Friday, January 31, 2014

Extension of Sale - Feb 9th - New Item

Beaver Brown FamilyI am extending the sale on threads as I have one new thread that was added yesterday.  The Beaver Brown Silk Gimp was added to the shop and some people might want to grab it before the price goes up!

Terrific for trees, buildings and animals and can be used for couching or stitching (with a big needle).  This gimp is the same color set as the Beaver Brown series in Soie Paris, Soie Ovale, GST and (coming in a box right now) Soie Gobelin!

So the Sale extends now until Feb 9th!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Where's Waldo

Spot samplers all look different, don't they?  Or do they?  I think an interesting project would be to assign designations to the patterns on the samplers and then catalog them by these designations.  Giving them frequency groupings.  Like all samplers which have a 50% overlap go into a group.  Maybe some trends would fall out of this.  I bet we are looking at a group of teachers or workshop projects that at first seem random but aren't as random as we think.

Just look at these two samplers.  The first one is mine and it forms the major project of my Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Master Class.  The second one was sold by Toovey's Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in 2008 (Lot 3148, 17th June 2008).  The Toovey piece is dated 1655.  Mine is not dated, but it has more than 50% overlap.  I like to think about this - how can we derive information from things that don't have their records anymore.
Spot Sampler Lot 3148 Toovey's 17th June 2008

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Inspirations Calendar Giveaway!

I have a gift from Country Bumpkin to give away today!  Their latest absolutely beautiful calendar (2014).  It is full of amazing high resolution pictures of embroideries.

I would like to send it to a lucky reader.  Send your Name and Address to me at  Include CALENDAR in the subject line.  I will choose one person from the entries I get by Jan 31st, midnight EST to send this to!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Auction Results!

I managed to finally get to NYC Thursday night (Storm Janus caused transportation havoc) for the Winter Antiques Show and Americana auctions at Sotheby's.  I am glad I got there as I had the opportunity to see the wonderful folk art as well as one of those amazingly rare samplers that has it all - color, condition, graphic appeal and rarity.  I must have stood in front of this piece for almost 20 minutes marveling at it.  Ok, I coveted it in a big way!  It had been at the American Folk Art Museum as a promised gift of a famous folk art collector who unfortunately is now in jail and his collection was being auctioned to pay debts.

This was a Boston sampler from 1744 and I believe it wasn't exhibited in Pam Parmel's landmark exhibition of Boston Colonial Embroidery at the MFA Boston in 2011. (Read an article by MFA Boston curator Pam Parmel on the exhibit here with lots of pictures).  It's cousins were, and so the style was well known to me.  This piece out shown them all as the silk amazingly was the same color it was when stitched as well as done so well.  Graphically it is really stunning and the inclusion of the detached needlelace flowers is fantastic. Pan Parmel has theorized that these samplers were derived from 17th century samplers that may have been in the possession of the teachers at the time because they do not follow the progression of the early 18th century samplers of the English tradition.

There have been only a handful of embroidered samplers which have sold in the six figures ever.  One that was also in this type of condition and worked by the daughter of the man who rowed Paul Revere across from the North Church for his ride was sold a few years ago for this level.  Again, it had 'everything going for it'.  This piece was estimated at $30,000-$40,000 but it went for $233,000.  I would have liked to have been there to hear the buzz yesterday in the auction room.  $30,000 now sounds like a bargain.  But I am so happy to have seen it, especially as so many of our pieces that survive are devoid of the exuberant color that only little girls could have imagined going together.  I just might have to work a piece in these dark and bright colors myself.  I love the line up of the animals in the garden of eden, look to the far right and you will see a tiny frog stitched just above a small bird.

Secretly I hope that the MFA Boston was bidding and won this piece so everyone would be able to enjoy it some day, but I doubt that they had the acquisition budget for this level.

Below are the catalog notes from Sotheby's on this piece.  You can go to their site and use the zoom function to enjoy the piece and its lovely stitching and color from home.  Remember that this piece is only the size of a sheet of paper!

Lydia Hart worked the most visually appealing example within Boston's earliest known group of samplers which presently dates from 1724 to 1754. Nine pieces portray nearly identical figures of Adam and Eve above similar beasts, birds, and bugs. They also include elegant renditions of the Scottish thistle and Tudor rose, signifying the 1603 union of Scotland and England upon the ascension of James I (1566-1625). Lydia's work is the first to have what became a characteristic border for these and later eighteenth-century pastoral samplers, but its solidly worked background is unique. Earlier pieces by Mehetabel Done (1724), Martha Butler (1729), and Abigail Pool (1737) depict Adam and Eve beneath borderless alphabets and band patterns. In 1734 Ann Peartree and Elizabeth Langdon worked nearly identical borderless pictorial samplers with similar motifs on brown linen. More closely related to Lydia's work are samplers by Rebekah Owen (1745), Sarah Lord (1753), and Mary Lord (1754), with the same borders and gardens.2 Rebekah and Mary worked the same inscription as Lydia. Lydia's identity remains uncertain. The Lydia born in Boston to Elias and Lydia Hart on September 12, 1719, is unlikely to have worked this at the age of twenty-four.3Among the nine pieces described, the known ages of six makers range from nine to thirteen years.
A Lydia of appropriate age was born in Northington, Connecticut, to Joseph and Mary Bird Hart on August 8, 1728. Her father was a shoemaker, deacon of the church, and a town magistrate.4 Quite possibly his daughters were educated in Boston. This Lydia married Noah Gillet (1718-1790) on December 15, 1748, and their ten children were born in Farmington, Connecticut.5 No woman is known to have kept a Boston girls' school from 1724 through 1754, but circumstantial evidence suggests that these samplers may have been worked under the instruction of Susanna Hiller Condy (1686-1747) and her sister-in-law Abigail Stevens Hiller (?-1775), who advertised her school from February 1748 until May 1756.6 Four samplers dated 1765 to c. 1772 have Lydia's border and similarly worked flowers, including one by Mary Welsh, whose sister Hannah married Abigail's son Joseph (1721-1758).7 -B.R.
1 For five of the nine samplers mentioned here, another closely related example, and the best known English prototype, see Ring, Girlhood Embroidery, vol. 1, pp. 37-41, figs. 33-370 39, and the catalog for Sotheby's sale 7010 (6/97, lots 330, 331, 332).
2 This was probably the Lydia Hart who worked a borderless band sampler inscribed "Boston" and dated "February The 4 Day 1731" (collection New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord).
3 Alfred Andrews, Genealogical History of Deacon Stephen Hart and His Descendants, 1632-1875 (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood, and Brainard, 1875), pp. 169, 181.
4 Wilma Gillet Thomas, The Joseph Gillet/Gillett/Gillette Family of Connecticut, Ohio, and Kansas (Chicago, Ill.: Adams Press, 1970), p. 32.
5 Boston Evening-Post (Feb. 1, 1748, April 22, 1751, and April 9, 1753), and Boston Gazette (June 11, 1754, May 26, 1755, and May 24, 1756).
6 Stephen Huber and Carol Huber, The Sampler Engagement Calendar 1992 (Old Saybrook, Conn.: 1991), fig. 45, Calendar 1993, fig. 38, Elisabeth Donaghy Garren, "American Samplers and Needlework Pictures in the DAR Museum, Part I: 1739-1806," The Magazine Antiques 105, no. 2 (February 1974): 358, and Ring, Girlhood Embroidery, vol. 1, p. 53, fig. 51.

7 Helen Bowen, “The Fishing Lady and Boston Common,” Antiques 4, no. 2 (August 1923): 70-73.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lego Robots + Textiles = WOW

So the robot guys are relaxing and they were searching cool mechanical things to do with the Lego robot parts and found these two looms made from legos.  Yes - working LOOMS with legos.  One is mechanical and the other is a programmed loom.  Crazy cool.  I told them I wanted them to weave me something.  Go to the sites and watch the videos.  Totally crazy cool.

TriciaNicolas Lespour, Nicolas71, Legos, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, DIY fashion, mechanical looms
Lego NXT loom

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What's in Your Local Museum?

Sarah Marie Jacques, 1820
Milwaukee Public Museum
The Sampler Archive Project (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities) is working to establish a massive database of embroidered samplers worked in the United States to aid the study of women's history.  Currently they are soliciting the location of samplers.  I wonder what is in your local smaller ethnographic or city museum, historical society or art museum?  I stumbled across a set of samplers in the Milwaukee Public Museum today as well as samplers in some very small historical societies that I was looking for - one that was known to exist but had disappeared.  Clearly the last known owner had given it to the society.

Maybe you can check out what is local to you and help the Archive project locate more pieces!  The downloadable form is on their website under downloads.  While you are at it, duplicate your report and sent it to the Colonial Dames.  They were behind the publication of American Samplers by Bolton and Coe in the early part of the last century.  That tome is still used today by historians to find samplers and names for regions.  It has limited pictures and it is a struggle to find out where the sampler is now, but knowing that a girl of a particular family did one is a great help when trying to piece together history.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Second Act by the Oedels- Artisans of Antiquity

One of the most challenging parts of getting the Cabinet of Curiosities course off the ground was the decade of searching for the right people to work with.  The people had to CARE about the subject as much as I did and be willing to put in the extra mile for historic integrity.  I want to introduce to you the couple who were the keystones in this venture, Richard and Marie Oedel.

Our meeting was entirely chance.  Marie had heard about the Plimoth Jacket from a friend and was studying embroidered bindings of the 17th century as an interest and wanted to talk.  I had suspicions that bookbinding was very important in the caskets and so instead of just answering her email, I did some web searching and found a phone number.  The rest became history!

Marie and Richard both had highly successful careers in different fields before they decided to make a radical change and become craftsmen, going back to school to do so.  We all share this career history and apply our knowledge to our new fields.

Marie has figured out how to cover the boxes and guided me through all the complications of glues, papers, and suppliers as well as investigated historic caskets with me.  Richard is our cabinet maker.  That seems such as simple statement but it isn't -- co-researcher is more like it.  The things I have learned about cabinet making (today and yesterday) informs the interpretation of what we see on the historic objects.  It has been great fun working with these consummate professionals!

I have been asked by many of the students in the class to profile the artisans and so I have started with the Oedels.  I think that the best way to profile them is to point you to a wonderful article on them and their 'second act' by their alma matter University of New Hampshire.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Seven Virtues?

Lot 377 Oak Interiors Bonhams January 2014
This item was interesting to me as soon as I saw it.  There were five individual alagories in this scene but it seems some of them are doing double duty.  Note that Faith with the bible is also holding a snake in the way that Prudence always does in the upper right corner.  In the upper left, we have Fortitude with the broken column. On the lower right, a woman is pouring from one jug to another representing Temperance.  That gets us to four virtues with two women left.

Where are Justice, Hope and Charity in this scene?  We have an angel in the middle with a horn in one hand blowing out a horn in the other.  And a woman with a bird on her hand holding palm leaves.  The palm leaves on women in 17th century embroidery often signify Victory or Peace.  Could this be a substitute for hope with the bird on her hand (usually bent pecking the hand if for Touch) represent charity?  I could see the angel calling for Justice in the way that justice for the soul on the last day.

This piece is still a bit of a conundrum.  Maybe there is a scholar of allegories out there that would like to weigh in.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rebecca at the Well

Lot 409 Bonhams January 2014 Oak Interiors Sale
Rebecca at the Well.  This subject is known very well by those students in the Cabinet of Curiosities course!  It is one of the top two biblical stories found on embroidered caskets.  The story line fits well with moral teachings of the period but it is also a story of a strong woman, a good role model.  The scenes from the story also fit well on the number of faces found on a cabinet.  That is something we all learn in the course; that the geometry sometimes influences the propensity of a certain story or allegorical construct to show up on that object class.  For pieces of four-fold symmetry it is hard to put a story with 10 scenes, as example.

In the case of this piece, being sold by Bonhams this month, it was obviously a panel for or removed from a casket.  The frieze (lid?) which was below this (I think a front) is place below in the frame.  The scene where Rebecca gives Eliezer the water from the well is most often found on top as it is the climax of the storyline but sometimes shows up as the front.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Elephants in 17th century embroidery

Lot 384 Bonhams January 2014 The Oak Interiors
This embroidery at Bonhams latest auction made me stop as I thought immediately 'I've seen this before!'.  Well I kinda had, but not exactly.  There is a piece at the Burrell that is very similar to this and obviously related by teacher or workshop.  The piece at the Burrell also has this fun stuffed elephant as well.

The item can be seen here and magnified.  It is a neat mix of counted embroidery, lots of queen stitch as well as slips and needlelace stuffed to enhance motifs.  I like the graphic quality of this piece's coloring and chunky style, a bit modern.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Phew - My UFOs could be worth something?!

Lot 387 Bonhams January 2014 The Oak Interiors
It is the season where some embroideries come out of the woodwork to see the light of day in auctions. There are some definite lovelies of 17th century embroidery at the upcoming Bonhams auction The Oak Interiors.  I had to laugh as this piece is unfinished, very unfinished as only the lower background is filled in.  Yet it is valued at $3000!  It's not that I disagree with the price, it is just amusing to think of  all the unfinished projects in my drawers and that some of them (maybe) could be worth something someday!

This tent stitch piece is of the Queen of Sheba visiting King Solomon.  The figures and tent would have looked great done in stumpwork!  Maybe she was planning that and got a bit flummoxed at the thought!

Monday, January 13, 2014

What's New?

Oh my gosh - what is new in the shop!  Many things are new and I will talk about the silk braids today as they are just absolutely luscious.  

During the summer I was able to spend time at Au Ver a Soie and learn more about their capabilities.  I knew they made some round braids but the most fun was digging through the boxes of special things they made for the couture industry, looking for ideas and understanding their unique capabilities.  One of the things I came upon were these absolutely beautiful flat silk braids.  These seven rolls were already made and were looking for a customer and were in colors in our historic color palette already!  Access Commodities immediately imported them for me - these are very close to the sweet bag braids used for frog purses, grape purses, and bags and will work wonderfully for them.
I am selling them by the meter and will cut to measure so you can order multiple meters if needed and they will be continuous.  The braids are just 3 mm wide.  

Laying on top of the braids is a second type and much smaller.  This is a pre-production sample of a braid used in stumpwork to make the small ties on shoes.  This was my approval sample for a suite of braids to come in the next year and placed here for scale.  I am REALLY looking forward to these braids as not only do they make wonderful accents for stumpwork, but there is an entire genre of trinkets that the girls made with them - casket toys I call them.  I put the sample here so those in the class don't mistake the slightly larger braids as ones they can make little shoe ties with.  Buy the braids - but only for the right purpose.  These would work great sewn together to make capes and drapes on people, tents, and to wrap around thick wire for poles.  I am sure you can come up with ideas!

Getting the braid structure for the little braid right took a lot of detective work, but most difficult was getting the right stock silk to size it right and then the parameters on the tensions.  Being able to tie and use the braid for these casket toys is directly dependent on the tightness of the braid.  I needed to make a suite of samples so I could give one to Au Ver a Soie to match it exactly for structure and flexibility.  My lovely intern this summer worked for a week braiding a few yards of braid to get the parameters right.  (Conditions were rough - that is my family room and kitchen furniture in the dinning room!  The construction noise constantly broke her concentration).

This is a lot of what I do - examine many embroidery pieces under the lens and take measurements on threads and materials that appear time and time again and give these items that 'it factor' and characteristic texture.  Then spend time figuring out HOW they made them and what the structure is.  Prototyping is the next phase.  You never will get the item you want if the manufacturers have to figure out all the parameters - they have too much on their plates to figure out a new product.  So if you can come to them with it all worked out (as well as a very large order), you have a prayer.  Of course, doing it within the distribution system is necessary if you want to get it in a range of colors and provide a long term market for it - so they will decide to put it higher on the list amongst all the myriad of requests they get.  They do have limited resources.  I am looking forward to getting this braid family and a few other things that are surprises out this year!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sale until January 31st

It is that time of year to make a bit of room for new things coming in! In fact I am a bit bursting at the seams with thousands of spools and bits for three large classes awaiting the rest of their bits to be able to send out.  

So it seems time to put up a few things on discount - call it a belated Christmas gift from me to you.  There were many stitchers who got gift certificates for christmas from loved ones to my shop - now they are worth even more!  And it was time to put up all the new stuff I had been gathering together for finishing caskets.  I will talk about a few of those over the next few days.

So what is on sale?  Gilt Sylke Twist (20%), Soie Ovale/Paris packages (20%), and the Silk Gimp colors that I have excess of (30%).  There are two kits that I would like to run out so I can have an extra drawer - Lady Catherine's Slipper and the Butterfly Pinpad.  

How long is the sale?  Until January 31st or stuff runs out!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sampler Exhibit at Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth, MA

I've received a notice of a new sampler exhibit in Massachusetts.  To see some of the samplers that may be exhibited, take a look at a few of the pages on the Pilgrim Hall website from their previous exhibits. 

Pilgrim Hall Museum
Temporary Exhibit, February 1 to April 25, 2014

 Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition

Pilgrim Hall Museum owns a collection of ten needlework samplers dating from 1653 to 1832 which will be highlighted in the 2014 temporary exhibition Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition. More than sixty original samplers from Pilgrim Hall Museum, other local historical societies and museums, and private collections from around Southeastern Massachusetts will be on display in this exhibit, representing one of the largest and most diverse collections of samplers ever put on display in the area. Many of the samplers which will be on display are rarely seen by the public. As the centerpiece of the exhibit, the oldest documented piece of American needlework, a band sampler made by Myles Standish’s daughter Loara in 1653, will be on display. Other notable samplers on display will include several examples of the local “Plymouth School” variety with their distinctive octagonal borders, sawtooth patterning, and floral elements and several samplers that mention not only who the maker was but also the town where the maker lived.

Samplers were sewn with silk or wool thread on a piece of line or wool by young women and girls as a way to not only learn needlework but also to show off their skills and ability. Samplers as a result are often stunning examples of artistry, combining many different stylistic elements, designs, and motifs. This exhibit will use samplers from Pilgrim Hall Museum and the other collections to explore these types and styles. Dating from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, these samplers will show how intricate and artistic these personal works of art could be. Many of the samplers were “signed” with the sewn-in words “wrought by” and the maker’s name, providing the inspiration for the exhibit’s title. The exhibit will be structured around the traditional thematic elements found in sampler artwork: the original narrow form of the band samplers; the decorative use of flowers, trees, and floral borders as motifs; the inclusion of buildings, figures, and scenes whether real or imaginary; the use of words and letters; and using samplers as expressions of history and genealogy. Samplers were the work of a teacher and a student working together, much like the master and apprentice relationship of other early American craft traditions such as furniture making, silversmithing or gravestone carving. The young women and girls who created these samplers differed widely in their skill and ability, but whether finely sewn or filled with mistakes, each sampler tells a story of an individual creating an educational, decorative, and very unique work of art.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sarah Smith - Vertical Shady Bower

Forgive the picture quality on this sampler, but those who were looking yesterday for the inspiration in Sarah Bartlett for the lovely vase of flowers may have been confused!  So today I thought I would show where those came from.  Other than the 15 horizontal very fancy embroidered samplers of that type with the oval and heavy embroidery, there is a large grouping of related pieces from Newburyport as well.  These I like to call the Vertical Shady Bower format.  They share the same motifs and trees but often contain a vase of flowers, which I interpreted on my Shady Bower set of accessories made to go with the original May Your Hands set.

What I didn't know at the time was that there was more than a bit of correlation between these two sampler types.  I don't want to spoil the story, but if you add yourself to the online course, you will find out that one lady drew all of them for many teachers and her story.  I am still researching this story and trying to identify which of the teachers I have found taught which variation by tracing the girls footprints through Newburyport.  I have been lucky to identify over 200 samplers from this town over a 150 year period and a great story is emerging.

This sampler by Sarah Smith is the latest discovery and was sent to me by a friend who saw it at an antique show.  The very, very poor condition of the center made it valued very low in the sampler trade and so it just had to hang on my wall - can't thank the friend enough for alerting me immediately so I could claim the piece.  It might not be valued highly, but to me it is priceless to examine and think about every time I pass it.  Surprising what you notice when you stare at something over and over.  The piece is in tatters in several places, but I don't care!

What do you think?  I haven't used that cow or sheep motif yet on the May Your Hands series.  Do I hear Needlework Nibble?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sarah Bartlett Sampler and "May Your Hands"

Yesterday we looked at the Mary Coffin sampler which is part of the grouping of 15 Horizontal Shady Bower samplers.  Two others of this group actually went on sale in the last two years.  The first was the Abigail Prince Poor sampler and the second was the Sarah Bartlett sampler.  Abigail's sampler had been part of the Betty Ring collection and was in terrific condition.  Sarah, had been listed as unknown location in the book Betty had written.  That sampler is special to me as it was the prototype that Betsy Kreig Salm and I used to design the May Your Hands/Shady Bower series of needlework accessories as well as the lovely box that Betsy painted.  Here you can see the sampler and the inspired pieces.  It was quite a thrill for me to go to NYC last year during auction season to finally see this piece in person.  By that time I had seen almost everyone of the other 15 in person except my muse itself.

Unlike Mary Coffin's piece, Sarah's doesn't have a pond but has a great assembly of little animals and a courting couple.  I liked the oak tree and the little tree with birds on the other side as well.  Motifs that you should be able to note on my interpretation.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mary Coffin Sampler for Sale

For those who have ever been in the May Your Hands and Shady Bower courses, one of the premiere samplers out of the 15 known horizontal shady bower samplers that the project was based on is on sale!  The sampler had been in the collection of Ralph Esmerian and depositied in the American Museum of Folk Art in NYC.  I was able to view it there two years ago in preparing the research for the online version of the course.  

The piece is part of Sotheby's Americana auction in late January.  If you are in the NYC area and want to take a look before this wonderful sampler goes back into private collection you can view the collections between 10-5pm from Jan 18-23rd at the NYC Sotheby's location.  This auction is particularly rich with many samplers and folk art.  Just looking at the online catalog is a treat.  If you have the chance to go view it, it will be like a big folk art museum on sale.  You can always take something home!  The pre-sale estimate for this piece is $60,000-$80,000.

Monday, January 6, 2014

12 Days of After Christmas Giveaway - Day 12

This last giveaway is for a strawberry scissors stand!  The base of the stand has a hairline crack that is easily fixed with glue if it breaks, but I can't sell it to anyone.  So someone's lucky day!


(1) send me an email to

(2) Put Scissors Stand in the subject line

(3)  Put your mailing address in the body of the email.  I won't chase anyone down for their address.

(4) email it by midnight EST Jan 7th

Good Luck and tune in tomorrow for another of the 12 days of giveaways!!


P.S.  Some more winners! SANQ Spring - A. Zemkajute, Lithuania and M. Parr, Canada; Cottage - N. Frank, WA; Flowers - L. Sulger, CT; SANQ Summer 2013 - K. McFarland, OH; Janet Brandt - A. Wilson, MI

Sunday, January 5, 2014

12 Days After Christmas Giveaway - Day 11

Elizabeth and Mary Daggett c. 1794 by R. Moulthrop.
 Permission Connecticut Historical Society 
This giveaway is for a poster of Elizabeth and Mary Daggett.  Elizabeth worked a sampler that we all helped CHS purchase to live with this charming portrait.


(1) send me an email to

(2) Put Elizabeth in the subject line

(3)  Put your mailing address in the body of the email.  I won't chase anyone down for their address.

(4) email it by midnight EST Jan 6th

Good Luck and tune in tomorrow for another of the 12 days of giveaways!!


P.S.  I have started sending out to the winners!  I forgot to write down a few of the first days, but here is a few of the next ones!  Stocking - S. Hottle, FL; Inspirations - H. Muth, British Columbia, Witney - R. Yamakawa, CA, S. Kooyman, UT, and T. Greenlee, AR.
JCS Christmas - A. Marcin, M; Mermaid - H. Gardner, MI

Saturday, January 4, 2014

12 Days of After Christmas Giveaway - Day 10

This is a great giveaway!  This is a hand embroidered iPad cover by the embroiderers working for Zaanha.  Zaanha is a company founded by Wendy Summer, a student in Cabinet of Curiosities and a friend.  Wendy is a force of nature and single handedly has provided a fair trade marketplace for beautifully made textiles by women in war torn areas of Afghanistan.  I have been able to look over the pillows, accessories, and clothes they make and their skills are just amazing.  Send me an email and then go and take a look at her site.  Read her blog and understand how the purchases you make fund schools for girls!


(1) send me an email to

(2) Put iPad in the subject line

(3)  Put your mailing address in the body of the email.  I won't chase anyone down for their address.

(4) email it by midnight EST Jan 5th

Good Luck and tune in tomorrow for another of the 12 days of giveaways!!


Friday, January 3, 2014

12 Days After Christmas Giveaway - Day 9

Today's late giveaway is a pattern for a mini-applique quilt with the needed ceramic buttons.  A Garden of Delights!


(1) send me an email to

(2) Put Garden in the subject line

(3)  Put your mailing address in the body of the email.  I won't chase anyone down for their address.

(4) email it by midnight EST Jan 4rd

Good Luck and tune in tomorrow for another of the 12 days of giveaways!!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

12 Days After Christmas Giveaway - Day 8

This is a great giveaway!  The last printed catalog for Sajou and a selection of their reproduction threadwinders.  I visited them this summer and they gave me these for my giveaways!

If you are going to be in Paris - they have opened a shop in the designer district.  They have their original store right next to Versailles.


(1) send me an email to

(2) Put Sajou in the subject line

(3)  Put your mailing address in the body of the email.  I won't chase anyone down for their address.

(4) email it by midnight EST Jan 3rd

Good Luck and tune in tomorrow for another of the 12 days of giveaways!!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

12 Days After Christmas Giveaway - Day 7

Oops - forgot to press schedule on this one!  Today this is an assortment of cardboard box forms that allow you to cover them with fabric or needlework with sayings in them and booklets by Susan Branch.


(1) send me an email to

(2) Put Boxes in the subject line

(3)  Put your mailing address in the body of the email.  I won't chase anyone down for their address.

(4) email it by midnight EST Jan 2nd

Good Luck and tune in tomorrow for another of the 12 days of giveaways!!