Sunday, June 1, 2014

Strawberry Fields Forever

Greetings, all! I've been thinking a lot about strawberries--making jam from the berries at the farmers' market; a big bowl of berries with breakfast; and most of all, the strawberries I've been stitching on Agnes Platt's Strawberry Sampler, by Blackbird Designs.

Here's a closeup of her. Full disclosure: I love stitching with silks, so I did an on-the-fly conversion from the called for cottons to Belle Soies.
I was in the shop today, and the shop ladies and I challenged ourselves to find as many strawberry-related items as we could. We came up with lots, some new, quite a few older (but still wonderful!)
Also by Blackbird Designs, Loose Feathers "Summer."
I would like to stitch this next--smaller, lovely projects by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread: "Strawberry Hill Sampler."
By Country Cottage Needleworks: "June Cottage."
A strawberry-themed needle minder by Kelmscott.
I have this in my stash collection--love it! "Strawberry Fields Farm" from Victoria Sampler.
Of course, where would traditional samplers be without a strawberry border? "The Ann Rayner Sampler 1839" by Threads Through Time.

The world's cutest knit hat for that dear child or grandchild. I'm not sure whose yarn or pattern it is, so call the shop if you want to make one. It's very soft!
Plum Street Samplers' "On Prudence."

Another strawberry border: Gigi R's "Isabella Fox 1837":
This is my progress on Isabella.
"In the Berry Patch" by All Through the Night.
By Chessie and Me, "Berry House Stitch Book":
Create a strawberry pincushion with this fabulous kit:
Maybe you'd just prefer to stitch something on some strawberry colored linen:
One last project with a strawberry in it. Finished by me and framed by In Stitches: "July," by Prairie Schooler.

Come in and see our bounty! Our address is 8800F Pear Tree Village Court, Alexandria, VA. To order or for questions, please call 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12:30 - 4:30 on the first Sunday of each month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. Come join us! (There's a Stitch Night coming up this week, 6/4).

Happy Stitching!


  1. I love , love the first one! I just ran across the second one in my stash, unstitched and now I'm wanting to go to that one next!!

  2. Was the Ann Rayner Sampler 1839 shown at the Woodlawn Embroidery Show in 2013?