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Thea's September - November Newsletter! 

Dear friends...!

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

Victoria Sampler News!
  • From the Studio..    
  • NEW! Thea's Gingerbread Flower Shop Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • NEW!! Thea's Christmas Memories Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • NEW!! Thea's Introduction to Hardanger Student Kit!
  • NEW!!  Thea's Thanksgiving Sampler - Leaflet and Acc Pack!
  •  Three different Hardanger Scissors, and Thea's Scroll LapFrame!
  • Teaching Schedule Updated

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 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, and I know that she will enjoy helping Jen along the way. I'll be teaching this lovely Christmas 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.!

NEW!  #100  Christmas Memories - Leaflet and Pack! 

Cross 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 Pack!

 Finally 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

#199 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 materials needed!

#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” 

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!


#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 materials needed!

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!

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 s!  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!  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/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.

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 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 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... 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

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

Will be held in Sturbridge - see listing at website below
Email Jen at: 

Victoria Sampler's Retreat !  - Waiting list being taken for Oct 2019 !
Will be held in Sidney by the Sea, October, 2019
Email Lisa at:

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This is a perfect design to hang in your home or cottage while you dream of sand and sunshine! This beautiful beach retreat is surrounded by a bountiful garden full of flowers, grasses, roses and a white picket fence, truly your ideal beach getaway. Stitched on light blue linen with lovely summery colours, you'll love stitching it this summer to bring this project to life! ... click and scroll down for more