April Showers

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Hello again, stitching friends! The Tudor Rose Sampler Guild met again in April and were treated to a lovely presentation by Debbie G. on displaying your needlework. She shared examples from all over and some great ideas for out of the ordinary displays. We also had fun getting a peek into the homes of members and how they display their finished work. We also had our Spring exchange, but let’s look at Show & Tell before I show you the amazing exchange pieces.

Mendie C. – Basket of Flowers by Mary Kurlees – Brazilian Embroidery

How unique is that?!

Judy M. – Halloween Patches by Susan Kerndt

And Judy brought her framed Ann Smith sampler back in to show us! You may recall she brought the finished sampler in February.

Judy M – Ann Smith 1767 by Scarlet Letter
Judy M – Ann Smith 1767 by Scarlet Letter detail

Judy purchased the pattern while visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.

Shelly M. – Sew Sisters by Plum Street Samplers

Finishing by Betty H. – Customization includes the needles in the basket. Shelly stitched this for a fellow member, Lori J’s, birthday gift.

Shelly M. – Sew Sisters by Plum Street Samplers

And speaking of Lori J., she had two finishes as well. I love how EE&F uses specialty stitches like the satin stitching in the grass to add texture and interest.

Lori J – Old Rose and Chamomile by Ewe & Eye & Friends
Lori J – Mansion House at Fox Hollow by With Thy Needle and Thread

I love the muted colors on this one.

Doris M – Winter ABCs by Little House Needleworks

And remember Doris M. shared this piece back in February? Now it’s framed and looks fantastic. Framing was done by the Stitch Niche.

Doris M – Whoo’s There? by Satsuma Street

Love how the colors pop on that fabric!

Doris M – Here A Peep, There A Peep by With Thy Needle and Thread
Michelle L. – Quote the Raven from the booklet Two Familiars by Cross-Eyed Cricket

Michelle L. stitched this piece for the #EAPMacabre SAL on Instagram. She mostly used the called for DMC on her own hand-dyed linen.

Michelle L. – Yule from The Primitive Hare

Michelle L. stitched this freebie from The Primitive Hare with her own overdyed conversion.

Michelle L – Spring Celebration: Ostara by The Primitive Hare

Michelle L. also stitched another freebie from the Primitive Hare, again with her own overdyed conversion.

Cyndi S. – Wool Strawberry by Connie Liffin
Cyndi S. – Button Lanyards

And you may recall, last month Shari H. taught how to make these button lanyards? Cyndi S. finished two of them! And Mary B. has smoking needles! She’s been working on these 12 Days ornaments by Hands On Design.

Aren’t they fantastic on that linen? And now, as promised, here’s a look at our exchange… TRSG SPRING EXCHANGE Similar to our patriotic exchange we did last year, members that wanted to participate in the Spring exchange stitched a small in the theme of Spring, and finish it however they chose.

Sarah W. – Spring Basket by JBW Designs
Adam B. – He is Risen by Country Rustic Primitives
Betty H. – Token of Love by Pineberry Lane from the 2010 JCS Ornament Issue
Kim L. – A Tisket A Tasket by Needlework Press
Shelly M. – Scissor Fob using an element from Miss Lucy Calcutt Sampler 1825 by Just Stitching Along
Shelly M. – Scissor Fob using an element from Miss Lucy Calcutt Sampler 1825 by Just Stitching Along

I love the butterfly on the other side.

Doris M. – Bonus Bunny from Song of Spring by Lizzie Kate Designs
Codi M. – Two Tulips by Jeanette Douglas Designs
2018 Spring Smalls Exchange

And here are all of our exchange pieces together. They are all fantastic and I’m sure each participant was thrilled with what they went home with. Our next exchange will be our annual ornament exchange at our December holiday party.

Looking forward to our next meeting!

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