Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly

The spring issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly is here! The cover features a reproduction of a Tennessee sampler, the 1831 Sarah Harriet Stephenson. In addition to the chart for the sampler, there is an article on the Little Dog samplers (of which this is an example).

The model was stitched on 28 ct. light sand linen from Zweigart using custom dyed silks from Olde Willow Stitchery. A materials kit is available from SANQ for $69 (plus S/H). Call (800) 547-4176 ext. 2 to order. Refer to order number K-JCS15.

Special thanks to RIndy Richards and Connie Winslett, who stitched the model, Janet Hasson who conducted the genealogical research, and the editors of SANQ for allowing TSS this opportunity.

Core, Jennifer C. "The Little Dog Samplers of Middle Tennessee." Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly, Vol. 54 (Spring 2009). pp. 5-9.

Core, Jennifer C. "1831 Sarah Harriet Stephenson Sampler (chart and instructions)." Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly, Vol. 54 (Spring 2009). pp. 10-16.


Margaret said...

I just got my issue today. Looks wonderful! I have yet to read the article, but I really want to order the kit! :D

Jennifer said...

Hi, Margaret. I think you will be pleased with the kit. The colors are lovely. Robin did a great job with the silks.

Michele said...

I recently fell in love with this sampler and received by magazine yesterday. I am stitching on 32 ct antique ivory belfast using the DMC conversion. I loved the DMC 505 used for the vine, but then I realized it looked nothing like the photo which I had fallen in love with. So I picked it out and stitched the vine with the darker DMC 500. Now I see the picture on this post which looks like the lighter green. Could you post a few more pictures? I also am having trouble with the yellow used in the leaves. Thank you

Jennifer said...

Michele, I'm sorry I didn't respond to your question before--I just now saw your comment. The model was stitched with silks, so any DMC conversion will not look exactly like the photos. The DMC threads were matched to the original sampler, however, are are the best possible choices, given the limitations of the colors available. Both the silks and the DMC were matched to the reverse of the original sampler, and the original was very bright!

You can look at a closeup of the original sampler here:


If you click on the tag 1831 Sarah Harriet Stephenson at the bottom of the post you can see more photos of the model.

I would suggest that you just carry on--as long as YOU like the color. The overall impression is what is important. It's not whether you use 500 or 502, but if the vine contrasts sufficiently with the other greens in the piece and with the background.

I hope this helps.


Jennifer said...

PS to Michele, what kind of trouble are you having with the yellow?