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Thea's Jan-Feb Newsletter! 

Dear friends...!

 It's such a long time since I wrote.. I can hardly remember how! :) Not proud of it, but I think the last time I actually wrote a new Newsletter, was past Fall. Wow.  Last year I taught 5 projects and travelled to three places, so I am afraid I was not able to keep up with the usual Newsletter.  So I decided to change the focus from writing to videos!

Now Lisa and I broadcast a weekly LIVE stream on Facebook instead! We call it Facebook Fridays, and it's a wonderful new way to contact all our stitchers and shopowners!  We often just chat, but we also try to bring everyone up to speed on what we're up to, and all our latest news. I could actually stream on any page, but  I decided to stream from my VicSampler CHAT group, and so that's where you'll find us at 10:30AM Pacific Time.. every Friday morning. Please feel free to click on the link for the Chat Group, and ask to join.. I'd love to have you join us next Friday! I love the interaction with our stitchers!  We will soon also be able to start some informal contests with prizes, or any other kind of fun activity!  Come and join us there LIVE, and if you can't join us "LIVE" then by all means watch us have fun by watching the instant video recording.

My last teaching job was for Sue at Stitcher's Hideaway in Sturbridge this past October!I was pretty stressed due to some health issues at the time, but luckily my doctor sent
 me an instant message telling me that my lab tests were clear and so I relaxed completely half way through the class. The ladies were so kind and sweet.. I am so glad that I was able to teach, and the glorious Thanksgiving Sampler was the most appropriate project to be teaching!  Scroll down to October 17th to get all Sue's news about that retreat! I just loved it..!

Then Christmas came along, and all the fun and excitement of the season overtook my days. I had been rather sick with the flu so I didn't want to participate in that many
  parties, but one of my cousins had a lovely party at her house, which is right on the water. It's called Toad's Landing, and is stunning to both see and enjoy. Many of my other cousins were there, and it was great fun to be ferried there by boat. Their 12 foot tree was amazing.. here's a view from their kitchen table!  At home I didn't decorate as I usually do, just a few bouquets with tiny lights in them this year. Also I did go to the annual Mah Jong group party hosted by a dear friend at the Union Club every year. Again, it was wonderful.. kind and dear friends and beautiful surroundings! This year I was grateful for many things, but the kindness and generosity of these people made my Holidays bright. On Christmas eve we got snow!  Wow..!  It was gone by the middle of the afternoon, but it was great fun while it lasted!

I've just come back from Vancouver where I helped Petra celebrate her 41st birthday on January 14! Wow.. that makes me 69 next month.. where does the time go? We had a great time, she was doing well, and had just finished a graphic design deadline, so she was also pretty relaxed and happy. It was a lovely little trip with lots of laughs and things to do!

Last fall we purchased a small industrial unit, and we're having fun decorating the office portion. There's also a warehouse, and we've had an importer of British candies, chocolates and Christmas puddings use it for three months. It was sure difficult not to grab one of their Biscuit tins shaped like London Double Decker busses! Richard is using the office for a while, and then we'll rent the building out. It's been quite the ordeal.. what with insurance and decorating decisions, and other decisions weighing on us.. I'm glad it's now looking good and I can get back to my Victoria Sampler work!

There's always so many competing things to do, like designing new projects and preparing for teaching! I'm delighted to say that I'm almost done with our sold-out Victoria Sampler VS Retreat in April, but Lisa's adorable finishing and my videos are taking a bit more time, so hopefully our students can be patient a bit longer to see the project!  Below in the Studio News you can see what's coming up. There's fewer designs, but don't worry, that will change again.. as I get back to designing and teaching for my sweet stitchers.. enjoy your year, and hope you make this a year of new beginnings too!

Now on to more news about what's happening with Victoria Sampler designs! - Thea

Victoria Sampler News!

FROM THE STUDIO ...  Some design news -   I've completed the Introductory Hardanger Home Study Course. 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. The finished piece will be a lovely pillow, and we'll even show you how to put that together!  We're still putting the finishing touches on the videos.. I want it to be perfect!

In March we'll be relea sing the last three Birthday Needlerolls, and that will complete the set of 12 months!  You don't have to finish them as needlerolls though!  You can also just stitch the tiny sampler and frame it.. each one is perfect for any birthday!  In March we'll release the lovely floral Gingerbread Flower Shop, and I hope we can then also release the Intro Hardanger course!  2018 is starting off with a bang!

Sue at Stitcher's Hideaway asked me to design a Christmas Proejct for her Retreat at Sturbridge in October of 2018.. and it's still on the drawing board, but I think everyone will love decorating the tree that is the high point of the class".  It was inspired by all the memories of past Christmas times..  Scroll down to bottom of this Newsletter for dates and times!

VS Retreat April 2018 in Sidney B.C.  We are just finalizing plans for a new Spring Retreat from April 26 to 29 of 2018 ! However, instead of the Harbour Towers hotel in Victoria, we're going to be stitching at the most luxurious 4 star hotel in Sidney-by-the-Sea, which is close to the airport and only just a few miles north of Victoria. There is an awesome meeting room there, the sleeping rooms are lovely, and we're so excited to set up in this lovely new place! Please check your calendars so you'll be ready when we open registration. We are looking forward to seeing all old and new students, but only will have room for 30.

#193 Button Sampler

“Button Button.
Who's got the Button?”

Celebrate your love of buttons and sttich this adorable pastel “Button” Sampler! There are over 15 places to add buttons sprinkled among the floral motifs, lettering, Hardanger, and other specialty stitches! Suitable for an antique or modern decor, this sampler is just the thing to spend some time on this season. At the top is a lovely urn holding stylized flowers, surrounded by birds and cats. The lace is all stitched with cream threads and makes this a really feminine sampler whether you stitch it on matching Light Sand Cashel or another colour that suits your fancy. You can use some of your own antique buttons to add a personal touch, but all the buttons you see pictured are in the Accessory Pack, which also contains all the threads you need! You will enjoy stitching bands of specialty stitches, flowers, and lovely Hardanger lace, as you work with the 5 overdyed silk flosses and other plain silk flosses which were chosen for their joy and happy feelings. Stitch it with joy, frame or turn into a wallhanging, and give it to your button-loving friend, or be daring, and hang it in your own home.  - Thea

#HS06-SK  Celebrate Sampler Student Kit! 

It's party time! If you’ve always wanted to stitch something to celebrate the fun and joy of life, stitch this one..! I designed this Class project as a Birthday Sampler, as you can tell by the photographs. However, many of our students wanted to stitch this to celebrate other things, like an engagement, graduation or a promotion, so I charted different lettering and the “Celebrate” Sampler was born. We’ve included both words in this leaflet, so you can decide which word suits you best! At the top of the sampler is a fragrant chocolate cake with pink icing surrounded by a garland of hearts and flowers. Under the cake is a band of lace like a tablecloth. Then some lovely specialty stitches surrounded by vines and hearts and more flowers! Below you’ll find another drawn thread band, with the words “Happy Birthday” with musical notes, or the word “Celebrate” with stars. At the bottom, you will find the Hardanger flower motif. The model is stitched on a 28ct Light Sand Linen, but you can choose a different coloured linen to suit different people or events, still using our brightly coloured silks. I think these colours and beads would look fabulous on Blue or on antique white linen! Frame or finish as a bellpull and gift your family or friends on their special days and you can celebrate their those days with them!

NEW! - Home Study videos on Youtube! Once you've bought your Student Kit, come and join our Youtube Channel, where you will find Thea and Lisa's Videos for 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. You will be able to do it with our videos showing you exactly how to work the many specialty stitches in this gorgeous piece. On Youtube we share some of our excellent STITCH VIDEOS teaching you how to do the special stitches. The videos also show Lisa and Thea's FINISHING VIDEOS so you can see exactly how to construct it!

Buy the  Student Kit and Stitch along with Thea and Lisa!

#190 January  #191 February
#192 March

Three Birthday Samplers
"For You, With Love..."
Remember someone's birth day by stitching this little sampler. Featuring a Birthstone Heart stitched in sparkling metallic thread, and a medallion and tiny garden showing the appropriate bir th flowers, this design is dedicated to all those special people who are born in January February or March! The  Birthstones for each month are stitched as little Rhodes hearts in metallics. The flowers for each month are Carnation, Violet and Jonquil. Using the enclosed Alphabet and finishing directions, you can personalize these little samplers and finish them into a needleroll, or frame it using any easy to find 5" X 7" frame. I'm sure that the birthday recipient will truly appreciate this as a gift from your heart.

Stitched with DMC flosses and some gold Kreinik Braid. There are no ACCESSORY PACKS for these three charts 
Ask for this leaflet at participating needlework shops or check our Victorian Sampler online catalogue for this item!

The Victoria Sampler is on Facebook in the FB Search Box.  Our Company Page is a great place to come visit for news. Come and 'like' us and leave a message or comment..!  It's fun to keep up with Victoria Sampler! ;) We have a  VicSampler CHAT Group on Facebook as well. That's where you can find us most Facebook Fridays at 10:30 am Pacific Time. Just check out the link or search for it. I also have a personal page listed under my name.

Learning with videos and Animations! 

Learn how to work specialty stitches of the featured design, and our great finishing techniques to make Thea's designs come alive. What a fun way to learn!
Click on this link to Buy Full Student Kits for these exclusive Home Study designs!

Click here to subscribe to our NEW Victoria Sampler YOUTUBE Channel!  We have launched a new Youtube Channel for your enjoyment and education! Enjoy stitching with us as you learn how to make the designs and projects shown in the "Home Study" or "Previous Designs" sections. There is also a section for Hardanger stitches only; and a section for previous Live Webcast Classes recordings.  Spend some time browing through..!

 Magazine Designs and Free Patterns!          
NEW! Inspired by tradition, this little Free pattern is perfect for your fellow readers! Look in our catalogue for 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 and our Home Study 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 Monday-Thursday.

A few letters from our readers.
Thank you for your email and notes. For more comments and participation, please visit Facebook: 'The Victoria Sampler' and the 'Victoria 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! :) 

Thank you ...! We are grateful for your emails to our studios, Lisa and I love receiving your kind notes and congrats.. you make our hearts glad! If you want to share your progress or happy dancing finishes, we now urge you to check out our Social Media presences. At the moment we're mostly on Facebook but we plan to share through a few others to share our love of needlework with everyone there! I am more grateful than ever that there are so many nice people in our Victoria Sampler family.. ! - Thea

Classes online or in person
Come and join me... the next in-person CLASS or my new  Home Study Courses through Youtube. You will meet new people and learn new stitches and finishing. I am always looking forward to meeting old and new friends... so check the Teaching Link in the menu of our website for all Teaching events, to check for dates and times. See below.  - Thea :)

Future Stitching Retreats and Webcasts with Thea

Victoria Sampler's Retreat 2018 !  - waiting list being taken
Will be held in Victoria, April 26 - 30, 2018
Email Lisa at:

Stitcher's Hideaway 2018 !

Will be held in Sturbridge, Oct 15-16  2017
Email Sue at:

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The newest Summer Box is the third in a series of four different boxes... collect them all! Designed in aqua, gold and rose.. soo beautiful! Take a live Webcast Class online and learn with Stitching and Finishing videos... check out the Stitcherama class with everything, and Save! ... click and scroll down for more