Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stitching Time Away

Hello all!  I hope you're all finding time to stitch now that Fall has arrived.  The hot temperatures are receding and the colors are starting to pop in the trees (every place in the country except in Texas - where the leaves just drop to the ground all at once it seems).  It has been a couple busy months since our last post.  In August, due to unforeseen circumstances, the subject of the normal meeting had to be moved to September.  However, not to lose a minute of precious stitching time, we turned it into a stitching and gab session to share our current projects as well as our favorite stitching hacks.  We also debuted our 2017 TRSG Christmas Ornament, which will you find below!  

August Show and Tell

Robert H. - Elizabeth Furniss
Hands Across The Sea
Lynn E. - Mexican Stag 
Pincushion and Scissor Fob
Samplers Remembered
Lynn E. - Needlepoint Santa
Melissa Shirley
Stitched on 26 count canvas!
Lynn E. - Turtle Needlebook
Olde Colonial Designs
Cyndi S. - John Foster
Historic Stitches
This piece was charted for two 
colorways, the front (soft muted 
colors) and the back (brighter colors).
Here is a side-by-side comparison 
of the same sampler!
Cyndi (back colorway) and 
Holly's (front colorway)
Mendie C. - Mr. Bloominbonz
Brazilian Embroidery
Mendie C. - Mrs. Bloominbonz
Brazilian Embroidery
Mr. and Mrs. Bloominbonz 
were designed by Mendie C.
Pat M. - I Am Only One
Lizzie Kate
 Pat M. - Tudor Rose Stitch Book and Fob
Chessie & Me 
2014 Tudor Rose Workshop
Codi M. -Spring Flame Pincushion
Heartstring Samplery
Finishing by Betty H.
Codi M. - Minerva Mouse
Just Nan
Finishing by Betty H.
Codi M. - Tudor Rose Stitch Book and Fob
Chessie & Me 
2014 Tudor Rose Workshop
Sharon D. - Good Friends Are Like Angels
Lizzie Kate
Sharon D. - Naughty or Nice
Lizzie Kate
Sharon D. - Beaded Strawberry Thimble Holder
Cindy Hambrick
Absolutely stunning!
Sherri H. - Merry Wind Farm Hornbook
Merry Wind Farm
This is a 2017 TRSG Stitch-A-Along 
using a free pattern from 
Merry Wind Farm.  The hornbooks 
were made by a husband of 
one of our members.  
Sherri H. - Wee Sampler Sewing Book
Catherine Theron Designs
Sherri H. - One Long Panel
Laura J. Perrin
Sherri H. - Tudor Rose Stitch Book and Fob
Chessie & Me 
2014 Tudor Rose Workshop
Lynette C. - Gone Stitchin' Name Tag
2017 Sugarland EGA Seminar
Gloria M. - Without A Mouse
Blackbird Designs
Stitched as a gift for Kim L.
Kim L. - Essamplaire Petite Collection II
With Thy Needle and Thread
Stitched as a birthday present for Debbie H.

Alas, we have reached our final show and 
tell pictures for August - the 2017 TRSG Christmas Ornament!
Debbie G. - 2017 TRSG Christmas Ornament
The biscornu finished ornament was designed 
by Debbie G. features a Blackwork Tudor Rose, 
the Holbein (Double Running) Stitch 
and Double Faggoting.  
It is gorgeous!  
Thank you Debbie for another 
Christmas treasure.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the September Meeting where TRSG Member, Kim L., gave a presentation on the Jane Austin Sampler.  Alas, I have no Show and Tell pictures from the September meeting but during our next meeting if I find out that pictures were taken, I will definitely share.  

As a final announcement, two of our members, Kim L. and Debbie H., have recently purchased the Stitch Niche in Arlington.  I was recently in the store and you should truly stop by to do some shopping, but also to see shop models stitched by members of TRSG.  There are many pieces stitched by Robert H.  All of the pieces on display are truly exquisite. 

I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them.  
~Author Unknown~

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue

Hello all!  Wow, summer is zipping by us with great speed.  I really wish it would slow down.  I cannot believe that it is already August 1st.  Before we all know it, kiddos will all be back in school and we will be bombarded with sightings of pumpkin spice everything!

Well, before much time passes, let me fill 
you in on the happenings with the 
Tudor Rose Sampler Guild. 

May Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Meeting

During our May meeting, we spent a little time discussing why stitching is important to us 
as well as our current projects.  

We then spoke about various stitch-a-longs that are going on throughout the stitching world.  One of the stitch-a-longs that was discussed is the beautiful mystery sampler from Linens and Things from Australia.  It started off as mystery sampler for a small number of followers but it has blossomed into a very large stitch-a-long throughout the world.  There are over 5,700 followers on the group.  If you are interested in checking it out, look for the Linen And Threads - Mystery Sampler SAL on Facebook.  

Tudor Rose Members were also provided with an opportunity to purchase hornbooks that were made by a member's spouse for those who wished to stitch Merry Wind Farm's freebie pattern called Hornbook.  We would like to extend a big thank you to the member's spouse.  These hornbooks are beautiful.  We even have some photos 
of this project below.  

After all of this lovely discussion, Debbie G. introduced a small stitch-a-long needle roll project utilizing banding material and a variety of stitches along the length of the needle roll.  We have a completed needle book below as well. 

May Show and Tell 

Judy M. - Worthy Is The Lamb
Catherine Theron Designs
TRSG Stitch-A-Long
Judy M. - Dewitt Academy for 
Young Ladies Box and Accessories
Merry Cox - 2015 Attic Needlework Class
Mary B. - Vintage Rose Pincushion
Mill Hill Beads
Sharon D. - Thorns Have Roses
Erica Michaels Designs
Sharon D. - Beaded Roses Bobbin Holder
Cyndi S. - Giraffe Pillow
Charlie Harper
Cyndi began stitching this giraffe while 
on her trip to Zimbabwe, Africa in 2015.
I believe this to be a piece by Cyndi S.
However, I am missing a slip.
Cyndi S. - Strawberry Needle Roll
Catherine Theron Designs
TRSG Stitch-A-Long
Cyndi S. - Ten
Amy Mitten, Fibers to Die For
Amy Mitten designed this sampler for 
TRSG's 10th Anniversary in 2010. 
Check out Cyndi's "Adam" and the detached 
buttonhole flower petals. 
Doris M. - Minerva Mouse
Just Nan 
Doris M. - Merry Wind Farms Hornbook
Merry Wind Farms 
TRSG Stitch-A-Long
Gloria M. - A Bowl Full of Scaries
Plum Street Samplers
This was stitched for Kim L. 
What a lovely gift!
Kim L. - 1796 Practice Sampler
Milady's Needle
Gloria M. - Boo
With Thy Needle & Thread
Stitched for Kim L.
Michelle L. - Mystery Sampler
Papillion Creations 
It was published in Gift of Stitching, and 
she stitched it for her 10th wedding anniversary.
Robert H. - Milady's Needle Manor Book
Milady's Needle
Robert H. - Cottage Charm Packet
Milady's Needle
June Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Meeting

During our June meeting we went over small items with regard to our needle roll project created by Debbie G.  We then held our very first Patriotic Ornament Exchange.  

Please note we do not hold meetings in July.

June Show and Tell

Robert H. - 1864 EF Sampler
Reproduced by Christy Schmitz and
Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett for 
Sampler & Antique Needlework 
Quarterly Summer 2011
It was stitched on 46 ct. with NPI silks.
Pat M. - Pig Pin Cushion
Stacy Nash Primitives
Pat M. - Slice of Freedom Pillow
Pat M. - Sampler Pocket
Homespun Elegance
Pat M. - Sampler Doll
Pat M. - Freedom Box
Betty H. - Honeysuckle Vine Sampler
Sheepish Designs
I just love Betty's "distressed" look.
Sharon D. - Vintage Rose Pincushion
Mill Hill Beads (original colors)
Sharon D. - Vintage Rose Pincushion
Mill Hill Beads (bead color and fabric variation)
Sharon D. - Nymo Bobbin Holder
Variation on the colors and design
Mary B. - 12 Days Partridge
Hands On Designs
Mary B. - Merry Wind Farms Hornbook
Merry Wind Farms 
TRSG Stitch-A-Long
Mary B. - Linen Band Needlebook
Debbie G. 
TRSG Stitch-A-Long
Shelly M. - Birds of a Feather
Blackbird Designs
Finished as a project bag by Betty H.
Shelly M. - Tudor Rose Scissor Fob
Chessie & Me
TRSG Workshop Piece
Shelly M. - Pincushion created 
from Garden Club Series 
Blackbird Designs
Holly L. - John Foster
Historic Stitches
Michelle L. - Ort Box
Designed for the 2013 Stitch Niche Retreat

Patriotic Ornament Exchange

Codi M. - Freedom Needle Book
Stacy Nash Primitives
Betty H. - Stacy Nash Primitives
Lori J. - Liberty House
Ewe & Eye & Friends
Sherry S. - Old Glory 
Chessie & Me
Debbie H. - Give Us Liberty
Threads of Memory
Pat M. - Sampler Pocket
Homespun Elegance
Shelly M. - Scissor Fob
An original creation by Shelly
Michelle L. - Glory Scissor Fob
Shepherd's Bush Designs
Cyndi S. - Little House Needleworks
Kim L. - Land That I Love
Doris M. - Heart and Hand
Our lovely display of patriotism!

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” 

~~Sam Keen~~