Tuesday, April 14, 2015

150 years ago today...

Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre by actor John Wilkes Booth the evening of April 14, 1865, and died across the street the next morning.

So glad there are all sorts of remembrances this week. The Smithsonian's American History museum is displaying the carriage that Lincoln and his wife Mary and two guests road to the theater that night.

A riderless horse, led by a soldier, started at Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and wound its way to Lincoln Cottage, where Lincoln and his family stayed during the Civil War.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Enjoy these 4,400+ Samplers!

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.


What an inspiring site!

And here's a link to our reproductions of antique samplers:


Thank you, Marty

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Contest Winner!

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!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Two New Designs + Website with Blog

Thanks to Nataly Koplovsky of Massachusetts
for suggesting my painting "Red-winged Blackbirds" for a sampler design!
Please see the result at

And "Shenandoah" was inspired by a trip to the 
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, 
suggested by my mother-in-law Pat. 
I'm always wowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Plus, I love this carousel horse on display at the museum...

The new design can be found at

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Creativity down to her toes (and heels)

Take a look at this well-heeled stocking! 
Sharon Wulff, from Penn Valley, California, 
added a contemporary heel to 
Carriage House's Pennsylvania German Stocking:

Here's a detail: 
I love it!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Shenandoah Valley

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)!

Valley Needleworks
7969 Main Street
Middletown, VA 22645


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

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!