Thursday, 3 January 2013

Meetings With Remarkable Women - Julia Line of Long Dog Samplers.

I should say from the start that Julia and I have never met face to face, but we have talked via the internet. For those of you who do not know, Julia Line of Long Dog Samplers is one of the most original, inspired and innovative European sampler designers of our time. And here you can see the reason why.

Julia often takes a traditional genre or format, works with it and then expands it beyond known boundaries, taking it to quite unexpected and wonderful new places.
And what you end up stitching is something so totally fresh and unique it makes you smile. Julia speaks design. This fusion of ideas she brings together with her unerring eye for colour is unsurpassed.

For many years I have been a great admirer of her creations. So it was with much sadness I learned of the death of her husband last year - which together with the invasion of her studio in France by destructive (however sweet looking) doormice meant a particularly devastating time for her. But such is her mettle, she is now putting back the pieces and is back to design again. Do go and visit her brand new web-site to view and buy her fabulous charted designs - they are all going to be heirlooms of the future. Here you can see a Christmas ornament that she made for me. It is at the same time so clever and so simple. Such is Julia's artistry. To visit Julia and her Long Dog Samplers, just click here.


  1. Thank You so much for this post. I stitched "Do Bears" some time ago en still love it.
    But now I'll look aroud here. See so interesting stitching.

  2. I have several of her charts and I love them all. I am trying to do on in a bamboo thread for depth and I am just loving it

  3. Hi Jacqueline, I've discovered you and I have been working to encourage Julia with building her new website. She's so delightful and talented, with an unparalleled sense of humor. I'm so pleased to see you've written this article about her. She is fully deserving and truly one of my very favorite - if not THE favorite - designer. My stash is full of her designs.

    Deb in Idaho
    Tempting Tangles

  4. Julia is my absolute favorite designer. I'm so glad to see you've written this article about her.