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This is really cute! Little House Needleworks did a special design that debuted at our Spring wholesale trade show last weekend. Special because it includes the floss.. it is a needle worker's alphabet... that finishes into a 2-3/8 x 19-3/8 size stitched on Week's 32ct Confederate Gray Linen!!!
Long and skinny, it's perfect to hang in that narrow spot on your walls between two doors! Letters down one side, and motifs down the other, pins, scissors, hoops and spools.
It includes Classic Colorworks complete skeins of Antique Lace, Calico Kitty, Cocoa Bean, Pebble Beach and Weeping Willow hand-dyed cotton flosses. (You'll need bits of DMC 422 and 951 to stitch.) Includes chart and Classic flosses. Fabric available separately.
He is Risen and No Place Like Home
Little House Needleworks has released two new charts -- one for Winter and the other for Easter.
These are Needle Nanny magnetic pieces... each features the artwork of either Blackbird Designs, Lizzie Kate or Little House Needleworks... in miniature. Use them as needle minders, refrigerator magnets, or something to mind your notes on the filing cabinet at work. You might even be able to cling them to your stitching lamp and hold a pair of scissors! They're magnets -- you can figure out a million uses for them!
Just the best, because they bring your favorite bits of needlework anywhere you want them to be. Each measures approx 1-inch in diameter and features a pair of strong rare-earth magnets.
Blackbird Designs has 6 different offerings so far.
Lizzie Kate presents 21 designs.
Little House Needleworks has 15 so far.
The Early Americans
OH... a SNEAK PEEK from Little House Needleworks! This is the beginning of a new set (early March delivery) of 9 charts... featuring *eight well-known historical figures.* You will see Betsy Ross, John Hancock, Martha Washington, Nathan Hale, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Patrick Henry, Molly Pitcher and a Patriotic Block that is the 'center piece' that can be stitched if stitching them all together.
Each of the individual designs finishes approx 4-1/2 inches square on Weeks' 30ct Tin Roof Linen. So... Tin Roof comes in 30, 32, 35, 36 and 40ct. REMEMBER since the fabric comes in so many different counts, we can adjust that main cut size for you! Just let us know! And think about a fun distressed wooden bowl full of individual little pin cushions all nestled in there!
What a fun set we're going to have! Charts are $6 each. We'll start an auto-ship for the charts... if you plan on stitching them all together, you can order a 21 x 21 cut when you order the first chart, or when you join the auto-ship.
Snow & Ice
Another 4-inch square piece -- stitch count is 61 x 61 -- so depending on fabric count, you COULD get this sort of small! I think my favorite thing is that little 4 x 6 stitches bunny!!!
Small chart, over-dyed or DMC flosses.
Gingerbread Street is a 4-1/2 inch square design when worked on 32ct. Cute little row of houses... might be kind of fun to add real lace instead of stitches to the top and bottom borders!
Two predominant colors are Classic Colorworks Brandied Pears and Weeping Willow.
Merry Christmas Pillow
A coverlet-inspired design stitched with only three shades of red, white and green hand-dyed floss, finish it with our without the button and wool garnish off to the side as shown in the picture.
The featured wool color is Louisana Hot Sauce by Weeks. We have it in 4 'finishes', and sell it in Schnigglet cuts that are approx 8 x 8 in size -- solid, houndstooth, herringbone and glen plaid patterns. ALL of them would be gorgeous on here... along with the cute JABCO buttons!
2016 Christmas Ornament
Not a very creative name for this stately, wintery, 'olde worlde' house!
Just a 61 x 61 stitch count, this look good on lots of different fabric colors, you could add bird embellishments, a little opal in the snow, maybe even a rabbit charm down on that snow! Presented as a small chart.
Oh, a mansion with serious trees... you could put the family/household name above the house for this 5 x 7 piece.
You COULD stitch just the house and a tree for a cushion -- or even JUST the bunny, fence, vine and a tree! Classic Colorworks flosses on 32ct brown-ish neutral.
Apple Pickin' from Classic Colorworks and Little House Needleworks
Classic Colorworks has two new colors of floss - Wagon Wheel and Hayride - both green-ish browns. To launch them, Mom (Diane of Little House Needleworks) has designed a little freebie chart that uses both colors.
You will need a russet red from your stash, but if you purchase the two new colors, for a limited time, you get her free chart with them! Apple Pickin measures just 58 stitches square - choose your favorite fabric.
The Hometown Holiday Series
Little House Needleworks is beginning a set of designs -- The Hometown Holiday Series. It will be a set (undisclosed number of designs in the set at this point) of small charts of houses and businesses in *A Village.* Diane does NOT have specific release dates for each subsequent pattern... and is not planning a monthly release for this set. (She's releasing as she finishes them... and is happy with her results.)
The idea is to stitch them (on any fabric YOU LIKE BEST!) and finish them as small stand-ups. As your collection in *The Village* grows... you can arrange your stand-ups in any order you wish! They will not all be the same dimensions... but will follow a cohesive color palette.
The first pattern is supposed to depict YOUR house. The second 'Main Street Station' is a cute train depot (due in our shop approx mid-April???) Third will be Caroling Quartet and 4th is planned to be a Sweet Shop. (Remember NO scheduled release dates at this time.) No plans to put it all on one piece of fabric either... so this is just a *heads-up* to pay attention and watch for Hometown Holiday Designs!!! My House measures 49 x 59 stitches and features DMC or Crescent flosses. Offered as the small chart -- no button embellishment.
Catch-Up & Continue will enable you to get ALL the previous designs in this series with your first shipment and then continue monthly with the rest of the series.
Presenting ABC Samplers
Oh, this promises to be a REALLY CUTE set of 9 small samplers by Diane -- all coming in small card format. Beginning in June, we get our first 63 x 63 stitch count sampler -- ABC at the top and a neat house/yard-with-trees scene below. Each of the next pieces (you can see three nice ones in the teaser pic) will have more letters, which Diane reminds that you can leave off, or change to your initials -- whatever you want.
Stitched on 32ct Country French Mocha Linen, each ABC sampler will finish approx 4 x 4. You can stitch them individually, or join the 9 into one piece which will finish approx 12-1/2 inches square. So, we are offering options for you! Charts only, charts and individual fabrics or charts and big fabric cut with the first shipment. Floss list coming in a few days... as well as chart prices -- but I imagine they will be $6 each. This series looks like it'll be really charming... wouldn't they all make cool pin cushions mooshed into their own display basket??
|(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.)|
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home is just a very simple stylized flower pit with clean lavish blooms.
Very stiking and crisp... presented as a small chart.
Just a sweet piece for the bee-lover in your life! On 28ct Lambswool this finishes approx 5 x 8, and uses Classic Colorworks and DMC floss.
You COULD add some Satin Stitches to that hive just for fun... or change out the stitched bees for little bee buttons??? Presented as a chart.
Little Lady Liberty
Little House Needleworks has a cute new design -- just 4 x 4 in size on 30ct linen. I think I like the finishing on this the most. Look at the simple dark-colored border on this... it coordinates with and sets off the same coordinating Weeks Dungarees colored Wool panel on the side of the small pillow.
Add a few buttons for color, the twine edge trim and those fun little red x's decorating over the seam... it's a charming and super easy presentation! (Remember this finishing theme for so many of Diane's smaller designs!) Little Lady Liberty is presented as a chart.
Oh My Stars!
Approx 6-inches square on 32ct , this is stitched with DMC 712, 926 ad 950, along with Classic Colorworks flosses of Barn Door, Gingerbread, Hickory Sticks and Weeping Willow.
A classic Little House design, this might be fun *unstacked!* Stitch the top area with the alphabet and urn BESIDE the two girls... you'll get a 3 x 12 design... something you can finish with neat fabric or wool panels on the ends -- to make a long and skinny pin cushion! Presented as a chart.
from Little House Needleworks
Inspired by FDR's 1941 State of the Union Address, here are the four freedoms he talked about. With a stitch count of 97 x 189, this finishes approx 6 x 12 on 32ct.
Coded for Classic Colorworks of Antique Lace, Wilderness, Cayenne, Hazelnut, Gingerbread, Hickory Sticks and Blue Corn, you could add Saw Tooth Satin stitches to the borders, just for fun!
Forest Friends and Here's The Church
Two New Designs
Little House Needleworks has two new releases... charts, Classic Colorworks hand-dyeds, neutral light tan fabrics, regular Cross Stitch, no embellishments...
Red Rooster Inn
Cute if you changed that name to yours and hung it in the kitchen -- ONLY you need to be a good cook and offer stunning breakfasts!!! Finishes approx 7-1/2 x 8
An original sampler by Diane, this finishes approx 10 x 11. Traditional border and alphabet, the cabin and barn are really cute. There is a cactus by the gate... I just found that!
Loving You & Sing to the Lord
Loving You is a new 'All Dolled Up' piece -- it calls for a few beads for the word LOVE. Stitched on Weeks 30ct Red Pear Linen, it finishes 4 inches square. You'll notice Merlot hand-dyed wool on the finishing and a trio of cute JABCO buttons -- very Valentine-y!
Sing to the Lord finishes approx 6 inches square on a light brown 32ct hand-dyed. Just choose something so your 712 Cream sheep show up! (Those sheep would be really cool stitched with Rainbow Gallery's Wisper thread in either W88 white, or W89 ecru...or Gentle Art's Simply Wool of Oatmeal.) Offered as a chart.
The 2015 Sampler Tree Ornament Series
Little House Needleworks is beginning a new set of Sampler-Inspired ornaments in 2015 -- the first one -- Old Colonial is here now. Worked on 32 count linen, it finishes approx 3-1/2 inches square. Diane offers another way to work with your over-dyed threads, and has stitched this model with that technique.
Pull your two strands of over-dyed floss, but reverse the direction of one of the strands. (Technically, you are now working with one thread against its grain... but life goes on, and it's OK!!) Then, stitch across your entire row, and return. That way, you are getting the mottled effects of the hand-dyed variations but not stitching whole X's at one time. Make sense? Old Colonial is presented in small chart format, and we will be offering an auto-ship for the charts. Fabrics are due to vary almost monthly.
One of Diane's smaller sized charts, this features huge evergreens surrounding an ice rink. I think this is a skater and her sledding friend enjoying the ice.
Hand-dyed of white, green and brown, this finishes approx 5 x 5.
Three Snowy Hills and Born in a Manger
Three Snowy Hills -- This should appeal to the organization in you... perfect little houses atop perfect little hills... but maybe you could add a snowman to one of the yards, a little dog in another and a bitty sled on one of the hills??? Instead of the alphabet, it might be fun to list all the neat things you do at home during a snowstorm -- like bake and do puzzles! Finishing approx 13 x 4-1/2, it is coded for Eggshell, Black Coffee, English Ivy, Licorice Red, roasted Chestnut and Chai hand-dyed flosses -- or DMC.
Born in a Manger -- Diane is promising a new set of designs that features sheep -- this is the first in that new set. A Christmas piece -- not big on the red and green christmassy feel -- those colors are easy to adapt if you want to! Finishing approx 6 inches square, offered as a chart. I am unsure when the other designs in this series will release... we'll let you know!
Hello Phone Case
This is CUTE!!!!! Very 'Retro' make it into your cell phone case. Frame it and hang where the wall phone would have been in your house!
Mount it onto a manually-written phone listing book... use it as a bulletin board decoration... hang it by an old pay-phone decoration... stitch it and put it beside the registration booklet at church... use this kind of anywhere you really want to say HELLO!!!! Small chart, this finishes approx 3 x 5 on 32ct.
I bet this little thing is going to be the first in a series of similar designs! Super-cute petite 4-patch, each of the motifs measures only 27 x 27 stitches, so if you do them over one they'll be like AN INCH!!!!!
Using hand-dyed colors of Pumpkin Harvest, Joshua Tree, Hazelnut, Cocoa Bean, Roasted Chestnut and Tawny, each one of the four sections is cute by itself, but you could line them up vertically or horizontally as well!
Here's a cute design that needs to grace the front of a thread pocket. Offered as the small chart, colors used are Classic's Bean Sprout, Blue Corn, Fool's Gold and Manor Red.
Finishing approx 5 inches square on 28ct, Diane has made her pocket out of Week's Dye Works hand-dyed wool to match the flosses she used. We sell the wool in 8-1/2-ish inch Schnigglet cuts, so you will need two that match to make your case. Let us know if you want red, blue, green or gold wool!
Land of the Free & Home of the Brave
Little House Needleworks has done a pair of matching designs as exclusives for Classic Colorworks.
Each comes as a chart with the required 4 complete skeins of Classic's hand-dyed flosses. Choose just about any fabric you like for these -- they finish approx 4 x 5 on 30ct.
Blessed is the Life
Little House Needleworks has a special design that was done for her friends at Hoffman Distributing Company -- one of her main distributors. Blessed is the life that finds joy in the journey, this is offered as a chart and finishes approx 12 x 3-1/2 on 30ct linen.
Stitched with Classic Colorworks and DMC flosses, finish it like this flat-fold-up, or a brick and prop it on an empty windowsill!!!
Little House Needleworks has a new design -- Patriot's Row. It'll finish approx 7 x 11 on 28ct. Coded for DMC along with Classic Colorworks hand-dyed floss, it is kind of a neat design because I can see three different parts.
The row of houses -- love all those skinny windows! The row of berries and flowers, and finally the row of the alphabet and date. I just now see the little Betsy and Sam in there as well!!! Offered as a chart.
The Tumbleweeds Series
This is a departure for Diane. It is dedicated to her husband and the challenges that our lives journeys bring us. Coded for DMC and also includes Classic Colorworks conversions.
2nd in her Tumbleweeds series of designs, Cowgirl Country features a trio of smaller designs that can be stitched all together on one cut of fabric, or separated as shown and mounted on a piece of Weeks hand-dyed wool!
#3, American Frontier, finishes approx 8 x 14 on 39ct Confederate Gray Linen, and is a mirror image on each side -- except for the ponies.
*The greatest of these is Love.* A chart by Little House Needleworks, this finishes approx 5 x 6 on 32ct -- and is adaptable to any fabric you like best.
Charted for DMC or hand-dyed flosses, think about changing the lettering in the grass and adding the newlywed's last name... and maybe even a 'date established.' Offered as a chart.
A pretty Holiday House so festive and organized! (I bet the tree is set up inside there perfectly... and not a creature is stirring!) I think my house looks this good on the outside... but inside, there are tree decorations everywhere... mixed in with the scattered doggy toys and my stitching stuff!
Use this as a pretty welcome in your entry way... add your family name instead of the alphabet... kind of a 'family established' thing... and change the date. Finishing approx13 x 8 on 30ct Natural, this is coded for classic Colorworks Belle Soie Silk or cottons -- very elegant!
My Lady at Christmas
This is designed to showcase an old family photo! Find a miniature frame at the big-box store (we have small brass ones as well) stitch her and her elegant velvety dress, and insert a photo in your frame.
Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 8 on 30ct linen... this is coded for DMC or Classic Colorworks floss. You don't need the frame... you could add another special embellishment if you'd like... I actually really like JUST that tapestry background behind a picture for an old-victorian-antique flavor! Offered as the chart, miniature frames are separate.
Announcing The Calendar Girls
Twelve Months -- Twelve Girls. Diane is presenting a new 12-part set of designs that will begin in December and continue through November of 2014. We kind-of-know-nothing about design content except that each chart will have a stitch count of 46 x 67. I am assuming each will be a girl -- dressed for her month (?) -- with the month name running vertically down the left edge(?).
Arrange your 12 projects in any shape (a long row, 3 x 4 panels, etc..) -- that may affect your fabric cut size. Recommended is 28ct Clay, but since that is a great Neutral color... your options are VERY open! No buttons are called for... just simple charts. Our Auto-Ship will include the charts only -- fabric is your call -- let us know what you want! We are including one option for a 9 x 9 cut for individual designs below.
Little House Needleworks has a pretty new monochromatic design which is presented on linen. Finishing approx 8 x 4 on 32ct... this offers LOTS of choices for you!
Choose any fabric you like, and any thread color -- the hand-dyed always seem to present best for these types of designs, because you get just a hint of color depth in there. Stitch it plain, or add opalescents, beads, even maybe some penny-rug wools to the border??? Millions of possibilities! Offered as a chart.
Coming RIGHT THROUGH the city of Tulsa (where we are!) is Route 66! A fun drive with lots of memorabilia all the way along the way, you need to stitch this for your RV! It'd make a darling pillow!!! You could even stitch little dots on the map for other places you love to visit, or to commemorate past trips. What a cool memento for travelers!!!
Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 13 x 8 on 28ct linen, but you could make it larger on 10ct Tula -- 10 x 19 -- if that RV or camper has enough space for a neat pillow like that. Really cute!
The Old Red Barn
Diane Williams has a new chart -- definitely a *Home Sweet Home* piece for a farm! Stitch the family name on it instead of the Old Red Barn words.
Finishing approx 6 x 9 on 32ct, the different borders, scattered pumpkins in the yard and different leaves on the tree are a pleasant break of 'randomness' for Little House! Good color and design appeal in this one!
Robin's Song -- A three-paneled design, you could stitch the center by itself, or only the two outer panels... all the different options promise to turn out well with this one! A blend of Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks hand-dyeds, this finishes almost 6 x 12 on 32ct Summer Khaki.
New Releases from Little House Needleworks
*Freedom House -- Balanced and organized... a pair of neighboring houses all ready for the 4th! Finishing 5-3/4 inches square on 30ct, this can be worked on just about anything you like, but you will need hand-dyeds because the chart is not coded for DMC.
*Louise and Henry are a companion design to Bessie the milk cow! A pretty little piece, this finishes approx 5-1/2 square. Coded for DMC or hand-dyeds -- the colors in this are really pretty.
*June's Calendar Girl sports bees and blossoms. She mimics all the rest in her series -- offered as a small chart. (See her below.)
Farm Fresh Cherries
Here is a cute design with a bit of a retro feel to it. Makes me want to bake a cherry cobbler!
Presented as a small chart by Little House Needleworks, this finishes approx 5-1/2 x 6 on 32ct Summer Khaki linen and uses DMC flosses -- 10 of them -- and Diane suggests Week's Dye Works Louisiana Hot Sauce wool for finishing!
Hands to Work
Celebrates a good work ethic. Offered as a small chart... it features a shepherdess and a stunning farmhouse.
Finishes approx 5 x 5 on 28ct.
Home is Where the Sunflowers Grow
Cute checkerboarded petals and leaves... if you live in Kansas... you HAVE to have this!
With a stitch count of 56 x 110, the smaller design in the flower pot adds lots of charm to this piece. You could even stitch just IT by itself!! Offered as a chart.
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater!
Stitch this little guy in some Simply Wool and make his tail of knots!
Coded with a combination of overdyeds and solids, he finishes approx 5 inches square on 30ct Week's Tin Roof Linen.
Little Sheep Virtues
Little House Needlework's 2013 monthly series of small designs -- beginning to ship mid-January. Diane has done 12 - 61 x 61 stitch count designs -- each containing a sheep, a virtue, a button and at least one heart.
Finished onto Week's Dye Works wools (perfect for those little sheep!), fabrics used each month are 30ct hand-dyed. Virtues addressed are: Hope, Love, Peace, Courage, Faith, Simplicity, Patience, Wisdom, Friendship, Kindness, Gratitude and Joyfulness.
This is the final installment of Diane's 12 sheep. A VERY popular series... 'everyone' has been cute without his or her word if you wanted ornaments... and the colors of Week's Wools to garnish them have been a great help in finishing. We have everything needed to make the fun set if designs -- all the fabrics, buttons, wools -- the whole nine yards!!!
Little House Needleworks has a neat design for any baseball-lover in your family! *Homerun, Slugger and Baseball*... decorated with red, white and blue banners. This just Speaks Summer!!!
Stitched on 30ct with DMC and overdyeds, this'll finish approx 4-1/2 x 8-1/2. If you like this design, take a peek at LH's Take Me Out to the Ballgame chart, as well!
The Farmer's Daughter
A busy morning for the Farmer's Daughter... she's taking care of the cow... who is taking care of the hen. Birds, berries and the basket full of radishes -- just a lot of cute design elements in here.
Stitched on 28ct Dirty linen, this finishes approx 4-1/2 x 12-1/2 and is worked with a combo of DMC nad hand-dyeds. Offered as a chart.
Orchard Valley Quilting Bee
Little House Needleworks has a new sampler, quite a bit larger than most of her other things. Measuring 241 x 241 stitches (17 x 17 on 28ct!) it depicts the ladies, houses and farms of the Bee! Their quilt in the center, Diane advises that you can change names in here, and stitch any of the squares individually if you want.
Coded for regular DMC floss, just a simple, very pretty piece! Offered as the chart.
Vanilla and Chocolate
Like Ebony and Ivory living together in perfect harmony... V & C make a classic couple! Little House has a cute piece that is stitched -- appropriately -- on 30ct Week's Cocoa Linen!
Finishing approx 3-1/2 x 8-1/2... it is featured on the cover of a ready-hand-made Thread Armoire by Impie, Hattie & Bea. Offered as a chart with fabric thread-book available separately!
Bear Tree Forest
Little House Needleworks has a new piece that needs to hang in your cabin-in-the-woods (if you are lucky enough to have one), and there's even room to personalize it with your family name! Squirrels and acorns, pines and a snowman in the yard, there are also The Three Bears visiting!!!!!
Stitched on 30ct Weeks Tin Roof Linen -- a neat mangy, wintery gray -- with both DMC and hand-dyeds from your collection, this finishes approx 5 x 13. There is no alternative alphabet for your family or cabin's name... but I bet you can figure out something, if need be. A restful, quiet winter scene, offered as a chart.
2012 Monthly Ornament Series
Little House Needleworks begins her 2012 set of 12 monthly ornament-sized designs with *Blessed* -- I think she could double as a bride! Offered in small chart format, each month will call for a different color of 30ct Week's Dye Works hand-dyed linen, along with a smattering of hand-dyed flosses from your stash. This first design accents Crescent Colour's new hand-dyed chenille cotton trim around the finished edge.
I don't know if the rest of the finished pieces will feature special trims -- we just need to be patient to find out! We are beginning an auto-ship this year on these... chart only or chart and linen. I'll let you know if trim will become an option! Blessed is stitched on 30ct Cocoa, fabric pieces each month will measure approx 9 x 9.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Little House Needleworks has a charming scene-of-old, taking us back to the days of ball games at a summer fair. Dirt blowing all around the field and bleachers... the yummy fresh-popping popcorn smells... the cheers of the crowd... the decorations... everything about this piece is endearing... right down to the uneven bricks in the dugout walls! Worked on 30ct Straw Linen by Weeks, this measures approx 12 x 5 and is stitched with both overdyeds and DMCs.
So, so cute... frame it with stubbs you have from your World Series tickets! Frame it in a shadow box with an old baseball shirt! Do you have even one or two old baseball cards??? What about pics of your kids on the plate??? There are lots of family possibilities with this one!!! Offered as a chart.
Around the World in 80 Days
This design commemorates Jules Verne's famous book, published in 1873. Phileas Fogg and an employee attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days... on a bet! Actually, the balloon was barely mentioned in the book... Verne considered it very risky, if not impossible at that time. But was prominently featured in the 1956 movie and even the movie's promotional poster.
Stitched with Gentle Art, Weeks and Crescent Colours, this is neat whether you like Jules Verne or not! Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 7 x 7 on 32ct.
Charming! 93 x 93 Stitch count, coded for DMC or Crescent Colours hand-dyeds.
What a pretty piece -- the sweetheart waiting for her sailor to come home across the foaming sea. Finishing approx 10 x 16-1/2 on 30ct Cocoa Linen, this is stitched in either DMC or a mixture of hand-dyed flosses. It has all the design elements everyone loves -- the seaside cottage, the billowing sails on the ship, whales and waves -- and all the dusty, nautical colors that remind one of the seashore.
'To the journey's end ye roam upon the foaming sea, Nantucket waits to see thy sails as my heart waits for thee.' Offered as a chart.
A Set of the Four Seasons
Tidy Band Samplers -- all 4 follow the same design format, so they'll look really nice together if you hang them that way.
They will interchange perfectly on the wall, too, in case you decorate for each season! Size is approx. 4 x 10.
Adam and Eve
Created from elements seen in an original sampler designed by Elizabeth Hancock dated 1831... a traditional Adam and Eve piece -- this finishes approx 7 x 7 on 32ct.
Louisa B Snow Sampler
This is a reproduction of an antique sampler Diane has purchased. What you are seeing is the ACTUAL sampler stitched on the original Penelope Needlepoint canvas. You are seeing the original stains and the blue lines that are always woven into the canvas. Stitched in either Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silk of hand-dyed cottons... you will need to stain your piece to look like the original.
Unless you stitch the blue lines on your linen, or use the Penelope Canvas -- your piece will not have those blue lines running through it. Other than those words of warning... the verse is fun because it talks about wasting time!!! The rose border at the bottom is lush and pretty, too! Offered as the chart, this finishes almost 18 x 16 on 28ct.
Jessie Bell - Arizona Territory
'Jessie Bell was a very real girl who lived in Tucson in the Arizona Territory. She was the daughter of a railroad engineer at the time the sampler is dated, living on a prominent street in what is now the heart of downtown Tucson. Her home no longer exists, but her name lives on in this sampler.' Diane goes on to mention that she has included errors and a misspelling in her design to create an authentic flavor to the piece!
Offered as a chart, stitched with Crescent Colours hand-dyeds or DMC flosses, this finishes approx 5-1/2 x 9 on the most yummy Week's 30ct Straw linen.
Here is Little House's complete set of ornament designs for 2011! Cardinal Winter is presented as a small chart, and calls for Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses, and DMC Jan, Feb and March's designs are all promised to be worked on weeks 30ct Cocoa Linen... and they are switching fabric colors every three months. The Tin Roof linen they are using on the next three ornaments is just awesome!
Absolutely charming, you can almost hear the singing birds, against the quiet of the freshly fallen snow, and the silent little rabbits! 57 x 57 Stitch count, these will all finish approx 4 x 4. Our monthly auto-ship has now finished with Good Tidings.
Little Miss Sunflower
Little Miss Sunflower is charming in her sunflower garden -- I LOVE those shaded flowers! Notice that this is on 28ct hand-dyed Straw Gingham Linen? Such a great color for this, the gingham pattern makes it another Home Sweet Home kind of thing for me!
This one finishes 6 x 7-1/2... you'll definitely want that specialty fabric. LOOK at that row of blackbirds along the bottom...
Little House Needleworks has a small design stitched in 7 shades of Crescent's hand-dyed flosses of Bandana, Hazelnut, Bean Sprout -- neat colors like that!
A 7 x 4 medley of small motifs all clustered together -- like the garden surrounding that little house -- I have a sneaking suspicion we'll get the other seasons in this petite fashion!
Here's a perfect New Family/Household piece, new couple's initials at the top, welcoming all who enter their new home. There are peacocks in the yard -- but I bet you can find one of Little House's cats or dogs on another of her patterns, in case you want to personalize the family pets.
Pretty house and willows, use the alphabet below to personalize as much as you need to! Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 9-1/2 inches square on 28ct.
The Inn at Fox River Mill
What a charming piece! Little House's newest design, I love that house on the left -- look at the overdyeds in the stone and the trees. The roof looks like the shingles are really tiny bits of wood!
The little fox looks guilty of catching something delicious for lunch, and the mill is really neat over on the right -- especially with it's churning water wheel. Great colors, pretty acorn border along the top, I'd like to live there! Offered as the chart.
WOW this is a pretty piece! Finishing approx 11 x 16 on 32ct, this offers lots of design choices for you! Stitch the main sampler -- complete with the traditional border on three sides, and the names of the 13 original colonies. OR... stitch JUST the charming colonial village scene panel in the center -- it measures approx 50 x 90 in count of solid stitching.
Charted for DMC, Crescent Colours and Weeks Overdyed flosses, this is a beautiful piece with timeless appeal. No special stitches... just wonderful little X's! Offered as a chart.
'Up the hill, around the bend, through the woods and home again!' This is a charming new piece by Little House Needleworks that measures 271 x 101 stitches. Wouldn't it be fun to stitch this and somehow personalize the houses ? It'd remind you of all your travels visiting family or friends during the years!
Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct linen in Crescent Colours, Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Weeks and DMCs, it would be awesome hanging in the Family Room. (we even had fun remembering our prepositional phrases in grade school! Offered as the chart.
'Rosey makes Posies...'
A sweet piece stitched with overdyeds and DMCs... this finishes approx 5-1/2 x 9 on 30ct. PRETTY colors!
A small design that can be stitched on any color of linen, in any color of thread! (Of course, it is entitled Snow WHITE... so you might want to stay close to that color suggestion!)
A simple silouette, sometimes less is more! Stitch count of 82 x 82, choose colors you like and stitch away!
2010 Ornaments of the Month!
Little House is delivering a charming set of 12 ornaments this year... here are the first few of the collection which will finish in December of 2010. Each is offered in chart format, and features approx the same stitch count.
Various colors of 30ct linens, a few have beads embellishments, but not all. Most are worked in DMC, the Red House in Winter features Crescent Colours's Bing Cherry. Cute, we have an auto-ship for these, so it's easy to collect the whole set.
Pumpkin Hollow Farms
Pick your Own Pumpkin!
Here's a cute Fall scene from Little House Needleworks... 81 x 158 stitches, DMC or overdyeds used!
Remembering American History and the Salem Witch Trials... this is certainly good advice these days... as history has proven! Lovely little houses, side by side, you could always personalize this as a friendship sampler, that middle row is charming! (maybe change out the gravestones for sunflowers???!)
Stitch count of 161 x 102, great overdyed color!!!
Diane has designed a Family Sampler with all sorts of *extra* people, pets and an alphabet, so you can fit *any and everybody* you want into YOUR Family Sampler! Offered in chart format, the entire sampler is laid out for you... with suggestions for 'people/pet' placements. There are some different colored dogs... three different sizes of children... lots to change, personalize and plan!
It uses only regular Cross Stitches -- but there are lots of places you could add some special stitches if you are so inclined. Finishing approx 13 x 19-1/2 on 32ct, the called-for colors are DMC and Crescent Colours -- but you might be changing some of those to match the pets, clothes and house that is special to your family!
Sarah Street - Faithfulness
An old-fashioned girl's sampler by Little House Needleworks, 'Let love and faithfulness never leave you.' Now, you CAN stitch in your own name... or the recipient's... or initials of a special grandmother or other family member... and you can change the date! (ALL in case you don't want someone else's name hanging in your house!!!)
Charming borders on this piece... each side is different! You could do a little Bargello in that bottom band, if you wanted to. Pretty floral motifs, a grand manor house, and rich over dyed colors throughout, Maple Syrup, Moss, Clay Pot, Sea Shelly, and Wild Berries (just some of them), this is a nice piece. Finishes approx 8 x 9-1/4 on 32ct, offered as the chart.
'Under tall pines and stars giving light, a cabin sits wrapped in the still of the night.' Oh... doesn't this belong in a weekend cabin somewhere??? Kind of a neat Home Sweet Home-feeling piece, this is offered as a small chart, and finishes approx 6 x 6 on 32ct.
Stitch 'family established and date' or the date of a special summer you spent at the little cabin... or family re-union dates??? Lots of good choices for this one!
Simple Joys and The Mercantile
Little House Needleworks has two new designs. I love the flowing vine beneath the bird in Simple Joys, this piece has lovely symetry. It begs to be stitched on some mangy hand-dyed linen!
The Mercantile goes so perfectly with her Yesteryear and Old West designs, and the Country Cottage Cowboy Dreams piece! Both offered as charts, DMC or overdyed flosses, nice additions to Little House's growing collection of designs.
Mrs O'Leary's Dairy Farm
Little House's newest release, finishing approx 7 x 10, and are stitched with both DMC and Crescent Colours flosses. It appears that Mrs O'Leary has grown wise in these recent years... she's letting her cows graze in the front yard, NOT near the barn!!!
Cute pieces, full of Little House's personality!
Hey, this is fun... and offers a neat decoration for the lover of history and old tales! Actually, I can see this is a little boy's bedroom... a conversation piece to decide on the evenings bedtime reading -- especially at Grandma's House!
Offered as the chart, it finishes approx 9 x 12 on 28ct linen... a charming design theme!!!
Rose Hill is a grand plantation... with a gigantic rose garden... you could change the name and date, and personalize this for your house! Kind of a fun housewarming for someone else, too. Finishes 7-1/2 x 10 on 28ct.
Mississippi Riverboat is charming! Great design impact, what a nostalgic feel to this one! If you're anywhere near Riverboat Country... you need this! Stitched with DMCs, it finishes approx 6 x 13-1/2 on 28ct. All three of Little House's new releases are offered as single charts.
'Sailing, Sailing over the Bounding Main...' I know the tune, but haven't a clue what the rest of the words are!!! (Did Sylvester and Tweetie sing it, too?) Little House brings us a neat piece that needs to hang anywhere near water!!!
Your beach house somewhere exotic, accenting your nautical-flavored samplers, (or even a bathroom!!!) Pretty motifs, nice balance, you even get the mermaid and whale, along with the billowing winds! Charming... this is offered as a chart, finishing approx 5 x 11, stitched with DMCs and Crescent overdyeds.
A charming Christmas house... I think of our Mary -- your faithful SN webmaster! When she was in grad school for horticulture... she grew poinsettias in the Kansas State University greenhouses!!! (She critiques in nurserys all season long... but still enjoys big poinsettias every year!)
Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 7 x 7 on 28ct.
Warm Winter Woolens
This is fun! What a well-dressed little guy! On 32ct, the entire piece finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6-1/2. If you want to just make the sheepie, he measures just 56 x 44, and he'd be PRECIOUS stuffed into a cushion or sheep-shape and tucked into a basket. You could even stitch him in Gentle Art's Simply Wool... over-the-top yummy!
Very cute design -- offered as a small chart.
Little House Needleworks has a new design (all the parts of this are in this ONE chart!) ... a tribute to reading and all your favorite books! The Library showcases 4 types of literature -- Romance, Mystery, Western and Classic... each a 'window' into the library. Charming scenes, each is perched atop its book's type!
'An Open Book is a Window into the World.' The Romance section has a courting couple... Mystery has that classy town house -- where 'the incident allegedly took place!'... walk past the library door... to the Western section -- complete with its covered wagons, and onto the Classics -- sailing ships and all! I just love it!
Stitched on 32ct, it finishes approx 8 x 16, and uses Crescent hand-dyeds as well as DMC flosses. You'll need 2 skeins each of Roasted Chestnut, Caterpillar, Cayenne, Pea Pod, Brandied Pears, and Stepping Stones, along with the other colors. Offered as the chart.
A Sampling of Summer
Little House, Country Cottage, Miss Crescent's Crown and Primrose Needleworks have done a small collection of 4 charts -- all with a summer theme.
Cute and Quick, these finish into cute stand-ups for a windowsill. All 4 are offered together in one chartpack, commissioned and offered to us by Hoffman Distributing.
Bee Sampler |
To bee or not to bee... just a small little wisp of a piece that features bees in the garden, amidst the blooming flowers.
Offered as a small chart, this finishes approx 6 x 6 on 28ct linen.
Yes, there's even more from Little House!
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