A “Queenly” Embroidery

Queen Margrethe of Denmark is quite the needlewoman.  She has devoted much time and attention to religious art in textiles, including chasubles for Haderslev Cathedral in 1988 and Holmens Church in 2012, as well as richly colored bishops’ capes for Viborg Cathedral in 1989, Aarhus Cathedral in 1999 and Aalborg Cathedral in 2006.

denmark embroideryOver the past two years, The Queen has created a new antependium (also known as an altar frontal) for Gråsten Palace Church.

The full story is available at the Danish royal family’s website:



Kicking Off the New Year with a New Location

The Loudoun Sampler Guild has outgrown its previous meetings spaces, so we’ll be meeting at the Loudoun Country Day School starting with the January 2018 meeting.

LCDS is located about six miles south of downtown Leesburg at 20600 Red Cedar Dr, Leesburg, VA 20175, off Evergreen Mills Road.

Parking will be available in front, and the entrance is shown below.


2018 Program Calendar

The Loudoun Sampler Guild’s new program chair, Cindy Hawkins, has announced the schedule of 2018 meetings, including two field trips!

This schedule is subject to change. Please see the newsletter for the latest information and registration coupons for classes and workshops.

April 14, 2018: Lecture: What Woodlawn Judges are Looking For (Kathy Myers)

May 12, 2018: Demonstration: How to Make Stitched and Embellished Strawberries (Barbara Ray and Marty Greiner)

 June 9, 2018: Field Trip: Biggs Symposium on Delaware Samplers, Dover, DE

July 14, 2018: Workshop: Christmas in July (Sharlotte DeVere)

 August 10, 11, 12, 2018: Annual Retreat at Shrine Mont (coupon in the March newsletter)

 September 8, 2018: Workshop: Praiseworthy Stitches

 October 13, 2018: Lecture: “Sampler Extravaganza” (Barbara Hutson and Cindy Steinhoff)

 November 10, 2018: Field Trip: Tour an extensive private collection of samplers (Winchester, VA)

 December 8, 2018: Holiday Luncheon


Farewell to Betsy

Today, a few members of the Loudoun Sampler Guild gathered to say goodbye to Betsy Morgan, who is moving to Charleston in a few days.  Betsy has been a longtime member of the LSG, a past program chair, and a frequent teacher.  She’s been exceptionally generous in sharing her time and talents with us.  We’ll miss Betsy very much!  The Charleston Sampler Guild and EGA will be lucky to have her in their area.

By the way, the Guild’s parting gift to Betsy is a wood nautilus shell from Mike and Maggie Fraser at Sylvan Treasures.  http://www.sylvantreasures.com/

More on RSN 2018 U.S. Plans

This just in from the Royal School of Needlework:

We have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the first Royal School of Needlework summer school –  so apologies that our first update has taken a little longer than planned.

So, now on a regular basis we’ll be giving you news and updates of our plans.  We are bringing at least 10 tutors and are planning a mixture of 2/3 or 5 day classes, some in traditional historic techniques, some with delightful modern twists.  The classes/programme will run across the whole week, and then we repeat it the second week, giving more people the opportunity to participate.

So first we need to let you know about booking because some people have told us they are checking their emails hourly.  Don’t panic – booking will open Week Commencing 15th January 2018.  Actual day/time will be advised much nearer the day.

Then the format will be 2 x 1 week Summer Schools.  This way more people can come.  The programme will be as follows:

Sunday 8th July:            Early evening welcome Reception:  meet the tutors and your fellow students

Monday to Friday         Teaching 10 am to 4pm

                                       Evenings: programmes of lectures and events (more details later)

Thursday evening        Summer School Dinner

Saturday morning        Either:  Introduction to mounting OR a practical workshop exploring colour with the Chief Executive.   Then final half hour visit everyone’s class to see what they’ve done and leave at lunchtime.

Week 2 will be the same (but with a few subtle differences in case anyone wishes to do both weeks)

The classes will be at a slightly more relaxed pace than our usual intensive visits to the US.  You won’t have to stitch all hours.  However, if your fingers can’t stop there will be a special project to work on.

Plus we’ll have a pop up Shop and more.

So next, week by week we’ll introduce the tutors and then we’ll follow up with information on the designs, the lectures and textile talks.”

Royal School of Needlework Announces 2018 Plans

The RSN is coming to the USA to offer two one-week summer schools July 8-14  and 15 – 22. The School is bringing ten tutors and offering a range of short courses at all levels and an evening program of talks, pieces from the collection, a conference dinner and social events. It will take place in Lexington Kentucky.

You can sign up here receive news updates and booking information:

https://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/content/1215/rsn_summer_school. There will be an early-booking rate for those who register.

Join Us on a Field Trip

On Saturday, May 13, we’re traveling to Bedford, Pennsylvania  to visit The National Museum of the American Coverlet. Registration coupon in the March newsletter.

The National Museum of the American Coverlet focuses on antique American woven coverlets. Coverlets are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed. The weaver worked on a loom to construct the textile itself one row at a time, and the pattern was woven in as part of the process. Dated coverlets in the collection range from 1771 to 1889.

Woven coverlets were popular in many states during the early-to-mid nineteenth century. The two main types are called geometric and figured and fancy. The pattern motifs in geometrics are based on circles and squares. The patterns in figured and fancy coverlets are curvilinear and realistic and can include floral, animal, architectural and other motifs. These are the coverlets that most often contain inscriptions. Inscriptions can include the weaver’s name, location, the year it was made, the name of the person it was made for, and sometimes a slogan of some sort.

Designs and motifs will be familiar to sampler enthusiasts.Here are several modern sampler patterns that are inspired by coverlet designs:  “Coverlet Sampler” by Cricket Collection; “Harry Tyler’s Lion” by Long Dog Samplers; and “Coverlet Houses” and “Coverlet Candle Mat” by Scarlett House; and “Summertime Coverlet” by Heartstring Samplery.

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For more information about the Museum, go to http://www.coverletmuseum.org.


The Loudoun Sampler Guild is a group of sampler enthusiasts based in northern Virginia. We meet monthly for lectures, needlework classes and workshops, and field trips.

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