Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Look What I Made!

Ok, so I know this isn't really worthy of a blog posting, but nonetheless I'm rather pleased with myself.  I have wanted to do this for some time.

Start with ugly wingback chair, ugly green upholstery fabric, completely riddled by cats.

The chair now, after about a week of measuring and sewing and probably 500 trips up and down the stairs to the sewing machine.

The slipcover fits like a glove and looks like upholstery,  if I do say so myself.  Lots of piping to give it detail.

Hooray!  Now to do the second chair, should be much easier the second time around.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sarah Ann Marven 1838 is here!

Hello, I have just released a new reproduction sampler.  She is Sarah Ann Marven 1838, a lovely English sampler stitched in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.  Sarah Ann stitched a lovely verse in honor of her departed mother, Elizabeth.  The stitch count is 300 x 362 and I have stitched the model on 36 count Wren linen from Picture This Plus using Gentle Art Threads.  A DMC conversion is included.  Stitches used are mostly cross stitch over two threads, with the verse over one thread.

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to Jennifer Cahill for allowing me to reproduce this lovely sampler from her collection.  I hope that you like this beautiful sampler.

Available at my Etsy shop along with all of my other samplers.
Merry Wind Farm

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Free Chart and my Redesigned Etsy Shop

Greetings to everyone!  
It certainly does not seem like January, I was out cleaning the stalls today in 60 degree weather, listening to the birds sing.  Except for a few cold days in December, we really have not had a winter, although there is certainly still time.

I have revamped by Etsy shop.  I hope you will take a look.

I have designed a free chart for you to stitch.  My inspiration is the antique hornbook.  Please click this link to download and print your chart.  

Feel free to share anywhere that you like, please give credit to Merry Wind Farm.

Thank you!  Please copy and paste this link to print out the chart.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Time to pick another winner!

Hello, all.  I hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas.  One of my winners is no reply and I have not heard from her, so I have picked another winner.  Fortunately, I kept my
 bucket of little pieces of paper with names on them.  The new winner is AnnMarie!

Please contact me AnnMarie!

Thank you,

Friday, December 23, 2016


Hello, I am so pleased that I received 119 entries for my Christmas sampler giveaway!  If at least half of you would continue to follow my blog, I would be one happy camper!!  I have added a sidebar link to follow by email if you like.

I have decided to draw two winners!!!!    Drum roll please
And the winners are 
Mirjam (Netherlands)
Maureen W!

Please contact me Mirjam and Maureen W!  I will try and contact you also.

Thank you all for entering, Merry Christmas, and please keep following me.  There may be future giveaways.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Giveaway

Hello, fellow samplers lovers!

I am having a Christmas giveaway to thank everyone for their support of my relatively new endeavor of getting into the world of reproduction samplers by offering a Christmas giveaway.

Please leave me a comment that you would like to enter.  The prize is any one of my reproduction sampler charts, you choose, including shipping anywhere in the world.  Although not a requirement, I would appreciate it if you would share my blog with one of your stitching friends, so that I can try and reach more people.

As a reminder, these are the samplers.
Elena Tratman 1824

Mary Ann Mitton 1832

Mary Inglis 1830

Lillias Davidson 1858

Mary Ann Stenson 1859

Mary Clay 1805

No need to choose which one you would like right away.  I will draw the winning name next Friday night, December 23, at 8:00 pm EST, and post the winning name here on my blog.  If I can email you, I will also contact you.  If you are no reply, you have through Monday, Dec. 26 to contact me, then I will draw another name if necessary.

Thank you for entering, and thanks for your support and reading my blog!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Wind Farm

Monday, November 21, 2016

Some sampler news....


First off, I thought I would share some progress on my next release, Sarah Ann Marven.  Sarah is a large sampler, and I am currently at a standstill needing to get some more threads.  Sarah's verse is a tribute to her dead mother.  I did not think that I could bare to stitch it so soon after my Mother's passing, but oddly enough it is rather comforting.  

While waiting, I have accomplished a few small finishes.  First is a hornbook design.  A fun, easy stitch.  The chart was purchased from Etsy.  Will be mounted on a breadboard.

Next, a cute Christmas design by Lori Rippey.

A pretty design by Pineberry Lane, Elizabeth Pickford, with a few changes, mostly to use threads that I had.  Elizabeth may become a stitching  bag.

Here is the a beautiful Virginia sampler currently being charted.  She is Elizabeth Tompkins, and I am honored to have been asked by a descendant of Lizzie's to chart her.  There is an enormous amount of  history available on Elizabeth, but unfortunately I have yet to identify the manor house, or find another sampler with this beautiful border.  I believe Lizzie to have been taught by an aunt rather than in a school.  However, another aunt was a teacher at a girls' academy, and is mentioned in Kim Ivey's book, In The Neatest Manner.

Finally, a few photos of a new acquisition, Ellen Spedding 1832.  She features lots of red, a pair of really cool deer, and Adam and Eve.  I love that she wrote "In Adam's Fall, We Sinned All"  Finally, a girl who blamed Adam!  Should be fun to reproduce.

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Melinda xxx