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


  1. Love all of the samplers! Happy Thanksgiving!! Janice

  2. Oh Melinda your needles are flying I just love the looks of all your new reproductions coming out I'm starting a savings account for merry wind farm purchased I can't wait!

  3. Sarah Ann looks very interesting! Nice to see your other work too. I've never seen that hornbook design. Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

  4. You've been busy! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Looks like a LOT of stitching going on around there !
    the sampler you were commissioned to repro is gorgeous and so unique. Can't wait to see your newest! hope you have a happy turkey day ! mel

  6. Your work is simply amazing.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Hugs :)

  7. All your small pieces are so pretty. I can't wait to start Emmiline. However, I found a young lady in my DH's line who would have been 10 in 1835 so I will be stitching her name in my sampler.

  8. All so lovely, Melinda! Happy Thanksgiving to you. Think of you often. Lori

  9. I'm loving all the sampler charting and future charting and stitching going on! Everything is beautiful! Love the small finishes too. Good luck with all the work ahead!

  10. Gorgeous stitching and WIPs and charting going on here, wonderful to see.


  11. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.