"Sweet Nothings" from JBW designs are just the thing for a special person or occasion! Judy has a set of -- well, we've lost count! They come as little 4 x 5 cards, with a color cover of the stitched model. Most use beads, buttons, or the glass Treasures from Mill Hill.
Her color palette is almost always soft and pastel, but the Christmas and Halloween designs follow the traditional color themes. Just beautiful, some of these are perennial best sellers! We have a "Baker's Dozen" offering on these... choose any 12, and get your 13th FREE! I know it's hard to choose... but we can do that part for you, if you want!!! Be sure to mention the web special in the comments box of the order form.
New Releases from JBW
Judy's Christmas 2016 creations are here... her little cards and one limited edition kit. Take a look...
Sing a Song of Christmas -- This is a three-card series celebrating Christmas Carols! Finished into 3 x 4 inch mini stockings, they are coded for DMC or hand-dyed flosses -- your choice.
O' Christmas Tree
What a pretty presentation for this design! Stitched over two on 32ct, the design finishes approx 5 x 7.
One way shows it stitched in just white -- you could choose any color of fabric and match your finishing fabric (like all greens or all blues) or in any color on white material. Add metallics or opalescents if you want... I love that pillow finishing treatment.
Folk Art Christmas
Kind of a Partridge in a Pear Tree kind of thing, this is shown stitched over one thread, but charted regularly, so you can work it over two.
Hand-dyeds of DMC's, it's a festive stack of tiny motifs!
New Halloween Designs
Get out your black and white floss, or counterparts in your hand-dyeds, to stitch these 4 simple seasonally-inspired designs. Work then over one or two choosing any count you like.
Lots of finishing possibilities as well. Judy has them finished two different ways in each small card chart... so lots of good ideas. Each measures 50-ish x 50 stitches -- the crow and ghost are a bit larger, but still on the petite side. Presented as small Sweet Nothings Cards.
6 New Designs from JBW
Judy Whitman has 6 new releases that we needed to show you!!! All are offered in her small card format, embellishments -- if called for -- are included with the chart.
OOh La La
Judy describes this as a darling little scissor kit with a pocket on the back for your (Eiffel Tower) scissors.
Each kit includes the 32ct linen for the larger design and a cut of 28 for the over-one fob, the print and polka dot fabrics, button, rik rak and complete finishing instructions. There are two different background options offered -- tiny crowns or an alphabeet -- selet your favorite.
Tidings of Joy
JBW has several new designs -- 7 more actually -- but I absolutely love this one, so I chose it for Just Arrived! Choose any color of Red over-dyed floss or silk you like, stitch this over one or two threads, and finish it like either of these two options!!!
Sweet little reindeer surrounded by evergreens and a pretty border, this stitch count on this is 91 x 110. Presented in small card format.
(Click the pic to see the rest of the new arrivals.)
Autumn Basket with Birds Kit
This is a kit to work up the chart over two threads on 32ct Cream Belfast linen. You get the chart, needle, linen, and the yellow calico fabric, orange rik-rak and trio of pearl buttons for the pin cushion version on the left in the picture.
You'll need bits of hand-dyed floss or DMC from your stash. Not much of it... the stitch count on this is a mere 41 x 28.
Tooth Fairy Pocket
This is the CUTEST little Tooth Fairy Pillow EVER! A limited edition, this is ready-made tooth! It measures approx 5 x 5... is sewn out of a multi-colored zig-zag stripe fabric and features a band of 30ct linen for personalization. Softly stuffed, it features a small pocket on the back for that precious tooth, and an alphabet to spell the 'important presenter's' name. DMC color numbers are supplied so you can match the colors in the fabric stripes.
Now... when you get this... A WARNING: put a quarter and a dollar bill with this. You're going to have to stitch a name one night after that 'important presenter' has gone to bed... and Murphy's Law says you will have NO CASH on hand that night!!!!! This leaves you options!! Such a cute pillow... not girl or boy... just CUTE!!!!!!!
Judy Whitman has sent a charming set of new designs... I think the Antique Rooster Sampler is my favorite. Mostly monochromatic in theme this time around... everything is offered in her small card format, The Antique Rooster Sampler being the only one with separate embellishments.
Learning to Cross Stitch
from JBW Designs
This is a small format booklet designed to teach the beginning basics of Cross Stitch. Judy has very simple instruction in here, very simple motifs to stitch and explains needle threaders, counting the symbols on the charts... even how to thread the needles and chart your name.
PERFECT to help a young stitcher... this would be a neat booklet coming from Grandma.
JBW has new offerings!
French Floral Glasses Case and Cosmetic Bag
Just a pretty set of cotton smalls each with a small linen panel large enough for the delicate bits of stitching, you'll need DMC flosses of 347, 3328, 760, 3362, 332, 3348 and 3364.
The glasses case measures 3 x 7-1/2 while the cosmetic measures 6 x 8 and features a zipper along the back and an inside slip pocket. Lightweight and delicate, maybe something for your Grandmother!!!
A softcover book of 64 pages, this features lovely photos and instructions for 11 projects. An Engagement Pillow, Bridesmaid Gift, Ring Bearer Pillow, Wedding Quilt Sampler, Brides Handkerchief, Birthday Heart Sachet, Housewarming, a pair of baby and birth samplers, and two Anniversary samplers!
All the lovely creations of Judy Whitman, everything is pastel and delicate. Finishing instructions are included as well as wholesale product sources that can direct you to shops that carry everything you need!
A Friend So Dear, Seaside Alphabet and Now I Know My ABC's
from JBW Designs
JBW has several new designs... all presented in small card format charts.
More New JBW!
Antique Vases Sampler
Judy Whitman has discovered a lovely antique sampler... that is now safe and sound in her *Private Collection*! She's re-charted the original, and it is SO pretty! Stitched on 32ct Soft Ivory Belfast Linen Judy talks about the age of the piece and lots about the design oddities in it. Inside the chart is a picture of the original -- you can see the faded colors and the linen that is frayed right up to the stitching! (No three extra inches of wasted linen in those days!)
With a stitch count of 203 x 155, this is worked with 12 different shades of DMC and hand-dyeds. I just Love it! Offered as a chart, if you want your finished piece to appear more distressed, begin with a mangier fabric, or coffee stain your finished treasure!
Antique Vases Needlework Accessories: This card features take-out designs from the Antique Vases Sampler. The large sewing case features Tan Polka Dot fabric from Fabric Flair. Measuring approx 4-1/2 x 6 when closed, the inside and back all feature gorgeous fabric and a trio of pockets to hold tools and threads.
The smaller case pictured is a scissor case. It features coordinating fabric to the sewing case and two interior pockets. It measures 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 when closed. The cases are sold separately from the little card.
A 3-1/2 x 31-1/2 inch banner, this is stitched on Mill Hill's 27ct Orange Checkered Banding. Judy has stitched this with a whole collection of different oranges with the occasional greens for leaves and browns for the squirrels and other little creatures.
The picture of the finished piece in the center of the pattern shows this mounted against fabric for a table runner treatment.
New Sweet Nothings!
Judy's Summer 2013 Releases are here!
New Arrivals by JBW Designs
Judy has been busy with more tiny animals. Petite designs... choose one color of your favorite hand-dyed thread for each. The poodle and umbrella are stitched on the Fabric Flair printed fabric that is a light beige with white polka dots -- so slight -- you might have missed that in the pics.
Alphabet Hearts is larger -- it finishes approx 3 x 14 on 32ct Neutral Parisian Stripe fabric that is actually a printed stripe of beige and white. A selection of 6 pink and green overdyeds in this one... it is charming! Home at Last is a long-requested re-release. It has been retired for several years, but no longer! Just a nice collection of small designs, we have to get our hands on the new fabrics featured!
Antique French Alphabet
Judy has a lovely antique cross stitch sampler worked in 1911 by a young girl in central France. She's done some research about the stitcher and her hometown -- Romagnat -- and included that info in her pattern -- her adaptation of the original piece.
Lovely, this is worked in only two colors of hand-dyed cotton and finishes approx 12 x 17 on 30-ish count linens. Very traditional, very pretty... something classic for your walls. Offered as the chart.
JBW Releases Celebrate Christmas 2012!
Judy has 6 new small designs... some doves for the tree, and some darling miniature stockings are both shown as ornaments. Gingerbread Cookies features two smalls that would also be cute ornaments, apron panels, or even little wedge stand-ups for the kitchen window sill.
ABC's & Christmas Trees is a new lonnnggg alphabet to coordinate with JBW's recent Halloween Alphabet, but not quite as long, so she could package it in small card format!
Always cute things, all JBW's designs are offered in her small card format, and are easy on the stitching time!!!
JBW has a new set of small Halloween designs -- 12 in all -- that finish into small 2-inch rounds. Stitched on Light Sand 32ct linen in either overdyeds or DMC's... the models are mounted onto fabric covered rounds, and trimmed with festive cords and ribbons. You can see orange stripes in the backgrounds -- that's not the fabric -- it's your stitching.
Offered in a trio of 3 small cards, each with it's own embellishment pack of charms, beads and clay buttons... real cute!
A delightful little beach cabana scene... complete with lighthouse and sailboats.
A mere 51 x 117... offered as the small card. No extra embellishments called for.
The Great Pumpkin Alphabet
A fun lonnnggg, skinny alphabet, this has a stitch count of 28 x 316!
Finishes approx 2 x 20 on 32ct!!!! Stitched in a few hand-dyeds, raid your stash for cute embellishments to add to this!
French Country Owl
A plump little guy with pumpkins, more owls, birds, trees and baskets hidden in his tummy, he joins JBW's huge collection of pretty animals and motifs -- all with this lacy appeal.
Offered as a small card.
The Rabbit Alphabet
Little bunnies everywhere -- this is darling! A scattering of alphabet letters, a lovelycollection of mother-of-pearl buttons, and all those rabbits, this piece finishes a nice 5 x 13 on 32ct Belfast!!! Stitch it on any fabric you with, in any color you wish -- you could even add some family heirloom buttons from your Grandmother's sewing basket.
Offered as the small Card chart with button set.
French Country Hobby Horse
Oh, these are so cute! Such a precious birth announcement... PAY ATTENTION to the softly striped pink and blue linen fabric! Specially screened on there -- Fabric Flair has created this pretty fabric treatment just for Judy! The palest pinks and blues to begin with, they have taken the 28ct linen, and screened it with *JUST A TOUCH* of a darker stripe.
Really classy... not gaudy or too bright. I think this fabric would be stunning on most of JBW's baby designs!!! Hobby Horse finishes approx 5 x 5-1/2, before any personalization. Offered as a chart, you'll need to refer to another JBW tiny chart for alphabet letters to personalize! (Think she forgot those!)
French Country Strawberry
Another pretty fruit! Judy has manipulated the thread so that the darker area of the skein is on the right-hand side -- see how it looks different in shade there?
Makes the berry look round!
Rose Motif Sampler
Wow... this is really European in flavor... just lovely. Soft floral bands, the scrolling alphabet, very simple cross stitch, this finishes approx 7 x 8 on 32ct Belfast. Again, choose a thread color of your choice -- the hand-dyeds are perfect for this look.
Offered as the small card chart.
A Sweet Bouquet
A hopeful reminder... JBW is donating proceeds from the sale of this chart to the American Cancer Society.
She has dedicated this design to all of our families and friends who are facing cancer treatments.
Sterling Silver Pendants and Ornaments
JBW has introduced three sizes of spectacular sterling silver mini-frames that can double as jewelry pendants or Christmas Tree ornaments. Remember her tiny hearts and trees... when you work them over one thread, they fit PERFECTLY into these frames!
Very heavy in feel, elegant in look, choose almost anything tiny for these, and it'll look great. Shiny sterling, you might see a red and white checkered bow attached to the tops -- that is simply ribbon -- change it if you like to match your new piece!
New August Arrivals
Judy Whitman has sent a set of Christmassy designs.
5 New Sweet Nothings
JBW has 5 new Sweet Nothings Releases -- Christmas and Autumn -- which seem so far off in the future! Some of the pieces are beautifully framed... and the rest are finished by our very OWN Mona!
New Releases from JBW Designs!
Judy Whitman has been busy! Six new Sweet Nothings; Babies, Weddings, the Winter Snow, and even the family dog! Heirloom Baby Sampler is stitched on a variety of pastel 28ct Cashel Linens... you could use just one color, and backstitch some 'boxes' if you'd like. We have a pre-sewn sham available that features a push-button electronic music box, too. Each panel is decorated with a few asst buttons. The little Teddy Bear is cute -- he's filled with tiny baby motifs.
The Winter Collection of hats, snowman and skate is cute, Snowman comes with either the alphabet hidden on him OR tiny wintery motifs. Of course, MY personal favorite is the Scottie Dog design... he can be finished oodles of different ways, isn't he precious? All are presented in small Sweet Nothings card format, some have button embellishments.
Note: 5-Panel Linen Pillow Sham for the Heirloom Baby Sampler measures 9 x 9 and is a medley of Antique White, Apricot, Mint Green, Baby Lotion and Blue. The panels are NOT sewn absolutely, perfectly, straight on the linen threads. It is well done, but NOT perfect. If you are *picky*, please purchase individual linen pieces to assemble yourself. You may not be happy with the pre-sewn option.
JBW Designs has 6 new releases!
Finish your tiny Christmas Village with a church, mill, covered bridge, and schoolhouse... Scaredy Cats is shown stitched all in oranges, but think about black cats, or metallic or furry cats... or overdyed lettering... or all black!
Judy has released 6 new cards.. the villages come with embellishments. They're all cute, the stocking really compliment Judy's tiny tree collection, the angel is timeless, and those little kitties have so much potential, they ARE scary! Offered as small cards.
Christmas is Coming... and we have the trees to prove it!
JBW has released 4 additional tiny Christmas Tree designs -- to bring this charming collection to 6 cards of 2 trees each for a total of 12!
All finishing either 1 or 2 inches in total size, each is different and quite charming! Hidden motifs, tiny charms to top each, and Mona's cute rouched ribbon finishing treatments... HOW can you pick an absolute favorite from this set?
Each card offers 2 different trees, shown stitched over one or two threads. Models are exquisite... and some reside at The Silver Needle!
Scroll down to see Judy's other new releases!
Christmas Village Parts One and Two
Just like the 12-Days of Christmas... this is another 12-part set of tiny village houses, churches and businesses.
3 Designs to a card, each finishes approx 30 x 40 stitches and is embellished with a button of some sort.
Even though our very own Mona is not credited with the model finishing... you'll see her charms displayed beautifully on each cover! Offered as the card of 3 designs with embellishments.
French Country Pig
The Bunny Collection
This is a cute set of running bunnies -- all are the same -- except that they are all patterned differently! Floral, Gingham, Plaid, Striped and Alphabet bunnies... match their colors to the nursery theme! Each with a stitch count of 40 x 55, you can stitch them individually, add some personalization for a baby announcement, repeat, stack, just anything!
The chart includes an upper and lower case alphabet and set of small numerals, and these will be cute on just about any count of fabric.
Twas the Night Ornaments
Judy Whitman has finished her 12-piece set of Twas the Night Before Christmas designs... all at one time! (Card #1 was released last Fall... we now have cards #2, 3 and 4!!!) Following the verses of the famous poem about Santa's midnight visit, each tiny 2-1/2 inch square ornament features a bit of the verse, and a coordinating picture to tell the story.
A REAL cute set of small ornaments... each is garnished with a tiny embellishment (brass, clay, bell, pon-pom, etc) that is included with the card. Each card features 3 ornament designs. (JBW offers the free border design, in case you want to stitch this set of 12 as one larger sampling... details about that are on each card.)
JBW has 4 new small designs... I think the Noah's Ark birth announcement is cute, all the chicks and flowers hidden in the butterfly are fun, and I like the scallops on her edges.
All are offered as small cards, none have embellishments... just easy, nothing fussy!
Christmas Tree Collection III and IV
Four more darling little evergreen trees... EVERY one of these is really cool... and together, they make quite an eyecatching site! Our Mona has finished them, with twisted cording on the larger 3-inch-ish pieces, and rouched ribbon on the babies.
I don't know why, but the included embellishments DO NOT include those for the smaller versions... you'll need to rescue a few beads from your stash instead! Cute, cute!
Twas the Night Ornaments
This is going to be a DARLING set of ornaments... following the story of The Night Before Christmas! Offered as the small card of three charts, with embellishments for each, I imagine the other three parts will become available between now and next Spring.
Each design is 39 x 39 stitches, and all are charted for either DMC, Crescent Colours or Weeks hand-dyeds. What a fun set to scatter about the tree... your little ones will have to search and search for all of them to tell they story! They'd be cute on a wreath, too!
French Country Inspired!
New designs with all those tiny motifs hidden everywhere. It would even be pretty on the opalescent 10ct Tula fabrics -- done in perles , few beads scattered here and there -- and used as a candle mat!
Each of these is offered as the small card, no embellishments featured. Just fun little designs!
Tiny Christmas Trees I and II
Tiny Christmas Trees from JBW are here!!! Judy Whitman has 6 new releases, a cute pumpkin, and a lovely wedding pillow among them... but my very favorite is this pair of tiny tree ornaments! Offered in two different cards, each containing two different trees... they are precious! Averaging 25 x 35 stitches... you can work them over two and they'll be 2 x 2-ish. BUT, if you do them over one thread -- they are miniature little bits of stitching ART!
Our Mona did the finishing for all of them, so we all got to hold these darling things in our hands the day she was shipping them back to Judy! So teeny, so cute, prices vary due to embellishments that are included. Make sure to see the rest of JBW's newest things, shown right below!
Lots more of Judy's Country French-inspired designs... each can be stitched in any number of pretty overdyed threads of your choosing... makes it fun to check what's in your thread stash!
All are offered as Sweet Nothings cards with any necessary embellishments.
French Country Baby Carriage
Bunnies, cats, chicks and an umbrella... crowns, stars, bows... all of that is hidden in the delightful little carriage!
No alphabet is provided for extra personalization... but I'm sure you have a good one from another Sweet Nothings design.
French Country Bistro
A colorful row of tea cups offering your choice of tea, chocolate or cafe?
Finishes almost 4 x 9 on 28ct... pretty in a breakfast nook!
This tiny leaflet includes 4 entire alphabets, along with 2 different bordering treatments, and even that striped pattern for the back of the little purse Mona made!
There is a lot you can do with this set of letters, these things are perfect for eyeglass cases, insets in boxes, tiny initial fobs... lots of things! Almost like a mini-reference book!
Tis the Season & Christmas Purse
Two more darling designs that hide their sentiment into the shape of the main motif. I Love Christmas Shopping is hidden in the purse design, and This the Season to be Jolly is hidden in the tree shape.
This purse design comes with a brass holly charm, and the tree piece comes with a red clay star tree-topper!
Of course, at The Silver Needle, we are *very taken* with the Shopping Purse, because Judy did US a freebie chart (For You guys!) of a purse that reads: I love to shop at The Silver Needle!
Free with any purchase, it even comes with a tiny purse charm!
Red Mitten Collection I & II|
Pick your favorite mitten... we have 4 singles here.... no matching sets... just like real-life!!! Collection I features words and alphabet letters hidden in each. Collection II sports motifs... and if you're really good... they can be reversed, so you CAN produce a matching pair!
Stitched in only one color of hand-dyed thread, choose a rich red or green, and finish as ornaments, pillows or pictures. Each finishes approx 3 x 4 on 28ct, but over one thread... they are miniature bits of wonder!
More Charming French Country-inspired designs by Judy Whitman... the summer sailboat is cute, the autumn acorn is fun.
Christmas Alphabet features tiny motifs for each letter, (her stitch key tells you what they all are!) and an embellishment set of 8 teeny buttons. It finishes approx 8 x 8 -- slightly larger than the rest in this set of releases.
French Country designs
Here we have quite a fun collection of animals and motifs stitched in this same miniature, scattered, teeny-tiny motif theme that is so charming!
Offered as a Sweet Nothings Card, stitch 'em over one thread on something small -- they are awesome! (and remember that each uses only one color -- and you can choose it!) Our very own Mona finished the Amour scissor fob and Lark Boxes that are featured as alternative finishing options on each card -- pretty neat!
A Few Favorites|
This is a small compilation of previously-released designs that have sold out and have been unavailable!!! Gathered together in this little booklet, you get To The Beach (2005), Christmas Welcome (2004), To The Sea (2000), Ready Set Go (1999), A Star is Born (1999) and Reindeer Parade (2002.)
Re-charted and 'fixed' for current threads and fabrics, each used to be a separate card, for at least $4 each, but now... you can get the complete little 'album' for $14!
French Country ABCs
Two of JBW's newest releases... as you can see, we have 4 in all! The ABC sampler can be done on your choice of fabrics in any overdyed color you love... the sampler is embellished with lace from your antique stash, and buttons that come with the pattern.
French Country Bunnies, Stockings, Christmas Trees and Mittens!|
Judy Whitman has released new Sweet Nothings French Country-inspired designs. Each is offered as a small card... each is stitched in a monochromatic color scheme of one overdyed floss, delicate and lacy.
Lots of finishing options are available to you. One of my personal favorites is the black and white pillow option. Remember you can always give us a call for some personalized help.
Note from Mary: Since Judy has both a Rabbit and a Bunny design, I've added a couple of words in those dropdowns so the gals at the shop are certain which one you want.
French Country Rooster & Le Chat
JBW has released several new things... this rooster and cat are the latest in her French Country set of designs! Offered as small card designs, look at the animal bodies... they are a tiny medley of motifs and letters!
Each design in this set is stitched in only one color of overdyed floss. The color variations in the thread give you lots of interest, and make it appear as though you've changed thread colors over and over again! Very Elegant!
By the way, all these country french things would be GREAT in black on white, and then finished onto this classy pillow!!!
Advent Calendar |
& Petite Ornamentals
JBW has released the neatest set of tiny ornament designs that all fit into one gigantic Advent Calendar design! So, so many options with this great set of designs... the main piece features a huge border surrounding all the tiny 2 x 2-ish ornamental squares that Velcro onto their corresponding date. (You could leave off all those date numbers as one of the options.)
The main calendar finishes approx 19 x 13 stitched on a cream or white Cashel Linen. Each individual ornament finishes a bit smaller than 2 x 2.There are several other options for everything, as shown in the pictures. Think about the individual cranberry velveteen tie pillows -- they measure 5 x 5. Then, there is a red, green and black flange pillow -- approx 7 x 12 -- that fits three ornament designs with part of that pretty main border.
What about finishing the ornaments individually any number of ways?
The sky's the limit with this!
Offered as the set of all charts and finishing ideas, there is an embellishment package included that features 5 different colors of glass seed beads, and 22 different tiny charms and buttons! It will stitch the entire set of ornaments. Very well done... this'll take a bit of 'studying' to choose your favorite options! (That's why I haven't quoted fabrics here.) (and...I'm happy to say that our Mona did all the ornament finishing... and Celia stitched some of the cover models!)
French Country Apple|
Two more fun designs in the Sweet Nothings small card format... Apple is shown on the same 10 x 10 Berry and Cream striped pillow as Rabbit and Lamb, while Pumpkin is shown on a luscious Fall-colored plaid pillow. Both are stitched using only one color of hand-dyed floss, and finish approx 4 x 4.
Rabbit & Lamb
JBW has released a great new set of Sweet Nothings designs... and Rabbit and Lamb are the newest pair! Stitched in one color -- your choice of several overdyeds that are listed as options -- Rabbit and Lamb each finish a petite 3 x 3-ish. Each is really made up of tiny flowers and motifs hidden in the shape of its French Country inspired design!
You could get creative and change the stitching color to match Gingham Linen... or your decor. I think our pic takes you to several other design options with these. Offered as the small Sweet Nothings Cards, pillows separately, make sure to see the rest of Judy's newest designs -- they are all really good!
Friendship Blossoms Like a Rose
This is one of the prettiest JBW Sweet Nothings to be released! The delicate, multi-colored florals for Mother, Sister, Aunt and Grandmothers have always been our favorites around the shop! This one is stitched in plain DMCs and features single white stitches of #12 perle cotton, which really stand out as tiny bits of texture!
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