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2017 Mystery Project

Members of the Loudoun Sampler Guild have enjoyed two year-long “mystery” projects.  In 2013, we stitched a band sampler (see the link on this website for details on how to order the charts).  In 2015, we stitched a box.


In 2017, we are embarking on a third mystery project.  This time it’s a spot sampler. We’d like as many members as possible to contribute a motif for the project.  We will try to release at least 4 – 5 motifs at every meeting.  Stitch just one motif each week and you’ll have fifty by the end of the year!

We’ll post pictures of our progress here as the year goes on.

Happy Stitching!


Where to Eat?

Never fear, there are good lunch choices near our new meeting location.  Brambleton Town Center is about three miles from the Clubhouse and offers these choices:

  • Asian Spice Cafe
  • Blue Ridge Grill
  • California Tortilla
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Lost Rhino Retreat
  • My Thai Place
  • Nick’s Taverna
  • Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill

Stone Ridge Village Center is on Route 50  about six miles from the Clubhouse.  There you will find:

  • Ciro Ristorante
  • Glory Days Grill
  • Mug ‘n Muffin
  • t’kila Latin Kitchen
  • Vocelli Pizza

Finally, six miles in the other direction, in Broadlands near the Greenway, can be found

  • Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Los Toltecos
  • Mali Thai Cuisine
  • The All American Steakhouse

Bon Appetit!

New Location for Monthly Meetings

In its twenty year history, the Loudoun Sampler Guild has met at several locations, starting with the Loudoun Museum, moving on to Morven Park, and then to Holy Trinity Church.  When the usual site was not available, we’ve met temporarily at the Leesburg Police Station and the Gum Springs Library among others.

Now we’re moving again.  In 2017, we’ll be meeting at the Greene Mill Preserve Clubhouse; 41080 Solti Way, Leesburg, VA 20175.  See the February newsletter for driving directions.


Saturday, Jan 14 Meeting Cancelled

A winter storm is rolling into the area, and roads tomorrow may be dangerous.  Therefore the Loudoun Sampler Guild will not be meeting.  Members: watch your email for an update from Jill with information on the 2017 mystery project.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) facilities will also be closed on Saturday, January 14.

Stay warm and dry, and we hope to see you in February.

Change to Program Calendar

Please note that we have switched two of the fall programs to accommodate our presenters’ schedules.  Barbara Bernard will present her anniversary project at the October meeting.  Look for the coupon in the August newsletter. Barbara Hutson will present a lecture on the Loudoun County Reproduction Sampler (aka Phebe Nichols 1824) in November.  That coupon was included in the June-July newsletter.

Hope to see you at both programs, as well as Betsy Morgan’s workshop in September.

NY-trendy embroidered sweaters

From T, the New York Times style magazine, comes a story about an entrepreneurial venture in embroidered sweaters.

Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, the co-founder and C.E.O. of, which chronicles the social and cultural lives of young socialites,09look_instagram-master768stitched the word “Booyah” onto a cashmere sweater. The letters were crude and lopsided, but she liked the way they looked. Before long, her Instagram posts of other sweaters, with phrases like “Outlaw” and “Where’s the Outrage,” were sparking high demand. At first she obliged only a few people — “Original Gangsta” for Christy Turlington; “Fight the Power” for Mark Ruffalo — but now they’re on sale.

For $360 each!  Can you believe it?

A Queen Elizabeth I dress found

The U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail is not the first place one thinks of for needlework news.  It tends to feature celebrity exposes, true crime stories and diet tips.  But LSG member Sharlotte DeVere turned up an article about the discovery of an an exquisite cloth of silver worn by Elizabeth I at St Faith’s Bacton church, Herefordshire.

The 16th Century cloth might have cost three years’ wages for average laborer. There are plans to put the cloth on display after its been restored.



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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