Enjoy our Great Just Nan Collection!
Nan has such a flair for creative little creatures -- animals and bugs -- in her garden-y pieces... little ghosts and goblins in her Halloween designs... and darling snowmen, Santas and elves in her Christmas pieces... you just have to love them all! Numerous band samplers and ornament designs, Nan is known for her Needle Slides, Charm Garden Pins, Wee Whimzi Boxes, Pin ball Tins and Thread Winders.
Along with all her fun gadget-type accessories, we LOVE our *Exclusive to The Silver Needle* Scream House Halloween Etui, and Merry 15 Biscornu Pin Cushion kits. Make sure to see Nan's extensive collection of annual angels and Christmas Stockings, as well. Two of my personal favorite designs -- Spooky Spirits of Tombstone Hill and Tea with Honey include Nan's hand-painted Charm Garden Pins!
A Sneak Peek of New Just Nan shipping to us June 10th!
Porch Garden Mice Limited Edition Humbug and Pin Set
Well, how pretty! Nan is releasing a new Humbug shaped cushion design -- a four-sided little thing -- that features blue and white garden urns each with a bouquet of flowers. Each of the four sides of the 2 x 2-ish cushion are different... and you'll notice there is a row of mice stitched over one running all along the bottom border!
A VERY limited Garden Mouse Pin (only 400 hand-made by Nan!) dresses the cushion Humbug -- it's a tiny mouse charm bead that is perched atop a green glass leaf! Very cute and colorful. We've opted to offer the Humbug WITH the Pin --(Nan's advice.)
The final in Nan's 4-Seasons, this features 'A summer garden bathed in happy sunshine. Behind a white picket fence you'll find daisies, roses, lavender and hollyhocks, a birdhouse for 2 tiny bluebirds, butterflies and bees.' Packaged with embellishments which include a crystal rose, white pearl beads and a sparkly Swarovski butterfly.
Stitched on 32ct Ash Rose Belfast, it finishes approx 5-1/2 inches square. Pretty fonts in all of these, lots of smaller take-out design components in them, this has been a nice set of designs.
Barnabee in Bloom
Joining Gingerbread Mouse (sold out) and Honey Bunny (also sold out) comes Barnabee. He's a little bee flying around the garden looking for Scarlet and Bella! Stitched on 32ct cream Belfast linen in DMC flosses, he is actually a small pin keep, but you could hide a threader or some buttons and needles inside him as well. Just a small thing, his stitching measures 2 x 3, and since he folds over to create the case, his finished size is 1-1/2 x 1-3/4. Garnished with blue and yellow (peanut!) beads, black metal eye beads, glitter tulle for his wings, a bit of wire for his antennae, and bumblebee ribbon for his hanger, he's a colorful little guy.
Offered as the chart with embellishments as a LIMITED EDITION... he will not be around for long. Nan is promising 4 more ornaments in this set -- coming between August and December. We have an auto-ship if you'd like -- it begins with Barnabee, but you can add Honey Bunny till ours are sold out!
Spring arrives in 16 different fonts, and lots of fresh flowers, a bunny and even a newly awakened Lady Scarlet ladybug! Finishing 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 on 32ct Little Boy Blue Belfast linen, this is coded for DMC and also uses Gentle Art's Spring Grass and Grape Leaf overdyeds.
Offered as the chart with embellishments, I love the daffodil corners... and I found the teeny weeny Lady Scarlet in here! Scroll down to see other designs in this series.
The Lettered Border Series
Nan has created a 4-part set of seasonal samplers -- each with a charming 'cottage/abode/home' in the center -- surrounded by a larger-than-life floral border, reminiscent of antique samplers. (Don't think you can see the over-one alphabet letters in the border -- choose those initials special to YOUR family.) The first -- Spring in the Tulips -- features a soft buttermilk yellow house complete with springtime bunnies in the yard and the effervescent springtime blooms in the garden's urn.
Very bold and eye-catching, this dynamic design is a mere 9 x 9 on 32ct Platinum Linen. Stitched with 16 different DMC cotton shades and 2 Gentle Art Sampler Threads... the border draws your interest into the center to discover the lovely, classic house. (A favorite feature of antique samplers -- the gorgeous flowing border, and a neat tiny pastoral scene somewhere in the piece.) Offered as the chart with a few bead embellishments, we will be treated to *Summer By The Sea* in late April, *Autumn in the Country* in August, and *Winter in the Forest* in October of 2013.
Offered as the leaflet and embellishments... linen is separate. We are auto-shipping the other three leaflets and their linen in this series... join that process if you love not having to remember just when to catch up ... we'll keep you there!!!!
'Celebrate winter in 11 fonts surrounded by icy snowflakes, a snowy tree, colorful mittens, bunny with a scarf (!), two little birds and a happy snowman.' Packaged with embellishments of beads a snowflake charm and some blue-white hand-dyed silk thread, you'll add bits of DMC and Sampler Threads to stitch this on 32ct Flax Linen. Finishing approx 5-1/2 inches square -- this is a companion to Autumn Typography.
Offered as the chart with embellishments. (A secret: We have some gorgeous Just Nan Snowmen charms $6 -- they're homeless, from an unknown previous design! They are DARLING... and WT is a perfect new home for them!!!)
A handpainted Cornucopia charm and pumpkin striped beads embellish this 5-1/2 inch square piece of Autumnal Splendor! Grab your piece of 32ct Autumn Leaves specialty Belfast Linen... and those 17 shades of Gentle Art Sampler Threads you have in your stash... and get busy!
*Autumn* is spelled out in 14 different fonts, and infused with crows and squirrels; apples and grapes; and leaves and pumpkins. Lots going on in this tiny piece... something new to notice each time you look at it!
Offered as the leaflet with embellishments.
Oh My... this is a tribute to everyone on the East Coast this season.... here in 45 degree Oklahoma, we're seeing TV coverage of Connecticut buried under 4 feet of snow! So... Nan has shipped a snowball to stitch, that is as beautiful as each of those tiny little flakes!
Stitched in 36 small 1 x 3-ish football-shaped motifs, 12 larger beaded flakes on White/Opalescent Cashel linen, and 24 smaller flakes on Blizzard Blue/Opalescent Cashel, each section is hand-joined together, and the intersections are trimmed with a frosty metal snowflake embellishment. Beads glisten everywhere -- just like freshly fallen snow! Your snowball finishes approx 4-1/2 inches round, and you might recognize it as the companion to Nan's Twilight Pearls Leaf Ball from last summer.
Offered as a chart with 3 yards of overdyed silk in white and light blue, pearls and glass beads, and six of Nan's lacy frosted snowflakes. Complete finishing instructions are included in the leaflet -- step-by-step -- along with pics of all the layouts and pieces. You'll need 5 skeins of DMC floss and 2 cuts of the opalescent linen. Just lovely -- just like each tiny individual snowflake that floats down from the Winter Sky!
8 Point Star Garden
WOW... Have you ever seen a stitched pin cushion in this shape??? I LOVE it! It reminds me of a starfish or an urchin or an octopus... but Nan has made hers to offer a garden of delightful blossoms and blooms on each of the sides and bottom!!! OK... Nan says: Stitch 8 squares on 2 colors of linen, fold into triangles, join along the edges, stuff, and connect into a circle! I have never seen this endearing little shape... HOW COOL in your curio of stitched pin cushions -- what a beautiful little creation inspired by cushions in the 1800's! Offered as a leaflet, you'll get all the charts for the diagonal garlands of roses, tulips, daffodils, pansies and daisies, and a little scene along the bottom edge. *As you travel in and out
round the circle you will find bunnies, lambs, bluebirds, blossoms and flower baskets.*
Your finished cushion, stitched on 32ct Belfast will measure approx 4 x 7-1/2. Lots of embellishments are included with the leaflet -- white beads, 3 colors of tiny striped beads, 16 antique gold metal beads, a silver bead cap for the top, and a bit of pink wool for the base. Complete finishing instructions are provided. Offered as the leaflet with linen and pin separately.
Flower Bunnies Needle Slide
Another fun little needle-tin keeper, Nan has decorated this one with Springtime floral bunnies and lined it with a snippet of colorful ribbon. Very compact and secure as a storage box, tuck in a threader and a few needles.
You know... it'd make a pretty pill case, too!!!!!!! (When you're on your next trip with the girls and everything is too busy and fun to remember to take your pills... stash them with your stitching... you won't forget them!!) How's that for functionality!?
There is a new granddaughter in Nan's life! Baby Hope arrived this past Fall, just as sweet as she can be! So... Nan's best-selling Baby Garden has a sequel!!!! Baby Celebration is a garden full of baby critters, delicate florals and greenery. Stitched on 32ct Raw Belfast linen, there is a baby in the crib, the garden clock recording time of birth, and rows and rows of bunnies, bees, and ladybugs.
Featured is a hand-painted swan charm gliding in the garden pond. Like Baby Garden, just a *lovely* birth memento -- timeless. Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 10, there are six special stitches featured, and those bees and bugs worked over one. Offered as the leaflet with embellishments.
Remember Bluebird Alphabet??? Companioning that medley of letters, everything is mooshed and smooshed together in this... all to highlight the majestic hand-painted peacock charm in the center! All the beads and hand-dyed flosses reflect a deep-sea, brilliant aqua, and frosty-icy blue color scheme... Reminds me of the beach!
Stitched on 32ct Cream Belfast Linen, this finishes approx 3 x 5, and is offered as a small chart with embellishments. No special stitches -- just lots of stunning color and that peacock!
Return of Amethyst Snowflake
An EVER-popular out-of-print (circa 1997) and previously LOST design of Nan's has been reborn! They say 'house cleaning' in the design studio was responsible for finding ONE lonely leaflet. (always underneath a file cabinet or something!) Nan re-created it, re-stitched, framed and photographed... and here it is.
Lovely as ever, Amethyst Snowflake glistens with silver #4 braid, four different colors of beads and pops with #8 and #12 white perle cotton stitches in it's 6 x 6 size. It was always pretty... can't wait for the *digitally remasterd edition!* (only made by hand... by Nan!)
ALSO... A Just Nan Teaser!
Nan promises more ornaments this year -- to companion or compliment -- and definitely excite -- just like her little Gingerbread Mouse this past November! Details will *Hit* Just Arrived the minute we know about them! But LATER -- beginning in August of 2013!
Wise Old Owl
*A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why aren't we like that wise old bird?*
Nan's newest bit of advice for life... this little guy is stitched on 32ct Flax Linen in a array of DMC flosses with a touch of moss hand-dyed silk for the wording. Finishing approx 3 x 5, those words are over one thread... Mr Owl is over two. Offered as the chart with a few lengths of the moss silk.
Peppermint Snowflakes Tree
Nan's last in her set of 4 seasonal trees is here... Peppermint Snowflakes is stitched on 32ct Natural/Opalescent Belfast Linen in just 7 shades of DMC floss! The fabric glistens to show off all the little red and white flakes in this 3-1/2 x 5 inch piece. The embellishments include some tiny white pearls. a silver-toned filigree heart charm, a few teeny seed beads, and the COOLEST little red and white striped seed beads! (I think those are the centers of all the flakes!)
Pretty, pretty, this rounds out our set of four trees... all of which are shown below...just scroll down! Offered as the chart with embellishments.
Glitter Basket Pin Ball Tin
Just a wisp of a thing... Nan has enamel-painted a floral basket charm and decorated the top of a 1-1/2 inch round
Decorated with a ribbon band, and a trio of glass heart 'feet', inside the tin, you'll find three little wool balls to hold a few stray needles while you stitch. Packed in a clear plastic gift box... it looks like a tiny Christmas gift!
Just Nan has Arrived!!!
Nan has released pics of two new Christmas pieces... a cute NOEL ornament hiding more sentiments of Snow, Joy, Merry and Holly. My pic is bitty -- only a few inches -- but it finishes into a 3 x 5 piece. The featured frame is the same one we have for Flowering Crown... so if you are *crafty*, decorate that little guy and make it special for NOEL! or... purchase the Gingerbread Decorated option.
Also coming is a delightful Advent Calendar! 24 *Tiny* designs to help count down to Christmas... you are *supposed* to keep them turned down, till each day appears. Well... FORGET THAT! You stitch these babies -- you show them off!!! Santa will come anyway... and we don't want to hide A SINGLE ONE of these cute miniatures in the meantime! If you aren't a calendar-girl, make these into tiny tree ornaments... I love the little ones, as you can tuck them just everywhere on the outside branches -- they don't make them sag. (I'm a real-tree gal -- we gotta think about all those 5 x 5 ornaments -- real trees love light-weight, petite ornaments!)
Oh My Gosh... Nan always out-does herself with her Halloween pieces... and Spider Moon is no exception! *Beneath the spider moon * Ghosts drift out to play * Bones begin to dance * Monsters start to sway * Witches cackle tunes * Owls hoot and prey *... Night will end
soon -- beneath the spider moon!* Now... look at the bands in this 15 x 6 sampler stitched with DMC floss on 32ct Stone Grey Belfast Linen. Check out that Spider Moon! (just like the clouds and veins you see sometimes!) The cats and bats. Then... the drifting ghosts. Next... the dancing bones! They're cute -- but probably upstaged by the swaying monsters!
I love the witches -- they always wear purple -- a great fashion color for the season. The owls are SERIOUS... and the spooky graveyard tree against the moon is spectacular! (Check out the trunk -- could it be another swaying monster???) Finally, we are treated to Nan's handpainted Grim Reaper Charm perched atop one of the tombstones! If there isn't enough Halloween mischief happening in here for you -- it's another scary scenario for you!
Offered as the leaflet with embellishments, this is stuffed FULL of Nan's Halloween Humor and Imagination. Just the best... ENJOY!!!!!
Autumn Hoots Needle Slides
A trio of whimsical owls keeps watch over your assortment of needles... a cute Autumnal case to keep you organized! I've found that these little slides hold threaders, bits of plastic highlighters, even a pill or two!
The owl pin you see inside is offered separately -- in case you don't have enough 'stuff' to fill your little Slide already!
A tree of Valentines! Nan has designed a small 3-1/2 x 5 Springtime Tree that is full of 15 different stitched hearts. Coded for DMC, it does call for Evergreen Sampler Thread -- see it in the Satin Stitch heart greenery? Your tiny tree is garnished with a smattering of white and pink pearls, a crystal heart bead and a pretty antiqued silver filagree heart token. Just a pretty little thing, I can see stitching just the 'leaf part' and making it into a round pin cushion!
I know there are three other trees coming for the seasons -- Nan told me the Fall one is all little jack-o-lantern faces!!! So... three more coming... we'll auto-ship you when the time comes -- if you'd like to have all 4. Stitched on 32ct Flax linen.
Just Nan has three new releases -- that have arrived today! Motif Mystique is a stunning medley of square and row motifs -- some full of specialty stitches -- some not. Based on a band-sampler type of format, you can see the rows of borders and boxes. Nan has given her Mystique a springtime flavor using soft rose, greens, summer lavenders... her lovely pallette of young seasonal color. Scattered everywhere are glass pansy bead and yellow flower bead embellishments. There is a painted rose charm, as well as a silver crown.
Intricate details, soothing color sense, and design interest... there is a lot happening in this piece. Stitch it in total, or separate the elements and create individual masterpieces! Motif Mystique is offered as the chart with special embellishments. Stitch it in either DMC flosses or silks -- 5-1/2 x 11-1/2 on 32ct Raw Linen. A limited quantity of Silk Packs is available.
from Just Nan
A charming bird and birdhouse scenario, very Springtime and Summery in flavor. Finchley is perched outside his summer rental condo. On his perch, he has enameled a button -- his self-portrait among the his flowers -- it is the *doorbell, if you will* to his summer vacation home!
Pretty Just Nan colors, cute and smaller design... Finchley is offered as a small chart with embellishments. You choose fabric and DMC from your stash.
Oh gosh, this is so cute -- it's Nan's third stitched cube -- companioning Tea With Honey and Spooky Spirits of Tombstone Hill! Hoppington Hill is a six-sided cube that is stitched on all it's sides. There are rows of bunnies with carrots, cabbages and daffodils, and a few baby chicks tossed in as well. Everyone is dancing beneath garlands of Spring Blossoms, this is full of personality!!!!
Stitched on Zweigart's 32ct Ivory Linen, the
embellishments include amethyst glass flower beads and a silver bunny bead that you can (hopefully) recognize in the picture. Such a unique piece, it needs an elegant curio case! Offered as the chart with embellishments, it is enchanting!
Singing Pin Bird
Inspired by an antique S-shaped pin cushion, Nan has designed this little guy, complete with his trademark silk ribbon tail. Stitched on 32ct Raw/Opalescent Belfast Linen in DMC floss, he has a wandering verse over one -- an old Chinese proverb that reads; Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.' Finishing almost 4 inches long and an inch high, it is a curious but charming shape. Embellishments include a red glass heart, some beads, gold bird charm, and that lavender silk ribbon.
Nan's original has tiny gold applique pins stuck into the seams -- another little curiosity! Offered as the chart with embellishments -- we have the fabric and tiny applique pins (offered in a round container like our Victorian Mourning Pins -- lots in there.) available separately. This would be a lovely pin cushion -- to join others in a basket -- it would be pretty as a tree ornament -- and if you love sachets, wouldn't this be neat stuffed with lavender for your dresser drawer?
Just Nan has a trio of tiny glass-footed tins, embellished on the tops with bunnies and birds, and inside -- hiding a trio of wool pin cushion balls! Measuring 1-1/4 inches in height x 1-1/2 inches in diameter, these precious little tins each feature a medley of hand-painted charms on their tiny tops. Best Nest has a tiny bluebird with her nest, and a pretty rose blossom, while Belle Hop has the sweetest hopping hare over a garden of greenery.
Trimmed with a ribbon band, each tin opens to reveal a trio of raspberry, light pink and spring green wool felt balls -- ready to store your pins and needles. Just a sweet wisp of a thing, they'd be pretty on your desk at work -- kind of a
disquise for your stitching needles -- or beside a small finished piece on your sills and shelves. Each Pin Ball Tin comes completely hand-made by Nan... ready for your precious pins and needles!
Could be a crown, but could be a Spring Basket of blooms -- tempting those bunnies-in-waiting! Nan's newest design is worked on 32ct Angel Blush Belfast linen in DMC and Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finishing 3 x 5, it features gold bead embellishments and a lovely Springtime basket of pink, green and lavender blooms. I think my favorite part is the corner treatment with the tiny rabbits -- wouldn't they make sweet little ornaments?
Offered as a chart with the bead embellishments, take note of the black metal frame -- perched on a blossom of 'leaves.' Very fresh and clean, don't you wish they made a big-screen TV stand like this?
A pair of new Charm Garden Pins
Just Nan has a trio of tiny glass-footed tins, embellished on the tops with bunnies and birds, and inside -- hiding a trio of wool pin cushion balls! Measuring 1-1/4 inches in height x 1-1/2 inches in diameter, these precious little tins each feature a medley of hand-painted charms on their tiny tops. Peacock Princess has a jeweled peacock, Best Nest has a tiny bluebird with her nest, and a pretty rose blossom, while Belle Hop has the sweetest hopping hare over a garden of greenery.
Trimmed with a ribbon band, each tin opens to reveal a trio of raspberry, light pink and spring green wool felt balls -- ready to store your pins and needles. Just a sweet wisp of a thing, they'd be pretty on your desk at work -- kind of a
disquise for your stitching needles -- or beside a small finished piece on your sills and shelves. Each Pin Ball Tin comes completely hand-made by Nan... ready for your precious pins and needles!
Just Nan's new designs
Snowball Day is a charming snowball of letters and snowman parts -- all rolled up into a ball! Stitched on 30ct Week's Dye Works Morris Blue Linen with DMC floss, there are opalescent metallic touches on the snowflakes and icicles. Embellishments include a trio of frosted
white flowers along with a smattering of glass beads. All of this charm fits into a tiny 4 x 4 finished design!!! So sweet!
Snowflowers is another of Nan's pretty, lacy snowflake designs. Stitched with #8 white perle cotton -- which adds lots of texture -- there are 7 special stitches in here, as well. Tiny bits of pale pink, blue, lavender and green floss flowers are tucked in between flowers, butterflies and bees in here! No Kidding!!! This must be a last-snow-of-the-season flake... as it hints and teases of the beauty of the upcoming promised Spring!!! Offered as a leaflet
with lots of sparkly beads and a gold rose star medallion for the center decoration, this finishes a stunning 6-1/4 inches in diameter.
Emma & Eliza's Christmas Hat
Just Nan has sent sneak previews of her Christmas releases... this darling 3-dimensional hat is just one of the trio of new. Part 3 of Emma & Eliza's Story, this hat can be hung as an ornament, or perched on a red and white round box -- you can see it in our pic. Stitched on 28ct Dark Teal Cashel Linen, with a 28ct White Opalescent Tree Skirt below, what a charming little piece!
Turkey Lurking is a humorous depiction of the scared Thanksgiving Turkey hiding out till after the *big day!* A 3 x 3 design on 32ct Flax Belfast. Finally -- Nan presents pair of Wee Whimzi Ornament Boxes -- 1-1/2 inch square antiqued brass treasure boxes garnished with tiny Christmas trinkets. Tuck a coin inside, a special photo... or something small and precious to hang on the tree every year. A neat idea for a keepsake ornament each year -- like a miniature time-capsule!
Hey, isn't this just the most fun? Nan's newest sampler, Halloween Party finishes a mere 2-3/4 x 5-1/4 and is loaded with tiny motifs. Stitched on Stone Grey Belfast Linen in shades of Orange Marmalade, Tomato, Onyx and Carrot Sampler Threads, and a few DMCs tossed in for fun, embellishments include 4 black metal flowers and glass seed beads.
I'm looking at that letter *L*, thinking I need a scissor fob of that!!! Offered as the chart with embellishments, linen is offered separately.
Check out the owl bead on Ollie! It's a larger bead that slides on your charm bracelet... but Ollie likes it too. Nan's Owl bead makes the perfect embellishment! Just TOO CUTE!
Wee Pumpkin Pockets
Teeny-weeny 1-1/4 inch (!) stitched pockets -- this chart offers us all 4 pocket designs -- stitched on both sides! Designed to fit Nan's new Wee Whimzi Boxes (info coming next) each of these is stitched on 32ct Stone Grey Belfast linen. Witchy Jack, Skelly Jack, Batty Jack and Ghostly Jack -- each of them has his very own spider companion on his backside.
Fun and wild... you can tuck one of Nan's Halloween Tokens inside, a coin, a piece of Halloween Candy, or something small and precious! (Even needle threaders come to mind!) Anyway, these are teeny-tiny pockets that would make perfect scissor fobs, too! Offered as a small chart, you can get all 4 pockets out of a 9 x 9 cut of linen!!!
We WILL be including Nan's Bonus Chart with EACH leaflet!
Four Spooky icons, each dusted with ghost glitter and sealed inside a silver charm. They make cute finishing embellishments, and fit inside Nan's Wee Whimzi boxes!
Wee Whimzi Boxes
Check out these intriguing little boxes with garnished tops of *found curiosities!* Nan has searched the charm-world over for neat, vintage artzy-fartzy, eclectic, one-of-a-kind miniatures to decorate the tops of her 1-1/2 inch square aged and brushed brass boxes!
Pumpkin Time has a standing painted pumpkin trimmed with a spider. Give a Hoot has Nan's charming owl on top of an awesome wrought iron medallion. Night Wings features a scary little BAT -- the jewels on there remind me of those scary night eyes! Lock Out is my favorite -- it has little keys and a lock -- along with a very icky looking, serious spider!!!
Each box is a mere 1/2 an inch high, is hinged, and opens to reveal colorful Halloween linings and a teeny area to store your stitched Wee Pumpkin Pocket!!! Add a cut of wool and a few needles... or something else precious inside. Beautifully done, heavy in feel, classy in look, Fun to have, no stitching required!!!
Maple Ravens with Whimzi Frame
This Fall's limited edition (only 350 produced) Mini-Whimzi-Frame design... Maple Ravens is full of stunning Autumn color. Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Aztec Red hand-dyed linen with DMC flosses, check out the teeny-weeny ravens that are done over one thread!
Offered as a small chart, this features one of Nan's Antiqued Brass Whimzi Frames, decorated with a fall leaf and raven charm. A very pretty little thing!
New Charm Garden Pins for the 2011 Halloween Season!
Nan's Charmed Pins are always show-stoppers poked into ANY pin cushion or needle case... and this Fall's additions to her collection are no exception!
Twin Bats features a flame/orange glass bead as trim, along with two scary bats -- one metal, one satin. Woodsy Owl is hand painted in rich autumnal colors and accented with a black metal flower and bright moonshine crystal. Sparkle Spider has had a glamorous makeover with the deepest of purple crystal beads, a dazzling yellow crystal and oplaescent green(!) glitter! HOW can that spider not be scary!
So much fun to poke into anything Halloween... use these as ornament garnishes, or pins on your clothes, too!
Painted Turtle and His Pocket Abode, with coordinating Turtle Pin!
Just Nan has sent us her newest thread winder that has his very own stitched pocket habitat! The 2 x 2 pocket for your tiny painted turtle is stitched on 28ct Ice Blue Cashel linen in bits of DMC floss.
Once you stitch the pocket, take a strand or two of leftover thread and 'dress' the turtle winder that tucks inside.
Pinks, greens, and purples, the winder features a silver base, so the beads adorning the pocket are a matching silver matte finish. Pocket offered as the chart with beads. Fabric and turtle winder offered separately.
The matching turtle Charm Garden Pin can poke most anywhere... on the pocket somewhere, or in another pin cushion. Quantities on this pin are limited!
Emma and Eliza's Stitching Society!
The first of a three-part set of designs celebrating the hobbies and antics of these two... design #1 is a Springy-time gardening band sampler... charted... for $19. Sounds like Emma planted, potted and watered, while Eliza picked, clipped and DRIPPED! (Emma got sloppy with the watering can!)
Later this summer, E & E's Halloween adventures, and then Christmas Finery, prices for each TBA, a little more than the $19 for the first chart, but not on the high end! (Very Limited Edition) I think this is going to be a fun set to follow, as Nan has a whole gardening adventure story included with the first sampler.
(Note: when you order an auto-ship, it will show up on your order form as a "zero-cost" or $.01 item, as we won't charge your credit card until we ship the kit.)
3 Violets Humbug...
Such a precious bunny with little chicks! Tons of color shading -- DMC flosses featured -- and floral detail in this tiny piece. 3 Violets is offered as a single chart and comes with glass bead and ribbon embellishments. Stitched on 28ct Periwinkle Prism Cashel Linen... the stitch count is a mere 27 x 69. Something itty-bitty and pretty to tuck into an Easter Basket, or hang from a Spring Tree, the glass-topped Violet Charm Garden Pin is offered separately. Our linen hasn't arrived yet... you might already have something special to use, (approx 6 x 9-ish runs $3.51... larger cut is more $) but if not, we can send the Periwinkle Prism when it arrives to us.
A very sophisticated new needle case for your collection! I just love the pink, black and white... the swirly fillagreed bird cage designs... and the matching hand painted bird cage pin! Nan's latest Needle Slide, Feathered Fashion, comes with a bit of bright pink Weeks Dye works hand-dyed wool, some interfacing, the magnetized needle slide case, and bits of glass beads. You'll need a scrap (like 3 x 4 or 5-ish, just a wisp!) of 32ct white Opalescent Linen to stitch the very Parisan-inspired bird cage and fillagrees over one that line the inside of your slide. The matching Bird Cage pin to dress all, features a pink bird. Very Chic!
Nan has two new limited-in-edition Charm Garden Pins to dress all sorts of cushions and cases you've already stitched. Hot Tomato features a hand-painted red tomato with green top, silver pins poked into it, along with its teeny strawberry emery! There is a small green crystal at the top, so it does really catch your eye. Poke it into something *garden-y* or *sewing themed!*
Quantities on these pins are limited!
Nan's little Nashville Show Exclusive this 2011 Spring Season, I think these remind me of our Silver Needle Exclusive Bird Cage Birds!!! Pink, green, aqua and lime... the birds are pirouetting around inside their tiny 2 x 2 Whimzi Frame Cage!
Angel Blush 32ct linen, a smattering of lavender beads, Whirlibirds comes with the chart, beads and embellished Gold Whimzi Frame. Cute, colorful and quick!!!
Discovered in *Our Vault!*
We have a few boxes of silks for some of Nan's older and out of print designs! I've gathered them here... snapped a pic... and fingered
all the pretty silks in the process! The 'complete and official' silk packs for 4 of Nan's designs... we will not be getting any more
of these. Just wanted to let you know in case your stash still needs one of them!
Top Left: Christmas Biscornu Silks Reg $42.50, reduced to $30.00!
Top Right: Guilded Dragonfly Silks -- VERY LIMITED in Edition! $68.00
Bottom Left: Memories Silks Reg $59.50, reduced to $35.00!
Bottom Right: Deck the Halls Reg $44.00, reduced to $22.00
Heart Frames and Whimzi Show-Off Frames
Two of Nan's pretty frame options from earlier designs... these are too nice to forget about!
Red Enameled Heart Frame -- SO pretty, so clear, shiny and a brilliant, true shade of red, this holds a picture that is approx
2-1/2 x 2-1/2. It'll hold a regular photograph or a piece of needlework -- it's just a very classic color and design. They were
The Whimzi-Show-Off Frames are a neat idea. It is a lovely silver-leaf 7 x 7 wooden frame (so many custom framing mouldings are
now extruded foam!!!! This is WOOD) with a black suede inner mat that opens to offer a recessed area for one of Nan's Whimzi
Frames! The idea here was to stitch your bitty 2 x 2 project, and then put the entire framed piece (in your Just Nan Whimzi Frame) into
the center of the Show-Off Frame! Ta-da.. you have a much larger, elegant presentation! Nan has retired these, as her little Whimzi
Frames are also retired, so we cannot order more. VERY nice, they were originally $45 each.
Something a little different in Nan's design style, this contemporary-feeling alphabet features soft browns, denim blues and hand-dyed greens, and is dressed with metallic silver petite seed beads and 4 small denim glass flower beads. Not flashy, just PERFECT for all the new colors and design styles furniture and home dec you see now... (At first I thought there was a Mudslide drink in the martini glass at the bottom.. it's the BIRDNEST in the letter Y -- duh!!)
Very tailored and fresh! Offered as a chart with embellishments, you supply bits of DMC and fabric. Stitched on 32ct Antique White, this finishes 2-1/2 x 5.
Merry Gentlemen |
Just Nan has several new Christmas releases... Merry Gentlemen is just one! Santa, his reindeer, snowflakes, tiny striped ornaments, doves and trees... everything circles into a medley of reds, greens, browns and whites... with all those tiny motifs catching your eye every now and then! Merry Gentlemen is stitched in your choice of Belle Soie Silk or DMC cotton floss, on 28ct Opalescent Natural Newport Linen -- which features deep red woven threads throughout to create a tic-tac-toe effect in the fabric.
Just a few Smyrna Crosses, there are larger Rice Snowflakes bordering each Santa -- they add lots of texture. Merry Gentlemen is offered as the chart with embellishment pack of gold tree charm, white and gold petite beads, and tiny red and white striped glass beads. Finishing approx 7 x 7... it's a festive Round-About for Christmas!
Nan's 16th Angel...Cherish is worked on 32ct, and features Smyrnas, Triple Leviathans, and Tied Crosses in her elegant dress. Cherish follows the same sizing and design formats as Nan's other 15 angels -- which we STILL offer on our Just Nan pages!
Check out the Angel Stocking design -- it is a master stocking design that fits any of Nan's now 16 different angels. Elegant as always, you'll notice her face is charted for either over-one or over two!
Christmas Secret Needle Slide |
I love Nan's description: 'Hidden inside our Red Birds Singing Needle Slide is a Christmas Secret. Winding upward from a pretty wrapped present is a magical tree of stars, hearts and snowflakes topped with one red bird singing. This dainty linen sampler is stitched over 1 on 32ct linen. The stitched sampler is backed with wool to hold several needles or a special pin. A magnet holds the needle sampler in place inside the slide.'
Presenting: The Bird Cage!
Announcing our Newest Just Nan Treat -- Exclusive to The Silver Needle!
The *Girls* are off to The Bird Cage Spa for their annual reunion! Affectionately known as the *Polka Dot Palace*, they are excited
about their day of pampering in the Fine Feathers Salon! Maybe some new feather colors... the Bird Bath Showers, that special new fragrance, 'Wings' they're dying to try...!
Just Nan has created a charming 6 x 6-ish sewing case for us... full of Summer's bright pink, green and purple colors that I love so much! Your Bird Cage Case is stitched on 28ct Antique White and Khaki Newport Linen. (The taupe stripes are already woven into the fabric for
you!) You'll see all the little birds chirping and scurrying everywhere among the lavender beaded 'flowers' ... and when you open your case, you'll find even more! There is a special pink and green painted and beaded Charm Garden pin -- *Ms Dotty Bird* -- exclusive to The Bird Cage that
dresses the inside!
Next, you'll find one of Nan's special thread winders -- this one an elegantly enameled bluebird -- less than 2 x 2! There is room in your Bird Cage Case for a Flirty Birds Needle Slide and a pretty pair of scissors... (you probably have just the perfect ones already in your stash!) On the back... a little poem... 'Scissors and pins and needles that shine, Helping to make these stitches so fine.' You have room to add some thread rings and more winders if you wish... and after reading Nan's delightful little story about The Bird Cage Salon... you might want to add initials of stitching friends below a few of the birds!!!
Offered as a kit, The Bird Cage includes the chart (with alphabet for personalization) and Nan's little Spa Story, 2 cuts Newport Linen, Ms Dotty
Bird, beads, pink and purple polka-dotted ribbons, green hand-dyed wool for scissor sheath, and Nan's enameled bluebird winder. You add the bits of DMC floss from your stash, as well as some favorite scissors. If you need a Flirty Birds Needleslide... they are available in pink, green or purple... so you'll have a big decision to make as to favorite color! Complete finishing instructions are included as well. So cheerful and quick to stitch, Nan insists that Pink, 'Slime Lime' and Purple are my signature colors... thus... the Perfect Palette for the Polka Dot Palace!!!
Spooky Spirits of Tombstone Hill
Nan has delivered us the most charming tuffet full of her signature Halloween charm! Little Spirits that are restless and ready to scare... Tombstone Hill's Graveyard is stitched atop your cube cushion, surrounded by little creepy and colorful Just Nan creatures on each of the 4 sides. The resident ghost care-taker (really Nan's very own Tombstone Ghost Charm Pin) floats above his yard -- just making sure you are truly intimidated by his little domain!
Offered as the chart, with little Tombstone Ghostie Care-taker pin, striped pumpkin-colored beads, and 'eerie-eyes' paper banding to decorate the cube base, Spooky Spirits of Tombstone Hill is stitched on 28ct Thunderstorm (no longer available, so tell us if you want us to pick a substitute for you) Cashel linen in DMC flosses, with a bit of Gentle Art's Forest Glade and Garden Gate, as well as the new Kreinik Holographic Black #4 Braid!
Your little Tombstone Hill cube will finish approx 3 x 3... you might recognize the shape... as this is a Halloween companion to Nan's Tea With Honey, and needs to be the family graveyard behind Nan's Scream House!!! Over-The-Top so CUTE, it's scary!!!
Owl Winder Pocket & Mr Owl, Himself!
This 3 x 3 tri-folded pocket holds Nan's newest Jeweled Owl Thread Winder! ***Is this Hootzie in person???*** A darling companion to Hootzie, the back (front?) of the pocket features 4 glaring owls, while the front features the stitched pocket that holds this little guy! How Cute is that?
Stitched on 28ct Opalescent Cashel linen in DMC flosses -- the chart does include a bit of overdyed silk that adds a burst of color around the edges, instructions, the lining felt, and chipboard stabilizer. Mr Owl features Swarovski crystal eyes and fire opal glitter... so he's quite eye-catching... especially peeking from his special case! WHOO knows is this is really Hootzie or not??? He IS darling! The winder is available separately from the case.
The Four Seasons of Humbugs
Just Nan has finished her set of 4 seasonals... and they are darling together! Winter Hearts, Spring Frills, Summer Wings and Autumn Glory, each design is stitched as one 3 x 6 design on 28ct, and then folded in an *odd* shape -- called a Humbug! Pinched together at the top and bottom... the finishing is actually super-simple -- only it doesn't look it! Each season's design features glass bead embellishments, and each features a tiny verse that runs along it's 'bottom' edge. 'Let it Snow; Spring Returns in Fancy Dress; Summer Breezes Lift Lacy Wings; and Shine on Harvest Moon.' Nan has created special decorative pins to grace each season -- offered only in these small chart packs. Use them in your Humbug...or poke them into another special cushion -- they're cute and sparkly! Each Humbug is offered as the chart with it's special pin. Fabrics vary for each.
Well, WHOO can resist this darling little hooting owl? Introducing Hootzie Humbug -- Just Nan's newest tiny creation -- a four-sided little piece -- complete with stitching all around and a sparkely Charm Garden Owl Pin to match! The name 'Humbug' refers to the English name for a hard candy that is shaped like a little pyramid.
A fun shape that is easy to construct, (REALLY!), Hootzi is stitched on 28ct Light Sand Cashel Linen in DMC flosses, and three Sampler Threads. He's perched above a pumpkin patch, and his colors are a splash of Autumn Wonder!!! He comes as a small chart-pack, with complete assembly instructions, a gold topper ring, tiny plaid ribbon, and bits of glass beads -- all to finish approx 3 x 3! Perfect for an ornament or scissor fob!
Hootzie is the introduction to Nan's newest set of 4 Humbug *shaped* designs releasing in 2010. January -- Winter Hearts, April -- Spring Frills, June -- Summer Wings and August -- Autumn Glory. Each of these 4 seasonal designs will include the Leaflet chart, embellishments and special Charm Pin -- limited to a release of 800 Our shipments will include the bit of linen required, and we expect each design to run aprox $26 - $30.00.
Tea With Honey
Well, this is *THE MOST CHARMING* little tuffet!!! A tiny table set for High Tea... your stitches (a few Smyrna Crosses, rest are regular Cross) are adorned with a trio of exquisitely hand-painted Charm Garden Pins, commissioned by Nan! Six sides -- each approx 4 x 4 -- stitching on all of them (just a line and bee on the bottom panel) you stitch the rose garden trellis table cloth cascading down each side of your 28ct Light Sand Cashel cushion.
The top panel features a 'lace doily' adorned with pearls. 'Set' your tea table with pins of a tiny tea pot, tea cup (full of tea!) and pink frosted cupcake in silver wrapper - complete with itsy-bitsy colored sprinkles on top!!! The set of pins adds such a charming touch!
The design is actually stitched on one piece of fabric... the finished cushion kind of teases you about that... you imagine 6 separate pieces, it is not! The chart comes with a band of pink card-stock paper that you'll see wrapped around the base of the cube. (Kind of a pretty way to conceal any bumpy or rounded edges on the bottom of your finished tuffet.) The whole thing reminds me of a delicate and delicious frosted petit four! Offered as the chart with Tea Party Pin set, pearls, cardstock banding finishing paper and complete finishing instructions, just lovely and unique!
Leave it Green |
Nan has a new sampler to remind you that GREEN IS GOOD! A charming band sampler, this is reminiscent to me of Nan's early samplers that had those rows of tiny Blackwork insects and animals that were hidden in the stitches! She has rows of frogs in here... you don't *see* the little frogs, until you study it a bit... and there they are, so involved and cute! Special stitches include some Leviathans, Herringbones, Satins and some real fun Leaf Stitches.
Lovely, fresh, brilliant pinks and greens... the verse advises us to 'Leave the Earth a Little Greener', which you will, if you stitch this, because it IS green!!! Offered as the leaflet with painted bluebird charm bead embellishments, stitched in either DMCs or silks on 32ct hand-dyed Spring Garden Belfast Linen, it finishes approx 11 x 3-3/4. I just love the colors!!!
Pretty Winder Pocket
A cool little stitched case to store one of your precious new Just Nan Vintage Thread Winders! This 3 x 3-ish inch case is stitched on 28ct Opalescent hand-dyed Angel Song Cashel Linen using overdyed silks and DMC flosses. See the Bargello along the bottom half? It un-snaps to reveal a wool needle page, that, when closed, will store a winder. The one pictured is Nan's butterfly.
Kit includes the chart, instructions to assemble (this is stitched as one long piece, then folded), beads, overdyed silks of purples and greens, a cut of houndstooth hand-dyed wool, snaps, tiny white beads, and cardboard mounting boards. Linen is offered separately, and the DMCs called for can come from your stash! Just the sweetest thing... it'll be a fun needlework 'small' for your collection! Make sure to choose one of Nan's pretty winders to tuck inside!
Vintage Thread Winders
Nan has outdone herself with the beginnings of a stunning collection of Vintage Thread Winders. Small 2-inch pieces that were used to wrap and store threads centuries ago are back with a touch of splendor! Actual vintage pieces of stamped brass, the detail of these is incredible. The roses look like real roses, the lines and dot decorations on the ribbons are all clear and smooth, the filigree detail on the butterfly is swirly and even... just lovely!
In the olden days, thread winders were just a necessity... a way to store threads, even used as advertising by thread companies. (Similiar to an imprinted ball point pen you'd get as advertising today!) Every sewing case needs a few of these classy pieces holding bits of precious thread... what's in YOUR sewing case?
New Charm Garden Pins!
Orchid, Queen Bee, Crystal Peacock, and Tail Feathers
We have 4 new Charm Garden Pins... that come with a tiny end-cap clutch, so you can wear them as jewelry, OR use them in your pretty pin cushions! Our Orchid pins (limited edition!) feature a lovely, flowing, frosted pinky-lavender 7/8 inch orchid flower with crystal center, accented with a lavender glass bead base. Stunning!
Next, our 7/8 inch Queen Bee features sparkly wings, atop green fire polished beads -- the colors of her gardens. Our 7/8 inch Crystal Peacock is beautifully painted with greens and lavenders, but we chose the pins that featured 3 Swarovski crystals of lime, rose and aqua blue! *No plain peacocks for us!!!* Finally, we have the little Tail Feathers that are featured inside of Lila, Daisy and Pinkie! Pearl-topped tiny creations that look good anywhere!
Quantities are limited!
You might recognize Noella -- the Christmas Bird -- she is Nan's 2009 Christmas Ornament design. 'To one and all, I sing good cheer On Christmas Day in the morning.'
Stitched with DMC flosses on 32ct Summer Winds hand-dyed Opalescent Belfast linen, she is truly lovely! Such pretty, bold colors, a pleasing 3 x 3 size, we have some frames for her... right NOW! (They are gone when they're gone!) Offered as the chart she includes a few glass bead embellishments -- just for a bit of glisteny fun!
Pink Christmas Needle Slide
A new Slide to hide precious needles, buttons, charms, and beads, the tree design on the top of this is young and cheerful! A striped little tree with swirly wisps of branches. Each slide measures approx 1/4 x 1 x 4 inches in size, and includes a tiny magnet inside to corral most things! Just a little thing to tuck into a special Christmas box... or special stocking!!
Carlotta's Web, Robin on Pinecone and Hootzi Charm Pins
Two new charm Garden Pins by Nan... Robin and Hootzi join Nan's classic collection!
Hootzi (CGP09) is featured atop the first Humbug ornament of Nan's. He is a glisteny little guy, measuring approx 3/4 of an inch -- he is *precious!!!* Lovely browns and golds, his amethyst bead has a fire crystal finish, and he is a must!!!
The Robin is an elegant bird, that will look great with anything Autumn-y or Spring-y! She is a classic design, and her little pinecone is a tiny work of art!!
Presenting Merry Fifteen!
Nan Caldera has outdone herself, creating an enchanting 15-sided pin-cushion for The Silver Needle!!! Merry Fifteen is a delightfully intricate little piece -- it features 15 stitched panels - each measuring a mere 25 x 25 stitches. Snowflakes, angels, reindeer, candy canes, Santa, Rudolph, a snowman and holiday bird, a gingerbread couple and a tiny fir tree... all are gathered together... gracing all the different sides of the 4 x 2-1/2 stuffed pin cushion.
Frame each individual panel, make them into individual ornaments and fobs, or connect them together to make Nan's exquisite Biscornu-shaped cushion! Stitched on 28ct Natural opalescent Cashel linen... the lighter panels just glisten with the special metallic already woven throughout. The Ruby Red panels match *exactly* to Week's Dye Works Garnet thread color... so along with the DMCs you'll be using, this does include Garnet flosses and is joined together with Weeks #8 Perle of the same hand-dyed garnet color.
TONS of fun beads on here... I see antiqued reds, whites, golds and two different striped glass seed beads! One is a bold red and white stripe -- like a peppermint, and the other has the finest red and green filaments running through the glass. The center medallions are ornate antique gold pieces, one on each side. All of it is designed to showcase the special set of 5 Christmas Charmed Pins of Nan's. The ONLY set of Christmas Pins Nan will be producing... our Merry Fifteen sports the most delightful little things!
A Vintage Angel -- glazed with glitter -- featuring a star halo, she's perched atop frosted white beads and a red fire crystal base bead.
Evening Star -- Embellished with a smaller beaded star medallion, another fire crystal and opalescent pearl base.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -- his tiny nose REALLY IS painted red!
Snowflake -- Frosted white and silver, this lacy flake features a gold finding base, and a green fire crystal!
Bird -- My Personal Favorite -- this tiny bird features red and green painted decorations on both of his sides and tail!!!
The Silver Needle has commissioned Just Nan for Merry Fifteen so it is a Shop Exclusive to us! Our 2009 Just Nan Celebration!!!!! Merry Fifteen is offered as a complete kit. Except for a few DMC flosses from your stash, you'll receive charts, embellishments, pics, assembly instructions, 28ct linen cuts of Natural/Opalescent and Ruby Wine, the necessary Week's Dye Works Garnet flosses and matching perles, the Kreinik #4 Metallic Braid, needles, and of course, the set of five of those absolutely exquisite ***Hand-Made-By-Nan*** (EVERY single one!) glass pins!!!
I just LOVE the tiny details on this... the gingerbread people are only 17 stitches high... the little Santa reminds me of our JN Silver Needle Santa ornament a few years ago. The trees are luscious -- gold metallic garland! The reindeer are precious and so is the little snowman! I know Nan has been assembling our pins for months... she was making 100 pins each night... we keep count via periodic phone conversations!!! I don't know HOW all of this comes out of her creative head... I'm not going to ask questions!!!
My only job is to *ENJOY! * Thank-You Nan!!!
Presenting Just Nan's upcoming 2009 Halloween Sampler... Counting Bats! Foretelling the stitcher's fate on Halloween night... bands of little ghoulies, ghosts and goblins are scattered throughout all the bands and the little verse. Awesome silks or cottons of oranges, yellows, purples, slime limes and black -- Nan always has so much charming detail in her Halloween things, Counting Bats is no different! In fact... I see some neighbors to Scream House's Nettie Nightshade lurking around in this!
Stitched on 28ct hand-dyed Frenzy Cashel linen, the leaflet includes bright purple and striped pumpkin beads, and a painted skeleton charm! Verse -- 1 for horror; 2 for glee, 3 for mischief; 4 for flee; 5 for trick; 6 for treat; 7 for the monster you never want to meet! Chart, linen and silks offered separately!
Pumpkin Tapestry Needle Slide
Nan has done a metal case -- approx 1 x 2 in size -- to store precious needles and beads! Slide the lid off one end, there's a magnet inside to keep needles in place for you.
Just little and cute, this kind of thing is PERFECT tucked inside a fun Halloween sewing case or cute box. Hidden Treasure!!!... you could store Pumpkin Jack in there or a bit of candy!
Pin Keeper's Garden
Pin Keeper's Garden is a fresh re-make of Nan's retired Charm Garden Pin Cushion piece -- (From back in 1999!!!) New threads, new stitches, beads and gold charms, Pin Keeper's Garden features miniature stitched versions of Nan's Barnabee, Bella and Lady Scarlet, and Reginald Hedgehog.
Stitched on 28ct Natural Linen, the 5 x 5 design -- stitched in DMC and Sampler Threads -- features 5 daisies with eyelet centers, that provide natural holes to showcase some of your Charm Garden pins! Lovely as a pin cushion or box top... offered in leaflet form, with small embellishments. You add the Charm Garden pins from your Just Nan Stash.
Sirens of the Sea
Nan's newest sampler... Sirens of the Sea speaks of mermaids and their ivory needles, singing, dancing and stitching samplers in their caves! Stitched on 28ct Meadow Mist hand-dyed Cashel linen in DMC floss or Au Ver A Soie Silks, it finishes approx 4 x 11.
The leaflet includes an embellishment pack that contains some tiny pearl embellishments, 3 colors of beads, and a silver scallop shell bead that you can see near the top, below the whale! The fish and mermaid's faces are stitched over one, and there are a few Satin and Cashmere Stitch areas for a bit of texture.
Just Charming -- the aqua-blues look very cool and refreshing -- all the colors send me straight to the Caribbean!!!
Just Nan's newest large sampler, and it has a matching matching Harmony Tin! The four seasons are represented, each in it's own panel, stitched with overdyed silks and coordinating solid #8 perle cottons, and embellished with a golden charm. Winter is stitched in an icy-blue, Spring is a medley of lavenders, soft blues and light buttermilks. Summer is done with glistening pinks and soft corals, while Autumn has rich umbers, greens and soft browns.
I remember seeing the stitched piece at Market, and remember lots of glisteny bits in this -- so there must be metallics or beads of some sort -- I just don't remember what they were! I do remember, however that Nan had 'manipulated' her silks -- played with the color arrangements -- to make motifs on each side of the sampler match! That can really be fun when you have hand-dyed threads to work with! The panels are stuffed with tiny motifs and animals special to that season -- kind of Country French flavor -- and you really have to look closely to catch all the detail.
The perle cotton bands that spell the season divide each panel. That particular thread offers *high definition!* -- lots of additional texture to the piece. Stitched on 32ct Natural Belfast Linen in hand-dyed silks and DMC perle cottons, the entire finished sampler measures approx 5 x 18. Offered as the complete kit of charts, silks, charms, beads. Silver Needle can also provide the perles and linen, so you don't have to chase those down at the last minute!
Leave it to Nan to take the 'ordinary' biscornu to the next level... by adding 13 more sides!!!!! I know she wasn't a geometry major in school, but she's figured out the proportions to create an exquisite 15-sided pin cushion!
Decorated with tiny motifs that are balanced, and placed to 'present well to your eye' from each of their respective angles, your 15-piece creation is just stunning!!!
A vision of flowers, 13 different motifs, creating 15 different florals and medallions are stitched on 28ct Antique White and Mint Green Cashel linens in a garden rainbow of silks, each tiny section is stitched.
Once you see Nan's actual construction photographs inside the pattern, you're going to be amazed!!! Finishes approx 4 x 4 x 1-1/2... offered as the leaflet with emb pack.
The charming pins you are seeing poking out of the top are *something else special* -- a new line of Nan's Charm Garden Pins! Check out the little pins... we have those NOW!
Charm Garden Pins |
Oh, such delightful little counting or marking pins... stick pins to grace a special cushion or case... you'll love finding a new use for two or three for these!!! Nan's special CharmBeads have been featured, her cute little animal embellishments... and here are the results! First, we have a luscious hummingbird -- brilliant greens, lavenders and a touch of scarlet at his throat, you'll recognize him from Hummingbird Heaven! I've always loved this little bead!Next, is the Sparkle Bee -- hand-painted with yellow, white and black... this is the little Barnabee Charm Bead!!! Next, is a miniature Lady Scarlet! Nan's hand-painted scarlet ladybug is perched atop her favorite garden flower! A tiny hand-painted gray bunny perched atop a stack of gold... I think I detect a few bits of orange glitter on there... it's his garden carrot! And... last... is a special edition filigreed heart pin. (I understand this one won't be part of the regular set.) All attached to a thin tapestry-pointed #22-ish-sized pin, these are elegant, sweet and quite stunning! Choose all of the same design to poke into a special cushion, mix your favorites... the sky's the limit with these!!!
Flirty Bird Needle Slides |
Such fun, bright colors of kiwi, hot pink and bright purple... some of my favorites! Nan has a trio of little tins that feature a sliding lid decorated with colorful wildly modern birds. Each tin has a tiny super-duper strong neodymium magnet tucked inside to hold needles, threaders and pins inside.
Measuring a mere 1-1/4 x 3 x 3/8 of an inch in size, they're great for beads and embellishments, your pills, or even a few M & M's!! Just bits of colorful fun... buy one, or all three!
Isn't this the sweetest Springtime Easter Bunny? Quietly sitting amongst the daffodils in a garden of decorated eggs, Dewdrop is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Morris Blue hand-dyed linen in DMC flosses.
Embellished with a few tiny glass beads, there is a frosted aqua-blue flower bead that graces the bunny's neck. Dewdrop finishes approx 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 and fits into her very own pewter/crystal/glass frame (limited in production) which features an easel back, and overall measurement of 4 x 4
Frost on the Pumpkin
What a cute little guy... our little snowman grows from the frozen dew that frosts our fall pumpkins!!! Nan has released a cute Whimzi-sized 2 x 2 design stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Scuppernong hand-dyed linen.
Offered as the chart with bead and crystal embellishments and the linen cut. This is a very quick-stitch, and full of Nan's personality!
Just Nan presented a *very* limited edition Whimzi at Market this past weekend... and I brought home as many as I could!! Pretty Wicked *might be* our very own Nettie Nightshade (in a 'stressed state' right before her Halloween Festivities are scheduled to begin!) She's a green-faced, pickled soul, surrounded by her best friends -- ghosts, jacks, and a bitty spider!!!
Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple linen (which matches Scream House!), her 2-1/2 inch Whimzi frame has been hand-enameled with an orange glaze. It's been accented with a bit of purple spider web paper behind (3-1/2 inches), and then mounted onto a larger piece (5-1/2 inch) of black mat board that has an orange core! Just the most festive little thing, the package includes Nan's original design, and the special enameled frame with paper accents, along with the 6 x 6 cut of the Peoria Purple hand-dyed linen!
Scream House, Our Exclusive Limited Edition Needlework Etui
Nan's very own words of warning...
'Deep in the shadows of Happy Hag Hollow, just as the leaves begin to fall and frost nips at the pumpkins... the Scream House comes alive! Ghosts float out the Halloween decorations, jack-o-lanterns try out their goofy grimaces, and the monsters and ghouls practice scaring each other. Hisses and moans, shrieks and groans fill the night air. Crows, bats, cats and spiders gather to watch the antics while the resident witch, Netty Nightshade, oversees it from her lovely purple rooms... Stitch it (if you dare) using the *bright and poisonous* colors of Halloween. Assemble it with care, stash your scissors, needles and pins inside, then crown the roof spires with a bat-crossed Halloween moon!!!'
Oh, where should I begin describing this delightful creation... everywhere I look there is something fun and colorful going on! Simply the COOLEST stitching box... you'll fall in love with it! Nan's leaflet cover is stunning... click this PDF to get the color print of all her pics... you'll love what flies out of your printer!!!
I'm not going to describe all the wonderful foolishness taking place on each panel... Nan's memoirs will tell all, and I don't want to give it all away ahead of time. I will tell you, though, that one of my personally favorite parts is the backyard scene. Nan tells us that Netty's ancestor, Ida Mae Gone is buried beneath the tree. Well... the gravestone reads 'I M GONE!' And, did you see Netty's little broom parked outside the front door? And did you notice the spider web curtains??? Our pics show all the sides of Scream House, and you can see how it opens. My hands are there to give you some scale.
THE BASICS: Each side is stitched individually (piece layout diagrams provided), and mounted around a stiff board. The roof pieces are joined to the walls, then all are attached to the base. The removable 2 x 2-1/2 inch
pumpkin pin cushion is made, then snapped into place. (you'll have a great pattern to re-use to make more of these!!!) The wool hat needle page is blanket stitched in place, and the green scissor sheath (matches the pumpkin stems!) can be made to *fit* scissors (see notes further on) you may want Boolah and Foolah to hold for you. The house is held closed by the wire roof spires cinched into the Visions Charm, and a bit of twisted cord.
We are showing Scream House with our SN10A Dovo Black Teflon finish
scissors that Nan fit into her stitched model. Other scissor options would be the Dovo Preemies 21B, or the regular Preemies SN33A. The Autumn Lustre (SN38A) would be lovely. You might be OK with the purple SN41A, as they are 3-1/2 -- the recommended size. Other scissors that will NOT work are the Kelmscott Putford (SN55) style, because they are as wide as the house, the Uncommon Witch pair -- way too big. (just an FYI.)
You'll notice the black pins in the pumpkins. Those are really cool
Victorian Mourning Pins!!! When a woman was in mourning, she couldn't wear or display anything bright or flashy -- even shiny pins keeping her clothing together!!! The package reads that these are 'Fine French Black Mourning Pins. Nonreflective, discreet and utilitarian.' Well... they are PERFECT in Netty's furniture!!! They, along with the scissors are NOT included in your Scream House kit, but we do have them -- box of 150 pins for $6.50.
Each Scream House kit contains Nan's color leaflet, the 12-page stitch guide with all 18 charts, 2 linen layouts, and 2 assembly guides. Remember: we have a printable PDF of that leaflet cover, because the pictures are so *awesome* on there!!! 4 Black cloth-covered wires, custom Vision Moon charm, striped pumpkin beads, needle, Just Nan Spider Bead (he's on the roof -- I guess Netty doesn't believe in exterminators!!!), and a floss listing. Stitched in DMC and Weeks hand-dyeds, we are including 3 skeins of DMC black floss (you'll need almost that much between the stitching and finishing, and we wanted your dye lots to match), and 1 ball of #12 black Perle Cotton. Also... you will receive 2 cuts 13 x 18-ish each of Weeks Tin Roof and Peoria Purple Linen, and Nan's 'Behind the Scenes' memoirs!
Complete finishing instructions, with the hand-dyed wools, actual sized templates, and all materials needed for box construction are complimented with Pam's wonderful step-by-step photographs of the original Scream House IN assembly!!! NOT included are scissors to store in Scream House, the black mourning pins, or the 5 Weeks flosses and DMCs other than the black. Needed Weeks colors are: 1268 Molasses, 1291 Basil, 1303 Charcoal, 1311 Taffeta, and 2268 Fire.
So... this sounds like the PERFECT Halloween Hideaway! The Real Estate Listing doesn't quote square footage or age of property, but we know the house has mature trees. There does seem to be spider and bat infestation issues, but structurally, it is quite sound. Interior colors are trendy, not a lot of clutter, and resident Netty Nightshade is obviously a tidy occupant, given her carefully parked broom, her careful attention to the Scream House's Holiday Decor, and her 'designer dress' done by Just Nan!
*** And yet, again, as I find myself sitting at my desk, writing these descriptions to you... I am overwhelmed by the talents of Pam and Nan! WHO dreams this stuff up??? WHO conveys to a finisher 800 miles away *exactly* what it needs to look like? And WHO stood and laughed with me last Fall at a show when we started imagining all of this??? My friend Nan! Thank-You!
A mini version of Nan's previous 14 angels... this one is a companion to Pearl Angel... and appears in her same frame! Very petite, a perfectly small piece of stitchery to present as a special gift.
Offered as the leaflet.
The Just Nan Stocking Collection
I just want to highlight -- in one place on our site -- Nan's lovely collection of Christmas Stockings. Each have been annual releases, and cover 8 years! Timeless designs, each is prettier than the last. Lots of horizontal bands, pretty stitches, beads and crystals, you'll notice that the top bands do not feature names. If you like, you can add that to the top of each... but I like that small tag that can hang off the side... a really classy way to announce the owner!
The Angel Stocking features a center area that will fit ANY of Nan's 15 Annual Angels... so you have LOTS of choices for this one! (You could stitch the whole family angels, using the same main stocking design. This leaflet includes one angel design.)
Little Victor -- Nan's first grandson -- arrived almost 5 years ago, and his stocking does differ from the rest. He has that darling teddy bear, and lots of tiny motifs from Nan's other Christmas designs! More color for Victor -- he IS kind of a bold little personality -- so he deserves to be different from the rest!
Anyway, quite an eye-catching collection of elegant stockings, totally different from the usual whimsical stockings available... stunning hanging from an elegant, traditional mantle! Each is offered as the leaflet with embellishments.
Making Christmas Stocking Selections? Don't miss seeing the entire collections of several different designer's talents! Christmas Stockings are an individual thing! Some want all in the family to match... some want different designs to 'match the person'... Check out our Stocking Page for lots of options!!!
Another M.0.E. and J.O.E. (aka Merry Old Elf and Jolly Old Elf!), Nan has designed a Santa that is more in touch with the Summer Months!!! Ladybug Santa just has to shed an extra coat or two, to feel at home with his scarlet ladybugs!!!
Be aware that he will look great in several of her frames your stash already stores! He's quick and cute... check that frame stash and let us know what you want!
When Barnabee Met Bella Biscornu
Barnabee met Bella on his quest to find the sweetest flower, and here is the meeting. A delightful two-sided design... Nan has presented it in a biscornu shape... two squares that are sewn together, tufted in the center... so you have charming designs on both the top and bottom!
Stitched on Weeks 30ct hand-dyed linen, Barnabee's side is stitched on the Lilac, and Bella's garden is stitched on the Morris Blue. There are lots of specialty stitches, pretty embellishments and charming details on each side... and of course... if you are not a pin-cushion-type of person... you can always frame these! So pretty, this is presented in a leaflet with embellishment pack and the silks (charted for either DMC or silks) are offered separately.
Nan's newest little snowman pattern, these 8 frosty guys are all decked out in bright blue mittens and muffs... ready for more snow! Stitched on 28ct Light Mocha Cashel linen in DMC flosses of deep reds, greens and purples, as well, they feature blue crystal sequin embellishments and include a few special stitches.
'Every Stitch Holds a Memory'... what true words these are! I can remember so many parts of my life, just looking at my stitched pieces! I remember where I was, what was happening all sorts of things!
Nan's newest band sampler, Memories is stitched on 28ct Silvery Moon Cashel Linen in 17 silk shades of pinks, corals, lavender, greens and blues -- a very springtime-feeling palette of color! Finishing approx 3 x 10-1/2, it features 4 special stitches, and a smattering of bead and pearl embellishments.
Offered as the leaflet with embellishments. No price yet on the Silk set, so it will show as a zero-cost item.
Yes, there's even MORE cool stuff from Just Nan!
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