Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Catharine Dickenson 1840 ~

Hello and welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Finally, a nice quiet moment to post a blog!

Yesterday we woke up to 8.5" of snow, and today
it's bitterly cold out, all the schools and even our Mall is closed
through Wednesday!

Fortunately my son Sam's pickup truck has four wheel drive,
he drove me to the print shop yesterday so I could get a 
 new Antique Reproduction Sampler pattern released...
"Catharine Dickenson 1840"

Stitched on 32ct. Picture This Plus "Ale" linen,
using overdyed thread (pattern includes DMC alternative.)

Little Catharine was only 9 years old when she stitched her 
charming sampler back in 1840...that's 179 years ago!

The upper section of the linen is stitched with three rows of 
alphabet letters, numbers and border patterns followed by two rows of 
family initials with Catharine's details beneath.

The lower section of the linen is stitched with a central 
rosebush with a dog and little bird perched on a carnation bud to the left,
 and a duck and bird perched on top of a floral motif to the right.

The uppermost bloom of the rosebush has a tree and
floral motif on either side.

Catharine's origin was the United Kingdom.

This antique reproduction sampler pattern is now
available through Etsy, to visit the listing,
please click HERE


Registration for this years Handworke Club 
is now available...

This years club theme will be focused on "Birds"!

I'll be posting updates as the first project progresses,
with a scheduled ship date of approximately
February 28th.

Here's a glimpse of some new fabrics recently
added to my stash, hoping they might work
out as club fabric!

I'm in love with these antique bird scissors,
and double ended ebony pinkeep, my husband and son gifted 
them to me for Christmas!

Club memberships are available through 
Etsy, to visit the listing, please 
click HERE


Look what's featured in "Needlework Retailer" magazine...
It's so exciting when this magazine arrives in my mailbox,
to open it up and see one of my patterns featured...
thank you Hoffman Distributing!

Mary Wood 1837
(Antique Adam & Eve Reproduction Samplers)


Before yesterday's big snowfall, we were flying through 
winter with hardly any snow...
We took these pictures last weekend while out on a Sunday drive!

Love the old windmill nestled amongst the trees!

Check out this intricate design...

When it's really bitterly cold, there is one window in
our old 1886 farmhouse that gets all frosty and 
creates this natural work of art!

This doesn't happen often, so when it does I'm 
just mesmerized by the design! 

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Soul Food ~

And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13...NKJV

❄ ❆ ❅

February is just around the corner...

Warmer days are ahead, our weatherman just announced
on Sunday it going to be in the 40°s...yay!

♥ ♥ ♥

Winter Blessings To All,
Kindly, Tammy

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"Hand and Heart" Stitcher's Mat

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

My sincere apologies to all club members, 
my absence has been too long, but tis the season for overwhelming
distractions that have been completely out of my control!

Thank you so much for your patience in 
waiting to see the club project! 

Prairie Sisters last kit for 2018...

"Hand & Heart" Stitcher's Mat
©2018 Scattered Seed Samplers

Finished size is approximately 
9.5"W by 7.25"H

The chosen Civil War Reproduction Fabric
is used on the backside of the mat and 
 the pinkeep heart on the frontside.

32ct Country French "Golden Needle" is the chosen linen,
and Havana Gold Ribbon to attach the heart.

A little peek of the backside.

Congratulation to club member 
Ronda Trainer...your initials "RT" were chosen 
to be stitched on the model!

Also, congratulation goes to club member 
Margaret Johnson whose name was drawn for 
 the club antique gift drawing.

Chosen from my personal stash of antique sewing 
 goodies, this old shoe pinkeep with its original worn and 
faded red fabric reminds me of Christmas!

Hope you like it Margaret...shipping to you this week.

Reflections from 2018's
Prairie Sisters Handworke Club...

Kit No. 1
Prairie Sisters Scissor Mat

Kit No. 2
"Sisters of the Faith" Pinkeep Drum

Kit No. 3
"Kindred Hearts" Needlekeeper

Kit No. 4
"Hand & Heart" Stitcher's Mat

These four kits are now retired 
BUT are still available through my Etsy Shop,
you would receive all four of the above kits.

To go directly to the listing, please click HERE



I must start decorating the farmhouse for Christmas...

Just found out last night that our oldest son 
Lieutenant Colonel Nathan and family
are back in the USA after being on a 
two year assignment in Africa.

We thought they would be arriving here AFTER Christmas BUT
instead they are NOW expected BEFORE Christmas...the 
pressure is on to get everything done on my to~do list!

My plan is to "guard my peace" with quiet time by myself
to savor some solitude amid the crazy that is in my life!


Christmas Blessings To All,
Kindly, Tammy

Friday, November 9, 2018

Adam & Eve Revealed...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

It was so peaceful working in my office today,
because I got to enjoy the first snowfall,
I love watching big fluffy snowflakes 
drifting in the air!

Earlier this week was spent framing 
the Adam & Eve Sampler I've been 
working on, and now I'm finally
ready to share with you!

First, a little close up...
The beguiling serpent! 🐍

Adam & Eve Revealed...

"Mary Wood 1837"
Antique Reproduction A & E Sampler
©2018 Scattered Seed Samplers

Model is stitched on 36ct Dixie Sampler "Apple Butter" linen,
using overdyed threads by WDW and Gentle Art.

Stitch count ~ 239W by 239H

This early 19th century sampler is stitched with a central Tree of Knowledge,
 complete with entwined serpent and Adam & Eve standing beneath its
fruit laden branches.

  Each figure has a Pomegranate motif to their side with floral urns 
above each.

The upper section has the verse, and provenance details which are 
adorned with birds on fruit branches.  The sampler is
surrounded by a meandering carnation border.

~ Verse ~
Satan their prince soon laid a snare
For Adam and Eve that happy pair
They sinned against their God's advice
And lost the sweets of Paradise

~ Provenance ~
The original 181 year old sampler was stitched by Mary Wood,
January of 1837, who was from the United Kingdom.

Close up of the chosen frame...

When I don't have an antique frame in my stash that will
fit a finished sampler my backup method is ordering a custom 
frame from Hobby Lobby.  

 I love the wood, plus I'm very 
pleased with the quality of this Italian frame!


Mary Wood's Adam & Eve Sampler is NOW
AVAILABLE and listed in my Etsy Shop.

To visit the Etsy listing, please click HERE




Located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669

Please email me at 
to stop in during the week.



..."The serpent beguiled me and I did eat."

Genesis 3:13...kjv


My next project is the fourth club kit for 
Prairie Sisters Handworke Club...details coming soon!

Only 12 days until Thanksgiving!  🦃

Harvest Blessings,

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Tree of Knowledge...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

The days here in Wisconsin are now very chilly,
just perfect for a cozy sweater, hot latte,
and needle & thread in hand!

I am so very close to finishing this sampler...

COMING SOON...Mary Wood 1837
(Antique Adam & Eve Reproduction Sampler)
©2018 Scattered Seed Samplers

I've been working on the Tree of Knowledge,
 just need to finish up the lower left branch, 
then finish up with Adam & Eve.

The model is being stitched on 
36ct Dixie Sampler "Apple Butter" linen,
and worked in WDW overdyed threads.




Located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669

Please email me a 
to stop in during the week.

🍂🍂 🍂


Life is a long and winding road...

We all have ups and downs, twists and turns, roadblocks,
near misses, fenderbenders, tragic accidents and yet we 
have to keep going!

God knew it was a journey that wasn't a straight line from start to finish.
 He knew we'd stray, He knew we'd come back, 
He knew we'd fall on our knees asking for His help, 
and He knew we'd raise our hands in surrender to Him.

If you know Him today, relax in His love and trust His kind heart.
None of what you are going through today is a surprise to Him.  
He will walk with you on this long and winding road we call life.

"Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"

~ Philippians 1:6...kjv ~


My weekend mission is to stitch Adam & Eve...yay!

Stay warm my friends, 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Introducing "Sir William Black" ~

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Here in my corner of the world the temperatures are 
dipping really low, so low that the heat is now
on, and sweaters and gloves are a warm

Sir William is ready to say hello...
"Sir William Black" 
©2018 Scattered Seed Samplers

Sir William is the companion sampler to "Miss Isabelle"...

"I am my beloved's, and my beloved in mine"
~ Song of Solomon 6:3 ~

Both patterns are now available through Etsy,
For Sir William ~ click HERE
For Miss Isabelle ~ click HERE


Also, now available...
"Miss Kitty's" String Bag
©2017 Scattered Seed Samplers

For Miss Kitty ~ click HERE


There are rumors of snow...
Hopefully I'll be able to enjoy my wee pumpkins
for a wee bit longer before it starts flying!!




Located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669

If Saturday's don't work for you,
just call (608) 799~4418 to schedule
a time that works into your schedule!



"Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
 It is not rude, it is not self~seeking, 
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres...LOVE NEVER FAILS"
1 Corinthians 13:4~8

It is a choice we 'get' to make in every situation

Isn't it awesome that God gave us the blueprint
 for what LOVE looks like?

This scripture isn't meant for just husbands and wives,
but also for our day to day interactions with people 
in our neighborhoods and workplaces...even how
we treat ourselves!

Kindness and love go hand in hand


Wishing everyone a warm and relaxing weekend!

Kindly, Tammy