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Thea's Newsletter! 

Dear friends...!

It's been a challenging few months since I last updated my newsletter. I have not been in the best of health over the last few months, starting around the end of November, I am suffering from chronic migraines, Christmas included. Couple that with an extraordinarily busy few months here at the studios.. and I ended up with a rather nasty flu in January! Most of you who have kept up with our weekly Facebook Friday Live Streams can attest to that! :) However, with the coming of spring, I hope that I can start to recover a bit and make my daily life more healthy and happy. We all get sick now and then, and I know it's not the end of the world, but it sure feels like it sometimes!

But we did have a pleasant time on our lovely Vancouver Island over the past few months.. doing photography, reading, cooking, shopping, all the little things that make a life. I do love working in our studios too, stitching, making videos, photography, and managing the company really fills my days, no matter what kind of health I have.

One of the things that has occupied my days quite a bit are our 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 just finishing our Love Birds Sampler, and the various colours and design choices that our amazing members are coming up with are so inspiring!

I love seeing each stitcher's sampler come to life each week with their progress photos.. and even though there are at least 100 people 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 Feb 2019.  ( Photo Credit to Perian, Amanda and Casey for their Love Birds sampler tops.)

It's February 11th today, and we are in shock! Somehow we got someone else's snow dumped on our west coast city! I'm pretty sure that this is a mistake.. and I'm trying to rectify it as quickly as I can! Unfortunately, it looks as though we're going to get another 8 inches by tomorrow.. oh, dear!! ;)

Well I've determined that I'm going to make this Newsletter much smaller in future. What with all the Live Streaming videos we do on our Facebook Chat Group, and posting our progress there, I find my time more limited. Also, we have all our new products on our HOME PAGE of this website, so you will be able to see what's new quite easily now! Go to the Home page and look it over.. there's LOTS of new products now!

Sending much love and happiness out to all our stitchers.. from Thea in snowy Victoria

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


Victoria Sampler News!
  • From the Studio..    
  • NEW! Thea's Intro to Hardanger Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • NEW!! Thea's Victorian Pincushion Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • NEW!! Thea's Strawberry Pincushion Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • NEW!! Handcrafted wooden Pincushions, Scissors Beehive and Roving
  • VS Retreat Updated

 
NEW!  #204 Intro to Hardanger - Leaflet and Pack! 

Stitch this beautiful large Pillow with matching Pincushion designed as a beginner’s Hardanger lesson! The little roses are Cross Stitched with luscious silk flosses and the Hardanger is stitched with 2 different sizes of white Perle Cotton. The models are stitched on both white and an (optional) tea dyed linen, and we’ve used some special sparkling metallic threads, buttons and silks for the embroidery. Stitch the beautiful large Pillow with matching small Pincushion designed as a beginner’s Hardanger lesson! Each of the five squares are a nice manageable size, so you can more easily master Hardanger. The little Pincushion is meant to be stitched first, so you can learn the Kloster Block stitching without having to worry about cutting fabric threads. When you stitch the big pillow, you will learn to cut, withdraw threads, and work the needleweaving of each of the other four squares, progressing step-by-step as you go. Finishing instructions to create the two pillows, both small and large, are also included. 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!  #205 Victorian Pincushion !

 Sewing was a talent required of every woman before the 20th century and a major part of a woman’s work was spent weaving, cutting and stitching linens and clothing for their families. They created dozens of sewing tools to make the job easier. This project features a Victorian style pincushion replica, a copy of an antique spooled pincushion dated circa the mid to late 1800’s. I’ve used delicious silks and overdyes of willow greens, fuschia, antique gold, and rose, with some sparkling beadwork. The base is about 6.5" tall and is made of wood with a hand rubbed wax finish (it looks old and wonderful). It has wooden pegs, a turned spindle column and then another round platform for the design. I’ve included several other stitched pieces; a typical pinkeep with a different design on each side, an embroidered strawberry emery, and beeswax pendant. All three items will hang from the pincushion with overdyed silk ribbons. This pro ject will result in a beautiful and practical needlework tool that could have been used by the people who lived in the Victorian era. What a wonderful place to reach through the centuries to our shared needlework past with the our needlework sisters!  Go to the Victoria Sampler Youtube Channel for Lisa's easy finishing directions on video. Buy the Accessory Pack for this leaflet, so you can stitch and finish this gorgeous Pincushion for your stitching decor! I just love this one!


NEW!  #206 Strawberry Pincushion

This project features a Victorian style  pincushion replica, a copy of an antique spindle pincushion dated circa the mid to late 1800’s. I’ve used delicious silks and overdyes of leaf greens and rosy reds with some sparkling white beadwork for the strawberry flowers. 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 included several matching strawberry smalls to hang from top: a strawberry pinkeep and an embroidered ‘strawberry’, that can be used to s harpen your needles if stuffed with emery sand. Limited quantities of wooden Beehive Scissor Holders and Spindle Pincushions are available at victoriasampler.com. There are also video finishing instructions for this pincushion on our Youtube Channel. What a wonderful way to reach through the centuries to our shared needlework past with the our needlework sisters!


NEW! Mahogany Round Pincushion Tray fits three patterns! A solid Mahogany Round Pincushion Tray fits all! This is the one to buy to complete any of the following three designs: Tea Roses Pincushion,  Victorian Pincushion, and our Strawberry Pincushion designs!
The design area 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.

Spindle Pincushion For Strawberry Pincushion and Victorian Pincushion!  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 Victoria Sampler Youtube Channel!



Wool Roving -
 pincushion filling


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.



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  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.

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 on our website!          
NEW! The Halloween Bookmark Free pattern is available! 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.


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 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 have 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. So, now our office hours will be 9am - 4pm Monday-Thursday.


Keep your email address updated.
or 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! :) 
 

Teaching online.. or here!

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 Teaching events, to check for dates and times.See you in class! Thea

 

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"160 Beach Cottage.."!



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