Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Betty Ring's Auction Online Catalog

For those interested, the Betty Ring Auction Catalog is online for viewing:

Some very beautiful samplers!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their continued support! I have enjoyed teaching at guilds and shops over the last year and getting to know stitchers better. I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Take some time to stitch and relax this holiday season. Look for some new reproduction samplers debuting next year.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mary Jones New Reproduction Sampler

Customers have been asking where they can get my newest design. It can be ordered from Elegant Stitch. They have great service and will treat you good.

Phone No. for orders only: 800.790.0810
email: lois@elegantstitch.com


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Here is a final picture of Mary Jones' sampler, it can be ordered from your LNS.
I have attached a complete picture. Sorry for the delay. I have been so so busy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Ornament in the Gift of Stiching Magazine

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that the current issue of Gift of Stitching has an ornament I designed with the Memory threads from DMC.

New Sampler Acquisition

Hi everyone,

Hope you are enjoying fall. I have just acquired a new sampler from the UK and wanted to share it. It is really different with the satin stitching at the bottom. This may make its way into an online class. I charted it the day I got it and now will be getting ready to stitch it or have a model sitcher stitch it for me. Where would I be without my wonderful model stitchers!
Have a good week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Great visit with Kindred Spirits Guild

I had a great time last weekend taking a class from Sherri Jones at the Kindred Spirits Guild in Michigan. She is a great teacher! I have the Lounging Hares kit to add to my stitching collection. Now if I can find some time....


Monday, September 19, 2011

Great time in Arkansas

I had such a fun time at Cross Stitch Treasures this last weekend. I taught "My Favorite Scottish Sampler". The ladies were just so nice and I thank Lin for her hospitality!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

God Bless our Country!

God Bless everyone and let us not forget.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I am back from a 10-day residency. It was grueling, but my last one for my doctoral program.
Visited downtown Washington and saw the White House, memorials etc. at night. Very nice. Also had the opportunity to do a little shopping. They have a wonderful underground shopping district in Arlington, VA and a great mall.

Teaching in Arkansas soon. Looking forward to meeting all the ladies and Linn. We are doing My favorite Scottish Sampler. This is one of my favorite samplers.

Hope everyone is staying cool. We went from 98 degree weather on Saturday to high 60's today. Not complaining, I much prefer a little cooler weather.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Swan Guild Stitch Along Class

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I will be teaching Rosa Swan Essamplaire for the Swan Guild next Spring online. If you are interested please contact the Swan Sampler Guild, as registration will be starting soon.

Here is the guild's web address: http://www.swansamplerguild.org/

And to become a member-- Cathy is the lovely chair of membership.
Cathy Lloyd cat.lloyd@comcast.net


New Email Address - Important

I will be switching Internet providers soon, and am not sure what my new email addresses will be at that time. This will be an email address to use if you need to contact me in the mean time and also after the change:


(I finally took my husband's advice and am sticking with an email that will stay the same no matter what Internet provider I have.)


New Shining Needle Class - My Favorite Scottish Sampler

If you can't make an in person class, I will be teaching another class for Shining Needle Society. My Favorite Scottish Sampler will be offered in a 7-week class starting Oct. 1 through November 12. Registration begins today and ends on September 15. This is a beautiful Scottish Sampler that is part of my collection. Many specialty stitches will be part of the class (Algerian Eyelet, satin, straight, cross stitch over 1). I will also discuss the history of Scottish Samplers and include an article I authored for Gift of Stitching Magazine. I hope you will join us.
Please contact Kate at kategaunt@aol.com if you would like to join in the fun!

Don't forget Shining Needle Society has no membership fees.
I hope you will join me in adding this beautiful sampler to your collection.

My Favorite Scottish Sampler Teaching Piece

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be teaching in Arkansas, September 16 & 17th. If you are interested please contact Lin at Cross Stitch Treasures at: Sales@XSTreasures.com
I will be teaching my Favorite Scottsh Sampler.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mystery Sampler

I managed to carve out a little time to stitch the Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread. I really enjoyed some pleasure stitching.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finished Pieces

OK Ladies, I am waiting for finished pictures of your class pieces from the Western Reserve Guild. LOL

This heat has been terrible....too much humidity for me.

Thought I would provide a quick picture of two new sister samplers, the Peak girls. I purchased these samplers recently. I think it was so fun to purchase sister samplers! Now to carve out some time to design.

Dissertation is started, a few chapters done. Lots to go!

Have a good summer and take time to stitch!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Western Reserve Sampler Guild


I just wanted to thank all the ladies that came out for my classes this last weekend. I had so much fun teaching. I hope everyone had a good time.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mary Jones New Reproduction Sampler

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your summer! I have been busy working on my dissertation (what was I thinking when I decided to take on this huge obligation??!!)

I have just finished designing a new reproduction sampler by Mary Jones of Guilffield School, dated 1836. It is a beautiful sampler (which I own) in shades of greens and browns. The sampler includes the Hymn to Providence. Mary should be ready to be delivered to shops in the very near future.

I want to thank my model stitcher Chris for a wonderful stitching job! Without her help I couldn't get this accomplished. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek. The picture just doesn't do the sampler justice. I will be taking Mary to the Western Reserve Sampler guild this weekend. Have a great rest of the summer and take time to stitch!

P.S. Also look for a new reproduction sampler in the September issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework. You can see a preview at http://www.c-sn.com/
Watch as the pictures change and look for Emily Bradham.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Western Reserve Sampler Guild - July 16 & 17

I am excited to be teaching at my own guild this weekend, July 16, & 17. We will be stitching the Gingerbread Etui and My Favorite Scottish Sampler.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mystery Sampler - by BrendaGervais

I took a little time to actually stitch between my doctorate classes. I have been stitching on the "Mystery Sampler" by With Thy Needle and Thread. I have really enjoyed it. I just finished part two. Here is a pic of it. I changed the letter colors.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Father's Day to all those Dad's out there

Shawn is home safe and had a great time in Spain! A few delays on the way back, but all is well.

Spent last weekend of our group at Rose's and had a wonderful time as usual. Learned how to make a heart necklace. Thanks!

Will be starting my dissertation process next week. I am anxious to get started and look forward to working with my mentor. I am hoping to do research on women entrepreneurs.

Have a good week and make sure you spend some time celebrating father's day.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Welcome Summer

Well I think summer is here in Ohio. We have have had loads of rain and now heat and humidity. Did I miss Spring?

Greg, my Dad, and I got to visit Shawn at his summer internship job in Chicago. We had loads of fun last weekend. We went to the Shedd Aquarium and saw the "Jellies" exhibit. Here are a few pics of the special exhibit. We had a great weekend on Michigan Ave. and shopped in the suburbs too.

Shawn is now in Spain to speak about Math at an International Conference. Miss him already! Working on some new teaching pieces and several new samplers. Will post some pics soon.

Have a great summer and take time to stitch!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my mother. I miss her dearly.

Soon I will be adding some new teaching pieces to the website.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rosa Swan Essamplaire Stitch Along

I wanted to let everyone know that next Spring (2012) I will be teaching the Rosa Swan Essamplaire stitch along/online class for the Swan Guild. If you are interested they will be providing more information in the 3rd quarter newsletter. Hope you will join us. The Swan Guild always has great projects.
The class will include the scissor case and needle case accessories and will be stitched on Lakeside Linens fabric "Porcelain". It a beautiful fabric.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Celebration of Needlework

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately, I have had to cancel teaching at Celebrations in May due to personal reasons. I will miss being there and hope to attend next year.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Teaching Rosa Swan Essamplaire

On the 12th, I will be teaching for Inn Stitches my Rosa Swan Essamplaire. I am looking forward to meeting the ladies in the class.

I have been busy working on several new antique samplers and can't wait to share them with you.

Have a great week and take time to stitch!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Celebration of Needlework Registration

For those who are waiting, Celebration of Needlework should begin Registration on March 1. Here is the link to what I will be teaching: http://celebrationofnw.com/teacher.php?teacherID=14

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Closing Website soon!

Hi Everyone,

No we are not going out of business. I have been refocusing my business more on teaching cross stitch at retreats, guilds and clubs.

I am closing down my website at oldewillowstitchery.com. I just don't have the time to keep up the blog and website while working on my dissertation. I will be putting new teaching designs, etc. on the blog. Please note that robin@oldewillowstitchery.com will not work much longer.

To contact me in the future please use owsthreads@oh.rr.com.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Flower Pot Sampler Purse

Are you stuck in the bad weather? Most of the country is. Be safe out there.

If you subscribe to the Gift of Stitching Magazine, you will see a little gift you can make for a friend that I have designed using Kelmscott's purse handles in the February Issue. This issue is stocked full of lovely gift ideas. You can get a subscription by going to my website and clicking on the magazine in the lower left-hand side of the home page. The February issue is a double issue and full of many fun gift ideas. I am sure you can think of a friend who would just love to have this little gift.

Congratulations to the editor on her brand new baby girl!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Gauze Sampler

I have attached a picture of the "Sarah Barnett" gauze sampler teaching piece framed by Olde Colonial. It will be taught at Celebrations. If you have never stitched on gauze or are a beginner, this class is for you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Celebration of Needlework 2011

More of my new teaching pieces have been added to the Celebration of Needlework website. Please take a look at : http://celebrationofnw.com/teacher.php?teacherID=14

Registration will begin soon. Hope you will join us. I have several make it take its in store also.