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January Releases

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Categories: cross stitch, new releases

I hope this post finds everyone well and enjoying the winter days of January.  Four new releases this month – perhaps you’ll find something new to stitch!

Bon Appétit

Stitched on 40-count white linen using DMC threads, this is a nod to kitchen retro.  The stitch count is 69 x 82, with a finished (stitched) size of about 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  As always, don’t let the 40-count intimidate you.  If you don’t enjoy stitching on it, choose another count.  You can use a cross stitch calculator to figure out the size of the piece on a different count linen.  My sister Val finished it as a flat-fold and I believe she got the little charms from that big box store which exists in about every town in America now.  I am in love with the fabric she chose (which came from the fabric big box store).

Next up … Friendship …

This piece was stitched on 32-count Zweigart linen (Lambswool), using DMC threads, with a stitch count of 98 x 158.  The infinity sign at the bottom could possibly be enlarged and personalized inside with your and your friend’s initials.  I know there are free alphabet charts online.  Just an idea for you.  I wanted to keep it generic for the model.  Stitch count on this one is 98 x 158.

Snowflake … I’ve seen enough of these around here this week!

This one was stitched on 32-count Zweigart linen (Dark Cobblestone) using DMC threads.  This linen is a beautiful color … not sure why it didn’t catch my eye before.  Stitch count is 117 x 82.

And rounding out the grouping is Tiny Shamrock Sampler.

Val finished it as an ornament – since it was stitched on 40-count linen, it was small enough to do so.  Stitch count is 83 x 73, the linen is Lakeside Linen (Flagstone), and it was stitched with Classic Colorworks silk floss.  This is the third of my tiny samplers, the first two being Tiny Daffodil Sampler and Tiny Pansy Sampler.  You can check out the gallery of my website to see them – they were released a year or so ago.  I do have three other tiny samplers already designed, waiting to be stitched.

I did make a note on the chart about this, but since this piece is stitched (for the most part) with variegated silks, a DMC conversion was a little tricky.  I found comparable alternatives except for the pot of gold.  The silk used was “Enchanted Forest” and there is no DMC alternative.  I noted on the chart that since it’s a very deep dark green, you could use black (310), or if you wanted a lighter look, you could opt for DMC 3371.

Happy stitching!

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New Series Announcement!

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Categories: A Blue and Silver Christmas, Christmas, colors, cross stitch, new releases, winter

What better way to introduce a new series than through a series of posts about color?  Especially considering the theme I chose for my ornament series.  Here are a few sneak peeks.  Can you guess the color theme?

sneak peek

sneak peek

 

Introducing my new ornament series … A Blue and Silver Christmas.  There are twelve total designs – the first six will be released next week, with the remaining six ornaments being released at the beginning of October.

 

A Blue and Silver Christmas

The first to be released are Firs, Bows & Ribbons, Shine, Twinkle, Snow Fall and Noel Wreath.

Firs

Bows and Ribbons

Shine

Twinkle

Snowfall

Noel Wreath

I have a few things to say about this series and my ideas and thoughts behind it.  I hope you will continue reading and see all the possibilities I envisioned when designing this series.

When I first conceived the idea for A Blue and Silver Christmas, I was hoping for an ornament series which wasn’t as blatantly Christmas-themed, so they could then be possibly used throughout the winter season.  My other thought was to create an ornament series which could be color customized, since I used very few colors in these designs.  This makes it easy to change up the color scheme without being intimidated by a large color palette.  I chose a blue/silver color scheme so these could be displayed all winter but you may choose another color scheme to make them more Christmas oriented.  In keeping with the blue/silver theme, I used opalescent linen as well as metallic threads and beads to give it that extra sparkle.  However, the use of these items is not necessary.  In the cases where metallic threads were used, they were blended with a DMC floss so you can choose to use strictly DMC instead.  French/colonial knots or even full cross stitches can be substituted for the beads.

Just for fun, I stitched up two ornaments using other colorways to see what would happen.  This will give you an idea of what you could possibly do in choosing alternate colorways.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  The beauty of stitching ornaments is that they are small pieces so if you don’t like your choices, you don’t have to feel as if you invested a lot of time in a “mistake”.  In my original designs, I used five DMC flosses – two “silvers” and three “blues”.  In the following example, I stitched “Bows and Ribbons” with a red/gold colorway – I used DMC 729 and 167 (gold tones) to substitute for the silvers and DMC 321 and 498 (red tones) to substitute for the blues.  In the original design, the bow is stitched with a blue DMC floss and a blue metallic floss (blended).  Instead of stitching the bow this way, I changed it up a bit and stitched the gold stripes on the package with a combination of gold metallic floss and a gold DMC.  The only reason for this is that I did not have red metallic floss on hand.  You could certainly keep it like the original design and stitch the bow with metallic floss.  Instead of white opalescent linen, I used “Dirty” linen by Zweigart.  Any beige-y neutral would work for a red/gold color scheme.

Bows and Ribbons - Red and Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this next example, I stitched “Firs” with a green/gold colorway.  I used DMC 729 and 167 (gold tones) to substitute for the silvers and DMC 936 and 937 (green tones) to substitute for the blues.  In this ornament, I also changed it up from the original a little bit.  In addition to using metallic floss for the box around the word “firs”, I also used metallic floss for one of the trees.  Again, I used the “Dirty” linen.

Firs - Green and Gold

Purple/silver is another colorway which would work beautifully for this series.  I substituted purple for blue in my designing software and loved how it looked.  How about using a pale blue linen for this color scheme or even a gray?  Red/silver is maybe not an obvious choice but it also works well.  Keep in mind that one particular colorway may not work throughout the whole ornament series.  For example, “Silver Bells” may look strange in a green/gold colorway since your bells will be gold instead of silver.  You could stitch half of the ornaments using one colorway and the other half with different choices.

Purple-silver colorway

 

Red-Silver colorway

Have fun, be creative!  That was my goal in designing this series, to possibly embolden stitchers to change colors from an original design.  Ornaments are perfect for experimenting as they are small and not as intimidating as a large piece.  Make it your own and be bold in your experimentation.  I would love to see your alternative choices if you decide to go that route.

I’d like to thank my sister, Valerie Leith, for her beautiful finishing work.  Also, I’d like to thank Honeybee at The Copper Fox, as her beautiful blog and tutorials provided inspiration for Val’s finishing work, as well as endless cross stitching inspiration to me as well.

Also set to be released next week is It’s Crunch Time.  This piece was stitched on 32-ct. Creme Brulee by R&R Reproductions (32-ct. Light Mocha from Zweigart is a good substitution) with DMC threads and one Gentle Arts thread (Autumn Leaves).

It's Crunch Time

Happy stitching!

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New Releases

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Categories: cross stitch, flowers, new releases

Happy April to everyone.  By now, maybe everyone has recovered from the Nashville Market and is ready to see something new.  I hope so, anyway!  Here are four new releases, enjoy.

PRAISE
Praise

Praise was stitched on 30-count Legacy linen (Custard Cream), using flosses from DMC and The Gentle Art.  Stitch count is 117 x 146.  The timing of this piece amazes me.  I finished stitching it and getting it framed just before my mother passed away.  She is indeed free and I know she is singing.

LILACS
Lilacs

Lilacs was stitched on 40-count white linen, using Classic Colorworks silk flosses.  The finishing was done by Valerie Leith.  Stitch count is 63 x 87.

TIME

Time

Time was stitched on 36-count R&R Reproductions linen (Plum Street Blend), using flosses from DMC and The Gentle Art.  Quote by Henry Van Dyke.  Stitch count is 125 x 96.  Another quote that brings me to tears for what it means to me right now.

THOUGHTS OF FRIENDS

Thoughts of Friends

Thoughts of Friends was stitched on 32-count R&R Reproductions linen (Creek Bed Brown), using flosses from DMC.  Finishing was done by Valerie Leith.  Stitch count is 68 x 38.

My sister finished Lilacs as a flat-fold which isn’t truly shown in the picture above.  When I take pictures of the cover models, I like to show as much of the actual piece as I can.  I know if I am shopping for cross stitch charts, I love to see as much of the finished piece as possible.  I appreciate beautiful photo shoots but I’m looking to see what the piece actually looks like.  This is why I didn’t take a picture of the overall flat-fold finish.  But here it is, because I wanted to show off the beautiful finishing work my sister did.

Lilacs

The same applies to Thoughts of Friends.  Val finished it as an ornament.  Here is a picture to show you the pretty finish:

Thoughts of Friends ornament

Thank you, Val – they are beautiful and you are beautiful.

Happy stitching, everyone.

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New Releases

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Categories: Christmas, cross stitch, new releases, winter

Are you ready for some winter stitching?  Winter is definitely the theme in these new releases as well as the hope for peace.

Peace Lights was stitched on 28-count black linen using DMC threads.  The stitch count is 66 x 58 and was finished by my very talented sister, Valerie Leith.  If you buy the chart, you’ll only see this first picture.  I wanted a full picture of the design for the chart but it’s a shame to miss the beautiful flat-fold finish so I thought I’d share a picture of the finish here on the blog.  I know this piece will be a welcome addition to our Christmas decorations this year.

Peace Lights

Peace Lights finish

Winter Peace was stitched on 30-count Weeks Dye Works linen (Aztec Red) using DMC floss.  The stitch count is 152 x 96.  I had the idea for this piece in mind while I was designing A Mid-Century Modern Christmas ornament series.  It has a retro feel just like the ornaments.

Winter Peace

Winter Band Sampler was stitched on 30-count Weeks Dye Works linen (Gunmetal) using DMC threads.  The stitch count is 109 x 193.

Winter Band Sampler

Are you working on any winter stitching these days?

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June Releases

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Categories: cross stitch, new releases, patriotic

I have several new patterns for this month.  The first grouping is called Floral Sentiments and is actually three charts sold together.  They were stitched on 30-ct. Weeks Dye Works linen (Putty) using DMC flosses.  The words are taken from I Thessalonians 5:16-18.  The finishing was done by my very talented sister, Valerie.  I gave her complete license to choose fabrics, charms, trims and ribbons and I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out.  Thank you, Val!

Floral Sentiments

The second of my releases for this month is also several patterns, two patterns in one, in fact.  The grouping is called Patriotic Medley, so named because these are patriotic smalls with a musical theme.  The words from both patterns were taken from the song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.  The first words, ‘of thee I sing’, will probably be familiar to most, as they come from the first verse of the song.  However, the third verse of the song is probably not as familiar and that’s where I found the words ‘sweet freedom’s song’.  In case you don’t know it, the third verse goes like this:

Let music swell the breeze,

And ring from all the trees,

Sweet freedom’s song.

Let mortal tongues awake;

Let all that breathe partake;

Let rocks their silence break,

The sound prolong.

These patterns were stitched on 28-ct. Zweigart linen (Dirty) using DMC flosses and the finishing was done by Valerie Leith.

I dedicated these patterns to Robin Brown, known to most of you as Robin in Virginia.  Robin is an ardent and dedicated supporter of the cross stitch industry.  She regularly visits many cross stitch blogs, actively commenting on many of them and cheering others on in her caring and sweet way.  She is quite a prolific stitcher and supports many designers with her purchases, as well as supporting others who have Etsy shops and sell things online.  Her generosity is unparalleled as she is always thinking of others, sending countless notes and cards to friends and lavishing those she loves with gifts.  And she does it all very quietly, never bringing attention to herself and her kind deeds.  I consider Robin a true and dear friend and if you ‘see’ her out in the virtual cross stitch world, take some time to engage her in conversation.  You will be very happy you did!

Thank you very much for your friendship and encouragement, Robin!  You are much loved and appreciated.

Patriotic Medley

Enjoy these patterns and thanks for visiting!

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New for April

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Categories: cross stitch, new releases, spring

Happy Spring!  Hopefully, it feels more like spring where you live than it does here.  This Friday, three new patterns will be released and they definitely have a spring-like feel to them.

When I first read this quote by Henry Van Dyke, I knew I wanted to try to chart it.  Such beautiful meaning in so few words!  This piece is called Love Stays and was stitched on 32-count Zweigart linen (Sand Castle, Marbled) using flosses from DMC and The Gentle Art.  The clock in this piece is loosely modeled after the clock hanging on the living room wall.  I love the tick-tock of a clock, so comforting when the house is quiet.

Love Stays

The next two pieces were designed to go together but can stand alone as well.  As anyone who has read this blog often enough knows, I absolutely love flowers and can’t keep them out of my stitching.  I also love the meanings behind the flower names and what sweeter and more appropriate sentiments for spring can be there than ‘loving thoughts’ and ‘new beginnings’?  These pieces were stitched on 40-count Lakeside linen (Flagstone) using silk flosses from Classic Colorworks.  They are small, measuring at about 3″ x 3″.

May I present Tiny Daffodil Sampler and Tiny Pansy Sampler…

Tiny Daffodil Sampler

Tiny Pansy Sampler

The lovely framing was done by the Framer’s Nook at Stitch ‘N Stuff in Reading.

Just to clarify, the tiny samplers were stitched with Classic Colorworks silks.  I did not make that distinction on my charts and I apologize, but the silks and the cottons are named differently so there shouldn’t be much confusion.

Enjoy and thanks for your support!

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New Releases

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Categories: cross stitch, love, new releases

As we await our first true snowfall of the year, I am pleased to introduce you to my newest cross stitch charts.  They will be released this Friday, just as the snow starts to fly.  As I shared before, I am moving to quarterly releases this year so expect the next grouping of designs sometime in March, if all goes according to plan.

My first release is the Rose Queen Sampler.  This piece is stitched on 32-count opalescent linen from Zweigart using two threads from The Gentle Art (Buckeye Scarlet and Cast Iron Skillet), with a stitch count of 107 x 99.  If you want to stitch this chart, you will need two skeins of each floss.  Before designing this little sampler, I had in mind to design a piece that only used red and black and also had something to do with roses.  I love roses but sadly, cannot grow them.  I have tried several times but they always end up dying.  For me, they are just too much work and the constant spraying to keep the beatles away really turns me off.  Years ago, we lived in a trailer home on a 20-acre property.  The couple who rented to us lived in the main farmhouse, a beautiful home built in the 1700s.  The wife’s name was Rose and, appropriately enough, she loved roses.  When I say she loved roses, I truly mean it.  She had over 100 rose bushes around her home, from hybrid teas to grandifloras and floribundas to climbing roses.  They were stunning but she worked constantly to keep them that way.  I loved coming home from work in the late spring to find a huge vase of gorgeous cut roses on our front stoop.  Roses filled her house all through the spring and summer…it was a very special place.  Also in my rose memories is a rose bush my mother had when I was a child.  It was next to our house and was a deep, dark red rose.  I believe it was called ‘Abe Lincoln’ and I loved taking a rose to my teacher when the bush started to bloom.  That was the rose I had in mind when designing this pattern.  I wanted a saturated red for the roses, which is why I went with Buckeye Scarlet.  However, all Buckeye Scarlets are NOT created equal!  Many of them do not contain the deep red I was searching for.  It took a while but I finally found two skeins with the dark red, which was exactly what I had in mind.

The framing was done by the wonderful women at the Framer’s Nook at Stitch ‘N Stuff in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Rose Queen Sampler

The next piece is called True Love and is stitched on 40-count Lakeside Linen (‘Flagstone’), using Classic Colorworks silk (icing and strawberry shortcake), with a stitch count of 74 x 76.  I was designing another piece when I came up with the doily-type pattern that is used in True Love.  It wasn’t working for the original piece so I pulled it out and saved it.  When I opened it later, the words ‘true love’ popped into my mind so I designed them and inserted them, along with a little color in the border, which reminds me of a ribbon running through the lace.  Framing was also done by the Framer’s Nook.

True Love

The last piece for this month is called More Love More Prayer.  The quote is by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and is a beautifully-stated reminder to be in constant prayer for those we love.  It was stitched on 32-count linen (‘cream’ by Zweigart), using threads from The Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works and DMC with a stitch count of 90 x 78.

More Love More Prayer

Right now, I am furiously stitching away so I can get the next pieces in to the framer.  I have stitched and ripped, stitched and ripped and stitched and ripped again a border for the one piece and it is driving me crazy!  First, I didn’t like the design of the border and then I didn’t like the floss color I had chosen.  As much as I originally loved the piece, I am so ready to be done and move on.  I hope your stitching experiences have been much more pleasant.  What are you working on these days?

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New Ornament Releases

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Categories: A Mid-Century Modern Christmas, Christmas, cross stitch, new releases

Hello to you all!  The last four ornaments in my series, A Mid-Century Modern Christmas, will be released tomorrow.  Thanks again to my darling sister Valerie for her beautiful finishing work.  I loved designing this series and am looking forward to doing another Christmas ornament series sometime in the future.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Noel

Noel

For this last ornament, I was inspired by the scene in A Charlie Brown Christmas, where Linus and Charlie Brown go to the tree lot to pick out their tree.  We all know that Lucy wanted Charlie Brown to get “the biggest aluminum tree” he “could find, maybe painted pink!” and Charlie Brown certainly had plenty of options.  Even though he ended up choosing a real tree, I was always intrigued by the scene of the crazy Christmas tree lot and all the modern trees and their colors.  It was 1965 and as Linus said, the trees on that lot “fit the modern spirit”….that modern spirit being what we now call mid-century modern.  Here’s the last ornament, Tree Lot.

Tree Lot

And here is the whole kit and caboodle!

A Mid-Century Modern Christmas

I’m looking forward to Christmas so I can decorate with these ornaments.  Still figuring out where to put the aluminum Christmas tree…

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Clover and Lace

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Categories: cross stitch, flowers, nature, new releases

Clover and Lace will be released this Friday, along with many other designs to celebrate Hoffman Distributing Company’s 30th year in business.  This piece was stitched on 40-count Weeks Dye Works linen (Straw) using DMC and threads from The Gentle Art.

Clover and LaceWhen I found this quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay, I knew right away I wanted to chart it because this is exactly what I do.  We have a four acre property and probably mow a little over two acres of it.  When I mow, I mow around the red clover, Queen Anne’s lace and every other beautiful wildflower I see.  I love red clover – the color is so vibrant and the blooms are fairly large, compared to the white clover that is also around here.  Red clover is also very useful medicinally speaking….look it up sometime.

red cloverred clover

Queen Anne’s Lace is equally as fascinating.  I love it as a filler in my summertime bouquets.  You might not know this but another name for Queen Anne’s Lace is ‘wild carrot’ which is why I tucked two little bunnies into my sampler just for fun.  That, plus the fact that I love bunnies.

white queen anne's lace

Queen Anne's Lace Ask for Clover and Lace at your local needlework shop!

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