Saturday, February 24, 2018

Nashville New Release & Milady's Needle Sabatical

Hello Sampler Friends,

Last year was a really busy, hectic year and so I decided at the end of the year that it was time to take a sabbatical.  During 2018 I will be taking a year to make some much needed personal and professional changes so that I can return next year with renewed enthusiasm for my work and renewed energy in my life.  It is a year to take stock and see which direction I want to go next in this life journey.  

So...what does this mean for Milady's Needle???  It simply means that I won't be producing any new designs this year.  I will be filling orders for shops as usual, so all my patterns will still be available at your local needlework shop.  I will be doing Summer School at the Attic Needlework Shop as that is a yearly event that I just can't miss.  So if you plan to attend that, I will see you there with  a new reproduction that is in the works.

All that said..I do have one sampler that was reproduced last year for a class and has not yet been released to the general public.  I have had several requests for this sampler and so the decision was made to release "Ann Emptage 1845" at the Nashville Needlework Market.  While I am not exhibiting this year; the pattern will be available at the market.  For shop will find this new release in Suite #504 with Needlework Press.  The antique sampler will be there as a model for you to view.  Feel free to re-post this picture on your website or blog to let your customers know about this new release.

Ann Emptage 1845

This sampler is a really beautiful work of art and it is reproduced on Vintage Buttercream Lakeside Linen using Needlepoint Silks.  The pattern includes some history regarding Ann and her family.  I do hope you will stop by the Suite #504 and visit Ann.  

For those of you who want to stitch this beauty be sure to let your local needlework shop know you wish to order this pattern so they can put it on their list.  Most shops bring lists to markets these days as there just isn't enough time to get to every booth.  

As I said...I won't be exhibiting in Nashville this year and I hadn't planned on attending.  I was thinking about how much I would miss being there this year and then something unexpected happened.  Two close friends purchased a needlework shop last year and they are attending their first market as new shop owners.  So, they asked if I would like to come and help them shop.  I of course said I would be delighted!!  So, I will see my colleagues after all and join in the excitement of the market in a different way this year.  I am looking forward to having fun with my friends too.

Until next time...keep those needles busy.

All the best,


  1. Enjoy your year of sabbatical! Have a good time at Market wearing your "different" hat this year!

    1. Thanks Robin...I intend to have a good time!

  2. Wishing you the best as you take this special time away. We need to step back and reflect and breathe and “ just be” from the lives we lead. I do this for two weeks annually. It does my entire being a world of good. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.