Thursday, November 21, 2019

Elizabeth Thornbrough 1790 coming soon

Dear friends and readers,

Sooner than anticipated, I have finished the stitching on my next release,
Elizabeth Thornbrough 1790.  She is an English sampler, but I'm not quite sure 
where, perhaps London.  I was pleased today to find a frame the perfect size in my
collection of antique and vintage frames.  That makes everything much easier.

The original plan had been to release her after Christmas.  That may still be the
case as I'm very busy with the B & B.  November and December are extremely busy months. 
I don't know how I am even going to find the time to get the Christmas
decorations up and all the wreaths on the windows.  I am very slow and everything 
takes me forever!!

Speaking of b&b, the vast majority of guests have been just wonderful!
I'd say 99%!!  However, there are always a couple bad apples.   Last week
a couple arrived and informed me that they wanted the temperature set
at 76 degrees!!!!  That is absolutely impossible in a big old house like 
this with brick walls that are impossible to insulate!  Who wants 76 degrees?  Whose house 
could even get the temp up to 76?  Keep in mind this is advertised as an old historic house in the country,
not some tiny, modern apartment.  I volunteered to round up extra blankets and quilts,and even space heaters,  but they just
left in a huff.  Oh well, they weren't the right fit for this place anyway.  

I was becoming concerned about the corn crop.  It went in so late this year
that it was not ready earlier this fall when the weather was good for harvest.
Fortunately, they finally got it in today.  I want to walk around and pick up the
little cobs and walnuts that have fallen (not in the same place),  surely there is something I can do with them.  Thinking of making a garland of some sort.

Next on the sampler front is a Scottish sampler with a ship, stitched in
wool, I think.  Her name is Grace Stewart.  She is charted and waiting on linen.

Also,  Harriot Goodman is awaiting her turn.  The horrid verse just makes me
smile, imagine a young girl stitching these words.  The problem with Harriot is that 
she stitched on teeny, tiny linen and the largest linen count I can manage 
comfortably is 36 count,  That will make this a very large sampler, but I 
can't figure out how to adapt her to a smaller version with compromising the beauty 
of the sampler.  Will have to think on it more.

Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers!


  1. A very pretty Sampler.
    What a couple of bad apples!
    Be glad they left.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. You are so kind to call them crab apples. More like crab a**es!
    Happy to hear your AirBnB venture is so successful.
    LOVELY new repro sampler.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Elizabeth has a border that even I could handle. I have never found a frame even close to being the right size! Love seeing open land and fields, so enjoy taking country road rides. Glad the B&B is working out!

  4. I love seeing your beautiful samplers, even if I'm not currently stitching. 76 degrees? RoTFL! Our house couldn't do that either. No way! Not even close!

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