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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Birthday Sweetness & DSHDF Announcement

How sweet is this...

April sent this to me as an early birthday gift, and I think he is adorable! Love the punching, and it doubles as the perfect Easter decoration too. I need to find out what design and designer she used...she sure picked a great one, didn't she!

In other news...
dixiesamplar hand~dyed fabrics
As you know, I am frantically working on all the plans and tidbits of the PSS Spring Retreat 2015 in Williamsburg at the end of that means that I have little time for ANYTHING else right now! That includes fabric dyeing and selling :-(...So, until this retreat is in the bag, I will need to close the shop to outside orders...sorry for the inconvenience folks!!

We will reopen after the retreat ends and I have a chance to restock the shelves :-)...and new changes will be forthcoming as well. So, watch for the big announcement with Grand Re-Opening news in coming weeks...just need to iron out all the details first!

P.S. If you have already submitted an order and received an acknowledgement from me, your order will be processed this week. Please note that no new orders will be accepted effective today.
Thank you so much for your support and patience as we continue to grow and change.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Celebrating stitching style!

As I do every year, I am celebrating my birthday all month long again this year! So, I decided to treat myself to some new charts that I have been coveting from Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives and Shelly Auen of Primitive Stitchin'. Now I have plenty of small stitches for Easter :-)

The book is a new venture with Annie's, who bought Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. The story is a needlework mystery and sounds really good...cannot wait to begin reading it this weekend when I treat myself to a spa day and night in a hotel just because :-)

My FB friends helped me come up with some new ideas for celebrating my birthday month, so now I am actually putting them into motion :-)

Finishing up my last class toward the Master's Degree over the next 9 weeks...and really looking forward to being done...I am a bit burned out to be honest!

Working on a Threadwork Prim gift for a stitching friend and have about 5 more to, I best be off to get my work done and head home to stitch...

Happy stitchin' to all of you...

Friday, February 13, 2015

dixie who??

I know that's probably what all of you are thinking these days...given my absence from blogging as I should! So, let's catch up...shall we?

I have gotten quite a lot accomplished since last we visited...the fabric business and FB group pages keep me hopping. Work and school take up the rest of what little time I have left in a day :-)  But, I now have another editor to help me at work, and I begin my last Master's class in two weeks...wooohoo!! I am so excited to be finished with this phase of my life...and just in time to get really busy with the business side of things.

I am eyeball-deep in retreat plans for the Prim Stitcher's case you haven't heard, we are holding our first-ever retreat in Williamsburg, VA from April 30th to May 3rd! We are so very excited about all the wonderful things going on with this group and cannot wait to meet the 50+ attendees, 2 designer instructors, and the 16 Merchant Mall vendors...a needleworker's heaven on earth!! Stay tuned, as we will be taking loads and loads of pictures to share when it is a done deal :-) If you are interested in joining the PSS FB group...just click the badge link in the right column of my blog. Although the group is free to join, it is a closed, you have to request membership and be approved. We try to cut out the spammers and creepy crawlers on FB :-)

I recently indulged myself and had the red couch and stitching chair recovered...loved the red, but with black and white fur~babies, it always looked this should fit the bill just fine! I love it...Keith and the guys always do such an outstanding job...what do you think?

I have been finding time in between all the busy~ness of life to get some small stitching gifts finished and sent are a few that I shared with dear stitching friends lately!

Ho~Ho~Ho Giveaway 2014
Donna Hensley
"Christmas Basket" Threadwork Primitives
Inside view

Inside view
"Valentine" freebie from Primitive Hare
Valentine Exchange with Deena
"Valentine" freebie from Primitive Hare
Valentine Exchange with April
"Valentine Stocking 1815" freebie by Plum Street Samplers
Valentine surprise for Ridgely
Back view
Well, that's about it for tonight...been dealing with bulging discs in my back all this week, so sitting up for too long is excruciatingly painful!! Off to get some shut~eye...enjoy!

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Please click the "dixiesamplar hand~dyed fabric" tab just under the blog header to see the new fabrics and the new ordering process.
Happy Shopping,

Monday, January 26, 2015


Spent this past weekend sick and exhausted...but, spent last weekend dyeing fabric!
Linens will be posted today, and Aidas & Evenweaves tomorrow...need some better pictures of those. Details for purchasing will be provided on the site as well.

I will also continue to offer the sale night once a month with the odd pieces I come across. I already have a pile that is growing as we speak, LOL!

Here is a sneak peek at what will be available for your viewing and purchasing pleasure...Antique Lace, Vintage Buttercream, Summer Sand, and Vintage Quarry!!/dixie.samplar

Happy Stitchin'

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Ladies and Gents...DSHDF is officially a small business as of Dec 29th :-) As such, I have been able to procure massive amounts of fabric yardage in a variety of counts that will soon be dyed and offered for your purchasing pleasure. Gone are the days of sitting at your computer on Sunday evenings hoping to elbow your way into a few cuts of this delicious fabric :-) Now, you can just browse through the color options, pick a count, and place your's that simple.

As soon as I receive the bulk shipment (tomorrow or Tuesday), I will have a standard selection of 5 to 6 colors in various cuts to choose from on a regular basis. I will be offering limited edition colors for seasonal and holiday stitching...these colors will be advertised well in advance of the actual holiday, so that you will have plenty of time to order, receive, and stitch your heirloom pieces. I am hoping that this will make things easier for you, my customers...and, will help you in making your stitching decisions for future projects :-)

I will NOT be offering special orders colors...but, I will be able to offer special order cuts of standard colors for those needing large cuts for projects. These orders may involve a waiting period if my yardage is low at the time of the order.

If you are a designer or shop owner and are interested in using my fabrics in a limited edition design or class, please email me to discuss the options

I will be hosting a table at the Merchant Mall, so I hope you will stop by if you are attending :-)

Just be watching this page and/or my blog for the  official announcement that we are up and running...hopefully, by the weekend...please be patient as we grow!

Happy Stitchin'

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Santa has been berry berry good to me!!

Sweet card from Debby Berry

More Christmas Wishes from Jim Dear and Deena

An adorable surprise from Ridgely

And some delightful pom-pom trim by Dames of the Needle
Sweet Surprise gift from Pat
These precious gifts are in my studio with past treasures from dear stitchin' friends. And that pom pom trim is perfect for a Christmas design I am still working up :-)

Since we were hosting Christmas Eve for family and friends, I went out and brought this home...
New Dining Table and Carpet
It matches my existing chairs and china cabinet perfectly...well, until I find one I like better anyway, LOL!

For Christmas, my sister sent me awesome stitchin' goodies!
Awesome gift from my sister
 I love old needlework books and patterns, so when my sister saw this in a shop in Washington, DC, she made sure to grab it and gift it to me. From 1963, this is a complete set of American Needlework patterns from Simon&Shuster...the box is a little worn, but the patterns themselves are in excellent condition!!! LOVE IT!!!
The Complete Pattern Set
She also scored this pile of loose fabrics and the awesome Homespun Elegance pattern, "Primitive Landscapes"...I just love all this stitching goodness!!

My in-laws treated me to a GC from Hobby favorite place in lieu of a local needlework shop...can't wait to get in there and spend it, LOL!

Lynn gave me a bunch of wonderful goodies...

Heated lap throw
an awesome heated throw blanket to keep my legs and feet warm when I stitch, my favorite caramels and chewing gum, some notepads (I live from lists), three accessory caddies, two stitcher's stands (they arrive next week)...and, one BLANK CHECK...for any piece of furniture I want!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it???? That blew me away...see, Lynn is a penny-pinching, this was HUGE, people...HUUUUUUGE...LOL!

Santa finished my Christmas in big fashion, with these beauties...

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and
The Constitution/Declaration of Independence
(some light reading material)

antique bobbins & shuttles

kid's writing desk

antique watchmaker's cabinet
storage for lace, ribbon and other trims
antique pine chest
storage for personal linen stash
BUT, the best gift of all was spending this holiday time with my loving daughter and son-in-love even surprised us and showed up from Texas!! Such a blessed year this has been.

I hope your Christmas was an extra-special one too, with lots of love and laughter!!!

Until later...happy stitchin'

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
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