The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America is compiling all of the samplers stitched before the year 1900. You are welcome to add to this historic endeavor if you own one created before this date. There is no cost or obligation. This is for everyone to research and to enjoy.
Kevin Tober, of Pompano Beach, Florida, suggested using my painting Widow’s Walk, which features a house along the Chestertown River in Maryland, as a basis of a cross stitch design. The model is now being stitched!
Kevin, was born and raised in Monmouth Beach, NJ., just a block from the Atlantic Ocean, where “widow’s walks” graced many of the area’s beautiful old homes. He started stitching in 2004 while recuperating from back surgery, and it’s still a way for him to cope with chronic pain issues. Plus, he loves that he’s creating something with his hands.
Thanks again to Kevin for getting this pattern off the ground! He’ll receive the first copy we print, for FREE!
I'm very excited about spending tomorrow in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with Jennifer, Denise and Karen (and hopefully YOU) at Valley Needleworks! I would love to see you between 10 and 2 tomorrow. There's a door prize, too (but you must be present to enter)!
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Bonnie Olson, from Brookfield, MA, surprised me this week with not just a note card with the wild sledding girl from "Christmas Joy Ride" printed on it, but also a magnet adorned with an image of her sampler. Bonnie simplified the design and stitched it on 45 count linen over two threads.
Here's her 4.25-inch square sampler attached to a mini sled. What a fun idea and a beautiful photograph, Bonnie! Thank you for sharing this.
Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a fun and creative New Year!