Thea has achieved an international reputation for her exquisite sampler designs. She lives, designs and teaches out of her new studio in Sidney, B.C. just north of Victoria. Over the years, her love of needlework and the demand for her designs, has led her to publish and distribute her own leaflets and Accessory packs to today's sampler stitchers who use her designs for special, meaningful occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. The combinations of the many different techniques she uses adds to the stitcher's pleasure and education. Now, through the magic of the internet, and her special Teaching techniques, her unique vision gives today's stitcher access to timeless classic design, with step by step instructions to create heirloom quality embroideries for future generations.
Designs by Cathy Jean
Cathy is a wonderfully positive and healthy person and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a busy and productive life at Appletree Cottage in the countryside around Victoria only a few miles from VS Studios. She lives there with her carpenter and gardening husband, Murray. An avid crafter all her life, she has revived her interest in stitching since coming to work with us, and is now producing an ever increasing line of loving country folk art designs. Her designs are very popular and so are her beautifully handmade wooden frames! We are all so thrilled with her valuable contributions to our company, and know that she'll be with us for many years to come!
Beautiful Finishing by Lisa
Have you ever wanted to know the secrets of Beautiful Finishing? Learn Victoria Sampler's special finishing secrets in Lisa's new leaflets, with Thea's designs! Victoria Sampler's Finishing Expert, Lisa Archer, will show you three different methods of finishing them. Lisa has finished many models for the Victoria Sampler over the years, and many of them are pictured on the front of our leaflets and kits, as well as in the Free pattern section of our website. Her tips and techniques are invaluable and make finishing at home so easy, that even if you've finished your own stitching for years, you'll still learn many new points of perfection. You can add such a lot to your own stitching by finishing those many ufo's as bellpulls, ornaments, stitching pockets, needle holders, scissors keeps and fobs, tuffets (biscornu's), and other household items like tea cosies.
Linda is a new designer
for Victoria Sampler! Linda Rosser is a delightful new designer who has some lovely
new projects to be distributed by the Victoria Sampler. She has owned her own needlework
shop in Florida and has been a big fan of Victoria Sampler for many years. Some
of you may recognize her as the winner of some of our biscornu contests over the
past year! Her first project is this sweet and pretty little Ort Bag..with an exquisite
scissors fob. . . I am sure you'll all grow to love the work of this budding new
designer! Welcome Linda.. I'm so glad you joined us!
Designs by Yvonne Reitsma
Yvonne is a wonderful designer who lives in Victoria. Her beautiful Silk Ribbon and Wool Embroidery Designs on linen or wool blanketing are full of heart and that special family feeling. You will love working with her soft colours and her delicate stitches, and we're sure you will fall in love with her style. Yvonne's had some medical issues for the past few years, so she's been unable to work on more designs, but we do carry the precious charts she's made before she stopped. We thank her for allowing us to continue to sell her lovely designs!