Thea's January Newsletter!
Along with everyone else in the developed world, I seem to have a penchant
for 'starting over' on January 1st, but like all good resolutions, there seem to
be a lot of delays and procrastinations! Not sure why, but I never end up
starting any self improvements on Jan 1st! Even now, I'm still
reluctantly hanging back. Please, just one more sleep-in or one more cappuccino.
It's hard to give stuff up! I seem to just like leading up to things,
treading softly and not shaking up the status quo too much! This year is no
different.. 'tried' to begin my yearly cleanse on January 1st, but somehow I've
naged to delay until today.. a week after I started back to work!
Never mind.. I'm in it now.. some good resolutions to increase my excercise, cut
down on the little indulgences, and invest more time in play. Yay, I've
begun my resolutions for 2017!
As for my January Plans.. Besides stitching, teaching and designing, it is
decluttering time again. This time I'm working on scanning my old slides. The
timeline for slides was from high school days to the days when my kids were
born. Below is one photo I've not seen for decades! Peter and I were just
heading for our boat, carrying my firstborn, Dori in a snuggli, and chatting to
my friend Barbi.. that's 1976 spring..! What a treasure some of these old
photos are! The little scanner is easy, and I've managed to go thro
ugh 10 projector carousels of slides so far.. yay! But now, I can hardly wait to
get to the photo albums and boxes of photos! There are wayy more photos than
slides, and I don't think I have time or energy to do them all myself.. so first
there's the sorting and throwing out of all slides that don't meet the
criteria.. 1. No photos of landscapes I don't recognize. 2. I have to actually
remember the occasion. (LOL) and most important 3. I have to remember names of
people in the photo. I am pleased to say that I probably won't have to scan too many photos
given my memory..! ;) Then I'll take the remaining precious memories to a professional. I found a young man who
is scanning photos etc. as his first entepreneurial job after high school and
college. He's very conscientious so I think he'll do a great job.
This last photo is of a a fun group of women with whom I sometimes play Mah
Jongg. I love their socials.. here's our annual Xmas get together at the Union
Club for this year. The fellows were enjoying our antics and we dragged them
into our photo just before the real fun started! LOL Sending you some extra love for the
New Year and hoping you
will take special extra time for YOU this year! You deserve it!
Losing 50 pounds las year has been
life-changing! I love my new meals, new clothes, new health, and new energy!
Some stitchers have asked me what I've done and why I'm so confident that I will
keep it off.. so I have some links from the program director so you can get
information for an other Bootcamp starting in January 2017! If you're
interested, please Click this
link for details. This program works for even the most stubborn weight
problems.. you can now deal with the neuroscience of your brain!
Now on to more news about what's happening with Victoria Sampler designs! - Thea
FROM THE STUDIO
Some news from Victoria Sampler - We've really had a
beautiful Holiday here at the Victoria Sampler studios.. and hope you did too!
The season just sped by, but this year both Lisa and I
are feeling caught up with our work, and getting enthusiastic about the new
designs that we are releasing this year! I'm
thrilled to tell you I'm working on a Beginner's Hardanger Home Study Course but have no photos or
scans to share with you yetThis course will start the stitcher with counted
titch experience in the beautiful cutwork called Hardanger. There will be videos
explaining exactly how to work Kloster Blocks properly, as well as showing you
how to cut your linen threads, and fix cutting mistakes(!) and also some simple
needle-weaving like Dove's Eyelets. I'm really enjoying making up the simple
design students will stitch as they learn!
There is another sweet design coming out in the spring
called Ocean Boulevard, and we will also be releasing a beautiful Needlepocket
Home Study Course. It's no
wonder life has been busy! I'm going to share the four teaching projects I've
managed to get ready this year.. and I hope you'll come and stitch with me for
one or all of them! :)
Teaching Projects for 2017
oll down to bottom of this Newsletter for dates and times!
Sampler Retreat in 2017 in Victoria B.C.
This Retreat is
but please put your name on our waiting list. in 2017 the Victoria Sampler turns
20 years old! So I created the "Happy Birthday" Sampler to celebrate! I try to kee
my teaching designs enjoyable for all levels, so there are specialty stitches,
and a bit of Hardanger and other cutwork in this one too. There is video
instruction to illustrate each stitch.. and to accomodate everyone's different
level of mastery. We are all soo looking forward to seeing all old and new
click to view...!
Stitching Under the Oaks 2017! The same "Happy Birthday" Sampler design will also
be taught on the East Coast in Florida in June of 2017! Those of you who
are unable to come to Victoria, may want to join me there instead! I'm so
happy that I'll be going back to teach the
SUTO gang in Florida again next
year! Thank you for inviting me back.. and for trusting me to teach you
something colourful and fun during my 20th year in business.. it's a Happy
Birthday to Victoria Sampler!
In Minnesota, I'm teaching two projects for the
nnesota Needlework Guild, which
holds their retreat
in August of 2017. For my first class, I designed a simple but very cute
"Sunflower Cottage" Pillow".. a sweet little house on an
imaginary street in an imaginary floral town.. where Sunflowers grow... ! It is
part of the collection of easy and quick learning samplers started last summer
with the "Hydrangea House" and then the winter "Poinsettia Place" Sa
mpler.. bright and cheerful and easy to stitch!
I was also asked to design a Gingerbread Flower Shop with Sunflowers outside,
for a second class, and now that it's done, I just know this will fit in
beautifully with my Gingerbread Village Collection! It was soo much fun to design, with flowers on every side.
Finally, Sue at Stitcher's Hideaway
asked me to design a Thanksgiving Sampler for her Retreat at Sturbridge in
October of 2017.. So, I created a project I call "Thanksgiving Sampler".
It was inspired by all the different ways we spend this favorite holiday of the
And now.. our
newest offerings...and news below..
Cherry Blossom Cottage Sampler!
Welcome to our newest little cottage by the sea! This adorable
little pink cottage is the perfect place to enjoy Spring in all its
glory! Surrounded by a bountiful garden full of daffodils, primroses and tulips,
and climbing white clematis flowers covering the wall. The Weeping Willow turns
pale green with new buds and the little Cherry Tree drops its blossoms as you
sit on the front porch watching the grass grow. All you have to do is weed your
little garden, as the whitecaps dance on the blue ocean.. ahh Bliss! The linen
used is “Ice Blue” Cashel but you can use a light blue linen of your choice.
Your LNS will have several available, so enjoy choosing your own favorite linen
to bring this project to life! This is a perfect design to hang in your home or
cottage to help you dream of Springtime by the sea! - Thea
"Tulip Terrace" Sampler Pillow
Buy the exclusive Tulip Terrace Pillow Student Kit from us to stitch this sweet
little sampler full of tulips!
Tulips are close to my heart. Every year, when we
still lived in Amsterdam, my family would drive out of the city and through
tthrough the tulip fields of Keukenhof to celebrate the return of spring! Seeing
the carpets of nature’s colour must have influenced my being even then, because
I simply love masses of bright colour in all areas of my life..!
The third of
what will be a collection of lovely little samplers focused on cottages and garden
flowers, this sampler also continues a new series of Home Study projects.
Stitched with luscious over-dyed silks, silk flosses, Perle Cotton, and
sparkling beads on cream linen, it is perfectly designed for learning! It is not
too big, so you can more effectively master how to stitch the few lovely
specialty stitches like Bargello, Couching, Arrowhead, Foliage Stitch, Diagonal
Queen Stitch, Fir Stitch, Triple Rice, Lazy Daisy, Stitching over one fabric
thread, Smyrna Cross, French Knots and some simple Drawn Thread.
Tulip Terrace Home
Study Group on FACEBOOK!
Once you've bought our Student
Kit, come and join our
VS-Tulip Terrace FB
Group, where you will find Thea, Lisa and other
stitchers stitching this delightful design! There is lots of help, and you can get
started sorting your threads, putting your linen on your frame.
This project is for Intermediate Level stitchers. If you have not done any
before, don't worry. You will be able to do it with our videos showing you exactly
how to stitch the hemstitching in this sampler! (For further help, we have wonderful basic
Hemstitching Learning Kits in the Beyond
Cross Stitch series Level #4 on our website.)
In the Facebook Group, we will share some of our excellent STITCH VIDEOS
teaching you how to do the specialty stitches. The videos also show Lisa and Thea's FINISHING VIDEOS so you can see exactly how to construct this lovely
Pillow! Follow our
clear and simple diagrams included in this leaflet and enjoy the journey to
Tulip Terrace! You don't need to join the group online. You have enough instruction
and colour photos in your leaflet to stitch and finish it all by yourself if you
HS01 - Gingerbread Retreat Cottage
Get an exclusive Student Kit from VS online, to stitch this delicious
Gingerbread Retreat Cottage, another addition to the Gingerbread Village. This
full kit contains the Leaflet, the Accessory Pack, the Linen Pack, the White
Silk Floss Pack, Perle Cottons, and needles needed to complete this project.
(except acid-free mat board which you can get at your local framers). Register
for our dedicated Facebook Group to enjoy stitching with others and to
view our Stitch and Finishing Videos!
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! ;)
We have a new
Victoria Sampler Chat Group
Just check out the link or search for it. I also have a personal page listed
under my name.
Designs and Free Patterns!
Inspired by tradition, this little Free pattern is perfect for your fellow
readers! Look in our
Tiny Packs for Tiny Packs for the latest of these free patterns for your convenience! Check our
Website menu to find some free patterns as well as other features like our Search feature,
Shop Finder, Catalogue, Stitch Animations. Also, you can find our new Stitcherama Webcast classes to learn
some of the specialty stitches!
Discontinued Products Notice!
REMINDER: Just a note to let you know, we are discontinuing some
of our products as we run out of stock. Almost all our full kits have been
discontinued or will be soon, except the Beyond Cross Stitch Learning series.
Many of Cathy's
and some of Linda's and my Accessory Packs are now discontinued. 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!
NEW Office Hours! Just a quick note to all my stitching friends. I love my work and
won't retire yet, but my designing will slow down a bit.. :) I am going to cut back my stitching time, computer time,
and online teaching time, to take it easier. Lisa will work full time, and
Kathleen will join us part time too, as Cathy has retired. So, now our office hours will be 9am - 4pm
A few letters
from our readers.
for your email and notes. For more comments and participation, please visit
'The Victoria Sampler' and the
Sampler CHAT Group'
where many of our fans
now write to us!
I also want to remind you to notify your service provider that our
email address is safe, and to
keep your VS online Account current by updating your
email and details as needed! :)
Heirloom Nativity Sampler!
I'm just putting away the last of my Christmas decorations. These are my most
special decorations - all made from your wonderful Victoria Sampler patterns. -
Hello Wendy!.. Leaving mine up a little longer also.. but it's a wonderful idea
to put it away for a while, so you can have the pleasure of unpacking it again
next Christmas. Nice choices! :) Thanks for the peek! - Thea
Beautiful #F07 Spring Box .. !
Hi Lisa, Thea,All finished ready to give to my sister. Her birthday is C
hristmas day so I am giving her the box for her birthday and the
others for Christmas. All the octagon pieces weren't all exactky the same but
still fitted 😆Now I should make up the first box. It was square. Think it was
winter and it has stitching over one around the sides of the lid. Once I got
started it wasn't that bad. Just shows it doesn't matter how long you have had a
project for, you can finish it. I have the gingerbread house to stitch as well
Thank you ...! We are grateful for your personal pictures and letters
to share your experiences with Victoria Sampler designs, so keep em coming!
Send stories letters etc and pics to
me. Thanks to
all of you who wrote.. you make our hearts glad. I am more grateful than ever that you are all in our Victoria Sampler
family.. ! - Thea
Classes online or in
Come and join
...in the next in-person
CLASS or my new
Courses through Facebook. 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 menu of our website for all Teaching events, to check for dates and times.
See below. -
Future Stitching Retreats and Webcasts with Thea
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