Monday, March 12, 2018

*NEW* Nashville Releases are now Live in my Etsy!

Whew! You all knocked my socks off with your warm welcome of my new Nashville designs! It is always SO hard to estimate how many charts to take with me to Market, and I try really hard to keep it as minimal as possible, since I have to ship charts there, then pay again to ship any unsold charts back home. Well, I greatly underestimated your love of a few of my new designs, and therefore spent the entire week upon my return, filling backorders to the shops that attended.

Oh my goodness, was this year's Market ever a busy, happy, full-of-smiles-and-laughter-and-scrambling-to-keep-up weekend! I feel so blessed to get to continue to do this designing gig, which I honestly thought would never amount to more than just-for-fun. But you have turned it into a full-time job for me, and I couldn't be happier with the arrangement. You keep supporting me and I'll keep designing! Deal?

Anyway, I apologize wholeheartedly for the delay, but I finally have my 4 general-release designs now available in my etsy shop.

If you have your eye on my Prairie Life Sampler, please go seek out one of the shops that attended Market to purchase it. This chart will be exclusively available from the 150+ attendees that bought from me until sometime in early April. When I make my two new April designs available for purchase, I'll also add Prairie Life to my Etsy shop. Until then, go support my favorite shops scattered across the country (and around the world!).

Here the new designs are, in no particular order:

Queen Bee Pincushion

Stitch Count: 53 x 53
Model stitched with one thread over two on R&R Reproductions' 40ct. Patriot's Brew

Using threads from:
Classic Colorworks: Blue Corn, Tennessee Red Clay, Honeycomb, Hazelnut
The Gentle Art: Endive, Maple Syrup
Weeks Dye Works: Grasshopper, Cayenne, Molasses, Grits

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

Pincushion base by Lone Elm Lane:
4” Shaker Round in Timber Brown

Trims by Lady Dot Creates:
Rick Rack in Mother Lode
Mini-Pom in Sandy Gold

Model was stuffed with 2 ounces of pure sheep's wool.

Thou God Seest Me

Stitch Count: 86 x 91
Model stitched with one thread over two on 28 ct. mystery linen that was coffee stained by myself.

With threads from Classic Colorworks: Cinnamon Toast, Hazelnut

The Gentle Art: Brethren Blue, Caramel Corn, Endive, Ruby Slipper

Weeks Dye Works: Palomino
Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

The frame was found at a local thrift store, then refinished by me.

Coffee Bean Sampler; the Magical Elixir Series #4

Stitch Count: 119 x 171
Model stitched with one thread over two on R & R 36ct. Plum Street Blend
Stitches used: Counted Cross Stitch

Weeks Dye Works: Grasshopper
The Gentle Art: Maple Syrup, Dark Chocolate, Apple Cider, Picnic Basket, Caramel Corn, Ruby Slipper
Classic Colorworks: Hazelnut

Conversion to DMC included inside.

The lovely frame is an antique.

Festive Little Fobs #Three, the Stitching Edition

Stitch Count Varies: Approximately 30 x 30 or smaller for each fob

Models stitched with one thread over two
on Weeks Dye Works’ 36ct. Parchment

Using threads from Weeks Dye Works:
Fawn, Mocha, Havana, Red Rocks, Bluecoat Red, Lichen, Blue Jeans, Oscar, Confederate Gray, Mascara

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

Additional Materials Suggested:
US Silver Dollar
Acid Free Card Stock
Felted Wool
Rick Rack, Mini Pom, Chenille, Braided Floss, Seam Binding, or other ribbon-type finishing notion
Large Lobster Clasp

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018 Market Preview

Well, here it is, Ladies and Gents! My official 2018 Nashville Needlework Market preview. Click on the photo to see it a little larger.

I am now accepting pre-orders, but only through your local needlework shop that will be attending Market. Feel free to flood their inbox and answering machine with requests!

The details: I have 5 new releases this year. Yes, you heard that right, FIVE. Some designers do more, I know, but this is the maximum that I can handle, so hopefully it's enough to keep you happy for awhile.

From left to right:

Prairie Life Sampler (Market Exclusive): $12

Festive Little Fobs Three: Stitching Edition: $10

Thou God Seest Me: $10

Queen Bee Pincushion: $10

Coffee Bean Sampler: the Magical Elixir Series #4: $10

What does "Market Exclusive" mean? It means that this design will only be available through shops that attend Market for the first month. I will not be offering it through my Etsy shop for one month after Market. You will not be able to get it from any shop that did not attend Market for one month. Even my distributors will not have it available for one month. But shops that attend Market can get as many as they want/need, even if that means placing re-orders after Market, that I send via mail. Get the idea?

This is my way of saying THANK YOU to the shop owners who go to the trouble/expense of attending Market instead of staying home and ordering from the comfort of their home or shop. If shop owners did not attend Market in person, then there would be much excitement and enthusiasm lost; networking would not happen; relationships would not blossom. I absolutely LOVE getting to meet and chat with all parts of this cross-stitching industry when I go to Market, but it is expensive and LOTS OF WORK for all involved. Those of us selling and those that go to shop! I know it might sound dreamy to you all that don't get to be there, and don't get me wrong, it is an amazing time, but it is also HARD. So, I will ALWAYS have at least one Market exclusive, and this is both my way, and potentially YOUR way of thanking your local shop owner, by ordering the exclusives through them right away, instead of waiting until it is available to everyone. Okay? Sermon over.  :)

If you are a shop owner viewing this post, there will be an email going out to Market attendees this afternoon or tomorrow, that will include all the details, such as linen, threads, stitch count, etc., to help you prepare your shopping list for Market. Please wait to contact me with pre-orders and questions until you've received that message.

And now, since you've made it this far, here's a video clip in which I give a little more info and show each of the new designs up close and personal:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Early Winter

The new year started as usual with a late Christmas celebration with my side of the family, lovingly dubbed "Newmas". All of my state-side siblings were there with their spouses and kiddos, making for a festive and noisy celebration. We're pretty sure that we're all done with the manufacturing of babies, so it should be coasting from here on out, right?

With only a few rather frosty mornings and one skiff of snow early on, Winter has not seemed like Winter at all this go around. Mild days, not-quite-cold nights. Some days downright warm in our estimation. Rain, but not too much, buds forming early, wildlife getting fat and sassy from the feast at the feeder. A rather unremarkable and disappointingly temperate.

Friday, February 09, 2018

*NEW* Festive Little Fobs : Springtime Edition

The idea for this series came to me as I was sitting at a freshly-wiped computer hard drive wondering if any of my lost charts and data were going to be recovered. I was at a complete loss for what to do if I had to re-create months worth of charts that I had in queue for 2018. I opened a new file and started designing some simple little motifs, and then the ideas started rolling. Before I knew it, I had a rough list of 12 different themes, enough to fill a year, should I need to start from scratch with releases to keep you all busy.

This series, unlike the others that I’m in the midst of, has a clear start and finish, as well as a total number of volumes. There will be 12 total, one for each month of 2018. Some will be seasonal, the rest will have general themes, good for any time of year. The intent is for there to be a whole lot of littles that you can stitch for friends and/or that you can fill a little tree with. Imagine if you worked your way through this entire series; with at least 9 different motifs per chart, that’s a total of 108 little ornaments or fobs that you could fill an old feather tree with. Or 108 friends that you could spoil with the labors of your hands.

I’ve included basic instructions for a few of the fob finishes, but I encourage you to explore the internet on your own for the fabulous DIY tutorials there are out there on Floss Tube and Pinterest. I’m far from being an expert finisher, and easily confess that my methods aren’t new. The Silver Dollar finish might be original, but the other finishes are the same that are already out there. If you’re not a person that likes to finish their own stitching, I’m sure you can find a willing person out there to do it beautifully for you for a fee.

My intention for this series is for the motifs to be mix-and-match-able. Your fobs don’t have to be one-sided; you could easily stitch front and back with the same motif, or with different motifs of the same size. You can customize with your initials and date over two or over one, or put in the initials of a special someone that you are making a gift for. Use your creativity! They are small and really quite simple to make… don’t let your fear of finishing get in the way. If I can do it, so can you!

You could also finish your pieces as ornaments for an old feather tree. There are no limits to the things that could be made with these little motifs. When you finish, please send me a picture; I love seeing what you all do with my designs, and I like to share on my finish blog for others to see as well.

My utmost thanks for the lovely stitching of these motifs goes to Nataly Koplovsky. I did the finish work, but there’s a strong chance this series would have never been brought to fruition if she hadn’t so willingly stepped up to do the stitching. Give her a hug for me the next time you see her.

Stitch Count Varies: Approximately 30 x 30 or smaller for each fob

Models stitched with one thread over two
on Weeks Dye Works’ 36ct. Parchment

Using threads from Weeks Dye Works:
Fawn, Mocha, Havana, Bluecoat Red,
Lichen, Blue Jeans, Oscar

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

Additional Materials Suggested:
US Silver Dollar
Acid Free Card Stock
Felted Wool
Rick Rack, Mini Pom, Chenille, Braided Floss, Seam Binding,
or other ribbon-type finishing notion
Large Lobster Clasp

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email:

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Stitches

In the margins of Apostle's Creed.
From that time I made my BFF
put some stitches into linen for the first time
because it was about time
she experienced my world a little more intimately.