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Amy Bruecken -- 1/2 of Sisters & Best Friends -- introduces her new design company, AB Designs! Now, you can tell which designs from Sisters came from which sister!!! Printed as colorful 4-color charts, each often comes with its necessary special embellishments!


Long May She Wave from AB Designs - click for more Loud & Proud from AB Designs - click for more
Loud & Proud and Long May She Wave
AB Designs is in a patriotic mood... she's sent two designs to celebrate!!! Loud and Proud (67 x 100) would be cute on a light blue or even crisp white -- he is stitched with DMC or hand-dyed flosses and is garnished with a smattering of small buttons.

Long May She Wave MIGHT be referring to the cute little animals, besides the flags! Stitch them all together or make a set of 4 little cushions to nestle together in a summer basket. Individually, they measure about 40 stitches in size -- so they're cute and bitty! Chart comes with stars and a heart button.


Crazy Cat Lady from AB Designs - click for more Crazy Dog Lady from AB Designs - click for more
Crazy Dog and Cat Ladies!
Two of AB's new designs... we all have that friend who is NUTS about their cat or dog... they dress them, they cook real people food for them, they skype with them, they even stick them in their purses to go shopping together! (well maybe not the CAT!) Anyway, she needs this! Dog was released a few weeks ago -- Cat just came.

Offered as two separate charts -- both measure 61 x 133 in stitch count -- about 6 x 14 on 14ct. CAT comes with a felt fish for trim, DOG comes with a felt bone. Cute as can be... you could skip the top two cats to save stitching time... but not if that offends that Crazy Cat Lover!


Oh Baby! from AB Designs - click for more
Oh Baby!
DARLING for any sex of baby, this can be stitched on any color or count of fabric... you can stitch it with or without personalization... frame it... pillow it... whatever! It's colorful, fresh, young and cute.

Model is shown on a light blue and finishes approx 5 x 5 on a 14/28ct. You can add cute safety pin embellishments, maybe some polka dot ribbons, maybe glue a binky to a frame, change the DMC colors to match a nursery??? Even repeat the word BABY if there are twins or triplets!!! Oh Baby, Baby, Baby!!!!!! Presented as a chart.


Now & Forever from AB Designs - click for more
Now & Forever
A new wedding and anniversary design by AB, this is presented as a chart. You can change colors to match the new household or wedding colors. (Don't get stressed about the brown if that isn't a good color for you!)

Clean, simple, those pillows are fun. Dress them up with buttons or trinkets special to them. Actually just seeing MR & MRS is probably enough to charm the new bride!!!


Pocket Card Birthday Candle from AB Designs - click for more Pocket Card Party Hat from AB Designs - click for more Pocket Card Cupcake from AB Designs - click for more Pocket Card Blue Moon from AB Designs - click for more Pocket Card Pink Heart from AB Designs - click for more Pocket Card Blue Heart from AB Designs - click for more
Pocket Cards
Amy has created 6 felt pockets to initially hold gift cards. Her intent was to have a cute package, garnished with your stitching for that special gift. OK... cute, but WAY TOO MUCH WORK for just a gift card. RE-USE THESE! The Baby Moons can store a special baby photo on the wall in the nursery. The Party Hat can store pics too... maybe a note of encouragement. The Cupcakes or Candles needs to store the dates of upcoming Birthdays!
Pocket Cards from AB Designs - click for more
Each of these comes with two charts for the designs shown. The felt pieces are already totally made for you, and the 14ct aida panel is hemmed and finished as well. Simply do your stitching and tack them on there. Each comes with a smattering of cute embellishments too. All of them measure in the 6 to 7 inch size... very cute and colorful and fun to give and use!



BRRRRR from AB Designs - click for more BRRRRR
BRRRRR -- A cute pair of designs that are simply snowmen!!! Choose a favorite fabric, each of the little round heads is stitched with Weeks Grits or Cattail floss, and their noses are done with Terra Cotta or Red Rocks. The pattern comes with 5 garnishing buttons for the pillow finished piece. You could do these on a frosty blue fabric, or opalescent... add a couple of bird buttons here and there, or even add Amy's signature *Stitcky-Outey* clay noses!!!


You Make My Heart Smile from AB Designs - click for more
You Make My Heart Smile
This is a limited edition kit -- it includes a fun miniature hanging chalk board -- you get to write a message on it! The bit of Cross Stitch is worked on Week's Dye Works 30ct Periwinkle Linen with DMC floss.

You make that pillow and a little stuffed heart, the linens, threads and flannel for all that is included in here. Then, tie on the orange-y yarn, and hang your pillow on the (included) hook of the cute 3 x 5 tin chalkboard! Amy says you will make a heart smile!

Just a Little Wicked from AB Designs - click for more
Just a Little Wicked
A sweet little 3 x 7 green witch, standing here so quietly... she doesn't look a bit wicked to me! Presented as a chart with embellishments, she is stitched on Weeks Peoria Purple linen with regular DMC floss.

She also comes with a bonus EEK magnet design... not pictured here, but very cute! It is stitched on Pumpkin linen. Both easy to do... you could even leave off the *wicked* box, make 3 x 3 EEK into a cube and make it her 'soapbox!'

Drive a Stick from AB Designs - click for more
Drive a Stick
What a cute girlie thing to stitch for the newest teenage *driveress* in your house! Stitched on 30ct Peoria Purple linen, this finishes just about 5 x 6, and features lots of bright, happy color. There is even an annoying little brother spider thing lurking down there that says EEK!

Presented as the chart with embellishments, just something fast and fun - like your new driver!

Wicked Women Unite from AB Designs - click for more
Wicked Women Unite
This is kind of fun... another 3 x 3 design that would fit into Amy's Fridge Art magnet series, but isn't, the features a suggestive shoe. It is stitched on a delicious piece of opalescent yellow to mustard-gold Lugana material which is included with the chart.

The fabric cut is 7 x 11, so you can get SIX Fridge Art designs on this one cut if you are careful! If you don't know any wicked women, change the words to read something like *Just the Right Shoe!*


Christmas Calories Don't Count from AB Designs - click for more
Christmas Calories Don't Count
Well in a perfect world, I guess! AB has a cute design that needs to be mounted on a chalkboard stand or something -- some sort of presentation to preside over the tempting Christmas Cookie tray of sin!

Her pattern comes as a chart with cuts of two different colors of brown wool, red heart buttons and DMC Memory Wire Thread for icing decorations to make delightful felt gingerbread men! The stitching is only 5 x 6-ish on 28ct... so this is a creative, quick thing to dress up your kitchen cooie tray!


Let the Frolicking Begin from AB Designs - click for more
Let the Frolicking Begin
Hang this little baby above the family coat rack in your back hallway or mud room. On Crossed Wing's AWESOME Snow Squall hand-dyed linen, all you add are a few DMCs.

The chart comes with the yellow buttons and AB's signature *Sticky-Outey-Carrot-Nose.* (Amy's sons used to make those to earn money when they were 'under-privileged, over-worked' teenagers in high school... they remember them with fondness!!!!!!) Stitching measures approx 6 x 8-ish.


Twigs from AB Designs - click for more
Twigs
from AB Designs
Ab Designs has a fun new ornament design -- a fashionably dressed snowman featuring a sticky-outey nose and wired Memory Thread arms! Presented as a kit, you get the28ct ice blue linen, DMC flosses, 5 jingle bells, the little AB Designs clay carrot nose, the red and white polka dot fleece finishing fabric, and cuts of DMC's covered wire Memory Thread.

Mr Twig is only 3-1/2 inches in size. Stitch him, and finish him with some of the red fabric showing -- or simply put it on the back side -- the bells can dangle from the corners of bottom. His arms are the twisted wire, and they go on last! Super cute and colorful!


Many Flakes a Family Makes from AB Designs - click for more I'd Rather Bee Stitching from AB Designs - click for more Bee Happy or Bee Quiet from AB Designs - click for more
Many Flakes a Family Makes from AB Designs
We're a little out-of-season with snowmen right now... but Flakey Families are 'in season' all year round! This cute design can be stitched on just about any fabric you want, and is coded for DMC floss. AB makes the cutest sticky-out-y clay carrot noses for her snowmen... you might want to get a few of those for various members of your family! (They run $1.25 each, and come in all sizes, because they are hand-made -- just like the real thing!)

I'd Rather Bee Stitching & Bee Happy or Bee Quiet
This is kind of a fun pair of designs... they don't really GO together... but they follow the same color scheme. Weeks 30ct Straw Linen and the same colors of hand-dyed flosses used... they are just simple, cheerful and make you smile. Presented as single charts, Stitching measures 77 x 55 -- it'd be cute on the front of a sewing case or something. Bee Happy measures 89 x 44 -- 3 x 6... very petite!


Whatever... A Collection of Grumpy and Happy Patterns from AB Designs - click for more *Whatever!* A Collection of Grumpy and Happy Patterns
Get out all your fun colors of fabrics to stitch these designs... these are on various counts of Week's Peoria Purple, Chartreuse and Pumpkin. Amy says they are good for 'Sending a Message' or just perching in a bowl -- if you are the more silent type! Colorful, cheerful, wild... all are included in the one set of patterns, no specific embellishments called for -- although you could get imaginative with those yourself.

Charted for regular colors of DMC floss (700, 742, 971, 553, 321, 310 and 907) -- these colors give you a basic suggestion -- get into your hand-dyeds for these as well!!! Included are: NEVER EVER, NO, WHATEVER, GO AWAY, TODAY WILL BE AMAZING, THANK YOU, THIS COFFEE (TEA, WINE, COLA) IS MAKING ME AWESOME, AND YES!!!


A Pillow With Attitude... Go Away Please! from AB Designs - click for more A Pillow With Attitude... Go Away Please!
A *snarky pillow* just for one of those days, Amy has given you a pre-sewn 5 x 9 black and white polka dot pillow sham, (you'll need a bit of stuffing for it) with a 7 x 10 white 14ct Aida wrapper with the big red ribbons, to tie around the dotted pillow. It'll say Go Away on one side... and Please on the other 'because we still have manners!'

Presented as a chart with that pillow and wrapper, there are also three colorful buttons in here to dress up your stitching. Super Cute!!! (Could be for an 11yr old or 91yr old!)


Forever Friends from AB Designs - click for more Forever Friends
A cute trio of snowmen... Amy suggests these both ways... just the folks. (6 x 3) ... or the saying on the top as well.,(6 x 6). Hers is stitched on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple, but says colors of Aida are good too -- YOU decide, it's YOUR stitching!

She has given you SIX of her famous orange noses in here -- they are the CUTEST things on snowmen, because they stick straight out! Presented as the pattern with noses, this is charted for DMC floss.


Birthday Girl and Boy Pillows & Matching Magnets from AB Designs - click for more Birthday Girl and Boy Pillows & Matching Magnets
Stitch these cute pillow wraps for the special person at the center of the special occasion! Just a small 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inch ticking striped pillow sham -- pink or blue -- the 14ct white Aida strip to stitch on measures 3 x 12. There is an alphabet included for personalization -- so you can stitch the Birthday message and tie it around the little pillow.

There is a 3 x 3 cut of magnetic sticky board in here as well... Amy suggests putting a favorite photo on there to finish off your fun gift!


Cup of Happy from AB Designs - click for more Harvest Moon from AB Designs - click for more One Day At A Time from AB Designs - click for more
AB Designs releases a trio of quick designs... all are presented as single-sheet chart designs -- you add YOUR embellishments!
  • Cup of Happy -- Well, this is just the cutest little guy! Stitched on Crossed Wing's Snow Squall Linen -- which is the most beautiful hand-dyed blue linen EVER -- he finishes approx 5 x 6. Bright and happy colors, he's done in DMC 666, 971, 742, 700, 704, 433 and black and white!!!
  • Harvest Moon -- A pair of pumpkins with personality -- I think I am seeing green Olives with pimentos in one of them!!!! (The After-5 Pumpkin!) 3 x 4-ish sized designs... something wild to add to your fall decorations.
  • One Day At A Time -- Very good advice! The argyle version really can be stitched with any color scheme... find some cool/special/ family-meaningful buttons and work around those if you want.

AB Designs Wee Bit Wicked Kit - click for more Wee Bit Wicked
A cute little kitlet by AB Designs, this one includes the chart, precut wool spider, glitter legs and pearl eyes. You supply your bit of brightly colored linen or aida.

This finishes about 6 x 6, and uses DMC floss from your stash.


Eat, Drink & Be Scary from AB Designs - click for more Wilhelmina the Little Witch from AB Designs - click for more Wilhelmina and Eat, Drink & Be Scary
AB Designs has a pair of new charts for Halloween that over-the-top colorful, funky and wild -- just like so many of her other creations!!! Both are presented as the charts with a few button embellishments. Stitch them on Weeks purple, orange, green or yellow hand-dyed linens... there are tons of color choices!
  • Wilhelmina the Little Witch is stitched on a light purple with regular DMC floss! She measures 50 x 105 -- so she's not too large to finish in time for the Big Night!
  • Eat, Drink & Be Scary is on more purple, and agian DMC floss -- 67 x 107, so these could be a pair!

More Fridge Art! -- Baby Love! from AB Designs - click for more More Fridge Art! -- I Do! from AB Designs - click for more
More Fridge Art! -- I Do and Baby Love!
A pair of charts that each feature two small designs for The Happy Couple or The Cute New Addition!

Stitched on just about anything you want, charted for DMC flosses, pillow them, frame them, magnetize them !!!


Sweet Sweet Summertime from AB Designs - click for more Sweet Sweet Summertime
Amy Breucken latest Fridge Art design is presented in a kit format -- it was a Market Special this past Winter. Stitched on Week's Dye Works 30ct Chartreuse hand-dyed linen with Weeks flosses, it is garnished with black glass beads for the seeds. Algerian Eyelets for the rind. stitch, mount it onto the peel 'n stick magnet material, and stick onto your fridge or filing cabinet! Meant to be something cute, colorful and quick.
Note! Since this is a limited edition kit, it isn't included in our Auto-Ship.


The 4 Seasons from AB Designs - click for more The 4 Seasons from AB Designs - click for more The 4 Seasons
*Live Simply, Be Grateful, and Smile A Lot!* Each of the 4 panels in this measures 40 x 60 in size. Charted for DMC floss, stitch them all together or individually -- you decide!

No special embellishments called for either -- but I bet your stash has a boatload of cute stuff you could use!

Offered in chart format.. this is Amy's *Whole Bunch of Cute!*

Fridge Art #21 Lady Luck from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art#22 Bee Kind from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #23 Sun Day from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #24 Summer ABC from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #17 Lucky from AB Designs - click for more
Fridge Art#18 I Love You from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #19 Flower Power from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #20 Love from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #13 You Are My Happy from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #14 Hearts Squared from AB Designs - click for more
Fridge Art #9 Tommy from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #10 Harvest from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #11 Yes Please from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #12 Happy Hour from AB Designs - click for more
Fridge Art Display from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art from AB Designs - click for more
Fridge Art
Amy is beginning a new set of fun designs that are *suggested* as Fridge Art... but could be finished other ways as well. Releasing 4 new designs every other month... these little guys are designed to be stitched on either 14, 18, 22, 28, 32 or 36ct -- because all those sizes fit the 3 x 3 magnet boards included with each.

Very *Plucky and Perky*, each of these comes as its own chart with sticky magnetic board and sticky mounting board. You add the flosses and fab of choice. No major finishing or measuring... these are simple, colorful and fun!

From now on, our Auto-ship will send 4 new small charts with magnetic material each time. The numbers are up to 24 now, and still climbing!


The Three Wise Men from AB Designs - click for more The Three Wise Men
Amy Breucken is getting ready for NEXT Christmas with this Out-of-The-Box group pic!!! Stitched on 30ct Natural/Straw gingham Linen in regular DMC flosses... the 'normal' ends there!

It finishes approx 7 x 9-1/2 and is garnished with some white pearls and silver bugle beads. And yes, we know that gingerbread man has a bow in his hair... she says 'Just deal with it!!!' Offered as the chart with embellishments it is *A Whole Bunch of Cute!*


Christmas Magic from AB Designs - click for more Christmas Magic
Oh... Amy does a Santa Claus every year, and this year, he brought his *Mrs* along!!! The happy couple is worked on 30ct Snow Squall hand-dyed linen with regular DMC flosses. Her fur is trimmed with silvery glass bugle beads, and she has a tiny pearl necklace!

Finishing approx 6-1/2 inches square, they are colorful, charming and so cheerful! Offered as the chart with beads and pearls offered separately. TOO CUTE!!


Eat More Candy! from AB Designs - click for more Eat More Candy!
Meet little Lindybug -- The Happy Pumpkin Girl! She's dressed in purple with green polka dots, and advertising CANDY as a dietary option! Stitched on Week's 30ct Chartreuse Linen with regular DMC floss... she has a whole collection of JABCO buttons surrounding her, and her dress is hemmed with a length of Dames of the Needle's bright hand-dyed mini-pom-pom fringe in a hot orange color!!! Too stinking CUTE!

Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 9... she needs to be finished into a flat door hanging, or a stand-up so she can keep guard over the Candy Bowl! Offered as the chart, we have the buttons packs separately, and we've tucked that bit of the orange pom-pom trim into the button pack sets.


I Am The Witch! from AB Designs - click for more Frank and Sally Skull from AB Designs - click for more Frank and Sally Skull and I Am The Witch!
Two more pairs of small designs -- the same size (just 40 x 40 stitches) as the Fridge Arts. You can get that plain magnet material -- option below -- and finish these into MORE Fridge Arts... or the little pillows and frames as shown. These 4 are offered in chart format. The black frames are from Olde Colonial, and the black and white polka dot pillows (you'll need to stuff them, but they come with the orange covered buttons and are fully sewn for you.) are from Adam Original. We have 'em all!!!

For fabrics, look into Weeks bright yellows, oranges, chartreuse and purple hand-dyeds... or the Zweigart bright tropical Aidas... we have all those, too! Frank and Sally come on one chart... I Am The Witch comes on the other chart. They are not part of the Fridge Art Auto... but you can add them to your collection anytime!!


Less Bitching More Stitching! from AB Designs - click for more Less Bitching, More Stitching!
Doesn't need much more explanation than that!!!!! Grab a cute fabric and your bright colors of regular DMC floss and stitch this as the traveling banner for your stitch group meetings!!!!!

It'd make a cute personal stitching case as well... (in case you'd rather have a more private reminder!) Just a fun design, this is offered as a chart with optional button pack. On 28ct it finishes approx 7-1/2 x 8-1/2.


Halloween Parade from AB Designs - click for more Halloween Parade
This is SO CUTE! Ms Amy has outdone herself with this fun pagent of Trick-or-Treat hopefuls! Worked on the delicious 30ct Weeks Peoria Purple Linen in both Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, it finishes a petite 6 x 9. You can do the whole thing, or split everyone up and make smaller individual stand-ups.

Colors are fun, subject matter is over-the-top creative... you could even do those stars in metallic, and put beads in the witch's dress. Offered as the chart with packet of mini metal brads and rubber band embellishments!


i love you more from AB Designs - click for more i love you more
What a sweet piece to stitch for someone you love! Amy Bruecken has a new design that is so simple but super charming. Choose any fabric you like... and six DMC colors -- stitch the hearts with or without the black and white checkered border. BUT... you could add metallics or buttons or even Memory Thread to this and make it really wild.

What about personalization? Amy has included a small blocky alphabet.. but you might be able to design your letters based on those already in the verse. It's just the happiest thing!!!!! Offered as a chart.


Ewe's Fluffy from AB Designs - click for more Ewe's Fluffy
A new design for a favorite verse... Amy has chosen some pretty and bright lip-puckering colors to stitch this cute piece -- 5 of which are your NEW DMC COLORS!!!!! If you haven't picked up your set of the 16 new colors yet... you'll need to for this one.

Worked on Week's 30ct Sophie's Pink linen, the fluffs finish approx 9 x 5. Just cute and cheerful for the new year, this is offered as a single sheet chart.


Woneta from AB Designs - click for more Woneta
Well... SHE has candy! If you are looking for a colorful, happy and shocking Halloween Decoration -- stitch Woneta! (Amy's sister's name is Koneta... this pattern says that Woneta is Witchy Poo's Big Sis... could this be a recent family photo?) Check out the bat on the candy corn hat... that darling little kitty -- just hanging there!

Her dress is candy corn -- and even though the fringe on the apron is only black cross stitches -- you COULD bead those. I love her shoes -- and you could add bits of metallic to them, as well. Stitched on Week's 30ct Chartreuse Linen she finishes approx 6 x 11. Offered as the chart with embellishments!


Be Merry from AB Designs - click for more Be Merry
Too Cute! Another of Amy's fun annual Santa charts, this year's has that fun little penguin on there -- the one that *Twirls when in doubt!* He's cute just by himself, the snowman looks so happy nestled up with Santa, and even the 'Be Merry' block would make it's own cute ornament! I love the textures in the designs of the tree and Santa's coat, too.

Worked on Week's 30ct Morris Blue, this has a stitch count of 74 x 130, so it finishes approx 5 x 8-1/2. There is a big snowflake charm on here, as well as another 'big-honkin-nose!'


Twirl from AB Designs - click for more Twirl
*When in doubt... Twirl!* What a cute design!!! Everyone who sees this just loves it! By AB Designs, offered as a single chart, this is stitched on Week's 30ct chartreuse linen with a small variety of flosses and a bit of silk and metallic. (You have lots of substitute options from your stash with this one -- not to worry!)

Finishing approx 5 x 11, Amy has made a pink and orange clay flower to embellish, and there are glass beads garnishing the *wind* around this little guy!!! Offered as a single chart.


Stu, Sam & Syd: Little Monsters from AB Designs - click for more Stu, Sam & Syd: Little Monsters!
Amy has a trio of new little scary people... to join Mike, Mac and Moe! Offered as small card charts, stitch them on almost any fun, bright color of whatever count you want... they are only 40 x 40-ish stitches each!

VERY fun to work up on 10ct fabric with specialty threads, these belong in the bedroom of some OTHER scary little person in your life! Just the cutest -- look through your metallics, and buttons to jazz them up! Each is a separate little card chart.


I HAVE ISSUES from AB Designs - click for more I HAVE ISSUES
Well, al-righty-then! This is so simple, so cute and SO PERFECT for so many people!!! Offered as the chart with button embellishments, the model is stitched on Weeks 30ct Sophia Pink linen. You can do it on anything you like, and in any colors you like -- especially if you have issues with that fabric or those colors. You can even get the buttons separately -- but only in the pink and green set offered -- issues or not!

Just a delightful piece -- a gotta have! Check out $#!%! -- also new chart in AB's little world of charming attitude!


Mike, Mack & Moe from AB Designs - click for more Mike, Mack & Moe
AB Designs has the cutest trio of small scary monsters to dress up the bedroom of somebody special to you!!! (Just don't store them under the bed!) Mack, Mike and Moe are all single charts of *little people.*

Stitched on anything you want... we suggest a cool 10ct Tula and #5 Perle Cottons to make them fun bed pillows. The stitched area would be around 3 x 4 for each one... then elaborate with fabric trims and edgings. Every little person would love these funky and weird guys all stitched in fun, bright colors -- add some crazy eyes if you have them, or a silly button or two. Whatever you do... the patterns come as three separate small charts -- waiting for CREATIVITY! Coded for DMC floss.


Kitty 4 Sale from AB Designs - click for more Kitty 4 Sale
AB Designs' Amy has released *A Whole Bunch of Cute!* We have Kitty 4 Sale... a new Santa, 3 new spiders and 2 new fobs!!! Let's start with that errant kitty! Stitched on Week's 28ct hand-dyed Straw Gingham Linen, the little witchie has a hair-do of DMC Memory Thread (coated wire to twist and shape) -- you could use orange, green, purple or black.

She has a sticky-outy nose, and she is peddling the CUTEST little kitty! I think he's my favorite part about the whole piece! Offered as a single chart, she finishes approx 4 x 10, and comes with her embellishment pack of nose, beads and buttons.


St Nick's Noel from AB Designs - click for more St Nick's Noel
Oh, this little guy is really cute this year! He is stitched on 30ct Guacamole Week's Linen with various hand-dyed flosses. YOU GET the pre-cut felt tree piece and the silver beads to adorn -- all with the chart!

He finishes approx 3 x 7... cute for a cube stand-up or little pillow. That wool tree adds a nice touch of texture and a bit of *unique!* Restful colors of dusty greens and deep reds. Offered as the chart with embellishments.


Jackie O Lantern from AB Designs - click for more Jack N Stein from AB Designs - click for more Jack N Stein and Jackie O Lantern
Quite the Party Couple! Amy has these worked on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Chartreuse Linen -- and it is *BRIGHT!* Stitched with DMC floss, you'll need her garnishment package which includes the necessary spiders, beads, noses, and shoe laces.

What you will also need is some DMC Memory Thread. It is a covered wire product -- green on Jack, and black on Jackie -- that you simply twist and shape, and then attach to the finished needlework. Amy uses it a lot, and since one package has 3 yards on the card... it'll go a long way.

Anyway, J & J finish approx 6 x 10-1/2. They look pretty good next to The Frankster and WitchyPoo! Lots of great linen color and design impact for all 4 of these.


We've Been Waiting for You! from AB Designs - click for more We've Been Waiting for You!
A cute birth announcement, you could change color and count of fabric to match the nursery, get it stitched and add that name and any other details as soon as you are done waiting!!! What a darling adoption celebration!!!

Offered as a single chart, this is coded for hand-dyed cottons as well as DMC. Amy warns that 4-legged babies would like this, too!!!


Bless You! from AB Designs - click for more Bless You!
'Pillow this, or frame this... Add a name... whatever you choose... this is one lucky baby!!!' AB Designs has released a really cute bedroom piece stuffed FULL of bright and happy COLOR! Stitched on Week's 20ct Guacamole linen in shades of overdyeds or DMCs... this finishes approx 6 x 13. Those fluffy, colorful sheep... besides offering the nighttime blessing... they can be counted if need be!!!

Offered as a single sheet chart... VERY, VERY cute!


Stack of Bees from AB Designs - click for more Presenting Stack of Bees
AB Designs has finished her 4-season set of Stacks with these two bright, fun, fresh warm weather themes!!! Amy's original artwork charted to stitch on Week's Guacamole linen in bold overdyeds, you just can't help but love these!

Offered as a chart, it features lavender bead embellishments, and Bees even sports a green glass leaf! Companions to Stack of Winter and Stack of Jacks, in Amy's words -- A Whole Bunch of Fun!


So Very Merry! from AB Designs - click for more So Very Merry!
Amy Bruecken of AB Designs has another really fun Santa Claus this year -- he and his little buddy are sporting DMC Memory Thread embellishment of their faces. Santa is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple Linen in DMC and overdyed flosses. After all is stitched, take your black and white Memory Threads (actually thread-covered wire) and bend and tack down! The little snowman has a sticky-outy clay carrot nose, too.

Very cute and colorful, So Very Merry is offered as a chart, embellishments, Mem Thread... all available separately. Note: One package of Memory Thread has something like 3 yards on it... If you have one card from a different project... you don't need more for this!


Stack of Snow from AB Designs - click for more
Stack of Snow
The second of the four seasons... Stack of Winter goes with Stack of Jacks! Three fat little snowmen, all stacked up, Amy's artwork is so cute! It's colorful, funky, fresh, lively, and just plain FUN!

Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Guacamole Linen in various overdyeds, this is a great contemporary look. Offered as the chart with everything else offered separately.


Stack of Jacks from AB Designs - click for more Stack of Jacks
One of 3 new designs... AB Designs has the cutest new stack of pumpkins -- all decorated with Charcoal noses and wired Memory Thread smiles -- stitched in colorful overdyeds on Weeks 30ct Guacamole linen! Offered as the chart, with embellishments, Stack of Jacks measures approx 3-1/2 x 7 inches -- actually kind of teeny! It is the first in 4-seasons... Stack of Snow will be Winter's design, (coming the end of Sept.) Stack of Butterflies comes for the Spring, and Stack of Bees is the Summer edition.

The black Memory Thread is a coated wire that you bend and twist, to make any shape you want. It gets 'tacked' onto your finished stitching, and really POPS! I just love the colors on this one -- green linen and backgrounds, bright oranges and yellows in the pumpkins, and that purple moon! Offered as the chart with embellishments, the Memory thread is separate, and comes on a card of 3 yards, which will probably last you forever!


The Frankster from AB Designs - click for more The Frankster
*Witchypoo's Main Squeeze!* ab Designs has sent us the cutest little Frankenstein monster to stitch, and we have plenty of time to finish him before The Big Day!!! The 5 x 9 Frankster belongs to previously-published Witchypoo, and is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple. He features right, fun Halloween-y colors, and some DMC Black Memory Thread on his pumpkin's smile!

Actually, we think that Memory Thread is totally awesome, and it'd be fun on all the spider legs, too!!! Offered as the single chart, check out the trio of smaller matching pumpkins, with those same wired-thread smiles!!! Such a cute set of designs!


Punkin Spider from AB Designs - click for more Punkin Crow from AB Designs - click for more Punkin Witch from AB Designs - click for more Punkin Witch, Crow and Spider
Here are three 'Just a Quickie' pumpkins that match those carried by The Frankster and Witchypoo! Offered as small card charts, each little pumpkin is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Carrot hand-dyed linen, and features the mouth stitched with DMC's Memory Thread. (It's a thread-covered wire that you bend and curl... then simply tack onto your needlework.)

If you stitch Frankster and Witchypoo and these pumpkins... you'll have a trio of bright pieces... all on different lip-puckering fun colors of linen!


Witchy Poo from AB Designs - click to see more Witchy Poo
'A whole bunch of cute, a little scary, a pinch of creepy, and a dash of ick!' Ms Witchy Poo is so darn CUTE! She's stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple Linen, but as Amy points out... there are several other colors and kinds of fabrics that would be perfect for her.

Using DMC and overdyed flosses, our very favorite parts are her hat jewel, and her bright green sticky-outy clay nose! It has a black wart on it!!!!!!! Approx 5 x 11, there are seed beads scattered around the spiders, and their legs are long straight stitches. Offered as the chart with embellishments.


Bed & Breakfast from AB Designs - click for more Bed & Breakfast
Well... read it! 'Bed & Breakfast... you do both!' I'm thinking this is more appropriate for your teenager than the upcoming houseguest!!!

Offered as the chart, it is darn CUTE! Finishes approx 10 x 7.


All Things Warm and Cozy from AB Designs - click for more All Things Warm and Cozy
ab Designs has another charming design that uses the new DMC Memory Thread! This awesome stocking would be awesome FINISHED as a stocking... it's stitched with Sampler Threads, and features a neat woolen heart applique, and a few red glass seed beads. Deep, rich colors of Apple Cider, Woodsmoke, Buckeye Scarlet, Dark Chocolate, Raven Oatmeal and Parchment... it just LOOKS like a comfortable old sock!

Notice the curly-Q stuff around the sheep and holding the heart? THAT is the DMC Memory Thread. It's actually thread-covered wire that you twist and attach just however you want, to get such a fun and whimsical effect! This design uses the Gold color, and finishes approx 9 x 11 on 28ct. Offered as the chart with woolen heart and beads, linen, flosses and Memory Thread offered separately.


Just Be Claus from AB Designs - click for more Just Be Claus
An exuberant Santa, dressed in a coat of 'Merry Wildness', he's sporting a beard of the new DMC Memory Thread! First the coat -- swirls, stripes and polka dots of regular DMC cotton floss -- Be Claus is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple linen, in reds, greens, purples and white, and measures approx 6 x 10-1/2. He's embellished with black buttons and some silver bugle beads.

His beard has wired-thread curls all over it! DMC's new Memory Thread -- this variety of it -- is a thin copper wire, wrapped with cotton fibre. You wrap it around something like a pencil to get the little swirlies... and then just tack those onto the needlework! Totally fun and different... the wired Memory Thread comes in something like 14 colors on individual spools -- and we're getting it!Make sure to see ab's Halloween pieces that feature Memory Thread, too!


Cocktail House from AB Designs - click for more Quit Yer Bellyachin! from AB Designs - click for more
Quit Yer Bellyachin!
Quite a favorite American saying to 'warn the whiner' ... this is a riot! Amy Bruecken of AB Designs has 4 new One-Liners, each offered as a chart, and embellished with hand-dyed buttons. THIS ONE is my personal favorite, because my Dad used to say it to all five of us kids all the time!!!

Just for fun... check out the other three, I bet you know someone who deserves one of these! Offered as the chart with button set, stitching is approx 1 x 6 depending on fabric size, and then figure button placement.


Big Mama Claus from Amy Bruecken Designs - click to see more Big Mama Claus
Here's Big Nick's Main Squeeze -- Big Mama!!! This is a darling companion to Big Nick -- published by Sisters & Best Friends. AB Designs is half of 'Sisters'... who are still *sisters* and *best friends*... just not a team of designers anymore. They each have their own company... so now its kind of fun to look back at the Sisters Page, and guess who really was behind which design!!!

Anyway, here's Big Mama... waiting for her man with a big 'ole Christmas Pudding on her lap! Check out the reindeer slippers! There are more snowmen you can see through the window in the background, and even though the wallpaper is the same... the friends in the room have changed. Offered as the chart with lots of fun bead embellishments, she measures approx 12 x 12 on 28ct. Pretty colors... lots of visual impact!!!


Ho Ho Ho from Amy Bruecken Designs -- click to see more Ho Ho Ho
Here's a colorful trio of friends... Santa's coat trim is stitched in Wisper thread and garnished with red seed beads. The snowman has that cute pointed clay carrot nose, and the reindeer has antlers full of a red bead garland!

Offered as the chart, this is smaller than the rest of the Sisters & Best Friends Santa patterns, and finishes approx 6 x 6-ish. Lots of pretty fabric options for them, too!





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