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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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Jumping Into A New Year!

Wow, the first month of 2016, has already whizzed by.  I really wish time would slow down a little bit.  However, every time I look up, a week, then two, then three have gone by before I know it. 

Our January Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Meeting was our opportunity to renew our annual M.A.G.I.C. (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) and dive back into our project baskets or deep into cupboards, find those projects that we put down and have not made it back to, and truly commit to completing them.  We had another successful year with many participants finishing some of their lists and others completing all of their lists.  
Good job everybody!

We also had a beautiful display of show and tell projects.  Check them out below:
Lynn M. - Stitching Necessaire
Homespun Elegance
Finishing by Betty H.
This antique sampler was originally stitched on
Penelope Cloth with Wool Threads
Mary McRobert has been reproduced and 
stitched by Debbie H.  The pattern
will be published and sold by 
Woody Creek Designs (Debbie H.'s
new designing company.  Be on the look
out for new frames too).
Cyndi S. - Home of the Free
Erica Michaels Designs
Stitched on silk gauze.
Cyndi S. - The Alamo Sampler
The Posy Collection
Cyndi found this little pattern at
The Alamo's gift shop in San Antonio.
Cyndi S. - Grande Olde Flag Sampler
Chessie & Me
Cyndi S. - Knitted Juan Scarf from
The Marisol Collection (Jane Ellison) and
knitted wrist warmers.  Yarn: Lhasu Wilderness by
Bijou Spin (yak and bamboo).
Sherry S. - The Shepherd's Cottage
Elizabeth's Designs
Sherry S. - The Lady Bug Cottage
Elizabeth's Cottage
Linda C. - Strawberry Sampler Sewing Case
Merry Cox class taught in Austin, Texas in 1992.
Linda C. - Diminutive Sewing Roll
Catherine Theron Designs class
taught for Austin Stitchery Guild in October 2000.
Linda C. - Winter Strawberries
Catherine Theron Designs
2015 Tudor Rose Sampler Guild SAL
Robert H. - Excursion No. 1 - Scotland
Amy Mitten Designs - Around the 
World in 80 Days
Robert H. - Margaret Mason
The Scarlett Letter
Anne T. - Hare Pyns
Patrick's Woods
Codi M. - Rose and Crown Sampler
Chessie & Me
Spring 2014 Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Workshop
Codi M. - Rhapsody in Red II, III and IV
Sampler Cove Designs
 The tape measure, two thread cards, scissor fob, needle threader, pin keep and biscornu were finished by Artistic Needle.  The thimble holder, floss keeper, chatelaine, huswife, and needlebook were finished by Betty H.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” 
~ Albert Einstein ~