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The Caron Collection Celebrates Mothers Day with a Gallery of Designs
Dedicated to Mothers, ONE and ALL!

In 1996, President Bill Clinton issued a White House Press Release, called the Presidential Mother's Day Proclamation 1996 *, which stated:

America's mothers hold a special place in our hearts, providing the lessons and care that have enabled generations of children to embrace the opportunities of this great land. They embody the compassion, devotion, and energy that have always defined our national character, and their daily efforts anchor our country's commitment to the fundamental values of respect and tolerance. Mothers impart both the strength that enables us to face our challenges and the love that comforts and sustains us.

As we honor our Nation's mothers for past and present accomplishments, we recognize that mothers' roles have changed significantly in recent years. Today, mothers are CEOs and teachers, physicians and nurses, elected officials and PTA presidents, police officers and volunteers, homemakers and heads of households. Many serve on the front lines of the struggle against violence and poverty. These women -- problem-solvers, caregivers, and teachers -- are using their talents in every sector of our society, helping all Americans to look forward with hope and faith in the future.
* Proclamation continued at end of feature

Happy Mother's Day
by Thea Dueck
of The Victoria Sampler

This design employs the sheaf stitch, a wonderfully textured stitch, which is commonly used on both linen and canvas and which makes a great border stitch. It is made of a bundle of parallel satin stitches with a single stitch that brings the stitches together in the center. The effect is rather like a sheaf of wheat standing out in the field! Using different fibres will give you quite different effects. This stitch is also used in Thea's Heirloom Anniversary Sampler.

Mother to Daughter
By Catherine Strickler
Of Indigo Rose

Catherine Strickler's design, Mother to Daughter, is a beautiful piece, employing Caron Waterlilies Antique Rose and Harbor Mist threads.

A Child's Prayer
by Linda Connors
of Calico Crossroads

A Child's Prayer, by Linda Connors, was written especially for her Mother (who sadly passed away a year ago) when Linda was just a teenager. In 1993 she re-worked the poem as a cross stitch design to present to her mother for Mother's Day. Linda says, "Needless to say, there were tears all the way around. I hope other mothers get to enjoy it also." The design is stitched on 28-ct. tea-dyed Monaco and is embellished with several colors of Mill Hill frosted seed beads.




 Motherhood is for Big League Players

 A Good Mother Never Quits, NEVER EVER

Grandmothers are Moms with a Ph.D.
by Barbara Elmore

These needlepoint creations by Barbara Elmore focus on being a mother. They are adapted from cartoons by the fabulous graphic artist, The Real Nancy Drew, widely known for her whimsical, yet poignant messages relating to women and children.


 Nature's Bounty A Gift of Love 

By Bonnie Turner

Bonnie Turner's designs, Nature's Bounty and A Gift of Love, are both appropriately dedicated to Mothers. One depicts a lovely basket full of silk ribbon flowers and the other is a gorgeous bouquet of silk ribbon flowers. Both designs are embroidered on velvet. They form part of a series on velvet which will either be incorporated into a crazy quilt or framed. Bonnie chose flowers as her motif because, Bonnie admits, "I don't have a green thumb and don't like to get my hands dirty. So I don't garden as a result. These are my gardens & they never need to be weeded, watered & they don't die." Bonnie is a quilter who teaches many different aspects of quilting, silk ribbon art, flower pounding and crazy quilting.


 Front of Fob Back of Fob 

Mother's Day Scissors Fob
by Giulia Manfredini

Giulia Manfredini designed this lovely Scissors Fob as a Mother's Day tribute to her mother, Faustina. The project was completely sewn by hand by Giulia. She designed it on paper, but did not chart it. When Giulia designs, the chart often follows only after she completes the stitched model. The colors she chose are subtle and elegant (lilac and violet) and the scissors really suit the design and colors perfectly. The front depicts an angel and on the back Giulia has stitched the inscription: Faustina D L (Dalle Luche ­her mom's last name), the date of her mom's birth, my Angel my Mom, 2002, G.M.(her own initials)

I Thee Wed
by Ellen Moore Johnson

This beautiful handkerchief design, I Thee Wed by Ellen Johnson, is suitable for several occasions, including Mother's Day. Originally designed as a wedding project, it is appropriate for the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, the bride (if she is a mom or mom-to-be) and even the bridesmaids, if they are moms. Also included in the leaflet is a design for a delicate bridal handkerchief. Only seven basic stitches are used to complete these keepsake treasures: backstitch, lazy daisy stitch, heirloom lazy daisy stitch, French knot, bullion stitch, stem stitch, and fly stitch.

Bill Clinton's Presidential Proclamation continued:

Mother's Day has long been a welcome opportunity to celebrate motherhood and to remember our mothers -- whether biological, foster, or adoptive. To reflect on all we have gained from our mothers' guidance and to remember their sacrifices, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as "Mother's Day" and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.
Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 12, 1996, as Mother's Day. I urge all Americans to express their gratitude for the many contributions made by our mothers and to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twentieth.
William J. Clinton

Press Release -The White House - Office of the Press Secretary
* Note: To date, there has been no more recent proclamation!

Contact and Ordering Information for Designs Featured:

To purchase Thea Dueck's design, Happy Mother's Day, please visit the Victoria Sampler website and click on the Shop Finder link to find a needlework shop near you! If your favorite needlework shop does not carry their line, please have your shop contact them.
The Victoria Sampler
Sidney, B.C. Canada
E mail info@victoriasampler.com
Website www.victoriasampler.com

Catherine Strickler's design, Mother to Daughter, is available from:
Elegant Stitch
Lois Mouriski-Bear, Owner
3848 McHenry Avenue, Suite 130
Modesto, California 95356-1599
phone: 800 - 790-0810 (orders only please)
or 209 - 529-6393
fax: 209 - 529-6395
e-mail: lois@elegantstitch.com
or elgnstch@pacbell.net
Website: http://www.elegantstitch.com

Or contact Catherine at:
Indigo Rose
4217 Bounty Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone: (757) 460-3340
Fax: (757) 460-0112
E mail: catherine@indigorose.net

For information on ordering A Child's Prayer by Linda Connors, contact her at:
Linda Connors
Calico Crossroads
1911 N. Austin Avenue
Suite 402
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: 512-863-5943
Fax: 512-863-7651
E-Mail: calxrds@aol.com
Website: www.calicocrossroads.com

Barbara Elmore's designs are available from the sources she recommends below. They can also be ordered directly from her, by your local needlework shop at:
Barbara Elmore Designs
P.O. Box 127
Sonoita, AZ 85637
Phone: (520) 455- 5639
Fax: (520) 455- 0038
E-Mail : npdesign@theriver.com
Website: www.barbaradesigns.com
Sundance Needleworks
6546 E. Tanque Verde #150
Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone: (800) 745- 7391

Lani's Needlepoint
12416 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 986- 0798

The Studio Knitting and Needlepoint
1121 /w, 47th St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: (816) 531- 4466

Bedecked and Bedazzled
Ruth Schmuff
315 Weatherbee Road
Towson, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 823- 2436
E Mail: info@bedeckedandbeadazzled.com
Website: http://www.bedeckedandbedazzled.com

For more information on Bonnie Turner's designs, contact:
Bonnie Turner
The Quilter's Studio, Etc.
P.O. Box 62
Clarksville, N.Y. 12041
(518) 768-8091
E mail: bonnieturner@prodigy.net

For information on Giulia Manfredini's Scissors Fob, contact her at:
Giulia Manfredini
E mail: jmanfr@tin.it
Snail mail: Via Palestro 16, 541000 Massa, Italy

To order I Thee Wed (item #EL-W6) by Ellen Johnson, contact her at:
Heirloom Embroidery
3806 Somerset Place
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 USA
phone: (205) 556-9222 or toll free order line: (888) 248-4743
fax: (205) 556-4761
e mail : ellenjohnson@heirloomembroidery.com
website : http://www.heirloomembroidery.com

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