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*CLOSED* Lauren Sauer Class, September 2017

Lauren Sauer of Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches will teach two classed in September 2017.

Saturday, September 16 from 9:30 to 3
Sunday, September 17 from 9:30 to 3 

Both classes will be at Cokesbury Village
Room TBD
726 Loveland Road
Hockessin, DE 19707 

Lauren will teach two samplers inspired by original samplers that are part of the extensive collection of Mary Jo and Dave Johnson of Meadville, PA.   Neither piece is available commericially.  Members may register starting May 13, 2017.   Lunch is included in the cost of the class.   Kits will be mailed to those who cannot attend (cost of lunch pays for postage for those not in attendance)   If you would like to attend the class and are not a member, there is an additional $25 membership fee.   Payment in full should be made to Delaware Valley Historical Sampler Guild (DVHSG)

Registration form to follow.

Please contact Stacy S. at with questions.

Sleeping Beauty Awakened Band Sampler
September 16, 2017
The original sampler was finely worked whitework and is initialed and dated 1759.  It was worked on 60 county even weave stitched nearly entirely in knots.  This sampler is being offered in either whitework or as a color version.

Whitework - 40 count off-white linen with two design areas of about 6 inches by 15 inches each (whole design area about 12 inches by 15 inches), using 100/3 spooled silk, 100/3 Londonderry spooled linen, and ‘Soie d’Alger’ stranded silk. Most of the stitches are Palestrina knots and four-sided stitches. This sampler is stitched as a double band sampler (sampler length is divided into two portions with one portion stitched alongside the other).

Class provides: Chart, diagram, linen, threads, and needle.
Member provides: Personal stitching accessories (light, magnifier, scissors, etc).
Cost: $80

Color - 35 count Lambswool linen with a design area of about 6 inches by 32 inches using a gorgeous array of Sampler and Simply Shaker threads, as well as a complimentary shade of “Soie d’Alger, using an assortment of well-loved stitches in the 32 bands.
Class provides: Chart, diagram, linen, threads, and needle.
Member provides: Personal stitching accessories (light, magnifier, scissors, etc).
Cost: $96

Danish Darning Sampler
September 17 2017

The original is believed to have been stitched in the mid-19th century by a Danish girl and is a charming, very feminine, and boldly-colored sampler although now badly faded. Stitched on 40-count off-white linen using silk threads of varying weights with a stitched area of about 7 inches by 12 inches. Horizontal bands of lettering and ornamental work are followed by five square areas each filled with pattern darning. It is hemmed on all four sides, then bound by slipper satin ribbon with grace note’ bows at each corner.
Class provides: Chart, finishing instructions, ribbon, linen, threads, needle.
Member provides: Personal stitching accessories (light, magnifier, scissors, etc).
Cost: $125

Registration Form to follow


*CLOSED* Betsy Morgan Class, April 2017

Sign up and pay for class by January 14, 2017 - Registration below

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Program Meeting and afternoon class.
Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin DE  19707

Guest designer:   Betsy Morgan and the "Virgin Queen's Pocket  (Delaware Version)
Betsy's website:

The project is two pieces.   One piece is the scissor's fob with a tassel; the second piece is a pocket with a needle page, scissor pocket and ruler pocket.  PLEASE NOTE the picture shows the piece as designed for another guild.   The design will be modified to include unique motifs for Delaware.   The lining on the Delaware version will be blue and not green as is seen in the picture.  Open, the pocket measures 3" x 10.5" and approximately 3" by 5" when folded.

Members will attend the meeting and participate in Betsy's instructions in making tasks and cord at no charge.  Please bring No. 12 Perle Cotton of your choice of color; an object to wind your tassel on (a credit card or similar sized), a cord twister if you have one, and scissors.   All members are encouraged to participate; new members are welcomed too (dues are $25 per year).  

The class will follow the meeting - 
Sign up for the class beginning November 12, 2016 until January 14, 2017.  The cost of this project includes lunch for those attending/or mailing costs for away stitchers.  There is no reduction in cost if a member brings her/her own lunch.

Kits will be distributed at the February Meeting.  The kit contains the chart, fabric and threads.   The scissors and ruler are NOT included.

Schedule -
Lunch and class will follow the regularly scheduled morning meeting.  The class will start at noon and last until about 3 p.m.  The class will be to assemble the scissors fob.  Although participants are encouraged to pre-stitch the scissor's fob it is not required.   Betsy will also discuss the stitching and assembly of the pocket during the class.  



Saturday, April 8, 2017
Meeting at 10 a.m.
Class from noon to 3 - 3:30
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Road
Hockessin, Delaware 19707
Guest Designer - Betsy Morgan

To register for class please provide:
Name:  __________________________________
email address:  ____________________________
Phone:  __________________________________

Members MUST register and pay the class fee of $100 NOT LATER than January 14, 2017. This fee includes, class, kit and lunch (or postage for away stitchers)

Lunch selection below:
Lunch will be a boxed 'sandwich' lunch and will include one bottle of water
Select one of the following - 
   Turkey with American Cheese
   Roast Beef with Provolone Cheese
   Ham and Swiss Cheese
   Chicken Salad
   Egg Salad

Please note:   Lunch is included in the cost of the class.   There will be no reduction in class fee for members who bring their own lunch.

Class fee   $100.00
Guest Fee/Membership   $25.00
Unable to attend but wish to the the class materials for the Virgin Queen Pocket mailed by US Mail.    There is not additional cost for the mailing.   Please provide the following:

  • Name  ____________________________
  • Street  ____________________________
  • City, State, Zip  _____________________
  • E-mail address _____________________
  • Phone ____________________________

Special notes:
  • Checks should be make payable to DELAWARE VALLEY HISTORIC SOCIETY GUILD or "DVHSG"
  • Payment by check is preferred
  • Registration and fees DUE by JANUARY 14, 2017, to Stacy Stinson, 13 Stearrett Drive, Newark DE  19702
  • Incomplete forms cannot be processed
  • Contact Stacy at 302-454-7790 or via email at with any questions and for further information.


Fragments from an English Garden, by Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten, is based on Isabill Robb’s 1803 sampler and is being offered as a two part class.

*CLOSED*Chessie & Me

Project Description
The Stitch Book Project

This project will involve stitching panels to go on the front and inside cover of a little paper mache' book box as well as a fob or pin keep to go in the box. The design will be something specifically for the DVHSG and will incorporate the logo somewhere in the design. You will pre-stitch the panels and fob and then in class we will paint and distress the book boxes and attach the panels so that you will be able to go home with a finished project.  

Deb and Linda do some cutting for the project.

Look at all the busy stitchers!

Marnie B looks to be shopping....

Carolyn and Jean seem to be enjoying themselves.

Susan and Francine are happy stitchers too! 

Pat, Linda and Jane enjoying the day.

Now these ladies look serious.

Jane and Nancy 

The DVHSG Crew with the teacher

The Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild (DVHSG) is pleased to announce that Linda Lautenschlager, designer for Chessie & Me will be teaching NANCY RENSSELA - AN UNFINISHED SAMPLER.   

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Project Description

The origin of this project is a primitive sampler stitched by Nancy Renssela in 1785 but never completed.  Upon first seeing it, Linda was immediately struck by its soft colors and wondered what had prevented its stitcher from finishing it.  Thus the idea for this project was born.  Linda thought it would be interesting to attempt to figure out how she might have finished it and what motifs she would have added in the lower area.  Linda will provide you with the historical reasons and motifs from that time period to aide you in your decisions.  Using 32ct or 36ct Lakeside Linen and Belle Soie silk thread, matched closely to the colors in the original sampler, you will be able to create your own personal version.  You will also be provided with stitched pictures of the provided motifs to give you an idea of what they will look like if used in your piece.  This is a chance to assert your own design sense and create a truly unique piece!  There is no pre-stitching is required for this class. 

Believe: A Special Sunrise Friendship Booklet cover
Project description for Believe: A Special Sunrise Friendship Booklet cover
The student will complete fabric painting including sunrises and light effects.  The painted background is a backdrop to a fantasy world as a river, animals and trees complement the beautiful sunrise.

The finished project is a cover for a small accordion folded friendship booklet left blank for friend's affirmations and notes.  The front cover is approximately 2" x 2" and it opens flat to about 4.5" x 2." 
The kit includes an individual paint set and brush. 

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