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Lori Markovic of La-D-Da has a collection of primitive designs that seem to offer just a touch of whimsey. Unusual color selections sometimes, unusual design shapes... we like her things... because they look unique and fresh! Available as individual charts, here are a few of her things!


Fraktur Flowers from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Samplar Hare from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view La D Da has 6 new things... these two are my favorites!!! (And they came home with me!!!)
  • Samplar HareMr Samplar Hare is here in chart format!!! Finishing a petite 5-ish inches... isn't he darling! GET this little guy! He was a hit at Market this year, and I didn't buy nearly enough! I expect him to be around for about 2 weeks! He's a bitty thing.. we took a picture of him in my hand! Stitched on 32ct Parchment by Weeks, he measures about 5 x 5 but is smaller because he's stuffed.
    Complete assembly instructions are included -- Lori showed me that she added lots of random stitches over the top seam -- so he would look very hand-made by a young seamstress. His tail is made of your linen threads. Absolutely charming!!!!
    Wow! Presented as a chart.

  • Fraktur Flowers -- This is stunning! Bayberry Sampler Thread and 6 DMC flosses... it's burgundy brick red, teal, golden and taupe. Finishes approx 10 x 10 on 32ct, it would make a beautiful pillow or a framed piece! Presented as a chart.

Lovely Letters from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Lovely Letters
This is all worked on YOUR assorted linens with YOUR assorted threads!!! It's meant to be a lovely set of letters that you mix mix together in a lovely collection!

Make your bowl filled with letters spell something special... or get a big bowl and do the whole alphabet!


Humble & Kind from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Cherry Picker from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Your Treasure from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Hand Made Counting Pin from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
  • Humble & Kind -- Finishes approx 6-1/2 x 5 on 36ct, Stay Humble & Kind. Silks or DMC floss.
  • Lovely Letters --
  • Cherry Picker -- 5 x 12, I see three different sections to this! Gorgeous alphabet, the berries above would make a lovely cushion!
  • Your Treasure -- *There your heart lies also...* 106 x 119 on 32ct, this was originally in the Punch Needle winter 2015 Issue.
  • A lovely 2 3/4" Pearl Counting Pin to adorn a special pin cushion... hand made by Lori!

Virtue from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Virtue
A petite 6 x 8 piece... this is an organized little thing! A border of 'pennies', the abundant tree... the tidy house... we aren't sure what 'Virtue' has to do with a house... so we think this one is NOT one of ill-repute!

Choose a neutral fabric, this uses 3 hand-dyed flosses and some DMCs.


Emmanuel from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Briar Rabbit from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Briar Rabbit and Emmanuel
Something old and something newer by La D Da... one for Spring and one for Christmas... both are presented as charts.
  • Briar Rabbit is from 2007! He came in our Trunk Show last week, and we were enchanted with him! How I missed him 9 years ago, I don't know... but he's lovely! Mangy hand-dyed linen, DMC or silks of 3858, 730, 833, 612, 3866 and 613 -- you might have hand-dyed cottons you can use instead. He finishes an impressive 6 x 7 on 35ct!
  • Emmanuel is a newer design -- stitched on mangy hand-dyed linen... Lori chose Dirt Road, Onyx, Bark and Old Red Paint flosses, and made her model into a hanging pouch. Such a cute little primitive feather tree... it's a little too big to be just a pin cushion, but you could stuff it and nestle it in that ever-filling bowl of stitchery anyway!


Bless Our Home from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Bless Our Home
La d Da has a pretty new sampler design, Bless our home on every side, bless our door that opens wide. Presented as a chart, it is stitched on a medium brown colored fabric, and calls for a medley of DMC, Sampler Threads and Weeks hand-dyeds.

289 x 233 in stitch count... this will finish approx 18 x 14-1/2 on 32ct... so adjust fabric count to adjust finished size! The alphabet font is lovely on here, the border is very bold and organized, and the tree leaves and flower petals are soft and rounded... very charming!


Me & You from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Me & You
*Come sit down... just me and you.* How sweet is this?? Presented as a chart, this features a charming two-sided floral border with a really cool alphabet font in the center.

Choose a neutral fabric -- Aida or Linen -- this is worked in regular DMC floss!!! 646, 407, 680, 422, 610, 3021 and 632, Very sweet!


Cat & Dog from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Cat & Dog
Another pair of small antique-y flavored pieces, these measure 54 stitches square -- so less than 4 inches on 28ct. Pretty in the frames, they'd be nice in tiny cushions too, especially with some soft chenille trim around them.

A neutral fabric the chart calls for DMCs or Gentle Art Simply Wools -- which are WONDERFUL to work with! Apple Cider, Bayberry, Cidermill Brown, Garden Gate, Harvest Basket, Old Purple Paint, Portabella, Raven and Woodtrail. If you haven't stitched anything with the wools, this is an easy one to experiment!


Summertime Roll Up Kit from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Summertime Roll Up Kit
Oh, this is so pretty!!! A sweet miniature sampler that rolls up into a nifty case... this is presented as a complete kit, so your fabrics and trims match the cover pic. You get the 32ct Weeks Beige Linen, and rich and dusty shades of Needlepoint Inc silk -- bricks, soft green, along with taupe and charcoals. You also get a cut of velveteen for that needle cushion roll inside, the cotton twill tape with the 4 antique brass studs and twisted ring, as well as the floral lining fabric, and hand-dyed wool for the interior needle page.

(Scissors, ruler, sterling tape and sterling threader are all Lori's -- although we can fix you up with some of your own!) She's included the alphabet so you can stitch your initial on the velveteen using waste canvas, (remember that?!) along with lots of finishing and assembly instructions. VERY pretty!


Where My heart Is from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Where My heart Is
*Home is...* Just 113 x 85 in stitch count, this is charted for both DMC and a few hand-dyeds.

Nothing fancy, everything is worked over two threads except the verse -- which is over one.


Tall House Needlebook from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Tall House Needlebook
Hey, we've seen this! It's part of our Summer 2015 La D Da Stitching Event piece! Cute, skinny yellow house on32ct Confederate Gray Weeks linen, you can assemble it into a needle book or frame it!

Offered as a chart, coded for DMC or Needlepoint Inc silk.



Counting Pins from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Counting Pins
Lori has made 2 styles of elegant counting pins to decorate your special pin cushions and sewing cases... They were special to our class this past summer, and to the recent Needlework Galleria Show we just attended.

Topped with a pearl and dressed with silver squares or rings, how lovely to decorate something special!


And Rudolf from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Which Witch from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Which Witch, And Rudolf
La D Da has a pair of new designs -- we teased that she is in 'her black phase' with them -- they are both stitched only in black!!! Offered as small charts, you can always add more color if you want...
  • Which Witch -- Ok... is that her skirt or is it the dining room table??? There are mice running around underneath it... so I HOPE it's the table??? 35ct Weeks Straw Linen, choose a pretty hand-dyed black or whatever color, the stitch count on this is 111 square.
  • And Rudolf -- It's a list of Santa's Reindeer -- so an educational Christmas decoration! 55 x 127 -- Stitch it on anything you wish, add some buttons or specialty threads for fun, or keep it simple with the 35ct Mocha Weeks linen, the 822 and 310 flosses, and the Grunge mini-pom-pom trim by Dames of the Needle.

Peace on Earth from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Peace on Earth from La-D-Da
La D Da's Lori Markovic has a new piece -- Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

Offered as a small chart, it is worked on Weeks 30ct Straw Linen with DMC colors of 926, 3011, 844, 918, 831, 632 and 3032. It'll finish approx 7 x 9 -- and the frame in the pic -- an 8 x 10 -- came from Michaels! Pretty colors, a restful design, it'd be pretty in a hallway or foyer.


Honeysuckle Birth Sampler from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Honeysuckle Birth Sampler
Little Isabella was born on New year's Day last year -- the first baby in the hospital for 2014! Lori's granddaughter, her sampler is an adaptation of the Eliza Mitchell 1824 sampler!

Stitched on 32ct Weeks Beige Linen with Weeks flosses of Havana, Teal Frost, Juniper, Baked Apple, Caper, Spanish Moss, and Tarragon, this is definitely a sophisticated birth sampler that won't be outgrown! Offered as the chart, it finishes approx 13-1/2 x 7.


Eliza Mitchell Sampler from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Eliza Mitchell Sampler
*If solid happiness we prize, Within our breast this jewel lies, And they are fools who roam, The world has nothing to bestow, From our own selves our joys must flow, And that dear hut our home.* (Sometimes these verses are really had to follow, but once you figure out the riddles, aren't they neat?)

Offered as the chart this is coded for either Needlepoint Inc Silk or DMC floss. It is worked on Week's 35ct Confederate Gray linen -- verse is over one -- and finishes approx 16 x 14. I love all those floral urns in here!


Garden Birds - The Picture from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Garden Birds - The Picture
The same design as on the Garden Birds Tool Case Piece, this is shown mounted into the top of one of Lone Elm Lane's square boxes finished with a 'concrete gray' finish.

Stitching 6 x 6 on 30ct confederate Gray linen, it is coded for Needlepoint Silk or DMC floss.

Blooms & Berries from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Blooms & Berries
Lori finished this into a Hipster-style purse and wore it at Market! Stitched on Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen with either Needlepoint Inc Silks or DMC flosses the colors are a little more lively than our picture has probably turned out! (310, 317, 869, 3032, 3829, 3787, 3858 and 3740.)

Finishing approx 8-3/8 x 9-3/8... she even includes information for her linen handles and jump ring hardware from Hobby Lobby! So, frame it, pillow it, or bag it... the stylized flowers are bold and whimsical, and they'll look good where ever you put them!!!!!

A Pocket for Posies from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
A Pocket for Posies
Grab some Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen and Weeks Gunmetal, Baked Apple, Havana and Cadet hand-dyed flosses to stitch this 8-1/2 inch alphabet design.

Lori includes instructions to make it into this hanging pouch -- complete with the rope ties and top pleating treatment. Simple and really pretty, I can see this as a door decoration! Offered as a chart.



Soul Birds from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Soul Birds
This is a cool pattern... it is meant to be a tribute to those near and dear to you. Choose the different birds from the six offered in the chart, along with your friend or relative's initial and stitch a small pillow. Lori has used 28, 30 and 32ct linens in her assortment -- so it's OK to use any counts you want to, as well! She's coordinated her fabric scraps with the hand-dyed flosses she calls for so this is just a lovely medley of mis-matched but coordinating fabrics and colors!!!

She put a false bottom into her basket, so you can see the little cushions are standing up high in there -- nobody is lost in there! Add buttons or lace or charms to anything -- buttons off a wedding dress or a baby dress...! Offered as the chart of six pillows with alphabet for more personalization.


Serbian Proverb from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Serbian Proverb
*Be humble for you are made of Earth, Be noble for you are made of Stars*

On 32ct Parchment Weeks Linen, this finishes approx 8 x 8 and is worked in either Needlepoint Silks or DMC floss.


Harvest House from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Harvest House
An organized acorn border beside a saltbox house, this is worked on 30ct Confederate Gray with both Weeks and Gentle Art flosses.

Finishing approx 15 x 5-3/8, you might think about a *House Established* or *Family Established* sign for this instead of simply the alphabet. Neat housewarming! Offered as a chart.


Wee Bundle -- Alphabets and Numbers from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Wee Bundle -- Alphabets and Numbers from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Wee Bundle -- Alphabets and Numbers
This is a double-stacked little pin cushion! 1*2*3*4 -- the Numbers part measures only 2 x 2-1/2 inches. The Alphabet pillow is bigger -- 3 x 4 in size. Both are stitched on Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen in Gloriana silk. Dames of the Needle's hand-dyed "Grunge" Pom Pom fringe and dyed silk ribbon are the trims you embellish with, and tie the pair together.

Just a precious tiny set of pillows, the colors are soft and muted. Offered in chart format, a very neat design presentation.


Spring Hare from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Spring Hare
An old fashioned rabbit bringing a nosegay of posies... LOVE that elegant alphabet in the background! Stitched on Week's 35ct Beige Linen in Gentle Art's Garden Gate and Sable flosses, he finishes approx 6-1/2 x 6-1/2.

Would make a beautful pillow bordered in luscious raw silk fabrics!!


Little Brick House from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Little Brick House
Very organized and balanced... I like the heavy black lettering around the edge, and then the bold checkerboarded bricks on the house.

Very rose, cream and black in flavor, this is worked on Weeks 30ct Straw in nine hand-dyeds of Gentle Art's Simply Wools or DMC flosses. Totally yummy and soft colors of Barn Gray, Tradewind, Parchment, Cidermill Brown, Old Purple Paint, Old Red Paint, Forest Glade, Espresso Bean and Garden Gate, the wools really add softness and depth to your stitches. You can use the same colors in the flosses... but very rarely are all the colors listed available in the wools, too. This is a good opportunity to try them out on a petite, charming piece. Finishes approx 6 x 9.


My Country from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view My Country
Oh... this is NEAT! Stitched over 2 threads on Weeks 35ct Putty using only 4 shades of silk of DMC... Lori has this finished as a large pin pillow. DMC colors of 3858, 931, 869 and 3021, it'll turn out approx 4 x 9.

Stuffed with walnut shells, and trimmed with cute ball fringe trim, we fell in love with the stitched model. We like that trailing flag, and the verse!


A Sisters Garden from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view A Sister's Garden
A lavish floral urn, organized and colorful, this finishes approx 7 x 9 on 30ct Beige Linen by Weeks.

Coded for DMC floss, this is simply a very pretty little piece!


Praise Jesus from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Praise Jesus
A 5 x 6 piece delivering a powerful message, everything about this is eyecatching.

Bold lettering is accented by a pair of bold borders, this finishes only 4 x 6-ish in size. Very classy!


Big Red House from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Big Red House
Worked on Week's 30ct Straw in DMCs, Week's hand-dyed flosses or silks, this finishes approx 8 x 6, and features such a classic sampler verse! Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to all.

This would make a neat housewarming gift if you added an address or Family Established Piece if you included the Surname.


Harvest Angel from La D Da -- click to see more Garden Angel by La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Lori's Angels
First came Garden Angel in 2002, Harvest in 2007. All offered as charts, all four are 57 x 234 in stitch count.

Cute band-sampler-like rows of motifs in the angel skirts, she's kept the same wing shape, same feet, even her little star halo!



Mercy Mercy from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Peace House from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Krissy Nelson from La D Da -- click to see a larger view My Little Sampler from La D Da -- click to see a larger view
Mercy Mercy, Peace House, Krissy Nelson and My Little Sampler:
  • Mercy Mercy's verse: *Teach me to feel another's woe to hide the fault I see...that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.* 124 x 97 stitches of Weeks or DMC on 30ct Confederate Gray.
  • Peace House could be a neat 'home established' kind of thing.... 98 x 153 on 30ct Straw -- Weeks flosses or DMC.
  • Krissy Nelson Aged 8 needs to be stitched by a budding stitcher!!! (Actually Krissy was Lori's next door friend when they were 8!) 94 x 145 on 30ct Confederate Gray -- coded for Needlepoint Silk or DMC... we have a small packet of the silks for this one! Very pretty denim blues, a pink, gold and greens.
  • My Little Sampler: Just a cute little piece, measuring 109 x 127 on Week's 30ct Capuccino Linen, charted for silks or DMC, we have the Needlepoint Inc silks for this one, too!


  • The Child's Guardian from La D Da -- click to see a larger view The Child's Guardian
    This is a wonderful verse to stitch for your Mom... or the special person who raised you!
    *How shall my voice prepare to praise The Guardian of my infant days. Who gave my little heart to beat, mine eyes the morning light to meet. Still as my years increasing roll and wisdom strengthens in my soul, with growing zeal my tongue shall praise The Guardian of my infant days.*

    Wow... Offered in leaflet format it is stitched on Weeks 30ct Straw in only 2 colors -- DMC black and 3768. You can always add more color! Stitch count is 203 square -- 13-1/2 inches square.


    A Bird in Hand from La D Da -- click to see a larger view A Bird in Hand
    This is a sweet piece that we stitched and finished into a small pin cushion -- nothing earth-shattering, but very charming none the less! Offered as a small chart, it is worked on Week's 30ct Straw linen in regular DMC flosses! We trimmed the edges with a chenille trim.

    Stuff yours with crushed walnut shells (lizard litter at the pet store.) It is very heavy for its density, and it settles really well into your hand. Everything feels better with that inside vs the lightweight poly-fill. Dmc colors used were 3857, 646, 3772, 832, 844 and 830. Just a pretty thing!


    The Seven Virtues from La D Da -- click to see a larger view The Seven Virtues
    *Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness, Patience, Forgiveness and Love.*
    Worked on weeks 30ct Straw in DMC or silk -- there are only 4 colors used, and this finishes approx 10 x 10 on the 30ct. Again... add more color if you are not wanting such a primitive look. Offered as a leaflet.


    Spot the Cat from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Spot the Cat
    La-D-Da had some cute releases a few weeks ago -- I love this little cat-guy -- kind of standing there like a dog! Cute as can be, stitch him on the 30ct Weeks Confederate Gray linen called for with DMC floses... or change the cat colors to make him match your kitty... he finishes approx 4 x 6.

    Offered as the chart, he's a quick stitch. I'm looking a this, and the Gentle Art Simply Wool would be an excellent thread choice for the cat!


    Alone in the Garden from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Alone in the Garden
    A traditional Adam and Eve scene -- everything follows diamond-shape pattern in here. The borders, leaves, flowers and even the clothes!!!

    Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 6 x 6 over two on 30ct.


    Flowery Alphabet from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Twinkle Twinkle from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Yellow Bird from La D Da -- click to see a larger view
    New offerings from La D Da!
    4 Sweet things to stitch and make into pin cushions or frame, they all follow Lori's relaxed, antiqued style, feature soft and faded over-dyed color, and sometimes a sentimental saying of old! All offered as charts...

    Flowery Alphabet finishes 4-1/2 x 6 on Weeks 35ct Confederate Gray, and is worked in DMC 844, 3011, 612 and 3772.
    Twinkle Twinkle finishes 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 on Weeks 35ct Straw -- DMCs of 310, 300, 831, 611 and 646.
    Yellow Bird is a smaller chart, and stitches 3 x 4 on Weeks 35ct Parchment. Choose a single silk or cotton you love!


    My Pocket from La D Da -- click to see a larger view My Pocket
    We used to sing this song when I was a Brownie Girl Scout!!! (only it was a Great Big Brownie Smile!) She even has that option charted on here!

    Stitched in two colors, stitch count is 128 x 138. Offered as a chart.


    Love Spoken Here from La D Da -- click to see a larger view Love Spoken Here
    4 Colors, finishes approx 9 x 9 on 28ct... check out the 2011 date on there -- you have a while to finish this one!!!

    Offered as a chart.


    All a Goodnight from La D Da -- click to see a larger view All a Goodnight
    Brown, black and green... if you want to make this more 'Christmassy' because it ends the Night Before Christmas poem... add a little in here!

    Stitch count of 129 x 79.



    Toil & Trouble from La D Da - click to see more Toil & Trouble
    Something Wicked had the witch's boot... this one has her nose!!! Quite the gruesome verse, but if you have just the right person to stitch this for... it works!

    Offered as a chart, finishes approx 4 x 9 on Weeks 35ct Havana hand-dyed linen, uses DMC flosses.


    A Penny Saved from La D Da - click to see more

    A Penny Saved
    5-1/2 x 12-1/2 on 28ct, taupes, deep cinnamon and green.


    Something Wicked from La D Da -- click to see more Something Wicked
    Everyone LOVES this little boot... it's stitched on Weeks 35ct Havana linen in black and gray, with a touch of green accent.

    It finishes approx 4 x 9-1/2, and is just the most unique little piece! Offered as the chart.





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