Thursday, 6 July 2017

Blog #48 - More ... A Sampler Exhibition

Friday,  30 December 2016

Some more of the samplers on display during the time of 'A Sampler Exhibition'.
Many of them were by very accomplished needlewoman, Linda Graham, of Christchurch.
(Linda was also the designer of the 2015 Mystery Sampler project - The Butterfly Sampler)

In addition to those shown in my last two blogs, here are some of her other samplers
that were on display -

Harmony  (to the right)

Blackwork Sampler  (above)
A Pattern Record  (above)
Grateful Heart
Celebration Sampler
Calico Sampler
A Needlework Story
And here are a few of the many other samplers that were on display -
A French inspired sampler  -  stitched by Margot  -  Hastings
Birds & Berries Alphabet Sampler
Design by :  JBW Designs
Floral Alphabet
Stitched by Glenys  -  Waipukurau
Design by  :  JBW Designs
Rose Motif Sampler
Design by  :  JBW Designs
Quaker Floral Sampler
Design by  :  The Sweetheart Tree
Fruit of the Vine Sampler
This huswife design was designed and taught by Ellen Chester
of  'With My Needle'
at the Mission Estate Winery
when she visited and stayed with us in 2014
Two more designs by Ellen Chester of 'With My Needle'
Quaker Samplings  &  Be Kind and True 
The following sampler  which was also on display is a reproduction
of one of the samplers in my own antique sampler collection.
It is  :  BARB 2000  :  The Orford Sampler  :  $22.50
The sampler below has been stitched by Annette  -  Hastings.
Annette plans to stitch this same sampler four times - each one in a different colour -
one for each of her granddaughters
Pictured below is  -  Sampler Frisien 1750  -  which was also on display
This beautiful reproduction sampler
by Gigi of GigiR
would be the most popular sampler purchased at the Needlework Gallery

As mentioned many times before, lots of other samplers on display, but time to finish this note.
Once again, my sincere thanks to all ladies who willingly loaned their samplers
for me to display and to all visitors who attended the exhibition.
Without you  -  this would not have been possible  .....
In closing, the most admired sampler in the exhibition
is the one pictured below.
English Garden Sampler
Design by  :  Teresa Wentzler
Melissa  (our daughter)
stitched this for me for my 60th birthday.
It took her almost three years to complete.
I love it!  It is certainly one of my treasures.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Blog #47b - A Sampler Exhibition continued ...

Saturday  -  24 December 2016

...  continuing on as unable to finish my last blog -

The Butterfly Sampler  (2015):  In addition to the Mystery Sampler features described in my last blog, the butterfly in this design and some of the rows of stitches were to be worked with one variegated thread and the remainder of the stitches were to worked with three solid dyed coloured threads that were in the overdyed thread and two complementary Perle cotton threads.  Once again, the stitcher was to choose a variegated thread that contained their favourite colours.
This sampler incorporated various embroidery techniques - Counted Thread stitches, Blackwork and Hardanger.
This sampler was designed by Linda Graham of Christchurch and the image below shows one of her original samplers.
To follow are The Butterfly Samplers displayed on the dining table - 
Robyn  -  Hastings

Pam  -  Otane    &  Maryann  -  Waipawa 
The Crimson & Blue samplers as per the Mystery Sampler design instructions
 The creators of the next two samplers opted to make changes to their samplers.
Cherry  -  Auckland  -  opted to add a verse :
"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss you will land amongst the stars"
Joy  -  Havelock North  -  chose to replace the butterfly
with the name and birth date of her granddaughter
and added additional rows of stitches
The samplers as displayed on the sideboard -

Sharon  -  Napier
Leta  -  Pukerua Bay
Elisabeth  -  Napier
The following Mystery Samplers are now available for purchase as complete designs
BARB:WL  002  -  Favoured Shades     :     $45.00
BARB:WL 003  -  The Butterfly Sampler     :     $45.00
Family Quaker Sampler  (2016):  At the time of the exhibition, this mystery sampler project was a work in progress  ...  and still is  ...  as Part One was not released until the 1st of September.
I was a bit late with designing it, stitching it and writing up the instructions.
In addition to the mystery sampler features written in my last blog, this design was to be worked with one variegated thread and solid dyed coloured threads - the quantity dependent on the number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the sampler maker's family.
The design for this sampler was inspired by samplers that were stitched by girls who attended the Ackworth School in the UK for Quaker children from 1779 to the mid 1800's.
My sampler - below - has been worked with an overdyed Sampler Thread by The Gentle Art  -  Soot.
My family names  -
Daughter  :  Melissa Joy Whitfield  -  DMC 814
Son  :  Rodney Keith Whiteman  -  DMC 936
Melissa's children / my grandchildren  -  DMC 815
Rodney's children / my grandchildren  -  DMC 3051
Part Six is to be released on the 1st of February and this last part will be the personalisation at the bottom of the sampler.
It is not too late to participate in this project.  If you would like to do so:
Cost for design charts and instructions is $50.00.
Please email me with your name, address and phone number advising that you wish to participate and I will reply with details of fabric and thread requirements, how to make payment etc.  -
Alternatively, this design will be published in a few months after the mystery sampler project
has finished and available to be purchased complete.
There are many, many more samplers that were on display during the exhibition,
but I will feature them in my next blog.
Before then though, as I began my last blog to you  - time to pack up this amazing exhibition.
I am sure that many of you will be anxious to hang your samplers on your walls again.
Once again, my sincere thanks to all ladies who willingly loaned their samplers
and to all the visitors to the exhibition.
Bye for now  ...
Heirlooms,   1821 Pakowhai Road,   RD 3,   Napier   4183,   New Zealand
Contact:  Sherelyn



Friday, 30 June 2017

Blog #47a - A Sampler Exhibition

Saturday  -  24 December 2016

Time to pack up this amazing exhibition!

The intention was for this exhibition to be held
over three weekends in November
but the days had to be extended until Christmas
as those ladies who visited at the beginning of the exhibition wanted to tell their friends
and to come again and as news spread,
stitching and church groups also wished to visit.

Thank you.  Thank you, to everyone who loaned
their pieces of needlework so that I could create the displays.  Without you, this event would not have been possible.

And, thank you too, to everyone who visited.
Without you, the exhibition would not have been
a success.
Some days the house was crowded - other days it was quite quiet.

Prior to this exhibition there has been no charge to visit any exhibitions at the Needlework Gallery but visitors to this exhibition were asked for a donation of $10.00 on their initial visit as proceeds were being passed on to Cranford Hospice in Hastings. 

Each visitor was given a catalogue on their arrival and this catalogue was valid for all subsequent visits.

$1,250.00 was received and able to be donated to the Hospice.  Awesome!

Over ninety - yes, 90 - samplers were on display and the catalogue contained pages and pages of images of many of the samplers with an explanation of the design title, the designer/design company and the name of the person who stitched the sampler and in which room of the house the samplers were displayed -  Needlework Gallery  :  Hall  :  Front Entrance  :   Master Bedroom  :  Guest Bedroom  :  Third Bedroom  :  Dining Room  :  Breakfast Nook  :   Family Room  :  Library and the new needlework gallery (under construction).
The most significant samplers on display were the antique samplers.  The majority of these amazing samplers  (12)  were a selection from the awesome collection owned by my friend, Jeanie of Hastings.  These samplers dated from 1810 to 1917 and were stitched by young girls aged from seven to fourteen years of age and one by a gentleman.
Here is an image of the complete antique sampler display -
and a few images of the individual samplers - 
Charlotte  ?  1837  ?  (Name, age and date difficult to read)

Eliza Drake  -  London  :  1810 
Frank  :  1917
(Stitched on perforated paper)
Possibly stitched by Frank in France during WW1
and sent to his mum in England
Francis  ?  :  Aged 12 years  :  Undated

Jeanie has graciously given her permission for me to chart the samplers in her collection
and to follow is one sampler that has been charted.
Original and reproduced sampler  -  Helen  :  1864
Design Code:  BARB  2005
Design Title:  Helen's Sampler  -  1864
Design Price:  $22.50

The following sampler will be available soon -
Original sampler  -  S.A. Percival  :  God Is Love

This pattern will provide the chart and instructions for stitching
as a sampler to be framed and as an ornamental.
In addition to the samplers Jeanie loaned her pieces of antique china -
all pieces featuring needlework designs/patterns.
China pieces were by the following companies -
Royal Albert  :  Bovey Pottery Company  :  H & K  :  Masons  :
Royal Doulton  :  Royal Winton  :  L & Sons Ltd

Thank you Jeanie for allowing us to enjoy these amazing pieces
of needleart created so many years ago
and to see so many needlework patterned pieces of china.
Sincerely appreciated.

Apart from appreciating the beauty of these samplers and china, I was able to be thankful for my Heavenly Father's protection as only a couple of days after setting up the display, the devastating earthquake that so badly affected the South Island was experienced here in the Hawkes Bay.  Doors and windows rattled, iron window weights in the window frames clanged, hanging ceiling lights swung wildly, closed drawers opened, open doors shut, etc. - but NOT ONE antique sampler fell from the wall or its easel and NOT ONE piece of china fell over or was broken!  God is Good !!
Another antique sampler on display was kindly loaned by Margot of Hastings.
Mary Ann Crozier
Aged Seven Years
17 May 1823

Of this sampler, Margot says -
"My mother purchased this sampler during her first holiday without parents in Ireland  (pre WW2).  Mary Anne has no connection to our family but mother had a good eye for lovely things and this sampler is something that I really treasure".
Margot has also graciously given permission for me to publish this sampler. 
To date it is charted and the thread colours have been chosen but as yet I have not stitched a model of it.  I hope to do this very soon.
In addition to details of the samplers and their makers, the catalogue contained information about the four different Mystery Samplers that were on display and had been stitched in the previous three years and the one currently in progress.
The significant features for all mystery sampler were -
  • No-one knew beforehand the finished look of the sampler
  • Instructions for only a portion of the design were given over a period of six months
  • The sampler colours were to be the stitcher's choice
  • Colour shades suggested for each band/section/area could be changed   
  • A verse or another band or design could be added
To follow are more particulars and images of some of the Mystery Samplers on display.
Favoured Shades Sampler  (2014):  In addition to the features listed above, this design
was to be worked with seven shades of one colour - the stitcher's favourite colour -
and two complementary Perle cotton threads.
Two versions  -  the original (on the left).  The burgundy one stitched on a finer count fabric -
Joy - Havelock North
Linda -  Christchurch  (on the left)  &  Robyn  -  Hastings
Pam  -  Otane
Marilyn  -  Taradale
Ruth  -  Taradale
Sharon  -  Napier
Maryann - Waipawa
Elisabeth  -  Napier  (on the left)  &  Janet  -  Hastings
Annette  -  Hastings
A Sampler of Stitches  (2013):  In addition to the features listed above,
this design was to be worked with one variegated thread
and five solid dyed complementary coloured threads
and two complementary Perle cotton threads.
Elisabeth  -  Napier
I love the verse that Elisabeth added to her sampler -
'The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary'
Don't you love it too ?!!
Linda - Christchurch
Marilyn - Taradale
Maree - Auckland
Framed Pieces :
Joy  -  Havelock North  (Back)
Maryann  -  Waipawa  (Front)
Bellpull  :  Dorothy  -  Waikanae
Well - it seems that I cannot finish my blog as drafted
as Blogger will not upload any more images.
And so  ...  this blog to be continued  .......