Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Just returned from a great time at the Just Cross Stitch retreat.  Hope you and your families are getting ready for Christmas and the holidays.  Wishing you and yours the best in the new year!

Always take time to stitch.  :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Just wanted to take a minute to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Safe travels and enjoy your time with friends and family. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

I have released "Solomon's Temple" which was supposed to be published in a magazine a few years back.  Unfortuantely the magazine only published the first part of the sampler and never finsihed it.   I am now releasing the design.  It is a beautiful sampler and can be stitched over 1 or over 2 ground linen threads.  I have included NPI silks and a conversion to DMC.   The recommended fabric is 32 ct. Lakeside Linens "Vintage Examplar".  The chart includes a 12- page enlarged chart. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The new Micheal & Elizabeth Feller Collection 2 Sampler Book

I just recieved in the mail today my copy of the Micheal and Elizabeth Feller book 2.  It is such a beautiful book!  If you haven't gotten it, I would suggest getting one.  Needleprint has done another outstanding job!  I know I will be taking a break tonight from work and looking at it during the debates.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Want to be a part of English History? 

Shining Needle Society is taking registration for my beautiful Esther Caton Advice Sampler Reproduction.  Stitches include cross stitch over two, chain, and Algerian eyelet.  Contact Kate Guant to sign up for this sampler being offered for the first time (kgaunt@aol.com).  Hope to see you in class.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Thanks to all  you lovely ladies at the Crafty Ewe Retreat.  I had so much fun!  A big thank you to Carol and Jodi too!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crafty Ewe Weekend - Sept. 7, 2012

Looking forward to the Crafty Ewe Weekend.  I just enjoy getting together with stitchers!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Finished Samplers

Judy was kind enough to send me pictures of her two finished samplers from classes she took from me.  They are beautiful!

My Favorite Scottish Sampler:

Amelia Gilbert:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ann Saunders - 1833

Check out this new samper release. 

This colorful William, IV sampler dated 1833 religious sampler was wrought by Ann Saunders.  The design size is 178 (w) x 288 (h).  Stitched on Lakeside Linens Fabric and Needlepoint Inc. silks are used.  Mainly cross stitch over two ground linen threads with a word over 1 ground linen and two small accent flowers in chain and satin stitch.  Contact your LNS to get a copy.


Thursday, July 19, 2012


Please see the newest issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework.  Mary Hargrave is on the cover.  Hope you enjoy stitching it.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Martha (sister to Ann) is in the September issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine. 
The September issue of Cross-Stitch and Needlework has the sister sampler to Ann Peak--Martha Peak:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hi everyone,
Wanted to share a new beautiful sampler just finished by Candace (my model stitcher), Ester Caton, 1804.
What do you think?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pinterest and Olde Willow Stitchery

Hi everyone.

Have you tried pinterest?  It is really fun.  I started a board for Olde Willow.  I have posted a free design there.
Take a look:  http://pinterest.com/rlaukhuf/olde-willow-stitchery-threads-design/
Share the free design with your friends.

One more class to go and I am done with my dissertation classes.....can't wait.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hi Everyone,

See "Ann Peak" in the July issue of Cross-stitch and Needlework Magazine.  Her sister "Martha" will be in the next issue. 
I hope you enjoy these sister samplers.



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Newest Reproduction Sampler - Jane Ann Smith

Hi Everyone,

Just got back "Jane Ann Smith" one of the new samplers to my collection. It is a very nice sampler and will be one of my new teaching pieces. What do you think?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone and your families.


Friday, April 6, 2012

I will be teaching Charlotte Lamb online through the Shining Needle Society. Details are being worked out this week and look for registration beginning soon.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

EGA in Ohio

I am excited to be teaching on the 25th of April for the EGA. I have a new Scottish Sampler that will be taught wrought by Margaret Duncan Dullafur. I will also do a small lecture on Scottish Samplers. Scottish Samplers are some of my favorites. I look forward to meeting the ladies of the EGA guild.

Upcoming Events

Be on the look out for the next two issues of Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine. In the next two issues will be the Peak Sisters' Samplers. These samplers were purchased because I thought it would be neat to own samplers from sisters--they are the first to be added to my collection. (Thank you to Chris for stitching those for me.)

I will also be offering a kit to turn one of them into a needlebook. You will have to purchase the magazine and then you can purchase the finishing kit from me and finishing instructions (which were written by Liz of Ruffles Finishing--she always does such a nice job). More details later.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jane Ann Smith Reproduction Sampler

Once it is framed I will be posting a new teaching piece. This sampler was wrought by Jane Ann Smith. It has beautiful shades of green. As soon as it returns from the framer I will post.

Our weather in Ohio has been unusually nice. Can this be the last of the snow? We hardly had any. Not that I am complaining.

Thanks and make time to stitch.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Crafty Ewe "2012" Getaway Weekend

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I will be teaching at the Crafty Ewe Retreat in September. The dates of the retreat are September 7 -9, 2012. I have heard that everyone has such a great time at this retreat. Think about joining us. I will be teaching Charlotte Lamb.

This sampler is in beautiful shades of green and gold. Charlotte Lamb's sampler has Bargello stitches at the bottom which adds to the sampler. A little bit about Bargello: It is a type of needlework consisting up upright flat satin stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. It is not a hard stitch to learn, but provides a beautiful pattern to your needlework.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Crafty Ewe at 440-838-1600 or CraftyEwe@cox.net to sign up. I hope you will join us!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Sampler by Mary

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share a new reproduction sampler (teaching piece) I just got back from the framer. This sampler was original stitched by Mary while at the Royal School of Needlework. I purchased it a few months ago. I designed it into a slightly smaller version on 40 ct. over 1. It can always be stitched over 2. I just think it is so petite and colorful. What do you think?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Charlotte Lamb

Wanted to share Charlotte Lamb. Here's a picture of her beautiful sampler. I like the Bargello stitching at the very bottom it makes this sampler unique. Charlotte wrought her sampler in 1816 dated January 3.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Samplers

I just purchased a new Scottish Sampler. I love Scottish Samplers! This one was done in the 18th century and is by Margaret Duncan Dullatur. I will post pictures soon.

I also purchased an "Advice Sampler" by Esther Caton from 1839. It has a beautiful basket of flowers.Off too chart.

Hope your year is going good!