Alice’s Adventures

Alice Smith 1841 photo

A Facebook group, Alice’s Adventures, has been started by Kirby Bentley for Alice Smith, 1841.  The SAL starts in June and is schedule to run until 2023!  I’m very honored to have my reproduction of Alice chosen for a SAL and look forward to seeing the sampler come to life in the hands of the stitchers taking part.  It looks like a fun group with some great stitchers!  If you would like to join, just follow the link below.

He Restoreth My Soul

He Restoreth My Soul

This year Victorian Rose will be releasing a new series based on beloved Scripture passages. At the March market, we will be releasing a sampler inspired by the 23rd Psalm. How comforting to know that Jesus is the gentle Shepherd who guides us to green pastures of everlasting peace and tranquility. He indeed restores our troubled soul. The sampler is stitched with DMC on 40 ct Picture This Plus Wren. Stitch count 179 w x 183 h.

Nashville Needlework Market

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Very excited to be attending the Nashville Needlework Market again this year.  Coming up so quick!  Needles are flying trying to get everything done in time.  Check back with us to see more of what we’ll be bringing to market. The market is open to shop owners (only), so let your favorite shop know to save the date, March 2 – 4.

Jane Baxter

Just to let Jane Baxter fans know, there’s a colorway from Country Sampler that is just gorgeous! Take a look at their stitched model using their colors.  They have a kit of overdyed cottons for those that want to use these colors.


Alice Smith and Christina Junor

Added to the Victorian Rose offerings are Alice Smith and Christina Junor.

Alice Smith

Nine year old Alice Smith stitched this impressive sampler in the year 1841.  It is charted for DMC and recommended for a high count neutral linen such as Lakeside Pecan Butter or Silkweaver Parisian Taupe.  The stitch count is 311 x 515.  Stitches called for are cross over one and two, French/Colonial knots, backstitch, and straight stitch.

Christina Junor, 1834

Christina stitched this beautiful Scottish sampler when she was ten years old. The model is stitched using 32 ct Picture This Plus Oaken with Gentle Arts and Weeks overdyed cotton thread.  The stitch count is 244 x 240 and it is accomplished using cross stitch throughout.

Before and After of Elizeabeth Bordman and Frances Pink


Thought you might enjoy seeing some of the before and after shots comparing the antique to the final reproduction.  I try to keep the colors as close to the original as possible, keeping in mind the factor that age has in darkening and even fading.  The original Frances Pink was done on a very high count linen – the repro is done on 36 ct which gives an idea.  Bordman was also stitched on 36 ct, but is closer to the original size.  Both antiques were stitched in silk, which I have also chosen for the reproductions.  The stitcher has the right to make her/his changes to suit their own sense of aesthetics, but where possible I try to keep as close to the original as possible.  Both Pink and Bordman were laced to board, so seeing the back side of the antiques was not possible.

Frances Pink – reproduction and antique from 1785

Elizeabeth Bordman – reproduction and antique from 1836