Sunday, December 7, 2014

Newest PIc of Marie's Lovely Sampler

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all getting ready for the holidays.  Here is the current updated picture on Marie's sampler, she has some really nice trees and motifs:

Try to make time to stitch during this very busy time of the year.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Design

Hi Everyone

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I have a sneak peak at a new design for a Lone Elm Lane Box using Weeks Dye Works linen.  There will be accessories. 

The verse I have chosen for this piece is:

The reason birds can fly....and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
J. M. Barrie

Hope you like it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Update on Marie's Sampler

Here is an updated picture of Maria's sampler.  I think it is coming along nicely.
Take time to stitch and don't eat too much turkey or stuffing....

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Marie is coming along Nicely

Here is an updated pic of Marie's sampler.  I think it is coming along nicely.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Update on Maria's Sampler

Hi Everyone,

Here is an update pic of Marie's sampler (please ignore the wrinkles):

Have a good week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Update on Etchell's Sampler

Here is an update on Marie's sampler (Please ignore the wrinkles for now).  The flowers and tree are looking great. Thanks Candace for your great model stitching!

Can't wait to see this beautiful sampler done.  Look for more flowers, a basket, and birds.

Have a good week and take time to stitch!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

A sneak peek at a new reproduction sampler by Maria Etchells:

Soon you will be able to see the whole verse. 

Just got back from the Shepherd's Bush Retreat and had loads of fun and met many new stitching friends.  Thanks to everyone for including me!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another sneak peek at Richards Sampler

Here is another sneak peek of the Richards sampler.  The grass will eventually be satin stitched.    The grass is turning out to be a very close match to the original. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Adam and Eve Sampler

Here is a sampler I purchased some years back and had forgotten totally about.   It is Adam and Eve and unfortunately the name is gone.  It is quite bright.  The sampler was wrought in 1834, and has some religion advice.  I can't say this is my favorite Adam and Eve.  It does have some wonderful motifs.

Catherine Staley


I found this previous little sampler I had saved when I had time to reproduce it.  Catherine Staley wrought this sampler in December of 1842.  She has words of wisdom:

          The loss of time is much
          The loss of truth is more
          The loss of Christ is such
          That no man can restore

Here are a few sneak peeks as I am reproducing it:

What do you think?  Do you like the verse?


Monday, June 16, 2014

Hi everyone,

Just received an updated pic of the Richards Sampler from my model stitcher.  I really like how this is coming along, especially the grass.  The grass will be satin stitched over the cross stitch for the best coverage.  What do you think?


Monday, May 26, 2014

Delaware Historical Society Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone.

I hope you are enjoying your day with family and friends!  We had a beautiful summer weekend in Ohio.   My son, his wife, and dog Max were here along with my Dad and a good friend, Cynthia.  I wanted to give you a quick sneak peek at a new Delaware Historical Society sampler that I was given permission to reproduce. 
It is the Richards sampler.  My model stitcher, Candace, is doing a great job!  I don't know what I would do without my model stitchers they provide me with more time to design.  Thanks!


Thank you to all the service men.

Today, would not be right, among all the cookouts and family gatherings,  unless we thanked those who have protected our country.  Some have given the ultimate sacrifice and my heart goes out to those families.  Thank you one and all!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Elizabeth Zebley SNS Online Class

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your interest in the Elizabeth Zebley SNS class!  I can't wait to share this sampler with you.  There is still a little time to sign up before registration closes (May 30th).  I can't wait for everyone to hear from Elizabeth's descendent Trian (great, great, grandson).  He provides a wonderful lecture to add to the class.

Remember to check out my Etsy store for older designs.  Downable PDF's are provided as soon as you register and payment is received:

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Free Samper Design from Olde Willow Stitchery, Inc.

Hi Stitchers,

It has been awhile since I provided a free design, so I have decided to share this small sampler design if stitched over 2 and sampler pocket if stitched over 1 ground linen thread.  Please choose 3 colors of your liking.  Originally this design had Olde Willow Threads and I no longer dye threads.  The design calls for 3 colors of your choosing (I used a teal color,  light brown, brown.)   You are welcome to share with other stitchers, but this should not be kitted without permission from me.

If you choose to do the pocket then stitch over one ground linen thread with one-ply of thread.  If you are doing the sampler, stitch the sampler design over two.  I am sorry the picture isn't clearer, but I had to scan it from a previous picture.  Finishing instructions included for sampler pocket.  It used Lakeside Linens 28 ct. "Mocha".

Here is the link (You may need to paste this into your  browser for it to work if it won't work when you click on the link):

 Enjoy your week.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Mother's Day!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Online SNS Class

Hi Stitchers,

I will be offering the Elizabeth Zebley Sampler and accessories that I taught at the Delaware Symposium in March through Shining Needle Society.  Elizabeth's great, great, great, grandson will present a lecture on the family ancestry.  If you have any questions, please email me at 

Signing up at SNS is free to be informed of any upcoming classes:

Class will be offered as a kit and also as PDF instructions and class only.  Hope to see you in class!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! 


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Etsy Store

Hi everyone,

I am working on the Etsy store.  It is taking a little longer to set up then I figures.  I will be providing downloadable PDF's so you can receive your pattern in 1  - 2 days.  The first one that will be offered is an old teaching piece, "My Favorite Scottish Sampler".  Here is a picture.  It was very popular when I taught it.  It is one of my favorite samplers.

I hope your are as excited as I am.

Here is the original sampler:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Great time at Biggs Museum

Hi everyone,

The Biggs Museum Delaware Sampler Symposium was so much fun!  I enjoyed teaching the Zebley sampler and had the honor of having the great, great grandaughter and great, great, great, grandson of Elizabeth to share in my class.  How wonderful it was to get to know Elizabeth Zebley up close and personal!


Friday, March 14, 2014

The sun is shining

Finally, some sunny weather.  It makes everyone feel so much better.  Here is another sneak peak at a earlier sampler I showed you:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Sneak Peek of Jane Harrison 1874

Here are some sneak peeks of another beautiful sampler.  The ship is what makes this sampler so different.  I will be working on this sampler a little later.

The sampler has two baskets like this one above. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Sampler

I just purchased a few new samplers.  I plan to start on this one after I get back from the Delaware Sampler Symposium.  This one is really nice, a little worn, but has charm.  Here is a sneak peak.  What do you think?  I think it has a lot of charm.  Stay tuned for future updates and more samplers.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stay tuned - An Olde Willow Stitchery Etsy Store will be opening

Hi Everyone,

Please stay tuned, I will be opening an Olde Willow Stitchery Etsy Store.  I am running out of room in my basement.  I have finished my dissertation, so it is time to get down to business and clear out my old stash.  I will be offering older OWS designs for sale.  I will also be selling off the remaining OWS flosses I have in stock.  I don't have many, but plan to sell what I have left to make room for some new designs and products.  Please be assured any teaching pieces you may have taken in classes from me, will not be sold as patterns until they are at least 2 years old. 

Here is my new banner for the Etsy store:
Keep a look out for the opening coming soon.......


Monday, February 17, 2014

Etsy Store

Stay tuned, I will be opening a Etsy store soon.  I will be offering OWS threads, old designs, and a few surprises.  I have to make room for new designs.  Thanks!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Great news!

I have passed my oral defense and am Dr. Robin L. Laukhuf.  I am so excited my journey is at an end.  Hopefully will have more time to design again. 


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Elizabeth Zebley Accessories

I have added two accessories to the Elizabeth Zebley class.  The registration for signing up for the class has been extended until tomorrow, 2/3/14.  It isn't to late to sign up.

Here is the link:

Other good news, my dissertation on Ohio women entrepreneurs is finally approved.  I met 22 wonderful women while interviewing them for my dissertation.  I will be doing my oral defense next week.  Please keep your fingers crossed.  I hope to get my life back again......and have more time to get back into designing and stitching.....I have really missed that.

Stay warm and take time to stitch!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year! Delaware Sampler Symposium - March 2014

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!  I have been quite busy over the last few months and hope to find more time to design in 2014.

There is an upcoming Delaware Sampler Symposium in March that you won't want to miss at the Biggs Museum.  The following is the link to use to get all the details:

I will be teaching the Elizabeth Zebley sampler and am excited to welcome the great, great, great grandson of Elizabeth to provide us with the fascinating background to the sampler (ie. Titantic etc.).  I will keep you guessing.  The registration is until February 1, 2014.  I hope you will plan to join the symposium, I think it will be a great time!