- December Newsletter!
Christmas is just
around the corner..! Here at the Victoria Sampler Lisa, Cathy and I are already
working on our Spring designs, but personally we're getting ready to enjoy our
Christmas with our families! I'm really looking forward to this merry season,
hopefully sunny cold weather, a warm fireside, and delicious baking scenting the
air. I'll spend some extra time with Mom, who is still able to smile and enjoy
her life, especially when we visit her! Wishing you and your family have a
lovely December, and that you enjoy a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
My September and October just sped by in a flurry of work and social events..! At the
beginning of September, I taught
a full Stitcherama Webcast Class for the Happy Hearts Sweet Bag design. It includes
lots of special stitches, some Hardanger, and some Drawn Thread, and I loved my
student's reactions and enthusiasm! One of my favorite things about webcast teaching
is getting to know all of my students so well.
Thank you all for making the Happy Hearts
Stitcherama the best ever!
At the same time, we've had an amazing
response to all our September
Cathy, Lisa and I have been hustling to try to cover all the
Cupcakes, as well as re-orders for the Autumn Box, Bu
tton Up Your Heaert, and the
Gingerbread Tree.. but most of all for the Trick or Treat Sampler! Whew.. it's been
a whirlwind of excitement around here.. and we've loved every minute of it. However,
we've now run out of materials for the Cupcakes, so I hope most of
you managed to get
a Tiny Pack or two to complete yours this year. If not, don't worry.. we will release a special Gingerbread Cupcakes chart next September with this year's
JCS design as well as some new cupcake designs, and we will have enough materials
for all of you then! :)
In the middle
of the most beautiful fall weather ever, I travelled to the
land of fall colour, Mystic Connecticut, to teach for Sue at
Hideaway. The fall colours were beautiful while I was there, red and
gold leaves were just starting to drop down in the breeze, but the weather was warm and sunny.. we were soo lucky! I always love teaching for Sue.. she
us all so well, everything is comfortable
and easy, and the fun and food is to die
for! We had a great time.. I taught
a new project, a sampler about
the Three Ships Carol, depicting tall ships at harbour. Mystic at Christmas..
must be so beautiful in the snow with the lights all over the ships.. everyone loved
it, and I'm glad it was such a favorite among the students..
we had a great time!
This September I also helped my daughter Dori (below left.. Petra at right) as well as another friend move from
one apartment to another. I was thinking that I'd 'moved' beyond all this lifting
and carrying, after having moved my Mom for the last time last year, but no, there's
always someonewho needs your help when they decide they need to carry all their
stuff to the new place,
isn't there? LOL In the meanwhile, I saw with some trepidation
what is in store for me if and when I will move sometime in the future, and had
nightmares thinking about that possibility.. so I've taken some steps to downsize
now, while I still have the luxury of doing so in small steps. My first step is
to box up some of my Mom's things and sell them, or send them to the auctions or
second hand places. There is a long line of boxes in my garage.. but that's as far
as I've gotten so far.. sigh... It's so hard to decide what to do with all the stuff
once you really want to clear it out. I'm tempted to send it all to the landfill,
but then I'm part of the problem, aren't I..? Soo.. I guess I'll start posting photos on Used Victoria
or Craigslist, and hope for the best. Wish me luck!
Getting back to
business! It's Decemberrr.. Winter, with brisk winds,
red cheeks and hot savory soups.. but right now, let's move on to Victoria Sampler news with all the new stitching thingies....!
FROM THE STUDIO
the New Year, we'll be opening registration for a brand new Stitcherama... called
Loving Friends. "You light up my Life" is the saying highlighting the stitched linen
cover for a wooden music box, and inside you'll find a matching matress pincushion
and scissor fob. The colours are soft, and the Hardanger
and drawn thread will be such fun to learn via live video online! Meanwhile,
the very popular Victorian Pincushion Stitcherama is now open. Once you register
you will receive your Student Kit including the wooden base and all materials
needed to stitch and finish this beautiful project. Register now!
I know it's not even Christmas yet, but I'm getting quite excited about my upcoming
New Year's Sampler due out at the start of 2014! What fun to plan and stitch Father
Time and Baby New Year.. people dancing to the music of the band while the balloons
drift down... confetti and fireworks amidst the new snow of winter.. all these scenes
give this sampler life! I've also been working on a hemstitch sampler.. but this
is still on the drawing board.. I just know I'm using peach and tan.. yum! :)
newest is a "Barnyard Babies" Chart! You'll find a tiny baby piglet, goat and sheep
surrounded by their wreath of pine needles and tiny buttons, in
their own tartlet tin. You'll just love these sweet little barnyard annimals she's designed,
soo cute and quick to add to your collection!
Also, Linda has been working on the
most beautiful Floral Stitching and Sewing Etui.. She has used various specialty
stitches for the flowers, and decorated her etui with soft colours of spring. The
verse is a favorite one of mine, just wait til you see this beauty!
Now below are our newest offerings for you...
new VS projects, Cyberclasses, letters and news below.
- Thea :)
#144 Gingerbread Bakery...
Create this delicious and delightful Gingerbread Bakery, the fifth
addition to my Gingerbread Village. Collect the latest Tree Etui, the Stitching
House, the Church and the Candy Cane Cottage, and now the Bakery. This building
is stitched on Ginger-bread colored linen using a lovely chocolate brown linen for
the roof! First I built the main shop, with large picture windows showing all our
bakery has to offer.. and then I built an additional kitchen wing, where all the
pies, cookies and gingerbread are baked in the ovens by our bakers! You will be
stitching with yummy silk flosses, Perle Cottons, sparkling beads and delicious looking ‘candy’ snow buttons. This building was not lined, which
makes finishing easier and faster! This delicious and fragrant Gingerbread Bakery is dripping with icing, and lots of decorative candies to welcome the hungry visitor.
Some finishing instructions are included at the end of this leaflet. This year,
place all five parts of the Gingerbread Village on your mantle for the Holidays!
You can also place them on your dining room table or hall table to give you some
extra Christmas cheer as you stitch your last minute Gingerbread Girl and Boy ornaments.
Look for more Gingerbread Village additions in future years! Sending all of you
a delicious and Gingerbread Christmas and a Happy New Year from my house to yours!
or Treat" Sampler...
Re-live your childhood Christmas feelings
by creating a lovely Gingerbread Village! This series also includes some fragrant
Ginger-bread ornaments for your tree! This year, I made Gingerbread Girl and Boy
ornaments, each wearing a Santa Hat with a tassel 'hanger' at the back. These two
cute ornaments are stitched
on Gingerbread coloured linen, like Zweigart’s Antique
Almond or Lakeside Linen’s Vintage Autumn Gold. They are decorated and glued together
with white icing stitching, with some white wool for the hat trims, and cute beads,
and buttons to decorate. Find more decorations to these delicious fragrant Gingerbread
Kids and stitch a few more kids to add to the fun! Collect and stitch all five Gingerbread
buildings, including the latest Gingerbread Bakery, and previous year’s Gingerbread
House, Church, Candy Cane Cottage and Gingerbread Tree Etui, on your mantle. Stitch,
decorate and hang these delicious Gingerbread cookies to your tree! Look for more
Gingerbread Village additions in future years! Sending all of you a delicious and
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my house to yours! -Thea
by Cathy Jean..!
Collect Cathy's latest baby Owl, Quail and Woodpecker for your tree, and add to
of Tartlets! All of them are sitting in the snow, waiting for Christmas,
surrounded by a wreath of fir boughs separated by tiny red buttons. She's used shiny
tart tins and they look so cute finished that way! Collect all three
bird charts and finish them all the same way. All ornaments are quick and easy
to stitch and finish in our Tartlet Tins available in their own “Tartlet 3-Pack”.
In the main Accessory Pack you’ll find all the threads, beads and tiny red buttons!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
"Christmas Spools" Banner
wooden spools in grandma’s sewing box, or in your local antique shop, and make these
adorable Spool “banner” ornaments this year! Using lovely Hardanger stitches, they
are perfect for the seamstress or stitcher, and will add some delicate lacey
cutwork and colour to your tree. Each simple ornament is lovingly created
with overdyed reds, greens and cream threads, gold metallic braid, using fun and
easy specialty stitches and beads for extra sparkle! Line and drape them over some
wooden spools to create these fun ornaments for your tree. This is another fast
stitch and finish for those of you who have little time during the holidays, so
stitch more than one! - Linda
The Victoria Sampler is on Facebook. Just enter The
Victoria Sampler in the FB Search Box. We've been
there for quite some time. Come and 'like' us and leave a message..! It's fun to keep
up with Victoria Sampler! ;)
My personal page is also listed under Thea Dueck.
Free Patterns! - find some of your favorites..!
Look for my newest Moon Angel pattern in the FREE Patterns section of our website!
We still have a few
Tiny Packs to help you with the materials..! All our free patterns are just
lovely! Check menu
to find the free patterns as well as other features like our Search feature, Cyberclasses, the Catalogue, Stitch Animations and Search Features. Also, you can find our new Stitcherama Webcast classes to learn
some of the specialty stitches!
Take an online
Our next original written
Cyberclasses start January 16th,
directions and ask questions of our Angels online. Register
for one of our popular Cyberclasses, which are based on our published designs! Look for these wonderful Xmas designs:
"Tea and Stitches", or
"Christmas Treasures", "Tea Party"!
"Victorian Pincushion" Stitcherama!
This webcast class starts in the new year, January 11th, 2013!
now for this 'webcast only' class! We will send you the Leaflet,
Acc Pack, Linen Pack and Finishing Materials including the wooden spooled base, and
you can attend my two live Webcasts on January 11th and 25th, 2014. You will also be able to view
all the stitch and finishing videos and the 'saved' session videos later if you miss a live class..! I'm always ready for questions in the live chat group.
Discontinued Products Notice!
REMINDER: Just a note to let you know that we are discontinuing some products as we run out of stock. For instance, there
are no Canadian or International
Hearts kits, or Birthday
Needleroll kits left. Some of Cathy's
and some of my Accessory Packs are now discontinued and Yvonne's Designs and
many of our Tiny Packs are also discontinued. So remember to buy the products in
your wish list now, as they may no longer be available from us in future!
A few letters
from our readers.
I would like to thank all of our
readers, as well as our many shopowners, and stitchers for the hundreds of positive
messages that we get via email, cards and letters. Our Stitching world is filled with soo many kind and thoughtful people! I also want to remind you to notify your service provider that our
email address is safe, and to
update your email address! :)
Hands To Work is my first cyberclass and I am really excited.
I live in Taylorsville UT with my husband, 3 children(2 in their 20's and a 14)
and my 2 dogs and 4 parakeets. I have been stitching and quilting so long I don't
know when I started and my favorites are counted thread, counted needlepoint, hardanger.
I am glad to connect with other people that have the same love that I do. Here's
to a grand adventure. Happy Stitching Susie
Believe it or not I have finished this week's
Crystal Waters instructions. Things went pretty good!
This week's assignment went very well. Had no problem otherwise. Did show my other
ones--Crimson Fire, Green Earth and Breath of Fresh Air--to some of the ladies from
our church group and complimented me as they didn't know I knew how to do this stitching.
Told them I have been taking lessons online and thought it was challenging. So I
will have the four of them done and proud of it. Have my last color
on the bargello
waves and then do all the beads. Really enjoyed doing this class. I felt really
comfortable cutting threads this time--I guess I have more confidence in myself.
Hope I can join another class again in the near future. Thanks a bunch!!!!!! - Evelyn
I also live in NJ and I am a semi-retired tax attorney who fell in love with a needle
when I was 7 making a cross stitch tea towel as a wedding gift for my aunt. However,
that was the last cross stitch piece that I did. I have more projects that anyone
should have and have never learned to completely finish 1 before I start another.
There are so many gorgeous
designs out there! I stitch mostly on canvas, either
painted or graph work. I have been lucky enough to meet a superb teacher who has
expanded my skills to more than I ever thought I'd have...but there is always so
much more to learn. Now I am back to cross stitching and surface embroidery making
a tea cosy for a dear friend. I know that the Stitching Angels are available only
during class hours.. Thanks. Moira
Hi, I am about 1/2
Bumblebee Lace and therefore am behind on
the Heirloom Wedding Sampler.
The instructions are great so I am not concerned about finishing these on my own
with the printed copies. I am starting the lettering on the Wedding Sampler and
my Au Ver a Soie in the kit looks like a dark Taupe. Thanks, Deb DeB.
Hi all.. it seems our Cyberclasses are still going strong,
and you have had a good time learning your new projects! Thanks for sharing on the
Discussion Group, and for allowing us a peek into your lives.. we are so happy you've
enjoyed the September Cyberclass lineup!
Loves the Gingerbread Cupcakes...
Hi all! The Tiny Packs and the Gingerbread
Cupcakes are as cute as possible...it's no wonder they are flying off of your shelves!
I'm in love with the buttons and the whole kit. Maybe it's a good thing I couldn't
post. I might get mugged for my kits. (I'm going to hide them...very carefully!).
LOL Have a great week. Sally
Thea, I ordered two of the
Gingerbread Cupcake Tiny Packs...I ordered the
2nd one for a friend so we could have a stitching weekend before too long...but
I don't think I will be able to get my friend back over here to my house in time
to stitch the second one...but can make it for next Christmas if I need to stitch
two. Thanks, Thea! I wish I could update you on how much your kindness and creativity
means to me...and always has...but you wouldn't have time to do anything but read!
Be safe and thank you for sharing your inspirations with us. I wish you were still
doing retreats...I am now finally able to come! Blessings and love, Beck
Hi Thea,Hi Thea, I am writing to you regarding the Gingerbread Cupcake Tiny Packs.
I placed my order immediately when I saw this on your website. My package arrived
fine last Saturday. I have been swamped with so many things to get done, so
I took a quick look. I just love, love, love the little gingerbread men buttons!!!
I set the box aside waiting for my issue
of JCS to arrive. It arrived today. I am so excited. Also, where are the Finishing
Instructions? At the end of your page, page 64, the magazine states for finishing
instructions: "Following manufacturer's instructions, mount ornament in red silicone
baking cup." That's it! Nothing more!Maybe I'm over extended in commitments and
way to tired, but I don't find the "manufacturer's instructions" anywhere. Can you
please help? Thank you very much. Happy Stitching Hugs! Marge Wiese
Thanks to all
of you for loving this little cupcake pattern. I was inspired by Janie's cute cupcakes
re Cat's Whiskers! I'm sorry, but I was not aware JCS didn't publish finishing instructions!
Well, we just basted around the design and pulled it into a ball.. stuffing with
fiberfill. Lisa glued hers to a round piece of matboard. Anyway, then I used a long
doll needle (sharp and long basically) and pinching the material and top of the
cupcake silicone together, stitched all around the top edge of the silicone cup.
On this page is a link to Lisa's more detailed
finishing instructions: Hope that helps! - Thea
Hi Thea, I finished the
Heart Etui from the Stitcherama. I changed the scissor fob a little and
really like it as a heart shape. I really enjoyed the class and learned some more
about hardanger too. Thank you for a great design and a great Stitcherama Webcast
class! Now I am working on the Candycane
Cottage and hope to have it done by Christmas. I almost forgot! I finished the
Winter Holiday Sampler last week too. :-) Donna G
Oohh thanks for sharing your beautiful stitching and finishing, Donna!
You are so prolific I'd guess that all you do is stitch, but I happen
to know you
have many other interests.. I love your new scissors fob, nice job creating your
touch on your design. Congrats for finishing, and how inspiring for the rest of
our students to do the same!
Dear Thea, I'm just loving your patterns and the class was such fun. I have purchased
many of your patterns through 123stitch.com...and I found your website by searching
high and low for the Gingerbread Tree Etui...I had to have it...so glad I took the
leap and signed up for the Stitcherama. It seemed expensive, but I did it anyway
and don't regret it. I was so happy to be in touch with people who liked doing the
same things I did. I also quilt a lot and teach some classes at a local store (Army
Arts and Crafts store on post). I love working with my hands. I can't keep them
still. It seems wasteful to just sit in front of the TV without some stitching :)
I look forward to Saturday's class and to also starting to work on the Happy Hearts,
once I get the fabric. I hope you will like my stitching.... Thank you for taking
the time to email me...perhaps I'll get to meet you one day! I'd love to be able
to attend a retreat, eventually I will move back to the US and I'll be closer to
Canada...for now, I'll enjoy the Stitcheramas
and Cyberclasses. Meanwhile, I bought the Quilter's Bee pattern and a full kit from
a retail vendor...I finished it for a friend, with a modification: I didn't use
the saem bugle beads and the intended "frame" wasn't big enough to include the hardanger
section. My girlfriend found a unique French antique in Lille, France...it's like
a firescreen with a small shelf...I'm thinking it was for someone to use to keep
their stitching/needlework supplies next to them, perhaps to also shield them from
a fire? We don't know...anyway, she and I quilt a lot together, and antique shop...I
used that piece to put the finished
Quilting Bee in it. I'm not a professional mounter, but I did my best and
I thought I'd share a picture of the finished piece. Perhaps you can share it with
Thea; maybe she'd like to see one of her designs completed by someone in a unique
way. I made this as a birthday gift for my best friend. I know I'd love to see what
other people would do with my ideas. I loved stitching on it...some stitches were
new to me...which is why I signed up for the lessons on the stitcheramas... Thank
you so much! Take care and see
you next Saturday! Patty
Oh, Patty, I really love the
antique you've used to display the Quilting Bee Sampler! What an amazing decorating
statement..! Thea :)
Love is Patient...
Dear Thea, Lisa, and Cathy, Thank you so very much
for all you do to help stitchers. Your designs are simply inspiring, but the care
and service you give to your customers is what makes you magnificent. Most importantly,
I want to thank you for everything you have done for me, as a stitcher. Yes, your
designs make me want to drool when I see them, but I also know I can't stitch everything.
One of the main reasons I am not able to attend the stitcherama is because I am
"Love is Patient" for a niece who is getting married. I will also be stitching
the "Heirloom Wedding Sampler" for another wedding next September. In short--thank
you, thank you, thank you! God bless, Nick
Hi Nick... what a thoughtful kind letter to send... you made my day for sure, and
you also made Cathy and Lisa's day when they read your note. Bless you too- Thea
Dear Thea, Hi, Thea
and Lisa! I finished my
Summer Box this summer, and am very pleased with how it turned out. I am
sending you some photos of the finished pieces. I stitched the box top and tape
measure cover as per your directions, but changed the scissors case and scissors
a little. On the scissors case, I omitted the paisley motifs and just stitched
the top part of the scissors case as a mirror image of the bottom. I did the silk ribbon flowers on the front of the case as in the directions, but stitched my initial
on the back of the case. For the scissors fob, I added some four sided stitches
around the butterfly charm, and put my initials and the date on the back. I love
stitching your designs, Thea! They are all so different, and I enjoy doing the specialty
stitches along with the cross stitch. Lisa - your finishing instructions are so
detailed and easy to follow that it is almost impossible to not come out with a
beautiful finished piece! Thanks for all you do, and I hope you both continue to
design and finish pieces for a long time to come! Peggy E. from Minnesota
Oh, Peggy, your stitching
and finishing are wonderful! I specially like the various changes you made.. your
initial in the middle of the scissors slide is perfect, and I really like your new
scisors fob with initials and date.. inspired! - Thea :)
Hi Thea, I thought you would like to see the wedding
sampler I made from 2 of the state hearts. I had a mirror image copy made of the
Arizona Heart to make it more balanced, and then put the brides's names in place
of the state names. (Same sex marriage is legal here in Massachusetts.). Hope all
is well with you. I have come through radiation treatment for lymphoma this summer
with flying colors. Roberta was my guardian angel through it all. Thanks for great
designs. - Peggy
To Thea, I was the person a few years back who wanted you to design international
hearts for Switzerland & Austria. So what I did was buy a kit of a country I
would probably never visit , and designed a heart with the material. Am quite proud
of my accomplishment . Now am on to Belgium , Denmark and Austria. Will probably
do a quilted wall hanging with all my hearts. Linda Grimm
Ohhh.. Peggy I love this wedding sampler! What a unique and meaningful way
to depict their union, and their love for each other. I am delighted to see the
photo.. so thanks. Congratulations for coming through your radiation treatment so
well. I know that this is not an easy journey, but it sounds like you're helping
it along with positive thoughts and feelings. Roberta is an angel.. no doubt about
it.. but so are you. Well done and joy joy joy. xoxoThea .
Thank you to ALL...!
We are grateful for your personal pictures and letters to share your experiences
with Victoria Sampler designs, so keep em coming! PLEASE Send stories letters etc
and pics to Cathy here. Thanks to
all of you who wrote.. you say things that make our hearts glad.. Each time I complete
this newsletter, I am more grateful than ever that you are all in our Victoria Sampler
family.. ! - Thea
Come and join
...in my next in person or online
webcast class. You will meet new people and learn new stitches and finishing. I am always looking forward to meeting old and new friends... so check
Link in the website for all
Teaching events, to check for dates and times. -
Future Stitching Retreats and Webcasts with Thea
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