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A Tiny House Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
A Tiny House Sampler
This is a charming piece reproduced by Shakespeare's Peddler. Theresa Venette honors little Ms Elizabeth Stewart 's sampler beautifully. It features a border stitched in Smyrna Crosses, over one, two and four thread stitching, and lovely DMCs or a mixture of hand-dyed flosses.

It finishes approx 7 x 8 on 36ct... and after you read Theresa's little ditty about samplers included in this chart... you'll be enchanted with this piece!

M Satterwaite 1807 Quaker Mousepad from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more M Satterwaite 1807 Quaker Mousepad from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more

M Satterwaite 1807 Quaker Sampler and Mousepad
from Shakespeare's Peddler's Theresa Venette!
This is a stunning Quaker sampler originally stitched in 1807. Done entirely in black, it's really very striking and elegant. It measures 268 x 283, so finishes a huge 13 x 14 on 40ct! Theresa says her model stitcher stitched it in 13 days!

Well, we have the old and the new - Theresa took the sampler artwork and put it on a mousepad! A standard 7-1/2 x 9, it's the good micro-fiber surface with black padded non-scoot backing. I'm pretty sure M Satterwaite had a different idea in mind when she thought of mice!

One Nickel Needles from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Pretty in Pink from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Two New Last Minute Treats from Theresa Venette!
  • Pretty in Pink - Measures 50 x 216 - on 40ct it finishes about 2-1/2 x 11! Tall and skinny! Coded for Classic Colorworks flosses of Gingersnap, Nature Trail, Pine Needles, Roasted Chestnut, Tennessee Red Clay and a few DMCs.
  • One Nickel Needles - Not sure what the house has to do with needles... except that any stitcher's house can never have too many! Love that fun flower on the roof! Coded for Classics of Blacksmith Blue, Jakey Brown, Milady's Teal, Pea Pod, Pine Needles, St Bernard, Sun Kissed, Used Brick and Sampler Threads of Shaker White and Barn Gray... just a fun piece straight from Theresa's imagination!

A Natural Beauty Hannel 1840 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Home Sweet Home from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Merry Little Christmas from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Pennsylvania Christmas Two from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Glory Glory from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Lovely Offerings from Shakespeare's Peddler
  • A Natural Beauty Hannel 1840 - Theresa bought this antique sampler and reproduced it on 40ct Latte by Fiber on a Whim. Using hand-dyeds or DMC, it measures 274 x 308 It's all 'leafy' rather than 'house-y!' Theresa includes a page inside her charts that talks about things she's noticed in the piece, and elements that are particularly interesting - super fun to read.
  • Home Sweet Home - Isn't this a fun way to stitch this sentiment! Measuring 120 x 120 - it'll be less than 7 x 7 on 36ct, and is worked with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. You can see little wooden buttons on there...check out our whole page of Les Secrets de Marie wooden buttons -- so many cute ones to choose for this! Presented as a chart.
  • Merry Little Christmas - This appeared in the recent Christmas/Winter edition of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine - which has already sold out and been retired. Theresa gained permission to re-print this on her own... so your second chance! Finishing just 6 x 6 on 40ct, it's simple but festive! Offered as a chart.
  • Pennsylvania Christmas Two - This companions Theresa's PA Christmas Deer chart released last fall. Coming from the same original sampler... they are stitched on Weeks Aztec Red linen.
  • Glory Glory - Just a sweet little pillow with a fun sentiment! It just seems to go with the rest of Theresa's new things! Chart.

Stars from Plum Street Samplers AND Stripes from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more   Pennsylvania Christmas Trio from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Stars & Stripes, a collaboration between Shakespeare's Peddler and Plum Street Samplers
  • Stars - What a festive barn! You'll need some multiple skeins of thread for this! Quilt motif stars are everywhere, but notice the two baby eagles on there too! Festoons, that fun blue border on the left, just a very pretty piece. Companions Shakespeare's Peddler's '& Stripes' designs!
  • & Stripes - This is part 2 of a collaboration piece between Shakespeare's and Plum Street Samplers. Paulette did the #1 STARS chart... both she and Theresa worked on the the ampersand in the #2 design, Theresa did STRIPES! What a dynamite set of designs! You don't have to, but will probably want the same fabrics (a fat quarter will do) for all three pillows. The ampersand measures 65 x 103, and STRIPES measures 110 square. LOVE 'EM!

Most Wonderful from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Most Wonderful
This is a pretty Holiday design by Theresa Venette. Measuring 155 x 71, it'll finish 8-1/2 x 4 on 36ct Flax. Worked with regular DMCs of 434, 581, 645, 680, 3790 and 3799, Theresa has added Weeks hand-dyed Garrison Green, Grits, Lancaster Red and Terrapin to the mix to make this just classic and comforting.

The wooden snowflakes shown on the cover model are not in the chart... probably discoverable during a trio down the Hobby Lobby trinket aisle!

Pennsylvania Christmas Deer from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Pennsylvania Christmas Deer

Isn't this a pretty little thing? Choose Weeks Dye Works Aztec Red linen - or another deep color you like. Theresa reproduced this from an antique 'show towel sampler' she owns.

Very simple, this calls for Ecru floss - but a hand-dyed like Grits or something creamy would be cool too. It measures 129 x 117, so it finishes a generous 6 x 7 on 36 over two. Offered as a chart.

Painted Flowers from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more A Stitch in Time from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more A French Alphabet Sampler - F Delhomme 1873 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Painted Flowers, A Stitch in Time and A French Alphabet Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler
Theresa V has a new releases that are kind of fun!
  • Painted Flowers - Isn't this just gorgeous? Choose any black or chalkboard color fabric that you can see... stitch count is 235 x 80 - so about 14-1/2 x 5 on 16/32. It's just lovely!
  • A Stitch in Time Saves Nine OR Once Around the Floss Box! This charming little sampler was a marking sampler - its purpose was to teach the stitcher how to produce even lettering to label the household linens. Theresa talks about dyes and colors, and by the time the 1840s rolled around, there were better dyes, and MORE fun colors for little girls to stitch with! Little Miss Annie - the girl who stitched this sampler - used every color in her floss box - 30 of them! Measuring just 7 inches square on 36ct, this is cute little sampler.
  • A French Alphabet Sampler - F Delhomme 1873. A reproduction of an antique, Theresa makes any sampler interesting, and this one is no different. She's told you about the girl who stitched it, the significance of the train in here, the Aasop's Fables scenes at the bottom, the sacred hearts near the bottom, the irregularities here and there in the borders... this is truly gorgeous. It measures 418 x 426 - so a generous 21 inches square even on 40ct. Silks or DMC... you choose. Presented as a black and white printed chart and another with colored symbols as an additional stitching aide.

Most Humble Hands from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more     Christina Webber's Marking Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Christina Webber's Marking Sampler
Wow... wait till you read all Theresa has to tell you in this chart! This sampler was stitched on two pieces of linen (info about that in here) - so she tells you how to DO that - joining them to look old. It finishes about 11 x 15 on 32ct... it has multiple charming mistakes, it's not finished and Theresa has lots to say about all that. She talks about staining your fabric, how to bake it dry, even SANDING part of the piece to age and distress it! I just love all the hints and how-to! Coded for Weeks or DMC, did you notice that little Miss Webber stitched 4 'W's in her sampler?

Two By Julia from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Cathcart Colquhoun 1785 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jane Summer's Work 1831 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Throw Wide the Windows from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Antique Cats & Crowns from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
New Samplers
Shakespeare's Peddler has new Samplers! I do love her new covers she's done!
  • Two By Julia - A pair of samplers by two sisters... Theresa talks about how she found them and all the little quirky things in them that she loves! The one with the big house had the yard stitched entirely in Chain Stitch! (But you don't have to do that - thanks to Ms Theresa!) Anyway, two charming little samplers in here abut 9 x 9 each on 32ct. Teresa has new software and she's been busy taking glorious pictures, so these new books of hers are just lovely to page through! Presented in a leaflet format with fun musings by Theresa.
  • Cathcart Colquhoun 1785 - Theresa can't resist Eyelet alphabets - and just found this little sampler in December of 2021! She bought it, recharted it, and here it is - 3 months later! She loves the chunky people, and the fact that that little girl who stitched it - Cathcart - misspelled her name in it! 237 Years old, the original was done in wool thread. Re-charted for DMC, you can look at the Gentle Art Simply Wools for that wool alternative! Cathcart's sampler finishes 13 x 15 on 36ct. There is a bit of history in here, and after you read all of it, you're just in love with this fun little sampler! Again, a beautiful publication to page through and dream of projects still to be!
  • Jane Summer's Work 1831 This is a neat one. Theresa talks about all the favorite classic motifs in samplers - this one ticks all the boxes for her! Gorgeous pots and flowers, neat borders... this one is generous at 14 x 16 on 32ct. Which - - she says - - is a 'good size' for a girl her age when she did it 200 years ago! Huge chart, fun info inside about the piece!
  • Throw Wide the Windows is simply the small take-out of the house from the larger Jane Summer piece. If you like just that and don't want the stress of the whole larger chart staring at you - get the little version! I like the dark band above the house, and I think it'd be pretty repeated below too. Charted for hand-dyeds or DMC, this finishes just 6 x 11 on 18/36ct.
  • Antique Cats & Crowns - This is the 6th in Theresa's set of little 'Antique Things' collection! We have keys, teacups, rabbits and baskets, scissors and birds - and they are a lovely set of cushioned designs. Grab any fabric in your stash you like - find a color of thread that goes with it... each of these is adorned with a bit of antique lace - which is always fun to find at a flea market! Presented in a small chart format. There is a pic on the back cover of the rest of companion designs - as a treat!

Red Letter Day by Teresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Red Letter Day by Teresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler
*Dedicated to every little girl who ever held a needle and thread*
WOW... this is a LOVELY book! Ms Teresa has done a fantastic job with her first 35-page book featuring Antique Red Samplers. Published by the people who do the Blackbird large books (so you know the print quality of this) and featuring Teresa's gorgeous photography, she begins with the explanation of 'Why Red?.' History of dyes, all that. Next, she presents 5 antique samplers, with her stories and notes about each. She tells you where she found them... the little one on the cover was only $21.72!

She talks about pin cushion finishing and vintage trims and the romance of damaged and aged pieces. She even instructs you how to replace linen threads on your fabrics to re-create the woven borders old samplers sometime have. Then, there is a whole section about the mistakes the young girls made.. should you fix them? She talks about the 'train wreck' on one of them! After all that fun info, Teresa then goes into great length to tell you HOW to find an antique sampler: what to look for, the kind of fabric, the smell (really!), how much to pay, everything! I am IN LOVE with this book - she has done a great job... and if you love samplers of any kind, you NEED this book!

Oh! from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more

*There's no place like home for the Holidays* New from Shakespeare's Peddler, just a fun thing to stitch and hang in the family room. Of course, this is in anticipation of family coming... lets re-visit when they're gone and you are finding socks, phone chargers, mystery food in the frig, and plastic dinosaurs in the end table drawers! All that proves this verse is right!

Stitched on anything neutral tan/brown you like, Theresa has used Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed flosses but included DMC conversions. On 36ct, this lovely reminder will finish approx 6 x 9.

Antique Bunnies & Baskets from Shakespeare's Peddler Antique Birds and Cages from Shakespeare's Peddler Antique Locks and Keys from Shakespeare's Peddler Antique Cups & Spoons from Shakespeare's Peddler Antique Scissors and Spools from Shakespeare's Peddler
Collections of Antiques from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Collections of Antiques
Theresa has 5 small charts so far showing little collections of antique what-nots. Bunnies & Baskets is the newest.

Each measures 80 x 90 in stitch count, and they are all stitched with only one color of a hand-dyed thread. Theresa is big on suggesting you use whatever colors and fabrics YOU like, to make them your own.

Two Skinny Dogs: Martha Moulder 1859 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Two Skinny Dogs: Martha Moulder 1859
Teresa has a new sampler... it DOES have skinny dogs in it... and kind of a skinny house too! Stitch it on coffee or tea-stained, it uses Weeks and DMC flosses in it's 263 x 197 stitch count.

The central evergreens are so regular and pretty, the birds on either side are striped real funny - I'm sure Teresa has a story behind those! Juniper, Molasses, Sanguine, Pea Coat, Light Khaki, #3045, Tarragon and Pebble!

Hannah's Sampler - the old and the new - from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Hannah's Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Hannah's Sampler
Here is Shakespeare's Peddler's newest reproduction sampler - Hannah's Sampler. Theresa found the original in terrible condition, but could tell she loved the leafy border and the charming farmhouse - next to the brick wall - covering that little babbling brook. Very pretty colors of reds and greens in here, the row of diamonds below the alphabet are done with Rice Stitch. Those bricks in the wall and the waves in the water are all loosely placed in the original... so neat... you can do that too. Stitched on 36ct Weeks Straw Linen with silks (Gloriana, Needlepoint Inc and Au Ver a Soie) or DMC, it measures a generous 16-1/2 x 15-1/2 in size.

Teresa came to Tulsa for a weekend retreat in our new 'She Shed' Stitching Room... and presented this sampler as our Silver Needle exclusive. (Our class included three small take-out designs from this charming piece... so the weekend was really a treat.) 'Raggamuffin #3' refers to her third antique reproduction piece that came from a really ratty, mangy, and damaged sampler that just needed a little love! So... Hannah's original sampler as well as her reproduction now hang happily at our shop... and she'll be here for years to come!

Saviour's Praise from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more

Saviour's Praise
This sampler came totally out of Theresa's head... how that can happen, I just don't know! Measuring approx 19 x 23 on 32ct, you get lots of biblical verses, a GORGEOUS border on three sides that repeats NOWHERE!

All the evergreens are different, there is one little dog facing the wrong way, tiny birds and critters everywhere, the whole thing is enchanting! Coded for Anchor or DMC floss, add some hand-dyeds if you want. I love every bit if this!!!!

Jenny Bean's The Parlor in the shop with Mona from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jenny Bean's The Parlor part 1, 2 and 3 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Jenny Bean's The Parlor part 4...the Good Shepherd from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jenny Bean's The Parlor part 5 Verse from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jenny Bean's The Parlor part 6 The Forest from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jenny Bean's The Parlor part 7 My Beloved Town from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jenny Bean's The Parlor part 8 Jenny's House from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more

Jenny Bean's The Parlour
Oh my gosh... you might remember this one... Teresa started with two parts of her eight, part three is now here! Each part is presented as a separate chart... this entire sampler is going to finish something like 4 FEET long on 32ct - 170 x 810! Stitched on 36ct Linen... you'll need a half-yard cut. Shown here are parts 1, 2 and 3.

Part One: Alphabet -- well, an alphabet!
Part Two: Adam & Eve -- pretty classic as far as samplers go!
Part Three: Noah's Ark. I don't think any of the rest of the parts will be biblical... we asked!
Part Four: The Good Shepherd.
Part 5: Verse.
Part 6: The Forest.
Part 7: My Beloved Town
Part 8: Jenny's House

Here Lies My Needle from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Here Lies My Needle
Remember that flier we send you every year around the end of January about the Japanese holiday that celebrates the hard work of NEEDLES? Teresa did this sampler to kind of commemorate that holiday! The Festival of Broken Needles!

Theresa's sampler is charming! Stitched on hand-dyed linen, it provides a place for you to park broken, rusted or old needles... you can even leave threads in them from special projects. (What about finding Mom's needles still threaded... you could preserve some of them here.) *Here lies my needles, some bent, some broken some rusty.* Finishing approx 11 x 8, stitched with hand-dyed flosses, garnish this with antique buttons. The bottom area is a cut of Weeks Dye Works Red Pear Houndstooth wool.. isn't it pretty on there? Really a special piece for a stitcher. Presented as a chart.
No set release dates for subsequent parts, but each part's chart will run you $8. This collection released in Feb 2018, we expect a 12-month timeframe.

Fraktur Friends from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Fraktur Friends
AWESOME... this little piece can be stitched on ANYTHING, but the model is worked over ONE on 40 silk gauze! CHOOSE ANYTHING! This is dedicated to Teresa's three favorite and best friends -- Jennifer, Kathy and Sue. She tells you to notice the friend on the left is very put-together -- nice big house, and flowers in the urn. The friend on the right has a home made and patched dress with a simpler house, crazier hair and wildflowers.

*We're all of us different, but true friends know what counts is on the inside.* Presented as a chart... it's 4 x 4 on the gauze, but can be 11 x 12 on 28ct! Gorgeous!

Fraktur Bird from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Fraktur Bird
Our cute little bird pin cushion is back, choose Weeks 32ct hand-dyed for him.

Finishing about 4 x 4, the chart comes with the threads, jute and little black painted wooden spool - kind of a fun finishing treatment.

Mercy Goodehart's Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler and Little House Needleworks - click to see more Mercy Goodehart's Sampler
Shakespeare's Peddler has a new ORIGINAL sampler design -- and it is so very pretty!!! Theresa has outdone herself with this gorgeous piece... "All of you be subject to one another, and be clothed with humility. For God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble."

The stitch count is 315 x 273, so it finishes approx 17 x 20 on 32ct. Charted for Needlepoint Silk or DMC floss, her color selection is dusty, but pretty -- not too dark or drab. The border is different on all 4 sides, there are little mistakes here and there -- just because old samplers have those -- and the verse is over one thread. I don't know why, but the buildings on the left remind me of the Grand Canal in Venice... but then, there comes the tree, and that blows Venice! A very pretty sampler, with a neat verse -- offered as a chart.

The Sweet Temper Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler and Little House Needleworks - click to see more The Sweet Temper Sampler
An original design by Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler, this is a lovely piece with a summery feel. She wanted something that dealt with emotion, hence the verse; *Let your temper be as sweet as the daisies at your feet, be as gentle be as mild be a modest humble child.*

The neat primitive border is different everywhere, and Theresa mentions that she has stuffed lots of little motifs in here -- just where-ever. There are Spider Web roses in the basket which are stunning! A very pretty piece... this measures 301 x 297 -- so finishes a generous 19 x 19-ish on 32ct. Offered as a chart, coded for silks or DMC, so get out your overdyeds and see what you can customize to your piece!!

Jenny Bean's Friendship Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more Jenny Bean's Friendship Sampler
'Tell me ye knowing and discerning few -- where I may find a friend both firm and true.' One of several new designs... the latest Jenny Bean Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler. This is charming, both in verse and design! Neat houses, trees and landscape, lots of little critters scattered about, I love everything about it! Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 10 x 13 on 32ct, and is stitched with Gentle Art's hand-dyed Sampler Threads.

Teresa started *a thing* this Fall... she asked several other designers in the industry to 'sort of like JOIN' Jenny Bean's 'Friendship Page'... and design friendship samplers back to Jenny Bean! Lizzie Kate created Flora Mc Sample, Chessie created Scarlet Pomegranate. We have several in the 'chain' so watch for them!!! Meanwhile, stitch Jenny Bean's Friendship Sampler... awfully neat as a welcoming piece in your foyer, or some where near your *chatter-bench!* (How's that for a blast from the past!?)

Boo*Scurry*Yum! from Raise the Roof - click to see more Boo*Scurry*Yum!
Raise the Roof's newest Halloween design is too darn cute to be very scary! It features a witch-in-flight complete with billowing cape, wispy broom, the dark, swirling night-time sky, and lots of seasonal friends on the ground below! Check out the ghost for BOO. The Spider for SCURRY -- gotta love his hairy legs! And, YUM's candy corn and caramel apple.

Offered as a chart, this measures approx 8-1/2 x 12-1/4 on some dark and mangy 32ct linen. Worked in hand-dyed Sampler Threads, JABCO has a set of buttons gracing this, too. VERY CUTE... this'll make a great seasonal decoration. Something about it is cheerful, colorful, fresh and fun.

This is Christmas! from Raise the Roof - click to see more
This is Christmas!
Oh my gosh, this is DARLING! Stuffed full of overdyed color, there are a million motifs scattered about on this. Packages, sleigh bells, the staircase decorated with greenery, the snowman out in the yard, and even Santa tip-toe-ing up to the house -- I think he's too fat for the little chimney!

'This is Christmas' is offered as a chart and finishes approx 7 x 12 on 32ct. Just a fun piece, you keep seeing something new every time you look at it! Button embellishments offered separately.

This Is Halloween Sampler from Raise the Roof - click to see more This Is Halloween
'12 Million ghouls and goblins can't be wrong!' Raise The Roof has a fun new design for Halloween -- a medley of stuff, crammed and scattered -- here and there -- in it's 8 x 8-ish design size.

Stitched in overdyeds, the clay button embellishments are everywhere in here! Bats and cats, owls and toads, there is a vampire, and even a poison apple! Very busy, very cute... offered as the chart with button set separate!

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