Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Busy, busy, busy as a Bee

Finally, winter seems to be fading.  However, a friend of mine said just recently that she expects to see one more freeze before Easter.  Truth be told, I hope she is wrong.  One good aspect of colder weather is that it gives us a good reason to stay inside and dig into our stitching stashes but this winter has gone on long enough in my opinion.  Now it is time to get busy like all the birds and the bees.  

At our March Tudor Rose Sampler Guild meeting, we received our 2014 Stitch Along project, Catherine Theron's Travel-Sized Quaker Sewing Roll.  Our goal is to have our stitching completed so that we can learn the finishing techniques during our September meeting.  

During our next Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Meeting, which is rapidly approaching on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., we look forward to learning the technique of Finger-Loop Braiding.  Sounds very interesting and it looks like a great method for creating custom trims.  

Now, if your a member or have been looking for a reason to become a member of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, the following is not an April Fool's Joke.  Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me, has been a busy bee working on two lovely projects for our spring workshop.  After you see her projects below, you will definitely want to clear your calendar for the weekend of May 3-4, 2014, so you can stitch these lovely treasures. 

The first project is the Tudor Rose Stitch Book with a distressed paper mache box.  I think you will agree it is as sweet as honey.


The second project is the Rose & Crown Sampler stitched on 32 ct Lakeside Linen with Gloriana Silk Threads.  Linda has given us just a tempting taste of what she has planned for us. 


As always, workshops are only open to members of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  If you are interested in joining, please click our e-mail link near the top left of our page, and we will get membership information to you promptly.  

In order to get into these lovely classes, you must sign up and pay your class fees before or at our Tuesday, April 1, 2014 meeting.  If you are a member and have not received the sign up form, contact Ann Weissler at so she can e-mail you a registration form or sign up with her at the meeting.  

Now on to the Show and Tell 
of our busy worker bees:

Patti M. - Alphabet Hearts 
JBW Designs

Patti M. - "Pins" Pin Cushion 
Designer Unknown
This is Patti's lovely finish from our 
button crochet class from last fall.

Kim L. - 2013 Just Cross-Stitch 
Christmas Ornament 
Milady's Needle

Nancy K. - Liberty Bells 
Little House Needleworks
Look at the lovely edging 
on this pincushion!

Nancy K. - Happy 4th
Threadworks Primitives

Nancy K. - Be Kind Be True 
Designer Unknown

Nancy K. - Whitman Sampler Box 
Beth Hoffman (a long-distance 
member of our Guild)

Jennifer G. - A Friend Loveth 
The Pinkeep

Jennifer G. - A Yuletide Welcome 
Plum Street Samplers

Sherri H. - Autumn Blessing

 Sherri H. - American Saltbox Punchneedle
Little House Needleworks
Sherri's husband made the 
adorable hornbook for this piece.

Sherri H. - Mystery Sampler
Long Dog Samplers

Robert H. - M. Woods 1759
Milady's Needle

Finally, here is a surprise Show and Tell.  In early March, the Dallas Quilt Guild held its annual show.  I have not had a chance to go for quite a few years and I only had a couple hours to enjoy it.  During my rushed reviews of the beautiful displays, I found an entry by one of our very own Guild members.  

We have such talented people in our Guild!
Marie Z.  Congratulations on your 
honors at the Dallas Quilt Show!
 Like the BEE, we should make our industry our amusement.

Oliver Goldsmith

Monday, March 3, 2014

Is it Spring Yet?

Spring is such a wonderful time of year, with all of the new baby animals in the fields and nature working to change its pallet from ugly drab tones to vivid colors.  Here in Texas, we are beginning to see trees covered in pastel blossoms and little green shoots emerging from the ground.  But Old Man Winter seems to want us to feel the cold one more time.  On Saturday, we had lovely weather and by Sunday afternoon, we experienced a 60 degree downward shift in temperatures and another round of icy roads (and much to students' delight - schools were either delayed or closed).  Mother Nature is not to be stopped though as Monday has been bright and sunny despite the chilly air.  

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  We will receive our kits and begin our 2014 SAL Catherine Theron Travel-Sized Quaker Sewing Roll.  

The changing season brings about the desire to get out and about, so here are a couple little tidbits for you to mull over if you are looking to do some exploring on your own.  For anyone interested in really getting away, you might consider the following: 

17th Century Samplers at 
Plimoth Plantation - April 26-27, 2014
The Plimoth Plantation has planned a weekend of workshops and lectures about early samplers and the young girls who stitched them.  Gather with other embroidery enthusiasts for one-of-a-kind lectures, instruction and delicious 17th century food.  Embroider the Mary Atwood Sampler (c. 1650), led by Joanne Harvey, nationally-renowned sampler expert.  View rarely seen treasures from Plimoth Plantation's collection, such as the Plimoth Jacket and the Theodora Oxenbridge Sampler (c. 1670).  The weekend includes a tour of Plimoth Plantation and a visit to Pilgrim Hall Museum's exhibit, Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition.  To register, please call: (508) 503-2653, e-mail:, or visit  

The Keir Collection at the 
Dallas Museum of Art - May 2014

If you are looking for something a little more local, plan to visit to the Dallas Museum of Art in May 2014, when they will receive The Keir Collection.  Named after the 18th-century British mansion where it was once housed, the Keir Collection, which encompasses about 2,000 pieces, includes textiles, carpets, ceramics, rock crystal, metalwork and works on paper. The collection’s geographic range spans from the western Mediterranean to South Asia.  

Show and Tell
This winter has allowed many of our members to be very productive with our stitching time.  Check out our Member's Show and Tell shared from our February meeting.  


Lynn M. - Flower Band Sampler
Catherine Thereon Design

Lynn M. - Midnight Sonata Sampler
Periwinkle Promises

Lynn M. - Quaker Christmas 
By Gone Stitches

Lynn M. - So Dear To My Heart 
Merry Cox with finishing 
by our own Betty H.

Judy M. - Liberty House Sampler 
Heart in Hand
Judy added the wonderful 
9-11-01 Never Forget tribute

Judy M. - Bluebonnet Beaded Needle Case 
G.D. Workshop Class

Shelly M. - Mustard Door (OOP) 
Project Pocket 
Good Huswife 
with finishing by Carolina Stitcher

Shelly M. - Isabella Johnston Sampler 
Needlework Press 

Shelly M. - Victor and Irena 
Plum Street Samplers

Shelly M. - Mary's Sampler II 
Plum Street Samplers

Shelly M. - Song of the Seasons Wall Hanging
Little House Needlework 
with finishing by Carolina Stitcher

Kim L. - Mary's Sampler I
Plum Street Samplers

Kim L. - Hedgehog Scissor Fob
Prairie Schooler 
Kim stitched this lovely 
little guy for Debbie H. 

Debbie H. - Garden of Erie
Plum Street Samplers

Debbie H. - Lovely socks she knitted for
herself (I'm sure they are quite comfy)

Lynette C. - Embroidered Redwork Heart

Lynette C. - Punch Needle Snowman

Karen H. - Snooty Stitcher's Society
Barbara Ana Designs
Karen changed her colors to 
represent her parrot named JW!

  Pam C. - 2014 Baton Rouge  
EGA Seminar Name Tag

Pam C. - Beaded Frog Needle Case 

Sherry S. - Acorn and Cork Scissor Fob
Sherry made this scissor fob and 
another lovely one for Robert H.

Robert H. - Katrine Thomsen 1858 Sampler 
Samplers Remembered
Robert stitched this lovely 
sampler on 52/60 count 
linen using the Tudor Silks

Robert H. - Rachael Holmes 1842 Sampler 
Heartstring Samplings

 Sharon D. - Thorns Have Roses and Initial 
Erica Michaels
Sharon plans to finish these as a 
pin cushion with a scissor fob
initial which is stitched 
on 40 count silk gauze. 

Sharon D. - Corncockle and Dragonfly 
Jane Nicholas
Stumpwork of Australian 
Flowers and Insects - Lovely!

Lynn E. - 2013 Tudor Rose Sampler 
Guild Christmas Ornament
Designed by Cindy S. of Tudor 
Rose Sampler Guild

The beautiful spring came; and when 
Nature resumes her loveliness, 
the human soul is apt to revive also.  

Harriet Ann Jacobs