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March Greetings!

“Flowers, plants and fishes, beasts, birds, flyes, and bees,
Hills, dales, plaines, pastures, skies, seas, rivers, trees;
There’s nothing neere at hand, or farthest sought,
But with the needle may be shap’d and wrought”

 The Praise of the Needle ~ John Taylor (1578-1673)

One of the pleasantest things I can think to do when bitter winter is refusing to retreat, is to sit next to a sunny window with a bit of handwork.  A basket of wool scraps, scissors, needle and thread are my companionable tools.  The sun works its way across my table, as I cut little shapes from my bits of wool and stitch them together.  I need no music save the ticking of the clock and the soft sound of thread being pulled through wool.  And as I work, my thoughts drift to the warmer days ahead (they are sure to come!) when the soil warms and my little garden once again is filled with fragrant blooms…     

~ Early Work Mercantile Offerings ~
 
   
 

My offerings on Early Work Mercantile are the result of my morning spent stitching by the window.  A pair of folky little wool applique pincushion pillows that will serve you well and are also sweet on the eyes.  Please do have a peek…

~ New Patterns ~

 

In conjunction with the Nashville Needlework Market (Feb 27 - Mar 1), I have released two new patterns – both reproductions of antiques in my collection.

 The first is "Elizabeth Ravenscroft" (above).  Ten year old Elizabeth worked her mid-19th century sampler with wool and silk threads on linen.  In addition to rows of letters, bands and verses, Elizabeth has filled her sampler with charming motifs, including a large flowering urn, birds, trees, and a folky little couple.  As with most of my reproductions, I used thread colors that capture the timeworn palette on the front of the sampler rather than the brighter threads preserved on the back.

The second is "Ann Barlow 1829".  The bright and cheerful colors of Ann’s little garden of fruits and flowers were a delight to stitch during this long, cold winter. They remind me of some of my own garden favorites – zinnias, marigolds, and catmint.  This sampler works up fairly quickly and is done entirely in cross stitch with the exception of a single straight stitch. 

Both patterns are available under "Featured Items" at right as well as on Pattern Mart.

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Until Next Month...

Until next month, my friends, I encourage you to spend some quiet time doing that which is a balm to your winter-weary spirit... 

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"While some in Folly’s Pleasures roll,
And seek the joys that hurt the soul,
Be mine the silent calm repast,
A Peaceful conscience to the last."

Alexander Pope ~ “The Universal Prayer” (1787)



 

 

 

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Featured

Elizabeth Ravenscroft PATTERN
Elizabeth Ravenscroft PATTERN
$12.00-$14.00

Elizabeth Ravenscroft Floss Pack
Elizabeth Ravenscroft Floss Pack
$19.30

Ann Barlow 1829 PATTERN
Ann Barlow 1829 PATTERN
$10.00-$12.00

Ann Barlow 1829 Partial Floss Pack
Ann Barlow 1829 Partial Floss Pack
$12.50

Willow Tree Needle Minder
Willow Tree Needle Minder
$12.50

Deephaven Marking Samplers PATTERN
Deephaven Marking Samplers PATTERN
$10.00-$12.00

Martha Brown Marking Sampler PATTERN
Martha Brown Marking Sampler PATTERN
$10.00-$12.00

Silver Stork Scissors
Silver Stork Scissors
$9.50

Raw Flax
Raw Flax
$15.00