About the Loudoun Sampler Guild

The Loudoun Sampler Guild was founded in 1996. Our mission  is to foster excellence in the practice of the art of sampler-making through an active program of education and study, and to preserve the heritage of sampler-making.  We currently have about 120 members, primarily from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The Loudoun Sampler Guild meets on the second Saturday of each month.  Our usual meeting location is VFW Post 1177 at 401 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, VA 20176 (near the Rust Library).

Over the course of a program year, the Loudoun Sampler Guild holds workshops with noted designers, lectures, finishing clinics and other events. In August, the Guild holds a weekend stitching retreat, and in December a holiday party.

Field trips to see sampler and needlework collections have included:

  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Winterthur Museum
  • Morven Museum (Princeton, NJ)
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • National Museum of the American Coverlet (Bedford, PA)

We encourage anyone in the area who is interested in samplers to join us.  Our members include needlework teachers and expert stitchers, beginning stitchers and non-stitchers who enjoy seeing and learning about samplers.  For information on membership, attending a meeting, directions or anything else, please contact our membership chair, Nikki Merkt (nsmerkt@hotmail.com).

29 thoughts on “About the Loudoun Sampler Guild

  1. Hello …

    Could someone advise me on the best shop for antique sampler reproduction charts? I used to find a lot of these charts at In Stitches, but the last time I was there, most of the sampler charts were original designs, and only a small number of them were antique reproductions.

    Is there a shop in the extended Northern Virginia area that still carries a wide selection of the antique reproduction charts?

    Many thanks for any information.

    1. Hi LInda,
      I share your frustration, it does seem to be harder to find antique reproduction charts. If you’re willing to make a drive, you might try The Stitching Post in Baltimore. I haven’t been there in a while, but they did have a nice selection in the past.
      Good luck with your hunt,

      1. Thanks, Elizabeth.

        I’ll call The Stitching Post and ask them if they still carry a good selection of antique reproduction charts. If they do, I’ll seriously think about heading up there, even though it is a bit of a drive. It’s disappointing that some of the Northern Virginia shops have closed, and those that have not (fortunately, in terms of linen and other supplies) seen to have cut back a lot in terms of the antique sampler charts. I guess maybe that’s not what the majority of stitchers are into these days???

        There’s still a good selection online, of course, but it’s often hard to tell about a pattern from just a small photograph, and many of the listings don’t include details like types of stitches used, et cetera.

        I love The Scarlet Letter’s kits, and have done a number of them, but they are getting more and more expensive. I also love Joanne Harvey’s Examplarery kits, and have done a number of those, too, but I have not been able to get a catalogue from that company in years, despite both e-mails and a phone call.

        I miss the Crossed Canoes shop in Alexandria. They carried SO many antique sampler patterns!!!

        Thanks again!


      2. Please check with Betsy Morgan, Cindy Hawkins, Nancy Stevens, Blaze, just to mention a few of the LSG members that have visited “Valley Needleworks” in Middletown, VA!! LaDonna has had a trunk show at the shop, along with Barbara Hutson, Beth Seal… We would love to see all of you at the shop very soon. Numerous samplers, primitive, reproductions, etc. Many unique accoutrements for your pleasure, too! “Always be stitching!” ~ Jennifer Cave (Owner & Needlework Addict)

  2. I believe a company called http://www.crossstitchit.com will design you an original ‘reproduction’ antique sampler to your specifications. It’s not an exact copy as copyright issues forbid it, but they take ideas and elements from the general style of a certain age to create a new design just for you.
    I understand one of their designs will soon be appearing in Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly, and Just Cross Stitch.
    They are also CONSIDERABLY cheaper than buying kits – they just supply the pdf pattern to print out – you provide the material of your choice. They suggest and list threads but it’s really up to you if you want to change any.

  3. The designers of the cover Sampler on the current Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly – Cross Stitch It – have a special offer on during the month of May. They’ve got a great range of samplers – just treated myself to the May Sampler. I do recommend them.

  4. By chance, do you know if there is a sampler guild in the Tidewater area of Va (Norfolk, Va Beach)? Thanks for any leads.

    1. Tidewater Sampler Guild meets every other month on the second Sunday at Old Donation Church in Virginia Beach, VA from 1:30 to 4;00. Send an email to Tricia Johnson at TisTricia@aol.com and she will send the current newsletter with the membership information.

  5. Hello, I am looking for The Quaker Scissor Pouch by Barbara Barnard. I think she taught this design to your group and I wonder if there’s any way I could still buy a copy of the chart?

      1. Hello, I have been looking for The Quaker Scissor Pouch, A Token of Love, by Barbara Bernard to purchase. I read that she taught this design several years ago to your Guild. Is there any way you can help me? Thank you.

  6. I would like to attend your meeting this Saturday, May 10. Is the meeting starting at ten and at Holy Trinity?

  7. Can someone please tell me what time you meet on Saturdays and if you park at the church. Former member (long time ago) trying to get this information with very little success so far. Thank you if you can help, I’m about ready to give up. Either no response to emails or a referral to your webpages which do not have the time of the meetings,

    Thank you so very much

  8. Hello. I am interested in purchasing the chart for A Token of Love by Barbara Bernard. Could you forward me her email address, or give her my email address? Thanks. Your blog is very interesting … I wish I lived closer!

  9. I have 2 bags of cross stitch fabric white and off white along with Aida in red and green to donate. Would anyone in your guild be interested?

  10. Hello, I would also be interested in the chart for A Token of Love by Barbara Bernard. Could you forward me her email address, or give her my email address?

  11. Hello. I saw a sampler on FB that was designed by Pamela Darnley. It’s called I Byde My Time. I understand that it was used in a class she taught. Someone shared that they thought she belonged to yourGuild.

    Do you have her contact information by chance?

  12. Hello,

    I live in Maryland and my mom gave me a bunch of counted cross stitch patterns of many samplers that she completed. I don’t want to make them since we have completed versions in the family. Would your group like to have these patterns? They are in a binder and I could mail them. There is an Eliza Seaman sampler, Cricket designs, and Amish patterns and more filling a 1inch binder. They are all pretty delightful. Please let me know and I can send some pictures if you are interested.


    1. Hi Laura,
      That’s very nice of you. At every meeting, our members exchange patterns that they no longer want. I’m sure our members would be interested in yours. If you’ll send me your email address, I’ll send you a mailing address. Thanks so much.
      eeshop (at) icloud.com

  13. Hello, I have been looking for The Quaker Scissor Pouch, A Token of Love, by Barbara Bernard to purchase. I read that she taught this design several years ago to your Guild. Is there any way you can help me? Thank you.

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