New Glass Beaded Pin Cushions
Oh my gosh, these are some of my very, very favorite things in the shop right now... GORGEOUS floral pin cushions (or sewing bag fronts) stitched on 35ct that are ONLY tiny glass beads and NO Cross Stitches! Everything you see are the minute French glass beads!!!! Stitched right from a regular chart, you use only a strand of white floss and stitch a half stitch over two on 35ct... putting on a bead instead of using a color of floss. Kind of like miniature oriental rugs... you are creating these beautiful patterns from a chart simply with glistening glass beads. Really 18ct in size, I suppose you could stitch these in floss... but you'd have to make your own color conversions from the beads.
Offered in chart format, the beads are pre-sorted for you. choose 35 or 36ct linen, frame them or make them into small cushions! We have stiff linens or softer ones... if you have a preference, let us know... we have shop models stitched on both and looks are not affected by fabric softness. It would only be that stiffer might be easier for you to work on.
- Tresor d'Octavie -- 61 x 89 Stitches (approx 3 x 5), this kit comes with the blue silk ribbon for finishing!!! Roses, green and golds.
- Vitrail -- 83 x 83 Stitches (less than 5 x 5) Stunning aquas and roses, with gold accents. There is a butterfly charm on there.. it is NOT included in the kit... just a design temptation!
- Myosotis -- ONLY 49 x 33 -- A BEGINNER SIZE -- this finishes under 3 x 2! Gorgeous deep blues, lavenders and golds... this is just a bitty one that you can TRY THESE with!
- Tresor d' Apolline -- 53 x 99 Stitches (approx 3 x 5) this one has a white beaded background and features a rose swirl among greenery.
- Le bal d' Iseult -- 102 x 103 -- This is bouquet of roses! A very classic, antique design, again a creamy white background with the antique roses and leaves all beaded. Exquisite for a sewing case cover or scissor case!
More Gorgeous Pin Cushions Stitched Entirely in Glass!
Reflets de Soie has two new pin cushion designs that have arrived in the shop. Stitched on 35ct linen with one strand of DMC, you are working over two threads of linen and stitching on petite glass beads INSTEAD of X's! Everything is charted just like always, but instead of different floss colors, you sew on different glass beads!
Each packet includes the chart, English instructions and all the pre-sorted and labeled beads. When they are finished, they feel 'heavy' to your hand, and super-slinky and sleek. Just a dream to hold and run your fingers over the solid beaded surface. We have lots of other designs in this collection -- they are so unique and special -- I love being able to offer them in the shop! New is:
- Tresor d Isaline -- She measures 110 x 110 -- so 6-1/4 inches square. An opalescent white background, this is a wreath of lavender roses.
- Une touche de luxe -- This one features a background of gold metallic beads to set off the rose in the center. It finishes only 48 x 67 -- so just 2-3/4 x 3-3/4! Those gold beads make this one super-elegant and expensive-looking!
Reflets de Soie has a new leaflet featuring 6 charming Blue & White classic scenes. Charted for DMC or Silk -- there are only 5 colors featured in the designs - White, and 3750, 3756, 930 and 931 blues. Three of the designs measure approx 130 x 90 in stitch count (8 x 5-1/2 on 32ct), the other three - 90 x 60 - so 5-1/2 x 4 on the same 32ct.
Adjust your finished size by adjusting the fabric count you choose. Beautiful little scenes - they remind me of antique kitchen tiles! Presented together in leaflet format.
Reflets de Soie from France has a new beaded pin cushion design that is STUNNING! This petite 3 x 4-1/2 inch cushion is worked all in lavender, rose, white and gold beads -- some are crystal, some are metallic. You are simply stitching on one petite glass bead with 1/2 a stitch over two linen threads of 35 or 36ct linen. It's charted like regular cross stitch -- but no crosses -- just half the stitch!
Your linen will be covered completely with the design... and it'll feel dreamy, soft and heavy to your hand. The beads just glisten... and the finished product is an elegant heirloom! We have several other designs like this one... all are presented with the chart, needle and all the beads pre-sorted and labeled for you. All you'll need is a bit of linen. Some like the stiff Lambswool or Cream, some like the softer fabrics -- either one works!
Marie Flavin 1872
Here's another stunning antique sampler by Reflets de Soie. Just like some of her others -- this is presented in chart format. The border is different on three of the sides, color everywhere, lush alphabets and the motifs at the bottom are incredible.
This particular sampler has some religious-looking motfis... may be hard to see in the pic... but some of the others that seem to companion this piece have other florals you could sub. A reproduction of a sampler stitched in 1872... I hope some of my needlework stays gorgeous for 150 years, like this one has!
New Arrivals from Reflets de Soie
We have three new samplers in our offering of charts that are simply stunning! Isabelle has them coded for DMC floss or various brands of silk threads. I just don't even know how to describe the beautiful detail and coloring in these. They are truly heirloom pieces, and I think one should have all of them!!!! (Stitching is optional!) Click through the images to see lots more details on each of these remarkable designs.
I had to e-mail Isabelle to ask her what this says, loosely, it reads 'O Marie, conceived without sin, pray for us who turn to you.' A beautiful reproduction of an antique sampler, this has a stitch count of 271 x 214. Coded for DMC or Soie 'd Alger, it is presented as a chart.
We did get a few kits which include a 27 x 18 (fat quarter) of exquisite 40ct antique cream linen and all the silks pre-sorted, tied and numbered on thread cards. Mary is surrounded by gorgeous florals and a border of pink roses... this is so elegant and unique!
Camille Emelie Beauvallet 1847
The picture of the cover of this is stitched entirely in cream on cream -- so I don't know if you can see much design detail. Inside, the chart is coded for Gloriana, Soie 'd Alger or 14 shades of DMC. (316, 712, 3052, 3047, 223, 225, 730, 611, 420, 434, 932, 433, 819 and 3857.) Quite generous in stitch count, it measures 443 x 257 -- so about 25 x 14 on 36ct!!!!
It features a super-simple border and is filed with individual sampler motifs all scattered about. I'm not sure what they all mean... this is probably meant for more of a sampler expert than I am... but the cover pic is just awesome, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to offer it!
Albertine Bourgonnie 1907
Gorgeous colors and details in these motifs, it reminds me of Berlin Woolwork. In the same style as our Anais Curveur 1896 sampler, this has an intricate rose border, songbirds on their branches, and a cat and dog motif. The central picture features a castle tower high on a hill overlooking and along side a river -- a small boat is sailing by the staircase that leads up to the tower.
Charted for Retors du Nord from France or DMC cotton, there are 24 different colors in this 345 x 247 piece. Approx 19 x 14 on 36ct!
G. Leger 1898
Oh, this is a sampler that has floated through our front doors that I think is lovely! By Relets de Soie, it is an elegant alphabet piece that has several cool motifs near the bottom, along with a stunning farmhouse pastoral scene. Choose whatever fabric you like -- the model pic is heavily distressed, so keep that in mind when choosing.
The stitch count is 307 x 240 -- so approx 17 x 13 on 36ct -- and it is charted for either silk, DMC or Gentle Art Sampler Threads. You'll need multiple skeins of Weathered Barn, Liberty, Old Red Paint, Caramel Corn, Vintage Lave, Brethren Blue, Green Apple, Wood Rose and Buttermilk... there are 18 different shades in all in here. I love the flow of the letters, and I am totally enamored with that beautiful red cottage on there!
More Elegant Beaded Cushions and Cases
We are enchanted with these gorgeous stitched pieces! Presented as charts, each is worked ONLY in beads on 35ct linen with half a stitch and one strand of floss! No thread changing, only half the stitch... each 'stitch' is a tiny Japanese glass bead that glistens and reflects the light. The patterns come with all the beads numbered and sorted in individual bags.
All of these kits are absolutely intoxicating to open up and describe for you... I am at home tonight writing these words, and NONE of these kits are going back to the shop... I HAVE to stitch models!!!!!
- Comme un Bijou features 4 matching designs that each finish a mere 1 x 3 inches in size!!!!! The background is not worked on them. Finish them flat as bookmarks, padded as small cushions, frame them, they'd make stunning doilies of some sort, stitch them and stick them away in a drawer... ANYTHING you want!!! The bronze and 24K beads are just amazingly beautiful!!! You'll want about a 6 x 9 piece of linen for each of these -- choose your color as the background will show.
- Le Bal d Hortense is shown finished into a small jewelry pocket. It is solid stitched beading, and this piece features a beaded fringe that you really can't see in the picture. The little bags of beads are really stuffed full in here!!!!!! Antique Bronze, 24K gold, all the white and a gorgeous metallic gunmetal, this piece finishes only 3 x 3!
Le Bal d' Anastasie
One of my most favorite, this one seems to have two distinct halves -- the top one is worked with white, aqua blues, two shades of pink, deep purple and brilliant greens. The bottom section features a rich red background with golden roses and more of the blue beads.
Its stitch count is 100 x 126, so it measures approx 6 x 6-1/2 in size. I'm suggesting a white background fabric.
Souvenir d' Amitie
This one features a deep plum background around the rose and green floral ring, with rich champagne/cream in the center area. The gold in the center of the flowers is gold metallic, and this design will finish approx 5 x 6 in size.
We suggest lambswool linen -- something creamier than white because of the champagne background.
Mes Precieux Ciseaux
I think this says precious scissors... but I think the fob is precious!!! With a stitch count of only 39 x 39, this two-sided fob will finish a bit over two inches in size! Assemble it into 2 fobs, or make yours beaded on both sides. (So choose one or two cuts of linen below)
The bead colors are a deep grape, rosy-champagne, kind of a dark denim-y blue, a medium, multi-colored green and some white.
Tresor de Victorine
Oh this is pretty -- it features a crystal white background decorated with purple-y blue scrolls. It surrounds a multi-colored denim medallion that has cinnamon and honey accents. The colors in these are so hard to describe because none of the beads are SOLID of one color. They all have a million different glisteny colors in them... I think that is what makes all of these so pretty.
This case -- or whatever you want it to be -- measures 61 x 91 in size, so it will finish approx 3-1/2 x 5 on the 35/36ct Linen.
Tresor d' Elizabeth
This one is pretty -- it doesn't have a solid beaded background like the rest of the designs do -- so you may want a creme or white linen for this one, as opposed to the Lambswool color. Whatever you use, it HAS to be either 35 or 36ct. The case is approx 50 x 80 which is about 3 x 5. The biscornu (which doesn't HAVE to be a biscornu!) is 50 x 50 -- 3 x 3-ish and the little fob is just 30 x 36 -- 2 x 2.
The colors in this range from gold metallic, to pinks and lavenders, with a tiny bit of brilliant purple and blue -- not much of that. Lots of finishing possibilities for this set! If you are going to do all three pieces -- get a separate piece 9 x 9 for each of them -- Cream or White, they run $5.67 each.
Tresor de Clemence
Oh... this one features that crystal-white background with rose-champagne, crystal pink and metallic plum bead stylized flowers tucked inside a dusty denim-blue border. Sounds strange but the colors of beads are really pretty together.
This one measures just 67 x 91 stitches -- so 4 x 5-ish on the 35/36ct.
De Rouge et d' Or
Brilliant silver-lined red beads, antiqued gold metallic, shiny gold metallic, the crystal-white background and super-antiqued bronze beads... this one is small but super-elegant! The bigger cushion that is tucked inside a china tea-cup (use your grandmother's china!!!) measures just 43 x 43 -- 2-1/2 inches in size!
The smaller piece is only 29 x 29 -- that is just 1-1/2 inches in size! The red and golds together in this one are stunning! Get a 9 x 9 cut for each piece.
Beaded Scissor Cases
Oh My GOSH... these are STUNNING! Reflets de Soie of France brings us these gorgeous designs that are stitched with beads (but can be worked with thread), and made into the scissor cases shown, (or petite framed pieces). Offered as charts, each comes WITH tiny, tiny Japanese glass beads to completely cover the design -- no thread -- ONLY beads! They are sorted, labeled and attached to pretty little cards. Requiring 35ct linen (any other count will not fit the beads perfectly), use one strand of thread over two linen threads with a 1/2 cross for the bead.
Tresor de Blanche has a stitch count of 51 x 83, will finish a bit smaller than 3 x 5, and includes 8 different colors of glass Japanese beads. One of the colors is a true 24 Karat Gold!!!!!!, so this one is more expensive than the other.
Tresor de Eugenie features 12 different bead colors, and finishes a little over 3 x 5. So lovely and elegant, these are an absolute MUST for a treasured pair of scissors! Instructions are printed in French and English.
A lovely Spot Motif sampler measuring 405 x 405 stitches, this is worked entirely in cross stitch with DMC floss or silks in browns, raspberries and rich greens. The chart is clear... it's just very lightly printed on its paper, and she has the entire piece broken up onto 8 x 11-1/2 inch sheets of paper, printed on both sides! Kind of a graphing nightmare! So... a bit of an organizational mess... the finished piece is most likely stunning!!! Offered as the chart.
Jeu de Points
Oh, this is a Super-Study in Blackwork and Satin Blocks! By Reflets de Soie, I just fallen in love with this! Offered as a chart, this is worked in one color (really your choice) on any count and color of linen you wish. It has a stitch count of 245 x 246... so would finish approx 13-1/2 inches on 36ct.
What is enchanting about it are the 49 individual blocks of different Pattern Darning and Satin stitches. All of them are only 29 x 29 stitches in size, but each is full of their own individual geometric pattern. It looks quite intimidating... but when you look at each little section -- there's nothing to it! You could even think about adding bead embellishments to this!
Abecedaire aux fleurs
An alphabet of flowers... check out the border on this!!! Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 20 inches square on 32ct -- stitch count is 317 square.
Coded for DMC (32 different shades) or Soie d' Alger it is just the prettiest thing. You can see some of the bundles of flowers across the middle rows.
All of you Berlin Woolwork and antique sampler lovers will appreciate this gorgeous design by Relects de Soie. Even the plain chart is so fun to look at -- I just want to devour it all NOW!!!!! Charted for Soie d' Alger or DMC floss -- 64 different colors -- the stitch count of this is 345 x 436 so it'll finish approx 19 x 24 even on 36ct linen! The top portion is full of traditional Berlin Woolwork motifs all worked in Cross Stitch -- the alphabet is eyelets, I believe. (Instructions are in French... but easy to translate on-line.)
The 18 bottom sections are all Bargello and some special stitches -- these are all charted in different colors so you can tell the thread color placements. Just lovely...!
Stephanie Desmidt 1844
A gorgeous antique sampler that displays your Pattern Darning talents, this is worked in 6 different floss or silk shades. You can choose any colorway -- this one uses Ecru, 951, 3864, 407, 632 and 3859 -- so use those colors as a changing guide if you want!
The stitch count is 222 x 175, with everything being Cross Stitch until you get to the little sampler blocks of all the different patterns of darning stitches. It companions the Alberine Guiraud Sampler we have that is worked in blues. Such a beautiful piece originally stitched in 1844, it is offered as a chart.
Broderie Russe 1881
Oh this is neat... it is a collection of borders and motifs from the 1800's! 17 Pages covered with 223 different designs... you can do anything with these!!!
Choose pretty colors, and put in neat stitches, use them to decorate ANYTHING... maybe an original sampler from your head??? Just a nice collection of authentic designs for your library.
Heloise Cornu 1896
This has a stitch count of 283 x 320 so it will finish approx 18 x 20 on 32ct -- which is quite generous. Charted for Soie 'd Alger or DMC it uses 523 and 3051 greens, 407 and 632 browns and 3727 and 3726 pinks.
ONLY six colors in this entire thing... something hand-dyed would translate beautfiully.
Anais Curveur 1896
This one is incredible! It features the most lavish floral border I have ever seen... and all the motifs, animals and main scene are all as detailed as a painting. Its stitch count is a huge 339 x 402 and I can tell it is worked on an ecru fabric. There are 26 different DMC or Sajou silks listed in the key -- I am enchanted with the European feel of this.
I'll never get to stitching it... maybe I'll frame the picture on the front of the chart!!!! (But I could finish the floral basket in the middle on the left!) Absolutely stunning!
Alberine Guiraud 1887
Wow... this is a neat one! Two colors of blue -- 931 and 3750 -- Woad Dye Colors -- (I think that's how you spell that gorgeous indigo blue French dye). This features a lovely alphabet -- can you see how the blue color changes in it???
The panels along the bottom are all different Pattern Darning! The fringe on the tops and bottoms are your thread ends -- you are literally darning over and under the linen threads in different patterns for each block! The last section in a mini band sampler of specialty stitches. The stitch count on this is 271 x 199 -- just a gorgeous piece!