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Thea's Newsletter! 

Dear friends...!

It's Spring 2019, and thank goodness that my winter flu, shingles and blahs are all in the past!  I'm afraid I don't have much news because I was home a lot, slowly getting better. Today I'm feeling almost back to normal, we've got blue skies, green grass, and blue ocean.. and life's back to 'normal'. One of the joys of living here is that we can see fields of yellow daffodils nearby. Lucky us!  I also turned 70 this year which was pretty traumatic to say the least. LOL  Meanwhile, I'm still enjoying my 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 just finishing our Spring has Sprung Block Party  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 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 April 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 this 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 Victoria
Now on to more news about what's happening with Victoria Sampler designs! - Thea


Victoria Sampler News!
  • NEW! Thea's "I Love my Dog" Sampler Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • NEW! Thea's "A Day at the Beach" Mini Tote Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • Thea's Intro to Hardanger Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • Thea's Victorian Pincushion Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • Thea's Strawberry Pincushion Leaflet and Acc Pack
  • Handcrafted wooden Pincushions, Scissors Beehive and Roving

 
NEW!  #207 "I Love my Dog" - Leaflet and Pack! 

“Sweet gentle eyes, a cold wet nose, and silken velvet ears.
A heart as big as all outdoors. Best friends throughout the years.”

This adorable sampler is dedicated to anyone who loves dogs. From Lassie in my youth, to stories of hero dogs as a teen, to owning a few dogs myself, dogs truly have been some of the best friends I’ve ever had. In this original sampler, you can see a scene showing a few dogs, both big and small. It was impossible to put all the dog breeds in one sampler, so I chose to create a tribute to dogs in general. I can imagine that your particular dog breed may not be among the dogs on this sampler, so do feel free to change the colouring of one of the dogs at the top to suggest the shape or color of your own precious pet. I had larger dogs in my life, but now I’m drawn to the smaller breeds. I made up the verse from my own experiences.. so if you can think of another verse or saying, feel free to substitute wording you might like better. The scene at the bottom is a typical dog park surrounded by a neighbourhood. It can suggest a field outside a town, or a park inside the city. Just the joy of playing or training or interacting with dogs makes us happy! There are a number of specialty stitches to enjoy. There is no Hardanger, but there are three special drawn thread bands to have fun with! The beautiful Bargello at the bottom is a perfect balance with the rest of the sampler. I dedicate this sampler to all the dogs in our lives, past as well as current or future dogs. I hope you enjoy stitching this sampler for yourself or a dog lover, with love in your heart for this faithful pet, the humble dog. - Thea


NEW!  #HS-11 "A Day at the Beach" Student Kit !

What’s better than a day at the beach”? Especially when it's a beautiful sunny day, with a slight breeze, and the ocean is as blue as the sky. We all love to hang out at the beach, and  now you can do so with a spcial tote bag and book of seaside stitches to read. This lovely needlework set of smalls is particularly lovely to stitch and use during the summer, or on vacation at the cottage. There's mermaids under a beach umbrella, there's a picnic lunch and the docks close by. The ocean waves are cheerful and the book is fascinating.. what more do you need? The colours used in this design are soft blues and whites, with sandy gold and two little turquoise tailed mermaids sparkling in the sunshine! Stitched with luscious over-dyed silks and sparkling metallics, this project is designed for the beach lover! There’s a tiny book and drawstring bag for you to stitch and finish. The book has 8 pages of Specialty Stitches with a beautiful multicoloured Alphabet and some Cross Stitched ocean motifs sprinkled throughout. There are even two cutwork motifs; one Hardanger and one Drawn Thread. I hope you love stitching this Beach Tote with it’s accessories.. and that it’s always time for A Day at the Beach for you! This pattern is also available as a Leaflet and Acc Pack.

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!  #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. 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 Monday-Thursday.


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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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#119 Babe's Honey Farm Leaflet ... !



“Life is the Flower for which Love is the Honey” - Babe’s Honey Farm is a companion to Ravenhill Farm, Strawberry Fields Farm and Jingle Bells Christmas Tree farms. Parts of this design can be stitched separately, use some of the motifs for a nametag, greeting card, or honey bee stitching accessories! ... click and scroll down for more