Mary Ann Glover, b. 1821, 2nd great grandmother
Mary Ann Glover, 2nd great grandmother. BIRTH ABT 1821 • County Vermana, Ireland. DEATH 17 FEB 1893 • Huron, Ontario, Canada

I have always loved needlework and stitching. My mother taught me to knit, embroider and sew when I was a child. I enjoyed my needlework hobbies over the years, creating various stitched items along the way.

While visiting the Huron County Museum’s archives looking for vintage needlework patterns – I was looking for a pattern for the head-covering my 2nd great grandmother was wearing in the photo to the left – I happened to get the chance to see the museum’s database of textile images.

And I was inspired. Based upon what I saw of the wonderful textile collection, an article idea popped into my head: Early 19th Century household textile items in the collection of the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol. I pitched the idea and eventually the article was published in PieceWork in 2016.

a portion of the counterpane baby blanket
The historic original, the inspiration for the pincushion and for Stitch Revival Studio, a counterpane baby blanket, folded to show the lace trim. The blanket dates from around 1812. (Photo courtesy of the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol)

It was one particular item featured in that article that truly sparked my return to stitching and served as my main source of inspiration: the counterpane crib blanket stitched in the early 1800s. The simplicity of the pattern is its perfect beauty and it drew me in. I recreated the pattern to accompany the article and stitched a pincushion as an example of how the pattern can be used in a different way. My knitting teacher, Irene Kellins, owner of Stitches With a Twist in Blyth, recreated one of the museum’s crochet doilies. You can find both patterns on the Patterns page.

As a knitter, my skills would be best described as ‘experienced beginner’. By that I mean, I’ve made hats, mittens, scarves, but that was it. Learning to recreate a counterpane pattern has required a lot of research, a lot of trial and error and many, many visits to my knitting teacher for advice.

Along the way, I have discovered that needlework is a journey not a destination. Stitch Revival Studio is a way for me to share what I am learning. Thank you so much for stopping by!