Thea's September - November Newsletter!
We are half way through September, and the Autumn rain storms are already
inundating our country! A bright spot in all this rain is that it is a blessing
in disguise for us! As one of my stitching friends said when she was hunkering
down from Florence, "storms are perfect stitching weather!" Nevertheless our
thoughts are with those of you who are affected badly by the fall storms..
Our west coast weather, while rainy, is much tamer! We have early clouds
covering our usually bright September sunshine, so I am already making soups and
wearing sweaters in the house, staving off the chill in the air. I'm very
blessed living in this part of the country, with all our farmlands producing
lovely lettuces, carrots and even tomatoes way into October.. but I know we're
not all experiencing such a mild fall!
These past few months have been hot and dry though.. and we've enjoyed an
amazing amount of sunshine already! My vitamin D is nicely topped up these
days.. ;) Because of the heat, I personally have not been stitching as much, and
for me that means designing as much. But you'll see below that I've done my best
to create some new designs for you all for this fall! As you can see, the fields
by our studios are already full of pumpkins.. our Canadian Thanksgiving is still
3 weeks away.. but I can always make pumpkin soup!
Just a reminder: Lisa and I now 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 latest news including unexpected weekend sales.
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 by answering a few questions. 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 creative Halloween Mystery
Bookmark Stitchalong! Come and join us there
soon for our Live stream, or to view our recorded Live stream later!
Now on to more news about what's happening with Victoria Sampler designs! - Thea
From the Studio..
Thea's Gingerbread Flower
Shop Leaflet and Acc Pack
Christmas Memories Leaflet and Acc Pack
Introduction to Hardanger Student
Thanksgiving Sampler - Leaflet and Acc Pack!
different Hardanger Scissors, and Thea's Scroll LapFrame!
FROM THE STUDIO
Some design news - Just after Halloween, we'll release a couple of
cute Christmas charts for you! I've had a lot of fun creating a a
three-dimensional Gingerbread Village, but I know not everyone would like to
'finish' one as a standing ornament. So, I thought I'd release a matching Cross
Stitch piece that can be "Framed" for your wall! Those of you who have hesitated
being involved with the Gingerbread Village, can enjoy the
Gingerbread Cottage on your walls this Xmas! I'm
also adding a couple of cute little mice to our Gingerbread Village.. fun for
one and all! Then in January, I'm so looking forward to releasing this
adorable and scrumptious Strawberry Pincushion. It will be mounted on a Wooden
Pedestal form, imported from Italy! I know you'll LOVE that one!
Last year I
taught a Thanksgiving Sampler for Sue at
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,
take an active part in future Hideaways, and I know that she will enjoy helping
Jen along the way. I'll be teaching this lovely
BLING Tree!! It was inspired by memories of past
Christmas times.. Scroll down to bottom of this Newsletter for dates and times!
Registrations may be full by now, but you can always ask.. so click on the link
above, and see if there's still space! It's going to be during the best part of
a new England weather.!
#100 Christmas Memories - Leaflet and Pack!
Stitch these two delightful ornaments that speak of yester-year! One ornament
shows a little red truck which carries a freshly cut Fir tree and the other
shows some carolers stinging out on the town. There are memories of Christmas
that are common to many of us, whether you’re young or young at heart. The
memories I cherish are embedded in my daily life. I would visit my grandparents
on a neighbouring island, and there we would drive their red farm truck to pick
out the one perfect tree somewhere in the forest on their 300 acre farm.
Bringing that home was a huge adventure! I have sung almost all my life, so not
a Christmas went by without the joy of singing carols with my group of singers.
The air was crisp and our cheeks red! Enjoy stitching these two heartfelt
ornaments, each a special memory in my heart! I will likely add more designs to
the Christmas Memories Series in future!
#200 Gingerbread Flower Shop - Leaflet and
we are releasing the
Gingerbread Flower Shop as a Leaflet and Accessory Pack! It is the10th addition to the Gingerbread
Village; including the Tree Etui, the Stitching House, Church, Candy Cane
Cottage, Bakery, Haunted House, Needlework Shop, Quilt Shop, and Retreat
Cottage! 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
specialty stitched flowers to learn to stitch! The roof
is decorated with white buttons and Cross Stitched snow patterns, 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
Thanksgiving Leaflet and Acc Pack
“The year has turned its Circle, The seasons come and go. The Harvest all is
gathered in, and chilly North winds blow... Orchards have shared their
treasures. The fiedls their yellow grain. So open wide the doorway...
Thanksgiving comes again! ”
Gather with your loved ones this Thanksgiving to celebrate the season of
gratitude. The tradition of giving thanks after the summer bounty takes place
all over the world, but in North America it is traced back to the 1621
celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, when the Pilgrims invited the local
indiginous peoples to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing
season. Many people had starved the previous winter, but meanwhile, kind members
of the local Wamponoag tribe taught the Pilgrims to grow corn, beans and squash,
how to catch the local fish, and how to collect the seafood. These were all
skills that were needed to survive in their new land. The original three-day
feast apparently included goose, lobster, cod and deer, and the vegetables and
berries they collected or grew. The Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote about that
now-famous meal, mentioning a wild turkey hunt that took place before the
dinner, which may be where the idea of eating turkey came from. In this original
sampler, you can see the beautiful basket of fruits and veggies at the top, then
a scene showing the Pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe getting together, and finally a
scene at the bottom of the sampler showing our modern Thanksgiving Day, boys
playing football, and friends and family gathering around a groaning table.
There are a number of specialty stitches to enjoy stitching. The Hardanger panel
at the bottom is a perfect balance with the top basket and crows. I’ve always
found that a sense of gratitude is essential to happiness and Thanksgiving is a
perfect time every year to celebrate this together. - Thea
Or Buy the
Student Kit which includes all the
#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
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
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
#198 Sunflower Leaflet and Acc Pack!
We love 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 Harvest Garden. Stitched with luscious over-dyed silks, ribbons, silk
flosses, metallic, and sparkling beads, it is perfectly designed for the
student. It is not too big, so you can
more effectively learn how to stitch the few lovely specialty stitches like
Bullion Knots, Triple Cross Stitches, and Silk Ribbon work; some Drawn Thread;
and even a band of Pulled Thread work. Cross Stitched areas at the top and
bottom depict a basket of Sunflowers just picked from the garden surrounding the
sweet little cottage. 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 Street”. Savor your stitching! -Thea
Or Buy the
Student Kit which includes all the
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.
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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!
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Student Kits for these exclusive Home Study designs!
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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
Inspired by tradition, this little Free pattern is perfect for the fall! 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
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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
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! :)
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
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...in the next in-person
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