Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Beatrix...I'm willing & able, just need to do it!!

I thought I would use the Soy Luster blue/periwinkle color which I chose last year for dear "Beatrix Potter," but after giving it more thought this year....I decided to go with these pinks and neutrals. After all, Beatrix was a woman who loved pinks and pastels in her paintings. Just consider her darling mommy mouse and Miss Tigglewiggle's clothing! So, that thought led me to this palette above. I feel ever so joyful about the Sampler, now!

As you can see, I've also chosen a more antiqued linen. This is my nod to the era, instead of using the more cream or white color suggested.

BTW, and by way of introduction: I already know most of you as friends, but for the others of you: I live in Naples, FL with my DH and my Yorkie, Clara. I'm from Wellesley/Boston, MA. Born in NC, near Blowing Rock/Boone. I have 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Have been stitching for about 40 years....I'm in my 50's! Crewel is where I started out, then cross stitch and needlepoint. For the longest time I loved needlepoint best, but I always have gone back and forth between XS and needlepoint. Now, I can't decide which I love best. I hate crewel work!!! :P

My goal is to finish all the projects I've started....hmmmm...a project in itself. I clutter my house disgracefully with my stash and WIPs because it makes me soooo happy. DH has given up and just lives with it!! LOL

My children benefit from my stitching and quilting and knitting, so they encourage me in my addiction. Isn't that nice!?

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you better, and to seeing what your pieces look like as we stick to our SAL in 2009. I'm determined..aren't you? :] Hugs, Deb

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Hello to everyone

Hi, my name is Lillian Carol and I have been stitching since I was a young girl. I am very excited to join the group......thank you. Samplers, particularly reproduction samplers, are my passion and I have been thinking about stitching this one for some time now.

It seems like fate, so to speak, that brings me to this sal.....

My husband and I just happened to take a few days off from work to actually finish some projects at home when I checked my email and found an invitation to attend a lecture by Jacqueline herself on the Ackworth samplers at The Strawberry Sampler, my lns near Philadelphia, PA. I answered without hesitation that I would was a chance of a lifetime for me and I was "on vacation"!

So a few days ago, along with a small gathering of fellow needleworkers, I found myself in stitcher's heaven, visiting with Jacqueline and then totally absorbed in her inspiring lecture. I could not believe how lucky I was to be there. When I returned home, I grabbed my laptop to do further research into all things Quaker and I immediately happened upon the site for this sal. Hence the use of the word "fate".

So here I first post ever and I even have a blog now. I hope to gather together thoughts on fabrics and threads in the next few days. What a great way to spend a vacation!

Friday, 19 September 2008

Has anyone heard from...

Jacqueline yet about their chart, I know she was away and just wondered when she was due back...I don't want to order all my supplies and then not get my chart...

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Hi Everyone

I haven't really thought yet what color I would like to use, but I think I will use one of our new silk colors we have. It is so nice to get to know stitchers.

I hope everyone will stop by the needlework show that will be Sept. 24th through the 28th. It is a great show to shop and look, and then contact your LNS to order what you want.

Have a good week.

Monday, 15 September 2008


Hi, I'm Sandy from Nebraska. I've been visiting and reading blogs for a couple months and decided to join this SAL. I currently don't have a blog of my own, but that may change depending on how this goes. I enjoy stitching samplers but haven't tried any of the Quaker variety so I thought this would be a good start.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Maxine's Intro

Hi everyone my name is Maxine and i have been wanting to stitch this sampler since i managed to get a copy from someone who had already stitched it however i still haven't started so thanks to Hazel for setting this blog up and enabling me to finally get it sorted. I have been stitching for 8 years and only in the last couple of years have i really gotten into samplers. I haven't decided yet what fabric or threads i'm going to use but at least we've still got a bit of time to get sorted :)
For those that need it the stitch count is 301 wide x 271 long. On the chart it has 7 skeins of DMC main colour and 1 skein DMC for other. Hope that helps :) Take care everyone.

Slightly confused...

....about the fabbie and thread colours and amounts needed for this design as Barbara has commented on Rachael's just one shade of DMC plus white, but Ruth's post further down has 4 shades of DMC and beads...I was wanting to order my threads and fabbie rather soon...can anyone shed any light on this please?

Friday, 12 September 2008

Rachel's Intro

Hi all,

My name is Rachel V., and I want to first say thanks to Hazel for setting this blog up and giving us the info about ordering this chart. I have wanted to stitch it for a long time! I love the idea that Beatrix Potter had this sampler in her home. My mother raised me on all the Beatrix Potter books and I even had BP wallpaper in my nusery.

While I am waiting to get my copy, I was wondering if some kind soul would mind sharing the stitch count and amount of thread needed so that I can order supplies. Thanks!

I live in Philadelphia, PA, with my husband of 5 years. I am a social worker for a foster care agency and active in my church. My family lives in Texas. I blog at Willing Hands.

Can't wait to stitch with you all!

p.s. The photo is me with my Grandma Bonnie, who taught me to stitch.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Just a quick note

Just to let you know, if you have ordered the chart from Jaqueline and haven't heard anything yet it is because she is in the US and hasn't managed to set up the share folder file which enables you to download it yet. She has promised to do it on her return.

By the way hope you all like the little incentive I have set up at the sidebar for us all to be encouraged to keep up with the SAL.


Sunday, 7 September 2008

Hello--from Sunny Denver, CO

Hello from Mile High Denver. We moved here last year from Edmonton , Alberta and I immediately joined the Rocky Mtn Sampler Guild. I am excited about doing this sampler. It will be my first Quaker sampler. I ordered the silks and I am sure I can dig out some fabric, blow the dust off the chart and not put anything else on my plate for the first of the year. I did a SAL for Eileen Bennett's Band of Many Colors and the And They Sinned sampler- was the only thing that kept me motivated to finish them. Plus I love the tips and error finds etc. I am thankful Hazel decided to start this after Christmas because I am piled over with knitting, and gift making until then. Look forward to meeting everyone from around the stitching globe!

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Hi everyone

Hi everyone,
I am Robin from Olde Willow Stitchery. I am hoping to keep up, but am not sure with everything else I have going on. I love the needleprint designs and have been told by Jacqueline that she is working on a new one with our newest silk collection in the near future. I am very excited about that.

Is anyone here going to The Ackworth Event? It's a pleasure to meet everyone.

Remember to always take time to stitch.


Hi everyone. I'm here hoping that with your help maybe, just maybe I'll get this done. Sure it would be a miracle, but hope spring eternal.

Here's my floss and bead toss for it:
Beatric Potter floss toss

And in the last 1+ year(s) this is what I have accomplished:
Beatrix Potter begins with beads 5/30/2007

See, I REALLY need your help. lol

So pleased to be here!!

Hello, I am Elisa a 36 year old single mum from York, UK, I have a 4 year old DS and have a DD on the way (due mid November). I love many crafts, but cross-stitching is my passion and have been stitching since I was 14 years old. My tastes have changed dramatically over the years, I have wanted to stitch a traditional sampler for quite a few years but never found the right one for me...until now!! I have not decided on the colours yet, but I fancy stitching the sampler on a buttermilk/cream linen with a delicate sage green...something different to the usual purples and pinks I stitch in

Thank you Hazel for letting me join the SAL and Julie for mentioning it on your blog...I would have never known about it!