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 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Exciting News From Merry Wind Farm

Happy spring (finally) to all my friends and lovers of antique samplers.

I have some exciting news!  On Saturday, May 12,  I will be giving a presentation to the Queen City Sampler Guild at the Warren County Historical Society in Lebanon, Ohio.  A trunk show will be included, so all of the stitched models from Merry Wind Farm will be on display.

The really big news is that I have a new sampler for release on May 12!  The Queen City Sampler Guild will be the first to see it.  

Here she is, Amilia Bemrose 1805.  

As you can see, Amilia is very similar to Mary Clay 1805, also from
Merry Wind Farm.

As it turns out, Amilia and Mary were best friends stitching their samplers together at school in 1805!
Mary finished her sampler April 17, 1805, and Amilia a week later on April 25, 1805.
What fun they must have had stitching their samplers together!

The original antique samplers of Amilia and Mary are both in the collection of
Merry Wind Farm.  I like to think that they would be happy to be back
together again.

Mary Clay was baptized 11 November 1792 and Amilia Bemrose on 21 August 1794,
both at St. Luke Church, North Carlton, Lincolnshire.  Five years after stitching their samplers, Mary was married, also at St. Luke's, with Amilia by her side.

The antique samplers of Amilia and Mary will be available to study at the Queen City Sampler Guild
meeting, along with several more antique samplers.

Mary Clay 1805 is available for purchase now and Amilia Bemrose will be released to the public on May 15th.  Shipping to select needlework shops will occur next week.  Amelia will also be available
in my etsy shop Merry Wind Farm

I look forward to presenting the history of these *Best Friends Samplers* to the guild.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


For the very first time  Samplers from MERRY WIND FARM  will be available at the Nashville Needlework Market!  There will be two new releases, Ellen Ford 1832 and Girls in Blue Dresses.  Pre-order charts for your shop and I will ship them to you FREE of charge!  Less to carry back from Nashville!  I accept Paypal and will invoice you.


Ellen Spedding 1832 is an English sampler suitable for for all levels of stitchers.  The thread count is 241(w) x 262 (h) and is completed using cross stitch over two  on suggested 32 count linen. Charted for Gentle Arts and DMC.  Suggested retail price is $20.00 and wholesale is $10.00

A red Adam and Eve.

A pair of spotted deer and a sampler full of delightful motifs.


Two young girls in their Sunday finest pose beneath a pomegranate tree.   Girls in Blue Dresses is a smaller sampler with a stitch count of 127(w) x 171(h).  Completed using cross stitch only, it is suitable for the beginning stitcher and a quick project for the more experienced.  This sampler is charted for Gentle Arts and DMC and the recommended linen is 30 count.  The suggested retail price is $12.00 and wholesale is $6.00.

Please remember to stop by room 317 at Nashville to see the beautiful works of two other designers, and several more available samplers from Merry Wind Farm.

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Continue on to see more samplers from Merry Wind Farm
All samplers are packaged in easy to read chart packs with stitch count, finished sizes, suggested linen,  complete color key,  and history if available.

Ellen Ford's Work
A stately manor, lions, and crowns
$12.00 retail, $6.00 wholesale

Ann Evans 1843
A Dutch Folk Art Sampler
$18.00 retail, $9.00 wholesale

Sarah Ann Marven 1838
a beautiful tribute to her Mother
$22.00 Retail, $11.00 wholesale

Lillias Davidson 1858
a Scottish Sampler originally stitched in wool.
$15.00 retail, $7.50 wholesale

Mary Inglis 1830
A Scottish House Sampler
$20.00 retail, $10.00 wholesale

Mary Clay 1805
The Chinese Quail Sampler
$20.00 retail, $10.00 wholesale

Elena Tratman 1824
An English Sampler
$18.50 retail, $9.25 wholesale

Mary Ann Mitton 1832
An unusual, detached border
$21.00 retail, $10.50 wholesale

Mary Ann Stenson 1859
$15.00 retail, $7.50 wholesale

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Are you ready for Christmas??

Well, no, but I'm making progress.  I have the wreaths up on the windows.
This picture is from a few years ago, but it is the same, sans snow.  I remember this day quite well,
I was so excited to be able to take Christmas photos of the farm with snow!!

It was time to purchase a new tree this year.  The old one went in the trash after Christmas
last year, it was probably 10 years old with very few needles left.
I ordered a new one from Lowe's on black Friday, on sale and free shipping.  I really like it, there are 1000 prelit white lights, and I was actually able to assemble it by myself!!
I hate having to ask Evan for help, then wait until he is good and ready, you all know how that is.
Tree technology has really advance since my last tree.  Remember the hassle of trying to
connect plug A into the other plug A, etc., etc., trying to get all the lights to come on?
Well, this wonderful tree you only have to connect the three sections of the trunk and that lights the entire tree!!  Plus, there is even a little foot pad to turn on and off!
No ornaments yet, but at least the boxes are down from upstairs.

Decorations are rather understated this year.  I actually donated a lot of them to goodwill
last year.  I kept the special and family items.  I have always been quite happy being
an only child of an only child.  But at Christmas it can be rather lonely, with both my hubby
and parents gone.  I was debating about decorating, but decided I need to keep all the traditions going for Evan.  Plus, if I didn't decorate, I would be sorry at this last minute and trying to
hurry and do it all in a day.

The little choirs boys belonged to my grandmother.

I simply added red candles and some greenery and white light.  The angels playing instruments belonged to my mother.

I love this collection of Santas Through the Ages.

I have to post something needlework related.  Here is a sneak peak of an Adam and Eve
I am working on for release at the Nashville market.

The above photo is the antique, the top of which is in terrible condition, but she spoke to me.
The young lady was born in Yorkshire, England around 1821.  Back to stitching.....