Monday, October 25, 2021

Three New Releases from With My Needle

Recently I sent three new designs to shops that requested them.  You can read all about the designs at my website www.withmyneedle.com.

If your favorite shops hasn't ordered, please ask them to contact me at examplar@withmyneedle.com

Feel free to email me if you need a source for the bobbins. 


Peacocks in the Garden
(an historical adaptation)



Quaker Sampling VI 
Bobbins (often called spools) aren't a standard size so the chart pak has 3 charts to accommodate various bobbin sizes. The ones for Quaker Sampling VI are the same at the top and the bottom but different in between.  These designs look cute on bobbins but can also be made into a little pillow or just laid on a table to display.  If about 3-inches of linen is added to either side of the stitching, the design can be made into a drum.  There are so many possibilities.

 


Sampler Maker
Bobbins (often called spools) aren't a standard size so each of the bobbin chart pak has charts to accommodate various bobbin sizes.  The 3 designs for the Sampler Maker are very similar.
These designs look cute on bobbins but can also be made into a little pillow or just laid on a table to display.  If about 3-inches of linen is added to either side of the stitching, the design can be made into a drum.  There are so many possibilities.
  

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Samplers from the Warren County Historical Society

 As I was sorting through old photos, I ran across these from the Warren County Historical Society Museum in Lebanon, Ohio.  Taking photos was challenging due to overhead lights and flash reflections on the glass, but I thought you might enjoy seeing these photos anyway.










No matter what I tried, this photo would not upload in the right
orientation, but it is such a wonderful sampler that I decided  to
include it anyway.




These are just a fraction of the samplers in the Warren County Historical Society's collection.

In 2013, I showed some more photos from this wonderful little museum. If you're interested, you can view them at http://withmyneedle-ellen.blogspot.com/2013/03/samplers-friends-and-hot-cross-bunsoh-my.html.  You'll need to go about halfway down the posting to see the photos and write-up.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Here's Info (and Photos) about My Third Class in Williamsburg

My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif  is my third class for this year's Christmas in Williamsburg Needlearts Festival. The class will take place over three consecutive days.

This project can be made as a sampler and framed or it can be made into a huswif.  A "huswif" or "hussif" is a folded or rolled case for holding needlework supplies.  Women often carried a huswif in one of the large tie-on pockets worn under their skirts.  The embroidery is the same for both the sampler and the huswif.  The project also includes a coordinating needlebook case and scissors sheath.  All of these pieces can be assembled by hand.

The stitches used are Algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, barrier, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion (traditional and reverse slant), double-sided Italian cross, four-sided, long-armed cross, Montenegrin, mosaic, padded satin, Rhodes, rice, small plait stitch, Smyrna cross, star, straight, tent, Williamsburg, and zigzag stitch.

The kit includes charts and detailed directions for stitching and assembly, 36-count linen, silk embroidery threads, dupioni silk, a needle, and miscellaneous finishing supplies including overdyed silk ribbon, and three beads for closures.

Sampler and Huswif outside

Huswif (closed). Scissors Case, and Needlebook (closed)
Huswif inside, scissors case, and needlebook (back)

Inside of the Needlebook


The scrimshaw ruler and threadwinders shown in the third photo are not included in the kit but can be ordered at the class.

Registration for this class and others can now be done at Needle Art's Festival (click here).

Friday, May 5, 2017

More Williamsburg news!

My second early bird class for the 2017 Christmas in Williamsburg Festival is Olivia and Her Sampler.

A handmade Shaker box will hold your needlework treasures.  On the inside, the box features an embroidered bottom. Dupioni silk lines the walls of the Shaker box. Also included are three needlework accessories -- a scissors case doll, a sampler needlebook, and a pincushion. The scissors case doll is perfect for storing your embroidery scissors. The case has a front and back view of a young lady, Olivia, with her embroidery work.  You will be able to personalize your case with an initial on the linen in Olivia’s embroidery hoop.  The needlebook is Olivia’s completed sampler.  The second photo shows the back of the needlebook, scissors case doll, and pincushion.




This project uses the following stitches: Algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, double-sided Italian, four-sided, mosaic, nun’s, Smyrna, and tent stitches.

In addition to the charts and detailed directions for stitching and assembly, the kit includes 36-count linen, silk embroidery threads, a needle, a wooden Shaker box, dupioni silk lining, and miscellaneous finishing supplies.

The scrimshaw ruler, threadwinder, and personalized box label shown in the first photo are not included in the kit but can be ordered at the class.

Registration for this class and others can now be done at Needle Art's Festival (click here).

Monday, May 1, 2017

Exciting news!

Remember me? I'm terribly embarrassed that it's been so long since I've last posted anything on my blog.  Please accept my apologies. I've so much to tell you that it may take me weeks to catch you up on things.

I want to start with some exciting news. I was approached a few months ago by Annie's to submit class proposals for their Needle Art's Festival (click here) this December in Williamsburg, Virginia. I was thrilled that they accepted all three of my proposals--two early bird classes and one regular class.  Registration is now open for all classes.

Today I'm going to show you one of my early bird classes, Be It My Ambition. This compartmentalized-style sampler has nine octagonal cartouches surrounded by a luscious strawberry vine border. The center cartouche has an old sampler verse, Be it my ambition to excel in the blest art of doing well. This is truly a sentiment we should embrace not only in our needlework but also in our lives.

This project uses the following stitches: backstitch, closed herringbone, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, horizontally elongated cross stitch, mosaic, padded satin, satin, ray, Smyrna cross, star, straight, tent, and vertically elongated cross stitch.

Your class kit will include charts and detailed directions for stitching (18 pages plus the cover), 36-count linen, silk embroidery threads, and a needle.


The use of specialty stitches adds a lot of texture as shown in the following two photos.


For many needleworkers, Christmas in Williamsburg is the dream needlework seminar. Can you imagine wonderful classes in such a beautiful and historic location? You can also explore the village during your free time. Colonial Williamsburg is a very special place to visit, and it's even more wonderful at Christmastime. I've been there often over the years, and I'm always excited to return.

Don't worry about not knowing anyone if you're new to this seminar.  As you probably know, needleworkers are an extremely friendly bunch, so it will be easy to make some new friends.  If you don't want to travel alone, bring a friend, your daughter, sister, or cousin, or perhaps your husband. It will be great opportunity to indulge in your needlework passion, to explore wonderful Colonial Williamsburg, to renew old acquaintances, and to create new friendships with those who share your passion.

I've enjoyed hearing from some of the needleworkers who plan to take one or more of my classes. I hope you too can join us for a fun time in Williamsburg November 30-December 4.