Saturday, May 31, 2014


-->Sometimes TRSG is provided with information for workshop opportunities through other nearby guilds.  One such opportunity has come to our attention:

The Dallas Needlework and Textile Guild is pleased to be hosting Catherine Theron of Catherine Theron Traditions Needlework Designs for two days of workshops on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014. Catherine will be presenting two exclusive teaching pieces.
The Hidden Magnolia sampler is a beautiful sampler stitched on 36 count linen featuring a house, pastoral scenes, and lush gardens. It is worked in vibrant colors of gold, purple, blue, pink and green silk threads. The saying “Beauty and virtue when they do meet with a good education make a lady complete” floats in the sky above a hot air balloon containing a hidden magnolia and the substantial house.
The There’s No Place Like Home Stitchery Book is a stitchery book measuring 4" x 6", stitched on 32 count linen. The project contains a linen 
pinkeep, needlebook, and small pocket 
on the inside of the book.  There is a separate fob for your favorite scissors.   

Please note that to attend you will need to be a member of (or join) the Dallas Needlework and Textile Guild and the Embroiders Guild of America (EGA).  For further information on attending either workshop, please e-mail Ann Weissler at

Needlework Tools and Treasures

 Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., when we will learn how to make a thread waxer using buttons and beeswax.  Waxers were originally kept in sewing boxes to 'wax' linen thread so that the thread passed easily through fabric.  Please bring two matching, shank buttons measuring no smaller than 5/8" up to 1-1/4".  
Your buttons can be new or antique.  
All other materials will be provided.  

If you are interested in coming to a meeting or joining the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, please drop us a note through the e-mail button above and we will be in touch with you.    

When you stitch, what essential items do that you like to have at your disposal for completing your project?  During our May 6, 2014 meeting, TRSG members answered that question when they shared must haves for stitching along with treasured collection pieces related to needlework.  Some of the items of importance were stilettos, clamps, tweezers, scissors, hoops, q-snaps, and magnets.  One of our members has her own version of a chatelaine on which she wrangles a few different types of scissors, threaders, tweezers and 
other items for her stitching.    

One of our members pointed out an obvious tool needed for needlework and we cannot stitch without this tool.  Its your Needle, but there is more to it than using any old needle.  She pointed out that the quality of your needle makes a huge difference in the ease of your stitching.  Have you noticed a difference in the quality of your needles?  There is a very good reason for this.  Although they were sold under separate names, at least three brands of needles were manufactured in the same factory in England.  The factory has now been shuttered and those needles are now made in China, but are inspected in England before they are sold.  Our member's recommended brand needles of choice are those manufactured by Bohin in France.  Although I usually prefer stitching with petite length needles (Bohin does not make petites), I decided to give the Bohin needles a try.  I am hooked!  They are very lovely needles for stitching.  They slide nicely through the fabric and the needle eyes are very smooth.  I will definitely be purchasing more of them (and I will keep my 
fingers crossed for petites too).  
You should really give them a try.  

Along with sharing our important items for our stitching boxes, members shared their collectible pieces.  One of our members shared her collection of items connected to England's Royal Family including thimbles and lace bobbins commemorating special events.  Another member shared an antique pincushion that was treasured by a family member.  Another member shared her antique Lucet collection.  As you can see it is quite lovely.    
Now take a look at what our TRSG members 
have accomplished this month:
Lynn E. - A Token of Friendship
Needlework Press
Robert H. - Mary Beale Sampler
Cyndi S. - Rose Window
Mary Hickmott
The photos do not do this piece justice - 
truly looks like a stained glass window.
Cyndi S. - Alphabet
Designer Unknown
Cyndi S. - Afford Your Passions
The Heart's Content
Cyndi S. - Faith
Erica Michaels
Debbie G. - Crown House
Designer Unknown
Debbie G. - Too Tiny
The Drawn Thread
Debbie G. - Cup of Tea
Pine Mountain Designs
Debbie G. - Red Flowers Sampler
Threads Through Time
Stitched on 40 ct. silk gauze - Wow!
Debbie G. - ABC Tea
Designer Unknown
Debbie G. - Necessities
Little House Needleworks
Mendie C. - Quilt Sampler No. 4
JDR Brazilian Elegance
Mendie C. - Quilt Sampler No.1
JDR Brazilian Elegance
Karen H. - Rhapsody in Blue
Jackie du Plessis - A Shining Needle 
Work Society Workshop
Finishing by Betty H.
Sharon D. - Tree of Life Ornament
Betsy Morgan
Sharon D. - Fandango Flower 
Necklace - Kelly Wiese
Judy M. - SCR Fiesta Scissor Fob
SCR/Sharon Davis
Kim L. - Snotty Stitcher's Society 
Barbara Ana Designs
Jennifer M. - Winter Casket 
Collection - Amy Mitten Designs

Our members are so very talented 
and create such beautiful treasures!

Stitch your stress away.  ~Author Unknown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Stitching with Chessie and Me

After many months of planning, designing, and stitching (and excited anticipation on our Guild's part), throughout the weekend of May 3rd and 4th, Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me, presented her eager pupils 
with two wonderful projects designed for 
the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  
Linda presented us with wonderfully packaged kits for both projects - with our threads already labeled and carded - such a treat!  The linens are beautiful and the threads are delightful.  
Our Saturday project was the  
Tudor Rose Stitch Book.  
The project was for a "smalls" book-shaped box to feature the cover piece.  
  On the inside, Linda designed a small stitched piece to create a pin cushion as well as storage for the lovely little scissor fob. 
The scissor fob is very sweet and features 
the stitcher's initials and a Tudor Rose.  
Linda is a very lovely teacher, who has been designing for over 20 years, offering projects in counted cross-stitch, wool applique and punchneedle.  Both classes with Linda were very laid back and made for a very relaxing weekend.  
As you can see her students, got busy with their 
stitching and were very intent on their work.
Our Saturday class included a new technique that gave us another way to simply finish small projects.  The box you see in the original kit unveiling is a simple brown paper mache book-shaped box.  But wait they are red here in this picture, but in the picture of the completed model, the book is black.  Linda taught us how to simply paint the brown boxes red for an underlay coat, after a little bit of drying (and some more stitching time), we came back and put a little bit of wax on our red boxes, then we repainted our boxes with a layer of black paint.  After a little more time needed for paint-drying (and stitching), we came back and we distressed our boxes with a little sandpaper.  The trick was the wax - it kept the red from coming off - but allowed the black to pull away to give the box a nice distressed look.  Once everything was dry, after lunch, Linda showed us how to create the lovely antique paper lining look shown in the box above.  She made it look easy and it really was easy.  
We returned on Sunday morning to 
receive our second project kit, the 
Rose & Crown Sampler.  
Linda did such a lovely job. 

As you can see, everyone was very concentrated 
throughout the weekend.  I will say, we all 
had a lovely time and we all accomplished 
a lot in our short time with Linda.  
Although it is hard to see in the photos, each of Linda's projects included a few speciality stitches, which really added different looks to the various motifs featured in the pieces.
My favorite is the little kitty and the queen in the Rose & Crown Sampler
Here is Linda even using a great 
little stitch board to demonstrate 
better stitching methods.
Linda also surprised everyone with a little corner square for easy measuring when beginning new projects.  Many of us had Linda autograph them!
Last, but not least, Linda treated us with a trunk show and brought patterns for each of the pieces for a mini-sale.  Needless to say, I know a few patterns made it into my bag and I know many other students enjoyed the goodies she offered for us to purchase.  I do not think many patterns went home with her.  Linda, thank you for such a generous offering to our Guild.   

If you are a member of a different guild, you should really consider contacting Linda to create a project (or teach an existing project).  She is very warm, funny and knowledgeable.  I would definitely 
take another class in the future.  
She was A+ in my book.  

Linda, thank you for such a lovely weekend!      

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Learning Something New

My humble apologies to followers of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Blog.  Spring has been rather busy so I, unfortunately, have not been able to put up a post or two or three about our recent gatherings, but I plan to remedy that over the next couple of days so I can get back to stitching!

One great thing about being a member of a guild, is the opportunity to learn new things.  During our April meeting, Jennifer M. of our Guild taught our members how to Fingerloop Braid, giving us another method for making decorative trim for our stitching finishes.  

As defined in Wikipedia, Fingerloop braiding is the technique of making sturdy, decorative cords from threads. It is a type of braiding known as loop manipulation. The braid is made from loops of thread, attached at a central point, and the loops placed over the fingers and interlaced in different ways. 

It originated in the Middle Ages and excavations from London have produced numerous examples in silk, between the second half of the 12th century, and first half of the 15th.  From the 15th century onwards, various directions and recipes for different fingerloop braid techniques began to appear in books and in print.

A related technique, which involved the loops being placed over the hand or fingers, is the Japanese Kute-uchi style.  This technique arose in the 7th Century, and was used through the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

If you would like additional information, the internet is a wonderful way to explore and here is a website to get you started:  

Now onto the best form of inspiration, the stitching of our members:

Lynn M. – Autumn Jewels
Designed by Diane Clements and
Finished by our own, Betty H.

Kathy S. – Royal Pain in the Tudors
JP Designs
 Pat M. – Petite Pulled Threads Project
EGA Project

Kim L. – December in the Garden
Notforgotten Farms with
Finishing by Betty H.

 Valorie R. – Palais Royal Sewing Box
Merry Cox

 Cyndi S. – A Token of Friendship
Needlework Press

 Stephanie H. – Boo Friends
Art to Heart

 Stephanie H. – Ma Sorciere Bien Aimee
(My Beloved Witch)
Tra La La

 Robert H. - Not For Us Alone
Amy Mitten

 Robert H. – A Colonial Pocket
Plum Street Samplers

Robert H. – A Spot In The Mountain
Patricks’ Woods

Also, take a moment and go check out the following blog post interview of Robert H. featured at 


 Marie Z. – 1817 Needlebook
Milady’s Needle

Marie Z. –  2013 Grande Old 
Flag Gathering Sampler
Chessie and Me
Friends of Marie Z. – Friendship Booklet
With My Needle with
Finishing by Betty H. 

"The purpose of learning is growth, and 
our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live." 
~~ Mortimer Adler ~~