• Autumn,  New Designs,  Stitching

    Fall Releases, Part 3

    Me again, back to show you my final two autumn releases (in case you haven't seen them already)!

    The first design below was originally released at last year's Dyeing to Stitch retreat in Virgina Beach, as an accompanying small to Jack's Bash. It was named Jack's Birthday Tart, but since I've decided to design a series of these tarts, I've changed the name to Jack's Sweet Shoppe: The Birthday Tart.

      The Birthday Tart

    Jack's Sweet Shoppe: The Birthday Tart

    Stitch count: 71w x 66h
    Linen used: 35 ct. Espresso by R&R
    Threads used: The Gentle Art (with DMC equivalents in parentheses) in the following colors:

    Raven (310)
    Aged Pewter (647)
    Piney Woods (730)
    Pumpkin Pie (781)
    Apple Cider (829)
    Brandy (834)
    Sarsaparilla (975)
    Walnut (646)
    Parchment (3023)
    Old Hickory (640)
    Mustard Seed (832)
    Oatmeal (Ecru)
    Endive (3012)

    This design was stitched over 2 threads, and a personalization chart has been included. Additionally, a short tutorial on how to finish this design into a tart is included.

    I found the 4.75" tarts on Amazon (sold in sets of 6), but since they're by Wilton, you should also be able to order them from Wilton's website or perhaps find them in a cake decorating aisle or hobby store. And if you're really lucky, your shop owner may have some on order, and you can pick one up with the chart!

    Finally, my last release for this glorious, orange-and-gold season! The second in the Jack's Sweet Shoppe series! This one features a cat motif similar to what can be found on lots of very old samplers.

    The Autumn Tart

    Jack's Sweet Shoppe: The Autumn Tart

    Stitch count: 67w x 65h
    Linen used: 36 ct. Ligonier Latte by R&R
    Threads used: The Gentle Art in the following colors:

    Carriage Black (3799)
    Harvest Basket (644)
    Piney Woods (730)
    Gingersnap (400)
    Apple Cider (829)
    Sarsaparilla (975)
    Walnut (646)
    Old Hickory (640)
    Oatmeal (Ecru)
    Endive (3012)

    All cross stitch over two threads, with a chart for any personalization you may want to include. There is also a short tutorial on the personalization page that tells you how to put the tart together.

    And thank you to the best mom in the world, Marsha Kwaak, for stitching this for me! I love love love you, Mom!

    I haven't even begun to think of winter and Christmas designs yet, but I do have the Twelve Days of Christmas about 1/4 of the way finished. I told so many of you that I'd be releasing it this year, and I'll do my best, but I am so sorry to say that I don't know if it will make the cut. I'm working as fast as I can though, and will do my very best!

    In other news, I'll be posting the Shepherd's Bush retreat photos soon, in case there are those of you who'd like to see how it went. I'm pre-blogging this post before I've even left for Utah, but I can definitely say that it will go most excellently, and I can't wait to share the experience with you!

    One last note: All of the designs I've shown you this week can be pre-ordered from your favorite shop, and will be sent out to them very soon. However, any re-orders or add-ons that your shop makes will not get sent out until the end of the month, as I'll be out of town with my newly-minted 21-year-old daughter, Sabrina. (We've planned this trip together since she was a middle-schooler!)

    I hope you all have a wonderful day, filled with love for one another, blessings, no poxes, birds in autumn boughs, and plenty of sweets.

    See what I did there?

  • Autumn,  New Designs,  Stitching

    Fall Releases, Part 1

    What a busy, busy, busy, busy, busy month! It's flying by! Where on earth did January even go?

    I've got some new releases to show you, and if you like them, just let your shop know! The shops on my auto will receive theirs very soon, and they've already got the info in hand for the supplies you'll need if you choose to stitch any of them.

    First up is Love One Another, stitched by the lovely Nicole Neville.

    LOA tp

     Love One Another

    Stitch count: 133w x 77h
    Linen used: 36 ct. Vintage Cedar Plank by Lakeside Linens
    Threads used: Classic Colorworks in the following colors (the DMC equivalent
    is given in parentheses):

    Roasted Chestnut (400)
    Zach Black (645)
    Fool's Gold (832)
    Pea Pod (3011)
    Antique Lace (Ecru)
    Black Coffe (310)
    Calico Kitty (356)
    Whatley Woodlands (869)
    Stepping Stones (3021)

    All cross stitch over 2 linen threads.

    Framed by Sherri Berkman at Total Framing in Fairfax, VA. (703.426.0660) (By the way, the moulding is really deep and absolutely fabulous in person!)

     Next up is Primitive Moodkeep… as stitchers, we have all kinds of "keeps" we stitch, like pinkeeps, threadkeeps, scissorskeeps.. so why not a little pillow to let others know what mood you're keeping that day? One side for a good stitching day, and another for a day of frogging. 😉

      Primitive Moodkeep Blessings to Thee

    Primitive Moodkeep A Pox Upon Thee

    Primitive Moodkeep

    Stitch count for Blessings to Thee: 138w x 77h
    Linen used: 40 ct. Olde Towne Blend by R&R
    Threads used: Weeks Dye Works in the following colors:

    Swamp Water (844)
    Tarragon (3011)
    Cocoa (611)
    Tatanka (3031)
    Oak (3782)
    Copper (3776)

    Stitch count for A Pox Upon Thee: 142w x 72h
    Linen used: 35 ct. Creek Bed Brown
    Theads used: See above list.

    All cross stitch over two threads.

    Optional embellishments: The Gold Quaker Star button, sewn to the Blessings to Thee side, is by Just Another Button Company. The rusted safety pin attached to the A Pox Upon Thee side was made by my mom. I'm not sure how she made them, but I believe you can find a tutorial online.

    These designs were stitched on two very different colors and fabric counts, and although they were sewn back-to-back to form one pillow, you can just as easily use two matching fabric counts or colors. And if you don't ever find yourself in a dark mood, feel free to make a single-sided pillow wishing blessings upon all who enter your home. 🙂 Or maybe stitch it as a birthday gift for a dear friend!

    I'll be back tomorrow with another release to show you! In the mean time, enjoy this gorgeous fall day, wherever you are!