Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Genealogy: A haystack full of needles. It's the threads I need!"

The hobby of genealogy has some interesting quips and quotes.  I saw this one recently, and thought it would be a good introduction to show you another hobby that I dearly enjoy - cross stitching!  But not just any little design, I specifically have a passion for historical reproduction samplers.  If you have ever been to Colonial Williamsburg, you have seen examples of the types of designs that interest me most.
Genealogy: A haystack full of needles. It's the threads I need!
 "With My Needle Sampler"

Dont let this one fool you, DUTCH BEAUTY is a full 36 inches wide and 28 inches high.  This is a rendring of the completed piece, and below it you will find a photo of my progress.

I have the first part of the first row completed.  At this rate I will completely finish all my genealogical research on all my family lines, related family lines, and allied family lines; before I complete this sampler....but I love it, it calls to me, much the way my family history calls to me.  Some day I will finsh, the sampler and the genealogies, but in the meantime I reflect on today's quote, "Genealogy: A haystack full of needles. It's the threads I need!"  and you would mind making those hand-dyed silk threads please?

This weekend I am joining my friends from Indiana Hoosier Stitchers for  a stitching retreat at Camp Rivervale in Mitchell, Indiana.  Leaving all the genealogy at home, (well, most of  it) while I put a few more stitches in DUTCH BEAUTY, eat chocolate, and catch up on some sleep (okay, maybe not).


  1. These are *beautiful* pieces of needlework! Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to see your progress (little by little, just like genealogy).

  2. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  3. Beautiful works of art! I love needle craft but I do not have the patience (or is it time?) to see it through to completeness.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

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