First Offerings of the New Year...

Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.
~Minna Thomas Antrim (1902, A Book of Toasts)~

Happy New Year Pinkeep

Primitive pincushion stitched on prairie cloth proclaims “Happy New Year” with the year “1861”.  Firmly stuffed with sawdust and trimmed with vintage chenille trim.  Backed with a festive moss green and red calico.  It measures 5.25”w x 4”h.  Stitched by me ~ I will sign and date the back before shipping it to you.  Only one!

Want to stitch one for yourself?  The pattern, “Elizabeth Hammond’s Xmas Sampler Pillow & New Year 1861 Pinkeep” is available on my web site.

Happy New Year Pinkeep ~ $38.00 includes shipping in the U.S. ~ Sold ~ thank you kindly!

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Antique Red House Sampler

Wonderful antique sampler with typical Scottish motifs including a red house with a blue roof and rows of large, ornate initials.  Other motifs include a bunny, tiny dog, birds, fir trees, a basket and flower motifs. There is no name or date but it likely dates to the mid-19th century. I believe the threads are a combination of cotton and fine wool.  Stitches include cross, satin, and eyelet.  There is some thread loss, particularly in the large bird at the end of the 3rd row of initials and in the 4th row of initials.  A stain can be seen by the number “10” as well as at the bottom of the sampler near the black bird.  Framed under glass in an old wood frame.  A label on the back reads, “Bowman & Son – Picture Framers and Artists’ Colourmen, 187 Union Street, Aberdeen.”  This address is now home to The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Scotland.  This sampler has not been reproduced.

Antique Red House Sampler ~ $285.00 includes shipping in the U.S. ~ Sold ~ thank you kindly!
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Early Make-do on Glass Base

Nice, early, black cloth make-do mounted on a heavy old glass base.  Feels like it is stuffed with old batting.  There is a seam running across the width of the pincushion and it is stuck full of pins and needles (all included).  The make-do itself stands 5.5”h.  The base is 4.5” wide.

Early Make-do on Glass Base ~ $68.00 includes shipping in the U.S. ~ Sold ~ thank you kindly!