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Dear Stitching Friends,

 I hope that you were able to welcome the new year in good health and that 2024 will be extra good to you!

 We are over halfway through January and things are certainly hopping at my place.  I am spending more time with my youngest grandchildren each week, am designing and charting up a storm, enjoying a variety of community and family activities and have joined a Zoom Book Club. 


I had a lovely time last Friday when two friends who live less than two hours away from me in North Carolina came for a visit.  We met at Stitch Point in Greensboro, NC in the morning, had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, and then headed out to my house for an afternoon of antique samplers and sewing accessories and stitching. Charlie ADORED my friends and he did not knock anyone over in spite of his enthusiasm, so all was well.

What am I up to these days? I have several interactive lectures, teaching engagements, and stitcher gatherings on the calendar and am looking forward to spending time on Zoom and in person with stitchers through the year! 


I am working on new teaching projects and should have one, 'Christmas Wishes', ready to show soon. I have three other 'Small' designs and a Quaker Sewing Set on my 2024 stitching and finishing list. What else? I plan to reproduce 2 antique Scottish samplers and my lovely pastel Netherlands Queen Stitch sampler too.


I will go on 'Cissy's Gentle Pursuit Designs' You Tube with a new video when I finish 'Christmas Wishes'.  Shall we plan a 'Christmas In July' class?  I will also show the samplers on my reproduction list during the You Tube video.

I have been busy adding to my collection of Scottish Mauchline Ware and am thinking about a new presentation focusing on antique sewing accessories and boxes. Please contact me at if you would like to discuss interactive lecture and teaching options and dates. 


I better get back to stitching! May you put in much more than you take out, and may your borders always match up the first time!








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