H Sophia Baker: An antique reproduction sampler freebie

Not all reproduction samplers are quiet and subdued. Meet H Sophia Baker.

I love old samplers. They often appear almost ghostly, having faded so far into time. Others arrive with freshly-lipsticked smile, all bright and gleaming.

H Sophia Baker is one such freshly-painted gem. I love her rough stitches, her almost-garish colours and her sense of cheer. I can’t help but think that little Sophia relished her bright wools. I hope you enjoy stitching this as much as I think Sophia did.

The pdf of H Sophia Baker 1878 contains both a black-and-white and a colour chart. To see an adaptation of this design, see my Together 2020 project. Enjoy!

A new retreat!

I’m thrilled to be invited to gorgeous Hobart this June for a brand new retreat held by A Stitch in Time. Kerrilyn owns a beautiful needlework store, and is tremendously supportive of Australian designers, dyers and stitchers. And, she had the genius idea of hosting a stitching retreat at the same time as Hobart’s world-renowned…

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Peace & Plenty: A New Year’s Wish

I must confess a secret. I often look at antique samplers and embroideries and wonder about the lives that the stitchers lived. I wonder about their hopes and dreams, and how they stitched themselves into their work, which survives long after them. And so I want to stitch my hopes into my work, each tiny…

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Christmas 2021: Christmas hot & cold

Christmas is not all snowmen and reindeer for everyone. In Australia, Christmas Day is typically uncomfortably hot, spent under blazing blue skies with family and friends. The way we celebrate is different too: when I was little, I remember one of my grandmothers battling to create the traditional baked lunch, when it was too hot…

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Falling Leaves

Don’t you just love that crunch of Autumn leaves under your feet? My new Quaker design explores the beauty of the changing leaves of Autumn and Fall, and the creatures that you can find alongside them. In Australia, the vast majority of our native plants do not change colours for Autumn (with an interesting exception…

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