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Seasonal Cross Stitch Treats from The Silver Needle

 Spring


There are so many wonderful designs available that celebrate every season and occasion under the sun... so we thought it'd be fun to collect a few of them, and organize them for you on a set of Holiday/Seasonal Pages. I'm a "seasons" nut... so we'll be adding to these all the time! We have so many other projects and ideas in the shop, and elsewhere on the site, but this is a fun way to show you just a few ..... ENJOY!

Autumn Cross Stitch Designs
Spring and Easter Designs
Christmas and Winter
Patriotic and Summer


Happy Camper from Imaginating - click to see more Happy Camper from Imaginating
Isn't this THE CUTEST little camper???? Talk about fun Tiny Houses -- wouldn't you love to stitch in this -- even if it was parked in your driveway??? You could pull it to all your stitching events during the year, and save on hotel fees! Imaginating published this leaflet and I think it is just charming.

Approx 7 x 9 on 14/28ct, all DMC floss and just plain X's... it's super busy in color and design, and just makes me smile. *Home is Where We Park It!* I'm thinking every RV in existance needs this as decor!!!


Easter Egg Hunt Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more

Easter Egg Hunt Sampler
from The Victoria Sampler
Here is another of Thea's cute skinny band samplers for the Holidays. She begins with the sleepy town at the top, the Spring gardens of flowers -- I think the Easter Bunny is making an appearance in the center row, and finally the children hunting for their precious eggs!

Stitched on 28ct Ice Blue Cashel Linen, with tons of colorful silks and a few petite seed beads, this finishes approx 3 x 17.

A companion to The Trick or Treat and Happy New Year Samplers, you get lots of specialty stitches in here -- all in that 3-inches!!! Offered as the leaflet with thread pack separately.

Spring in the Meadow by Just Nan -- click to see more! Spring in the Meadow from Just Nan
OHHH... this is the first in a 4-part series by Just Nan. A lovely spring garden full of busy-ness! It stitches to 4-3/4 inches square and can be framed, but Nan has folded the corners in to make a pretty little case! Each of the four corners features a different color scheme and garden flowers and animals - can you see the rabbits and the bird? The Sheep is easier to spot!

Stitched on 32ct Natural linen with DMC flosses, there are lavender and light blue bead embellishments and one of Nan's hand-painted violet charms to dress the center. You can see a gorgeous bouquet of violets inside here... our charts WILL COME WITH THAT while they last!!! (They were very limited -- but I made sure our first shipment had one bouquet charm for every design!!!)

So, framed, this will be 4-3/4 inches in size. Folded into the case it'll be a bit smaller. We are beginning an auto-ship to make sure you get the other three seasons as they are released!!! Charts on auto will ship with fabric, and any extra-special charm that is a limited offering for them!

Bluebird Tweet by Just Nan -- click to see more! Bluebird Tweet from Just Nan
Another darling Just Nan ornament... this little Spring Guy is stitched on 32ct Little Boy Blue Belfast in just bits of DMC floss. He comes with wire legs too! *...a swirly tail, twisted wire legs and a berry in his beak. He can hang by his tail but prefers to stand on his cute little legs. We provide the wires and instructions to make the legs, plus the gold tail, beads, felt for the beak and a burgundy pearl 'berry'.*

Finishing a mere 3-1/2 x 2, remember stitching gets folded in half... so he's less than 2 x 2! He IS on our Just Nan Ornament Auto-Ship... so if you are on that program, your's will be in the mail as soon as we receive him -- which should be next week!!

Spring Greetings Bouquet from With Thy Needle & Thread -- click to se lots more Spring Greetings Bouquet from With Thy Needle & Thread
Your little bunny-in-the-basket is stitched on 32ct Weeks Beige Linen with Palomino, Woodrose, Mountain Mist, Endive, Otter Creek, Wheat Fields and Eggshell hand-dyed flosses. Butterfly is over one, French Knots for the lavender buds. See how pretty a few of our black matte Mourning Pins look poked in here? We have old Fashioned Pear-shaped Safety pins as well... Anyway, the edging is a torn strip of blue and white ticking that is TACKED on around the edges!!!

Such a cool look! The bow on there is a super-duper beeswaxed piece of thread... we have some darling waxers by Noteworthy Needle now to use for this!

The Spring Bird by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more
The Spring Bird
from Jeannette Douglas
OHHH... the first of the 4 seasons in birds... this is stitched on 36ct Flax Linen with 10 spectacular Spring shades of different hand-dyed and solid silks! Finishing approx 3-1/2 inches square, Jeannette has packed Milanese, Cashmere, Mosaic, Smryna, Rice, Algerian Eyelet and Rice stitches in here, along with Cross Stitches. The border features sparkly glass seed beads as embellishment.

REALLY, REALLY a cute little piece... tuck this amidst a few of your spring-y colored Patterned Pretty pin cushions!!! Offered as the chart separate from the silks. We'll Auto-ship the rest of these! I don't know how long it'll take to release them... but they are going to be such a neat set!

OOH, the Newest goodies from LIZZIE*KATE!
We come home from Market with more cute kits -- little bitties to stitch!
Lizzie Kate's Farm Fob Lizzie Kate's Buzz Buzz...
I LOVE the colors of this!!! BUZZ is stitched on a bright-acid-green hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus. The black box at the bottom accents the golden honey colors of the hive and the hot pink flowers that you see garnished with a pair of mother-of-pearl shell buttons. Of course the busy bee is buzzing along, too! The colors on this POP! The black and white polka dot finishing treatment is simple -- the pink rik rak is a Wright's trim stock color that Hobby Lobby sells. That combo of the black, pink and green is a knock-out -- only second to your darling stitching which finishes a mere 2 x 3-1/2. Package includes the cute chart, awesome fabric and pearl buttons.

Farm Fob
Time for a little barnyard fun with this two-sided fob. Stitched on various neutral fabrics found during the move of the *Corporate Offices of Lizzie Kate* to a new and improved location... Farm Fob comes with some brown bead embellishments and some mangy-pea-green rick rak trim. The little animals and flowers in this are cute, and that trim is just the most fun color to accent it all!!! Just a sweet small design, it'd be a cute pin cushion as well... and could even welcome some cute buttons from your stash.


Bloom in Your Own Time from SamSarah Design Studio Bloom in Your Own Time
from SamSarah Design Studio
SamSarah Studio has released a cute new design -- to celebrate uniqueness! Stitched on 30ct Natural linen with 6 shades of hand-dyeds from your stash -- or 11 different solid DMC shades, this little wildflower blooms to approx 5 x 5.

Finished into a simple hanging, the chart comes with the cut of linen, a few teeny buttons, and that twisted wire and wood dowel hanger hardware. The stitch details in the petals are giant Rhodes Stitches that go over 16 threads, so they are 1/2 an inch in finished size!!! Very Cute and uplifting.


The Busy Easter Bunny from The Sweetheart Tree - click to see more The Busy Easter Bunny from The Sweetheart Tree
The Sweetheart Tree has been preparing for our upcoming Spring Wholesale Trade Show at the end of the month... and sent SNEAK PREVIEWS of her new things. NONE of this is due for several weeks... but I thought I'd tuck them onto her inside pages to let you see it all and learn some details.

The Busy Easter Bunny will be a Special Edition Mini Kit for her select group of Auto-Ship shops. We will have *some* and when they are sold out... they will be retired! Stitched on 28ct Buttermilk Linen -- a pale yellow -- this little guy is tending his garden of decorated eggs he'll need for his big day! Along with the chart, fabric, flosses and beads it includes a sterling charm too. (there is a carrot in the pic... but I know Ms Sandy has some other cute ones ready).

Our Mona did the rouched ribbon finishing treatment on the model -- so if you've ever taken one of Mona's classes -- you're an expert at that!
Click on the link to see the rest of Sandy's newest offering, due in the shop early March!

Mill Hill Spring Bouquet 2015 - click for more
Mill Hill Spring Bouquet 2015
The newest selection of Springtime-themed mini bead kits by Mill Hill for 2015 is here. A new pair of eggs to go with the other 4 from previous years, a new butterfly (there is a gorgeous monarch from a few seasons ago -- make the pair! and ladybug -- these all look cute as plant pokes.

Each design is presented in small bead kit format -- the 14ct perforated paper, Mill Hill glass beads and DMC floss. These come with a magnet for their backings, so find something metal in your laundry room, sunroom, pantry, office, kitchen... that needs a bit of brightening up! Each finishes approx 2-3/4 inches in size... really fun to do.

Mill Hill Spring 2015 Button & Bead Kits - click for more
Mill Hill Spring 2015 Button & Bead Kits
This season's set of designs -- this has to be at least the 25th year for these kits -- they are always fun to see! Offered as complete kits of 14ct perforated paper with Mill Hill glass beads and tons of flosses and a ceramic button embellishment, they are an awesome value because everything is there... and they always use tons of colors of beads and thread.
  • MOM -- Get this for a beginning stitcher you know -- she can get it finished before Mother's Day!
  • Bridal Shoppe -- We have a MILLION different shops in this series -- both Christmas-themed, and some with a more Springtime flavor. Tea Room, Flower Shop, Pet Shoppe and an Ice Cream Parlour... not to mention all the Christmas ones!
  • Spring Robins -- Just a pretty Springtime decoration!
  • Window Box -- Something to perch on your kitchen windowsill...
  • Winged Monarch -- What a punch of color! (The smaller individual monarch is from the 2012 mini kits -- check it out too.)
  • Egg Hunt -- We like this one! a 'Retro' feel, bold graphics and color, this would be neat finished into a cube stand-up or something flat perched on an easel.

Domes of Easter from The Trilogy - click to see more Domes of Easter from The Trilogy
Trilogy has a new leaflet that presents several stitching options to the same set of designs. *Bunnies hopping, bonnets abound, jelly beans, chicks, eggs rolling on the ground.*

You can stitch just that verse, or interrupt it with three of the four little dome-shaped designs provided. The larger pieces are 3-1/2 x 8-1/2... the smaller domes are approx 30 x 40 stitches. The leaflet comes with bits of icy lavender bead embellishments and a brass flower charm. A cute piece, add it to your stitching schedule for next Easter!

Clover of Clovers from Bent Creek - click for more
Clover of Clovers from Bent Creek
Just like Heart of Hearts, the name tells you a lot with this piece! Offered as a kit of 18ct Natural Linen with #5 Pearl Cottons to stitch the little guy and his shamrock, he's only 50 x 50 stitches.

He'll finish 5-1/2 inches square -- don't forget to add his pot 'o gold nuggets!!!

Three Bunnies Pick from Dames of the Needle - click for more
Three Bunnies Pick
from Dames of the Needle
Isn't this cute? I LOVE the soft bunnies all lined up, with the long and loose backstitches. Stitched on Week's 30ct Baby's Breath Linen, this is precious!

Stitch count of only 50 x 50, the plant pick is a nice finishing idea to show off your stitching. Offered as a small chart.

Pretty Peas - The Sewing Case and Beaded Scissor Fob from Fern Ridge - click to see more Pretty Peas - The Sewing Case and Beaded Scissor Fob from Fern Ridge - click to see more Pretty Peas - The Sewing Case and Beaded Scissor Fob
from Fern Ridge Collections
Oh... I took a class at Market and MADE this little beaded fob!!!!!!!!!! Those Fern Ridge Gals are way too happy and have so much fun with their designs and kits... we had such a fun afternoon! Pretty Peas -- The Fob -- is a Peyote Stitch piece -- actually very basic and small in size. You see that pea vine on there -- that's tacked on after the basic beading is finished. Then, that lavish trim... just cool beads all strung together zip-zap! Their complete kit contains ALL the cool beads and charms, the threads, the findings, everything!

The matching stitched Pretty Peas Sewing Case is DARLING! Stitched on Week's 30ct Parchment linen, the complete kit is a treasure-package of hand-dyed silk ribbons and threads, and the embellishments include a little bit of wood, pea beads, Delica beads, CHARMING mother-of-pearl flower buttons, bone thread winders, and even a pea pod charm that matches the one on the fob. I love the bright colors, and I'm so proud of my little fob!

A Little Easter from Lizzie*Kate - click for more A Little Easter
from Lizzie*Kate
Here's a sweet design -- 32ct Antique White Linen, a small smattering of pink seed beads, and lots of 'Chick Charm' -- Stitch this 3 x 4 piece for a quick seasonal decoration. The carrots are cute, colors are fresh and fun, lots of Lizzie Kate personality!

Offered as the chart with fabric, beads and button embellishment.

Mill Hill's Spring 2012 Buttons & Bead Kits - click for more
Spring 2012 Buttons & Beads from Mill Hill
Mill Hill presents their Spring 2012 Button & Bead Kits! If you've ever seen our shop display, or visited one of our booths at a show, you know how much we love these projects!!! Always offered as complete kits loaded with floss and beads -- we always take out the perf paper and stitch our models on aida or linen! They just glisten, and catch the eye.

Live Simply is a colorful, summery scene, I picture it in a kitchen, or maybe hanging in the hallway near the back door and all the jackets and keys -- kind of a reminder of what to do when you leave the house! Love 2 shop -- *don't know a soul* that this fits!!! Millinery shoppe -- this is another in the Main Street Shops and Churches Series of designs. Along with all the (think there are 18!) Christmas Village houses, we have a Flower Shop, a Needlework Shoppe, a bakery... these look cool finished into little standing blocks -- to make your stitched village!

Stitch in Time is BY FAR my personal favorite this time around! I know THOUSANDS of people that this fits!!!!!!!! Luck of the Irish is strikingly gold and green -- very vibrant in color, and Home Run is a sports-fanatic's dream! It companions the Football design from last season -- very classy in design and color. All of these finish approx 5 x 5 on a 14/28ct. You can use 14 aida or 28ct linen, or the 14ct perforated paper that comes in the kits. A nice selection this year -- check out the smaller 3 x 3 ornament-sized kits -- they all coordinate with these!

Spring Bouquet 2012 from Mill Hill - click for more
Spring Bouquet 2012 from Mill Hill
Mill Hill's 3 x 3 ornament-sized kits, these work well for fridge magnets, little pins to wear, and of course, ornaments! Lion Heart should appeal to all the International Lions Club members world wide! Rubber Ducky would make a darling bathroom decoration or cute package tie for a baby gift. Baseball Mitt matches that cool Home Run larger kit. Tomato Pincushion is my favorite -- again -- tie it around the strap of your stitching tote!!! Monarch Butterfly is just plain gorgeous -- put a suction cup on the back and stick it to your kitchen window. Firecracker is a cute summer decoration -- might be fun as a plant poke!

All are offered as complete kits of 14ct paper, flosses, beads, chart and needles. A GREAT BARGAIN because there is a lot of thread and bead product in them... we've been carrying these for over 15 years... just love 'em!

Mother Hens from Filigram - click to see more Mother Hens from FiligramWhat an awesomely contemporary and endearing scene! A trio of concerned Mama Hens are tending to their little chicks who are playing in the garden. A pretty, relaxed, loose design style, this looks young and fresh.

Charted for DMC or Gentle Art Sampler Threads, it has a stitch count of 151 x 105, so will finish approx 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct. Very classy!
Don't miss the other two new designs, shown below.

Summer Vegetables from Filigram - click to see more Spring Vegetables from Filigram - click to see more Spring & Summer Vegetables from FiligramI love these matching seasonal garden scenes! The picket fence that surrounds everything, all the neat and tended rows, the yummy fruits and vegetables, the shovels, spades, rakes and watering cans, and those darling scarecrows -- they rule the gardens!

Very well done with lots of cute motifs that are very recognizable, the charts are printed in color. Coded for Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC flosses, these finish approx 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct.

Eggs Ala Round  from Glendon Place - click to see more Eggs Ala Round from Glendon Place
Wow... you won't want to hide these eggs before Easter! Glendon Place has outdone herself with this colorful medley of beautifully decorated eggs! Eggs Ala Round features 16 different eggs -- all coded for 45 different DMC or Anchor flosses, 9 metallic #4 braids, and 12 colors of Mill Hill beads and even Gentle Art's Spring Grass hand-dyed floss for the greenery.

Finishing approx 13 inches round on 28ct linen, I think what makes this piece so incredible is that almost all the eggs are designed on a diagonal, which is really hard to do! So many different stripes and spots, each little egg is charming just by itself! Wouldn't they be pretty stitched (even on several different colors of linens) and finished into egg shapes, and all tucked into a basket of Easter Grass? The larger eggs all measure approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 while the smaller ones run a bit over 1 x 1-1/2 inches. Just pretty, pretty, pretty! Offered as a leaflet.

Love is -- click for more Love is from Shepherd's Bush
Love is Where you Plant it! Teri's newest design this is a spring garden full of happy, cheerful wildflowers. Stitched on 28ct Antique White linen, (28ct Lugana or 14ct Aida would be great with this, too) it is coded for overdyed flosses or DMC's -- your choice. Finishing approx 8 x 12, it features a smattering of Just Another Button Company buttons, little bees, bugs and flowers.

You'll notice that this companions with her newest Tiny Garden Scissor Fob and her little Free-Bee bumble bee charm along with it's freebie pin cushion design! A super-colorful, *quick stitch!*

Harried Hare from SamSarah Design Studio - click for more Harried Hare
from SamSarah Design Studio
Oh my gosh.. this is so cute! Bunnies dashing with their carts of carrots seem to be the Springtime theme this year, and this one looks to be quite a confident driver! Harried Hare finishes approx 10 x 4 on Weeks 30ct Baby's Breath Linen. The cart of eggs is totally colorful, but what makes the whole leaflet are those STITCHED and STUFFED carrots! They are stitched on hand-dyed Weeks 28ct Scuppernong Gingham Linen. You can see the wavy green tops... that is the left-over un-stitched fabric that you have cut in a curvy shape and button-hole stitched around the edges to make it wave.

It is such a cool finishing idea -- Patti has great finishing instructions and actual stitch and fabric photos on the back page of the leaflet, so you'll totally understand what to do! (Flipping the center carrot upside down on the linen will save fabric -- but you can always purchase more than I estimate here.) So different, so *artsy-fartsy*, (spell checker doesn't like that word!), all is stitched in a medley of pretty hand-dyed cottons, you could always add embellishments if you like!

Have Carrots... Will travel! from The Workbasket - click to see more Have Carrots... Will travel!
from The WorkbasketWe fell in love with this design at Market... SUCH a fun piece! Check out that dashing rabbit.. he's going at least 50 miles per hour! And... check out the carrots on the Carrot Express Wagon... I'd be rushing to stash these babies as fast as I could, too, because they're so plump and deliciously knarley! The greens are all Rhodes Stitches of green -- so they're all little bumps on here -- an awesome texture treatment! (pattern doesn't tell you to do that, but I remember the model and you can kind of see some different detail in the cover pic.)

Design is stitched in one strand of Belle Soie Silk on hand-dyed 28ct Week's Blue Jeans Gingham Linen, so neat, this finishes an impressive 8 x 14. (Easy for us to convert to Crescent Colours cottons, if you'd rather, and gentle on the budget at approx $18... but I'd get an extra ecru and orange... so maybe $22.50!)

Easter Bits from Erica Michaels - click for more St Patrick's Bits from Erica Michaels - click for more St Patrick's & Easter Bits
from Erica Michaels
Erica Michaels has outdone herself again... with 4 new 40ct silk gauze designs... here are just 2! Teeny-Weeny Easter and St Pats finish approx 1-1/2 x 2... and are stitched with only a HALF a Cross Stitch, with ONE strand of floss. Just like stitching 'over one' on linen... the gauze is actually thinner than linen, so the holes are twice the size. Doesn't seem to make sense, but trust me!

Darling little designs, each is offered as the chart with bitty gauze cut. They mount into Olde Colonial's miniature frames -- we have every single one -- so your tiny masterpieces WILL turn out like these! (3 Days before Market, we had Linda's Easter model in the shop. I LOST it... and it was re-stitched in 11 hours... in time to show at Market! Lesson learned... these are exquisitely tiny... but very stitchable!!!
Easter Surprise Photobooth from Bent Creek - click for more
Easter Surprise Photobooth
from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has lots of new releases... this Photobooth design is only one of half a dozen! **(Click these links to see the rest; we have charts and two kits to show.)** First photo pic... the magician is going to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Second pic... ta-da... the bunny! Third pic... what's this? A pair of white ears? Pic #4... out comes a little chick dressed up like a bunny!

Very cute, this is offered as the chart and includes a cut of 32ct Belfast.
You'll need bits of thread from your stash for this quick holiday decoration!

A Moment to Cherish from Heaven and Earth - click for more A Moment to Cherish
from Heaven and Earth
By Jane Wooster Scott... a Springtime American Folk Art landscape scene... look closely, this is actually a wedding scene! Check out the hot air balloon, and the wedding party below!

Charted by Heaven and Earth, this measures a whopping 450 x 561 in stitch count -- not for the weak-of-stitcher - or a busy mother-of-the-bride!!!! A classic piece of American Folk Art!

Jour de Marche from Madame la Fee - click to see more Jour de Marche
from Madame La Fee
Market Day! A medley of all the good things you find at the morning market!

Lovely, generic kitchen piece, the red gingham ribbon running across the chart is included, along with a brass pear charm! 190 x 189 stitch count.


Autumn Biscornu Stacker by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Spring Biscornu Stacker by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Jeannette Douglas has LOTS of new releases... we're featuring a few of them on Just Arrived... but MAKE SURE to visit her page to see all the rest!
Spring and Autumn Biscornu Stackers from Jeannette DouglasThis is a NEAT set of Biscornu Trios... stitch each one, and then tie them together with a flourish... to present a charming tower of tuffets! Offered in 5 x 9 mini-leaflet format, each includes a bit of hand-dyed Gloriana silk and some teeny button embellishments, the ribbon tying all together is not included.

Autumn Stackers features great specialty stitches, some teeny acorn and squirrel motifs, tiny teal, butterscotch or rose mini-button embellishments, and along with DMC flosses from your stash, you'll love the 'Fallen Leaves' Gloriana hand-dyed silk! Find some fancy ribbon or wild yard to tie all together, remember, that is not included. (but what fun to shop for!!!)

Spring Stackers features birds and rabbits, more cool stitch options, it's buttons are dusty denims, rose and moss, and the Gloriana Silk included is a soft green medley named 'Winter Brook.' Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Linen, each cushion is stitched on both sides, and finishes approx 2 x 2. Petite & Precious, I just love 'em! (6 Cuts of 9 x 9 linen for each booklet offers 3-inches around each piece... that's a fat quarter of fabric. So ONE fat quarter per leaflet. If you are *clever and careful*... you can arrange your pieces differently to economize fabric... only an inch or two between each piece, and can get BOTH leaflets out of one fat quarter.

Lucky Sheep from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Lucky Sheep
from Shepherd's BushOhhh... another of Tina and Terri's tiny sheep... all dressed up... and waiting to go somewhere special! Lucky Sheep is adorned with your personal luck in mind. (we have casinos in Oklahoma... wonder if I should take the model along with me to one of them!?)

Just a small 4 x 4 thing... always cute, he is a companion to something like 12 other little sheep who are busy wishing you Happy Birthday and things like that! Lucky's other companions are all on our SB pages! All are complete kits of linen, flosses and really cute hand-made clay embellishments... made for each one of them!

Winter Snows and Spring Blooms from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Winter Snows and Spring Blooms
from Shepherd's BushTwo more 3 x 3 window-pane designs that are stitched on 28ct Newport Linen in shades of Crescent, Weeks, and Gentle Art overdyed flosses. Both are the same size as quite a few of SB's windowpane designs... and these two have new hand-made button embellishments as well.

Always a face... did you notice that? We have a Santa, Snowman, Frankenstein... and now a Snowgirl (but a sheep -- and he's not a face!!! -- my observation is wrong -- so just ignore me!) Get the charts... and stitch away! Spring is on Antique White with soft blue stripes, and Winter is on Antique Tan with cream stripes. Both are offered as single charts with buttons available separately.

Jardin d'ete from The Tralala Collection -- click to see more
Jardin d'ete
from The Tralala Collection
Garden of Summer! Wouldn't you love to have strawberries growing like that in your garden?

Stitch count of 85 x 148, it is a companion to the Spring Garden piece.

March Expressions Kit from Pine Mountain -- click to see more March Expressions!
from Pine Mountain Designs

Pine Mountain has a few new designs... her March Expressions is a medley of bright lemon-y yellows and lime-y greens... breezy, luck, kites flying... they're all in her 5 x 5 cross-stitched design area. The pillow fabrics are awesome, so cheerful and bright! It comes as the ready-made sham with the pretty organza ribbons that you simply tie around the stuffer form (available separately) when you're finished.

Dog's Day Out from Crossed Wing Collection - click for more Dog's Day Out from Crossed Wing Collection
Crossed Wing has a fun new piece available... it's a day-trip to the Dog Park! The luscious trees -- complete with a squirrel and a few birds for entertainment -- provide shade for all the darling dogs below. Actually quite large, this is stitched on Crossed Wing's exclusive hand-painted 28ct linen that is specially colored for THIS piece! It starts with gentle greens at the bottom, and changes to blue skies at the top!

Your piece WILL look like the pic, with the green behind the dogs and the blue sky! Finishing approx 11 x 22-1/2, this is stitched in DMC flosses, along with some Week's Dye Works, as well. You could always go thru your Crossed Wing stash of designs and add more birds or a dog or two to this, too! Perfect for a Vet's Office!!! Offered as the chart, with linen separately.

Little Bit O' Spring from Erica Michaels -- click to see more Little Bit O' Spring from Erica Michaels
A colorful garden of Springtime flowers lined up in the Spring sunshine... 11 colors of Crescent's hand-dyed flosses are needed to stitch this tiny 1 x 2 inch wonder! Worked in half crosses (only the first stitch of an X) these really do stitch quickly!

Offered as the chart with 40ct silk gauze, you CAN stitch these on any other fabric as well -- because, remember, you do have the chart! Summer is due out in a few weeks, which will complete the 4-Seasons set.

March is Breezy Flange Pillow Kit from Pine Mountain Designs - click to see more Friends Listen Kit from Pine Mountain Designs - click to see more Be Hoppy Kit from Pine Mountain Designs - click to see more Spring Fling Kit from Pine Mountain Designs - click to see more
Springtime Pillows from Pine Mountain Designs
Sandy has released 4 new pillow kits -- one in each of her current styles -- and they're ALL cute! March's Flange features AWESOME lime green, aqua and soft brown prints. Friends Listen is the latest Tie One On -- bows at each end. Be Hoppy is an Easter-themed Top Tie pillow -- bows are at the top on that one. Spring Fling has darling chicks dancing on eggs -- that one features the stitching across the top of the pillow, bow in the center.

Basically, all of these come as complete kits of the ready-hand-made fabric sham. You stuff a re-useable pillow form inside, and it's FINISHED! Allways fresh, current fabrics, pretty colors, flosses included and 10ct!!!
Click the individual images above to go directly to their section on the Pine Mountain page.

Floral Fifteen from Just Nan
Floral Fifteen from Just Nan - click to see moreLeave it to Nan to take the 'ordinary' biscornu to the next level... by adding 13 more sides!!!!! I know she wasn't a geometry major in school, but she's figured out the proportions to create an exquisite 15-sided pin cushion! Decorated with tiny motifs that are balanced, and placed to 'present well to your eye' from each of their respective angles, your 15-piece creation is just stunning!!! A vision of flowers, 13 different motifs, creating 15 different florals and medallions are stitched on 28ct Antique White and Mint Green Cashel linens in a garden rainbow of silks, each tiny section is stitched.

Once you see Nan's actual construction photographs inside the pattern, you're going to be amazed!!! Finishes approx 4 x 4 x 1-1/2... offered as the leaflet with emb pack. The charming pins you are seeing poking out of the top are *something else special* -- a new line of Nan's Charm Garden Pins! Shipment for Floral Fifteen is due Late February 2009, we're taking reservations. Check out the little pins... we have those NOW!

Dewdrop from Just Nan - click to see more Dewdrop from Just Nan
Isn't this the sweetest Springtime Easter Bunny? Quietly sitting amongst the daffodils in a garden of decorated eggs, Dewdrop is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Morris Blue hand-dyed linen in DMC flosses.

Embellished with a few tiny glass beads, there is a frosted aqua-blue flower bead that graces the bunny's neck. Dewdrop finishes approx 2-1/2 x 2-1/2.

Mini-Kits from Mill Hill - click to see more
Spring Mini-Kits from Mill Hill
This year... we have a set of 6 new magnet designs... most of them aimed at tempting you to break your diet!!! Stitch a miniature root beer float, a bucket of popcorn, a tall and frosty glass of lemonade... or go right for the banana split!!! There is a darling little flip-flop design... but we know the run-away best seller will be the festive Happy Birthday greeting!!!

Always offered in complete kits, these are such a good value. You get the chart, beads, flosses and any other called-for embellishments, along with a magnetic backing for the frig! Finishing approx 2-1/2 inches in size... I'm in love with that little banana creation!!! (Scrap book with these -- embellish your pages! The flip-flops need to grace the cover of the vacation picture album -- they'd be kind of fun stuck (forget the magnet!) onto the front of a digital picture frame! And, of course, the Happy Birthday needs to be a package tie! Always cute and quick!
Take a look at what our local Guild did for us using these kits!

Spring Snapperland!
from Bent Creek

'There are always flowers for those who want to see them!' Spring Snapperland has arrived -- a 4-part set of small charts -- it features an optional freebie border chart that fits the 4 designs together surrounding them with that wonderful quote I just mentioned! Stitched on 32ct Twilight Blue Belfast Linen in lots of overdyed goldens, oatmeals, mosses, and browns... the Spring Snapperland set has 4 small card designs. Each includes a pack of metal snaps -- the required embellishments.

Stitch each individually... or join them together within the charming border design... it features its own embellishment set that includes some clay ladybug and bee buttons, and lots more snaps.

Spring Violets from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see lots more Spring Violets
from Country Cottage
When the spring breezes blow, the violets all share, their sweet smelling scent with the birds in the air. A sweet Springtime piece... if you start it now... you'll be done in time for those blossoms! Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 6 x 13 on 28ct, and uses a mixture of Weeks and Crescent Colours Overdyeds and a few DMCs too. Very pretty, vibrant lavender and greens!

Little League from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more Little League and Little Ballerinas
from Country Cottage
Well, I have a grandson this would be perfect for... oh, if only I stitched! (No, your Weary Webmaster, writing this description in Lindy's absence, doesn't stitch... isn't that ironic?) The design has a historic flavor that reminds me of the time of the old NY Yankees... Babe Ruth and all that.
Little Ballerinas from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see moreStitched with Crescent Colours threads, it measures about 8 1/2 x 5 1/4, and comes with an alphabet so you can personalize it.
Little Ballerinas, a design for dancers and those who love them, is the same size, and also includes the alphabet. The overdyed threads used in some areas give you more dimension, don't you think?

Bellemeade from Just Nan -- click to see a larger view Bellemeade from Just Nan
Just Nan's third breathtaking seasonal manor house sampler has also arrived. I would be thrilled to live at Bellemeade, Winterhaven or Silkwood Manor... but I'm not so sure I could afford the mortgage!!! Straight from Nan's creative imagination comes this exquisite study in brilliant, rich summer color, gardens full of ripe strawberries and graceful wildflowers, morning glories and ladybugs, running rabbits and a swan swimming in the pond, and stitch after special stitch!!!

A commanding piece, Bellemeade finishes approx 9-1/2 x 13 on 30ct Cameo Shell Legacy Linen. Stitched in an incredible assortment of silks and some pretty wools, the thread assortment includes enough to stitch the tiny 3 x 3 matching needle case piece, as well. (It features that pretty swan in the pond!)

Lovely borders and motifs, the verse reads While summer days are long and sweet, with blossoms ever new, I'll show to others of my time, what clever hands can do. Offered as the chart with overdyed silk, beads and gold butterfly charm; silks and linen offered separately. I just love this!!!

Spring Button & Bead Kits from Mill Hill - click for more
Mill Hill's Spring Button & Bead Kits are here!
Six new designs this year... they kind of belong in pairs! The Country Morning Rooster and Camping In The Woods go together. Next we have two Spring Potting designs... and finally, two delicious-looking, frosty-cool green drinks!!!

Offered as complete kits, each is stitched on 14ct perforated paper (our shop models are always on 28ct linen), with loads of flosses, beads and a button or two. Finishing approx 5 x 5... I can't wait for the models to get stitched!!!

Spring Bouquet Kits from Mill Hill - click for more
Spring Bouquet Kits from Mill Hill
Here are the newest 3 x 3 ornament and pin-sized designs... I absolutely LOVE the little birds... the flower pots are colorful and go with the larger Bead and Button Kits... and I have to think about the Dream and Diva a little... but you know... this set simply offers something for everyone!

Offered as complete kits of the 14ct perforated paper, flosses, beads and a glass Treasure, as well as a pin back finding, these are a great value, and look so cute dangling from a Spring Tree branch or even the kitchen cabinet knob!

Seasons of the Trees from Rosewood Manor -- click to see a larger view
Seasons of the Trees from Rosewood Manor
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... see all the trees -- their many greens and browns -- throughout the seasons... Spring at the left... flowing into Winter at the right. Rosewood Manor's Karen Kluba has a real talent for her trees, her lacy motifs, her full, balanced, busy and intriguing designs! You can study her things over and over again, and each time, you're treated to some new little detail tucked somewhere in there! Seasons of the Trees is no different!

Offered as a leaflet, this is stitched on 28ct and measures a generous 11 x 18. Worked with regular DMC flosses... you'll use 48 of them from your stash! Her charts are huge... and best of all... in paging through the leaflet, I find 14 BONUS charts... little (and some a bit larger) take-outs from the main design that are suitable for needle books, ornaments, fobs, and mini-samplers! There is so much in here... if you like this one, check out 'And a Forest Grew' and the two Christmas Stockings -- Cranberries and Pines! Really unique, definitely worth your stitching time!

Sweetheart Tree Sparkling Shamrocks Sparkling Shamrocks from The Sweetheart Tree
Every Irish-Loving household needs this adorning its walls, tables, shelves or sills!!! So pretty... this heart-full-of-Irish-Love is stitched using lots of special stitches like Diamond Eyelets, Satins, and lots variations of both!

Green and white petite seed beads, green and white flosses and perle cottons, crystal pailettes (pronounced Pie-Yets, with the emphasis on the Yets), white Cats-Eye Luminescent heart beads and SHT's lovely sterling Shamrock charm, this is stitched on 28ct Lambswool and finishes approx 6-1/2 inches square. Very, very lacy and pretty, it should be lots of fun to stitch!

Cherry Blossoms and Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu Pincushions
from The Sweetheart Tree
Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu Pincushion -- click to see a more Cherry Blossoms Biscornu Pincushion -- click to see a moreThese are gorgeous pin cushions that match her Teenie Tweenie Scissor Fobs!!! Biscornu (pronounced bis-core-new, but I've heard it bis-corn-you, too!) refers to a shape. The shape of the these 3 x 3 cushions is almost an optical illusion. The pillow is actually constructed of two squares of material, joined together with the corners offset from each other! So, now that the finishing isn't scary anymore... you can stitch these in a jiffy and either use them as ornaments or pincushions!

Offered as a set of the chart, 32ct Opalescent Raw Belfast Linen, and a small packet of beads, pearls and corner embellishments, you supply the DMC flosses needed. Each biscornu matches a tiny scissor fob Sweetheart Tree published last year... and we do know that Sandy is planning to make more of these to match SOME of the existing fobs. (but we don't know which ones, or timing yet!) Lovely!
Lots more new from The Sweetheart Tree... click the pic!

Sweet Harmony
from Teresa Layman
Needlework accessories worked with Colonial and French Knots... this is a charming set that's done with the same technique her miniature knotted rugs are... but finished into a special set of stitching cases!!! A pastel garden of flowers surrounds this busy beehive... and I love that yellow and butterscotch checkered border that sets it all off!!! Three coordinating pieces, each of the stitched pieces is offered stamped onto the heavy ground muslin.

Complete instructions are provided for 'knotting' and finishing everything... but I'm guessing this is for a bit of an advanced stitcher and seamstress -- (I can knot, but I can't sew, so I'll send mine out for finishing!!!) The stitched areas feature knots done in one stand of floss, to create a soft looks that reminds you of miniature punch needle! Your scissor case will finish approx 2-1/4 x 3-1/2, Needlebook will measure approx 2 x 2-1/2, and the fob is a 1-1/4 x 1/2 inch oval.

Included in the package are the patterns stamped on the fabric, needles, acid-free boards for forms, ivory flannel for needlebook pages, lobster claw clasp for the fob, and instructions for everything! Absolutely exquisite... this will DEFINITELY become a treasured heirloom!!!

Sweet Harmony by Teresa Layman -- click to see lots more

Secret Shamrock from The Trilogy - click to see more Secret Shamrock from The Trilogy - click to see moreSecret Crush and Secret Shamrock
from The Trilogy
The Trilogy releases two new Secret Garden pieces... they coordinate with all 7 of the rest in this series!!! Really cute, each is offered as a kit of chart, 32ct Belfast Linen and button embellishments -- you add the floss.

Fun little 4 x 4 collages of tiny motifs, Secret Crush definitely has a top and bottom... while Shamrock and the rest have things facing every-which direction scattered throughout!

Charming, we keep finishing our shop models into stand-up cubes, because they present so well that way. Browse down the Trilogy page to see if you can spot the rest of these... Secret Snowdrift has been the favorite so far, with Flower coming in second! All are fun!

Springology by The Trilogy -- click to see a larger view Springology
The companion to Ornamentology -- a Christmas design -- this is a collection of small spring motifs that can be stitched alone or together, on big count or little! So many options, so little time!!! Available as a leaflet.





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