Warm Welcome to all of you stitchers aspiring to stitch Miss Elizabeth Hancock an adaptation/reproduction by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks.

If you would like to join, please e-mail Vonna: with your name and your e-mail address and she will send you an invitation.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Finished Elizabeth!

Finished Eliz Hancock several weeks ago and framed her last weekend. 

I stayed with the suggested colors except for her dress and flowers in the border. I used Earthen 40 ct linen from Picture this Plus.   I thought stitching the border would drive me crazy or become boring, but it didn't do either. LOL

I look forward to more of LHN "reproduction" samplers. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 21 - Happy Dance!!!!!!:-)))))))

I am very happy to tell you that I have finished my first SAL that was my first sampler as well! It is really a happy dance for me:-)))    I might say I finished it much earlier I expected though I had a 6-week-long break when I had not touched it at all.    Stitching is a new (and very much beloved and joyful) hobby for me and I don't have the strength yet to avoid starting new projects all the time, I am tempted so often, I must start them (like they were running away or evaporate:-))), so I had to prove to myself that I can do it, finish a big project and not just building a pile of WIPs.    I would like to enjoy them watching hanging on the wall...:-)

The last push was when I was reading other stitchers in a forum talking about what a great feeling is when you finish a big project, it is nothing like when you finish a pin keep or other smaller design, they were talking so nicely that I was convinced to continue Elizabeth till the end:-)))

It took me altogether 21 days to stitch this wonderful design.    I stitched it on 36 ct Zweigart linen tea and coffee-dyed by me - and I had to do it twice, because the recommended cotton floss for the border flowers did not get the same white-shine effect I saw on the chart stitched with silk.    I had stitched a longer part of the border when I still was not satisfied so..... I frogged Crescent Colours Eggshell and used CC Wild Oats instead (it was the colour recommended for Elizabeth's skin).   You can see the difference I am quite sure.   The star-shaped flowers in the row were stitched with Eggshell, the border flowers with Wild Oats.    All white-like colours were stitched with  2 strands of thread, all the other colours with 1 strand of thread over 2.

Speaking about the starshaped flowers in the row:  I stitched the middle one with CC Hazelnut instead of Eggshell to make my sampler to be a bit "different" from other such samplers.  

As I have told you in a former post, I decided to change Elizabeth's hair, I did not like the original, I am very mush satisfied with this longer, a bit more wild, romantic hair and I used a DMC (forgot to write down the number) for her skin.  

I changed WDW Seagull to Nina's Threads Chrystal, because the Seagull was too grey for the birds and I like this wonderful blue much more.   I also put a little of this blue into one of the star-shaped flower row, to make the colours of the sampler more balanced.

All in all it was so much fun to stitch, it is a beautiful design.    I cannot wait to go to the framers:-))) 

I had been stitching it in every minute I could spare these past couple days till very late in the night, but now I am not tired, I am just sooo happy.   

Big hugs and happy stitching! 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

E Hancock Progress 5/5/12

Finished the vine and birds.  I am using Eiffel Tower in place of the Vanilla Pudding.  It is a blue green and works well with the Red Fox and green in the vine.  I originally tried a pink but didn't look quite right.  Actually considered the purple that I used for the dress, but thought that would be too much.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Little by Little

I have finally finished the top row!  And now only the border all around to go!
I think the little dogs and birds are so sweet :)  Happy stitching!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

My progress, sort of

I have now acquired the rest of the Belle Soire for this and have finished one of the models I was working on.  I plan on starting Elizabeth after I finish the other model.


Hello Friends!  I have gone back to stitching on Elizabeth since last weekend.  I think I will continue to spend most of my time with her until it is finished.  I had expected to be finished with the top section by now, but I am close!

And then just the border to finish!  Enjoy your weekend and happy stitching!  :)

Krista in CT

Monday, March 19, 2012

Elizabeth Hancock Progress

Finishing up the star row and heading to the border. I'm considering changing the vanilla pudding color in the border. I changed the lady's dress to Belle Soie Elegant Eggplant (if I remember correctly) and really like that color.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Thanks for including me in this one.

I haven't started her yet.  I decided to splurge on the silks and have them all except the Pumpkin Pie which has proved to be elusive.  (Sharon at Crescent Colours says she's having a little problem with the dye for that one, so I'll just be patient.)

I do a little model stitching for Nikki and Diane.  In fact I'm working on a model now for Nikki that will keep me busy while waiting for the floss.  I also have several other wips (we ALL know that story!) including LHN Family Sampler.

Samplers have always been my first love and I fell in love with Elizabeth the moment I saw her.  I look forward to watching everyone's progress.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Progress Report - Day 7

I stitch other designs, too, but I spared some days for Elizabeth, this is my progress so far.  The last star has to be ripped out, I am glad I noticed the miscalculation now and not when I finished the row of stars:-)   I will continue after Easter, my plan is to finish this design early summer.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bottom Border Complete

Here is where I am up to at the moment. I am not sure when I will get back to stitching Elizabeth - I hope it will be soon as I sure do miss her!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Lady in Pink

This past week and weekend I worked on the corner with the lady, the bird, and the doggie. :)  I decided to change the dress to pink!  And changed the face on the lady to dmc 951.  I also switched the eyes to blue-grey and gave her pink lips :)

Krista in CT

Elizabeth Update

My progress :
Finished the verse and moved to the vine. Love the colors.

Stitching with Elizabeth Hancock: Stitching with Elizabeth Hancock: Good morning

Stitching with Elizabeth Hancock: Stitching with Elizabeth Hancock: Good morning: Here is my progress on Elizabeth.

Stitching with Elizabeth Hancock: Good morning

Here is my progress on Elizabeth.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Weekend progress

Hi Everyone!  I was lucky to have had a quiet weekend, perfect for getting stitching done.  I love the stars in this pattern, after a few I could do them without referring to the pattern at all. 

I was so happy to get more overdyeds in the mail and they matched!! 

Have a great week and happy stitching!  xxxxx

Krista in CT

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 3 - Progress Report

Hello ladies,

I  have finally got to start stitching this sampler!  I started Friday afternoon last week using the recommended cotton flosses (I will probably make a small change) and 36 ct Zweigart linen, but the Eggshell did not look good on my hand dyed fabric, there was not enough contrast, so ripping... and pushing the replay button... I dyed my fabric again with some tea and coffee, baked it, ironed it and finally at 11 pm I could  start the winner combination:-)))

I agree, the cotton threads look different, the main difference I think is the color of leaves (border), with the silk it is really green, with cotton (Bark) it is brownish, looks like withered, old grape leaves I think.  I do love it as I  am a big fun of antique samplers that turned brown and dark and yellow as the decades slowly passed.

As I have mentioned you before I thought I will stitch the bottom part of the original design as well when the designer releases it, but as I have learnt from your kind comments (thank you, everybody) it is going to be only a smaller portion of the bottom part of the original sampler so I gave up this idea.

I love this sampler so much, it is a pleasure to work on it, really!:-)



Monday, February 13, 2012

Getting Started with Elizabeth!

Hi Everyone!  I was very excited to finally start Elizabeth this past weekend.  All my supplies finally arrived.  Hooray!!

I had decided to go with light examplar linen in 32 ct from Lakeside Linen and also with the overdyed cotton floss conversions.  The floss colors are very different from the model picture on the pattern, but I believe I will still like the look it will achieve.  I got a pretty good start going and am really enjoying the stitch....

What I have discovered however is that just getting the corresponding floss skeins to the belle soie listed will not give enough thread to complete the project, so just a heads up if you are going with cotton floss you will need to get a lot of extra thread.  I have posted more about this on my blog if you are going with the overdyed floss....

I think it will be a fun stitch.  And it should be interesting to see the progress of everyone using different threads.    Happy stitching!! 

Krista in CT

Friday, February 10, 2012

Good morning

Happy to be joining this blog. Ordering my threads today and will stitch on 40 ct PTP Earthen


Monday, February 6, 2012

Getting Ready to Start!

I received Elizabeth this weekend. As soon as I finish my CCN March Cottage, I will be starting on her. She should come through the rotation on a pretty frequent basis, so I will have pictures to share.

I am using the threads as called for in the design and (I think) a piece of 40 count linen. I should decide on the fabric in the next day or two.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Just joined!


I am Expell from Hungary and I cannot wait to start this beautiful sampler.   I am waiting for my stash to arrive, it comes from abroad, I hope it will be delivered soon!

I wonder if any of you plan to stitch the bottom part of the original sampler that is not included in this chart, but going to be another release (Adam and Eve, the tree), I plan to unit them, what do you think?:-)


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Starting in center on maple sugar!!!

I got some Belfast maple sugar linen in the mail yesterday. It is a beautiful piece of fabric. I started Elizabeth today at my stitching group. We meet the fourth Saturday of the month at my LNS. I started it in the middle with the verse.

After looking at the rest of the posts, I see that unlike the other pictures that were posted, I am the only one starting in the middle. I have only started one project in the corner. I was taught to start in the center. Was I taught wrong? Please educated me as to the reason why people start in the corner and how to find where to start. Aren't you taking a chance of miscounting and not having enough fabric to finish the project once you complete the chart?

Thank you...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Ordered and received 32 count flax. Great fabric, but too light. Will definitely use it on another project.

Ordered 32 count maple sugar, a hand dyed from The Attic Needleworks in Mesa, Arizona today. Should get it in a day or two. The salesperson said it was close to DMC #631 (if think). Looks like the shade I want. Time will tell. Hoping for the best. Can't wait to start!!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Elizabeth start.....and restart.

Hi all. I'm Kris and you can find me on my blog here . Elizabeth and I have had a rough start. I originally had planned to stitch her on 35 count WDW Straw Linen. I ordered my fabric, but once I started stitching on it I felt that the fabric was too dark and the beautiful threads weren't showing up very well. I had just finished another  project on the same linen and the one I had for Elizabeth was definitley much darker.  It was really bugging me so I decided, since I hadn't gotten that far, I would look for a different color fabric. So in my stash I found 35 count R & R Sheep Straw linen and the piece was actually big enough. Off I went to start again. I'm much happier with how it looks now. Here is my meager restart...

Until next time....

My start.

I worked on Elizabeth most of the week. I put her away yesterday. When doing the woman I realized that I couldn't tell the difference between her skin color and the color of her dress. So off to get another color for her skin and then to do some frogging.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Finally started!

Happy dance time as Elizabeth arrived in the mail on Tuesday morning :) I couldn't wait to start her and this is my progress after 5 hours of stitching on her. The silks are just gorgeous to stitch with and I am using 32ct Light Sand linen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Finally, I got the material I wanted and started Elizabeth. I am using V. Exampler 36 ct by LSL. I am using the CC cotton floss and WDW. This is many hours of stitching and so little is done. I do like what I have done and look forward to stitching more. I will probably be doing other things while doing this one because of the size of this project.
Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My little start

I just started Elizabeth last night and I LOVE it:)  Here is my small bit of progress:

Thanks Vonna for hosting this.  It will be fun to see everyone's progress during the year.


Friday, January 13, 2012

All I need is the fabric!!:(

Got the chart. I went to my LNS to pick out the threads. Went with variegated cotton threads. I made a few changes because they didn't have one of the colors or enough of the same dye lot of the color I needed.

They did not have WDW Seagull, so I substituted Sampler's Toasted Barley for it. It has the same tones as the Belle Soie, Eiffel Tower.

Instead of using WDW Bark everywhere it is called for, I am using the Bark only under the house, the vines around the girl and the flower pot near the house. For the rest I am using Crescent Colors, Weeping Willow. The Belle Soie Weathered Vine has a green tone to it, so I decided to bring that tone back to the palate by using Crescent's Weeping Willow that has that same tone to it.

The lady at the LNS has quite a flaw for picking out colors and understanding the different undertones that each one posses. She has great color sense and knows what threads go well with one another. I am very lucky that she was there today to help me.

I can not wait to get my fabric, so I can start working on Elzabeth. I am using WDW 30 count straw. I will post again when I start.

Yours in stitching,

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This just in...

I'm almost ready to start. Perhaps I may start on what I do have. Went by my LNS and picked up what was ready for me. There are several skeins of silk I need to get, but they are on the way. So perhaps I may indeed start stitching with Elizabeth! Oh by the way...I went with 30 ct Cocoa. Still WDW, but Cocoa not Straw.

Talk soon - Julie!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Woo~Hoo!!! And Happy New Years to everyone.

Ok, so I'm a little bit obsessed and just had to have Elizabeth to start Dec 31, 2011 as I watched "Coldplay" welcome in the new years!  As you can see I just couldn't wait to put needle to fabric and start (even though I am missing the Red Fox)! 

I went with the Belle Soie colors suggested, and went with a 40 count Vintage Sand Dune Lakeside linen. The actual color of the linen is more of a straw color than what the picture shows. Can't wait to see it come together!  Have a healthy and safe New Year!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Excited to be a part of this SAL!

I am really excited to be a part of this SAL and hope that by being a part I will be able to get this stitched in 2012!  I have ordered my chart, silks and fabric from Anita's Little Stitches and got confirmation that the package will be shipped today so it should be at work on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Elizabeth is here! I have chosen to go with the over dyed floss and 36 ct v. exampler linen. Hope to get started on her very soon. I need to finish the February cottage and a good marriage first. Hopefully sometime next week.

Elizabeth is awesome....

Thanks for the well wishes!

Just got Elizabeth Hancock

Just got Elizabeth Hancock from In Stitches Needlework
yesterday and have ordered the material. Exciting!! Can't wait to

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stitching with Elizabeth Hancock: Hey Everyone!

Elizabeth Hancock received today!! Now I need to get floss...but am stuck at home with a cold. Tomorrow, hopefully..

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Elizabeth is on the way!

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  I have ordered my Elizabeth Hancock, linen, and threads from Traditional Stitches.  I decided to go with the hand-dyed cotton suggested. 

Looking forward to stitching with you all in the New Year!!  :)
Happy New Year!

Krista in CT

Hello Everyone!

My first SAL and first blogging experience so
am really looking forward to this fellowship
of creative stitchers. Thanks Vonna!

Order Placed

Ohhh how exciting, I have today ordered the chart, fabric and threads for this lovely project. As it's coming from the US it will be about 2-3 weeks before I get it all :(

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's progress with this sampler

L xx

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ordering today! YEA!

I just saw the chart and WDW 30 count straw linen (the linen LH used) on ABC Stitch. Am going to order it today. I am going to use either variegated cotton or DMC thread. I enjoy working with cotton threads more than silk threads.

I have come a long way from when I first started cross stitching seven or so years ago. My taste has changed dramatically. I never did anything but simple charts with no lettering and whole stitches. I now do all types of charts on all sizes, with lettering and fractional stitching, even over one sometimes. WOW!!

Adria's creative life

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hi Everyone!

My name is Krista and I live in Connecticut. I have been stitching for many years and I am excited to start the new year with this beautiful sampler! It is so nice to meet all of you - can't wait to see everyone's progress along the way. Thanks Vonna for coordinating this SAL.
Enjoy your holidays everyone!

Krista in CT

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hello fellow stichers!!

I'm so happy to have my first SAL be this one! Thank you Vonna!

I'm Kim from Oregon and I've been an avid stitcher for the past 25 years. My grandma got me stitching 32 years ago when I was 12 but it really took off when I was 19. I have a love for samplers. Another hobby of mine is genealogy- AND my hubbie has an ancestor named Elizabeth Hancock. Destiny or what?

Looking forward to sharing with you all. Can't wait to get started!

Friday, December 9, 2011


My name is Carol and I'm from Arizona.  I've always loved LHN designs and cannot wait to do this one.  I'm a very slow stitcher so hopefully joining this SAL will keep me moving along.  I love to cross stitch and have been doing so since 1980, after our first daugther was born.  It's been a love of mine ever since.

Thank you to Vonna for putting this together.  I've only done one other SAL, so I will need baby step instructions, but I am looking forward to this.  Luckily I only live about 3 miles from The Attic Needlework shop where the owner, Jean Lea is such a sweet heart and gives us encouragement all the way!

Carol :)

Hey Everyone!

This is my first SAL, and also my first time using BLOGGER. I hope I don't hit the wrong button and make everything disappear.

Thanks to Vonna for getting us all together to stitch this beautiful piece. I currently live in Maryland, although Virginia is always going to be my home. I love to cross stitch and when I discovered the blogs dedicated to cross stitching I immediately became hooked.

I can't wait to start this SAL.


My First SAL!!!!

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel and I am from Texas and so excited to be apart of this blog! I am a huge fan of Littlehouse Needleworks and can't wait to start stitching this beautiful sampler!!!! My friend Kay and I signed up in hopes that this blog will motivate us to complete this wondering piece in time for 2012 Christmas to go up in our homes!! We hope to share our progress with you and see your wonderful pieces as well!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

First sampler!

Hi! My name is Adria and I live in Southern Arizona. This is my first sampler and what a way to begin doing them.. Love the design, love the colors, love the saying. I love all of Little House designs. They are all simple, yet elegant designs.

This is my second SAL. The cottages by Little House is the first.

This will give me a way to organize my stitching life. Can't wait to start.

Thanks Vonna for doing this. Love reading and being a part of your SAL's.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Meeting Elizabeth Hancock...

Hi Everyone! I'm Julie from Tennessee. I am looking forward to starting this piece in 2012 and I hear it's coming soon to a shop near us...Yay! It's phenomenal, don't you think?! I'm thankful to Vonna for creating this blog for us to share our work on this beautiful sampler. I look forward to seeing everyone's progress. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.

Please feel free to take a peek at my endeavors over at Julie's Keepsakes. I'd appreciate the visit. Talk soon!


Hi everyone!

My name is Lynda and I live in Oregon. It's so nice to see many familiar names here to SAL with. This is such a beautiful sampler. I can't wait to get started!

Good Morning

Hi, my name is Sherry and I live in NC. Like the rest of you, I fell in love with this piece when I first saw it. The verse, the design, everything just fits together like a glove and makes a must do piece to stitch.

I would like to ask Vonna if she is able to let us know the colors that will be used on this piece. I realize we have to wait for the chart to be released but I would like to go ahead and get my threads. I use DMC most of the time so I am hoping there is list for those.

My blog is at and I look forward to seeing all the beautiful work that will be showcased here.

Hello Everyone

Hi, I'm Ruth and I'm from Ireland.

I have had my eye on this sampler since I saw a preview of it on the Little House Needleworks blog and I knew that I was going to be stitching this without doubt. So you can imagine my delight when Vonna suggested a SAL to this piece. What could be more wonderful than all of us SAL to Miss Elizabeth Hancock offering support and encouragement.

Looking forward to seeing all of your work and I can't wait to get started on this piece.
I do blog at for anyone wanting to take a look.

Happy stitching,

Miss Elizabeth Hancock

Hello my name is Marilyn and I am French. I am pleased to participate in the SAL Vonna thank you for participating! Sorry for my bad English!
Here's my blog if you want to see me:

thank you again to all!
friendships marylin

hello dear all..

hi, its me cucki from south africa..
i am so happy to be a part of this lovely group..i am so much looking forward to stitch this lovely design..
this is going to be lots of fun,,
big hugs
cucki xxx

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hi There

Hello, my name is Lucie and I am a stitch-a-holic with zero willpower!

I live in Devon, SW England and love stitching LHN, CCN and similar patterns.

I gave into temptation after seeing Vonna's blog today and have joined her LHN Ornie SAL, this SAL (obviously!) and the Prairie School ABC SAL blog. I certainly seem to be up for a challenge in 2012!

I blog over at: Lucie's Stitching Journey (click for the link)

I look forward to seeing everyone's progress with this wonderful pattern.

L xx