It's Summer 2019, and we've got
blue skies, green grass, and blue ocean. Lucky us! I also turned 70 this year which was pretty traumatic to say the
least. LOL Meanwhile, I'm very much enjoying desiging, and feel fortunate
to still be able to do so!
I'm delighted to say that we're forging ahead on our new newsletter membership
drive. We're actually starting over, creating a whole new mailing list from
scratch! You should hear from us soon, at least by the middle of May, so you can
be part of it. Once you get your next email, you will receive my latest brand
new free pattern as a reward!
The most consistent things in the last year has been my participation and
enjoyment of the Victoria Sampler
Facebook Chat Group..! Wow, there's lots of activity there, I love chatting
with everyone, and seeing what kinds of VS designs they are stitching! We're
also having fun
enjoying our StitchAlongs! We're now in the middle of a new
Butterfly Biscornu (pincushion), and the various colours and design choices that our amazing
members are coming up with are so inspiring!
I love seeing each stitcher's butterflies come to life each week with their progress
photos.. and even though there are hundreds of stitchers participating in each of
our Stitch-Alongs, I'd also love to see more progress photos from those still
sitting on the fence! Come and join us, if you love stitching along with
others.. it's so much fun! Remember though, the patterns will only be available
during our Stitch Alongs.. and the current one will be removed from our FB Chat
Group Files at the end of August 2019. (Photo Credit to Kathy Eirich for
her interpretation of my pattern!)
Well I've determined that I'm going to mak
e this Newsletter much smaller in
future. What with all the Live Streaming videos we do on our Facebook Chat
Group. Also, re-member that we
have all our new products on the HOME PAGE of our website as well, so you will be able
to see what's new quite easily even if this newsletter is a bit smaller.
Sending much love and happiness out to all our stitchers.. from Thea in sunny
Now on to more news about what's happening with Victoria Sampler designs! - Thea
Thea's "I Love You"
Sampler Leaflet and Acc Pack
Thea's "Early Bird"
Leaflet and Acc Pack
Bumblebee Pincushion Leaflet and Acc Pack
Handcrafted wooden Pincushions, Scissors Beehive and Roving
#209 "I Love You sampler" - Leaflet and Pack!
Learn how to finish your work as a quilted wallhanging instead of framing
it, and so how easy it is to work it out with your own fabrics and laces! To
show you how, Thea has created this unique sampler which celebrates the love we
have for the dear people in our lives. The bands of the alphabet are separated
by bands of drawn thread, each one of increasing size and beauty! This project
will delight you with various stitches, and the colours of the silks and fabrics
complimenting the sentiment. Thea has used some beautiful overdyes in soft
peach, rose, yellow and soft teal and olive greens, including some tiny cream
buttons, and beautiful large peach pearls for their lustre. At the back of this
leaflet, you’ll find a thorough step-by-step finishing guide with colour
photographs to help you finish this sampler and any others, with fabric and a
sewing machine, just like Lisa did. Once you’ve learned this lovely technique,
you will be able to finish any of your flat projects this way! - Thea
#210 "Early Bird"
Leaflet and Pack !
What’s Get this cute fantasy bird diligently catching worms . I’ve been an
‘early bird’ since I was a kid, loving to wake up before anyone else, because
the day promised so many fun things to do. When I was a teenager, that changed
for a few years, as I turned night into day, but that didn’t last long. However,
as soon as my kids arrived and had me up all hours, I was turned back into a
‘morning person’ and I’ve been one ever since. This “Early Bird” scene is easy
to stitch and frame. It is mainly Cross Stitch, and will look beautiful in any
decor. The colours make it so much fun to stitch! - Thea
and join our
Youtube Channel, where you will find some excellent how-to's!
#211 Bumblebee Pincushion
Bring Bees Back to Life with this lovely project for your sewing and stitching
table! This project features a Victorian style pincushion replica, a copy of an
antique spindle pincushion dated circa the mid to late 1800’s. The wooden
spindle base is about 6.5" tall and is hand-made of alder wood. It
has wooden pegs for decorative thread spools, a turned spindle and then another
round platform for the stuffed cushion. (Alternatively, you could finish this
pattern with the Mahogany Pincushion Tray.) I’ve used delicious silks and
overdyes to create the bees, beehives and the white Echinacea flowers. Several
matching “Bee” smalls can hang from the top: a Beehive pinkeep and a beautiful
scissors fob with a large “Bee” on it! Limited quantities of wooden Beehive
Scissor Holders and Spindle Pincushions are available at victoriasampler.com.
There are also video finishing instructions for this type of pincushion on our
Youtube Channel. This Beeautiful set of Needlework Tools is so cute, you just
have to stitch them! Thea
Pincushion Tray fits four patterns!
A solid Mahogany Round Pincushion Tray fits all! This is the one to buy to
complete any of the following four designs: Tea Roses Victorian Pincushion, Strawberry
and Bumblebee Pincushion designs!
The design area of the tray pincushion form is 3.75" wide, and the entire pincushion is 8" wide.
This wooden pincushioin is beautiful as is!
Beehive Scissors Holder - colour matches Spindle Pincushion The sweet little bee-hive scissors holder goes so well with the Spindle
Pincushion below! Completely hand-crafted in Italy from beautiful Alderwood,
this little scissors stand is a wonderful addition to your Scissors and
Needlework tool Collection! This adorable Scissors Holder would look wonderful
beside the Spindle Pincushion, holding one of the matching scissors to the
designs; Strawberry Pincushion and Victorian Pincushion.
Pincushion For Bumblebee, Strawberry, Tea Roses, and Victorian Pincushions!
This Vintage Style Spindle Pincushion
(or Sewing Mushroom) is beautifully traditional. Hand
crafted from the same Alderwood in Italy, it is fashioned after an actual Shaker
pincushion used years ago. Designed to be decorative and useful, with a turned
center post holding your beautiful stitching aloft, it will be a showpiece for
your sewing room for years to come!
You can add a bit of whimsey by placing some
antique wooden thread spools on the spindles for good effect, or use it by your
sewing table to hold your sewing threads as you do your hand sewing or
embroidering. Fnishing instructions for this pincushion form by Lisa and Thea are
available on our
Sampler Youtube Channel!
Wool Roving -
This Wool Roving Pack contains enough wool roving to fill one
pincushion top to save your needles and pins from rusting!
This handspun wool comes from a sheep farm on one of the Gulf Islands close to
our studio, and is beautifully carded and cleaned. Wool carding is the process
of brushing the wool fibres to organize them. It creates a continuous web of
fibres that can be rolled into rovings. Canadian wool is loftier (more fluffy
and bulky) and often of better quality than other wools.
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
Scissors for Hardanger Cutting!
Our newest Bohin 3.5" Embroidery Scissors for ALL your needs!
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 need
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!
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/gold 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.
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
Victoria Sampler 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.
with videos and Animations!
Learn how to work specialty stitches of the featured design, and
finishing techniques to make Thea's designs come alive. What a fun way to learn!
Click on this link to Buy
Student Kits for these exclusive Home Study designs!
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 are on
our website here: Enjoy scrolling down to view
and print our needlework gifts to you! You are welcome to print some or all, but
please don't kit these designs for profit. Be sure to include all the
information, including copyright and company information, in all printouts.
Click on the photo to left, to sign up for our
New Mailing List,
and download the new
French Country Cottage Free pattern!
Stitch the first of a series of adorable miniature Cottages. Finish as an
ornament, a pincushion, or fit into a square frame. Stitch and enjoy your
Discontinued Products Notice!
REMINDER: Just a note to let you know,
we sometimes discontinue 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.
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 has slowed down a bit.. :) I have cut back my stitching time, computer time,
and online teaching time, to take it easier. Lisa will work full time, and
Kathleen and Carolyn will join us part time too. So, now our office hours will be 9am - 4pm
Keep your email address updated.
or 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! :)
Teaching online.. or
Come and join
...in the next in-person
CLASS or my new
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
Link in the menu of our website for Teaching events, to check
for dates and times.See
you in class! Thea
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