The farm where The Scarlet Letter had set up shop was filled with period buildings and stepping onto the grass from our motor home felt like stepping back in time. Peacocks roamed the grounds, and behind a fence pasture fence stood a shaggy bull with long horns. Knitters could go to a little shed and have a sheep shorn -- the wool was put into bags fresh off the animal.
They had set up a little tent in the back with ham sandwiches and drinks. And attendees could walk through the main house -- filled with antique (SUPER COOL) furniture and small booths of goods like handmade soaps and candles. And there was another house set up as a shop -- this one was packed with sampler models, kits, books, fabric, frames, and stitchers, of course. I purchased a kit and a few charts, and a book. And I felt so connected not only to other stitchers interested in what *I* was interested in...but also to stitchers from years past.
It was shortly after this visit that I opened my shop online (in 1997). And over the years, I have continued to look at The Scarlet Letter's web site...ordering charts now and again that I especially enjoyed. In fact, there were a few birthdays, that I spent part of my day just looking through the catalog...and then placing an order as my birthday treat to myself.
I am pleased to announce that I am going to start carrying graphs from The Scarlet Letter. But I need your help! Marsha currently has over 300 samplers to choose from. I know a number of them that for sure I am going to get in...but help me by listing some of your favorites in the comments section. They can be ones you own, or ones you have on your wish list. That will help me narrow it down a little.
You can find The Scarlet Letter's web site at www.scarlet-letter.com.
(Note: The sampler pictured is the new Hannah Carter sampler done around 1748. I just purchased this chart this week -- and it's AMAZING!!!)
(P.S. The cats and kittens are all doing well. I will take new pictures this weekend and post next week. We are going through an inhuman amount of litter and cat food right now...there are 17 cats/kittens in my house. I have to get up around 5:55 every morning to put down a few cans of food, and then put down some more before I leave for work. The kittens are all getting bigger, and they are all happy, healthy, and SO ACTIVE!)