Monday, March 19, 2012

Always busy with motto samplers

I am always busy with motto samplers. I stitched 3 new designs a week for the first year when I started this business 7 years ago...that's a lot of stitching...I have stitched over 450 mottoes I have a stitching service in my store for those who do not stitch. Some people are intimidated by the perforated paper but as many of you well know, it is very durable to stitch on. I love the antique mottoes in my collection but I also like some of my patterns as well. I try to keep with a classic antique look and not too modern. This motto I stitched for a customer over the weekend. Eat drink and be merry. It took 11 hours to stitch which is not too bad for an 8-1/2 x  21 inch motto sampler. If these sore arthritic hands would cooperate it would go much faster but that is beside the point. It is my adaptation of an antique motto because  I usually change them a bit. About 10% of my motto patterns are from antiques and the rest are my own. I thought I would share this motto picture with you can see how I spend my time when not designing patterns(which I would rather be doing).
It is shown in one of our frames. My husband makes the criss cross frame and then I carve the sides of the frame and carve the corner leaves (no wonder these hands hurt). I do the staining also (which I hate). I just thought I would share a bit of what I do with all of you.

Happy stitching and have a great week. I need to get back to the alphabet patterns...but I also thought of a cute friendship pattern I want to do...I told you I get side tracked all the time!



  1. Nancy your motto sampler is gorgeous and the framing sets it off perfectly. Yes I can certainly see how your poor hands would hurt !
    A beautiful piece of work.

  2. Well, I am definely impressed! I love the motto sampler, and that frame that you carved is amazing! I haven't stitched anything but the little Mill Hill kits on paper, but I think I just am going to have to try one of your motto's on it. It really does look cool.

  3. I love this one.

    I'm glad you get side tracked...more goodies for us to see.

  4. Wow! You and your hubby do a fabulous job on the frames!

  5. That is gorgeous!...and you're wonder your hands hurt! LOL

    Thanks for sharing with us :)

  6. It is amazing how you stitched this so fast and that you make the whole frame too!AriadnefromGreece!

  7. Nancy
    The motto sampler is lovely! I have a deep appreciation for all things created by hand...just the touch is inspiring. I'm sorry your hands hurt but your heart must smile!!!!
    I am one of those people who has avoided stitching on paper...perhaps I should give it a try. I know I have a small kit that I bought years ago...
    Busy Hands...Happy Heart

  8. This is really nice, love the richness of the colors! You are so creative, love seeing all your new items. And love your floss!
    Just got some of the trims, buttons, etc. Can hardly wait to use it on something. is gorgeous, just love the colors!
    Sorry your hands hurt, hope you can find something for relief.
    Judy in Kansas

  9. Simply gorgeous. You are quick. I tend to string things along. These colours are what make the sampler.

  10. It is so beautiful! I love your designs. The frame is perfect!

  11. Wow! That's amazing Nancy!! I love the mottos, but have never attempted stitching one. Hmmmm - you've given me something to ponder. Those frames are gorgeous - I can't believe you carve that! You are a woman of many amazing talents! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  12. ooooo love how you do the framing to suit too .... nice that you always have something you want to do on the pipe line ... and I can't wait for M to come out in the alphabet series ;) love Mouse xxxxxx