My Version of a Stitchers Journal

“Creating your life in words and pictures through the medium of hand stitching and embellishment.”


    How many of you remember making a stitch sampler book in home economics class?  I remember making mine in high school as well as in my clothing construction class in college. The purpose of it was to learn your stitches… anything from basic hemming to how to cover a snap for couture type items. It was a boring and a necessary part of getting a grade for the class.  Things are different now.  People are scrapbooking and journaling… a great way to remember and preserve our thoughts throughout the years.


      I have wanted to make a stitch sample book for several years. Now is the time to get started. My first page is a pear with lots of blanket/buttonhole stitches and all the variations.  So Cute!! The  fun part is you can make it personal.


       Since I love to teach and share, a journaling class is being offered at “With Needle in Hand” (needlework shop in Boardman, Ohio) starting in April. The shop owner, Julie, and I will be teaching a series of classes throughout the year. Additional information including a picture of the first page can be found on my website:


      Watch for my next Chit Chat.  “Stitchers’ Journal II will talk about other hand stitching journals, especially one I obtained that is over a hundred years old.

“Everything Old is New Again!”