Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Stitcher's Happiness

My dear friends, as you all know, I have been stitching continuously through the summer, with just short breaks to try socializing. With all the work and no play I have been feeling, ever so strongly, the need for encouragement and inspiration.
Yesterday I was feeling a bit down. Then, I heard the door bell ring. I opened the door - and found a post box. Inside, there were all these amazing things.....

The package came from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. Hand dyed threads, a wonderful piece of linen, trims, buttons of different colors... I am in stitcher's heaven!

This is the first time I have ever seen hand dyed threads. I am amazed how soft the thread is. Also, when I tried "variegated" thread at the store, I was inevitably disappointed of such a wide change of color from dark to light. Nancy's variations are much more subtle and soft, as I imagine they should be, giving the stitching an added feeling of shade and depth.

These are some of the "cranberry" buttons... I was tempted to see if they actually smell like cranberry... no they don't, but they sure do look very cranberry-like.

I imagine I will be using these threads for a long while, stitching a family sampler with them on that very piece of linen... I already have a few ideas about using some of these buttons and the chocolate-brown trim... My Christmas decorations will have some nice additions this year! Thank you, Nancy, for these wonderful things, and most of all - for all the inspiration they provide...

Happy Stitching!


  1. OH MY!!! What a wonderful selection of color.... yes that would put one massive smile on my face too!!
    Goodess I cannot wait to see what you create with this :)
    Smiles :)

    1. Thank you for your comment, Jacquie! Yes, I have quite a few ideas about how to use it. :) I will make sure to post the results!

  2. Oh my goodness gracious, what a motherload!!! I`m drooling all over the laptop! Look at those colours, they`re so fab - and those buttons! Aw, the wee butterfly - squeaaaal! Can`t wait to see your sampler - are you going to use a designer`s chart or you`ll make up your own? Looking forward to the progress piccies ;)

    1. Thank you, Laura! Nancy also included a family sampler pattern for me, so I will be going off of that... I imagine I won't resist making some color changes, possibly. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Those are the most beautiful colors!!! You will enjoy all of that loveliness for a long time!!! What fun!

  4. Hi, returning the following. What lovely threads you received. Whatever you stitch with these will look gorgeous.

  5. Thank you your good kind words, Jo, and for signing up. This stash is the endless source of project ideas and inspiration for me... Happy stitching!

  6. Hello

    Just found your blog.
    What a fab giveaway, the colours are amazing!
    I enjoyed looking at your blog and all your lovely stitching.
    Wishing you a good weekend x


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