Market was so much fun! I'll be back soon with some photos from some of the suites I visited so you can get a peek into what was on display this year at Nashville. But first, in case you haven't seen these last three releases of mine posted anywhere, here is all the information you'll need if you're interested in stitching them. Just contact your online or local shop owner, and they'll get you everything you need!
Welcome All Hearts Home…This design could pass as a Christmas piece, but it was really inspired by my early morning walks in the spring and summer at the lake near my house. I pass a lot of different flowers and deer along the way, and the paths cut into some of the most beautifully-fragrant evergreens. The fresh scent of the trees is breathtaking, and the deer are always just as surprised to see me as I am to see them!
Stitch Count: 225w x 141h
Threads: Gentle Art in Espresso Bean, Old Red Paint,
Lexington Green, Wood Trail, Antique Lace, Old Brick,
Endive (2 skeins needed), Clover, and Mulberry.
Linen Used: 36 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar by Lakeside Linens.
Suggested Alternative Linens: Olde Town Blend by R&R
Reproductions, Parchment by Weeks Dye Works, or any
other neutral linen would work nicely.
Stitches used: All cross stitch, using one strand over two linen threads.
Framed by: Total Framing in Fairfax, VA
Model Stitcher: Rindy Richards (who stitched the grassy field vertically,
to have the variegation go in the direction that grass grows!)
A Friend Loveth… I originally released this design at the Reflections retreat a few years ago. The lovely ladies at that shop (hello, Mary Ann, Julie, and Connie!) put on the most relaxing retreat in the spring, where attendees can come and stitch to their hearts' content, eat lots of good food, and even get a massage if they'd like. The theme that year was A Recipe for Friendship, and they mounted this piece on the most gorgeous black pedestal. (I wish I had a photo!) Mine was framed by the lovely Sherri Berkman of Total Framing, however, and as usual, she did an outstanding job.
Stitch Count: 88w x 61h
Threads: Gentle Art in Tin Bucket, Faded Rose, Brandy,
Lambswool, Garden Gate, Mountain Mist, Wood Smoke,
Dried Thyme, Antique Rose, Brethren Blue, and Oatmeal.
Linen Used: 36 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linens.
Suggested Alternative Linens: Espresso by R&R,
Straw by Weeks Dye Works, or any other neutral linen.
Stitches Used: All cross stitch, using one strand over two threads.
Framed by: Total Framing in Fairfax, VA.
Model Stitcher: Karen Decker (Thank you for coming to my
True Friendship (Pat's Sampler)… I first met Pat Ryan at the Shepherd's Bush retreat in 2012, where I was rooming with her, as well as the darling Ann Robbins and Jeanette Douglas. Pat and I would sit in the early mornings with our coffee and stitching and just chat away until the other girls joined us for their morning coffee as well. I'd sit there with my mother's Christmas exchange piece in my lap and pretend to stitch, but mostly I'd just drink my coffee and marvel at the speed of Pat's work. When all of us visited Mount Vernon the following year, Pat was our tour guide, as she can put the History Channel to shame with her vast knowledge on literally any subject – including my beloved George Washington. 🙂 When I spotted this quote by George in a gift shop, I knew I had to put it on a sampler for Pat!
Stitch Count: 91w x 95h
Threads: Gentle Art in Raven, Brandy, Piney Woods,
Endive, Sable, Wood Smoke, Pomegranate, Sea Spray,
Terra Cotta, and Oatmeal.
Linen Used: 40 ct. Olde Town Blend by R&R Reproductions.
Suggested Alternative Linens: Lentil by Lakeside Linens,
Parchment by Weeks Dye Works, or any other neutral linen.
With a few adjustments to the threads, I think this would also
look lovely on black!
Framed by: Total Framing in Fairfax, VA
Stitches Used: All cross stitch, using one strand over two linen threads.
Model Stitcher: Kathy Krause (Thank you so much for re-stitching
this for me in record time, when I wasn't happy with how my particular
variegation was turning out!)
I also want to show you all the depth of this fabulous moulding that Sherri chose… I'm in love with it! My partner at market, Katrina Devine, also suggested it would be great with glass and used as a little tray.
It was so lovely seeing all of the shop owners at market! They are just the sweetest bunch of ladies who work very, very hard to support we designers and to encourage us with their warm reception of what we place on our room tables. I'm so sorry that there were many who were kept away because of the weather extremes plagueing the roads and airports. I hope you all will be able to make it to the St. Charles market in August! I'm already excited for it!
Again, if there is anything you've seen from Nashville's market that you're interested in, contact your shop owner! I'm thrilled to say that the Norden exclusive The Beekeeper has sold out, but upon Norden's request, there are some shop owners who have posted in the comments that they may have extras, so please let your shop owner know to head over to Norden's Facebook page if they didn't get the opportunity to purchase any kits. Thank you to all of you who had so many lovely things to say about it.. I really enjoyed working with Norden on it, and Katy did such a beautiful job on the kits!
Until next time!
Your designs speak to my soul. Thank you for helping to evoke such warm memories. Hard to do in this day and age, it seems. You’re the best!
It’s hard to choose which one of your new releases I like most… congratulations on the great designs.
Kristen from MA
I saw these designs in a market-themed shop newsletter, Paulette. They are wonderful! 😀
I love your new designs!
I especially love the last one. But love them all of course! Already ordered your exclusive piece. Of course. 😀
OMG, DAT FRAME!!!
Love the shot–with unfocused Tilly-Roux! 😀
New designs looking lovely, as ever.
Gorgeous, and what a fun weekend!!!!!!!
Great works!!! I love so much the frame of the last one!
Who does your framing? I am returning to cross-stitch after what seems like a long interval of having and nursing children. My baby just turned 1 and I’ve picked up my needle again but need to find a good framer. I love that frame.