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A Gift From Heaven from With My Needle - click to see more
A Gift From Heaven
With My Needle's Ellen Chester has new twin grand-daughters -- Norah and Kathryn -- so of course here is matching pair of birth samplers!!!!! A central panel of grazing sheep surrounded by the pretty borders of urns and vines... the samplers look the same, but in studying them, you'll find they go together, but are different - just like the girls!

You don't need a twin to enjoy these, however! Both samplers are in the same chart pack --- they finish approx 5 x 8 on 36ct and they are charted for Needlepoint Inc Silk or DMC floss.


Amidst the Crowd from With My Needle - click to see more
Amidst the Crowd
Preserve me Lord amidst the crowd from every thought that's vain and proud. And raise my wandering eyes to see how good it is to trust in Thee.

Originally a sampler stitched in 1838, Ellen has taken the verse -- which was an old child's prayer -- and added her pretty border design. Charted for silk or DMC, the stitch count is 222 x 318. Pretty colors and a nice balance, it can be worked in Aida cloth -- if you'd prefer that to Linen.


Sentiments 1 and 2 from With My Needle - click to see more
Sentiments 1 and 2
This set of designs is rumored to be the first in a series of small sentiment designs. Measuring just 73 x 73 in size, if you choose 36ct, they will be 4 x 4. Smaller fabric -- smaller pics - and they would be STUNNING pin cushions then!

Simple designs and thoughts, each is coded for silk or DMC. A basket of these little guys all stitchee into little cushons seems promising!!!


Elizabeth Wood -- 1822 from With My Needle - click to see more
Elizabeth Wood -- 1822
Ellen Chester has a pretty antique sampler in her private collection that she has recharted for all us! Elizabeth Wood stitched the original in 1822, what a charming piece it still is!

The neat octagonal border, all the florals and the urns, it is stunning. Ellen talks about the original a bit -- fabric choices and such -- her new piece is worked on Week's 35ct Cornsilk Linen and finishes approx 12-1/2 x 15 inches. I love all the "busyness' in here! Offered as a chart.


Blue House Primer w paddle from With My Needle -- click to see more With My Needle's Newest Releases!
Wow... a trio of fun stuff!!! Mrs Waddelow's Needlework Basket is a companion piece to her Huswife piece... pretty Brick Week's Dye Works color on Amber Linen... you'll notice a button bag in there and a scissor case, along with a ruler and thread winders! Offered as the chart.

Next, is Blue House Primer -- the little wooden hornbook paddle. Stitched on both sides, one holds needles. Cute, the chart comes with the wooden paddle piece.

With a Pleasant Thought from With My Needle -- click to see more Third, With a Pleasant Thought is a simple sampler stitched with Gentle Art's Simply Wool Thread. (Luscious thread... we carry the entire line, you'll love working with it!) Pretty, soft, old look, Ellen's original sampler was stitched with those 'long s's'... they look like the letter 'f.' She's charted an alternative regular 's' for you, if the other bugs you! Three lovely offerings to tempt The Stash!!!


A Pair of Pin Cubes from With My Needle - click to see more A Pair of Pin Cubes
Ellen Chester has a few new releases... a Family Record Sampler... and this fun set of antique-inspired pin cubes! Popular in the Victorian era, as actual pin storage pieces, these are stitched on 32ct linen in Sampler Threads overdyed flosses. The Strawberry Cube features the verse 'Sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam, and sup upon strawberries, sugar and cream.

The Quaker Motif cube features 5 tiny designs, and both have one side reserved for 100 glass-headed straight pins. (She's suggested regular Dritz brand from the fabric store.) Petite creations, each cube finished approx 1-5/8 inches in size... and is so endearing perched in a needlework shadowbox, or hanging as a Christmas ornament! Presented in chart form with detailed assembly instructions.


Family Record Samplers from With My Needle - click to see more Family Record Samplers
This is a beautiful piece... a family tree/birth sampler... that is adaptable for any size family! (Multiple sets of parents and grandparents if need be! Doesn't that sound a bit timely...?) Charts of alphabets and numerals, lots of placement suggestion for grandparents, children's names, surnames... this is one you'll need to study a bit before you begin.

A lovely way to record your family, this can be stitched on any linen you wish, and is coded for both silks or DMC flosses. On 36ct, the basic sampler measures approx 8-1/2 inches square. Offered as the chart with lots of options!


Quaker Turtles
Quaker Turtles from With My Needle - click to see moreOh my gosh... these are the CUTEST little things!!!!! Ellen Chester has designed a most endearing little family of turtles... stitched on both their tops and bottoms... and each is a tiny needlework tool case!!! The Needlebook turtle's shell (stitched area is 2 x 2) opens (button closure) to reveal wool needlepages inside. The Pocket Turtle is large enough for a thimble, or certainly a threader, and the Pin Cushion is simply too cute to stick with pins! Then, there's the baby fob... it's stitching measures only 1/2 an inch..

Quaker Turtles from With My Needle - click to see moreEverything is offered in one chart, complete with stitching placement on the linen, and finishing instructions. It calls for 32ct Beach Walk Belfast, everything is stitched over one thread, uses Weeks Juniper Perle Cotton, floss and wool felt, so everything matches. Just darling, this is such a fun way to 'do' Quaker, and the turtles are precious!

The darling basket is from Olde Colonial. It measures approx 2 x 4 x 7... which is lined in the same fabric as the turtle insides... and features a nice, stable wooden bottom. So perfect to store your new Quaker Turtles!


Cherished Workes
A needlework set consisting of a needle book, sewing case, and thread palette, this is just charming! Very complete and clear instructions, there are 15 pages of them... stitch diagrams, charts, and finishing diagrams and pictures. Stitched on 32ct linen in lots of overdyeds, I especially like the inset on the wooden thread palette! Something very neat, useful, and not seen everywhere... the palette would make a neat gift all by itself! The closed sewing case measures approx 6 x 8 inches, the needle book 2 x 2-ish, and the palette 4-1/2 x 6. You will need a fat quarter of linen for the entire project -- tons of color choices would work!

Cherished Workes By With My Needle

Acorn Sampler Sewing Case
This is a wonderful set of sewing accessories, all stitched on Toasted Almond 32 linen in rich Hazelnut, Mulberry, Cognac, Golds and Cidermill brown overdyeds. Included in the set of instructions is the sewing case, a little "mattress" cushion, a needlebook and scissor weight. All of it coordinates, and there are wonderful instructions for assembling all of it! The actual design is full of golden acorns and little squirrels. Parts are done over one thread, most is not. There is also an option for you to stitch it as a framed sampler, if you'd rather! It's just so charming... I hope our pics show you how cute it really is! So hard to describe well... this is a definite 'have to have' for your collection! Linen cuts are for the sewing set (18 x 27 and 5 x 7), or the sampler only (9x16).


Acorn Sampler Sewing Case from With My Needle -- click to see a larger view




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