsburg Lady (Historic Stitches for Kreinik's Remember the Ladies series); Three Things Sampler (Moira Blackburn)
Column 2--Gratitude (The Scarlet Letter)
Column 3--Ellen Murray (The Essamplaire)
Column  4--Mary Trelfall (The Marking Sampler); Eleanor Taylor (The Examplarery)

And  here are some samplers at the other end of the hallway.

Identifying the samplers starting with the sampler on the top left
Column 1--Let Virtue (Sheepish Designs); Elizabeth Easton (The Good Huswife--OOP)
Column 2--Marquoir Sampler with quite a few changes); Wisdom Sampler (Vermillion Stitchery)
Column 3--Jacobean Sampler (??); Aires of Green (Sheepish Designs)
When looking for the names of some of these samplers I ran across the old Geocities  page where I used to show my needlework. The photos aren't particularly  good because most photos were taken before the advent of digital photos. Nothing has been added to the page since 2007, but you can see lots of my older pieces which are in other rooms of our home.  http://www.oocities.org/heartland/4801/gallery.htm
 
I have several new designs, but it will be a while before I can get the directions written as I'm in the midst of developing  a couple of new teaching projects that will premier with the Western Reserve Sampler Guild in October. In a future blog post, I'll have more information about those classes and also classes in Madison, Wisconsin in September and in  Sturbridge, Massachusetts also in October.

In closing, I thought  you might also enjoy seeing new photos of our little girls. It's hard to believe they're already 5-1/2 months old. Both have been plagued with ear infections especially Norah who has had three ear infections already this year and a ruptured ear drum right before Christmas. Katie got two teeth last month. Norah  doesn't have any yet. Her favorite thing to do is roll over, and over, and over.  It's so much fun to watch the changes as they are discovering the world around them.

Katie
Norah
If you ask me a question in the comment section of this blog post,  please make sure I have a way to contact you. For many of you, there is no email listed.  So if you ask me a question, and  I don't respond you now know why. You can also email me if you have a specific question.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wishing You A Very Happy New Year!


I wish everyone a wonderful start to the New Year! Hopefully you'll have lots of stitching time not only today but throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my design business. My With My Needle Facebook page now over 2200 fans. Also, thank you to those who have bought my designs, contributed photos of your completed WMN projects for my blog, and taken classes. I've been blessed to make so many wonderful friends worldwide through our shared needlework passion.

For whatever reason, I no longer getting notifications when someone signs my guest book and leaves a note there. I answer all notes I know about, but without automatic notifications I sometimes miss your notes. If you have a specific question, please email me directly at examplar@withmyneedle.com or leave a comment under one of the blog posts.

If you've left a comment on one of my blog posts and I haven't acknowledged it, it's because your email isn't visible...in fact, it's set as "no reply". There's no way for me to contact you. I feel badly about that, but unfortunately there's nothing I can do. If you aren't sure if you're set as "no reply", ask me or another Blogspot blogger to check for you. Most people who are set as "no reply" have no idea that's going on.

I didn't produce many new designs in 2014. I hope to do much better in the coming year. We had quite a year last year, and I wasn't able to fully concentrate. I hope you understand.

2015 was not much of a stitching or designing year for me.  There was too much going on with my father-in-law's illness and death the first part of the year, travels and teaching later in the year, the birth of our twin granddaughters in August, and our moving in November.  I certainly hope to do better in 2016.

Below is a photo of the pieces I stitched during 2015.  I forgot to take a photo of Ann Smith (by The Scarlet Letter).  I made a lot of progress on her at the beginning of 2015, but still have quite a ways to go.

If you look carefully, you will see that there are two new With My Needle designs, Amidst the Crowd (inspired by one of my antiques) and A Gift From Heaven (a pair of birth samplers designed for Katie and Norah).  We just need to write the directions so hopefully we can have both designs available in another month or two.


Knowing that many of you enjoy seeing sampler walls, I hope to show you my new ones over the next couple of months. We've already hung over 195 pieces, but have a few more to go.

For whatever reason, I no longer getting notifications when someone signs my guest book and leaves a note there. I answer all notes I know about, but without automatic notifications I sometimes miss your notes. If you have a specific question, it's best for you to email me directly at examplar@withmyneedle.com or leave a comment under one of the blog posts.

If you've left a comment on one of my blog posts and I haven't acknowledged it, it's because your email isn't visible...in fact, it's set as "no reply". There's no way for me to contact you. I feel badly about that, but unfortunately there's nothing I can do. If you aren't sure if you're set as "no reply", ask me or another Blogspot blogger to check for you. Most people who are set as "no reply" have no idea that's going on.

I'd like to leave you with the sentiment expressed on this vintage postcard as I wish you the best in 2016!




Friday, December 25, 2015

Wishing you a joyous Christmastide!





Wishing you a joyous Christmastide!


I've been very remiss in updating my blog over the past few months, but hope to do better in 2016. Thank you to those who checked in to see if everything was okay.

We've had lots of changes in the past months with the addition of our two granddaughters and also a move. Our new home is still about 10 minutes from our son's house and 90 minutes from our daughter's. The move happened very quickly, and we're still settling in.  Most of the boxes are now unpacked and over 190 things have been hung on the walls (mostly needlework).  I think we still have 25 or so to go.  Once things have settled down, I'll have a couple of new With My Needle designs that were stitched a few months ago.  I hope you'll enjoy them.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Introducing the Two Newest Members of Our Family

On Wednesday, August 19th we welcomed two new members to our family--Kathryn Paige and Norah Grace. (They are being called Katie and Norah.) Katie weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. at birth, and Norah weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz. Their amazing mother worked a full day on Tuesday....in fact, she stayed extra to make sure that she had everything covered for the time she would be off with the girls.


Here Katie and Norah are with their parents Michelle and Stephen and big brother Garrett.


How nice that we each have a baby to cuddle. Here Tom is holding Katie and I'm holding Norah.


Katie

Norah


Here's Garrett getting to know his sisters.


On Saturday Michelle and the babies got to go home.  Here are a couple of photos from the past few days.

Katie

Norah




Their baby samplers are now with my framers. I hope to show them to you soon.

We are truly blessed by the birth of these two sweethearts.I'm titling their birth samplers "A Gift from Heaven Above" because that is what I believe they are.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Canadian Beauty

Tom and I were lucky enough to spend some time in the Canadian Rockies earlier this summer. We had heard how beautiful they are, but seeing them in person is unbelievable! Words cannot describe the beauty! The colors you see in my photos are the true ones--they have not been photo-shopped.











The next photos were taken at the Columbia Icefield.






I got the idea from another needleworker to do some stitching on the glacier. So here I am in four layers of clothing and wool socks putting in a few stitches on Lizzie A. Rees (Handwork Samplers).  


And here we are on our last evening. We hated to say good-bye to this beautiful part of the world, but we have exciting times ahead with the arrival of our twin granddaughters.  


Tomorrow is the day!! Tomorrow morning our daughter-in-law Michelle will deliver the girls by C-section. We are all very excited! I have their birth samplers all stitched except for the girls' names .... Michelle and Stephen are still trying to decide on them.