Saturday, January 23, 2010



This is one of my new designs that I am releasing this month, model
was stitched on 36 count linen with NPI silks and one color of
Gloriana silk threads. On some of the colors of NPI  you will need 2 and
3 skeins.

The design area is 244w X 183h 


This is my second design to be released in February also. It is stitched on 36 count hand-dyed linen, with NPI and one shade of Gloriana Silks. You will need
on some colors 2 skeins of NPI silks. Philomena herself  is 105 stitches tall!

The design area: 195w X 181h

I would like to thank Kathy Bonham (madstitcher)  for her wonderful work in stitching these two designs, as always she has done a beautiful job. I really enjoyed designing these two new designs and hope you like them.

God Bless, Vilma

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me! And Happy winning to You!

I have had a really hard time choosing the winners of the Trinity contest.  All of you gave such wonderful answers and I hope each of you will get to stitch this design someday.  I finally put all the names in a pot and let my husband draw names out!
Trinity has always had a special place in my heart.  My grand-daughter was named Trinity by her mother because she survived breast cancer at the age of eighteen and owes it all to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   And I designed this sampler for her.

So.... since it is my birthday I decided to give away more than one chart!  I have always believed it is better to give than receive.  So the winners are:

Deb W
Zandra S
Jill K

Please send Kathy an email at with your mailing address as she has kindly agreed to mail them out for me.  I have been under the weather with a sinus infection and just got up to go to my daughter's house for my birthday dinner.

Be sure to keep checking in.  You never know what I might come up with next.  The month of May will be the first anniversary of my Blog so I will be doing something really special to celebrate that for sure.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Some gifts, and SPECIAL "NEWS"

I was very blessed to receive some gifts for Christmas from some very special ladies.  First is the package from Angel who is one of my Stitching Sisters.    She gave me some beautiful glass headed pins,  some John James and Piecemaker Needles,  some Udderly Smooth hand cream and some chocolates that are no longer here.   Then Tracy of Tracy's Treasures another of my Stitching Sisters gave me a beautiful beaded scissors fob made from semi-precious stones and highlighted with a dimpled pearl dyed to match.  And my dear Madstitcher Kathy gave me another beautiful fob of royal purple Swarovski Crystals and tiny bumblebees and a gorgeous counting pin/lapel pin that I just love.

I also received from Linda, another friend, some pieces of her hand-dyed linens, in the colors Quaker Tan and Quaker Brown, they are absolutely lovely colors.  She also included some colors of her hand-dyed threads in the colors she knows I love.

Linda and her husband own the company "Stellar Fibers" they started dyeing fabric and threads not
long ago. If you are interested in her fibers this is her website and her email is  Thank you Linda for such a wonderful gift.


I think we need to start the New Year off with another giveaway!  Since JANUARY 16 IS MY BIRTHDAY  instead of receiving birthday presents I am going to give one away.  On January 16th I will give away a copy of "TRINITY" which has a very special meaning to me.  So please share your comments about why Trinity would be special to you.  We will choose the winner and post it on my birthday (lol lol another birthday)

Last I would like to thank Jolene and Melissa for asking about the samplers below, the first sampler is an antique, but it is not dated or signed, it is from the late 1860's or 1880's, I have received a couple of e-mails to reproduce it. Fanny Osborn is from the "Schoolhouse Samplings, the Adam and Eve is also an antique sampler in my collection, along with the last one, which is a Pennsylvannia Dutch sampler, and then there is the one from "Sheepish Antiques" of Betty Wood 1808 that I stitched. Again thank you Jolene, April Mechelle and Melissa for your kind comments.

God Bless, Vilma

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Deb Wohlleben from Pewaukee, WI. was kind enought to share
some pictures of her "ATS" she said she has many memories within
this piece, she said that this sampler with the Biblical stories really
appealed to her and she loves samplers. Deb is now working on
the grass of the bottom part. She stitched her model with the fibers
called for.

We have exchanged some e-mails and not only is she beautiful on
the outside but also on the inside, what a beautiful person she is.

Thank you so much Deb for sharing these pictures for my blog. Deb
is also a Senior Consultant with Creative Memories (ID#11719458)
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