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Saturday, December 23, 2017

A special bag for a special project~ 

I know many of you are ready for Christmas Day.... Baking is done, wrapping is done, lists have been double checked.... One more day and unbelievably, Christmas 2017 will be in the books! Amazing!

I’ve been setting my sights to 2018.... a little……… I plan on my large stitch projects in 2018 to be reproduction Samplers beginning with the Uffindell sisters Samplers reproduced by Hands Across the Seas. I will be stitching Isabella Uffindell first and then her younger sister Ann Uffindell’s Sampler. I’ve been excited about starting and it’s been hard to hold off until 1-1-18. 


Isn’t this stunning!? I love the reds and all the greens... Isabella was the older sibling, like me, so I was drawn to her... Today I made an extra large Carolina Stitcher Project Bag to organize all the supplies for both samplers~


I used a special floral fabric as the insert... A near perfect match to the flowers and greenery the girls stitched in their samplers ……


I’m keeping a notecard for each of the Samplers in my Stitch bag as well... I think I’ll document my stitching either daily or weekly when stitching. It will be fun to go and read my comments about the journey once I’m finished stitching these projects~


I bought several notecards from Sassy Jacks in Asheville NC when I purchased the chart.... The notecards themselves are works of art…


I don’t normally gusset my bags, but there’s quite a bit of goodies needed for this Stitch.....



A few linens auditioned but after the AVAS silks floss toss, 40 count Vintage Pecan Butter by Lakeside Linen won out…… 


Just like my 2017 stitching Quaker Samplers, I’ll chip away on reproduction Samplers in 2018... Loving the journey, taking in each lovely stitch ~


Additionally, I’ll be attending the lecture by Nicola Parkman of Hands Across the Sea on Jan 5 at Sassy Jacks in Asheville~ I’ve been a long time admirer of Nicola and consider her quite the authority and historian of needlework Samplers…… Meeting her in person will be an absolute thrill!  To top off all this, I’ve learned the actual antique Samplers are on display at the shop!  Stitching, meeting Nicola Parkman, seeing the antique Samplers, lecture and a trip to Asheville... Merry Christmas to me, right??


I hope you’re settled into the Season, Happy and blissfully stitching~ 


Faye

31 comments:

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Looks like you’ve got your plans laid and goodies all ready. Look forward to seeing your progress!
Merry Christmas, friend. Hope yours is merry and bright! Hugs ❣️
💚🎄❤️

Halland House Gifts said...

Your bag looks wonderful, Faye. I’m thrilled you’re enjoying a little slice of heaven for the next two weeks. Merry Christmas.🙂

RJ said...

What gorgeous samplers you will be stitching Faye. I love your choice of materials. Your bag turned out so pretty and the mini floral is perfect with your sampler design. I would be thrilled to go to Asheville too. So I'm guessing that Sassy Jack is a great cross stitch store too? RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

MartinaM said...

Oh what a nice bag, i love the colors. And a gorgeous sampler you will start in 2018.
I wish you a merry christmas.
Martina

Ricamo a Doppio Filo said...

You project is wonderful! And the bag is perfect for it!
Merry Christmas to you!
Naty

Justine said...

That sounds like the perfect day out! Hope you have a wonderful time. Your project bag is beautiful.

Mumsy Patch said...

I love the sampler .. it's just too much. Mery christmas from France
Cristel

Cathy B said...

Beautiful bag Faye! I too am looking forward to meeting Nicola, but I will meet her at the Attic. Whether in Asheville or Mesa, it’s going to be a real treat to meet her!

denise said...

Sounds like you have a busy year planned. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

TinaTx said...

Love the bag and the sampler is going to be stunning!
Merry Christmas!

Arlene Grimm said...

What a lovely project and the bag does match the project!! I have Autumn Quaker in my stash and I am wondering is 2018 will be the year that I tackle it?? Isn't it fun to kit up a new project? It always makes me a happy stitcher.

Diane H said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Faye. Visiting your lovely blog is always a great pleasure.

Karen said...

A great project and a special project bag to hold it- a great way to start the new year. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

marly said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas Faye.

Pat Matejcek said...

Beautiful project and lovely bag! Merry Christmas!

Wisconsin Stitcher said...

Hi Faye, That sounds like a very fun year. The bag and picture of sampler are lovely. I’d be super 3xcited too about starting the stitching. I’d love this sneeze a picture of the note cards you bought. Never heard of those. We plan a trip to North Carols na this spring so I will make a note of Sassy Jacks to visit. We have only a very tiny shop here in Madison Wi. But I’m grateful,for anything. I’d love a big needlework shop.

Merry Christmas to you and all your family

Heritage Hall said...

Oh Faye - The opportunity to meet Nicola from that wondrous seacoast and to plumb
the depths of her knowledge...what a treat.. I have long admired that gracious lady...and the exhibit of antique samplers !!! Be still my heart... What a memorable
experience that will be....Enjoy. Just love your 2018 project...and matchy, matchy
bag....

Robin in Virginia said...

Faye, I look forward to seeing your reproduction journey in 2018. What a fabulous project bag you created for you samplers in progress. I know you will enjoy meeting Nicola in 2018. Merry Christmas to you!

Sweet Sue said...

wishing you a merry christmas faye! jan 5 sounds like a date not to be missed, enjoy:)

Faye Riggsbee said...

Yes ma’am ~Sassy Jacks is a fairly new shop and our only LNS in NC. I’m 4 hours away from it, but have been know to do a day trip just to go! Lol... Thanka fir the kind words~ Merry Christmas my dear friend!!

Faye Riggsbee said...

Yes ma’am ~ Merry Christmas my dear friend!!

Faye Riggsbee said...

I cannot wait! She’s such a knowledgeable Sampler historian ~ Yes ma’am ~ Merry Christmas my dear friend!!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful project and bag Faye...looking forward to another year enjoying our passion for needlework! Merry Christmas to you...so glad you keep your blog up. FB groups are nice but I miss our blogging community...going to get my blog going again soon and try to get back to it regularly.

woolwoman said...

Beautiful projects for 2018, I was t going to purchase the “sisters” but then I thought I.d be sorry once they sold out and I couldn’t get them.
Some of my friends are going to Sassy Jacks lecture , wish I could have but it will be my 19th consecutive rug camp in January and I just couldn’t stop now. Have a merry Christmas Faye! We,ll love having all 4 stockings on the mantel this year. Love Mel

Merilde said...

Hi Faye! They are lovely projects - love the flowers and the colors. Your project bag is brilliant. Envious of your trip to Sassy Jacks, it will be a fantastic time. I have enjoyed your Quaker journey, so look forward to this year. Happy Christmas and a Merry 2018! Lori

samplrgal said...

It's so nice for you to be retired so you can really enjoy some quality stitching time!

Susan Lankford said...

Beautiful bag to complement your stitching. Have a wonderful time at Sassy Jacks with Nicola!

Monica Goodreau said...

The bag turned out fantastic! Where did you get the Sampler patterns? Can’t wait to see your progress. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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Karen said...

Oh I would love to go and meet Nicola! Hands Across the Seas and GiGi R are my favorite samplers. I would like to do Susanna Millne and Eliza Skelton. From GiGi I am doing The Rose Wreath. I will have to make a trip to Sassy Jacks. I am sad to see The Lonestar Mercantile is closing. Greenville has no shops for cross stitch other than Michaels. I even sent an email to Michaels to ask them to please stock a wider variety of cross stitch patterns but never heard from them. :( I know you will enjoy your trip to Asheville and hoping it is all you would like it to be!

Karen in Greenville

Karen said...

Faye-just read some of the comments. There used to be a shop in Fayetteville a craft shop that was fairly big on Raeford Road that would sell some good patterns. I have not been there since I left in 2000. Dunn used to have Emily's but Edna is gone now but I have often wondered if they had a shop there.