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Friday, December 15, 2017

My Samplers have come to life!

Most of you know it’s been my year to Stitch Quaker ..... I have been diligently loving each and every project! Well.... yesterday, my stitchy friend, Laura Phillips, rode with me to Virginia Beach to gather up my framed Samplers from Ms Patti Nicolosi.... Oh, and let me just say, I was blown away! She had me crying tears of amazement right there in the Panera parking lot! I’d like to share two of the three pieces with you today ( the third is a Patriotic stitch that will be shown later when I get my Patriotic wall of stitches up)……

 Patti has the “eye” for picking perfect moulding to highlight your stitched pieces... She’s framed many other pieces for me and by the way.... I will have my collection of Quaker Samplers up on the walls right after the holidays... I’m waiting because I have moved furniture around to allow for my Christmas tree and I want these Samplers centered above that moved couch... Anywho, stay posted!

Aren’t they pretty??





I chose to stitch Sarah Tatum Sampler designed by Scarlet Letter because Sarah was a young school girl when she stitched this, much like the young children I had been educating the past many years.. Since 2017 was my year of retirement from being an educator, I thought Sarah’s Sampler would be perfect~ Stitched in 1800, I expect Sarah was a well liked little girl. Look at all the vibrant thread colors she used! Often, the girls would share and swap threads, so evidently, Sarah had many classmates willing to share.....

I stitched my Sarah Tatum on 40 count Exempler linen by Lakeside using the specified silks... It’s a sizable piece with the design size of 19” x 16”.....  It certainly will be my focal point on my wall of Quaker Samplers~ 


I love the mix of golds and bronze tone silks along with the many shades of blues and grays.... There are even motifs stitched in cremes... They are not easy to see, but even the palest threads are there.... And then you’ll notice a few pops of color.. This sampler was my go-to stitch for many weeks this year. Each motif seemed like a completed project, so I could hardly put this Sampler down. I wondered if Sarah felt the same way.... 


This nice wide moulding that Patti chose to use couldn’t have been more perfect~ The brown and subtle bronze undertones really highlighted those similar thread colors used... Slightly aged looking was just what was needed and I couldn’t be happier about the end result......




My other large Quaker Stitch for 2017 was Raggauffin 2 Sampler designed by Shakespeare’s Peddler. This sweet chart had been in my basket for a good while... Never kitted up, but always calling my name~ Like Sarah Tatum, this Sampler was stitched in the 1800s.... I chose to Stitch this Sampler on 40 count linen as well using silk threads.... The design size is a hefty 18” x 14”..... 

As I read and researched, I had to laugh at the unique connection I had! As you know, often times young children will forget to put their name on their paperwork... How many times do you think I said to my class of students.., ” I have a paper hear with no name!”.. ALOT! And, guess what!? This sweet stitcher, back in 1811, forgot to put her name in her Sampler! Hence, the name given is Raggamuffin Sampler..... 


I was drawn to the black Quaker alphabets and that wonderfully unique border..... It’s not symmetrical, but I’m sure that was OK with her teacher.... She obviously loved flowers and plants; perhaps she was a tomboy loving to be outside... Not much is known about this young stitcher... I love the story behind it though and feels it adds to its uniqueness... I am thankful it was recreated as a design I could stitch and hang on my walls... 


Again, Patti chose the perfect moulding for this Sampler also. Dark with the subtle vine like texture along the outside.... To me, it speaks to the vine border in the sampler.... I simply love how it made my Stitches pop! 

Thanks for reading as I share my story of my 2 largest Sampler Stitches if 2017. There are other smaller Quaker themed items in my home that I stitched this year.... I’m lucky to get to see these sweet Quaker pin wheels designed by Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives.... She has a collection of them she released throughout 2017 and I stitched them as well to commemorate my year of stitching Quaker..


Here they are as they are nestled in my LeHay Shaker tray.... I love making pinwheels especially since I know they were a valued tool throughout the centuries.... Some pinwheels were decorative and used to push special, treasured pins along its sides.... Other pinwheels were used as a staple in the sewing baskets to keep the pins from becoming lost .... I love the uniqueness of a Pinwheel and plan on stitching more of Nans pinwheel designs in 2018.....


Thanks for sticking with me through this long post..... I hope it’s inspired you to take a closer look at stitching Quaker.... As for 2018, my plans are to continue stitching Samplers, of course.... My focus, however, will be in reproductive Samplers. I will be start stitching Isabella Uffindell reproduced by Nicola Parkman of Hands Across the Sea (HATS) on Jan 1.  Additionally, I will be attending a lecture by Nicola on Jan 5 in Weaverville NC at Sassy Jacks Stitchery. I cannot wait to meet her in person and see the original antique Uffindell Sister Samplers. More to come in this~ 


Always remember, be kind, generous and giving~ 

Happy stitching! 

Faye 


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Today’s picture walk.....

Holiday greetings friends and fellow stitcher! A quick pause from my little corner of the world.... Today’s picture walk includes a small sampling of a few seasonal finishes that I’ve had the great fortune to create~~ Please Enjoy~

Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings...... 


I like to make the backings fun too! 

Country Rustive Primitives Faith


Plum Street Sampler~ Farmstead Christmas.... A thinner pillow made to lean on a stand such as mine……


Very simple detachable bow and cinnamon red plaid piping/backing....


Homespun Elegance~ Avery’s Little Red Truck

(Left)... freebie from Dec 4, 2010 blogpost of Stitching and Cats oh my Blog...

(Right).... Joy Just Cross Stitch magazine, issue unspecified...


I located some darling wooden buttons stamped “Handmade” to attach on the backs...


Pineberry Lane design on 40 count Pearled Barley

Punch Needle &Primitive Magazine Winter 2016



I love simple charms and embellishments ~


More to come.... I’m on the home stretch for 2017 finishing.... I will be pausing Dec 20- Jan 2 from actual finishing.... Rest, recharge, family time and my long awaited reorganization of my Carolina Stitcher craftroom.....  But I’ll still be blogposting!!


Much love, 

Faye

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tonight’s picture walk....

I’m thinking (cross your fingers) my blog posting issues are behind me~ I sure do hope so!

Here is another collection of finishes I happily did for a sweet customer.... I’ll let the photos speak for themselves...


Summer Schoolhouse~ A lesson in Abecadarian designed by Brenda Gervais of With thy Needle & Thread


They fit perfectly in my LeHay Shaker tray... I trimmed them with hemp rick rack so it slightly pops out of each side seam...


That tiny stitched Strawberry is just too cute!


I loved that this was stitched on the recommended 28 count Lugana over 1... Each piece is quite petite!

I even rounded out things by making that teenie tiny red wool Strawberry attached to the far right pillow.... distressed seam ribbon and antique buttons pulled the red berry embellishment all together~  Like many of you, I am also stitching this collection.... So, if you’d like my help, I’m just a comment or email away~


More seasonal finishes will be on my next picture walk..... Until then, happy stitching!


Faye

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today’s picture walk.......

Testing this app for posting to my blogspot....


This collection was a joy to finish! Stoneware Pinkeepdesigned by Priscilla’s Pocket using Country Redwood GAST Thread... My customer was MOST thrilled!


Each were edged with Nick’s Coat mini Pom-Pom by Dames of the Needle……… 


I have had so many blogging problems, so bear with me..... 


Happy stitching friends.....


Faye


Thursday, October 5, 2017

It’s my birthday month giveaway………

Greetings friend~ I have posted on Facebook that I'm offering this Carolina Stitcher bag in a giveaway in honor of it being my birthday month!! From the looks of things, I may have 2 to give away~  Soooooo, if you would like to play along and be entered, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and make a comment! Easy~ I will announce the winner(s) on Monday Oct 9~~~  

Good luck everybody!!! 

 

Faye

Monday, September 25, 2017

Today's Picture walk......

Good morning friends!!! Happy Monday and lets get started.... I will get right with it because I have finishing ideas swirling in my head already this morning.... Ideas I will apply to your finishing orders in my craftroom.... Its such a great feeling! But, first, I would like to share a few goodies that have arrived at their owners homes.... Finishes that were created by me~

 

Mice in the Sewing Room

With thy Needle &Thread 

 I thought the tiny pillow needed a scissor pocket~ And, a spool of thread charm~

 

 Hats off to Uncle Sam

Blackbird Designs

Intended to be finished into a drum... however this cutie will hang in a grapevine wreath.... 

 
Spring Greetings Bouquet
With thy Needle & Thread
 

The tiniest of French Knots make this piece adorable! 

 Remember Me

Plum Street Samplers

 

I was lucky enough to get to Norforgotten Farms a couple weekends ago and purchased one of the Sewing Trays made right there on the farm.... It has turned into an invalueable treasure for me! Not only do my necessities sit on it when stitching, but it keeps all of my finishing trinkets in place when I am completing your pieces... I'm including the Etsy link.... 

Notforgotten Farms 
Sewing tray in Barn Red
 
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/531260243/wooden-stitchers-tray-clamp-on-armchair
 
I hope all of you have a great week with laughter, fellowship and stitching!! 
 
Faye

Sunday, September 10, 2017

American Homestead Sewing Set and more!

Greetings friends and fellow stitcher~ First and foremost, know that I, like all if you, pray for all the families that have endured, are enduring and are facing the wrath of the fierce storms that are currently taking toll on so many..... The Lord be with all of you... As a side note, I have suspended shipping Carolina Stitcher orders this week so to not jeopardize any lost packages~

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American Homestead Sewing Set by The Scarlett House, Tanya Brockmeyer was a delightful stitch of a collection of items.. I was drawn to the lady in the front yard holding the American flag... the log cabin and the group of animals.... I love these designs!!
Stitched on Oats&Honey by Dixie Sampler Hand dyed linens 
40 count
Using all specified cotton overdye threads
 
Instead of the little pillow finish, I opted for a foldover pocket... 
 
Inside, I added a slightly padded cushion for special pins and buttons...
And the pocket can hold packs of needles, a small ruler or notes... 
 
 I love putting little extras in my finishing... 
The chart calls for my little pincushion to be a scissor fob. I made the pincushion because I wanted to make a spooled fob with one of my stork scissor charms.... 
 
 The hornbook was one I've had for a while... Just waiting for the right project... A just-right fit, I'd say!!
 The beautiful Shaker Tray by LeHay Shaker, rounds out the collection. I cannot say enough about this beautifully handcrafted red shaker tray~ Rob is a master at his trade and as the owner of many of his pieces, I cannot sing his praises loud enough... 
Again, an old fashioned sewing set for needles, pins, scissors....
All nestled in a beautiful tray to display and actually use! 
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I made a promise to myself in January that this would be my year of Quaker stitching.... I love the Quaker style and wanted to add to my collection of Quaker samplers and smalls. Threadwork Primitives, Nan Lewis, has a collection of beautiful Quaker Pinwheels that REALLY spoke to me!
Quaker Clover Pinwheel 40 count Lakeside Light Exemplar linen
Using all Specified cotton overdye threads
 
 
Vintage mini Pinwheel 40 count Lakeside light exemplar
Using all specified cotton overdye threads
I loved the stitch so much that I stitched it a second time in a red/brown colorway~
.... pinwheels were actually used to house working pins and special pins back in the 1800's....
My collection is growing.... and again, my LeHay Shaker trays and shaker boxes are perfect to display these small works of art....  I will sign off  with a quote from Robert Schuller... "let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future..." Blessings, Faye