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Dear Stitching Friends,

May is moving along!  

It has been a truly blooming Spring in my part of America! We needed rain and got much more than seemed necessary.  It ruined my huge yellow Bartzella peonies and caused me to brace and tie up my beautiful pink Martha Washington peonies yesterday.  

I have done my seasonal planting of annuals and perinnials and look forward to having abundant blooms all summer and autumn for the Hummingbirds and Butterflies.

A Carolina Wren decided to build a nest and place 4 perfect eggs in the wreath on my front door so we have been coming and going through the garage. (I wonder why this website has decided to use double spacing?)

I had a wonderful time in March lecturing in Virginia at Berry Hill Resort and teaching my Autumn Sampler Compendium to members of Western Reserve Sampler Guild via Zoom. 

It was a delight to be with Queen City Sampler Guild members from my dining room in early April and flying out to be with the Indianapolis Chapter EGA members to celebrate their 50th Anniversary was a treat from start to finish!


I mailed out Victorian Sewing Shoe kits to Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild members yesterday and am looking forward to class on Saturday, May 25.

Seems that I have been writing lectures, designing, and kitting instead of stitching for the past few months!


I have started charting my 1779 Queen Stitch motif spot sampler and need to get back to work my two new teaching pieces, 'Christmas Wishes' and 'A Quaker Sewing Set'. I am also working on models for Tudor Rose Sampler Guild and Remote Stitchers classes.


Once those are ready, I will finish designing and stitching a Scottish Holdall that I hope to kit up to sell during 'The Great British Sampler Weekend Comes to America' at Hobby House this October. Holdall motifs will be based on the incredible Scottish 1814 ' Call To Arms' sampler that has just returned home after conservation by Julia Brennan. The sampler will also be featured in my Scottish Sampler presentation.

Nicola has not yet announced what I will be teaching during 'Mrs. Parkman's Academy of Needlework' in Swindon, England in October, 2025. I hope that you will love it as much as Nicola and I do! I will start stitching the model as soon as I have completed the other models mentioned above.

It is time to pick up my precious Morgan at preschool. I will be charting during naptime for sure!

Contact me at if you would like to discuss interactive lecture options, available classes, and dates. 

Hugs and Happy Stitching!







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