Welcome to the website of Primitive Traditions.
Here you may view my selection of cross stitch charts of reproductions
of antique samplers (my first love), charts of original sampler designs
and useful personal accessories (a newer venture!), and my grain-painted
and primitive-finished sewing chests.
My years of interest in needlework (particularly
antique samplers), early American history and folk art, and antiques
(especially painted furniture), come together in the art of grain
painting and its application to the line of accessories I offer and
in the needlework designs for those accessories. The paint-grained
chests uniquely compliment the applied needlework, whether it is a
reproduction of an antique or a new design, and together create a
beautiful accessory compatible with many decorating styles. The fanciful
graning designs on the products are created in a vinegar glaze over
antique paint colors using tools and techniques similar to those used
in the early 1800's when decorative grain painting was a popular means
of enhancing plain wooden furniture and other decorative or functional
Living in historic Gettysburg, PA., I am
surrounded by sources of inspiration for designs, and my ancestral
background, which connects me to the eastern Massachusetts and Cape
Cod areas, is equally influential. I am very lucky to have inherited
a number of family antiques and this gave me a start in collecting
accessories for my home - a love which has grown into something of
an addiction. When I discovered antique samplers, I knew I was going
to be in trouble and I was right. Although my collection is not large
by anyone's standards, I am running out of wall space. You will see
them gradually appear
here in the form of reproduced charts.
I hope you enjoy perusing this site and
if any of the designs interest you, please check with your local
needlework shop for availability or email me with your questions.
From time to time, I will be updating the information and offerings,
so please check back often. The door is always open.
Thank you for your interest in and support
of the needlework industry.