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I love bees.

Gosh, I've loved bees forever! And I especially love the character Queenie on the BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford. The sweet gentleness with how she keeps her bees charms me (I only wish there were more scenes with her in them!), and was the inspiration for this pattern:

The Beekeeper email w text

This will be released as a kit at the Nashville Needlework Market in a couple of weeks, exclusive to Norden Crafts. The kit comes packaged in a clear box, and contains 11 skeins of Weeks Dye Works, a piece of Natural Northern Cross linen, and a size 28 embroidery needle. The kits will be available first to shop owners that attend the market, and then any kits that are left will be available to those who were unable to attend. The retail price is $44, and if you'd like your shop owner to reserve one for you, give them a call and let them know! (This is a limited run, and this pattern will not be available in chart-only form.)

I can't wait for market! Besides The Beekeeper (which will be in Norden's room), I'll have five new designs in my room, one of which is a reproduction called Elizabeth Sarah Oliver 1842. It's absolutely full of the most charming motifs, including two sweet little dogs. I can't wait to show you! I'll be back this week with a preview of it, along with one or two more next week. 🙂

Have a lovely evening! And if you have Netflix or Amazon Prime, grab your stitching and a cup of coffee or tea and see about watching Lark Rise to Candleford! It's a lovely, meandering series, and you'll fall in love with all of the residents of both the towns of Lark Rise and of Candleford.

P.S. Here's a little something for those of you already familiar with the series: Coffee is my one weakness. 😉


  • Gwen Schooley

    Dorcas, you are so funny! I’ve been indulging in the series while stitching, such fun. Beautiful design as always, Paulette! Keep em coming!

  • Wendy TC

    Among my friends, my daughter and I are the only ones who even know Lark Rise to Candleford! Glad to know there are fans out there. I love how Queenie talks to her bees. Hated to see the series end, and the book on which it is based is not at all like the series. Nice kit. Love the way the beehive is stitched. Stitching is my one weakness…

  • Kimberly

    I love this show! I think I’m the only one of my friends who does. And I love Queenie! Hope to get this kit! Ok now I have to go re-watch some Larkrise.

  • norma

    Love The BeeKeeper and have it already on order. Looking forward to the next reveal so I can ask my shop to order those while she is getting the “Bee” kit.

  • Crystal

    I will definitely reserve one of the kits. I have in my collection the entire series of Larkrise To Candleford. My husband and I love it, but still have not found time to completely finish watching it, which we need to do very soon. I am sure you have probably watched these, but I will recommend anyway Road to Avonlea and Emily of New Moon. They are also wonderful series. Chocolate is my one weakness!

  • Lori

    Hi Paulette, Love the series! I have watched on our PBS stations here and there. Recently, one of them started the series over – I finally get to watch from the beginning. Love the design – I love bee designs and have “bee things” in my kitchen. This may have to join them!

  • Valerie

    Cute new design Paulette! Love it! Thanks for the show recommendation. I’ll have to wait on it since it’s not on Netflix Streaming but I’ve been debating jumping on Amazon Prime. We’ll see.

  • Susan

    I think you are now the subject of financial classes.. They are warning people against checking your blog lest they have to file bankruptcy. I also think Starbuck’s is putting twice the espresso in your coffee!

  • Kathy furlong

    I’m so stressed knowing thus us a limited kit I might not be able to get!!! I don’t have a local shop so I better start looking for one that’s going to market!!!

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