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Thea's June - July  Newsletter! 

Dear friends...!

Oh, It's June and my world is full of early summer sunshine!  What a joy to have such lovely weather. Given that, I'm still aware that more extreme weather due to global warming is having some devastating effects, but here on Vancouver Island the environment is pretty calm and peaceful. I am grateful for each and every day. Today a pair of fawns that seem to live in the little forest behind my house came and lay down on the back lawn for a while, before ambling off down the driveway to the neighbours accross the street. There were baby bunnies chasing each other, early roses are out and filled with the drone of bee s, and all's well with my world for today.

After the glorious vacation in Maui.. (thanks to all who enjoyed my Facebook Friday Live streams there!) and the inevitable crash landing after getting back home mid-April, I was once more plunged into the world of needlework and needleworkers! The April VS Retreat in Sidney, which had been planned for over a year, took place at the end of April, and it was soo energizing and fun!!

Our change
of venue to the Pier Hotel in Sidney-by-the-Sea was a HUGE success as Sidney is such a quaint little town! We call it "Pleasantown" because it is truly pleasant to live and visit. Success was also due in great part to co-worker Lisa who has arranged the entire holiday, kept track of all communications from our attendees and from the new hotel venue. Thanks are also due to our part-timer, Kathleen, who contributed by arranging and packaging all the prizes. Both of these lovely ladies always make our VS Retreat so much better, because they not only arrange things for the Victoria Sampler, but also participate in the fun and excitement of the day with great enthusiasm! My gratitude to both of you for all your hard work! (and that 'goes double' for the studio tour work you did!) 

Of course, I also had a part to play in teaching and helping all the students during our two days of class time! I had done the audio/visual prep for teaching the stitches way in advance, in order to give extra time to give lots of individual attention to each person. I am so fortunate in this, as I love getting to know everyone a little bit better each time I am with them. Being part of this wonderful group of committed stitchers is a joy!

The biggest impact on the success of our VS Retreat though is due our lovely, happy, and kind students! We have many returnees not just from last year, but also from previous years, so we all enjoyed getting to know new attendees as well! The fun and happiness you all inject into our gathering never fails to warm my heart.. and I am so grateful for you all as well!  All of you are truly welcome to come back next year.. and I understand from the almost full signup sheet that this is exactly what you plan to do!

For the rest of the spring, as you can imagine, I'm recovering from all the activity!  I'm getting to the point where I don't recover quite as quickly from certain activities, but there's been some wonderful health improvements lately, so I'm delighted to say that I can count on better recovery time next time! Gratitude all around.

Just a reminder: Lisa and I broadcast a weekly LIVE stream on Facebook! We call it Facebook Fridays, and it's a wonderful new way to contact all our stitchers!  We often just chat, but we also try to bring everyone up to speed on what we're up to, and all our late st news. We stream from the Facebook VicSampler CHAT group, and so that's where you'll find us at 10:30AM Pacific Daylight Time every Friday morning. Please click on the link above  and ask to join. We'd love to have you join us every Friday and get inspired!  We have begun some wonderful activities. Right now we're in the process of a Victoria Sampler UFO Stitch-along and we also post regular weekend SALES there.   Come and join us there soon for our Live stream, or view our recorded Live stream later!

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


Victoria Sampler News!
  • From the Studio..   NEW!! 
  • NEW! Thea's Introduction to Hardanger Student Kit!
  • New! Thea's Sunflower Cottage Pillow - Student Kit!
  • Thea's Celebrate Sampler and Acc Pack released!!
  •  Thea's Gingerbread Flower Shop Student Kit!
  • Thea's Spring Birthday Needleroll Samplers!
  •  Three different Hardanger Scissors, and Thea's Scroll LapFrame!
  • Teaching Schedule Updated

FROM THE STUDIO ...  Some design news -   The studio is starting to buzz again, thanks to a couple of nice designs for the fall. One is a chart with two adorable ornaments, and the other will augment the Gingerbread Village.. but in a surprising way! I have no photos to show right now, but I think it's going to be a great summer for designing!

Last year I taught a Thanksgiving Sampler for Sue at Stitcher's Hideaway Sturbridge and I have been invited back to teach another class this coming October! Sue has passed the baton to her second in command, Jen Cane, and I'm honored to be her first teacher! Thanks Jen!  Don't worry though, Sue will take an active part in future Hideaways, so you will hardly notice the difference at first. I'll be teaching this lovely Christmas Tree with all it's bling! It was inspired by all the memories of past Christmas times..  Scroll down to bottom of this Newsletter for dates and times!  Registrations are still available, but the class is already more than half full.. so don't delay sending in yours! It's going to be during the best part of a new England Fall.!


NEW! 
#HS08-SK  Introduction to Hardanger Student Kit! 
  

Stitch these two beautiful pillows designed for the Cross Stitcher to learn Beginner's Hardanger! The little roses are Cross Stitched with luscious silk flosses and the Hardanger is stitched with 2 different sizes of white Perle Cotton. The kit also includes buttons and sparkling metallic threads and antique white evenweave fabric with optional tea-dyeing instructions included.

Each of the five pieces are a manageable size, so you can more easily master the  Hardanger stitches. The little pillow is meant to be stitched first, so you can learn the stitches without any cutwork.

Then you will learn to cut, withdraw thr eads, and work the needleweaving of each of the other four designs of the large pillow, progressing step-by-step with the basic but intricate cutwork designs.  Buy the exclusive the Student Kit  from us!

Finishing instructions to create the two pillows, both small and large, are also included. All stitch and finishing videos are available online so you can learn along with Thea! This design continues our new series of Home Study learning projects; including the “Gingerbread Retreat Cottage”, the “Tulip Terrace Sampler” pillow, Stitching Under the Oaks, Celebrate Sampler and Gingerbread Flower Shop”


NEW! 
#HS09-SK  Sunflower Cottage Student Kit! 
  

Buy the exclusive Sunflower Cottage Pillow Student Kit from us to stitch this sweet little sampler with Sunflowers! Bright yellows and golds, surrounding the heart of the sunflower where the delicious seeds grow, they are some of our favorite flowers in a summer Garden. Stitched with luscious over-dyed silks, ribbons, silk flosses, metallic, and sparkling beads, you will be Cross Stitching the top and bottom areas first.. and then move on to the more challenging stitches as your skills improve!

The fourth of a collection of lovely little samplers focused on cottages and garden flowers, this sampler continues a new series of Home Study projects. Stitched with luscious over-dyed silks, silk flosses, Metallic Braid, baby blue and a gold Perle Cottons, and sparkling beads on sky blue 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 Whipped Back Stitch, Japanese Ribbon Stitch, French Knots, Smyrna Crosses, Herringbone Stitches, Honeycomb Hemstitch, Buillion Knots, Four Sided Stitches, Satin Stitches, Eyelets, Algerian Eyelets, Triple Crosses, Kloster Blocks, Blanket Stitches, and Blanket Stitch Flower Filling Stitch! Buy the exclusive the Student Kit  from us!

Follow our clear and simple diagrams included in this leaflet and enjoy the journey to your Sunflower Cottage. To finish, instructions to create a pillow are at the back of this leaflet. All stitch and finishing instructional videos are also available online at our Youtube Channel. You can finish stitching this little sampler in less than a week, although you may want to take a lot more time to fully enjoy the step-by-step journey to “Sunflower Cottage”!



NEW!
 
#197 Celebrate Sampler Leaflet and Acc Pack

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!

Buy the Student Kit which includes the linen and finishing materials, OR Buy Leaflet and Acc 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

Come and join our Youtube Channel, where you will find Thea and Lisa's Videos for this delightful design! 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!

NEW! 
#HS07-SK  Gingerbread Flower Shop Student Kit! 
  

Part 10 of the Gingerbread Village!
Buy the exclusive the Student Kit  from us to stitch this wonderfully beautiful Gingerbread Flower Shop! It is the latest addition to the Gingerbread Village. This little Gingerbread Flower Shop looks positively European with its striped awnings and colourful floral display! At the front of the shop you’ll see buckets full of cut flowers, a topiary tree with French Knot blossoms, A potted Christmas Tree and a potted Sunflower, while the shopkeeper brings out a flat of forgetmenots. On the back, you see more staff working at their potting counter where there are a variety of flowers. On the two sides are fantasy speci alty stitched flowers to learn to stitch, our focus for the class! The roof is decorated with white buttons and Cross Stitched snow, and there are a few lovely vines under the eaves. You will be stitching with yummy silk flosses, Perle Cottons, silk ribbon, sparkling beads and delicious looking ‘candy’ buttons. This building was not lined, which makes finishing easier and faster! Finishing instructions and colour photos are included at the end of this leaflet. Look for more Gingerbread Village additions in future years! -Thea

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. 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 this and other Gingerbread Houses!

Buy the  Student Kit which includes all the materials you need!


#194 April #195 May #196 June

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 birth flowers, these designs are dedicated to all those special people who are born in April, May and June! The  Birthstones for ea ch month are stitched as little Rhodes hearts in metallics. The flowers for each month are Sweet Pea, Lily of the Valley and the Rose. 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!



Standard Scroll Lap Frame with 1 arm, comes with 16" rods!

Buy a good Lap Frame to create beautiful needlework!

The Standard Z-Frame is one of my favorite tools! Both Lisa and I each have two frames on the go, and we've enjoyed the K's Z - Frame's versatility and quality for the last 20 years.

Why use a Frame? The question is why use a frame at all?
Comfort - Stitching on a Frame reduces the stress and fatigue associated with holding your needlework project for prolonged periods. If you suffer from arthritis or any other ailment, when using frames you will be able to stitch for greater periods of time with a new level of comfort and enjoyment.
Cleaner Work
-  frames will minimize them number of times you have to touch or handle your work. This will reduce the amount of hand oil and dirt that will accumulate on your project.
Easier Finishing
- When you work on a scroll frame, the project held with even tension results in a less distorted project. When you "free stitch" or hold your work in your hand threads will tend to bunch in certain areas.
Finer Quality Finished Product
- The less cleaning and blocking required to finish the project the more beautiful the end result is. Why take any chances on the finishing after months and sometimes years or hard labor on your needlework project?

Needlework is fine art and should be treated accordingly. K's fine quality frames and accessories are top in the needlework industry. We recommend buying one each of the scroll rods (10" and 12") for those smaller projects!

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for assembly and use instructions!

Scissors for Hardanger Cutting!
Our newest Bohin 3.5" Embroidery Scissors for ALL your needs! (sorry we are out of stock, but more is coming in!)

All of  3.5" embroidery scissors are tested in our studios, and pass with flying colours! They are good for snipping errant floss ends, cutting a bit of fabric, as well as making the clean cuts necessary for 'nub'-less Hardanger embroidery. We stand behind these mid- range models for all your basic and advanced stitching needs!  A beautiful pair of scissors always lifts our hearts as we stitch. We love the various colours of the handles and blades that are now available, but more than that, we  really appreciate a good cut! 

A lovely indulence, this collector's pair has handles in peacock colours - gorgeous! Designed for lasting beauty, this is another pair we recommend for easy, clean Hardanger cutting and other embroidery needs! The gold is one of my favorite pairs of embroidery scissors! I love the heft, and the very fine blades. If the blades are narrow, I can easily slip them under the fabric threads for drawn thread or Hardanger cutting! Even the toughest linen threads cut like butter and there are very few nubs!A must for all your delicate needlework projects. The red handled scissors have soft handles for ease of use, and very sharp blades, the better to make that perfect Cross Stitch or Hardanger cut! Made of the highest quality steel in France.


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..!

 Free Patterns and design area!          
NEW! Inspired by tradition, this little Free pattern is perfect for a bookworm! Look for other features on our website like the VS Retreat, Tools and Frames, Home Study Kits, Bellpull Hardware, Canadian Designs, Animated Stitches and Thea's Teaching schedule. Check our Website menu to find all the latest news in the newsletter!l


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... ...in 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


 
NEW!
Stitcher's Hideaway - October 15 - 16, 2018 !

Will be held in Sturbridge - see listing at website below
More:
www.stitchershideaway.com
Email Jen at: stitchershideaway@outlook.com 

Victoria Sampler's Retreat !  - Waiting list being taken for Oct 2019 !
Will be held in Sidney by the Sea, October, 2019
More:
 http://www.victoriasampler.com/Catalogue/VS_Retreats/Default.aspx
Email Lisa at: LisaA@victoriasampler.com


Please let me know if there are any errors in this newsletter by emailing me at info@victoriasampler.com

 

  
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#165 Peacock Sampler!



This gorgeous Peacock Sampler will take your breath away! You will love the beautiful shades of turquoise, cobalt blue, tans, black and gold! While using luscious over-dyed silks, silk flosses, metallics, gold fillagree heart charm and even some lustrous pearls and sparkling beads, enjoy practicing some lovely needlework techniques! Look for stitch videos online.. ... click and scroll down for more