M.A. Coleman's 1824 Sampler in Spring 2013 SANQ

We've been preoccupied with book deadlines and a babe-on-the-way, and neglected to share one of our newest reproductions that appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Having a piece in the magazine is always an honor and we're thrilled to be able to share these antiques with magazine readers. The multiple monochrome alphabets combined with wisdom from bygone days bring peace and harmony to this simple sampler.

Changing the sheets

The simple act of changing the sheets just starts out the day in the right way. Not sure what it is…maybe the cheerful designs printed on the fabric. (Today’s choice is flowers, but the polka dots almost won out.) Or, the fabric itself: Tightly woven cotton, so smooth when neatly stretched over mattress corners. Perhaps even the anticipation of hopping into bed, a mystery novel* in hand, at the end of a long day.

Even sweeter than samplers!

What a treat to have Van and his family visit AZ last month! Mom Ashley is an amazing photographer who captured the little guy in the living room amidst samplers made by children of bygone days. We apologize for neglecting needleworkpress.com, but have been so busy with family, market, travel and a new needlework book due out this summer. More on that soon. Meanwhile, we do hope spring is a time of new life, new energy and new projects for you. Happy stitching!

Things we love

Well, it's that time of year when Cupid's arrow strikes, candy sales soar and counted thread designers are readying projects for the Nashville Needlework market. We love our sweethearts, we love our dark chocolate (with almonds) and we love bringing you new projects.

Couldn't do it without you!

This past weekend, my partner, Maegan, and her husband, Patrick (my son), helped 50-some sampler and needlework enthusiasts create their own little fold-out pattern book from start to finish in a little over an hour. Thanks, you two, for helping clean messy hands and instruct with such energy. Thanks to everyone in the class for trying something new, and for your expert pre-stitching, that permitted you to complete your project in class.

Have you seen Martha Hyde 1835?

A reproduction of Martha Hyde’s delightfully symmetrical sampler appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Other than the sampler itself, we know nothing about Martha. We do, however, appreciate not only her playful squirrels, but also the verse she selected to place inside the central cartouche. If you don’t already subscribe, be sure to pick up a copy of SANQ at your favorite needlework shop.

Why we do what we do...

Christmas came early to NeedleWorkPress in the form of the "hopes, dreams, respect, pride and tremendous love" a mother wove into each stitch of the Jane Tindall sampler she lovingly completed as a gift to mark her daughter's 21st birthday. We do not know how to thank Siobhan for selecting "Jane" as the gift project.

With a name like that...

Ok, ok, ok! So I'm a sucker for sad little (and big) samplers with quirky characteristics. This one has many flaws (bug holes, rotted threads and lots of age spots), but great charm nonetheless. The verse is sad but sincere. The overall layout is quite pleasing and a tad bit unique. The flowers and angels and birds hold their own. And look at the backsides on those deer! Best of all, though, is the maker's name: Fanny Hooper.