Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Four New Reproduction Samplers

On this blistery fall day, I would like to show you my four new reproduction samplers from Merry Wind Farm.  All can be purchased at my Etsy store Merry Wind Farm.  I hope you may see one that you like.

First in Mist on The Mountain, Martha Ford's Work 1849.  This Adam and Eve
sampler has a beautiful and unusual verse that was penned by a 
Church of Scotland minister in the early 1800's.  A honeysuckle border surrounds the verse, 
two large stylized birds, owl, flower motifs and an Adam and Eve who look as if 
they have spent too long in the sun!
Cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads 
36 count Relic linen from Picture This Plus

Hannah Thompson is a fine example of a typical mid 19th centuryEnglish  spot motif
sampler.  She features alphabets, a strawberry dividing band, flowers, trees, a windmill
and a little person.  All stitching is cross over two threads on 36 count Angel Hair linen from
Weeks Dye Works.  Threads used are Gentle Arts and DMC.  Stitch count is 160 (w) X 224 (h).

Cornelia A. Moore is a very small  109 (w) X 124 (h) simple marking sampler.
She is perfect for a beginning stitcher and a quick project for the more
experienced.  The beautiful linen is 30 count Old Salem from The
Primitive Hare.  The sampler uses cross stitch over two threads, with one dividing
band of four-sided stitch and another of algerian eye.  Cross stitch could
be substituted for the beginning stitcher.  Threads used are Gentle Arts and DMC.
Just an idea, I plan to do another example of Cornelia's sampler using
only a red thread.  $12.00

Eliza Griffith is also stitched on Old Salem linen from The Primitive Hare.
She too is a simple marking sampler that could be accomplished by
a beginner.  The sampler is completed using only four colors of
The Gentle Arts threads.  Stitch count is 100 (w) X 160 (h) $12.00

So now you see what all I have been up to!


Monday, October 7, 2019

A few things I've made

I thought I'd share a few of the samplers I've stitched over the last year or two.  Sorry about the wrinkles, some are just sitting rolled up in my drawer.

First is a sewing roll that I made using the pattern of Dawn Ronningen.  She is the author of the new book Antique Needlework Tools.  It is made using lots and lots of little tiny squares, and I also used an antique quilt block that I cut down to fit.  I also had a small completed sampler from the book Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day that I sewed onto the back.   Actually, I see not first, but third, I have to figure out how to load photos in the proper order.

 This is a small sampler that I just really loved,  a friend allowed me to borrow her chart, I can't remember the name or designer, but I know it is an old out of print chart.

 Here is a solidly stitched piece from Scarlet Letter, I think it is called The Huntsman.

 Huswife by Dawn Ronningen.

 Miss Mary Ann Bournes, from Hands Across the Sea.

 Ann Tong Uffindell also by Hands Across The Sea.  Lots of mistakes, including the vase on the right side of the verse.  I guess I need to correct that, it should match the  vase on the left.  I absolutely love this sampler.  I really want to frame it before Christmas, as I think the colors look very Christmassy and would look lovely hanging above the fireplace mantel.

 This was one of my reproductions for my "company", haha, Merry Wind Farm.  Eliza Brassington 1803.

 This is another of my repros for Merry Wind Farm, Leah Gronow1872.   She is what is referred to as  a Welsh Folk Art sampler.  Samplers stitched in the mid to late 19th century in Wales were commonly stitched in wool and are referred to as folk art samplers as they were not intricately stitched like other earlier samplers.

I am not doing very much fall decorating.  Just some dried things from around the farm, hedge apples, and I'm cutting some corn cobs from the field.  All free stuff, the best kind!!  I'm not going to buy any mums, as I've probably purchased them for 40 years and have never, ever, had them come back in spring.  A big waste of money.  I may not even get a pumpkin, just stick with free hedge apples!!!  They are pretty too!

Hope this wasn't too picture heavy.  This is something else I find difficult to do is post pictures of what I have done.  It seems like "look at me"!!!  which I was always taught never to do.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Going to give blogging another shot

Hello Dear Friends,
I know it has been a really, really long time since I blogged.  Somewhere along the line I got it in my head that I had to have something monumental to share to make a post, and started doing it only when I released new samplers.  I guess I'm now figuring out that isn't true, and when I wait for something big to share, then there is too much and it just takes too much time and I don't do it.

So I'm going to make an effort at frequent, shorter posts.  I will never be able to catch up with everything that has happened, so I won't even try.

This time I'll share information about my air bnb, which I actually began last November.  It really began out of necessity.  After my mother passed away, I could no longer afford this place.  With her social security and half of my late father's pension, she paid most all of the bills.  I really am not ready to move, but something had to be done.  Some of you are aware that I am disabled with MS, so cannot go out and work an outside job, but I can manage to clean house and make beds.  Plus, I really, really don't need over 4,00 square feet!  So I had an epiphany, rent part of it out!  The way this house is set up, the front portion is the original 1815 federal farmhouse consisting of 3 bedrooms upstairs, full bath, downstairs is kitchen and living room, with separate entrance.  That is the part available on air bnb.  Attached to the front part behind a door is another portion of the house, circa 1850, which consists of 2 bedrooms and 1/4 bath upstairs and two rooms and full bath downstairs.  Two more separate entrances.  There are a lot of doors! LOL.  This part is where I now live.  And then being this is the mother in law suite which my parents built on, where my son currently lives.

Big shock, it has actually been a big success!!  You wouldn't think that so many people would be coming to little old Tipp City, Ohio to stay, but I am almost constantly booked!!  If you ever come to the area, stay with me at Merry Wind Farm!!  Here are some of the pictures I have advertised online.

                                                         Living room, tv hidden in pie safe, fireplace
                                                                Bedroom w/full bed
                                                                 Bedroom #2 w/full bed
                                                                   Bedroom #3 w/twin bed
                                                       Eat in kitchen w/fireplace

Looking at the pictures again, I see I still have a lot to do, I just never have any time.  I think I need more nic-nacs, maybe put too much away.

Well that wasn't too hard.  I guess I'm finally getting better at the computer stuff.  I have learned how to take photos directly from the iPhoto site to the blog, that saves a bunch of time.

Will try to be back again in a couple days.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Stitch-A-Long and a Sneak Peak

Greetings, stitchers and readers!

I wanted to mention The Craft Gallery in Findlay, Ohio, is hosting a stitch-a-long for my latest release, Leah Gronow 1872.  I think Leah's colors are rather appropriate for this time of year.  If you need the pattern and/or would like to participate, please contact Paula at The Craft Gallery
The Craft Gallery

As an alternative to the called for Gentle Arts Simply Wool or DMC, Paula has done several lovely conversions to overdyes for you to choose from.

I also have a few sneak peaks to share of my next release, Eliza Brassington 1805.  Eliza is most assuredly an English sampler, there is even a town in England called Brassington.  I have identified several E. Brassingtons, but am unable to determine which was she.  The colors of this beautiful sampler have been taken from the back of the framed sampler which has been protected from light damage.  The front is quite faded.  Eliza stitched her sampler a mere 50+ years after the  battle of Culloden.  With the absence of crowns and the prominent pair of large thistle motifs, one has to wonder about the loyalties of Eliza and her family.

I have approached Eliza a little differently than my previous reproductions.  I took many close up pictures of the sampler, both front and back, then enlarged them and printed them off.  This way every single stitch was enlarged and easy to see!  An additional advantage is that this way keeps the handling of the antique to a minimum.  I then stitched the model directly from the sampler and the photographs.  Now, to create the chart from the model!  I actually loved doing it this way!  Somehow it seemed more authentic to be stitching a reproduction directly from the sampler....I hope to have Eliza ready for release by the end of the year.

Adam and Eve

Castle with huge dog

I hope to be back in a few days to share information about the air bnb that I have started here on the
farm.  I have been open for a month or so and have been quite pleased with the response.  But it sure is a lot of work!  :):):)


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Happenings and a New Release

Happy Halloween to all!

As I relax on a rainy, dreary, foggy Halloween I thought this might be an ideal time for a blog post.  Living on a farm in the country, I don't think there has ever been ever a single trick-or-treater come to my door.

I do have a new release!  She is Leah Gronow 1872, a Welsh Folk Art Sampler.  Leah was released a couple of weeks ago at The Craft Gallery in Findlay, Ohio during the annual North Coast Tour de Stitch.   Here she is:

Leah is stitched using Gentle Arts Simply Wool and two DMC colors.  The stitch count is 197 (w) x 245 (h) and I have stitched the model on 32 count Cappuccino linen from Weeks Dye Works.  A DMC conversion is provided.  Most all of the mid to late 19th century Welsh samplers were stitched using wool, as was the antique Leah Gronow.  Cross stitch over two threads is used.

Gronow is an ancient Gaelic name meaning "a heron".  The name Gronow can be found in Wales as early as the 11th century.  The verse was penned by the English bishop Thomas Ken in the 17th century.

Leah was born to Daniel, a bootmaker, and his wife Ann in December 1864 and baptized on Christmas Even in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.  She never married and remained in her parents' home with her sibling.  A local census lists her as a milliner at age 16.  Sadly, her life was short and she died at the age of 24 in June, 1889.

Antique Leah Gronow 

The chart has been shipped to select shops, or you can order her at my Etsy shop.  Merry Wind Farm

There has been very little fall color here in my next of the woods until just the other day.  I took a couple photos.

I wish I knew what influences the fall color.  We have had tons of rain this year, and my friend in Indiana has had very little rain, yet neither of us had a pretty fall.


I am working on stitching the model for my next reproduction sampler, Eliza Brassington 1805.  I am 
taking a different approach on this sampler.  Before, I have struggled with my magnifying glass to see every detail.  One of the antiques that I purchased was in very delicate condition and nearly fell apart in my hands as I charted her!  This time I have taken photos, both of the front and the back, loaded them onto my computer, then printed them out.  It works like a charm!!  A small area when enlarged and printed on regular size paper yields the details of every single thread!!

Look at the detail!  I may be on to something!

A fat snake!  The sampler is quite faded and I am using the beautiful colors from the back.

Since blogger has decided to no longer email me the comments, Gggrrrrr, here is a link to drop me a line if you would like.  I'd love to hear from you! email me here

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Happenings at Merry Wind Farm

Life changes and sometimes you have to move on.  For the first time in years, Merry Wind Farm 
is without horses.  Yes, I'm sad, but sometimes things have to change.
They have gone to a good home, the farmer who does my hay.  He has grandchildren that
have more time to play with them.  His farm is only up the road about 5 miles so
I can visit any time that I want.

At this point, my number one priority is to hold on to my farm and hopefully have  more
time to devote to my reproduction sampler business.  And it seems like there should be 
some way to make some money off of the farm.  

I now have two big empty barns.  At least I can use them for RV and boat storage this winter.

This was the horse and hay barn.  

This is the second barn, the one where a wedding was held a couple of years ago.  To turn it into a permanent wedding/special occasion barn would require a lot of work and money.  Between the 
barn and the fence is one of the two pastures.  What to do with them?  Keep them mowed (lots and lots of mowing).  And should I take some fences down, or just the gates?  Keeping fence rows 
trimmed is a lot of work.

The hay fields, after one last cutting of hay the end of May, are now planted in soy beans.  Maybe I should remove this fence too.

Perhaps it is ridiculous to hold onto to 15 acres and this enormous house, but I'm just
not ready to make the change.  I love my historic house, the privacy, the gardens, all the birds and wildlife.  I can sit outside and hear orioles, blue birds, cat birds, tree frogs, and owls and coyotes at 
night.  It is a heavenly place to live, but lots of work.

This is Ginger, a very special little cat.  She is the only one that when strangers come is out and
about begging for attention.  Two weeks ago I got up in the morning and she couldn't walk, she would fall to the right side.  I thought she had a stroke, and was prepared to lose her.
A trip to the vet, and a very abnormal neurological examination.  Blood tests
didn't reveal much of anything, except elevated white blood cells.  I brought home 
antibiotics, and after two days of hiding and $300 of vet bills and some antibiotics,
she went back to normal!  What on earth could have been so wrong that she couldn't walk
and then cured with antibiotics??

In my hoop (and nearly finished) is Miss Mary Ann Bournes from Hands-Across-The-Sea Samplers.  
This beauty was their very first release.  She is stitched on 32 count lambswool linen 
with DMC and a few colors changes to work with the linen.

Also recently finished are The Chase Sampler from Scarlet Letter and Sarah Talbott.  Sarah is on 36 
count Liberty Gatherings Gray from R & R which I had a terrible time trying to see.  
I made so many mistakes that I finally just gave up trying to stay true to the chart.

My next reproduction sampler from Merry Wind Farm will be Leah Gronow 1872, another Welsh folk art sampler.  Leah was born in December 1864 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.  She never married and sadly died at age 25 in 1889 never having left Pontypridd parish.  The charting
is nearly complete and hopefully the linen will arrive Tuesday and I can begin
stitching the model.  Welsh samplers appeal to me for two reasons, firstly because my grandmother was Welsh (Evans), she gave her son (my father) the middle name of Evan, and I named my son Evan, and secondly because they are simply stitched on smaller
count linen, quite often using wool thread.

 This is the other Welsh folk art sampler that I have released.
Ann Evans.

Watching and cheering on Justify today made me want to share this photo of Blizzard Babe
racing about 20 years ago.  She was filly of the year in Michigan.  She looks like she's floating!!

Take care,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

****NEW RELEASE**** Amilia Bemrose 1805

Amilia Bemrose 1805

Merry Wind Farm is excited to announce the release of Amilia Bemrose 1805, a 
companion sampler to Mary Clay 1805.

Both young ladies were born in North Carleton, Lincolnshire, UK and baptized at 
St Luke's church in the early to mid 1790's.  They stitched their samplers together, finishing a week apart in April 1805.  Both samplers feature a prominent Soloman's Temple, similar motifs with colorful birds, and the dedication ending with "how kind my parents has been to me".

A pink squirrel!

When Mary Clay married in 1810, her witness was her dear friend Amilia.

Amilia married Gervais (Jarvis) Middleton in 1810 and bore seven children, one of which she named Catharine!  She and her husband moved to the town of Gainsborough, a not too distant carriage ride away.  I hope they were able to keep in touch throughout  their lives.

I like to think that Amilia and Mary would be pleased that their samplers are
reunited after over 200 years!  Both of the antique samplers are in the collection of Merry Wind Farm.   Amilia Bemrose and Mary Clay are available separately
if you would like to stitch your own "companion samplers"

Amilia Bemrose stitch count 233 (w) x 298 (h)
Model sampler stitched on 36 ct. Legacy linen from Picture This Plus.
Charted for Gentle Arts and DMC with a DMC conversion.

at select needlework shops


ask your local needlework shop to order it for you


available in my Etsy shop