Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Little Spring in Our Stitches

The bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping and the flowers are popping.  The fields are green and hay has even been cut once here in Texas.  The baby calves and goats are frolicking across the fields without a care in the world.  It is so wonderful watching the world renew itself.  Before we know it, school will be out, and the hot temperatures will be on us.  I, for one, enjoy this time of year despite not getting much time to stitch.  I hope you are finding time to stitch.  Someone add a few stitches for me.

During our March meeting of Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, we learned a new technique for our repertoire of finishing techniques.  Debbie G. gave a wonderful presentation on ruching.  Ruching is a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat; the term is a sewing technique in which fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeating pattern to form ruffles, scallops, or petals.   To help you along in learning how to add ruched edging to your pieces, check out Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) tutorial at: http://tts-learntofinish.blogspot.com/2012/02/rusched-ribbon.html 

Here is a wonderful example of 
a piece with ruched edges: 

It truly adds a unique edge to 
your finishing and it is so easy. 

In April, members received their kits for the 2016 Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Stitch-A-Long - Catherine Theron's 
Early Spring Lambs.
 The second photo is reflects the stitching 
layout for those who are out of town.
Member's Show and Tell
Lynn M. - All Year Squared
Betsy Morgan (Willing Hands Designs)
Lynn M. - Stocking
Designed by Linda Cox
Lynn M. - Rose Pincushion
Blackbird Designs
Lynn E. - Soul Birds
La-D-Da Designs
Valerie R. - Patriotic Stockings
The Need'l Love Company
Judy M. - Jane Woodard 1822 Reproduction 
Sampler - Designer Unknown
Debbie G. - Stitching Scissors
Dessin DHC
 Mendie C. - Home Sweet Home
Carolyn Pearce
Doris M. - Hurl Not The Earth
Plum Street Samplers
Sherry S. - Liberty Inn
Chessie & Me
Anne T. - Thee I Wed
La-D-Da Designs
Betty H. - Litha Summer Solstice
The Primitive Hare
Karen H. - Things Unseen Sampler
Lizzie Kate - Mystery Sampler in 3 parts
Karen H. - Boot Name Tag for 
2016 EGA SCR Seminar
Sharon Davis - Beaded (Peyote)
Karen H. - A Few Shells Fob
Fern Ridge Designs - Beaded (Peyote and Fringe)
Michelle L. - Wee Wooly
Heart in Hand Designs
The sheep is stitched with 
Gentle Arts Simply Wool Thread. 
Gloria M. - Good Intentions
Kathy Barrick
Gloria stitched this sampler for 
Kim L. for Christmas
What a wonderful friend!
Debbie H. - Alice Ponsford Antique Sampler 
and adaption by Debbie H.
Alice Ponsford adaption to 
be published by Woody Creek Designs
Robert H. - Jane Brown 1831 Sampler
Amy Mitten Designs
Robert H. - Long May She Wave
With My Needle
This piece is from TRSG's Workshop with Ellen Chester in May 2015.  Great job Robert.  

"The cuckoo comes in April,
Sings a song in May:
Then in June another tune,
And then she flies away."
~~English Rhyme~~

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Leap Day!

2016 brings us all an extra day of stitching!  How have you spent your day?  Me, I'm doing something stitching related, preparing this post for everyone to enjoy the lovely stitching of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild members.  Hopefully after I am finished, I can put a few stitches into my latest project.  I hope you found some rewarding time to 
enjoy some stitching as well.    
Here in Texas, we have pretty much skipped over winter and have moved right into spring.  The trees are blooming and spring flowers are starting to make their appearances.  Our extend wishes for spring weather to everyone who lives in areas of the country that are still experiencing frigid winter temperatures.   

One of our primary functions at Tudor Rose Sampler Guild is to learn about samplers and preserve their history.  As a Guild, we look for opportunities to provide financial assistance to conservation groups who preserve antique samplers.  In 2015, we issued a grant to Historic Deerfield, Inc. to preserve two samplers.  Historic Deerfield, Inc. is a museum of New England history and decorative arts situated within the carefully preserved 354 year-old western Massachusetts village of Deerfield.  The museum’s board approved mission is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley.  We are pleased to present the two samplers that have gone through the preservation 
process as a result of our grant. 

It is a wonderful feeling to know that these two pieces of needlework will be able to be 
viewed by future generations.

Also, during our February meeting, our lovely Betty H. provided finishing demonstrations for members who took part in our 2015 SAL of Catherine Theron's Winter Strawberries Needleroll.  Some members were already finished so you will get to see their lovely creations below.

Member Show and Tell

Ann T. - Blossom Home
All Through the Night 
Ann bestowed this lovely gift on Betty H.
Sue S. - Design Name Uknown
Blackbird Designs
This beautiful box was a gift for Betty H. 
Robert H. - Isabella Johnstone
Needlework Press
 Robert H. - Elizabeth Sarah Oliver
Plum Street Samplers
Stitched on 52/60 ct. linen 
with Gloriana Tudor Silks
Vicki N. - Ann's Sampler Tray
Stacy Nash Primitive Designs
Vicki N. - Love Never Fails
Primitive Hare Freebie Design
Vicki N. - 2014 Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Ornament
Milady's Needle
 Vicki N. - Alphabet Sampler Ornament
The Primitive Sampler
Vicki's unique finish is wonderful!
Michelle L. - Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Name Tag
Michelle L. - Hare Pyns
Patrick's Woods Designs
Finishing by Michelle - Yippee!!!
Karen H. - Beaded Bracelet
Mary W. - Needlepoint Mermaid 
Scissors Case and Fob
Lynn M. - Silver Etui
Samplers Remembered
Finished by Betty H.
Lynn M. - Tree of Life Sampler Thimble Purse
With Thy Needle & Thread
Finished by Betty H.
Holly L. - Oh Christmas Tree Ornament
Little House Needleworks
 Sherri H. - Stitching Friends
Designed by Nan Euler and Sherri H. 
2015 National EGA Seminar
Sharon D. - Funky Hearts
Kathy Rees
Lynn M. - Winter Strawberries Needleroll
Catherine Theron Designs
Finished by Betty H.
Lynn E. - Winter Strawberries Needleroll
Catherine Theron Designs
Linda C. - Winter Strawberries Needleroll 
Catherine Theron Designs

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning
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It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! 

~Mark Twain~
I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning
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