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A Most Noble Pursuit
A Limited Edition Collaboration Sampler!!
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A Group Project--Quaker Hornbooks
(A wooden hornbook threadkeeper with 2 designs.
 
 Available only to guilds and other groups.

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A Petit Sampling Etui
A limited-edition collaboration project (limited to 2000 charts)
from Cherished Stitches, Praiseworthy Stitches, The Stitching Parlor,
and With My Needle. 
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Historic Reproduction Samplers

Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth Wood, 1822
(suggested retail price: $18)

This chart is an accurate reproduction of Elizabeth Wood’s sampler stitched in 1822.  A photo of the antique sampler is included in the package.

The antique sampler measures 13-3/4-inches wide by 17-1/4-inches high.  Elizabeth stitched it with silk threads on uneven-weave linen of 32 threads per inch horizontally and 30 threads per inch vertically.

I chose to stitch my reproduction on 35-count linen, which makes my model slightly smaller than Elizabeth’s original. I put my reproduction in an octagon-shaped frame like Elizabeth did.  You might decide to do the same, or you could use a rectangular frame and hem the edges of the sampler or mount your sampler with an octagonal mat.

The model was stitched using Needlepoint, Inc. silk thread on 35-count Cornstalk linen from Weeks Dye Works, Inc. making the stitched are 12-1/2 inches wide x 14-3/4 inches high.  DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.

Stitch count:  219 wide x 258 high

Stitches used: The sampler is worked mainly in cross stitch over two linen threads.  There is one horizontally elongated cross stitch on the border.  In addition, backstitches over two linen threads are used around the eyes of some of the birds and the animals.  Satin stitches are also used in a few places. Stitch diagrams are provided.

Hannah Cummins

Hannah Cummins, 1828
(suggested retail price: $14)


Hannah Cummins stitched her sampler in Stockton, England in 1828 when she was 9 years old.  She  stitched her sampler, which measures 10-1/8 inches wide by 12-1/4 inches high, with silk threads on an uneven linen of 32 threads per inch horizontally and 38 threads per inch vertically.  A photo of the antique sampler is included in the package.

The model was stitched using Needlepoint Inc. silk thread on 35-count Straw linen from Weeks Dye Works, Inc. making the stitched area 9-5/8 inches wide by 13-3/4 inches high.  DMC substitutions are provided for the silk threads.

Stitch count: 168 stitches wide x 241 stitches high

Stitches used:  The sampler is worked mainly in cross stitch over two linen threads.  There is one vertically elongated cross stitch in the verse and twelve cross stitches over one linen thread in the s in Cummins.

Stitching directions, charts, and stitch diagrams are included.

 

Ada Mary Hornsey

Ada Mary Hornsey, 1868
(suggested retail price: $13)

Ada Mary Hornsey of Wellingborough, England, stitched her sampler at age 10 on perforated paper, which was quite popular at the time.  Her original sampler is 7-5/8 by 10 inches.

The model was stitched using Needlepoint Inc. silk thread on 40-count Light Sand linen from Zweigart, Inc. making the stitched area 9-1/8 by 12 inches.  This is slightly larger than Ada’s original. If you want your sampler to be as close as possible to the size of the antique, stitch it over two linen threads on 48-count linen.  You can also stitch this reproduction on 18-count Aida or 22-count Hardanger.  DMC substitutions are provided for the silk threads.

Stitch count: 184 stitches wide x 238 stitches high

Stitches used: cross stitch and straight stitches

A photo of the antique sampler and research about Ada and her family are included.


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ES's Floral Sampler, ca. 1840
(suggested retail price:  $12)

All we know about this sampler are the stitcher’s initials, ES. The sampler appears to be English and, taking clues from the motifs, the linen, and the threads, was stitched in the mid 19th century, most likely around 1840.

The model was stitched on 36-count Light Sand linen from Zweigart, Inc. making the stitched area 6-1/4 by 9 inches.  The stitched area on the original sampler  is approximately 5-5/8 by 8-1/8 inches.  If you want your sampler to be the same size as the original, we suggest that you use 40-count linen.  The model was stitched using silk threads from Needlepoint. Inc.  DMC substitutions are provided  for the silk threads.

Stitch count: 114 stitches wide x 164 stitches high

Stitches used: cross stitch

   

Agnes Scott, 1810
(suggested retail price:  $16)

This lovely sampler is of Scottish origin.  The stitched area on the original sampler  is approximately 12-1/4 by 17-1/8 inches.

The model was stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart, Inc. making the stitched area 12-3/4 by 17-3/8 inches.  It was stitched principally using soie d'alger except for the grass which uses silk chenille.  DMC substitutions are provided  for the soie d'alger and chenille.

Stitch count: 204 stitches wide x 278 stitches high

Stitches used: cross stitch, satin stitch, queen stitch, double running stitch, outline stitch, chain stitch, and cross stitch over one linen thread

Stitch diagrams are provided.

A photo of the antique sampler and an essay on Scottish samplers are included.

Ann Penry, 1816
(suggested retail price:  $13)

According to the family Bible, Ann was born January 29, 1806, in Wales.  She stitched her sampler in 1816 at the age of ten.  The stitched area on the original sampler is approximately 8 by 12 inches on linen that is approximately 44 threads per inch.
 
The model  was stitched on 36-count Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart, Inc. making the stitched area 9-7/8 by 15-1/8 inches.  It was stitched using soie d'alger, but DMC and Anchor equivalents are also provided.

Stitch count: 178 stitches wide x 274 stitches high

Stitches used: cross stitch, satin stitch, algerian eye stitch, straight stitch, tent stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Caroline Bevan, 1845
(suggested retail price:  $13)

Caroline Bevan stitched her sampler in 1845 when she was 10 years old.  Her home in England is uncertain, however the silk she used is often seen on work from Yorkshire during this period.  The original sampler was stitched on a linen of 28 threads wide by 30 threads high.

The model was stitched on 28-count Amber linen from Wichelt, Imports, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread.

Stitch count: 197 stitches wide x 245 stitches high

Stitches used: cross stitch, cross stitch over one thread, satin stitch, backstitch

Stitch diagrams are provided.

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Historical Adaptations

When This You See
(suggested retail price: $10)

This sampler is based on one finished by Susie Wade in 1892 at the age of 13.  Susie used brightly colored wools, mainly red and green, on canvas, and honored her loved ones by including their initials.  I decided to recreate Susie's sampler not as a true reproduction but as an adaptation.  I changed and coordinated the colors, switched from wool to cotton thread, and from canvas to linen.  I added two dividing bands and changed some of the motifs slightly, but most are Susie's.  I also replaced her name and the initials of her loved ones with mine.

The model was stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart, Inc., using DMC embroidery thread and one color of overdyed thread from Olde Willow Stitchery.  DMC substitutions are given for the overdyed thread.

Stitch count:  165 wide x 180 high

Susie stitched her sampler entirely in cross stitch.  I decided to add a few specialty stitches: cross stitch, alternating double backstitch, closed herringbone, backstitch, and smyrna cross.  You can substitute cross stitch for most of the specialty stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Tokens of Friendship and Love
(suggested retail price: $9)

Charts and directions are included to make three projects: Friendship Sampler and two versions of a smaller sampler called My Gift to You.
All three projects are derived from an antique, the TV sampler, 1875.  TV stitched using brightly colored wools on coarse linen.  I chose instead to use one of my favorite colors of overdyed thread to recreate these simple yet striking designs, now with only subtle variations in color.

The model was stitched on 32-count Examplar linen from Lakeside Linen and Designs, Inc. and uses Brethren Blue Sampler Thread from The Gentle Art.

Stitch counts: Friendship Sampler: 156 wide x 136 high.  My Gift To You (larger): 71 wide x 71 high, stitched over two linen threads, (smaller): 71 wide x 65 high, stitched over one linen thread.

Stitches used:  cross stitch

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 Original Design Samplers

Of Female Arts

Of Female Arts
(suggested retail price: $14)

The model was stitched on 36-count Light Sand linen from Zweigart, Inc. using Needlepoint, Inc. silk thread.  DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.  This sampler can be stitched on either linen or aida.

Stitch count:  211 wide x 211 high

Stitches used on linen:  backstitch, cross, cushion, satin and straight stitch.
Stitched used on aida: backstitch, cross, and straight stitch.
Stitch diagrams are provided.

Mini Quaker Samplings
 (suggested retail price: $12)
 

Quaker Samplings began in 2006 as a pair of samplers, I and II. These samplers were very popular, and so I added Quaker Sampling III to this series. In Mini Quaker Samplings I add two more samplers, Quaker Sampling IV and V. The package contains charts for both.

These samplers can be stitched entirely in cross stitch over two linen threads using one ply of embroidery thread. On each of my models, I decided to stitch the first letter of my first name using four-sided stitches to set it apart from the rest of the letters in the alphabet. I cross stitched everything else. These samplers can be stitched on linen or aida.

The models were stitched using one ply of Brethren Blue Sampler Thread from The Gentle Art on 36-count Meadow Rue linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc. We suggest you buy 2, 5-yard skeins of overdyed thread if you want to stitch both samplers using one ply of thread like we did.

Quaker Sampling IV. Stitch count: 73 wide x 93 high

Quaker Sampling V. Stitch count: 103 wide x 102 high

Tell Me Ye Knowing
(suggested retail price: $14)

The model was stitched on 36-count Pecan Butter linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc. using silk threads from Needlepoint, Inc..  DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.  This sampler can be stitched on linen or aida.

Stitch count: 231 wide x 231 high

Stitches used: backstitch, cross stitch, and four-sided stitch

Stitch diagrams are provided.


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With A Pleasant Thought
 (suggested retail price:  $12)
 

The inspiration for this original sampler was the lovely verse that I first saw on Alice Parr’s sampler, which is part of my sampler collection. When Alice stitched her sampler in 1825, she used the “long s”. It looks very similar to our modern day “f” except that the cross bar or nub is on the opposite side. I found the way Alice had stitched her verse to be charming, and I decided to replicate it on my sampler.

Today, many people find it difficult to read text written with the long s, so I’ve also charted the verse with more familiar short s. Choose the version you like best.

The model was stitched on 32-count Light Mocha linen from Zweigart , Inc. using Simply Wool threads from The Gentle Art. DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.

Stitch count: 215 wide x 119 high

Stitches used: backstitch, cross, half cross, four-sided, and straight stitch.

Stitch diagrams are provided.


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Quaker Sampling III
 (suggested retail price:  $ 12)
 

Quaker Sampling III, like its predecessors, Quaker Sampling I  and II, was inspired by the samplers from Ackworth School, one of the most famous Quaker schools, located in Yorkshire in northern England.  In addition to the chart, the package includes  a short essay on Ackworth School and its needlework.

The model was stitched in cross stitch over two linen threads using one ply of Cranberry silk thread from Gloriana Threads on 36-count Maritime White linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc.  I used two 6-yard skeins with no thread left over.  I strongly recommend that you buy three 6-yard skeins to guarantee that you will have enough thread from the same dyelot.  Gloriana Threads have 12 plies per strand.

Stitch count: 379 wide x 116 high
Total number of stitches: 12,461

Stitches used:  cross stitch


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Family Ties
 (suggested retail price:  $12)

The model was stitched on 36-count Meadow Rue linen from Lakeside Linens and Designs, Inc. using silk threads from  Crescent Colours, Gloriana Threads, and Needlepoint, Inc DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.

Stitch count: 204 wide x 168 high

Stitches used:  backstitch, closed herringbone, satin, smyrna cross, straight stitch, and vertical closed herringbone. If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for all but the straight and backstitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Valley House Primitives made the  frame shown in the model.


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A Multiplication Table Examplar
(suggested retail price:  $11)

The model was stitched over one linen thread on 32-count Meadow Rue linen from Lakeside Linens and Designs, Inc. using Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.

Stitch count: 131 wide x 204 high

Stitches used:  cross stitch over one linen thread.  If desired, the project can be stitched over two linen threads to create a larger sampler.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Valley House Primitives made the wonderful hornbook frame shown in the model.


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Family Record Samplers
(suggested retail price:  $16)

This package contains three versions of a birth or family record. These samplers are a wonderful way to commemorate the birth of a child or to record your family history. Detailed stitching directions for all three samplers are included.

The one-child version was stitched on 36-count Light Examplar, and the other two versions were stitched  36-count Maritime White from Lakeside Linens and Designs, Inc. using silk threads from  Crescent Colours, Gloriana Threads, and Needlepoint, Inc DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.

Stitch count: 154 wide x 147 high

Stitches used:  cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion, smyrna cross, and star stitches

Stitch diagrams are provided.


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A Child's Prayer
(suggested retail price:  $11)

This design was inspired by the lovely prayer found on Mary Jane Myers' sampler  which she stitched in 1848 when she was 10 years old. 

The model was stitched on 36-count Meadow Rue from Lakeside Linens & Designs, Inc. using silk threads from Crescent Colours (Belle Soie), Dinky Dyes, Gloriana Threads, and Needlepoint, Inc. and Lorikeet wool from Gloriana Threads.  DMC substitutions are listed in the directions.

Stitch count: 174 wide x 126 high

Stitches used: cross, smyrna cross, straight, and tent stitch

Stitch diagrams are provided.


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Kind and True
(suggested retail price:  $12)

The simple verse, Be ye always kind and true, is a wonderful motto to try to follow every day.

This sampler can easily be changed to celebrate a special occasion such as a birth, wedding or anniversary.  Simply replace the verse with a name or names and put details about the event in the two floral cartouches.

The model was stitched on 36-count Meadow Rue linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc, using silk threads from Needlepoint Inc. and overdyed silk threads from Crescent Colours (Belle Soie).  DMC substitutions are listed  in the directions.

Stitch count:  148 wide x 134 high

Stitches used:  cross stitch, backstitch, satin, and smyrna cross.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for all but the backstitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.


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Words To Live By
(suggested retail price:  $13)

This sampler was inspired by Fanny Lovett's sampler of 1810.  Like on Fanny's sampler, the verses on Virtue, Industry, and Friendship are the main focus on my adaptation.  These familiar verses are found on many old samplers, but usually not all three appear on the same sampler.  Some of the motifs on my adaptation on based on those found on Fanny's sampler, but others are original.

The model was stitched on 36-count Rue Green  linen from Zweigart, Inc., using DMC embroidery thread and  overdyed threads from Crescent Colours and The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads).  DMC substitutions are given for the overdyed thread.

Stitch count:  197 wide x 225 high

Stitches used:  cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread,  satin stitch, smyrna cross, and tent stitch.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for many of these stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.


Quaker Samplings
(suggested retail price: $13)

These two samplers were inspired by Ackworth School, one of the most famous Quaker schools, located in Yorkshire in northern England.

The package contains charts for BOTH samplers.  Also included is a short essay on Ackworth School and its needlework.

The models were stitched entirely in cross stitch over two linen threads using one ply of Milady's Teal from Crescent Colours on 32-count Maple Sugar linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc.  Each sampler requires 3, 5-yard skeins of embroidery thread if stitched with a single ply of thread.

Quaker Samplings I.  Stitch count: 157 wide x 134 high
Quaker Samplings II. Stitch count: 134 wide x 161 high


An Emblem of Love
(suggested retail price: $14)

These samplers are in the Quaker style with medallions, half-medallions, and other familiar Quaker motifs.

The package contains charts for both a multicolor and a one-color version.  Besides the color differences, there are also some small but important differences in the charts for the two versions.

The models were stitched on 32-count Light Examplar linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc.  The multicolor version uses DMC embroidery threads and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads) and Olde Willow Stitchery.  DMC substitutions are given for the overdyed threads.  The one-color version uses Brethren Blue Sampler Thread from The Gentle Art. (You will need 8, 5-yard skeins.)

Stitch count: 222 wide x 139 high

The samplers are stitched exclusively in cross stitch.

Make Each Day Count
(suggested retail price: $12)

The lovely verse, Count the day lost whose low descending sun views from thy hand no worthy act done, came from an old sampler.  It is a sentiment we should all try to follow.

The model for this sampler was stitched on 32-count Black linen from Zweigart, Inc. and uses overdyed threads from Gloriana and The Thread Gatherer.  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed silk threads

Stitch count: 251 wide x 111 high

Stitches used: cross stitch, backstitch, closed herringbone, colonial knot, cross stitch over one linen thread, half cross stitch, smyrna cross, tent, and vertical closed herringbone stitch.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for many of these stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Blairgowrie
(suggested retail price: $14)

This sampler takes its name from the town of Blairgowrie, located in the region of Perthshire in the center of Scotland.  The town, with its red stone buildings, grew rapidly due largely to the town's location on the banks of the River Ericht.  In the 18th century the Blairgowrie area became a huge center for growing flax.    It seems only fitting that this sampler, which was created in the style reminiscent of old Scottish samplers, should take its name from a Scottish town with such a rich textile history.

This original sampler contains many traditional Scottish features. These include the large alphabet of illuminated letters stitched in alternating red and green thread, an undulating floral border, a pansy band, floral motifs, pointed trees with diamond-shaped leaves, crowns, rabbits, birds, a peacock with open tail feathers, many family initials, and a large house centered squarely in the bottom half of the sampler. The house in this design was adapted from a house on an antique Scottish sampler.

The model for this project was stitched on 36-count Light Examplar from Lakeside Linen and Designs, Inc. and uses Needlepoint Inc. silk threads.  DMC substitutions are provided for the silk threads.

Stitch count: 213 wide x 281 high

Stitches used: cross stitch, alternating double cross, backstitch, closed herringbone, double running, four-sided, and smyrna cross.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Times Remembered
(suggested retail price: $9)

The model for this project was stitched on 32-count Light Sand from Zweigart, Inc. and uses overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Thread).  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitch count: 47 wide x 115 high

Stitches used: cross stitch, backstitch, closed herringbone, colonial knot, satin, smyrna cross, tent, and straight stitch. If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

This design is shown in the mini burl clock from Olde Colonial Designs.

Adorn Thy Heart
(suggested retail price: $14)

This sampler was designed in the long and narrow style of 17th century band samplers and uses 22 different embroidery stitches.  The lovely verse has been popular on samplers for several centuries.

The model for this project was stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki from Zweigart, Inc. and uses DMC embroidery threads and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Thread) and Weeks Dye Works DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitch count: 111 wide x 349 high

Stitches used: cross stitch, algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, barrier, closed herringbone, double-sided Italian, four-sided, gobelin, horizontal elongated tied cross, knitting, long-armed cross, Montenegrin, mosaic, outline, queen, rice, satin, small plait, smyrna cross, tent, and tied half Rhodes.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

By changing the wording and perhaps moving a few bands, you can easily make Adorn Thy Heart into a sampler commemorating a wedding, anniversary, birth, or any other special occasion.  Click here to see the wedding sampler I made for my son, Stephen, and his bride, Michelle.

America Is My Nation
(suggested retail price: $8)

The model for this project was stitched on 32-count Examplar linen from Lakeside Linens and Designs, Inc.  and uses overdyed threads from Olde Willow Stitchery.  DMC color substitutions are provided.

Stitch count: 89 stitches wide x 49 stitches high.

Stitches used: cross stitch, closed herringbone, rice, vertical-elongated smyrna cross, vertical-elongated cross stitch, backstitch, tent, satin, and cross stitch over one linen thread.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.
 

Paradise Lost
(suggested retail price:  $11)

The model was stitched on 32-count Teal Green linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread and overdyed thread from The Gentle Art (Sampler Thread) and Weeks Dye WorksDMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitch count:  244 stitches wide x 118 stitches high

Stitches used:  cross stitch, tent stitch, closed herringbone stitch, smyrna cross over four threads, long stitch, colonial knot.  If desired, cross stitch may be substituted for the majority of these stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

Let Virtue Be A Guide To Thee
(suggested retail price: $11)

The model was stitched on 32-count Light Mocha linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread and Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art

Stitch count:  152 stitches wide x 178 stitches high

Stitches used:  cross stitch, rice stitch, Montenegrin, closed herringbone, smyrna cross, backstitch, satin stitch, half-cross stitch over one, and double-sided Italian stitch.  If desired, cross stitch may be substituted for all but the backstitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

With My Needle
(suggested retail price:  $11)

The model was stitched on 32-count Light Mocha linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread and Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art

Stitch count:  150 stitches wide x 180 stitches high

Stitches used:  four-sided stitch, alternating double backstitch, smyrna cross, closed herringbone, half cross stitch over one, satin stitch, and cross stitch.  Half cross stitch over one thread must be used on the bird and squirrel, but you may substitute cross stitch for any other stitches.

Stitch diagrams are provided.

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Sewing Cases, Needlebooks, Baskets, etc.
Quaker Needlework Box

A Quaker Needlework Box
(suggested retail price: $18)

This little box, which measures almost 3-1/2 inches, is the perfect size for holding your needlework tools.  Place it on a table next to you when stitching, or take it to your favorite stitching event.

Two embroidered pinkeep medallions adorn the inside of the box, and a pincushion is on the inside of the box lid.  Charts and directions are included for the embroidered box, the pinkeep medallions, a scissors weight, a needlebook, and two threadwinders. Also shown in the photo are Primitive Storklette scissors from Kelmscott Designs.

The model was stitched on 32-count Antique Ivory linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC 739 cotton embroidery thread and three, 6-yard skeins of Cranberry silk thread from Gloriana Threads.

The motifs are all cross stitched over one linen thread, but you can stitch them over two linen threads to create larger items.  Just make sure you buy enough linen and enough thread from the same dye lot. Each strand of Gloriana Thread has 12 plies.  Keep this in mind if you chose another brand of thread so that you'll have enough thread from the same dye lot to complete the project.

Stitches used:  backstitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, and four-sided

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


Miss Trenner's Needlework Academy

 (suggested retail price: $18)

Decorated boxes have long been used for storing needlework items. Imagine that you are attending a school like Miss Trenner’s Needlework Academy, a fictitious place in Ohio named after a stitching friend.  You might need several boxes to keep your tools and threads.

We include designs for three embroidered panels, instructions for lining two boxes, and designs and instructions for a needleroll and scissors weight.  The project will work with a variety of oval boxes, but we recommend either painted papier-mâché or Shaker wooden oval boxes.

The models were stitched on 36-count Light Examplar linen from Lakeside Linens and Designs using Needlepoint Inc. silk threads.  DMC substitutions are provided for the silk threads.

Stitches used: alternating double backstitch, backstitch, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, four-sided, half cross stitch, herringbone, montenegrin, nun’s stitch, Rhodes heart, satin, and tent stitch.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for many of the specialty stitches.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.

Blue House Needle Primer
 (suggested retail price:  $25)
 The wooden hornbook and mounting boards are included in the package.

The wooden form for this needlebook is in the shape of a hornbook. Hornbooks were used by school children for several centuries starting in Europe in the mid 1400s. They were also used in America.

The model was stitched on 36-count Sand linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed cotton threads from The Gentle Art and Crescent Colours.

Stitches used: backstitch, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, nun’s stitch, Rhodes heart, satin, and tent stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are provided.

Mrs. Waddelow's Needlework Basket
(suggested retail price:  $18)

Mrs. Waddelow’s Needlework Basket is a companion piece to Mrs. Waddelow’s Huswif. This package includes for a lined basket with a stitched bottom panel, a ruler, two threadwinders, a button bag, and a scissors keeper.

The model was stitched on 32-count Amber linen from Wichelt using Brick thread from Weeks Dye Works.

Stitches used: backstitch and reversible cross stitch. If desired, you can use cross stitch instead of reversible cross stitch.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are provided.

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Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif
(suggested retail price:  $18)

A huswif is a folded or rolled case for holding needlework supplies.  My design was inspired by old ones, which were typically made from a variety of cotton prints, both on the inside and on the outside.  The inside of my huswif is made from five different cotton prints.  There are four pockets, three flat and one gathered, and three thread rings.  The huswif outside is embroidered using only one color of overdyed cotton thread.  A needlebook is also included.

The model was stitched on 32-count Amber linen from Wichelt using Brick thread from Weeks Dye Works.

Stitches used: backstitch and reversible cross stitch. If desired, you can use cross stitch instead of reversible cross stitch.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included. The model was assembled completely by hand, but if you wish you could use a combination of machine and hand sewing.

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Within My Heart Sewing Case
(suggested retail price:  $15)

This envelope-style sewing case provides a lovely way to store your needlework tools.  Rings on the inside hold your threads, and there is also a large pocket for tools and treasures.  Designs for a needlebook and scissors weight are also included.

The model was stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread and silk threads from Dinkey-Dyes, Gloriana Threads, and Needlepoint Inc.

Stitches used: algerian eye (over four linen threads), backstitch, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, smyrna cross, tent, and vertically elongated cross stitches.  If desired, you can substitute cross stitch for many of the specialty stitches.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.

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My Needle's Worke Box
(suggested retail price:  $18)

This little box which measures nearly four inches is the perfect size for holding your needlework tools. Place it on a table next to you when stitching or pack it up to take to your favorite stitching event. The verse on the box top, My needle does my heart engage, was taken from an old sampler verse.

Inside the box are a pincushion (on the lid) and four pockets which hold an embroidered needlebook and two embroidered threadwinders.  Included in the package on directions for making a scissors weight.   Also shown in the photo are a mother of pearl ruler and Seaton scissors from Kelmscott Designs

The model was stitched on 32-count Antique Ivory linen from Zweigart, Inc. using silk threads from Crescent Colours (Belle Soie), Gloriana ThreadsNeedlepoint, Inc., and DMC Ecru tatting thread.  DMC color substitutions are provided.

Stitches used:  backstitch, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, four-sided, nun’s stitch, satin, smyrna cross, tent, and vertical elongated cross stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.

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A Fair Maiden's Etui
(suggested retail price:  $18)

The pyramid shape of this etui, or case,  was popular during Victorian times.  The outside panels are embroidered with traditional motifs.  On the bottom of the etui is a verse that I adapted from an old song published in 1886. The verse begins with the line Come haste, my fair maiden, prepare for your worke ..... This verse was the inspiration for the name of the etui.

On the inside are a pinkeep, thread rings, and two silk pockets.  On the model, one pocket holds an embroidered needlebook and the other a mother of pearl ruler from Kelmscott Designs.  Also on the inside of the etui is an embroidered scissors pocket. Our model uses reproduction swan scissors from Uncommon Scissors. The finished size of the etui is almost 4-1/2 inches tall. 

The model was stitched on 36-count Cream linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed cotton threads from Crescent Colours and The Gentle Art  (Sampler Threads) plus DMC embroidery threads and cotton perle #12.  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads..

Stitches used:  backstitch, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, nun’s stitch, and smyrna cross stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


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A Pair of Pin Cubes
(suggested retail price:  $14)

The models for both pin cubes were stitched on 32-count linen from Zweigart, Inc. with Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art and DMC embroidery threads.   A Quaker Pin Cube,  was stitched on Antique Ivory and A Strawberry Pin Cube was stitched on Pearl Gray.  DMC substitutions are provided.

Stitch count: 55 x 55; Stitched Size: 1-5/8 x 1-5/8 inches

Stitches used: backstitch and cross stitch over one linen thread

Stitching directions, charts for both pin cubes, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


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Alphabet Samplings Book
(suggested retail price:  $16)

This  book of 16 stitched pages features a floral bouquet, twelve alphabets, and a page of numerals.  The book is adapted from an antique "souvenir" book dated 1895. The original book cover is silk, and the pages are canvas stitched with wool threads. For my adaptation, I used linen for the pages and stitched with overdyed silk threads.

The model was stitched on 36-count Light Sand linen from Zweigart using overdyed silk thread from Hand Dyed FibersDMC substitutions are provided, or you may chose your own thread colors.

Stitches used: Algerian eye, backstitch, cross, double running, rice, and smyrna cross stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.

(This design was originally published in Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly, Vols. 37-40.)


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A Hornbook Examplar
(suggested retail price:  $14)

This needle and scissors case is in the shape of a hornbook. Hornbooks were used by school children in both Europe and in America from the mid-15th to about the 18th century when they were learning letters and beginning to read.

The model was cross stitched over one linen thread on 32-count Chestnut linen from Wichelt Imports, Inc. using overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works.  Wool felt from Weeks Dye Works was used for assembly.

Stitches used: cross stitch over one linen thread, backstitch, blanket stitch, and nun’s stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


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Quaker Turtles
(suggested retail price: $16)

Each of these four little turtles is a unique needlework “treasure”—a needlebook, a pincushion, a pocket, or a scissors weight. Both the upper  and lower  shells feature a Quaker motif. You can store or transport your Quaker Turtles in a basket like the one we used from Old Colonial Designs.

The model was cross stitched  over one linen thread on 32-count Olive Green linen from  Zweigart  using overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works.  Wool felt from Weeks Dye Works was used for assembly.

Stitches used:   backstitch and cross stitch over one linen thread

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included. Instructions for lining a basket are also included.

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Maidens of the Sea
(suggested retail price:  $16)

Celebrate your love of the sea with this small sewing case and accompanying scissors weight.  Lovely mermaids grace both pieces.  A ship and a lighthouse are on the back of the case.  Inside is a pocket, two heart-shaped thread rings, and a wool needlepage in the shape of a seahorse. 

The model was stitched on 32-count Sea Storm linen from Lakeside Linens, Inc. using  silk threads from Crescent Colours, Dinky Dyes, Gloriana, Needlepoint Inc., and The Thread Gatherer.  DMC substitutions are provided.

Stitches used:  backstitch, colonial knot, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, and tent stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, detailed assembly instructions, and two carved fish threadwinders are included.


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A Work'd Pocketbook
(suggested retail price: $16)

Needlework pocketbooks, often called “worked” pocketbooks, were popular from about 1740 until 1790, and were used by both men and women to carry valuables.  A short essay on embroidered pocketbooks is included in the product.

This design is an adaptation of an antique queen-stitched pocketbook that I bought at an antiques show.  I used the same shape, ribbon closure, and motifs as on my antique, but I changed the thread colors.  My adaptation is only slighter smaller than the original.

The model was stitched on 32-count Toasted Almond linen from Zweigart, Inc., using DMC embroidery thread and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads).  DMC substitutions are given for the overdyed threads.

Stitched area size on 32-count linen:  5-3/8-inches wide x 11-1/8-inches high

Stitches used:  queen, backstitch, and tent

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


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Ackworth Friendship Book
(suggested retail price: $18)

The Ackworth Friendship Book is an accordion-style book of Quaker motifs from Ackworth School in northern England.  There are 10 stitched pages.  Each set of pages forms a pocket in which you can store special treasures.

On my model, I stitched the front and back book covers, and eight of my friends each stitched a page and "signed" her page with her initials.  You can do the same or else stitch the entire book yourself.

The model was stitched on 36-count Maple Sugar from Lakeside Linens, Inc. using  one ply of Milady's Teal from Crescent Colours.  The design requires 6, 5-yard skeins if stitched with one ply of thread like the model.  The model also uses  12-mm Arctic Ice Dark silk satin ribbon from Gloriana Threads (1 yard for the book and 2 yards for the bag).

Stitches used:  cross stitch and backstitch.  (On the model, all stitching was done over two linen threads.)

Stitching directions, charts, and detailed assembly instructions for both the book and a carrying bag are included.

Petit Carnet d'Ouvrages, Livre II
(suggested retail price: $16)

Petit Carnet d'Ouvrages, Livre II is an accordion-style book inspired by old pattern books. In addition to the front and back cover, there are eight more pages of stitched alphabets, borders, and motifs. This book is part of a series of little books. The model was stitched on 32-count Lilac linen from Zweigart, Inc. using Grape Luminescence (100/3) thread from Gloriana Threads. The book hinges are made using 12-mm Grape silk satin ribbon from Gloriana Threads.

Stitches used: cross stitch and backstitch. The model was cross stitched over one linen thread, but the book could also be stitched over two linen threads to create a larger version. Another suggestion is to stitch and frame the pages individually.

Stitching directions, charts, and detailed assembly instructions are included.

Quaker Schoolgirl Needle Necessities
(suggested retail price: $14)

This sewing case, needlebook, and scissors sheath were inspired by the motifs of Ackworth School, a Quaker school in northern England, which was founded in 1779. The models were stitched on 32-count Maple Sugar from Lakeside Linens, Inc. using one ply of Milady's Teal from Crescent Colours. DMC Cotton Perle #12, color 644 (to match the linen) was also used.

Stitches used: cross stitch and backstitch

Stitching directions, charts, and detailed assembly instructions are included. A short essay on Ackworth School and its needlework is also included.


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A Quaker Pattern Book
(suggested retail price: $16)

A Quaker Pattern Book is an accordion-style book inspired by old pattern books.  In addition to the front and back cover, there are eight more pages of stitched alphabets, borders, and motifs.  The motifs in this book are from Ackworth School, one of the most famous Quaker schools.  It is located in Yorkshire in northern England.

The model was cross stitched over one linen thread on  28-count Antique Ivory linen from Zweigart, Inc. using  one ply of Milady's Teal from Crescent Colours.  We suggest buying 6, 5-yard skeins of Milady's Teal.  The book hinges are made from  Artic Ice Dark silk satin ribbon from Gloriana Threads.

Stitches used:  cross stitch and backstitch.  The model was cross stitched over one linen thread, but the book could also be stitched over two linen threads to create a larger version.  Another suggestion is to stitch and frame the pages individually.

Stitching directions, charts, and detailed assembly instructions are included.  A short essay on Ackworth School and its needlework is also included.

 


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Flowers for Lily
(suggested retail price: $12)

This sewing case was inspired by an antique which was probably Shaker in origin.  While the antique has a bronzed leather exterior, I chose to use linen instead so that embroidery could be added.  The antique has a wool needlepage and a leather pincushion on the inside.  On the adaptation, I chose to use linen for both the needlepage and the pincushion.  The antique probably closed with ribbons which are now missing.  On my version, I used a pretty button and loop closure.  A scissors weight accompanies the sewing case.

The model was stitched on a combination of 32-count Rue Green and Lavender Mist linen from Zweigart, Inc. using  overdyed threads from Crescent Colours and Olde Willow Stitchery.  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitches used:  backstitch, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, herringbone, straight stitch, and nun's stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.


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Petit Carnet d'Ouvrages, Livre I
(suggested retail price: $16)

Petit Carnet d'Ouvrages, Livre I is an accordion-style book inspired by old pattern books.  In addition to the front and back cover, there are eight more pages of stitched alphabets, borders, and motifs.  This is the first of a series of little books.

The model was stitched on 32-count  Antique Ivory linen from Zweigart, Inc. using Slate Blue Luminescence (100/3) thread from Gloriana Threads.

Stitches used:  cross stitch and backstitch.  The model was cross stitched over one linen thread, but the book could also be stitched over two linen threads to create a larger version.  Another suggestion is to stitch and frame the pages individually.

Stitching directions, charts, and detailed assembly instructions are included.




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Beauty and Grace
(suggested retail price: $13)

This sewing case folds like a book and has a mattress-style pincushion on the inside.  Also on the inside of the case is a place for holding a special pair of scissors and two needlepages.  The verse on the sewing case back reads May beauty and grace enrich each day.

The model was stitched on  32-count Smokey Pearl linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Crescent Colours and The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads).  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed silk threads.

Stitches used:  backstitch, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, half cross stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch, and tent stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.


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Strawberries So Faire
(suggested retail price: $12)

This design features a pair of sewing rolls in two different color schemes.  Each sewing roll, when opened, has a pocket for storing your needlework treasures, wool needlepages, and a strawberry that fits into one end of the roll.  The inspiration for this project is an antique with similar features on the inside but plain, not embroidered, on the outside.

The two models were stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki and Black linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Gloriana and The Thread Gatherer.  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed silk threads.

Stitches used:  cross stitch,  backstitch, and closed herringbone stitch. Additional decorative stitches can be added to the wool needlepages.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.

A strawberry ruler ($30) and thread winder (not shown in the photo, $38), made of ivory from old piano keys, were designed especially for With My Needle and are available directly from us.  Shipping costs are additional.  Please contact us for availability and shipping costs.


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Bunnies in the Garden
(suggested retail price: $12)

There are three pieces to this whimsical project: a needleroll with an attached needlepage and removable pinkeep, a scissors weight, and a scissors sheath.

The models were stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Olde Willow Stitchery.

Stitches used:  cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, backstitch, herringbone, rice, and nun's stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.

A bunny ruler ($30) and thread winder ($38), made of ivory from old piano keys, are available from With My Needle.  Shipping costs are additional.  Please contact us for availability and shipping costs.


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Quaker Needlework Treasures
(suggested retail price: $13)

This small sewing case was inspired by Quaker motifs.  The inside of the case has a pincushion and needlepage.  Other "treasures" include in this project are a stitching bag and a scissors weight.

This project was stitched on 28-count Summer Khaki from Zweigart, Inc. and uses overdyed thread from Weeks Dye Works.

Stitches used:  cross stitch over one thread, backstitch, and nun's stitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.

Crown and Needle Etui
(suggested retail price: $9)

This etui, with its mattress style pincushion, was inspired by a slightly smaller antique of the same size.  The wonderful verse is from Grandma's Poem, by Eugene Field (1850-1895).  Inside the etui is a linen needlepage.  The closure is with a long pin, like on the antique.  The design for an accompanying scissors weight is also included.

The model for this project was stitched on a combination of 32-count Olive Green and 32-count Platinum linen from Zweigart, Inc. and uses DMC embroidery threads and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Thread) and Weeks Dye Works DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitches used: cross stitch, cross stitch over one thread, backstitch, closed herringbone, smyrna cross, satin stitch, queen stitch, queen stitch over two threads, and tent stitch.  Nun's stitch is used on the needlepage.  If desired, you can substitute cross stitches for many of the specialty stitches.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.


sampler and inside view of sewing case

needlebook, sewing case (closed ),  scissors weight, & acorn ruler
 
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Acorn Sampler Sewing Case
(suggested retail price:  $14)

This project contains directions for stitching both a sampler and a sewing case including a removable mattress-style pincushion and a gathered pocket.  There is a place to put bone rings for holding your embroidery threads.  Also included are two needlework "treasures"--a needlebook and scissors weight.

The models for these projects were stitched on 32-count Autumn Gold linen from Lakeside Linen and Designs, Inc. and use overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works, and Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art DMC color substitutions are provided.  The sewing case also uses Toasted Almond linen from Zweigart, Inc.

Stitches used: cross stitch, cross stitch over one, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, closed herringbone, double-sided Italian, four-sided, montenegrin, mosaic, small rice, satin, smyrna cross, tent, vertical elongated cross, and gobelin.  Nun's stitch is used on the needlepage.  If desired, the majority of these stitches can be replaced with cross stitch.

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.

An acorn ruler ($30) and threadwinder ($38), made of ivory from old piano keys, are available from With My Needle. Shipping costs are additional.  Please contact us for availability and shipping costs.

A Shaker Pinkeep
(suggested retail price:  $6.50)

The verse used on this two-sided pinkeep, Hands to Work, Hearts to God, illustrates the strong work ethic of the Shakers as well as their devotion to God.

The model, which measures approximately 2-1/2 inches, was stitched on 32-count Olive Green linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works, Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art, and DMC embroidery thread.  DMC substitutions are given for the overdyed threads.

Stitches used: narrow closed herringbone, horizontal elongated cross stitch, tent, backstitch, smyrna cross, colonial knot, cross stitch over one linen thread, and queen stitch

Charts, detailed stitching directions, stitch diagrams, and assembly instructions are included.


Sampler and sewing bag with its "treasures"
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Accept This Posey
(suggested retail price:  $13)

This package contains directions for making both a framed sampler and a stitching bag with accompanying "treasures"—a needlebook, pinkeep, and scissors case doll.

The models were stitched on 32-count Bittersweet linen, from Lakeside Linen and Designs, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread.  Cotton perle is needed for the needlepage.

Stitches used: cross stitch, closed herringbone, tent stitch, cross stitch over one, backstitch, smyrna cross, satin stitch, and nun's stitch.  An interlaced casing stitch is used in assembly.

Charts, stitching directions, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


Front view and the antique

Inside view of one of the etuis
Swan Stitcher's Etuis
(suggested retail price:  $10)

These two etuis with mattress-style pincushions were inspired by an antique of the same size and shape.  Inside each etui are two needlepages.  The closure is with a long pin, like on the antique.  The design for an accompanying scissors weight is also included.

The models were stitched on 32-count Sand linen from Zweigart, Inc. using Bordeaux Weeks Dye Works thread.

Stitches used:  cross stitch, closed herringbone, tent, backstitch, cross stitch over one thread, slanted gobelin variation, reverse chain, and nun's stitch

Charts, stitching directions, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.


Front view of the case, needlebook, and thread palette. Another design appears on the back, which includes an alphabet,  a "fishing lady", and other motifs

Cherished Workes
(suggested retail price:  $15)

This project consists of a sewing case with a gathered pocket, a needlebook, and a thread palette.

The models were stitched on 32-count Examplar linen, from Lakeside Linen and Designs, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread, Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art, and overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works and Olde Willow Stitchery.  Cotton Perle is also needed for assembly.

Stitches used: cross stitch, half cross stitch, colonial knot, smyrna cross, closed herringbone, narrow closed herringbone, satin, tent, tent stitch variation, cross stitch over one linen thread, backstitch, reverse chain, and outline.  If desired, you can substitute cross-stitch for the majority of these stitches.

Charts, stitching directions, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instructions are included.

The hand-painted decoration used inside the case was designed exclusively for this project and is available from With My Needle  for $50 plus shipping (and tax for Ohio residents).  Please contact us availability and  the correct total amount.

(This design was originally  published in Fine Lines.) 


Outside view of the larger version and  inside view of the smaller version
Floral Needlerolls
(suggested retail price: $10)

These needlerolls were inspired by an antique which was probably Shaker.  The antique has a bronzed leather exterior and  a wool needlepage and a leather pincushion on the inside.

Two different needleroll projects are included.  The smaller version is stitched entirely over one linen thread and is approximately the same size as the antique that inspired this project.  The larger version is wider and is stitched over two threads except for the writing on the pincushion and on the needlepage.

The smaller model was stitched using a combination of 32-count Dirty Linen and Platinum linen from Zweigart, Inc.  The larger model was stitched using a combination of 32-count Olive Green linen and Light Sand linen also from Zweigart, Inc.  Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art are used.  DMC color substitutions are provided.

Stitches used: cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, tent, smyrna cross, herringbone, and nun's stitch

Detailed stitching directions, charts for both needlerolls, stitch diagrams, and assembly instructions are included.


Sewing case,scissors/needlethreader case,  pinkeep, and bodkin case

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The Rose Garden Sewing Case
(suggested retail price: $18)

This project consists of a roll-style sewing case with drawstring bags and three accompanying needlework "treasures": a case for scissors and a needlethreader, a bodkin case, and a pinkeep.

The model was stitched on 32-count Toasted Almond linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread, and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads) and Weeks Dye WorksDMC color substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.  Cotton perle #8 and #12 are also needed for assembly.

Stitches used:  cross stitch, closed herringbone, tent stitch, cross stitch over one, backstitch, and smyrna cross are used.  An interlaced casing stitch is used in assembly.

Detailed stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, linen and lining fabric layouts, and detailed assembly instructions are provided.

The silver needlethreader and Victorian-reproduction bodkins may be purchased through local needlework shops or from With My Needle.  Bodkins have long been popular needlework tools.  They were used for lacing together clothing, and are still used today for inserting ribbon or cording through a casing.  Click here to see the antique that inspired the Rose Garden Sewing Case.

A Is For Apple
(suggested retail price: $10)

This project features an oval pincushion box (from Sudberry House, item #99661), a needlebook, and scissors weight.

The model was stitched on a combination of 32-count Teal and Light Sand Belfast linen from Zweigart, Inc. using DMC embroidery thread and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads) and Weeks Dye Works.  DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitches used:  This project is principally stitched in tent stitch over one linen thread.  Colonial knots, closed herringbone stitch, rice stitch, nun's stitch, and backstitch are also used.  If desired, cross stitch over one can be substituted for the tent stitches.  This project can also be stitched over two linen threads to fit a larger box lid.

In addition to the chart and detailed directions (including stitch diagrams), the package includes detailed assembly instructions.


Basket interior showing some of the pockets
My Favorite Things Stitching Basket
(suggested retail price: $18)

This project includes charts and directions for a basket lining with six stitched pockets, needlebook, scissors weight, and waxer pocket.  Detailed assembly instructions are also included.

The model for this project was stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki from Zweigart, Inc. using Anchor embroidery thread.  DMC conversions are provided.

Stitches used:  cross stitch, colonial knot, smyrna cross, closed herringbone, satin, wide gobelin, slanted gobelin variation, tent, rice, cross stitch over one linen thread, backstitch, and nun's stitch.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches.  Coral knots are optional during the assembly.

In addition to the chart and directions, the package includes stitch diagrams and detailed assembly instructions for finishing your project.

The basket, available separately from With My Needle, is from American Traditions Basket Company.  Contact us for the current price and availability.  The small ruler ($30) and threadwinder ($38) shown in the photo are made of ivory from old piano keys.  They can be personalized with a single initial.  Shipping costs are additional.  These accessories were created especially for this project and are available only directly from With My Needle.

Busy Bee Sewing Case
(suggested retail price: $12; includes lining material)

The model for this sewing case was stitched on a combination of 32-count Amsterdam Blue linen and Sand linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Needle Necessities, The Gentle Art (Sampler Threads), and Weeks Dye Works.  DMC and Anchor substitutions are provided.  When closed, the case measures approximately 5-inches wide by 2-1/2-inches high.

Stitches used:  cross stitch, smyrna cross, wide gobelin, satin stitch, tent stitch, colonial knot, running stitch, straight stitch, and nun's stitch.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches.

In addition to the chart and detailed directions (including stitch diagrams), the package includes the lining and assembly instructions for your sewing case.  The finishing is completed by hand.

The small ruler shown in the photo is made of ivory from an old piano key.  It was created especially for this project and is available only directly from With My Needle.  The price is $30 plus shipping.  Please contact us for availability and total cost.  A threadwinder (not shown) is also available for $38 plus shipping.

Remember Me Sewing Pocket
(suggested retail price: $11)

This three-piece project includes a sewing pocket, needlebook, and scissors weight.  The pocket may be worn from the neck as a name tag. The finished pocket is 3 inches square.

The models for this project were stitched on 32-count Lambswool from Wichelt, Imports, Inc. using overdyed thread from Weeks Dye Works

Stitches used:  This project is principally stitched in cross stitch over one linen thread using one strand of overdyed floss.  There is also one row of four-sided stitches and one of closed herringbone.  Backstitch and nun's stitch are used to finish the sides of the pieces.  This project may also be stitched over two threads creating a larger pocket.

In addition to the chart and directions (including stitch diagrams), the package includes detailed assembly instructions.  The finishing is completed by hand.

My Treasures Sewing Case
(suggested retail price: $12; includes lining material)

The model for this sewing case was stitched on 32-count Toasted Almond Belfast linen from Zweigart, Inc. using threads from Anchor, The Gentle Art  (Sampler Threads), and Weeks Dye WorksDMC substitutions are provided.  When closed, the case measures almost 4 inches square.

Stitches used:  cross stitch, smyrna cross, satin stitch, tent stitch, closed herringbone, slanted gobelin variation, french knot, backstitch, and nun's stitch.  If desired, cross stitch can be substituted for the majority of these stitches.

In addition to the chart and detailed directions (including stitch diagrams), the package includes the lining and assembly instructions for your sewing case.  The finishing is completed by hand.

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Christmas Designs

Star of Wonder Pinkeep Ornament
(suggested retail price: $6)

The model for this project was stitched on 32-count Lakeside Blue linen from Lakeside Linen and Designs, Inc. and uses DMC embroidery threads and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art (Sampler Thread) and Weeks Dye Works DMC substitutions are provided for the overdyed threads.

Stitched Area Size:  2-1/2 inches wide x 2-1/2 inches high

Stitches used: cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, closed herringbone, tent, star, and backstitch

Stitching directions, charts, stitch diagrams, and detailed assembly instruction are included.

All Hearts Come Home For Christmas
(suggested retail price:  $6)

The models were stitched on two different linens (32-count Lambswool and 32-count Sandstone) from Wichelt, Imports, Inc. with two different thread color variations.  Charts for both are included in the package.  Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art were used, and DMC substitutions are also provided.

Stitch count:  97 stitches wide x 97 stitches high

Stitches used:  cross stitch over one linen thread, horizontal elongated cross stitch, vertical elongated cross stitch, satin stitch, and tent stitch. Stitch diagrams are provided.

The models were stitched over one linen thread.  However, you may decide to stitch over two threads to create a larger ornament, pillow, or a framed piece.

Woodland Christmas
(suggested retail price:  $5)

The model was stitched on 32-count Amber linen from Wichelt, Imports, Inc. using Sampler Threads from The Gentle ArtDMC substitutions are provided.

Stitch count:  59 stitches wide x 35 stitches high

Stitches used:  cross stitch, half cross stitch over one, backstitch, and smyrna cross.  Stitch diagrams are provided.

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Clothing Designs
Sampler Vest
(suggested retail price: $7)

Stitch count:  pictorial scene, 102 stitches wide x 48 stitches high; alphabet, 40 stitches wide by 40 stitches high

The model was stitched principally in cross stitch.  Four-sided stitch, smyrna cross, and French knots were also used.  Stitch diagrams are provided.

(The chart is still available, but the commercially made vest shown in the photo is no longer available.)

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Complimentary Designs

Les Cygnes A La Fleur
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This design, when stitched on 36-count linen, will  fit  the top of a Nantucket pincushion basket from Olde Colonial Designs.  You can also frame this design, put it on a box or tin lid, or make it into a small pillow or pincushion.  The possibilities are endless.

The model on the pincushion basket was stitched on 36-count Rue Green linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Crescent Colours and two colors of ribbon from Gloriana.  The other model was stitched on 32-count linen and fits a 3-inch round tin.

Stitches used: cross,  closed herringbone, colonial knot, and tent stitch


 

Eliza's Pyn Pillow
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The word "pyn pillow" was an old term used for what we call today a "pincushion".  Other common names were "pinkeep", "pimpillow", and "pin-poppet".  I hope that this pyn pillow will be a welcome addition to your stitching basket.

The model was stitched on 32-count Cream linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from The Thread Gatherer.

Stitches used: cross, closed herringbone, and tent stitch

Detailed assembly instructions are included.

Flowers of Olde
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This design was inspired by flowers often used on Scottish samplers.  The stitched piece fits in a Tuckable Shoulder Bag from Olde Colonial Designs.  You can also frame this design, put it on a box lid, or make it into a small pillow or pincushion.

The model was stitched on 32-count Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart, Inc. using overdyed threads from Olde Willow Stitchery.

Stitches used: cross, satin, closed herringbone, smyrna cross, and tent stitch

Peaceful Willows
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The model was stitched on 32-count Sandstone linen from Wichelt, Imports, Inc. using overdyed threads from Olde Willow Stitchery.

Stitch count:  65 stitches wide x 24 stitches high

Stitches used:  cross stitch, backstitch, satin stitch, cross stitch over one, vertical elongated cross stitch

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Purchasing With My Needle Products

Charts: Our products are available from needlework retailers worldwide. 
If the charts you want are not in stock at your favorite store, please ask the shop owner to order from me.

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Direct Order Items: Ivory rulers, thread winders, baskets, and other accessories are available only by direct order.  Please contact me for ordering information, tax, and shipping charges.

Ellen Chester
With My Needle
7122 Larchwood Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241
U.S.A.

phone: 1 513 779 0935
 

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