Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What a Weekend!

Well what a great weekend we had!  It started off early on Thursday when Kathy Barrick, Carol Sims and Ginny Westover came to market early.  What do you do in Nashville two days before the Needlework market...why go antiquing of course!  There were three big show going on last weekend and we went to two of them and found lots of treasures.  Then more friends showed up on friday Jean Hohulin and Candi Smith more antiquing and then setting up for the show.  I don't think that I slept a wink all weekend, which I'm paying for now, but I would not have traded it for anything.
 Thanks to Kathy for all of the encouragment and knowledge that got me to market.
 Here are some pictures of our room at market.  Kathy's awesome jewlery.
 Here is Cardan's display, sorry about my poor photography.

 Jean waiting to help the first customer!
 Marty with all of her new items carring on the Carriage House Samplings tradition.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Grand Finale

Are you ready!!!!!!
The last two patterns are reproduction samplers.  They are from the private collection of Kathy Barrick, and she has graciously allowed me to share them with you.

 Philadelphia Botting
I can't tell you how fun it was to stitch, because Jean Hohulin the master stitcher completed this piece in record time.  Jean loves samplers with houses in them, so she loved this one with both the house and what I would guess is a church?  What do you think it is???

  Jane Thomas
The famed Adam and Eve, quite the funky little people.
Actually they are kind of large and since Jane was only 11 when stitching this piece her proportions are a little off and what you see are ARMS.

There are two Models, the top one is on 40ct parchment linen. Its size is closest to the original.  The second model is stitched on 35 ct gold streak linen overdyed with crushed walnut hull dye. This linen color most resembles the original. It is pretty dark but oh the blue just jumps out at you.
Jean and I each stitched a model.  I was racing (I did not tell Jean this), however she beat me anyway.  I often wonder it Jean does anything else but stitch and once I found out the long long list of things she does I have to assume that she does not sleep.
I have to thank both Kathy and Jean for helping me bring these treasures for you to stitch.
Only 10 more days to market but who is counting!

Monday, February 7, 2011

One More

Boy time flies and at this moment I'm can't say its because I'm having fun.  Had to retake photos for 3 of the covers so they can get printed.  I guess I didn't have high enough resolutions, but thank goodness they caught that before printing them.  So enough about that and on to what is really important:

I wanted you to see the whole frame because Kevin from The Barn Door did such an awesome job.  I told him to be sure it was one he could duplicate in case one of you could not live with out it.
Just two more to go see you tomorrow.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


American Wallflower
A wall pocket to hold your treasures.
Full instructions for a stunning finish!

For those of you that wanted to try your hand making the thimble keep its finally here.
Choose your favorite fabrics that express your style for a one of a kind look.
They work up fast and make great gifts for your special stitching friends.

If your going to watch the Superbowl game may your team win!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for more sneak peaks!
Till then.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


I will be posting photos of my Nashville designs over the next couple of days.  Sorry for having  made you wait this long, but today I finished framing the last sampler.  Pictures have been taken and everything has been sent to the printers.  Now I have to start getting my display ready.
So.....today I will give you two:

Duncan McCrae

Darning Sampler