This is a sampling of the Chessie & Me collection! Delightfully small, detailed samplers, each is stitched over two linen threads, but always features areas stitched over one thread as well. There are always special stitches in them... the little flag design is full of them! Pretty colors, nice verses... enjoy these we've stitched in the shop!
Wave Forever Stitch Book and Lady Liberty Needlebook & Fob
Chessie & Me has released one of her cute *Book Box* designs this week, with a matching sewing case and fobs that could store inside the little box! We love these small paper mache book boxes Linda uses -- she paints and waxes them, and stitches for the top, sometimes the inside of the lid, and sometimes the box bottom. Always bits of Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wools to line or compliment the needlework, Wave Forever is stitched on 36ct Lakeside Vintage Cedar Plank Linen with one strand of hand-dyed floss. All of Linda's Rice and Smyrna Stitches, the billowing flag appears on the 2-1/2 x 4-inch box top and on the inside.
The Lady Liberty set is worked on Weeks 32 Beige Linen, so it technically doesn't MATCH the other... but we do like them together. The needlebook finishes approx 3 x 6, the fob is just 2 x 2, and Weeks Deep Sea wool lines the little case. TOO CUTE! Each is offered as a chart, wools and linens separately.
Here's a delightfully small paper mache box that is dressed up with a tiny sampler saltbox scene. Linda's charming touches of special stitches are in the grass, and door, and the little sheepies are all over one.
By Chessie & Me, this kit includes the chart, Weeks 32ct Confederate Gray hand-dyed linen, yummy Weeks hand-dyed flosses, your needle and that little 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 x 2-ish inch brown box. Leave it natural, or paint and wax your box... either way, it'll make a fun storage piece for something small and important!
Chessie & Me's annual mini-kit, this year we have another cool seacoast theme... I love that little tall hill with the house perched on top! Offered as the complete kit, this is stitched on Lakeside Linens 36ct Vintage Meadow Rue Linen with Gloriana silks of deep red, denim blue, gold, mossy green and a touch of golden brown.
The sailing ship schooner is done over one; the border, cherries and stars in the flag are Smyrna Crosses; roof and front door are Satin stitches. The green in the grass is just gorgeous when you cross your stitches one by one. It finishes approx 2-1/2 x 4-1.2. This joins Linda's other small kits -- all of them are still available farther down the pages! (Ghost Inn, 1776 Harbor, Noel House, Liberty Inn, Hallowee House & Glory House.)
Another seasonal hornbook design, this goes with Winter Wonder, Harvest House, Days of Liberty and Scarlet's Summer Sampler. Finishing approx 5 x 5 on 32ct, you can see a bit of Week's Red Pear wool peeking out from behind to add that soft wool mat of color. Threads are all Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses... you have the kitty over one, a Nun's Stitch border, Satin stitched roof, French Knot flower buds and Smrynas all over the place!
Such a pretty piece, a schnigglet cut of the Red Pear (hand-dyed by Weeks, it comes in a 'solid', herringbone, houndstooth and glen plaid pattern... we'll send one of those options) is all you need for that backing. Wooden and paper boxes for finishing abound at Hobby Lobby! Offered as a chart.
Tudor Rose Stitch Book
Are you collecting these fun paper mache book box designs??? Tudor Rose is the next in Chessie's Set of these CHARMING 3 x 5 x 1-1/2-ish brown paper boxes. (We'll have them in stock again as soon as all the west coast shipping delays are resolved... they're stuck on a dock somewhere!) Paint and wax your box, and mount the needlework to the top, inside lid and make the matching fob. Lots of Nun Stitch, Satins, Smyrnas, and Eyelets, this uses Weeks flosses of Aztec Red, Bullfrog, Cappuccino, Grasshopper, Peach Fuzz, Swamp Water and Whiskey.
You'll need to use 36ct to get it to fit the box, and will need a schnigglet cut for the backing on the top and inside lids. (We'll send the Louisana Hot Sauce color in either solid, houndstooth, herringbone or Glen Plaid. We can reserve boxes for you... but will not hold shipment for them to show up!!!!
Others in this cute set are farther down this page - Patriotic Stitch Book, Berry House, Queen Bee and Autumn Sewing!
Tallman House 1864 Sampler
Linda writes about this piece,"In designing this Civil War era piece I wanted to give it a Wisconsin flavor, and discovered the home of William Tallman in Janesville, WI. ...part of the underground railroad, it became a stop for slaves traveling to freedom in the North. ...discovering that the Tallmans were friends of Abraham Lincoln, the president stayed here on several occasions."
So she felt it appropriate to include this lovely old house in her sampler! Verse is taken from Lincoln's second inaugural speech, and the eagle was the mascot of the Eighth WI Volunteer Infantry Regiment! Worked in Sampler Threads on Week's 32ct Tin Roof Linen, again, this is stuffed full of Linda's favorite stitches of Eyelets, Smyrnas and Satins! Finishes approx 5 x 9 and is offered as a chart.
Rose & Crown Sampler
This sampler features lots of crowns and is actually a little brighter in color that some of Linda's other pieces. Charted for Gloriana silk or DMC floss, on 32ct it finishes approx 9 x 5.
Smyrnas and Satins... *oh may we all improve thy grace already given to seize the Crown of Love and seale the mount of Heaven.* A pretty little piece, offered as a chart.
A Gentlewoman's Stitch Box
Grab a 7-1/2 inch round brown paper mache box and either paint and wax it or cover it with fabric like the one in the pic. Next, stitch all your little motifs for all the pieces in this charming sewing set on 32ct linen. It is charted for Sampler Threads of Caramel Corn, Old Hickory, Piney Woods, Shaker White and Tin Bucket. Eyelets over 6 threads on the door, Smyrnas and Satins all over the place!
The needle book finishes approx 3 x 6, Pin Keep Roll is 2 x 4-ish, and the fob is 1-1/4 x 2! You will need TWO schnigglet cuts of Week's Chestnut wool -- we'll send matching cuts of either the solid, houndstooth, herringbone or Glen Plaid. All the finishing instructions are in here... nothing too difficult... just a cute set! Presented as a chart.
Gettysburg 1862 Sampler
Lovely, relaxed goldens, grays, creams and blacks... this is a stunning little sampler! Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. Linda's inspiration for this comes from the Civil War period -- it honors the brave souls who aided the courageous 'travelers' on the underground railroad during that time period. She's included several quilt pattern motifs believed to have directed the 'passengers' along their route... the Northern Star, Flying Geese and 2 Log Cabin variations.
Stitched using Sampler Thread hand-dyed flosses this finishes approx 5 x 9. As always, Linda has special stitches scattered all over in here... can you see them as the bricks on the house and the lines on the beehive? Windows have over-one detail... and there is Chessie up in the tree! Offered as a chart... linen separately.
Linda's annual small kit, this year's is a haunted hotel with a graveyard on the property instead of a swimming pool! The Boo sign outside welcomes the preferred guests... I guess it means 'vacancy??' Offered as a complete kit, Linda has 36ct linen in here along with 7 lengths of hand-dyed Gloriana silks!
Luscious mossy greens, a hint of gold, some brilliant orange and of course, a kohl black, there is a bit of one-over-one and some Smyrna Crosses tossed in. Finishes approx 3 x 4 -- we still have all of Chessie's other small kits available -- cute seasonal houses, a ship scene, and some primitive pumpkins and birds from years past.
Patriotic Stitch Book
This 3 x 4 miniature sampler is worked on a 36ct linen and mounted to the top of a paper mache box that is shaped like a small book -- that actually opens! Worked with all three brands of hand-dyed flosses, Eyelets and Smyrnas are here and there, as well as one-over-one detail. Box lining is simply paper, but you can choose lots of varied Week's wool colors (2 -- one for the outside and another for the inside.) to back your topper piece and the inside box top area.
Offered as the chart, you get both the top sampler (which companions her Berry House and Autumn Sewing Boxes) and the inside top design, along with the matching little fob chart! These charming boxes are such a fun and different way to finish and display your stitching... they are super easy to paint and wax as well! Inexpensive and really cool finishing!
Winter Wonder and Harvest Time
The next two in the 'Seasons of Chessie' Series... these join 'Days of Liberty'... so we still have a few seasons to go! Approx 80 x 80 in stitch count, each is worked with overdyed flosses on 32ct linen, and accented with a piece of Week's wool behind it for an extra punch of color! Chessie's special stitches in these - I LOVE the kitty on the barn roof!!! Winter is worked on 32ct Linen -- a medium steely blue/gray with a Louisiana Hot Sauce wool accent, while Harvest is worked on a creamier linen with a Terra Cotta Wool backing. Offered as charts and so DARN cute... wood pieces come from Hobby Lobby!
The straggly willows, ghosts all over the yard and pumpkins instead of hedges... *Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, voices whisper in the trees tonight is Halloween* That's an eery verse!!!!Finishing approx 5 x 5 on 36ct linen, frame this, pillow it, make a cube stand-up, or a quilted door hanging.
Charted for silks or DMC, there are always fun stitches scattered about for definition. The border, door, cats and pumpkins in the yard are all worked in Satins, Rices, Smyrnas, the chart just LOOKS like it'll be fun to stitch!
Days of Liberty
Here is a new Chessie & Me design that is very much *Chessie* in personality! Worked on 32ct linen with Weeks overdyed flosses, it'll finish approx 5 x 5. You can get blank wooden shapes at Hobby Lobby like the one shown on the cover -- a little bit of paint -- and presto -- a cute finishing option. Choose a bit of Weeks hand-dyed wool to back the stitching before you mount it, and you get an extra punch of color.
Days of Liberty features a Nun Stitch border, Smyrnas as the flag stars, Satins in the door and on the roof, and of course the kitty -- little Chessie -- is there over one thread! We can send you a Schnigglet cut of Weeks wool to finish this -- flosses featured are Deep Sea, Grasshopper, Grits, Havana, Pea Coat, Red Rocks and Sea Gull -- so any wools in any of the 4 patterns will work on this. (And you have choices of red, blue, cream green or brown wools!!!)
Chessie's Make Do Sampler
This is quite a sampling of stitches, motifs and verses! Stitched on three separate pieces of three different colors of 32ct linen, each section features a different scene and sentiment.
*Please smile upon my small endeavor and I will be a friend forever* and *Happy is the home that shelters a friend* are the two verses... there are lots of palm trees, and TONS of gorgeous stitch details. There are stitches and trim that cover the fabric seams helping each of the three panels of fabric naturally divide the piece. You can stitch this all on one piece of material, but this is kind of a neat alternative! Offered as a chart.
Berry House Stitch Book
This is a three-part set of designs that fits on the top and inside lid of a 3-1/2 x 5 x 1-1/2 paper mache box that looks like a book! A companion to Chessie's Autumn Sewing Book, this is a summer scene of a little house surrounded by a lavish berry vine. There is a small fob to fit inside, and an initial panel to decorate the inside lid.
Charted for Weeks overdyed floss, this needs to be worked on 36ct linen to fit the box -- simple brown paper mache, shaped like a book, that features a tilting lid. You'll need to paint it to get it to look like the pic, but the effort is worth it! Berry House is offered as a chart; box is separate.
Queen Bee Stitch Book
Another Companion Book Box to Berry House and Autumn, this is the CUTEST! Offered as a chart, this includes a design to line the interior lid of a box, it includes a two-sided fob, and a band to wrap around a miniature hot-dog-shaped needle cushion! You'll need to paint your 3-1/2 x 5 x 1-1/2 paper mache box first -- Linda added her initials on the top. Inside, you'll see the *It's good to Bee Queen* stitched on the lid.
Next, the scissor fob has a skep on one side and bee on the other -- more room to add initals and dates, too. Then, that mini-needleroll made of Weeks Whiskey Houndstooth wool steals the show! See the stitched band wrapped around it? Just a really neat finishing idea for a cool finished project. Offered as a chart with box separate.
Hope of Spring
Classic Chessie & Me! *Spring is the rekindling of hope in the heart.* Measuring approx 6 x 7-1/2 on 32ct linen, this piece is full of smaller sections -- each with motifs that feature lots of Satins and Eyelets in their stitch details.
Linda chose silks or DMCs of soft denim blue, antique golds, taupe (for the bunnies) and dirty white (for the sheep and house), and lots of pretty greens to create her Springtime scene. I think I like the play of the yellow and blue colors the best! Offered as a chart.
Springtime of Youth Sampler
This verse advises to be sure you sow good seeds so that in the harvest of old age... you'll come out good!!! (Only it says it more eloquently!)
Pretty terra cotta farmhouse with lush green borders and grasses, sheep and windowpanes are over one. Lazy Daisies in the tree, Rhodes in the front door -- Linda always adds so much texture and interest with her use of specialty stitches! Offered as a chart.
Linda's 2014 kit, this is a departure from her seasonal houses. This year we get a patriotic row house surrounded by Chessie's classic *lawn.* She always does rows of Satins for grasses and they just glisten! Then on the other side, we get a sailing ship over one thread, a fish and anchor in the sea, and that billowing flag in the sky above! So absolutely chaming!!
This is offered as a small kit of chart, 36ct Vintage Pear linen by Lakeside, and hand-dyed silk by Gloriana. It finishes a petite 2-3/4 x 4... our model is mounted onto a bit of Weeks red houndstooth wool, and made into a little pin pillow.
Shepherd's Christmas is a sweet pastoral scene finishing approx 5 x 9 on a dusty blue linen -- we have tons of great choices on that. Satin Stitches on the evergreens give the illusion of layers of fronds. More Satins on the grasses, the tree inside the barn is over one... Hay is made with long stitches, and Smrynas dot everywhere for little bits of texture.
The scene is peaceful and the verse, although it doesn't rhyme, does have a message!
Over us will shine a star... sending its gleam of hope to the world. Offered as a chart, coded for hand-dyed silks or DMC.
Another of Chessie's darling little house pieces, this companions her Liberty Inn, Hallow Wee House and Glory House. Offered as a small kit, 36ct Vintage Examplar Lakeside Linen and lengths of Gloriana's silk in Antique Black, Antique Dark Gold, Black Cherry, Granny Smith Green, Old gold, Thistle Green and Winter White... the colors against the linen are just the richest. I like the fact that the basket at the top could stand alone as a small project, and of course all of Linda's stitch details.
The roof is Satin, the berries, leaves and letters are Smrynas, and the little deer is over one. Finishing approx 2-1/2 x 4, this is a sweet piece suitable for an ornament, pin cushion or small framed piece (pretty on a small easel!)
Thoughts of Christmas
Kind of a companion design to 'Where Stitching Leads' and 'Breath of Autumn', this is a wintery design with a bit of Christmas hinted by the tree and reindeer. The three-sided border and divided sections like the other keep this asymmetric. Lots of Eyelets and Smrynas, I love the lit candles in all the windows.
Finishes a petite 6 x 7-1/2 inches on 32ct... charted for silks for DMC.
Grand Old Flag Sampler
*During the time allotted me, grant my health and my liberty.* Finishing 5 x 7-ish on 32ct, stitch this in silks or flosses. The border is Nun's Stitch, the verse, birds and flower basket are all over one, the yard features Satins, and the door is constructed of 6 Eyelet stitches over 6 threads. Lots of small detail... so pretty!
You'll notice that it is cut out just beyond the Nun Stitch border, shown mounted on a piece of Week's hand-dyed wool -- several of the thread colors match that wool, so you have lots of color options there -- and then glued to a Priscilla's Pocket Hornbook.
I especially like that bit of wool behind the pieces -- really makes the thread colors pop, so it'd be a neat treatment to use even if you are framing this. Grand Old Flag Sampler is offered as a chart.
This is a lovely piece -- it finishes approx 4-1/2 x 9 on 32ct linen, and is worked in silks or DMC flosses. The rolling hills in this are STUNNING. Stitched with 4 different shades of threads, they really draw your eye. Flowers are over one, as well as the verse and alphabet.
Linda accidentally left out the *L* (which is funny, because that is her initial!)... so there is a bitty chart addition to get that back in there!!! Over-six Eyelets in the roof and a tiny Satin Stitch beeskep, the pic might look pale... but the colors in this are rich and bold! Offered as the chart.
Birds & Blooms
Oh this is cute! A miniature thing... it measures just 2-1/2 x 3 on 36ct, and is shown mounted to a bitty Priscilla's Pocket black painted hornbook. Again, great specialty stitches for texture, and the crisp Nun's Stitch edge treatment.
Depending on the size of your tree...you might be able to get away with turning this into a Christmas ornament... sewn OR on the hornbook! Offered as a chart.
Chessie's third annual house kit... all of these have been cute, this is no exception! Stitched on 36ct Vintage Examplar Linen by Lakeside with Gloriana Silks... you get the 4-thread Eyelets, over-one birds and baskets, all in a really cute 3 x 4 design. Check out the jazzy roof... and the rich colors...!
Offered as a complete kit, this'll stitch in a jiff.
Buzzing 'Round Ewe
Chessie's third annual house kit... all of these have been cute, this is no exception! Stitched on 36ct Vintage Examplar Linen by Lakeside with Gloriana Silks... you get the 4-thread Eyelets, over-one birds and baskets, all in a really cute 3 x 4 design. Check out the jazzy roof... and the rich colors...!
Offered as a complete kit, this'll stitch in a jiff.
Hand of Friendship Sampler
*A friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.* This piece could almost be broken down into 2 smaller pieces. Stitch just the top half -- the urn, verse and alphabet -- or just the bottom -- a pretty house amidst the rolling grasses. OR... just the urn and make it into a pin cushion!!
The main piece measures approx 5-1/2 x 7-1/2, stitched on 32ct in silks or DMC flosses. All the specialty stitch charm of Chessie, and again a pretty color of hand-dyed wool behind the piece for a punch of color. Offered as a chart... the hornbook featured in the pic is available separately.
Autumn Sewing Book
Chessie & Me has a new set of designs that can be mounted to the top and inside of a paper mache box, or framed, or maybe just a soft sewing case. The main 2-1/2 x 4 design -- house beneath the tree with squirrel perched atop pumpkins is worked on 35/36ct linen with Crescent and Week's flosses. In the pic you can see that there is Week's Whiskey Houndstooth wool behind the stitching for a bit of extra color, and this is mounted on the top of a painted box.
The two smaller companion designs 2-1/2 x 3 and 1-1/2 inches square, feature that little squirrel again, and more acorns. Make those into a scissor fob, the box lid lining... or possibly inner pages of a soft sewing case. Pretty Autumn colors... the wool against the black painted box is pretty... and we have SEVERAL great color options for that extra touch. All three designs are included in the chart, and only Smyrna and regular crosses are featured. Since every piece is so small, this is a WONDERFUL way to use up misc unmatched bits of linens you have -- like a 3 x 3 for the fob!!! Check your stash... or we can send something pretty for all three pieces!
Hallow Wee House Chessie's second seasonal house (last year's was patriotic), this is worked on 36ct Vintage Pear Lakeside Linen with 6 different shades of Belle Soie and Gloriana Silk. It features the same stack of pumpkins as the Autumn Sewing Book, but a stone house, pumpkin patch and early evening sky.
Finishing a mere 2-1/2 x 5, these finish into great little block stand-ups. Offered as a complete kit of the linen and silks, just a fun smaller project.
All Hallows Eve
A long and skinny piece -- just a dark farmhouse with crows in the yard -- and a graveyard in the front!!! The headstones don't hint initials of anyone special... if they did, that *would* be scary! Belle Soie hand-dyed silks on hand-dyed linen, this finishes a mere 3 x 7.
The fronds on the willow tree are long stitches over 8 threads -- alphabet is over one, we have Smyrna and Satin pumpkins -- great hand-dyed color in this small piece! Offered as the chart. The beautiful distressed black hornbook frame by Pricilla's Pocket will be in soon... reservations available below.
Chessie & Me has several new releases -- Lulu's flock is one of my favorites. 'Pursue the Pleasures of a Peaceful Life' is the offered advice... in this charming pastoral scene. Stitched on 32ct linen in Crescent Colours hand-dyed cottons, there are Eyelets, Smyrnas, Long Armed Crosses and Satin stitches scattered everywhere in this. You don't notice them at first, but when you finally do, you fall in love with the textures they add. Everyone is used to seeing specialty stitches in a band sampler -- but not so much disguised in a picture or scene.
The colors are pretty -- pinks, greens and creams of Avocado, Clay Pot, English Ivy, Pea Pod, Rosy Glow, Weeping Willow -- there are 13 in all -- to stitch this 5 x 12 piece. I like the hills, all the sheep, the willow fronds and that zig-zag border that is uneven! Offered as a chart.
Ooohhh, this is a pretty little thing! Stitched on 36ct Vintage Pearled Barley Linen by Lakeside with seven different colors of Belle Soie Silk, this finishes a mere 2-1/4 x 4! The colored picture that comes in the kit is basically actual size. Touches of one-over-one, and some Rice and Smryna Stitches, the silks are Attic Tea, Chocolat, Icing, Mer Bleu, Puritan Blue, Red Fox and Weathered Vine.
Just a fun Americana-flavored project, it's kind of a steal because the linen and 18-inch lengths of silk are all included. (silks run $7.50 per skein otherwise!) Full of Chessie Charm!
Scarlet's Summer Sampler
Super pretty edge treatments on this 5-1/4 inch square design -- notice the 4-Sided Stitch all around, and then the extra border on the right edge. I like the un-balance of that! Just like the rest of Linda's designs, this is loaded with Satin Stitches, some one-over-one, and lots of design detail. Fun finishing for this as well.
After your stitching is finished, hit the big-box craft store for a hunk of wood, paint it with acrylic paint, sand it a little, BriWax it next... and you have that awesome paddle! Then, choose a small piece of wool felt -- pink the edges -- tack your stitching onto the wool and glue IT to the paddle. A neat way to finish something -- other than a super-expensive custom frame job. Scarlet's Summer is offered as a chart, and calls for Belle Soie and Glorianna hand-dyed silks or DMC flosses.
A Pair of Needle Books
Two new Chessie designs for Needle Books -- both offered in chart format. Simple stitching on the alphabet one, simple finishing on both, the Needlebook of Stitches is designed to look like a Primer, or just practice pages of different stitches.
Both are stitched with Week's Dye Works flosses and feature Week's wools in the finishing. Easy and fun!
Snowmen & Snowflakes
Just a cute trio of octagonals by Chessie & Me, three different sizes and fabrics, all are stitched with a few colors of Crescent's Belle Soie Silks of Eiffel Tower, Old Crow, Tulip and Vanilla Pudding. All feature lots of Smyrna Crosses -- they are the snowflakes scattering the fronts and backs.
The largest finishes 4 x 4 on 32ct Charcoal Grey. The red snowman one is stitched on 32ct Ruby Red, and the bitty 2 inch fob features Cobblestone. Satin Stitched scarves add just a touch, too! Offered as the chart.
The Breath of Autumn
Chessie & Me has released three new Autumn-flavored pieces... and I love them ALL! *The Breath of Autumn is a whisper to the soul.* We're in the middle of one of our hottest summers on record in Oklahoma... it hasn't been below 100 degrees for a month! I saw the little turkey on this piece and promised that on Thanksgiving this year... I would look back at the summer -- and then be thankful for November weather!!!!!!
A cute sampler full of Autumn flavor -- this is stitched on 32ct Country Mocha Belfast linen in lots of gorgeous Belle Soie silks from Crescent. Linda always tucks lots of specialty stitches into her pieces -- I think it adds so much texture and curious-ness! Only 6 x 7-1/2 inch in size... the pumpkins, roof and acorns are Satins, the Pomegranite urn and verse are over one, there are lots of Smyrnas and Elongated Crosses... very pretty! Offered as the chart.
Stitch a plump collection of mini-pumpkins -- 3 x 7 -- all in a row! Stitched with a combination of DMC and Weeks hand-dyed flosses, this charming group of Jack-o-lanterns-in-waiting finishes into a really neat pin cushion shape!
Stuff 'em with crushed walnut shells (lizard litter -- no kidding -- at the pet store!) it's just a simple Autumnal design that'll make a great presentation no matter how you finish it, and no matter where you might rest it! Pretty, soft hand-dyed colors, this is offered as a chart.
Hillside Sheep Needle Book
What a sweet little 9-1/2 x 6 folding needlebook! Stitched on a dark gray linen -- we're using 32ct Charcoal -- in Crescent Colour's Belle Soie silks, you stitch the flock of sheep on front, the alphabet on the back, and a couple of stray lambs on the inside. Some are French Knots, some are just X's, some have Smyrna Crosses, the bee skep is Satin, just full of Chessie & Me charm!
Lined with Weeks Citronella solid wool, there are a ton of other matching solid, herringbone or houndstooth wools to the silks you can use. Our Schnigglet cuts are slightly too small, so get a 1/4 yd piece and split it with a friend -- give us your color ideas in the comments box!
Birds of a Feather
This year's Chessie Scissor Fob kit, Birds of a Feather is darling! Offered as a complete kit, it includes a cut of 36ct Vintage Luna Lakeside Linen, 5 lengths of Belle Soie and Gloriana Silk, and the small chart.
Just a small thing, pretty colors, I love the POP the aqua-blue gives against the dark, bitter apple green! We have the little fob kits from the last several years father down the page.
Scarlet's Pin Cushion
Scarlet Pomegranate's newest pin cushion design, this can be stitched in silks or DMC -- 3371, 316, 902, 732 and 948 -- it's small, and works up to be almost 3-1/2 x 5.
Little Scarlet is stitched over one, and the pomegranates are all worked in Smyrnas!
With My Hand
Chessie's latest sampler, all her design elements are here -- the kitty, house, that awesome flower urn, and of course a smattering of special stitches tucked in everywhere to add interest and charm to everything! Worked on the provided 9 x 11 cut of Lakeside Linen's 36ct Vintage Pear Linen, choose either the Belle Soie and Gloriana silks or DMC flosses to stitch this -- we used a combo of the Belle Soie and floss.
I think what makes Chessie's designs so much fun are all the surprise places she uses her different stitches. Never a dull roof, never boring grass, and never a plain flower! With My Hand includes the chart and linen cut.
Mighty Oak Sampler
'The strength of a mighty oak begins with a single acorn.' Chessie & Me has several new releases... I liked this one to feature on Just Arrived... it has so much detail and charm! A mighty oak tree offers protection to the log cabin, and home to lots of little forest and garden creatures -- check out the birds, squirrel, and even little Chessie the cat sitting in the grass -- they're all stitched over one!
Lots of specialty stitches scattered all over in here -- the grass is solid Satin Stitch -- it just shimmers! There are Rhodes, Eyelets and queens scattered everywhere for bits of texture, and the colors are just wonderful. Finishing approx 7 x 8 on 32ct Linen, this is stitched with 11 different shades of Belle Soie silk by Crescent Colours. Teddy Bear, Paprika, Harvest, Attic Tea, Herb Garden, Tortoise Shell and Noir... I pulled them all together -- just a yummy collection of colors!
Joy to Ewe
Chessie's 2010 Limited Edition Scissor Fob/Ornament is darling! Stitched on 32ct Vintage Meadow Rue Linen from Lakeside, the colors of Belle Soie Silk included are gorgeous. Creme de Menthe, Herb Garden, Old Crow, Red Fox, Teddy Bear and Vanilla Pudding... the little sheep body is cross stitched and then scattered here and there with French Knots on top of the crosses.
Charming, this finishes approx 2 x 3-3/4 in size -- a perfect ornament size! Offered as the complete kit of chart, linen and silks.
Scarlet's Christmas Sampler
Scarlet Pomegranate has stitched her charming Christmas Cottage -- complete with borders and vines -- the entire piece measures a mere 5 x 5 on the included 36ct Vintage Pearled Barley Lakeside Linen. Stitched with a set of Limited Edition Sampler Threads, if you want to use those from your stash instead, the chart is also coded for regular colors in the Sampler Thread line. Pretty colors of greens, grapes, bricks and golds, the piece features a few Smryna Crosses, French Knots, and a little bit of One-Over-One stitching.
Shakespeare's Peddler had a fun idea this summer -- she has designed the Jenny Bean Samplers, and wanted Jenny Bean's imaginary stitching friends to each stitch samplers as *Friends of Jenny Bean!* So... Scarlet Pomegranate is one of JB's friends! Offered as the chart with linen cut.
A Chessie & Me design published in 2000... this is STILL cute!
Chessie is perched on a hill in the center of a pumpkin patch, just as sweet as can be! Finishing approx 2-1/2 inches square... a few hand-dyeds, and a few Smryna Crosses, just a bit of a thing!
Chessie's Fern Pin Cushion and Fob
Well... this is the sweetest little kitty... sitting innocently underneath the fern... it must be a different kitty that would catch the bird and bring it in the house!!! Chessie & Me has several new designs, this cushion and fob are just one. Stitched on the softest and most yummy 32ct Vintage Maple Sugar Lakeside Linen hand-dyed in Belle Soie silks of Old Crow blacks, greys, and Kiwi and Beanstalk greens, the fern is Straight-Stitched (Lazy Daisy would be fun, too), Chessie's rug features Satin Stitched edges.
Cushion finishes approx 3 x 3, fob just 1-1/2 x 2. Chessie's fob is two-sided... you see both her front and back! Kit includes the chart, Lakeside Linen, Belle Soie Silk and finishing instructions.
'Strive to excel in every useful skill' (Talk about setting the bar kind of high!) Just focus on your stitching talents for this charming 5 x 5 piece... and you'll be fine! Lots of one-over-one detail in the windows, little Chessie the cat, and that urn in the garden.
Tree is Lazy Daisy, the 4-Sided can be pulled a little -- it's the darker frame around the house panel of the piece -- kind of cool -- it 'divides' to accent the strawberry vine! Offered as the chart, this is stitched in DMCs, Crescent Colours and Week's hand-dyed cottons.
Botanical Sewing Pocket and Fob
Here's a pretty 4 x 5 sewing case with a Springtime appeal -- it's stitched on 30ct Straw/Grey Hand-dyed Gingham linen, which has a steel-blue hint of color to it. A lazy alphabet scattered among a few botanicals, the border and predominent color of this is Weeks Cadet.
Offered as the chart with finishing instructions, there isn't much stitching on this... the gingham pattern already on the fabric makes it look like you fussed a lot more than you did!! The tiny matching fob measures approx 2 x 2. Sweet!
Rabbit Run Cushion and Fob
Just a sweet 8-sided cushion featuring running rabbits and a coordinating carrot fob... a few Smryna Crosses, but not involved.
Offered as the chart, it finishes approx 4-1/2 inches in size, with fob a mere 2 x 2.
Busy Bee Tuffet
This is not new... but deserves a second look anyway!!! A delightful biscornu-shaped pin cushion, this is fun because the entire background of the top piece is stitched with 1/2 stitches in hand-dyed green, and decorated with 'stitched' roses that are really just couched coils of floss.
It's absolutely charming... and I LOVE it every time I see the stitched model at the shows! The coordinating fob is a bee hive that is SOLID Smryna stitches! It looks cool, because the stitch treatment is unusual, and the pink and purple flowers really stand out atop those green half stitches. I keep going back to this piece... I think it's quite colorful and unique!
Hearth and Home
Linda's classic stone and mortar house with a log cabin upper story... I think I could live here!!! Lovely as a piece to hang in your guest room or foyer, this is stitched on Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray in Weeks, GAST and Crescent overdyed flosses. Lots of Satin Stitches and a few Smryna Crosses, the verse is over one on this piece.
Finishing approx 5 x 7-1/2, I love the colors and that lush pumpkin vine overtaking the landscape!!! Offered as the chart.
Oh, this is a sweet piece originally published in 2002! Using a lot of Horizontal Satin and Smyrna Crosses, this tiny 3-1/2 inch piece is stitched with bits of DMC and floss...
Nothing super un-ordinary... I thought it was unusually endearing! Offered as a small chart.
Not Forgotten Sampler
Linda has designed a gentle piece that is stitched entirely in Gentle Art's Simply Wool thread! Very Primitive in flavor, the wool threads add a softness and age to the colors that silk and cotton do not.
Finishing approx 11 x 16, regular cross stitches, 32ct linen, VERY authentic in colonial color and feel!
Reminds me of The Hermitage in Nashville! Offered as a chart.
Three Sheep Sampler
Chessie & Me has several new releases... and I think this one is my favorite! I just love how she takes a normal picture and adds little specialty stitches all over in it... so that as you keep looking at it... you keep finding them! Stitched on Weeks 30ct Straw Linen in overdyed flosses... those rolling hills are stitched in Satin Stitches with a row of cross stitches between the color changes. The color changes in the floss add SO MUCH activity to those hills -- definitely the focal point of the piece.
Next, the cottage roof is stitched over 6 threads, using Old Purple Paint Sampler Thread, and is entirely made of buttonhole stitches. It looks just like a thatched roof!!! The little sheepies have Eyelets scattered all over them -- makes their wool coat bumpy! The cottage walls are cross stitched, but irregular satin stitch 'stones' interrupt them! And then, there is that irregular Long Arm Cross and Saw Tooth border going on... this is *charming!!!* Offered as the chart, it finishes approx 5 x 10-1/2 on the overdyed.
Cherry Hill Sampler
This is quite a pretty little piece... it comes in chart format WITH the cut of Weeks Dye Works 30ct Dove Linen. A lovely medium-sage-green fabric, this is stitched in DMC solids and Weeks hand-dyed flosses. Rich, soft colors, the cherries are Round Rhodes stitched over 8 threads... (and I THINK there are green cherries scattered in the yard!)
Verse reads: 'This work in hand my friends may see, For them I've stitched a memory.' Finishes approx 5 x 6-1/2... cute!
Summer Alphabet Sampler
A busy bee skep -- stitched in all sort of Smyrnas, Satins and Crosses -- surrounded by turbo-roses -- this is kind of a fun, primitive piece! Stitched on Weeks 35ct Parchment Linen in overdyeds, it finishes approx 4 x 8. I like the occasional interruptions on the border.
Think about changing out the alphabet in the center to your initials... add another bee ... over one would be fun...! Offered as the chart.
Flower & Bird Sewing Roll
Just the kitty under the flower... the leaves are all Smyrna Crosses, and the dark red area in the flower is all Eyelet! (That center Eyelet is over 6 threads!)
Cute and quick, this finishes approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/4 on 32ct, so it makes a generously-sized fob. Offered as the chart.
We Give Thee Thanks... For Nature's Bounty.
Chessie & Me's newest sampler has the flavor of autumn bursting everywhere! The gnarly oak tree is home to acorns and a haven to a trio of mischievous squirrels all balancing on that branch over the house. Pumpkins in the yard, and of course, Chessie-the-kitty laying in waiting for those squirrels, this whole thing stitches into a 5 x 7-1/2 inch sampler.
Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen is included with the chart... you add the flosses. As always, lots of Satins, Scotch, Smyrnas, and Eyelets in here... it's really fun to see special stitches *worked into* the design rather than simply be border or row stitches. They define the shutters, pumpkins and acorns!
Where Stitching Leads...
My heart gladly follows! Chessie & Me's newest sampler design, this has a summer flavor to it, I think, because of the flag and all the stars, the black birds and the beehive. Offered as the chart, this is worked on 30ct Cream Assisi Linen -- which is included in the package. A super-heavy quality fabric, you will be using only ONE strand of floss and Tent Stitches (1/2 of the cross stitch) to get the desired weathered effect on the house.
Worked in DMC and overdyed flosses, there are lots of satin and scotch stitches in here -- roof and beeskep. Lazy Daisies form the leaves, and you can make some of them overlap the roof, if you want! There are Smryna and Eyelet stitches scattered throughout, and the flag is worked one over one! Finishing approx 6 x 8, I just love Linda's things, because little Chessie the Cat is always tucked in somewhere, and while you're looking for him, you find all the stitch details! Charming!
Pineapple House Sampler
A very tall and stately townhouse, 'Blessing be from me to thee.' This particular chart comes with the cut of 32ct Flax linen. You add your grays, golds and red flosses.
Finishes approx 5 x 8, and is stitched in overdyeds.
Sweet Land of Liberty
I love this little piece... it looks like the house is being served to you in a lovely dish!!
Offered as a chart, it comes with the linen cut of 30ct Weeks Dye Works 30ct Tin Roof hand-dyed. Worked in DMC and overdyed shades, it finishes approx 5 x 7. Such a pretty vine surrounding the house... imagine the size of that party tray!!
Sing a Song of Spring
Certainly a well organized garden -- complete with the watering cans and running rabbits! Rows of cabbages and baskets, its offered as a chart and is worked in overdyeds to finish approx 5 x 13 on Weeks 30ct Beige hand-dyed linen.
Lovely colors, a charming theme.
'The Journey begins with a single stitch.' I believe this piece commemorates an Embroider's Guild event... so you'll need to celebrate your own event... but what a neat thing to stitch for a best friend in your stitch group?
I absolutely LOVE the design composition of this piece. Colors, balance, houses, path, and trees... all of it!
The River Glideth
Wow, this is a neat piece! Very much an 'antique riverboat town' feel to me... we are so seldom treated to river, or riverboat themes! With pretty Rhodes, Flame and Smryna Stitches, the boat wheel is a giant Eyelet Stitch over 20 threads. Finishing approx 4 x 9 on 32ct, this uses lots of rich overdyeds of blues, greens, golds and reds.
I can't find Chessie's trademark kitty over one in here... so add it on the shore beneath the tree, if you want! Now, about that mermaid, I didn't know rivers came with them... but anything is possible, I guess! A little more charm for the water scene! Offered as the chart.
More pretty stitches, the pineapple above the door, soft overdyeds, this is a charming little house-on-the-hill type of piece. Offered as the chart with 32ct Ligonier Latte R & R hand-dyed linen included, it has a lot of stitch texture in it's minute 4 x 4 size! Charming!
Bittersweet & Pumpkins Sampler
The next in Chessie's endearing farm house scenes, Bittersweet is stitched on a delicious piece of 32ct Dye Pot Blend R & R hand-dyed linen. It's a rich golden color that accentuates the overdyed flosses called for.
Finishing approx 5-1/2 x 6, it's full of one-over-one detail, and Smryna Crosses -- both regular and elongated. The pumpkins are in the yard, the kitty is on the roof.. darling as always! The chart includes the fabric!
Butternut House Sampler
Another of Chessie neat house designs that looks so traditionally American in flavor. Black Crow, Black Raspberry Jam, Gold Leaf, Grape Leaf, Maple Syrup and Mulberry... I just love the colors in this! I especially like that patriotic pot of flowers with the flag... pull that out and stitch it individually! Lots of fun stitches, lots of texture and interest, this measures approx 6 x 7 on 32ct. Offered as the chart.
Merry Christmas Sampler
Here's a very traditional design that reminds me so much of a cozy quilted coverlet type of thing. Stitched on 32ct, it measures just 8 x 6 and is worked in Dark Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Mulberry, Juniper and Chamomile overdyeds -- just the color names are fun! Festive reindeer between an evergreen border, it proclaims Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Wouldn't it be pretty finished into a quilted door banner? Available as a chart.
A delightful little garden scene, it's full of Chessie's traditional bumblebees, always a flag somewhere, and teeny specialty stitches to add lots of texture and points of interest! This design uses lots of golds, browns, grays and luscious plum colors... we just love our stitched model! Available as a chart.
Behold the Bee
A golden beeskep, the verse reads... What industry awakes each budding flower. Just charming, it finishes approx 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 on 32ct linen. Yummy overdyeds of Chamomile, Cherry Bark, Dried Thyme, and Grecian Gold! Available as a chart.
A wonderful set of spindly trees, primitive star borders, and a clapboard house, the basic design of this sampler is really very simple. Upon studying the chart... that little house is full of different special stitches that make up each of the ten clapboards!!!
Really cool! It uses overdyeds in Schneckely, Cherry Bark, and lots of regular mosses and taupes, and finishes approx 18 x 7" on any 26ct linen. Available as a chart.
Door County II Sampler
Here's a nautical-themed sampler-style picture featuring a sailboat in a small inlet... protected by a lighthouse. The border of waves is stitched in Chesapeake Blue overdyed floss, and the rest of the piece shares both Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art Sampler Threads colors. Really charming, the alphabet is stitched over one thread, while there are special stitches complementing the lighthouse, sail, and trees. Finishing approx 5 x 6-1/2," the 32ct hand-dyed "Chessie's Mill" linen by R & R Reproductions is included in the chartpack! Just stunning!
Liberty For All
Here's something wonderful we've 'unearthed' in our move! Now that we have a little more room in the shop to display things, we remembered how neat this design is! Stitched over one thread on 32ct natural linen, in rich overdyed reds, burgundy, deep blues, creme and golds... this is a tiny flag worked in special stitches! Finishing a mere 2-1/4 x 3", our little brick is finished into a bitty 2 x 3 x 4"! The stripes on the flag alternate between satin, scotch, smyrna crosses, eyelets and algerian eyes, rice, cross, and straight stitches! It's just exquisite, and available as a chart!
Blessings Of The Bee
This is a delightful scene of a beekeeper's cottage, and hives! Parts of the design are stitched over one thread of linen, for extra detail, and most of it is stitched in lavender, gold, sage, and creme overdyed flosses. It's a charming design, talking about the bees yielding natures treasure -- their honey! Very pretty for a kitchen, or garden room, it finishes 3-1/2 x 9" on 32ct... and is available as a chart.
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