• New Designs,  Patriotic,  Summer

    New for May

    Happy New Week to You!

    I've been working on four new releases for this month, and I'll be shipping them out soon to your local or online shop. I'm so excited that summer stitching is almost here!

    Here is a little sneak peek of the first release, which is a follow up to Hello Spring that was released in March.

    Hello summer tp

    Stitch Count: 150w x 83h

    Linen used: 36 ct. Patriot's Brew (a brand NEW color!) by R&R Reproductions.

    Threads used:
    Weeks Dye Works in Sanguine, Parchment, Grits, Oscar, Bark, and Grapevine;
    Classic Colorworks in Milady's Teal, Used Brick, and Ye Olde Gold.

    Trims used: Lady Dot Creates in Vintage Mini Poms and Vintage Silk Ribbon (hanger).

    My dear friend Pat Ryan stitched the model beautifully (thank you, Pat!), and Joy Hayward from Finely Finished did a stunning job on the finishing! (Thank you so much, Joy!)

    I hope you all have a lovely day, and I'll be back soon with more releases! Please let your shop owner know if you'd like she or he to reserve a chart for you. 🙂

  • Harvest Market Hop,  Market,  New Designs

    2016 Harvest Market Hop Releases

    Good morning!

    The long, hot summer is almost over, and I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome in the cooler, less humid autumn days – as well as some autumn stitching! I hope you'll like my four new offerings for this year's Harvest Market Hop. (If you're unsure as to what I'm talking about, the Harvest Market Hop is an online "market," put together as a way to fill the void left in the industry when there was no longer an in-person market for shops to attend in the fall; it works just like a regular market, but shops order directly online from the Hop, and some shop owners are even hosting market day events, just like they would if they were returning from the Nashville needlework market!) If you see anything you'd like to stitch, just ask your shop owner to order it for you. 🙂

    Here we go!

    First up is one of my favorite autumn pieces I've ever designed.. (am I allowed to say that? I think I like it so much because I didn't have to stitch it – Deborah Bixby did! Thank you, Deborah!) One of these days, I would love to move into an old white Colonial house with tall chimneys…


    The model for Penny Autumn was stitched on 36 ct. Wren by Picture This Plus, and it's worked in all cross stitch over two threads and a little back stitching on the birds' beaks and feet.

    The stitch count is 115w x 91h.

    The threads are by Classic Colorworks (with a DMC conversion on the chart) in German Chocolate, Brandied Pears, Black Coffee, Just Rust, Hazelnut, Caramel, Antique Lace, Hickory Sticks, Pebble Beach, and Honeycomb.

    Sherri Berkman of Total Framing (in Fairfax, VA) did the framing on it, and as usual, she did an outstanding job! (I don't display very many of my models in my home, as about 90% of them are in boxes in my basement, but I do have this one sitting on my piano on an easel.)


    Next up is not quite a fall piece, but it is one of Sophie's favorites. Especially the driftwood style frame! (Thank you again, Sherri!)


    One of my dearest friends, Pat Ryan, stitched this model, and did a beautiful job on it, as usual! The linen used was 36 ct. Sea Fog by R&R Reproductions, and it twas worked in all cross stitch over two threads.

    The stitch count is 145w x 108h.

    Threads used are by Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works.
    Here are the CC's: Cinnamon Toast, Wilderness, Avocado, Sunset.
    And here are the WDW colors: Pelican Gray, Confederate Gray, Parchment, Chesapeake, Schneckley, Cayenne, and Charcoal.
    A conversion to DMC is also provided in the chart.

    As for the date on the design? That was the year Hans Christian Andersen had The Little Mermaid published!


    Back to fall! My third release was again stitched by Pat Ryan, who also helped me with choosing all the different "whites" for the pumpkins! If this is one you would like to stitch, feel free to play around with different shades of beige and gray, in any threads you like. Pat and I chose to use Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works – and two skeins of DMC – for the model…


    The linen used for the White Pumpkin Farm model was 36 ct. Olde Towne Blend by R&R Reproductions, using one strand of floss over two linen threads.

    The stitch count is 130w x 118h.

    From Classic Colorworks: Pebble Beach, Toasted Marshmallow, Blackbird, and Onion Skin.
    From Weeks Dye Works: Red Rocks, Grits, Kudzu, and Charcoal.
    DMC: 612 and 781. (DMC conversions for the other colors are given in the chart as well.)

    Thank you, Sherri, for the beautiful star frame!


    Lastly, a tombstone design (I love love love old tombstones!), with a verse inspired by First Timothy 6:7…


    This model was stitched by Deborah Bixby (beautifully, I might add!), on 36 ct. Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens.

    The stitch count is 118w x 130h.

    The threads used for Earthly Treasures are from Weeks Dye Works in Kris' Bon Bon, Terra Cotta, Onyx, Pamlico, Pebble, Juniper, and Kudzu. A DMC conversion is provided in the chart.

    The stitches used are cross stitch over two threads, and a small amount of cross or tent stitch over one thread (just the angel's facial features; there is no filling in work to do).

    The chenille trim for the cushion is in the color Mossy, by Lady Dot Creates. Thank you, Lois, for always being so wonderfully patient with me!


    That's it! I hope you like what I've put together for you for the show.. if you see anything you like, just ask your shop owner to order for you! I'm so thankful you stopped by… I'll see you soon!





  • BYOF,  New Designs,  Serial Bowl Collection,  Stitching


    The loveliest rain just fell after a very hot morning, and now the sun is back out again from its siesta. I can't remember the last time our day had a sudden break in it like this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! (My family and I still talk about how interesting the weather pattern was in Florida, when we were visiting Disney World in 2001. Every single day, at 4:00 pm, it would suddenly pour for about 1o or 15 minutes, and everyone would scramble out of the open and inside the nearest souvenir shops. After the third day, we stopped being worried about our vacation being hampered and just enjoyed it! We would always laugh at the people who wore the plastic yellow ponchos to keep the rain off, thinking that they looked like a bunch of rubber ducks walking the park. But on the last day, the deluge was so great, guess what we ended up buying? I should post a picture here some time.. we still have those plastic yellow ponchos, and still laugh at the "karma" of it all.)

    It's been a very busy and enjoyable summer here at Plum Street, and if you haven't seen them by now, I'll show you my three releases from earlier in the month.

    As you may know, last year I released the very first "BYOF" (Bring Your Own Fabric) kit, also known as the Serial Bowl Collection, called Sampler Lesson One. I've decided to release it as a chart only, for those who missed out on the kit!

    Sampler Lesson One COVER

    Sampler Lesson One
    Stitch count: 144w x 69h
    Classic Colorworks floss in Barn Door, Cherry Cobbler, Cinnamon Toast (one of my favorite CC colors!), Pea Pod, Sunkissed, and Timber.
    Linen used: 36 ct. Olde Towne Blend by R&R Reproductions
    Trim used is cream chenille that has been coffee-dyed.

    The threads that went into the kits were so beautiful, I just had to post their photo again!


    My second July release introduces Miss Babushka, tending to her pumpkin blossoms. I originally had a Mr. Babushka designed in the piece, but as I stated on Facebook earlier, he was a doppelganger for Willie Nelson, so I removed him and gave him his own blank canvas, possibly to be revisited some day.

    Babushka's Blossoms Cover

    Babushka's Blossoms
    Stitch count: 139w x 130h
    Classic Colorworks floss in Rose Petal (very few stitches in this color), Brown Sugar, Ye Olde Gold, Bean Sprout, Just Rust, Hickory Sticks, and Colonial Copper.
    Gentle Art in Gold Leaf, Oatmeal, Heirloom Gold, Lambswool (very few stitches), Espresso Bean, and Wood Trail.
    Linen used: 36 ct. Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens.
    Framed by Sherri Berkman of Total Framing in Fairfax, Virginia.
    Thank you, Jean Hohulin, for stitching the model, and restitching my error!

    Lastly, I have a brand new Serial Bowl Collection to introduce! It's an autumn-and-Halloween-themed one, and I hope you like the first design in the series!

    Scary One Cover

    Scary One
    Stitch count: 124w x 71h
    The kit contains threads and chenille to complete the project once on 28, 32, 36, or 40 ct. linen or Aida.
    Threads included in the kit are by Weeks Dye Works, and the chenille is by Lady Dot Creates, in the color Vintage.
    The model was stitched in Pat Ryan's usual light-speed style. Thank you, Pat!

    These kits are only shipped to shops that request them, so if you're interested in purchasing one, let your local or online shop know!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my oft-neglected blog. Every time I vow to do better, my time gets absorbed by other things, and I really miss blogging! Here is a picture of Sophie and I from the Fourth of July.. I miss her so much! She's in Texas right now, visiting her sister Sabrina, and she comes home tomorrow. I can't wait!


    Enjoy your day, and I'll see you soon!


  • BYOF,  New Designs,  Serial Bowl Collection,  Sneak Peeks,  Stitching

    Sampler Lesson Five

    We made it! We are at the final release in the Sampler Lessons series of the Serial Bowl Collection. I've really enjoyed this series, and have had fun looking for interesting admonitions from old samplers to use; there were an awful lot of words of wisdom among those young stitchers!

    As with the other kits, this will come with plenty of floss for you to stitch your project once, using one strand of floss over two linen threads, as the model is stitched. Have fun with your fabric – choose whatever you'd like to use!


    Sampler Lesson 5 COVER

    Thank you so much to Pat Ryan for stitching this model for me! She used 36 ct. Winter Brew by R&R Reproductions.

    Thank you once again for stopping by my blog.. it's been very busy around here (as I'm sure it is at your house too!), and I've got a few different models in the works right now. I've got fall fever! What on earth is wrong with me? I just can't help myself. 🙂

  • New Designs,  Sneak Peeks,  Stitching

    Release Number Two











    This is American Sampler, which was a class piece I taught at the Dyeing to Stitch retreat in Virginia Beach last year. The information for it is below, and if you'd like to order it, just let your shop owner know, as I'll be shipping out next week!

    American Sampler MODEL fb

    Stitch count: 227w x 189h

    Linen used: 36 ct. Winter Brew by R&R Reproductions

    Threads used: Classic Colorworks in Calico Kitty, Antique Lace, Cayenne, and Red Currant;
    Weeks Dye Works in Pelican Gray;
    The Gentle Art in Uniform Blue, Black Licorice, Soot, Parchment, Piney Woods, Linen, Endive, Brandy, and Wood Trail.

    The frame was done by the lovely and talented Sherri Berkman at Total Framing in Fairfax, Virginia! Thank you, Sherri!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today… I've got the last Sampler Lesson to show you, and I'll be back soon to do just that! Enjoy your Tuesday!

  • New Designs,  Sneak Peeks,  Stitching

    A New Release







    Here is one of three new releases mailing out very soon to your local or online needlework shop!

    John & Abigail Cover

    The model, stitched by my good friend Pat Ryan, was done on 36 ct. Stars Hollow Blend (stitch count: 122w x 74h). The threads used are by The Gentle Art in Grecian Gold, Old Red Paint, Oatmeal, Cameo Pink, Piney Woods, Heirloom Gold, Island Blue, Endive, Garden Gate, Wood Trail, Uniform Blue, Cherry Bark, and Lambswool. A DMC conversion is provided in the chart, but you may wish to note that Cameo Pink is used very little in this chart, so if you find that inconvenient, you may want to use the DMC equivalent (3779), or perhaps find something that's a good substitute! (Only John and Abigail's cheeks are blushed with this color.)

    As for the trims, I used Lady Dot Creates' pom trim in Mossy along the bottom edge of the finished cushion, and pom trim in Vintage along the other three sides. To finish it off, I used silk ribbon trim in Vintage to form a bow, which I then sewed into place using a tiny button.


    I hope you like my followup to last year's George & Martha! I'll be back soon with my other two new releases!

  • 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!

  • Market,  New Designs,  Sneak Peeks,  Stitching

    The Final Reveal!

    Goodness, at the hour! I'm sorry I'm so late!

    My final release for market is very special to me.. it is worked in all the colors I love, and in a theme I love most.  I couldn't come up with a proper name to go with A Yuletide Welcome and A Ghoultide Welcome, so this simple title will suffice:

    Liberty's Welcome!

    Tp 1

    Tp 2

    Tp 3

    Although the model says it was stitched by me, it was actually stitched by Pat Ryan of R&R Reproductions, and in record time. If it were up to me, it wouldn't be released until 2031, because I'm not exactly the world's fastest stitcher.

    The beautiful frame is from Sherri Berkman at Total Framing (in Fairfax, VA), and I think she chose the most elegant frame for the piece! It's perfect, Sherri!

    Thank you once again for checking back to see what I'll have available at market.. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I need to do some last-minute market prep things (still have stuff to mail!), and hopefully get in some fun stitching for myself over the weekend. 🙂

  • Market,  New Designs,  Sneak Peeks,  Stitching

    Summer in Nantucket

    Welcome back!

    Did you know that Nantucket is nicknamed "Little Gray Lady of the Sea?" It was called that because of what it looks like from the ocean when it is covered in fog.

    And on that note, I give you Summer in Nantucket! My fifth release for market.


    I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday, and I'll see you back here soon!


  • Market,  New Designs,  Sneak Peeks,  Stitching

    Previews #3 and #4!

    Welcome back! 🙂

    I decided to show two previews today! The first one is dedicated to the late summer sunflowers that show up behind my fence line along the busy street… they're always such a surprise, and they almost make me forget about the traffic noise! Oh to live near a red barn and have a horse-drawn carriage deliver big bouquets of them. 🙂


    Thank you, Deborah Bixby, for your outstanding stitching on the model!

    My fourth release combines my love love love of sheep and French tea towels! I'm always fascinated with the simplicity of those towels, with their red or blue stripes. I am frequently on the lookout for one that is embroidered with a P or PS on it, but I haven't come across one yet while perusing Etsy or Ebay. I've included an alphabet chart to personalize your sampler (just like the antique or vintage towels!). This one was stitched by Deborah Bixby as well, so you'll see her "DB" in the middle of the sheep. 🙂 Thank you again, Deborah!


    Thank you so much for checking back, and as always, for your comments. They are always so lovely to read, and they always bring a smile to my face. I'll see you soon!