Thanksgiving Sampler Student Kit
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“The year has turned its circle. The seasons come and go. The harvest all is gathered in and chilly north winds blow... Orchards have shared their treasures. The fields their yellow grain. So open wide the doorway... Thanksgiving comes again!” - old rhyme
Gather with your loved ones this Thanksgiving to celebrate the season of gratitude. The tradition of giving thanks after the summer bounty takes place all over the world, but in North America, it is traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, when the Pilgrims invited the local indigenous peoples to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season. Many people had starved the previous winter, but meanwhile, kind members of the local Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims to grow corn, beans and squash, how to catch the local fish, and how to collect the seafood. These were all skills that were needed to survive in their new land. The original three-day feast apparently included goose, lobster, cod and deer, and the vegetables and berries they collected or grew. The Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote about that now-famous meal, mentioning a wild turkey hunt that took place before the dinner, which may be where the idea of eating turkey came from. In this original sampler, you can see the beautiful basket of fruits and veggies at the top, then a scene showing the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe getting together, and finally a scene at the bottom of the sampler showing our modern Thanksgiving Day, boys playing football, and friends and family gathering around a groaning table. There are a number of specialty stitches to enjoy stitching. The Hardanger panel at the bottom is a perfect balance with the top basket and crows. I’ve always found that a sense of gratitude is essential to happiness and Thanksgiving is a perfect time every year to celebrate this together. - Thea
NEW! - Home Study videos on Youtube!
Once you've bought your Student Kit, come and join our Youtube Channel, where you will find Thea and Lisa's Videos for this delightful design! There is lots of help, and you can get started sorting your threads, putting your linen on your frame. This project is for Intermediate Level stitchers. You will be able to do it with our videos showing you exactly how to work the stitches in this gorgeous piece. On Youtube we share some of our excellent STITCH VIDEOS teaching you how to do the special stitches. The videos also show Lisa and Thea's FINISHING VIDEOS so you can see exactly how to construct it!
Your FULL Student kit includes:
Leaflet - "Thanksgiving Sampler" Chart with full colour finishing photos for wallhanging.
Accessory Pack with 4 overdyed Silk Flosses,Metallic Braid gold, 22 x silk Flosses, 3 different types of Beads.
Linen Pack - 11" x 20" Clay 28ct Cashel Linen
Finishing Pack - Autumn Floral Cotton outside edge, Brown Print Cotton Fabric, Brick Red contrasting Fabric,
Additional Materials Pack - #24 and #26 Tapestry Needles, #10 Beading needle, #12 and #8 Perle Cottons - #712 Cream
Sorting The Threads in your Accessory Pack:
Remember to sort in daylight near a window, not under artificial light indoors, as the colours change with the colour of the lightbulbs we use. Each floss has a different number of strands in each thread length. This helps you differentiate the different colours in your pack. Needlepoint Inc. silk floss has 8 strands per length The Kreinik Mori has 6 strands per length The Gloriana Overdyed Silk has 12 thin strands per length.
FYI: some colours could have been divided into two lengths. This can happen if a colour requires partial yardage. ie. Our kitmaker might include one 1 yard length and one 0.5 yard length, so don't be surprised if one colour has more than one length of thread. We hope this extra information will help you sort your threads more easily!
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