Tuesday, March 3, 2015


After  months and  months of work...first the fun part, the charting and then the stitching of this wonderful sampler, and then the not so fun part...trying to learn how to use a computer for something other than email and shopping, Elena Tratman 1824 is finally making her debut!  The price of the chart is $17.50, with $3.50 US shipping and $6.50 international shipping.  I know international shipping is expensive, but that is the lowest I can go :)

For the time being, Elena is available through my blog.  I hope to also have her available through select shops, but one thing at a time!  Please click on the buy it now option on the left header, and chose either US or international shipping.  Even though the weather here has been so dreadful, I will promise to get them mailed within 2 days to you.  Please share this new release on your blogs and to your friends.  I need all the help I can get to get this new business off the ground.  A special heartfelt thanks goes out to Carmen Sutton, without her help and friendship this never would have come to fruition!  Thank you, dear Carmen!!

Now some details on Elena.  I have chosen to stitch her on 36 count Ale linen from Picture This Plus, using DMC floss.  Elena was from Gloucester, England, and was born in 1814 and died in 1837.  The STITCH COUNT is 230 X 329.  The antique Elena Tratman sampler can also be seen on the left side of my blog.

Thanks so much for your consideration of this sampler reproduction.  Hopefully by the time my next one is available, all this awful snow and ice will have melted.  It is nearly impossible to get through it to go to the barn, and the barn water pipes are still frozen!  I think they will remain frozen until spring, which hopefully will arrive very, very soon.  I'm sure you all are tired of hearing me complain about the weather :(

Thank you kindly for your support!

Hugs to all,


  1. Congratulations on your first release, Melinda! Elena is beautiful and as soon as I'm done posting, I'll be ordering! Can't wait to see what comes next for you! So glad you're reproducing some of your gorgeous samplers and I know you're going to do well!

  2. Congrats on your first release!!! You done good, girlfriend.
    Hugs :)

  3. You did it and it's perfect and now we all can stitch this wonderful sampler thank you for sharing your wonderful treasures with us all.

  4. Very nice package! Already ordered. Congrats!!

  5. Beautiful Melinda..just beautiful.

    Congratulations on your first release!!!! Wishing you a lovey and cozy day, doreen

  6. Good job! Congratulations on completing such an ambitious project!
    What a beautiful sampler!

  7. Morning Melinda, great job, lovely sampler.Congrats to you on the first book. Blessings Francine.

  8. She's beautiful, Melinda! You did a wonderful job!

  9. Happy Day! Elena is beautiful! I will definitely get a copy:)

  10. Congratulations Melinda! Well done! Now here's another I feel compelled to stitch - lol.

  11. great post
    i really liked


  12. Congratulations on your new venture!
    Best wishes,
    Silent Stitches

  13. Big congrats on your publication of your sampler! She is a beauty and once the Canadian dollar goes up a bit...crossing fingers...I'll be back to get one from you!

  14. Just wanted to say thank you! Chart was at my front door yesterday! Don't know when I'll get around to stitching it...pretty sure I have the called for fabric. Will need to check and see which threads i might need!