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Mani Di Donna Mermaid's Song Sewing Box - click to see more Mermaid's Song Sewing Box
Mani Di Donna of Italy has several new sewing box designs -- we brought them home from Market. There are two more on her inside pages -- make sure to click the pic to see those as well! Mermaid's Song is delightful!!! Worked on Week's 32ct Beige Linen with Weeks flosses, you stitch the 100 x 140 stitch count top (approx 6-1/2 x 9) the design is the CUTEST! a spouting whale, cute lighthouse rolling waves and little crabs... then construct the paper board box she diagrams in her instructions.

We have her pretty blue striped lining fabric, the charming set of hand-painted wooden mermaid thread winders, and the lighthouse pins. You add the fabric, weeks flosses and the Weeks Snow Cream wool for lining. Colors are so pretty in this, the patterns are all here for the box, cushion and little needle book!


Mani Di Donna Antique Flowers Shaker Box - click to see more Antique Flowers Shaker Box
Choose a neutral 32ct linen, and a few Weeks flosses to stitch the box topper for a Lone Elm Lane 8-inch Wooly White Shaker Box. Sampler motifs scattered everywhere, colors used are Ye Old Gold, Kudzu, Grain, Mocha and DMC 3371. The needle roll and scissor pouch match.. just a sweet set.

We have the special hand-made flower pins shown in the cover pic as well as the flower scissors featured -- packaged along with the chart. You add fabric of your choice and those few flosses.


Mani Di Donna Antique Flowers Shaker Box - click to see more Ancient Lady Sewing Box
I'm not sure ANY Lady wants to be referred to as *Ancient*... but this is a cool idea! You stitch the cameo on 35ct linen - insert it into the small frame finding, and then attach it to the top of the stitched box -- done on 32ct.

We have the chart for this, along with the cameo frame, brown striped finishing fabrics for the box, lace and the set of hand-made clay flower pins -- you see it all in the pictures. The box finishes approx 4 x 5, and is charming!


Mani Di Donna #1 Hornbook -- Flowers - click to see more #1 Hornbook - Flowers
Oh, here is a charming Spring-Green painted wooden hornbook that measures 4 x 6, is pierced with 5 tulip flower designs, that displays a pretty band sampler of garden flowers! Offered as the chart with painted hornbook, and two sets of three hand-made clay flower pins each, you'll need bits of DMC floss and a 9 x 9 cut of 32ct Petit Point Natural Line -- with little white polka dots on it.

Stitch the cute little garden with 6 colors of floss. make the mattress, glue it to the painted paddle, and add your pins to each side... SO CUTE!!! Simona lists this as *Hornbook Series #1* so I assume there will be more that go with this -- but we have no information on that. Just enjoy this one for now!


Mani Di Donna Joy & Peace Ornaments - click to see more Joy & Peace Ornaments
CUTE, cute, cute! I don't know if its the charm of the polka dot linen mixed with the red and white polka dot finishing fabric or not... but I think this pattern is really cute, and the finishing is creative and unique! Definitely worth a look to remember! 4 Designs in all... Santa is here with his sleigh and reindeer, and each has a companion tiny button design as well.

Worked on the 32ct Natural Belfast linen with the painted white polka dots already on it, the main designs are only about 45 x 45 stitches in size. Finished into a pincushion-sized pillow with some rik-rak trim on there... the round part is the smaller design that is covering a metal button form -- then attached to the other side of the little pillow. (She has organza ribbon around it, but more rik-rak or twisted cording would work just as well to help soften the button edges. Right now, the organza makes it hard to see in the pic.) Anyhow, a REALLY cute design coded for Valdani cottons or DMC flosses, offered in a chart.


Mani Di Donna Halloween Hornbook - click to see more Halloween Hornbook
Grab a cut of Weeks Dye Works 32ct Confederate Gray Linen and DMC 301, 310 and white -- or some pretty hand-dyeds from your stash that will match -- and stitch this 45 x 55-ish little Halloween greeting. Then fold under the edges -- instructions are given to make a 'miniature mattress' -- and attach to the charming 4 x 6 painted black hornbook -- complete with little bat cut-outs on it.

The chart comes with that hornbook, and two sets of handmade clay pins -- pumpkins, bats and ghosts poke into the sides of the mattress to decorate the whole thing! Real cute, it is on the pricey end of things, but when you consider that it DOES come all the way from Italy... it makes it kind of special!





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