Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A complete set of SANQ!

Yes, I haven’t posted in a number of weeks. Things do tend to get busy around here! Since my last post I accomplished something I’m very excited about! I now have a COMPLETE set of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly!!

This is my favorite magazine. It is a little more expensive than other US needlework magazines, but is well worth the money.

I’ve had a subscription for several years. To fill in my missing issues I spent time on Ebay (or as my friend Chris refers to it, the Bay of Evil). I did find a few locally at our EGA chapter’s annual stash sale, but by far the majority came from winning online auctions. I purchased some as single copies and others as part of multiple issue lots. 

So why do I like this magazine so much? I love the history. Each issue has several projects that are either actual reproductions or pieces that are greatly inspired by historical needlework. In addition to the projects you can stitch, the editors also include articles on a variety of topics that are focused on needlework throughout history. For example, one issue had a fascinating article on Tartan ware and another had info on tambour hooks and stilettos.

The projects also vary. You usually find a piece that is a sampler, but you also find a variety of other projects. You can see from a few of the magazine covers some of this variety. There is everything from basket toppers to sampler ornaments to purses to pincushions to needlework tool cases. There is a little something for everyone!

If you haven’t yet tried this magazine head click on this link. As of this writing there is a free motif available that was taken from one of SANQ’s most popular samplers. You can also find more information about ordering a sample issue. You have the both print and digital download options. 

Can you tell I like this magazine? Well, as a little bonus for those who have read this far, check out this link for a free sampler—not related to SANQ! Click on Téléchargement gratuit : Marquoir Elise for the PDF download.