I used to be an early riser.
For years it was 5 am, and then I went through a phase of 3:45 that I didn't love much, but grew to. This year I suddenly joined the 6:30 club, which I also don't care for, because I generally feel that by 7 am, my day is half over. I am happiest in the zero-five-hundred-hours range.
This morning I woke up at my beloved 5:15, which has given me lots of ambition for the day. And that translates to another blog post, right on the heels of yesterday's post. That never happens!
(After reading over what I've written, I do realize that it's a sorry state when "ambition" is defined as one blog post per day for two consecutive days.)
So here I am, coming to you with information about my latest releases, as well as a chart error or two that I've been made aware of.
The new patterns I've just shipped to shops this week are these:
A Thousand Hills… I posted about this one on Instagram, bc I've recently fallen in love with bovines. Katrina Devine stitched this (as well as converted the DMC palette to beautiful overdyed flosses), and her little granddaughter Ellie seemed to enjoy watching her stitch it, which made me smile. It made me happy that Sophie immediately claimed the sampler for herself – which also never happens.
The linen used for this sampler is 36 ct. Winter Brew by R&R Reproductions, and the threads used are Classic Colorworks in Tennessee Red Clay, Deep Fennel, Egg Shell, Sunkissed, Pea Pod (2 skeins suggested), Avocado, Hickory Sticks, Ye Olde Gold, Cinnamon Toast, Black Coffee, and Red Currant; Weeks Dye Works floss in Schneckley and Havana.
The stitch count is 156w x 194h, and it is mostly cross stitch over two linen threads, with the tiny black birds stitched over one thread.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Berry Cottage… This one is sort of a follow-up to A Red Cottage, released a few years back. At first I had this dubbed "A Plum Cottage," but something about it wasn't working for me – and that's when I realized it was the color. So I changed it to a rosewood color, added some berries, and found I liked it much better!
This model was stitched by the delightful Penny Houser, and the linen she used was R&R Reproductions' 36 ct. Patriot's Brew. The colors used were Classic Colorworks in Tennessee Red Clay, Used Brick, Bunny Honey, Weeping Willow, Muddy Puddle, Cinnamon Toast, Blackbird, and Red Currant; Weeks Dye Works in Sandcastle and Schneckley.
The stitch count for Berry Cottage is 112w x 83h, and it is stitched mostly in cross stitch over two linen threads, with the miniature cottage stitched over one thread.
Judge Not… I almost didn't release this one! I just wasn't sure if it was going to be a keeper when I sent it to Penny to stitch, but when I got the model back from Sherri (the Fabulous Framer at Total Framing in Fairfax, Virginia), I kind of liked it!
This was stitched on 36 ct. Stars Hollow Blend by R&R Reproductions, and uses colors by Classic Colorworks in Shabby Sheep, Muddy Puddle, Tea and Biscuits (don't you love that name?), Whatley Woodlands, River Rocks, Blackbird, Bunny Honey, Hickory Sticks, Cherry Cobbler, and Toasted Marshmallow.
The stitch count is 223w x 91h, and it is worked entirely in cross stitch over two threads.
Sampler House III… I've been asked how many will be in this series, and I'm not quite sure of the answer to that. I had originally decided on five, but when I decided to release them in pairs, that turned to six, and if I come up with any more ideas, then that will turn to eight, and if I find that I've awakened at 3:45 again one of these mornings, that will turn into ten, and so on. You get the picture.
Pat Ryan stitched this model on 36 ct. Stars Hollow Blend by R&R Reproductions. The threads used are as follows: Classic Colorworks in Antique Lace, Blue Corn, Hickory Sticks, Blackbird, and Ye Olde Gold (on the key on the chart, I accidentally forgot to indicate that those last three colors are by Classic Colorworks also); Weeks Dye Works in Lancaster Red and Garrison Green (my new favorite green); The Gentle Art in Schoolhouse Red.
The stitch count is 98w x 99h (all of the Sampler Houses will be approximately the same size, by the way), and it was worked entirely in cross stitch over two threads.
The finishing was done by the talented Joy Hayward of Finely Finished.
Sampler House IV… Katrina Devine stitched this fall-themed house, and I love the colors she chose to convert to for this one as well!
The model was stitched on 36 ct. Winter Brew by R&R Reproductions, and these are the threads used: Classic Colorworks in Olive Branch; Weeks Dye Works in Tiger's Eye, Havana, Terra Cotta, Caper, Grapevine, Charcoal, and Schneckley; The Gentle Art in Mulberry.
The stitch count for this is 98w x 99h, and the chart is worked entirely in cross stitch over two linen threads.
This one was also beautifully finished by Joy Hayward of Finely Finished.
And there you have it! Those are my releases for this month! I will be pre-releasing some new things at the Dyeing to Stitch retreat in September, as well as the Shepherd's Bush retreat class piece, Heritage Sampler. (Pat is busy working that onto a piece of 36 ct. Olde Towne Blend.) Then in early October, that set will begin making their way to your local shop.
Before I leave, I have one more chart clarification to make:
Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll return soon with more of the long weekend in Tulsa!
I am so glad you decided to release Judge Not – that is my favorite of the bunch and I’m planning to start it as soon as I can get to my LNS to kit it up! And I’m also a member of the Early Risers Club. There’s something so peaceful and quiet about the early hours and I love the feeling of the day full of possibility. It’s also the best time to have coffee 🙂
Charlene in PhxAz
Let’s chalk up those chart errors to being human and eyes open at 3:45 am!! Berry Cottage goes to top of my list and right behind the next two sampler houses. I have the one and two releases kitted and in my “I really will stitch these in my lifetime basket!!” Thanks for your wonderful talent and it’s good to read blog postings again.
Kudos to the early risers–I have more energy, think more clearly and the entire day just goes better–keep those great designs coming
You do bovines so well that I want to stitch me a herd! Love everything you design. I’m a 5 o’clock-er too. My dad was always saying to us ‘the early bird gets the worm’, we were so tired of hearing that! Now that I’m older, he was right. Looking forward to the future releases.
Love Sampler House III. You can’t go wrong with USA! The Judge Not is adorable too. Glad you decided to go with it!
Lol. Little miss loved it!! She had questions about cows, sheeps and the little lady at the bottom 😂❤️ All fun releases. I love them.
You are so talented!!! I love getting up at 5 am too. I think you use your early mornings for some great creativity. Are you one with our little notebook with you at all times, even by your bedside? Funny how those ideas just pop in your head at all hours!
Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to some of your new releases too. You have a great color palette! Enjoy the dog days of summer as it sure goes fast!
Are you going to be releasing Hello Winter to complete the series? Thanks!