A new tribute sampler debuts in "A Schoolroom Alphabet"

As a tribute to the girl who stitched her name along the side of this nineteenth century printed handkerchief, Maegan created a large sampler featuring not only the alphabet but also a motif to accompany each letter. Read more about the antique handkerchief and get this chart, as well as 11 other projects, in our new book, A Schoholroom Alphabet, just published by Kansas City Star Books.

A Schoolroom Alphabet, our NEW book, is here!

We're so happy to introduce our brand new book A Schoolroom Alphabet! Each of the 12 projects in the book is inspired by an 18th century alphabet handkerchief from "the landmark collection of Betty Ring." The projects are as practical as they are pretty: emblems for backpacks and purses, a needlework tool-tote, an e-reader cover and a blue bird pencil case are just a few of the alphabet-themed designs.

Margret Rogers' Garden of Eden

We wanted to share a glimpse of a reproduction sampler due out next month. In her folksy sampler, Margret Rogers decided to add two girls flanking Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, where she also scattered several dogs, colorful birds, a peacock & peahen, and, as shown here, a fluffy cat. We used overdyed cottons to replicate the threads she chose more than 200 years ago. Thanks for taking a look! More soon.

The Cat's Out of the Bag!

We are tickled pink to announce our new book, A Schoolroom Alphabet: Twelve Cross Stitch Projects Based on an Antique Handkerchief, due out in time for Valentine's Day! The amazing folks at Kansas City Star Books worked with us to bring you a stunningly beautiful book full of practical projects based on an alphabet handkerchief originally from the Collection of Betty Ring.

On Time

The intricate details of this vintage post card welcome the New Year with all sorts of symbolism--a horseshoe made of four-leaf clover, the forget-me-nots, mistletoe, and the clock itself. Postmarked 8 a.m. Dec. 29, 1912, the message is from L.B. to Clara and apologizes for not visiting the day prior. "Will tell you the reason later," she says. Wonder what it was? Perhaps she just didn't have enough time.

In the nick of time

With only an hour left until Christmas 2013 is history, we wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours the blessings of the season. As always, we gathered 'round the tree (decorated with our favorite stitched ornaments) and the table (filled with our favorite dishes) to create merriment and memories. We talked a lot, ate too much, did the dishes and readied ourselves to finish out this year while looking ahead to the promises of a new year.

Needles poised...

If you can't find us for a few days, we may be switching web hosts...sorry for any lapse, but we've experienced some security concerns and may have to drop our needles and threads to pay attention to some technological concerns.

Goodness, gobble, grateful, goof

Gee, so all of the messages we want to deliver to you today begin with the word “G.”  First, goodness, gracious! Where did the year go? It’s nearly the end of November, which means 2013 is almost history. Which brings us to Thanksgiving and our little tribute: a stylized turkey paired with the word “Gobble” in a font from an old sampler. We are happy to get the design completed before Thanksgiving.

Exciting news!

We couldn't wait to share some exciting news with you! We just returned from a quick trip to Harrisonville, MO, just outside of Kansas City, where we got to enjoy a beautiful fall day while projects for our next book were photographed in a one-room schoolhouse. We know this "sneak peek" doesn't reveal too much...but we wanted to provide a glimpse at a few of the 12 projects that are inspired by an antique handkerchief from Betty Ring's collection.

Hinges of Friendship

This has been an all-around friendship kind-of-year, topped off with recent high school class reunions for both Maegan & Patrick (10 years) and Vickie & Niles (40 years). Time flies. Literally.