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Happy New Year!
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Welcome to another year of excellent new books and designs.  Please visit my website to  read and see what is new in the sampler world.  Even more beautiful designs are on my drafting board and will be available before the snow melts including a classic Scottish sampler replete with illuminated letters better than I've ever seen before, an eighteenth century English sampler featuring silver pinwheels, and another Spanish design with exquisite counted satin stitch motifs.

Nicola Parkman is doing an online SAL (stitch-a-long) titled Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year at:
to celebrate her 50th birthday. You can participate by stitching and finishing one or more Scarlet Letter samplers between now and February 20, 2014. Those who post about their progress during the year will be eligible for monthly prizes. Each finished sampler will give you an entry in a grand prize drawing to be held on February 20, 2014. It will be lots of fun to see what the participants are stitching and watch their progress throughout the year. 

All the best,

Photo of Tank and The Manifesto

Tank is pleased that after almost five years, mama has finally completed this piece of needlework!

There is no such thing as the frequently used oxymoron "an exact reproduction" Everything that I do requires educated leaps of faith based upon current and previous research if it is available. All of these designs are adaptations from original samplers. We use modern materials, we see through 21st century eyes, trying to get a glimpse of what the young girl in a different time and culture would have experienced while stitching her sampler.

The Manifesto

The Manifesto Reproduction Sampler Kit
Designed after an early eighteenth century tent stitched picture, this expansive needlework scene depicts many episodes in the life of an affluent English family. This piece was stitched in full cross stitch on 40 count linen, measuring approximately 19" x 30". It is executed entirely in cross stitch and is available in six different formats. More information and detailed pictures of The Manifesto are on the website. 
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The Norfolk Sampler Tradition
A wonderful new book will be available in February 2013 titled Imitation and Improvement: The Norfolk Sampler Tradition. This new volume identifies and interprets a distinctive body of samplers executed by the girls of Norfolk during a dramatic time of social and cultural change in late 18th-century Britain. We have a 14 page preview available for your enjoyment. 
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Columbia's Daughters
Following on the heels of A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery, 1738-1860, Gloria seaman Allen applies her formidable research and narrative skills to the fledgling District of Columbia, bringing to light heretofore unknown details and fullcolor images for nearly 130 samplers and pictorial embroideries stitched in the first years of the nation’s capital. Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia is now available.
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Music to Stitch By
My neighbor Bill Webb and I traveled to Italy together in September 2012 and upon his return, he was inspired to create a new music CD titled World Flute Music. Good listening whilst stitching and I am honored that he used my design for the cover. 
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