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Sea Flowers Tiny Box Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Friends Are We Mini Sampler Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more The Sparrow Jar Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Spirit of America Glass Jar Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more
New Arrivals
from Olde Colonial
Pam Reed has several cute smalls... everything is presented in kit format and includes the frame, box or jar!
  • Sea Flowers & a Tiny Box -- A very traditional sampler border, alphabet and flower basket, the 4 x 4 x 2 hinged box is included in the kit. Stitched on 32ct with Weeks hand-dyed flosses all pre-tied on to a thread card, your stitching mounts onto the padded top of the box. There is also a bonus fob design in here, along with lovely box lining fabric!
  • Friends Are We -- An itty-bitty piece, this is presented as a complete kit of 32ct linen, flosses, chart, needle and the 3 x 3 mini easel-backed frame! Your stitching is minimal -- there is a little over-one stitching, but since the whole thing is only 2 x 2... you can DO IT!
  • The Sparrow -- This is a 2-1/2 inch round and tall wooden box with 2 charted designs to stitch to garnish it's top. Kit contains the jar, charts, 32ct linen and flosses... would make a cute quick gift!
  • Spirit of America -- Cute little 2 x 2-1/2 inch, 6-sided jar -- you're stitching a small cushion to hang from the felt ball on top of the jar. Almost nothing to this, it's just a quickie!

The Bee Keepers Needlework Box from Olde Colonial -- click to see more
The Bee Keepers Needlework Box - A Box to store your Beeswax Waxers!
This is a smoothly finished 6 x 9 x 2 honey-colored stained wooden box with a stitched lid. Choose a neutral cream or lightly yellowed or tanned 32ct linen for the Satin-stitched beehives and floral vine decorating the top. Everything is charted for DMC, Weeks and Gentle Art flosses.

The Bee Keepers Needlework Box from Olde Colonial -- click to see moreAfter your stitching is finished, you are wrapping the provided board with your needlework and attaching the little wooden knob handle. On the underside of the lid, you are lining the lid with gingham fabric, and buttoning down a band to hold threads and scissors. You get a really cool circular beeswax candle in a miniature wooden crate to store in here -- in case you don't have any threading waxers.

The box kit contains the box, lid board, gingham lining fabric, Warm and Natural batting, interfacing, the wooden knob, that darling candle, chart, and finishing instructions. What a fun and different project! If you've been collectiog the beeswax molded pieces, you need something to store them in besides plastic bags!!!


My Scissor Cube from Olde Colonial -- click to see more My Scissor Cube
This is kind of fun... just a plain ordinary plastic paper clip cube 2-1/4 inches in size... Pam has filled the inside with foam rubber. You can poke your scissors into the top opening, and they stick in here safe and sound!!! Because the plastic just isn't the coolest thing, you now get to cover your cube with needlework stitched on the provided 2-inch natural linen banding. Bamding features a woven edge, so NO extra FINISHING!

A few Lazy Daisies and Smyrna Crosses with DMC floss make up the flowers all around and there is a pair of stork scissors stitched over one thread that decorates one side. Cute, functional and very quick, everything is in here. Cube, chart, linen, flosses and needle. All you add are scissors!


Nautical Fob from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Nautical Fob
This is the cutest little thing! A tiny kit for a tiny fob, this is stitched on 1-1/8 of an inch wide natural linen banding. Two little fish in teals, a row of golden hearts, there is a bit of gold cord in here for the hanger, a tiny brass heart, and the hand-dyed teal ball fringe to trim it when you sew it closed.

Finished only 1 x 3 inches -- stuff it a little or not. Kit includes the chart, linen, flosses, needle, charm, trim and cord.


Christmas at Sea Kit from Olde Colonial
Christmas at Sea
Pam Reed has released bitty kits for needlework smalls. Presented with the charts, linen, flosses and lace, wool, ribbon or corded trims and charms, they make fun little sit-abouts to nestle among your 'stuff!'* BUT... like the Christmas at Sea -- you COULD hang them on your Christmas Tree! Christmas at Sea -- There is a little skein of floss on the main mast!!!!!! A fun needle case, sampler or ornament, this is stitched on 32ct linen with the provided DMC floss. Stitch the alphabet upside-down and fold this into a small case, stitch it right-side up and make a small sampler, or leave it off and make the Sailing Ship into an ornament. It's a Stitching Ship -- see the floss and scissors dangling over the side??? Just a cute, quick thing, how fun to hang a needle case on your Christmas Tree!

A Samplerette from Olde Colonial -- click to see more A Samplerette
Oh this is really cute! It is a miniature sampler stitched over one and two on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast Linen. Presented as a complete kit, the threads included are Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Weeks and DMC. Packed with special stitches, there are Long Arm, Queen, Alternating Scotch, Elongated Cross, and Smyrnas all over, in the little bands.

The entire thing finishes approx 2-1/2 x 5-1/2... you get the finishing fabric for backing and wooden dowel with spool decorated ends.


Waste Bag Companion from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Waste Bag Companion
Here's a fun necessarie! A pre-made cream colored light canvas drawstring bag -- approx 5-1/2 x 7 -- this is decorated with a small stitched case that reads: Needles, Pins and Scissors. The complete kit contains a cut of 32ct Natural linen, flosses, some Gutermann's thread for Nun-Stitching the hem, the PRE-SEWN lining piece (Pam did that for you!), a mother-of-pearl tulip thread ring, and a super-duper magnet closure piece!

The case is mounted to the outside of the bag -- a real unique finishing treatment. This would be pretty slightly stuffed and perched on a shelf beside samplers, and you could have a neat pair of scissors peeking up from the pocket on the front.



Extra-Tiny Basket Sampler from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Kindly Remember Me from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Needles Bind from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Perfume Make Do Cushion from Olde Colonial -- click to see more
4 Tiny Designs
Pam Reed has 4 new small projects that might make *just the perfect small gift* for just a small occasion!
  • Extra-Tiny Basket Sampler -- An 18 x 18 Stitch Count mini-masterpiece! 5 Shades of hand-dyeds and 32ct linen, your Extra-Tiny fits into one of Olde Colonial's MINIATURE Birds Eye Maple easel backed frames that measures only 2-5/8 inches in size. The sampler opening is only 1-1/2 inches! Complete kit contains the chart, linen, flosses, needle, scissor charm and bitty frame.
  • Kindly Remember Me -- A small floral bouquet embellished with a single brass butterfly charm, you'll need bits of floss from your stash to make this 2 x 3-ish cushion. Offered as the chart with linen cut and charm.
  • Needles Bind -- This is a pocket to hold a couple of packages of needles. It has room for your initials and those of your BFF! Some Smyrnas and Queens in here, the kit comes with the 32ct Natural linen, flosses, muslin lining, needle, a pair of bitty bee charms and some assembly instructions for the 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch case.
  • Perfume Make Do Cushion -- This is a small stitched cushion perched atop a tiny perfume sample bottle! Stitched on 32ct Antique White with a bit of Iris hand-dyed floss, whip stitch the tiny pillow closed, add the crystal beads to ends of stick pins, and your little curiosity is finished! Offered as the chart with linen, floss, crystals, pins and antique glass perfume bottle.


  • Pin Cushion Spool Holder from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Pin Cushion Spool Holder
    Oh... we've been waiting for Olde Colonial to start selling these.. it is a wooden stand that showcases a favorite finished pin cushion of yours! The pegs down below can store thread balls, tether scissors, corral your thread winders, hold a thimble, or offer a safe and handy place to prop your small bag of M & M's!!! So... basically, this can be a pretty display stand, or a functional little stitching station!

    It measures 5 inches in diameter at the base. It stands 5 inches high, and the display platform for your treasure is 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Just the cutest thing... we perch all sorts of things on ours -- everything looks great displayed on top -- like a yummy cake under a glass dome cakeplate!


    Waste Knot Tape Measure from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Waste Knot Tape Measure
    Quite the well-dressed tape measure! Olde Colonial has a new offering that is a companion to her Waste Knot Stitching Basket. This 60-inch retractable tape measure is covered with your stitching on 32ct Light Mocha Belfast linen in Gentle Art Sampler Threads. A pretty urn of flowers on one side, and smaller flower on the back, you stitch the side band, as well.

    Pam has good assembly instructions in with this -- 8 actual pics of the process... so it isn't scary! The pull is even a tiny wooden spool! Offered as the complete kit of chart, linens and threads, tape measure, paddings and templates -- just everything!


    Pin Cushion Wristlet from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Pin Cushion Wristlet
    Well, this is a fun little thing! Your ABC - 123 Cushion is stitched in a jiffy, stuffed (poly-fill not included) and then finished onto a fabric band to wrap around your wrist or the handle of a stitching bag or basket. A Velcro loop and tape closure lets you adjust the size, without it cutting off your circulation like elastic would.

    Just bits of stitching on the 32ct Light Mocha Belfast with a few bits of overdyed and DMC flosses, just don't miss the cushion when you're jabbing in your pins -- you'll know in an instant if you do! Offered as a complete kit of fabrics, flosses, chart, button, Velcro and wrist band. Cute!


    Elephant Needlebook from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Elephant Needlebook
    Olde Colonial Designs has tiny designs in bitty kits... I don't think all of them are new... but I think I missed one of two of them before! Quite a charming collection, we have all of them on our Olde Colonial Pages.
    But first, check out these fun little Needlebook!

    Stitched on 32ct Light Mocha linen in greens, mauve, lavender and butterscotch flosses, the case features a needle page of green wool. A few special stitches in this, the whole thing finishes just a bit smaller than that darling wooden turtle! Complete kit contains the turtle palette, linen, flosses, bird charm, all the necessary instructions, interfacing, wool, ribbon, needle, floral lining fabric... you name it!


    Medium-Sized Dowry Box for Jeannette Douglas's Stitches Sampler Series by Olde Colonial -- click to see more
    Medium-Sized Dowry Boxes for Jeannette Douglas's Stitches Sampler Series

    These beautiful boxes have been made to fit Jeannette Douglas's series of Stitches Samplers. Handmade by Olde Colonial, the boxes are available in the Birdseye Maple -- a rich reddish brown finish, or a smoother, darker brown finish.

    Overall measurements are 9 x 11 x 3, with a top opening of approx 8-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. Just lovely, this box is the smaller version of the box featured in My Stitching Treasures.


    Small Frames -- click for more
    Small Frames
    Good things come in small packages... and pretty needlework comes in tiny frames! By Olde Colonial, these are two dark wood frames accented with a bit of gold leaf. Each has a tiny hanging ring on the back, as well as an easel-back for easy stand-up capabilities. The round frame is 3-3/4 inches overall, with an opening of 2-5/8 inches. The oval measures 3-1/4 x 3-3/4, with and interior opening of 2-1/4 x 2-3/4. Very pretty, just nice little frames for anything special!


    Mimi's Desk Top Weight by Olde Colonial -- Click to see more Mimi's Desk Top Weight
    This is a darling miniature 'mattress' for your desk! It'd be cute tucked into a display of needlecases and such... or perched on a shelf beside a framed sampler... you can put it lots of places!
    Offered as a complete kit from Olde Colonial, it measures a mere 1-1/2 x 3 x 1/2 inches when assembled. It features tiny sampler motifs on the top, the numerals and alphabet running along the edges, and a plain bottom area to personalize.

    Sporting pretty Currant, Grecian Gold, Forest Glade and Bark overdyeds, the complete kit contains the 32ct creme linen, the flosses, a tiny brass heart charm... all the necessary interfacings and stiffening inserts, complete assembly instructions and even tiny plastic pellets for the weight!!! Just something fun every stitcher really needs, because it's small and UNIQUE!

    Mimi's Tape Measure
    Quite the functional stitcher's gadget, this is an endearing stitching gadget -- a tape measure that is covered entirely in cross stitch!!! Your complete kit includes the retractable tape measure, linen, flosses, felt lining fabric, antiqued silver scissor charm, and wooden pull bead to stitch and assemble the most charming accessory your stitching tote has seen in some time! The picture shows it in my hand, so you can see the finished size... I just love it! The colors are soft taupes, raspberry, and moss green, it's stitched on 32ct creme linen... and truthfully, may be a challenge for some to finish.

    It's assembled entirely by hand... the instructions walk you through which pieces to assemble to which... and include actual sized templates for the felt interfacings. The tiny fob attached to the end of the measure is less than 1/2 x 1 inch... it's just enchanting! Available as the complete kit.


    Mimi's Tape Measure -- click to see a larger view




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