Every day. At least, that`s how the saying goes. I stumbled upon a blog the other day called Needleprint. How I had missed this blog for so long I don`t know, but upon reading it, I found out about this sampler, Mary Wigham, which is one of the Ackworth Samplers. I had seen this around the net, stitched by various people, and loved it, but I didn`t know that it had been reproduced and sold as a pattern without license or permission to do so. I myself have stitched from photos...sometimes the chart was out of print, and sometimes it just didn`t exist as a repro at all...but printing and selling (and thereby profiting from) a sampler without permission to do so is just WRONG!. I have NO idea why the person who has done this has been allowed to get away with it. It is the same as stealing from Ackworth...they cannot fund the publishing of this pattern now as they are not sure how many they could sell as it is already in circulation. They rely on publishing of their patterns for funds for preservation of the samplers in the collection. Sorry If I have gone on a bit, but this is a pet peeve of mine. *gets down off soapbox*
Mary Wigham is being made available as a free stitch-a-long by Needleprint. Stitchers joining are asked to please contribute to a fund to help preserve this sampler at Ackworth so future generations can appreciate it also. I am excited about this stitch along. I have never stitched a Quaker sampler before, so I am starting with a 'bang'. This one is HUGE...300 x 290 stitches. I think I an going to stitch it on 36 ct cream Edinburgh from Traditional Stitches using DMC threads. I would love to use silks, but that would just make it too expensive. I can`t really afford this as it is, but I have watched fellow stitchers doing Quakers and drooled over them...and I just want to, drat it! Why don`t you toodle on over to Needleprint and join us?
As always, keep stitching ladies!