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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: 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

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.


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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