Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Friendship and Family

Good morning everyone!  I'm sitting here in chilly North Carolina, waiting for two snow bands, one from the east and one from the west, to converge over the region and drop a few inches of snow on us.  It's kind of exciting, since I haven't seen any accumulation of snow in several years!

Meanwhile, I have two more patterns to share with you.  These patterns were inspired by the antique samplers that I own.  They are very small, quick pieces to stitch.  Here is "Family":

And here is "Friendship":

Both designs are stitched on 36 count Weeks Cocoa linen.  Friendship is stitched entirely with Weeks overdyed cottons, and Family is stitched with a mix of Weeks and Gentle Arts Shaker Threads.

If you like what you see, and you would like to purchase a pattern, please let your LNS know about your interest in my designs!  And please, share your interest with the rest of your stitching friends too.  Shops can contact me regarding purchase at robin@threadsofmemory.com.  Or they can stop by the Cherished Stitches room at Nashville.  My mom will be carrying all of the patterns that I am sharing here on my blog.

Don't forget about entering my giveaway.  You can read about it on this post here.

Til next time, stay safe and warm, and stay crafty!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Introducing Rachel Mauger

A few years ago, I shared a not-so-great picture on this blog of an antique sampler I had acquired featuring a sitting stag.  I started charting and stitching on a reproduction not too long after that, but set it aside for other stitching interests (and because charting the deer was a daunting prospect).  Over the last few months, I have been able to devote some serious stitching and charting time to Rachel's sampler, and here she is:

The model is stitched on 40 count Cappuccino linen by Weeks Dye Works, using silks from NPI, Au ver a Soie, and Crescent Colours (now Classic Colorworks).  I was first attracted to this sampler by the deer, and by the extremely bright turquoise and pinks that Rachel chose for her border.  The colors are all very bright, but I think they work well together.  I hope a few of you will think so as well.

Rachel stitched her sampler using wool threads on a coarse 22-count canvas.  I chose to stitch my model on a much higher count linen simply because that is more to my personal tastes, but it could certainly be stitched on a fabric closer in size to the original thread count.  I considered stitching with wools, but I simply could not find that pink and turquoise in the materials available today.

I went online to do a little digging around and to see if I could get some idea of who Rachel might have been.  The sampler was purchased from a store in England and I discovered that there were several women named Rachel Mauger living on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel.  There are records of two young women who would have been of the appropriate age to have stitched this sampler.  So maybe Rachel came from Guernsey, but I don't suppose we will ever know for certain.

If you like this reproduction, and you would like to purchase a pattern, please let your LNS know about your interest.  And please, share your interest with the rest of your stitching friends too.   Shops can contact me regarding purchasing at robin@threadsofmemory.com.  Or, they can stop by the Cherished Stitches room at Nashville.  My mom will be carrying all of the patterns that I will be sharing here on my blog.

I am off to put a few more stitches in one of Mom's models.  Til next time, stay crafty my friends!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's time for a giveaway!!!

Hello everyone!  As this post's title says, it is time for me to have a giveaway.  Everybody loves a chance to win free stuff, right?

The rules:
1-  You MUST be a follower of this blog.
2-  Leave a comment on this post, and you get one entry.
3-  Share about my giveaway on your own blog.  Then come back here and leave a comment on this post, telling me that you've shared, and you get a second entry.
4-  The contest will close at midnight on February 12th.  I will try to announce the winner as soon after that as possible, but I might not get the chance until after Market is over and I return home.

The Prize:
The winner will get their choice of two of my new patterns.  I will be sharing all six new releases over the next three weeks.

Well, that's it for this post.  Coming soon: photos of the Rachel Mauger Reproduction Sampler.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Year's start and the first trip of the year

Wow!  Has it really been almost 3 weeks since I last posted?  Where does the time go!  I guess I will start by sharing some stitching progress.  Like many of my fellow stitchers, I like to start on a brand new project on January 1st, as a sort of New Year's celebration.  This year, I chose to work on "Heaven and Nature Sing" by With Thy Needle and Thread.  The following picture shows one day's worth of stitching, and only one day's worth of stitching, since I haven't had time to work on the piece since the 1st.  Not too bad for one day's work, I think:

Since the first, I've been devoting my stitching time to a model piece for Mom, which I can't share yet, of course.  There actually hasn't been all that much time for stitching though.  Among other things, Alton and I spent a week in California cleaning out his uncle's condo in order to make some progress on his estate (Alton is the executor).  It was hard work, and sad work too.  I won't bore you with the details, but I will say that it truly boggled my mind to see how many different documents used to be generated containing a person's social security number: bank statements, pay stubs, loan documents, etc, etc.  Shred, shred, shred.

While we were in California, we did take a few hours off to do a tiny bit of sight seeing.   Between Los Angeles and San Diego, there is a old Spanish Mission at the town of San Juan Capistrano.  The original church was destroyed by an earthquake in the 19th century, and the ruins of "The Great Stone Church" still stand on the site today:

The church is listed on the World Monuments Fund top 100 Most Endangered Sites because of its fragile state.  The whole mission was simply beautiful, and relaxing.

The mission is also famous for its annual "Return of the Swallows" which is celebrated every year on March 19.  Apparently, the birds return on almost the same day every year, and build their nests along the eaves of the mission's buildings.  Sadly, it was the wrong time of the year for us to see the swallows ourselves.

There were some beautiful cactus plantings around the mission.  I didn't take many photos of the gardens, so you'll just have to take my word that they were lovely.

 So that's most of what I've been up to this month.  I have two of my six patterns bagged up, and I'm working hard at getting all the others ready.  I can't believe it's less than a month til the Nashville show!

Tomorrow (assuming that we still have power), I will post a giveaway announcement, and I will start sharing photos of my designs.  I hope some of you will like them!  Til next time, stay warm, stay safe, and stay crafty!