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 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.



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.



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.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Marilyn does it again!!

Things continue to be very busy around here. Last month Tom and I took a trip to the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Normally we don't take two trips so close together, but knowing that we are getting twin granddaughters this month, we wanted to get our travels in before hand.

While we were away I received photos from Marilyn V. of her completed Kindred Spirits. Marilyn took this class a few months ago when I taught it for Stitchville USA's retreat. I was so surprised to see her there because she lives in the Chicago area.

Marilyn is an exquisite needlework stitcher and finisher. Over the years she has taken most of my classes. Knowing her level of expertise, I think she takes the classes not necessarily for the instruction, but because she really wants the class project.

Look at her beautiful workmanship! Would you believe that this is the same lady who years ago told me she only made framed pieces and not "smalls"? Wow--what a turnabout she has made!

Thanks, Marilyn, for your photos.  I hope our paths will cross again very soon!!

Kindred Spirits is available only as a class project.  It will be taught twice more this year--in Seattle, Washington and in Shipshewana, Indiana. Both classes are in October

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Meet Ann M, the Queen of Needlework Pocketbooks and Wallets

My friend Ann M. has an obsession for stitched wallets and pocketbooks. I first introduced you to her three years ago when I showed some of the wonderful pieces she has completed. You can see that write-up here.

In the past few years, Ann has stitched several more beautiful pieces, including most recently my queen-stitched pocketbook, A Work'd Pocketbook. This project is an adaptation of an antique I own.  

Ann changed the thread colors to suit her taste. She used 32-count Wichelt Lambswool linen, Needlepoint Inc. silk thread, a linen lining, and grosgrain ribbon for the closure.  

Ann wrote, As a lover of counted stitch I must admit I so enjoy reproductions and right now my focus/obsession is on wallets. On  "Work'd Pocketbook" (I changed thread colors) with LOTS of queen stitches I used Needlepoint Inc. silk thread. Thanks to Ellen for the wonderful adaptation and the superb instructions

A Work'd Pocketbook has over 7000 queen stitches! Yes, you read that correctly. I've nicknamed this project Not for The Faint of Heart. While this project is LOTS of work, I think you'll agree the results are well worth the effort!  

I was lucky enough to see Ann's completed A Work'd Pocketbook at the last Queen City Sampler Guild 's daylong stitch-in--in fact we sat together at the same table. It was so great to see her pocketbook in person.  I can't believe that I forgot to take a photo of Ann with her piece.  So sorry!

As you probably realize, I have taken time off from designing because of all that has been happening in our lives during the past couple of years.  The good news (well, hopefully it is good news), is that I've recently designed two new samplers. The first, Amidst the Crowd, is currently with my framer Carol.  This sampler was inspired by a wonderful antique sampler that hangs in our bedroom. It has an incredible border which I've adapted from the antique, a beautiful verse taken from the antique, and some wonderful deer.  I've also designed birth samplers  (A Gift from Heaven Above) for my twin granddaughters who are due in late August. The samplers are basically the same, but have small changes to make them slightly different.  The models are stitched except for the three lines of personalization which I'll add once the girls are born in late August.

I"ll let you know when I'm ready to release the designs. It may be awhile because I have a busy few months ahead with the arrival of my granddaughters and teaching in both Seattle and in Shipshewanna, Indiana.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Annette's Beautiful Finish!

Earlier this summer Annette completed her A Lady's Worke Box.  (She was in the class with the Bay Area Sampler Guild in San Francisco.)  I think you'll agree that she did a beautiful job both with stitching and assembling this project.  Bravo, Annette!

Annette wrote, I finally finished "A Lady's Worke Box"! It really didn't take that long to stitch up I just needed to focus and spend a little time with it. I absolutely LOVE my box. What a special treasure that is all mine and I made it. Every small piece is so lovely the specialty stitches adds texture to their look & feel. 

Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful treasure you designed. I sure enjoyed stitching it and while doing so brought back all the wonderful memories of the other ladies in class and getting to meet you!

Annette, thank you for your photos and kind comments. It certainly was a delight meeting you and spending time with you and members of the Bay Area Sampler Guild.

At the class, Annette gave me a beautiful needlecase she had made for me.  This is the case I take with me almost every time I travel. On the inside of the case are two needlepages and a pocket--perfect for carrying my scissors. You can see the needlebook in the photo below in the Amish basket.

A Lady's Worke Box will next be taught on Saturday October 3, 2015 in Seattle for the Northwest Sampler Guild. You can get class information by either writing Theresa at or by visiting the guild's website. Kindred Spirits will be taught on Friday, October 2 and A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif will be taught on Sunday, October 4th.

You must be in the classroom to receive the kits. The registration deadline is on July 28--just two weeks from today.  I hope to see some of you in Seattle.