Sunday, May 31, 2009


Black Dahlia is a Limited Edition design
that was stitched on 32 count linen using
two weights of silk. The alphabets are stitched
in Algerian Eyelet, the colors used in this
design were black and red.

My many thanks to Marguerite Rodgers
for her quick and superb stitching of this
design. Design Area: 200wX250h

Saturday, May 30, 2009


FORGIVENESS was such a joy to design even
though I thought I would never finish graphing
it. Model was stitched on 35 count Lambswool
linen with silk fibers.

The Design Area: 271w X396h

I did a DMC and NPI conversion for this design.
As always my many thanks to Kathy Bonham for
her beautiful and outstanding stitching on this

Thursday, May 28, 2009


This is the new addition of my
grandchildren Grant, he does not
like to pose for pictures since he
gets very grumpy.

He has brought so much joy to our
life and we are so happy to hold a
new baby, he is a very happy baby
and loves to smile. He is seven month


Here is Alex again, their parents
had these pictures taken for Easter
and my daughter let me pick the
ones I wanted.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Alex building something in the back yard and
alex offering roses to his mother Jeannette on
her graduation.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


The Virtue Samplar is another design that is an oldie but it is still a hot seller, with a big red house, a deer climbing up the hill, with a tree with lots of birds and a verse.

This model was stitched on 35 count linen with GAST with a great conversion to DMC

I give credit to my wonderful friend Anna Baird (RIP) for stitching and her great ideas in this design.


This design was inspired by a colonial house
that I saw while on a trip to Tenn. and it gave
me the idea to give it a primitive look with some
Quaker motifs, I really enjoyed designing this
model and love the way it turned out.

This model was stitched with WDW with a good
conversion to DMC on 34 count Devonshire Cream
Legacy linen.


I received lots of e-mails from
people asking me to design a sampler
to honor loved ones (family, friends)
that have touched our heart in so
many ways in our life and this is what
I came up with.

Model was stitched in GAT threads
with a good DMC conversion.


I was honored to design this original
sampler for the front cover of FINE
LINES (Historic Needlework Guild Inc.
2002). I decided to do a Quaker sampler
and name it QUAKER HEART, which
I dedicated to my three grandschildren
(now I have four, how blessed can I be)

The linen for this design is included in
the chart since it was dyed exclusively
for this design and it is 36 count.


NOSEY LITTLE BIRD is an oldie but it does
have a nice story to it since it was dedicated
to my husband, he was very nosey about it
when I was stitching it and would constantly
ask what are you doing now (every day) well
he was kind of getting on my nerves asking
me the same thing over, and over again so I
decided to add the blue bird on the roof of the
house and told him that was him (a nosey bird)

This model was stitched on 35 count linen from
EFTH with DMC and GAT with a conversion
to Anchor, the grass is done in satin stitch.


Another Quaker inspired design ,
but it was "Love The Truth" that
was the inspiration for it, since truth
is what makes marriages, families
and friendships strong and lasting.

The model is stitched on 34 count
linen with WDW threads and the
stitch count is 138w X 244h.


This is another oldie, but it hangs with great
honor in my house since it was stitched by a
wonderful friend Anna Baird (who died of Cancer)
and I feel in my heart that she guides me to
keep designing from heaven, she was a wonderful
lady and I am sure alot of you knew her because
she use to be "Green Mountain Hand-Dyed Linens"
and came out with two of my favorite colors, Muffin
and Cottonfield, which were her trademark. So thank
you Anna in heaven I will always remember you
with great love and gratefulness.

This model is stitched on 35 count linen and it has
a wonderful conversion to DMC.


Here is my most precious gift, my husband
Harold, we been married 37 years and I am
so blessed that God gifted me with such a
wonderful husband, I do not know what I
would do without him, he is not only the best
husband but a wonderful father and grand-
father and my best friend in the world.


Here is my daughter receiving
her Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
she is a registered certified nurse
but she wanted to get her Bachelor
in Science, she graduated Magna
Cun Lauda. I am so proud of her.


I thought you would enjoy getting to
know part of my family, my son-in-
law (really another son) my daughter
Jeannette and the love of my life,
who I have taken care of since he was
two days old, I call him pumpkin pie.


Here is another picture of my
pumpkin opening his birthday gift.


Here is my pumpkin pie taking his
classes on how to defend himself from
future bullies hahaha

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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This design is one of my favorites. I loved designing NEEDLE
CHARMER it was so much fun. This design is a "Limited Edition"
of 2000.

It was stitched on my hand dyed linen"Examplar Blend #4" which
was supposed to be 30 count but when washed and dyed it turned
into 32 count, it was stitched with silk fibers.
It also has a conversion to DMC cotton and NPI silks.

My thanks to Judi Trochimiak for her fast and outstanding
stitching of this model.

If you would like to purchase this design contact Kathy at
Also the linen is available from Kathy


This is TRUE WISDOM. This took me a long time to graph (lots of headaches) but I was so happy when it was finished, this design is a joy to look at everyday in my office.

The finished stitch count on this design is 246w x 497 h

The verse is stitched one over one and I used silk fibers on this design

My thanks to Judi Trochimiak for her beautiful work and months of stitching this model. She did a superb job, so again thank you from the bottom of my heart.


This is PUMPKIN SEASON. It is a primitive
design that I enjoyed designing since the two
houses represent my two children Jeannette
and Harold III and I dedicated it to my grand-
children Haven, Alex (Jordan Alexander) and
Trinity, as you can see at the bottom without
knowing it, it spells HAT (funny) I did not include
Grant since he was my surprise on Christmas
of 2008.

Model was stitched on 40 count linen (courtesy
of Sassy's Hand Painted Fabric) with silk fibers. This design
has NPI and DMC conversions.

Design Area: 197w x197h

For purchasing this design contact your local needlework shop or Kathy at


When The Calling Birds sing is one of my designs
that became another favorite. I love, love this
design. There is something about it that makes me
look at it constantly and admire it.

This model was stitched on 40 count linen with
silk fibers and a conversion to DMC is provided.

The stitch count is 239w x 290h

If you are interested in purchasing this design
contact Kathy at

Sunday, May 17, 2009


This is TEMPTATION and it has two Adam's and two Eve's with large alphabets. The border is done with two diferent kind of borders, one of strawberries and the other of flowers. This design has a Quaker twist to it.

Model was stitched on 40 count Light Sand Newcastle Linen. My thanks to Jo Mason of Dinky-Dyes for her beautiful threads.

What can I say about the model stitcher as she always does such a beautiful job, my dear wonderful friend Kathy (Madstitcher) lots of hugs your way Kathy.

If you would like to purchase this design contact Kathy at


This is MEETINGHOUSE, which was inspired by a quaker building that was used for meetings and also a school for the children and special events of the Quakers.

The model was worked on 40 count Light Sand Newcastle linen, using one strand of floss over two strands of linen. The design area is 124h x 196 w .

My many thanks to my friend Mindy Gooding for her beautiful and outstanding work in stitching this model and her record time in finishing it, thank you Mindy.


This is called FRIENDS and since I am an addict to HDF Forum and love a lot of the ladies there I decided to create a design and put their initials on this design, but you can alter it and put the initials you like (friends and family).

This model was stitched on 40 count Light Sand Newcastle with NPI threads. The design is 150w x 150h

As always my many many "thank you" to my dear friend Kathy (Madstitcher) for her always
outstanding and quick stitching of this design, I don't know what I would do without her.

If you would like to purchase this design please contact Kathy at


This is the long awaited RESURRECTION of which I am so proud to have finally released. This has been in my head and my heart ever since I read the verse from an antique sampler many years ago. I wanted to do this to give praise and thanks to God for all the blessings he has given me.

I had bit and pieces of how I wanted the top part to look, and from there everything else happened. I think God was leading me. So I hope you all like my original design with that very touching verse from my heart.

This model was stitched in 32 count Lambswool linen with silk fibers.  
The stitched area is 183w x 503h and the finished stitched model is 12"w x 31"h.

It has conversions to DMC and NPI. 22 colors were used on this design.

It also has three specialty stitches, Satin Stitch, Rice Stitch and Algerian
Eyelet Stitch. If you are interested in buying this design contact Kathy at


This is FANCY BIRD stitched on 32 count black Belfast linen with silk threads. Stitch count on this design is 114w x 132h. This is a whimsical primitive design and it was so much fun designing it.

If you are interested in purchasing it contact Kathy at


This is FANCY TULIP which was so much fun designing,
it also has a whimsical primitive look to it with all those
little bugs, butterfly and bird.

This design was stitch on 40 cream Newcastle linen with
one strand of silk threads over two threads of linen.

Hope you like this design as much as I liked designing it
for you. If you would like to purchase this design contact
Kathy at

Friday, May 15, 2009


Today I want to share with you my latest design. It is called Angels To Guard Us. It was model stitched by my dear friend Kathy aka The Mad Stitcher and we used  silk fibers and 32 count Lambswool linen.

I had this verse from an antique sampler for a couple of years and I wanted to create a design for it, then it struck me that the verse needed to be stitched in a band sampler and that is
how this design happened.

ANGELS TO GUARD US is 185w x 327 h.  Silks were used on this model and I included a DMC conversion.

If you are interested in buying this design contact Kathy (Madstitcher) at

The finished piece measures 12 1/2 x 22 and on some of the colors you will need 4 and 2 skeins.


Hello my Friends. My name is Vilma and I am a cross stitch designer. I design under the names of Examplar Dames and Examplars From the Heart. I read lots of blogs and decided I wanted to share some of my thoughts and ideas with you so I started here. Over the next few days I will be sharing some of my new designs and future projects so be sure and stop back often. But I am new to this so please be patient with me. But as always I will be writing...

From The Heart