Tuesday, 30 June 2009


I took MW with me to Woolfest last week and made really good progress on her
I also took pics of the places I've stitched her in and thought I'd share them here as well as emailing them to Jacqueline.
This one's not that unusal, in the caravan
But this one is :)
This is the cattle pen we had for our stand in the middle of a Livestock market

Another newbie

Hi my name is Shelley. I live in norfolk, I am 50 years young and have 3 children 8,10 and 14 and a wonderful hubby Fraser who has been a rock for me over the last few years when I have had many health problems. I breed miniature dachshunds and keep lots of animals and birds.
I have been stitching about 5 years now and although mainly into wildlife and botanical designs have recently started samplers and am hooked so this is a lovely one for me . I hope to use the original colours but haven't decided on a fabric yet. Hello to all and I look forward to seeing everyones efforts.

Needleprint downloads

Hi all. Just a quickie in case you were getting worried about how to get hold of the next parts of the sampler. Jacqueline said there were double the amount of downloads and it exceeded her bandwidth limit but she is not at home right now to change the server so she will do it in a few days when she gets home. They should be back soon enough. Keep checking the Needleprint blog. Thanks for your patience. Wips are looking great! Keep up the good work.

First Progress Pic

Well here it is my first picture of progress I am stitching it on Moss Green 28ct Brittney with Victorian Motto Threads, most of the finished motif was actually stitched on a day trip to the Spinning Jenny with Hazel

Monday, 29 June 2009

Another newbie

I'm Abi, another waiting for the downloads to start working again! Thanks so much for the invite - I can't wait to get going on this one!

Hi Everyone

Thank you for the invitation Hazel. I have been dying to do the Mary Wigham Sal, but was too long in signing up for it. Now I find that the Needleprint blogsite has exceeded its bandwidth, so I am going to be way behind all of you.

I am Dawn and live in Devon with my DH and DS aged 13. I haven't decided yet as to whether I will stitch the pattern in its original colours, or whether I shall stitch it all in one color. Cloth will be a 28ct, but as yet haven't decided which linen I will use.

All of the pics so far look wonderful. Just can't wait to get started.
Hi, I'm Val, thanks for the invite .... am very keen to start this one but will have to wait until the downloads are available ....

Thursday, 25 June 2009

First update

Here's a scan of my Mary Wigham so far. I started Saturday evening and have managed to do a little each evening after work. Progress is slow but sure and I like how it's looking so far.
Jen F

Hi everyone

Thanks for the invite Hazel, I'm Lisa, and I live in Scotland with my DH, 3 kids, and my 3yr springer spaniel. I'm really looking forward to starting this sal, although I'll be a good bit behind some of you, I've decided on the fabric, it will be 25ct lugana, stitching 1 x 1, and I will be using the listed DMC threads
I love looking at everyone's progress, you are all doing great
I hope to get started as soon as my materials arrive

Monday, 22 June 2009

Further progress

Here is Mary after stitching yesterday. I managed to complete two motifs. I have corrected the motifs to make them symmetrical whilst trying to stick as close as possible to the real thing.

Mary Wigham SAL

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Hello everyone and my first scan.

Thanks Hazel for the invite. I began the lovely Mary Wigham last night and this is my progress so far. I am using 32ct Belfast linen and various different brands of floss but still keeping the original colour scheme.
To introduce myself, my name is Jen but I see we already have a Jen on board so I shall call myself Jen F. I am 55 years of age, happily married for the past 31 years. We live, together with our Boxer dog, on the east coast. I work full time as an office manager for an ice cream company and in my time off love to stitch, knit and walk my lovely dog. I have been stitching on and off for the past 10 years or so and love all different designs, samplers, Mirabilia, Teresa Wentzler etc.
All for now, I am enjoying seeing all the different variations of Mary.
Jen F

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Hazel's Progress


Here's my small progress. I have a lot going on right now lol. I am stitching this on 25 count light mocha lugana and using the called for dmc flosses. Love it but it is slow going!


Friday, 19 June 2009

A quick update

I have not been able to stitch much this week for one reason or another but I had a good session over the weekend. My internet link went down so all I could do was stitch (and cook, and clean, and taxi, etc etc!)

As you can see, I am not very far on as I am a slow stitcher but this is most enjoyable to stitch. I just love it. I love watching everyone's progress on this and as I see the next parts being stitched it encourages me to get on and stitch more! Hope everyone has had a successful week and that I will have more to report next time.

Thursday, 18 June 2009


I'm so sorry, I'm getting further and further behind ;(
I started late because of holidays, then had to order fabric............... hasn't arrived yet, and I'm chomping at the bit to join everyone. Hope I'll manage a progress picture next week!
Great work everyone, they're looking fantastic

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

First progress pic

I really didn't like the original fabric I picked out so last weekend while at a GTG I did a few floss toss' on Sparklies fabrics and this one won. It arrived this morning so I made a start (again!)

Monday, 15 June 2009

I'm not so sure about this!

In my last progress post I mentioned that I was stitching Mary in Caron Wildflowers, Blueberry. Thinking that this might be too dark I ordered two other colours in the same range. They were Azure Skies and Blue Lagoon. I have stitched most of the top left motif in Blue Lagoon. Now, I like the colour, but the colour changes are not very subtle and I do not know if it 'looks right'. So, I'm not going to finish this motif just yet but stitch the next one in the Blueberry and see how I feel.

I have enjoyed stitching this despite my reservations about the colour. Here it is so far.

Mary Wigham

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Sorry I'm late!

Hello girls, I'm just signing in to say I'm sorry I'm late joining - I saw the initial post about this wonderful SAL the week before we went on holiday, and missed the first week. I've downloaded the first two parts today, and hope to get started over the weekend[unless I need to go and buy fabric......]
I'm Jacky, aka hadenmaiden, and I'm a stitchaholic! Sounds like a cue for an AA meeting, or maybe a S[titchaholics]A meeting ;) Anyway, looking forward to joining you, from just down the road from Ackworth.

Mary Wigham Part 2

is ready to download!


Wednesday, 10 June 2009

I've started

I had my delivery of supplies today.

It's not alot I know but I only had 20 minutes before the school run and I was desperate to start. I am stitching on 28ct and this part is in DMC 3041.

An interesting observation

Whilst in blogland this morning I came upon this post by stitch-creations. It was through her blog that I found out about this SAL. It is about errors in the chart. On closer inspection I found one on the top left motif but have not investigated further. My initial thoughts are that I will do what she is doing and make the motifs symetrical as I am not making a replica of the original sampler as I am using different colours. What do other people think?

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

A short introduction

Thank you for letting me join you all. I live in north Surrey with my husband, teenage son and 4 cats. I have been stitching for almost 4 years and am totally addicted! I discovered the Ackworth samplers just over a year ago but this is the first time I have actusally started stitching one! I have a few of the patterns but have not had the confidence start one before but, with your encouragement, I am sure I shall not only be able to start Mary but finish her too! I am a very slow stitcher though.

I am stitching the sampler on 28 count evenweave as my eyes are not as good as they used to be! I decided to dye the fabric myself as I could not get the colour I wanted. I am pleased with the result, particularly as it was the first time I have tried it! Stitching is going quite well; only needed to frog a couple of small patches so far. The sense of achievement when I finish a small section and it meets up where it is supposed to with the area already stitched is immense! I am using the flosses as charted.

I am looking forward to watching everyone else's progress on this wonderful sampler. This is my progress so far:

Monday, 8 June 2009

Hi from Scotland

Hi everyone! Im excited to join in this SAL. Im dying to start but still need to order my fabric. I am Cheryl, 28 years old, live on the West coast of Scotland with my DH and 20week old baby boy. Stitching time is severely limited so i will probably be sloooow but hoping to finish this one in the next 10years LOL My blog can be found here Look forward to stitching along (all be it way behind) with you all

I've started!

When I came home last night, from a weekend away, my parcel from Sew and So had arrived! So, whilst the final of The Apprentice was on I made a start. Here it is.

Mary Wigham SAL

I have chosen the suggested 32 ct Permin lambswool, at the moment like cardboard and Caron Wildflowers, Blueberry. The colour changes with the Blueberry are really subtle but I think you can see them on the photo. I am worried that doing the whole sampler in one colour might be too much (dark). This afternoon, having sent a 'I need help' email to one of my main blog followers who is a member of the USA version of this SAL, to see if there were any 'rules' re colours and how do you choose which motif to do in what, which, there aren't apparently, I decided to go for another colour, just in case, and rang Sew and So. I had the colours upon the screen and the nice Sew and So lady went into their 'Floss Room' and looked at the real thing to confirm if they went with the Blueberry or not. In the end I ordered two more blends but have forgotten their names!

Hope to see some progress pics from everyone else soon. Happy Stitching!

Sunday, 7 June 2009


Hello, my name is Clare and I have been stitching since 1988. I have always had a love of samlpers, and have been taking a keen interest in the Quaker designs. There are some beautiful examples about, and it is lovely to beable to participate in a SAL to create one of my own. I am looking forward to seeing everyones progress, not only in the UK but worldwide too!
I live in beautiful Teesdale, the hidden corner of Britain, as our tourist office would say. I am married, with two children, DD 22, who flew the nest last year, and DS 14. I work part time, but would love to beable to retire, to fill my days with stitching, visiting and gardening - well a girl can dream can't she!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

About Me

Hi, I'm Jen. I live near Preston in Lancashire.

I am so pleased to be a part of this SAL. This will be my first big Quaker. I did the pin-cube from stitch- creations and really enjoyed it. Yesterday I spent ages trying to decide what fabric and floss colour to use. In the end I opted for the 32 count lambswool and blueberry wildflowers from the Caron Collection. These are now on order from Sew and So.

My main blog is at http://speedystitcher.blogspot.com if you fancy looking at some of the other stuff I have done/am doing.

About Me

Hi there I am Laura. I have been stitching for about 11 years now but only seriously got into it about 4 years ago. Like many others I started with cute designs then I found blogs lol and it opened a whole new world for me.
I like quaker designs and was gutted that I missed out on the BP sal. Can't wait to start this and chat to you all in the process.

Laura x

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

About Me

My name is Pat and I am a 64 yr old Widow from Lancashire. I have been stitching for about 8 years and have just recently become interested in Quaker samplers.
I am at present doing a Mary Busby SAL with Lindsay of the earlier post and I love it. I did not think I would be able to cope with 40 count, but I find it brilliant to stitch on
I am really looking forward to this latest SAL

offline for a couple of days

Just to let you know I will be offline for a couple of days so if you request an invite don't panic if you don't hear anything. Should be back online by Sunday eve. xx

A Quick Introduction

Hi everyone, I'm Maxine I'm 44yrs old and live with my OH Mark in North Lincolnshire, although I'm originally a Yorkshire lass. We've just celebrated our 11th anniversary of when we first met (we're not married...yet ;) ). I have four children, Ian who is my angel in heaven, Leanne 24 in August, Gary 22, and my 'baby' Jennifer 19 in October. We have two dogs called Wallace and Gromit (they're Min Pin Poms) we've had them since they were 8 weeks old and they're 1 now. I've been stitching for 9 yrs and at first loved stitching small cute designs. Now I stitch anything that grabs me, the bigger the better. I stitch a variety of designs and designers but I absolutely love stitching dragons, faeries, angels and teddies and after having no interest whatsoever in samplers I am now completely hooked on them.
I'm looking forward to stitching this quaker sampler and have to thank Hazel for running this blog. I have only just found out about this SAL so need to get sorting fabric and threads....I think I'll stick with the colours listed but not sure what count fabric to go with yet! If you want to know anything else about me then please visit my blog.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

About Me

Hi I'm Tracy I am 29 and live in Newcastle upon Tyne and I've been stitching for about 13 years now, I am separated and living alone with my two cats (which I love), I enjoy stitching (lol), music, shopping and reading (when I get time).

Thank you to Hazel for running the UK lead on this SAL I know she is a very busy bee, we have been friends for a couple of years now a chance meeting online.

I haven't decided on fabric yet although I do have a lovely piece of green brittney which I need to check the size of, colours are still undecided maybe something to accompany my BP.

Happy Stitching xx
Hi I am Janet. I have been stitching for a number of years and have attended both of the events at Ackworth. I am looking forward to stitching Mary.

About Me

Hi I am Rachael, been stitching for about 7 years, started with doing the small kits on Magazines,and like most people the cutesy designs although only really got into it just over the last 2 or 3 years with the introduction of the Internet, and finding all the wonderful designers from all over the world.

I don't think I have a favourite theme I tend to stitch whatever catches my eye,and I prefer the Evenweave fabrics to Aida, very rarely do I use Aida now. I just love Hand dyed fabric and threads. Obviously the most recent thing to catch my eye is Quaker samplers, I am taking part in the Beatrix Potter SAL, which I love but the fabric I choose is a pain to stitch on!
Last year I learnt how to do Hardanger so that is something else I love doing.
My blog is here if you would like to have a look.

Right the other stuff about me~
I am 34, married to Andy,we have three children Reece(12),Lucy(9) and Jack(7)
I look forward to seeing everyone's progress on this SAL

As for Mary, I haven't decided on fabric or threads yet!

About Me

Hello and Thank You Hazel for the invite.

I'm Lindsay and I've been stitching for 18 years now, I started with the second issue of Needlecraft (anyone remember that magazine?) which I'd bought because it had Patchwork in it and decided to try the little cover kit on it. 18 years later I still haven't finished the quilt I was working on and never will because it was for my DH and we seperated 3 years ago lol.

I'm a big TW fan and will always love Dragons and Carousels but my taste changes every couple of years. Right now I'm very much into Quaker samplers so this ideal for me although with 46 WIPS right now and a desire to cut that number I really should resist and work on what I already have but I'm weak :)

And now for the general info about me......
I'm 37 and have 2 Daughters, 1 Grandson, a Cat and a Water Dragon (type of lizard). I look after my Mum who's disabled but right now my Dad is doing it as he got made redundant at the end of last week :( so I get a week off before he goes in to have his knee worked on.

As for Mary I'll be using the listed DMC but I've no idea about fabric yet, I'm going to go and play in my stash as soon as I get off here to see what I've got that's big enough otherwise I feel a trip to Willow Fabrics coming on :)

Oh and if you want to know anything else about me ask, I don't bite

Monday, 1 June 2009

About me...

Just a little note to say hello. Most folks know me as Quietly Stitching and know my stitching habits but for those who don't:

My love of stitching started about 18 years ago where my first kit was a Country Companions kit. I dipped in and out of stitching for a few years and then got the bug really bad when I got on the internet.

The internet opened up a whole new world of stitching to me, especially the US market and also showed me various ways of finishing that I had never come across before.

I managed an msn stitching group for a while but things turned a tad nasty and someone who I trusted, who I made a manager, actually booted me off my own site! This put me off the internet for a while but then after a few years I discovered blogging and some of the nicest people in the world!!

The last few years have been amazing. I have been involved in exchanges, meet ups, stitch alongs, no round robins as yet (too scared), and met some lovely people in real life who have been and still are great friends. I have learned so much and added to my skills, different techniques, finishings and stitches. My stash has grown tremendously and I am an avid collector of charts and threads and fabrics.

My tastes have changed somewhat since my first CC kit. I moved from cutesy designs to Mirabilia to more traditions samplers and folksy designs from the US. I have a particular fondness for Carriage House Samplings and Exampler Dames and Blackbird Designs and Needleprint of course. I also like french designs too.

I am currently running the Beatrix Potter SAL which is full. This has been a wonderful experience and I love seeing all the different pieces together. The girls are working ever so hard on it and "these" samplers are no small feat! I can tell you from experience they are no walk in the park. This is why it is so good to be part of an SAL so you can watch and be encouraged by each others' progress. That is what this SAL is about. I am honoured to have been asked to host this blog for the UK and will strive to encourage everyone to keep going with Mary.

Speaking of Mary, I will be using the given, specified threads on either 36 or 40 count fabric over 2. Not decided which yet.

Other info about me: Married with two children - daughter aged 6 and son aged 16 months. Christian. Live a simple life. I am a stay at home mum. I used to teach secondary English but gave up to look after my dd.

So that's me. What about you??

Please post us a little about yourself so we can get to know one another a little better. xx