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Charming Arrivals by Thistles -- Direct from The Netherlands!
Liezbeth Gottshall has quite a collection of delightful Cross Stitch designs... you're going to love her things! We have a fun pumpkin curtain (!), cute baby pillows, day-of-the-week pin cushions, a multiplication table, stitched and stuffed sheep (you can make a flock of them!), a snowman penny rug, and some darling Christmas pillows! Everything is offered in chart format and stitched with Weeks and Gentle Art flosses. Unique designs, some different finishing ideas, Thistles is a new designer line for us in the shop!


Lady on the Moors from Thistles - click for a larger view My Sister is the Bester from Thistles - click for a larger view My Sister is the Bester... Than the Bestest! & Lady on the Moors
Thistles has a couple of cute charted designs that we brought home from Market last month.
  • My Sister is the Bester -- You could switch out that Sister reference to a friend... this is stitched with DMC or Sampler Threads and finishes 10-ish inches on 32ct.
  • Lady on the Moors -- (Do we have Moors in the US?) Pretty lavenders and greens in this -- DMC or Sampler Threads, it finishes approx 12 x 10 on 35ct.

Family Tree from Thistles - click for a larger view Family Tree
Liezbeth from Thistles has darling new things!!! Family Tree is the largest of them... it is really neat, too! *The roots of a family begin with the love of two hearts.* There are 10 houses surrounding that tree... and each is personalized with initials and dates of people in your family!

It looks like births, but you could start with marriages and sets of initials... if you have lots of siblings, you could choose a house for each family... skip the tree all together and just arrange the houses! I don't know, but the houses are all really cute! Coded for Sampler Threads or DMC, there are a whopping 29 different colors in here, and it finishes a commanding 25 x 13 on 32ct! Presented as a chart.


All Sheep Count from Thistles - click for a larger view

All Sheep Count
This is a cool design -- you get the charted sheep (90 x 130 stitches) underneath a tree, along with three more line drawings to do him in punch needle or wool applique... and then a general layout guide to assemble all of it into the 18 x 36-ish inch hanging quilt!

Get this pattern, study it a bit, and decide what you want your finished project to be. Lots of options, and they're all real cute!


Snowballs from Thistles - click for a larger view
Snowballs
Just a quick little guy -- he needs a little shaping -- like his snowballs!

Presented as a chart, he finishes approx 6-1/2 x 4.


Circle of Sheep from Thistles - click for a larger view Circle of Sheep
This is cool! Who knew squares could be sheep??? *Theres a white sheep in every flock!* Nine of these little guys -- all with patterns on them -- are arranged with such symetry.

Hand-dyed flosses or DMC, these finish approx 14 inches square on 32ct... I think she has used 20ct in the model pic -- so this pillow is 20 x 20!!! Really creative and contempoary... very eyecatching!


Primitive Village Roll from Thistles - click for a larger view Primitive Village Roll
Don't these houses look like those little painted wooden block houses??? Stitch this row of houses on just about any fabric you want... Liezbeth has chosen a 20ct for this -- so her pillow is 28 x 5! Actually, bigger, because she has that cool row of mismatched buttons going across the top. Very pretty, this is coded for regular DMC floss.

If you want to work it on the larger linen -- we suggest #5 Pearl Cotton -- just like the Sepherd's Bush stockings. It covers well, is super easy to use, and comes in all the good colors -- DMC OR Hand-dyed!



1521 Love Is... from Thistles - click for a larger view 1519 Snowballs from Thistles - click for a larger view 1516 All Hallows Eve from Thistles - click for a larger view
Several Cute Seasonal Designs
  • Love Is... When your differences make no difference! Well, this is pretty cute, and only one of Thistle's newest designs we have been enjoying in the shop! Offered as a chart, it'd make a cute decoration in a threapist's office!!!!! Just for fun...
  • Snowballs -- aka snowman parts!!! Choose any fabric that will let the white show up, this finishes approx 6 x 8 inches on 30ct.
  • A Tree for Me Winter -- A super-easy piece to stitch -- lots of solid area, this finishes approx 6 x 6. Again, choose your favorite fabric, maybe add some glisteny thread to the snow?
  • A Tree for Me Autumn -- Companion to Winter Tree, Lizbeth includes the finishing instructions for her little penny rug mini-mat finishing.
  • All Hallows Eve -- A skinny hanging trimmed with the 1-inch gigantic rik-rak, this is coded for Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC and finishes approx 8 x 30 on 30ct. It'd be cute with a smattering of buttons added, and some metallic in the spider web.


Lighthouses from Thistles - click for a larger view Lighthouses
You'll need a generous cut -- this finishes 22 x 22 -- of 28ct Blue Spruce Linen -- to highlight all of these lighthouses. Organized by a border of anchors and accented by the neat compass star in the center, it features lighthouses from The Netherlands and New England -- and Liesbeth has identified them all for you.

Coded for DMC as well as overdyeds, it uses 22 different colors and was really pretty in person when we saw it stitched at Market! Offered as the chart.


Sheep Herd from Thistles - click for a larger view Sheep Herd
Quite the yearly schedule for these little guys! Sheep Herd has a winter/mitten sheep, Valentines, an Easter Egg with sheep on it, sheep getting sheared in the summer, apple picking, fall rains, one being taunted by a Halloween spider and one wearing a stocking cap grazing in an evergreen forest!

With a stitch count of 211 x 259, this finishes approx 14 x 16 on 32ct. Worked with Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses, it is cute! Check out the plaid sheep at the beach in there!


Snowman in July from Thistles - click for a larger view Snowman in July
A PUNCH NEEDLE design, this is darn cute! This little guy stands about 7 inches high and is 5 inches 'fat.' He is punched in regular DMC -- white, 453, 644 and 3756.

Liezbeth suggests a JABCO sticky-outy carrot nose for him, and maybe if you're handy -- a little knitted scarf??? Offered as the line drawing you will need to transfer onto weaver's cloth.


In The Garden from Thistles - click for a larger view In The Garden
Another PUNCH NEEDLE design, this one DOESN'T HAVE the punched background! It's a delightful garden scene -- the birds are so cute -- get someone to make you that darling little tray. This is coded for either Gentle Art or DMC threads.

Offered as the line drawing you will need to transfer to Weaver's cloth.


A Tree for Me - Spring from Thistles - click for a larger view A Tree for Me - Spring
A sweet penny-rug finishing treatment on this, it is worked on Weeks 30ct Cocoa Linen with Gentle Art hand-dyeds or DMC flosses. Bunnies and Pine Trees, simple and cute.

Offered as the chart with the actual-sized penny rug finishing template.


Autumn Splendor Series from Thistles Autumn Tree from Thistles Log Cabin from Thistles Red Barn from Thistles Scarecrow from Thistles Garden Tools from Thistles Row of Pumpkins from Thistles
The Autumn Splendor Quilt Set
This is a set of 6 designs that is offered in separate chart format... but Liezbeth shows finished together into a quilt. (details are on her website.) Each is a different size, two are stitched on Olive Green Linen, and four are on Dirty. Jury is out on fabric choices... take a look at the quilt and see what you think.

You'll need overdyed flosses or DMC for everything -- it's a cute set. #1505 Tree measures 6 x 6. #1506 Log Cabin is 7-1/2 x 10-1/2. #1507 Red Barn is 12 x 7-1/2. #1508 Pumpkins finish18-1/2 x 7. #1509 Scarecrow is 6-1/2 x 7. #1510 Garden Tools measures 6 x 7.


Stitcher's Favorites from Thistles - click for a larger view Stitcher's Favorites
Spools, skeins and bobbins, buttons, pins and cushions, this 100 x 150 stitch count sampler is a perfect sampler for a 'needler!' Worked with Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC, it finishes approx 6 x 10 on 30ct.

There are so many fun things you could do with this... stitch the spools with Satin Stitches, actually loop the thread in the skeins, use actual safety pins and straight pins on here instead of stitching them, buttons are obvious, there is a tape measure on here -- maybe a bit of an old torn one would be cool -- and the little quilt could be a REAL little quilt! Just a fun piece all around, offered as a chart.


Birdhouses in my Thistles Garden from Thistles - click for a larger view Birdhouses in my Thistles Garden
Just a pair of brown wooded houses mixed in the garden of lavender and blue thistles, this finishes approx 6 x 10 on 30ct.

The model is finished into a long pincushion pillow that features just one end of coordinating fabric and several rows of trim as a neat finishing treatment. Very charming!


In Memory of Jane from Thistles - click for a larger view In Memory of Jane
Well, I don't know who Jane is... but I bet she had to learn this multiplication table... and it took her a long time to do it! Somehow or another these old tables always draw comments and are very eyecatching as needlework hanging on your wall. I guess all the numbers look daunting, until we remember that all of us learned all of this at some point, and were probably miserable during the process -- maybe like Jane?

Finishing approx 10 x 13, it is a charming table with some softly colored quilt blocks lining the sides.


Crows & Pumpkins from Thistles - click for a larger view Crows & Pumpkins
A fun medley of pumpkins, squash and crows... this displays a fun finishing idea. Each 'side' of the curtain is 80 x 185 stitches -- the design is reversed on the opposite side. (So, you only have to stitch this once if you want to make a pillow or something, and it could be 5 x 12 on 32ct.) Actually, it is finished as a curtain valance worked on 20ct linen. It features woolen hanging tabs at the top and penny-rug-flaps along the bottom for decoration.

Really, really cute, I see this hanging in a cabin kitchen window, or a tiny powder room. Worked on 20ct linen, our 18ct will work as well... it just needs to be washed and dried in the dryer to get it soft and drapy. You can use DMC or hand-dyed floss -- at least 3 stands in the needle -- or size 5 Pearl Cotton. If you choose to make the curtain... just hang it in the most charming little window you can find!


Cornelia from Thistles - click for a larger view Cornelia
Holy Sheep -- this is cute! Swirls and scallops decorate these silly square sheep -- your challenge is to find cool buttons to string for her legs and maybe a funky base for her as well. You'll need a schnigglet cut of black wool to make her face, and bits of any fabric you like to stitch her... you even choose whatever colors of thread you like. Her little legs are simply lengths of heavy thread knotted with several buttons on them, so they jiggle a lot.

If you put Cornelia on a springy base, she'll jiggle around. One of the pics on the cover features an old C-clamp as the base -- how cute to simply clamp her to the edge of a shelf or obscure table or lonely windowsill off in the corner of the room?? Offered as a chart, this is really a clever design!


The Cabinet from Thistles - click for a larger view
The Cabinet
Oh, this is full of what-nots, curiosities, toys, antiques, even a pile of fabrics, a sewing basket and tiny 'home sweet home' sampler!!! I love the part that this whole thing is stuffed full of *stuff* and then, there at the bottom is a sign that says 'Simplify!' What a fun piece!

This measures 150 x 265 stitches -- so approx 9-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches on 32ct. Lots and lots of Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC colors, this is another piece that could handle any number of bitty embellishments you have unclaimed in your stash. Liezbeth has finished this in the shape of a little piece of furniture!


Pinkeep of the Day from Thistles - click for a larger view Pinkeep of the Day
This is actually the cutest thing! You stitch a different stylized flower for each day of the week. Find that cool *Simplify* ribbon (a search on the web??). (We're back to the silliness that pin cushions for every day of the week really don't simplify your life -- but who cares?!)

Then, find a MANGY wood tray or box. LOOK at what Liezbeth has done... she's found assorted and unmatched cabinet knobs (Anthropologie has tons of cool ones... old glass, mangy metal!), screwed them into the tray and hung her cushions!! Super cool and creative! And the little flower cushions are delightful -- don't forget about them!


Strawberry Fields from Thistles - click for a larger view Strawberry Fields
Strawberry houses, strawberry vines, a jar of jam... and a few lyrics from The Beatles... this is an interesting sampler with an equally interesting little mushroom house down near the bottom. Can you see the Strawberry outline in the center around the tree -- it has an alphabet all around it.

Fields finishes approx 16 x 26 on 35ct -- so it's quite large. Worked in all three brands of hand-dyed flosses or DMC, that little strawberry at the top is upside down, the top greens making the landscaping... and it's a little house!!!! (make it into a scissor fob or a little thimble holder!)


The Birds and the Bees from Thistles - click for a larger view The Birds and the Bees
This is a small biscornu pattern that is shown mounted into the center of loops of wool -- like greenery, I suppose?

Very spring-y in feel with the ladybug, birds and bees... I don't understand the wool in the background, so that part of the finishing is up to you!


Snow Pennies from Thistles - click for a larger view Snow Pennies
Gosh, this is really different and awfully cute. You are stitching only 4 different snowman heads -- 25 x 25 stitches each -- on 32ct light blue, grey or whatever color linen. Then, you are mounting them on various colors of Weeks Wools to make little *Pennies.* You'll need some #8 Pearl cotton for the Blanket Stitches.

Then, arrange them all in a pattern and either attach them to each other -- or mount them onto a larger base piece of felt for a little doily/rug. They all look different if you vary the scarf colors and wool combinations... We can choose awesome cuts and patterns of wools for you on this... I'd get 6 Schnigglet cuts and one main 1/4 yard cut of wool for the base. This is darling!


Rudolph's Travels from Thistles - click for a larger view Rudolph's Travels
Oh gosh, this is cute! That same little fence as the sheep, this time we have the reindeer flying through the sky with the hint of the sleigh behind! Check out the finishing fabrics... choose something cute for the sky, and something coordinating for the sides -- and rik rak to cover the seams.

Look at how she's graduated the buttons on there to follow the deer up into the sky? Sampler Threads for everythong, this finishes approx 5 x 10. Real cute finishing that is different!!!!br>




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