• A Colonial Gathering Club,  Needlework Shops,  New Designs,  Stitching

    Pennsylvania Fraktur

    Hello again!

    I just wanted to share with you the newest Colonial Gathering Club piece that will soon be shipping from Dyeing to Stitch!

    I love fraktur art, and it was the inspiration for this piece. You'll find the Pennsylvania state motto along the bottom of the piece, as Pennsylvania Germans (also called Pennsylvania Dutch) were the ones to introduce this beautiful art form to America.  And of course, PA was one of the original thirteen colonies!

    PA Fraktur COVER 1500

    If you're interested, you'll find all the shop info if you click on their website link above. Thank you to everyone who has participated in Pat and Ann's shop clubs! They are so much fun!

  • A Colonial Gathering Club,  Stitching

    Hurt Not the Earth

    Ann and Pat and Tanya and I are thrilled to have so many of you sign up for the Colonial Gathering club! We are really looking forward to what this year brings, and I hope you like the first release for the year, called Hurt Not the Earth.

    For those who signed up (at the Dyeing to Stitch website), you'll be receiving your kits in your mailbox shortly – the first round has been sent, and they're moving on to the next ASAP! Each kit includes the chart, linen, needle, threads, trim, and backing fabric so that you can create this little Colonial cushion, inspired by John and Abigail Adams.

    Hurt Not the Earth tp

    In just a couple more months you'll receive Tanya's release, and I'm so excited about it! She's given me a little hint, and I can't wait to see what she's come up with. As you know, our theme this year is based on things we love and imagine about Colonial life, and it just so happens that I love exactly what Tanya has chosen to be her inspiration. (She's such a fun friend and club partner!)

    Again, if you'd like to join the Colonial Gathering club for 2015, we'd love to have you!

  • A Colonial Gathering Club,  New Designs,  Stitching

    A Colonial Gathering: 2015 Edition

    I'm so excited to announce that we're beginning another year of Colonial-inspired projects! I really hope you'll join us if you haven't yet! All of the information is below…

    ACG 2015 Announcement

    And now I'd like to present to you the first sneak peek of this new season of Colonial-Club-Stitching; this little cushion was designed by me, and was inspired by one of my favorite Colonial figures, Mr. John Adams, who wrote the following paragraph in a letter to his wife and "dearest friend," Abigail:

    "…I begin now to think All time lost, that is not employed in Farming. Innocent, healthy gay, elegant Amusement! Enchanting Employment! How my imagination roves over my rocky Mountains and through my brushy Meadows!" (Philadelphia, January 22, 1794)


    Tanya and I, and the ladies at Dyeing to Stitch in Virginia Beach are really looking forward to this new year, and we hope you like what we've got planned for you!

    Yours, ever, ever, ever yours (as Mr. Adams signed),


  • A Colonial Gathering Club,  New Designs,  Stitching

    Final Call!

    If you haven't already signed up for A Colonial Gathering through Dyeing to Stitch, we'd love to have you join! Tanya Brockmeyer from The Scarlett House and I are taking turns presenting an exclusive project for those who are in the club, and the shipments go out every other month. This month's kit will be mailing out next week, so if you'd like to go to the Dyeing to Stitch website and register, you've got only until midnight of May 31st (that's tomorrow night!).

    This time the project is one that I thought has a fun, summer palette. When I showed it to Sophie, she said, "Those look like cotton blooms!"

    CB tp-2
    I hope you've enjoyed the projects so far, and I hope you'll have fun with Cotton Bird as a relaxing summer stitch…

    Cotton Bird email

    Have a lovely weekend, and I'll be back soon!

  • A Colonial Gathering Club

    Finishing Troubles?

    So many of us love all the needlework accessories, or "smalls," out there, but we fall into one of three categories:

    1. Would like to stitch it, but the finishing part is like a pox on me.

    2. Would like to stitch it and finish it because I'm very comfortable with a sewing machine or craft glue.

    3. Can stitch it if I want, but it may never get finished because while I'm okay with a sewing machine or craft glue, I'd rather be stitching the next fun thing than spending time following a finishing tutorial.

    I happen to fall mostly into the third category, because I just don't like the fuss of getting all of my supplies out and then, worse, having to put them all away. However, I did force myself to do the finishing when it came to the Colonial Candle Pocket (released in the A Colonial Gathering club for Dyeing to Stitch last month).

    For those of you who have signed up for the club, yet are not chomping at the bit to focus on the included finishing tutorial, your rescuer has arrived! I received an email from Faye Riggsbee , known to many of you as "Carolina Stitcher," and she has offered to take the finishing off your hands if you'd like!

    Here are the details:

    For $20.00 plus postage (postage is around $4.00), just send her your stitched piece and kit supplies, and she'll do the rest (she's got the tutorial instructions, so no need to send those). There is about a 4-week turnaround, and she'll invoice you when she's finished, so you don't have to pay up front.

    If this is something you're interested in, you can email myself or Faye (her email is in her profile of her blog) for her mailing address.

    Here is what your finished pocket will look like, and it will be fully lined as well!


    Thank you so much for the offer, Faye! Your work is beautiful!

  • A Colonial Gathering Club,  Stitching

    The First Club Kit

    Many of you are starting to receive your first kits for A Colonial Gathering, and I'm very hopeful that you're pleased! It's very nerve-wracking to try to come up with something that one hopes club members will like, but let me assure you that the next shipment (which is Tanya's design) is going to knock your colonial knickers off. Oh my goodness, I can hardly wait!

    In the mean time, there is still room for a few more sign-ups, if you've decided to give the club a try. I hope you'll join in the fun! This is what the first kit looks like:

    ACCP tp

    A Colonial Candle Pocket

    Included in your kit is everything to create the pocket (including
    the rusty pins), as well as a tutorial with images for doing so.

    (To join, visit www.dyeing2stitch.com or call 757-366-8740.)

    Like I mentioned above, Tanya's kit will come out next, then another one by me, and then a second one by Tanya. The final kit for the club, shipping in the fall, will be a collaboration between Tanya and I, and I'm excited to get to work on it!

    I hope you all are having an exciting week so far! I'm busy getting things in order for market, and I just started on a new model. Egads – me, stitching my own model? I'm afraid so.. it seems I've chosen to use colors I don't normally use, so I've got to work on the model myself to see how they work together. 🙂 It's a little on the larger side, so I'm planning a spring or summer release.

    Enjoy your day! And thank you for stopping by!