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June 14, 2012

Old Nantucket and Six Little Cardinals

It started with a box, an antiques dealer, and a mystery. . . . . . .  .

Often times LHN designs begin with my love of something in particular like Early America, stitched houses, fruit, etc.  I think this is the first time a design came from an antique object that didn't belong to me.  Many of you know I like to dabble in genealogy from time to time and it was because of genealogy that I formed a friendship with an antique dealer in New England.  Every now and then he needs help locating the original owner of a sampler and I am always more than happy to jump in to lend a hand.  Last year he presented me with a box that led me down a twisting path to find the girl whose name appeared on it.


Inside lid
The outside of the box was nice, but the inside held the treasure.  I wanted to know all there was to know about Nantucket as I felt I knew close to zero.  After studying the area and the time period I was totally inspired to create a sampler.  By the time I was finished it was complete with an original verse, Cape Cod styled house, whale, ship, and a woman waiting for her love to return home from the sea.  The colors for the design were inspired by the box as well.

Old Nantucket
My mom was the model stitcher for this sampler and the ornament below.

The ornament of the month is Six Little Cardinals.  I love cardinals. . . . . . they show up in a lot of  LHN winter designs.  Nothing better than a tree full of them!  


I will update the LHN web site with supplies in the next few days.  Both of these designs ship to our distributors tomorrow.   Happy Stitching!
Diane

41 comments:

  1. Wow! I love this piece! I've never been to Nantucket - I've been to Cape Cod a couple of times, and have always wanted to visit Nantucket. I think having this chart might be the closest I will get to visiting the island.

    Gorgeous!

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    1. It's probably as close as I'll get too!

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  2. Wow, that Nantucket design is GORGEOUS!!!

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    1. I have done so many of your patterns but THIS Nantucket is by FAR!!!! my fav!!! love the story behind it.

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    2. Thank you both! Good things happen when the inspiration is there!

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  3. I love both your new designs and your mother did a wonderful job stitching them.

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    1. Thank you Rita! Mom reads the comments so I'm sure she'll see yours. :)

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  4. wowhoo i love this work!! Congratulation to your mum for stitch it!! It's wonderful!

    love
    elena

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  5. That is just beautiful and I love the color palette you used. I am going to have to add this one to the collection for sure. Beautifully stitched as well.
    :o)

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  6. the Nantucket design is awesome, i absolutely love the colors!
    Your mother did a great job by stitching it!

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    1. Thank you! The colors are even prettier in person. :)

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  7. I love cardinals too and your ornament is adorable!

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  8. I love this one! Such a love story! I can't wait to stitch it.

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  9. Neat story and the Nantucket chart is beautiful. Love the seafoam blue.
    But, what's the rest of the story? Did you find out anything about the girl with the box?

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    1. Rebecca. . . . I do believe I found her though her name was Judith Lester,not Judeth Luster. I do not know what the box commemorated as I believe she was born twenty years before the box was dated. Maybe a wedding, or sadly, maybe a passing?

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  10. ohh love the wee box and the story you have wove around it ... and the new ornament is really cute :)
    love mouse xxxx

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  11. Both are beautiful, but I just love the sampler!

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  12. I just love the colors used in the Nantucket sampler! I've also never been there, but I'll have to stitch this just to get the "feel" of it in my house! Love the ornament, too - can't wait to get it - I'm in the "club" from the Attic in Mesa! :) Thanks for all your lovely designs; between you and your daughter, my needle is quite busy!! And happily so.

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    1. Thank you! It sure is quite a distance from Arizona to Nantucket!

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  13. WOW! WOW...wow! This is a stunner, i absolutely love the colors, the design, the phrases. Well done missy! Gotta have this one. Thank you again for sharing your gift.

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  14. WOW! I love this design. The colors are just beauiful. And what a fun story behind the design of it. Were you able to find Jedeth Luster?

    I HAVE to have this design
    :)

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    1. Thank you! Take a look at the reply to Rebecca above. :)

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  15. What a great story and even more beautiful design. Love those colors of the sampler. Ornament 6 is another beautiful one.
    Your mother did a great job stitching them.

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  16. I am definately buying that nantucket piece - I love the story behind how it came to be - I also love how your mum finished the cardinal ornament - I never thought to use the ric rac that way - hope she dosn't mind if I steal her idea - I just finished your Happy Hearts freebie from nordan crafts blog and was looking for a way to finish it - also working on another of your designs - Alphabet Rhyme which I'm really enjoying - and thankyou for your free design - stitched it on my own coffee dyed linen turned out great!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'd love to see a picture of the complimentary design stitched up!

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  17. Oh my God that this embroidery is wonderful, the sea, the whale, the boat, everything I love, you're a designer with a huge talent! I hope I have the joy of this model embroidery quickly so wonderful! Thank you for giving us the chance to embroider such a model so sublime!
    Marylin of FRANCE

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  18. LOVE the Nantucket piece -- how wonderful dear!!! You are such a talent!

    Theresa Venette

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  19. Hi Diane,
    I can't begin to tell you how much I love, love your new Nantucket sampler. It is beyond beautiful. I will be 1st in line to purchase that gem! Don't you just love antiques? They ALL have a story to tell us--- some happy, some sad, but all incredibly interesting. As for the island of Nantucket, if you are ever here in New England, you owe it to yourself to hop on the boat and take the trip over. It is so lovely there. Picturesque, quaint, a story around every corner. You will just love it!

    Mom did an awesome job with her stitching. Cudos to her!

    -Sherry-

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    1. Thank you Sherry. And yes, I do love antiques! It's a joy to work with my friend Michael when he needs to help find genealogy for his treasures.

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  20. Wow! I really love the Nantucket Sampler! I can't wait to get it. I also love 6 Little Cardinals!

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  21. Both designs are wonderful Diane! I just ADORE Nantucket!! This one is definitely going to have to come home with me. Your latest ornament has my favourite birds on it. I think my DH would love it if I stitched this one for him!

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  22. I just spotted both designs on Pinterest. Are they still available for purchase?

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane