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February 5, 2013

Quiet Time and Brenda's Giveaway

Thank you, Carolyn, of Antique Images

Good Morning,
I've spent the last two months reading everything I can get my hands on. I love reading in the winter, getting all snuggled under a quilt in my recliner with a book.
I recently ordered two books from Amazon, they are a wonderful source.
One is titled American Samplers by
Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe. It's an older book; it contains 17th, 18th and 19th century samplers. It lists the schools and schoolmistresses that taught young ladies to stitch samplers, a section on sampler verses (great source),
a list of early schools and a section on materials, designs and stitches. It's a wonderful book.
My second book is modern-day, it's titled Sampler Workbook Motifs and Patterns by Caroline Vincent. She's given the meaning of a variety of motifs, like squirrels, trees, houses and other animals. Shapes and patterns are also explained. She has charted some fantastic graphs of them and quite a few alphabets and texts.
I'm looking forward to charting my own samplers.

This is Brenda's current giveaway. Visit her blog HERE to enter.
All of our snow melted the other day when we had 60 degree weather. I don't like the barren woods without snow!
Believe it or not, I'm still working on the Polly Daggett sampler. I keep picking up new work and my little sampler keeps getting put down. I made quite a few gifts at Christmastime and I've had 4 series of injections for my back since November, so I'm going even slower than I normally 
go, and that's pretty slow!
I'd like to post the pictures of the dolls and bear I made for Sis and Mom. Maybe the next post...


Kays Kids said...

I feel for you with a bad back. Keep it warm, and snuggle up with a book.... sounds just right.
Stitching samplers is a lovely thing to do. The problem is I can't see enough to do the very, very fine work I used to.

TheRustyThimble said...

Good Morning Susan
so glad to hear from you, have been wondering how you are

thank you for signing up for my giveaway

Penelope's Beehive said...

Dear Susan...Snuggle in, move along at a gentle pace, and be well. I shall look forward to seeing your lovely stitched treasures in a future post!
Sending hugs...

Christine said...

Hi Susan! Snuggling with a book and a stitchery beside me is a great way to pass these dark winter nights!
Your books sound perfect - may just have to find them!
Best wishes

maddyrose said...

Hi Susan,
Books have always been something I have enjoyed and spending the winter snuggled up and reading sounds like a good time to me. I haven't done too much reading lately since I've been spending so much time in the studio sewing. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the gifts you made for your sis and mom.
Enjoy your books.

Sheila said...

Well goodness me, Miss Susan you are still around! Guess I should be a better friend and write more with everyone life gets in the way of well laid plans :-)
I'm glad to see a post from you and know you are doing ok. Reading sounds good on cold winter days.
Don't stay away so long, we all miss you!

frontporchprims said...

HI Susan. That sounds lovely to hole up in a blanket and read all winter. How nice:) My mother recently had her first injection in her back. It seems to have helped a bit, but there is still pain. She can barely get off the bed. Ever heard the phrase, "slow and steady wins the race"?
Keep on plugging along:) -Steph-

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