Monday, December 7, 2009

Silver Bella Needlework Sampler Swap

Each participating Bella was to make 3 needlework samplers, measuring 4"X5". The clever hostess, Chantal Johnson, assembled them and put the three into a lovely hand embroidered needle book. She filled it with needles, sweet scissors, and graceful touches of her talents. We did not get back our own sampler, and the whole swap was a wonderful surprise at Swap Night at Silver Bella.
Look closely at Chantal's delicate crown on the cover--
The first page--with it's cute little pins...
Then, the first of the 3 samplers--This one below by Rebecca Gawryl (please, if I have them switched, let me know, and I'll correct the post)

Next, is from Jana Perenchio--
And the third-below- is Vicki Flinchum's.
Aren't they precious? Such nice touches on each one. When I look at them, I think about all the time each creative seamstress spent--and what she must have been thinking about all the while.

The next to last page had this little heart pocket with the gold scissors.
Such a nice touch!
And then, the last page had a tag with the names of those who did the pieces.
So nice,Chantal, Rebecca, Jana, and Vicki, you did yourselves proud.
I'll treasure this little jewel always.
The following was included also, from Chantal--with her thoughts.
You will have to enlarge to read it.
The redwork girl below was my offering. We didn't receive one of our own in our booklets.



  1. Thank you Carol! I wondered who got mine! Chantal created such a breattaking treasure to showcase all those beautiful samplers!

  2. What a great swap! I love needle books and your redwork embroidery is gorgeous. What a talented Momma!

  3. This is so pretty! I love the page with the scissors! Your redwork page was really nice. Enjoy your day! Twyla

  4. i especially like this one...the bird and the girl look very folk art-like :)

  5. This is gorgeous! I didn't get to see it at swap night so I'm so glad you wrote about it! Did you get a lot of snow, Elizabeth?

  6. Those are wondeful and I love your redwork. Looking at this makes me want to do more embroidery.

    Thank you for sharing this! I didn't get to see them at Silver Bella and it's nice to live it all through your blog!

  7. Such a coming together of beautiful needlework. Lucky you! Your Christmas tag heading previous post is so sweet! I just love the way your mind works! Elizabeth

  8. Hi, Carol! Why haven't I found you before?! Thanks so much for your sweet visit and very kind words--so glad you came to say hello! I love your blog--everything that I've seen so far is something I just love! I'll be back to visit often! If there's a followers button--I'll be there! Off to check...have a wonderful Sunday!

  9. Such a lovely keepsake! And Chantal was a wonderful swap hostess! Thanks for sharing! I just LOVE your redwork! You do such beautiful inspiring work!

  10. Hi Carol. I'm stopping by to say thank you for the beautiful tag I received in Elizabeths Christmas Tag Swap. I just love the pretty pink tag you sent. All the tinsel trim, rick-rack crystal and felt flowers were just the perfect touch. And I loved the hand written ledger background. My you're creative! I'm so looking forward to the next swap and hope that you'll be joining in as well.

    I'll be following you from now on and look so forward to checking out you past post.

    I wish you the Merriest of Christmas's. Hugs...Tracy :)