What a strange year 2020 has been ! It seems if my carefully planned year has morphed into something quite different. Every holiday we had booked has been cancelled and four workshops I was teaching postponed to 2021 and one cancelled outright by the store. A further three I was attending postponed as well.
Our release dates for samplers (usually meticulously planned 12 months ahead) are all over the place, either due to scarcity of silks or the frustration of not being able to progress production due to the UK having been in lockdown.
Our government has announced that non-essential businesses can reopen on June 15th. It is a huge relief that we will be able access our framers and our professional photographer and his studio. My number one priority will be the 2020 Queen of the May. I have my studio time with the photographer booked. She will be his first photo shoot since forced closure in March.
Whilst I could have photographed her myself and had a frame photoshopped onto the sampler, this very special sampler deserved the best so the decision was made to wait until we could present her in a beautiful booklet prepared to the highest standard. I promise you she is worth the wait.
We were honoured that Ilana Kaye graciously agreed join team HATS in 2019 and has stitched the 2020 QOTM for us. We have the utmost respect for Ilana and it has been a joy to work with her on this project.
“I was honored to have the opportunity to stitch the model for Mary Carter. The experience was very personal and somewhat frightening. I was anxious to stitch this sampler with the utmost care, following the chart precisely. In my mind, it had to be perfect and I had to control my guilty habit of making stitch changes.
Satin stitch , my absolute favorite, was a major component of this sampler. My vision was to make the satin actually appear like shiny satin applique. With much trial , effort and silk devouring, mission accomplished.
I could feel Mary’s presence on my shoulder cheering me on. What a colorful character she must have been!” – Ilana
Hands Across the Sea Samplers are pleased to present to you a new release “Only One Rose ~ a postcard from the heart”. This is a pdf download from our Little Gems’ series. More information can be found HERE
There is also a video that you may enjoy that explains the unspoken words that the chosen motifs convey.
A Stitch-a-Long for Jane Fiddes 1835 has just been announced on Attic Addicts. It is always so much more fun stitching in the company of other needleworkers.
Cheri Cluff Edington is going to lead the SAL which will start on July 4th and is sponsored by The Attic Needleworks, Needle In a Haystack and Traditional Stitches.
I will be putting up some draw prizes for the end of the SAL. First prize will be an antique sampler and there will be also be two £50 vouchers for Hands Across the Sea Samplers.
Cheri is going to break the sampler down into 12 sections, one per month and will post her progress in a Facebook group that she will be setting up. Cheri will help participants along the way and I will be there for you too.
Cheri has chosen to stitch her Jane with soie 100.3 from Au Ver a Soie and will be using 46ct Weeks Dyeworks Zweigart based linen in cocoa. What will you choose?
More information about Jane can be found HERE.
I have just uploaded a video with more information about the SAL
The sun has well and truly risen in the southern hemisphere and Hands Across the Sea Samplers are pleased to present to you our May 1st releases.
Please visit our website to find out more information about both the samplers. For Jane https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/…/jane-fiddes-18…/ and Mary https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/…/mary-395-1869-…/
We also have a flosstube video.
We are so excited to share with you another Little Gem – Mary Eliza McMillan 1869.
Stitched entirely with cross stitch over 2 threads she is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and can be stitched on aida or linen.
Available via .pdf download HERE
You may enjoy our Flosstube video about Mary Eliza McMillan.
We are pleased to present to you Sarah Spencer the third in our series of Little Gems.pdf downloads. We hope you enjoy her as much as we have.
For more information please visit Sarah’s webpage HERE.
I have just uploaded a new flosstube video. Today we are looking at a band sampler, my WIP and making good use of our time. ENJOY and if you do please susbscribe to my flosstube chanel.
A look at stem stitch. This video is one of 11 that form the online workshop for Esther Benson 1739, a sampler that was reproduced exclusively for Sassy Jacks Stitchery. The workshop takes you through all the stitches required to complete this particularly beautiful sampler.
Whilst we are in isolation the video on stem stitch is available free of charge to view. Let us make use of our downtime to learn new skills, have some fun and go on an adventure with our needlework.
We are excited to launch the first sampler in our “Little Gems” series of downloads. Some small and fun samplers to keep us stitching during these troubled times. We hope that our Little Gems will brighten days.
For more information about Mary can be found HERE.