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New Designs from With Thy Needle
With Thy Needle has 5 new designs!
Christmas Tea, The Christmas Bird & Snow for Christmas
A trio of Holiday designs -- each are presented in chart format, and of course, worked with hand-dyed flosses.
I Rest Thy Needle
A charming floral urn 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch design has to be stitched on 36ct linen to fit Lone Elm Lane's super-cool NEW Sewing Clamp Bpx.
Brenda's design is stitched with hand-dyed flosses, and then is mounted into the top of that darling box! (This is offered in Vintage dove color only, at this point.) Offered as the chart, box is separate.
Just a big BOO, and a tiny witchy-mouse, this finishes approx 3 x 8-1/2 on 40ct!
Hand-dyed flosses, chenille trim... JUST THAT LITTLE MOUSE is about 40 x 40, and cute enough to be stitched by herself! Offered as the chart.
One For The Crow
On 40ct, this pair of pin cushions finish at 5 x 5 and 2-1/2 x 5. Hand-dyed flosses, I think our witch is planting her garden of Witch Hazel, Mug Wort and Bittersweet -- one for the crow, one to die and one to grow (in her garden!)
Offered as the chart.
Autumn's Fruitful Labor
How pretty for a kitchen eating area or a dining room! *When the year from bountiful labor turns to rest... founts of warmth and comfort in my being flow.* The farmer and his presumed wife (!), their lush harvest and neighbors waiting for the big meal... this measures 137 x 227 -- or 7-1/2 x 12-1/2 on 36ct linen.
Lots of delicious hand-dyed flosses, this is just a pretty piece!Offered as the chart.
Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill
Finishing approx 5 x 5 on 36ct linen, this is mounted in a Lone Elm Lane Robin's Egg Blue Sewing Box. Several box colors will look good with this one!
Simply Wools would be neat in the rabbits and their tails and even the chicks in the grass.
I love everything about this! Cool irregular zig-zag sawtooth border, the repeating pattern in the tulips, and that awesome running rabbit complete with luscious basket of berries on her back, it's very pretty and festive for Spring.
Finishes approx 6 x 3-1/2 -- very bitty on 36ct linen or 18ct aida.
The Gilmour House Sewing Tray
Brenda has been Inspired by antique coverlets woven by the Gilmour brothers of Union County, Indiana in 1839. This trademark house, between two trees with it's picket fence appears in most of their coverlet borders. Choose this cream on natural color way, or change it up to match your decor. It fits inside a small wooden tray measuring approx 4-1/4 x 7-3/4.
The tray comes unfinished, so she includes painting and distressing instructions for you. You HAVE to stitch this on 40ct to get it to fit the tray... but on 7ct Klostern with #3 Pearl Cotton, it'd look like a coverlet and measure approx 20 x 9! Offered as the chart, we have the little trays for a limited time.
Where Hearts Rest
*Birds nest where hearts rest.* This is charming... it finishes approx 8-1/2 x 4 on 36ct. Leave off the border and you get a smaller 7 x 3 piece!
The nest does have a mixture of two hand-dyeds in it -0- Olive and Apple Cider -- it is just stunning!
A Weaver's Work
Inspiration for this came from a coverlet woven by Adolph in the late 1800's. A male profession, the motifs used were their personal trademarks, and sometimes the customer's name was woven into the corner.
A little history in this chart... Henry Adolph was a French weaver who settled in Iowa and wove until he died at age 92 in 1907. 36ct Linen with one shade of thread, this finishes approx 6 x 7 -- isn't this lovely???
Needle & Thread
*Sew... A Needle Pulling Thread!* Isn't this a fun design??? Thank goodness we don't have to use our rumps to hold our threads like the girl in the piece!!! I love the buttons on the vines growing from the spools -- use some out of your Grandmother's button box. On 36ct, this finishes approx 11 x 6, and is worked with a smattering of hand-dyed flosses.
Check out the little birds -- one has the threaded needle in his mouth, and then there is another going sideways up the tree stem. Cute scissor motifs scattered about, too.
Land of Liberty
Very charming.... just a petite 3 x 7 on 40ct over two. Surprisingly, there are 10 different hand-dyed colors in here -- she has different red, creams and blues in Sam vs the flag... -- but I think you could get by using the same ones?
Don't miss the puppy carrying his own little flag! We have Vintage mini-ball fringe trim by Lady Dot Creates that will look awesome on this, as well.
Forget Me Not
A little bitty thing, this finishes approx 6-1/2 x 3-1/2.
Garnish it with antique buttons... and definitely give it a little chenille trim around the edges.
*Good Deeds Live Long* Fun little blackbirds in that border, this finishes approx 10 x 6 on 36ct.
Neat pattern repeats in the tulips, but I just LOVE that border!!!
Liberty For All
Wow, wow! What a fun design -- patterned texture repeats all over the place! All the leaves -- basically the same shape angled every which way -- all the tiny berry dots mixed in to separate all the leaves. The milky bowl, the draped striping... the matching stripes in the flag... they take your eye from the left of the bowl right to the tip of the flag. Then there is the hat on the bird -- you almost miss that! I love everything going on in here!
Stitched on 36ct, with yummy hand-dyeds, this finishes approx 8 x 6-1/2 -- doesn't it look much larger than that??? (It's because of the lush leaves and that bowl, that long flat line across the ribbon drapes.. and the bird tail and flag that draw you off the right edge!)
Red Bird Fraktuur
Fraktuur designs are traditional -- lots of them in Pennsylvania Dutch designs.
This one finishes approx 14 x 8 over two on 36ct linen. Pretty rusts and greens.
*Home is where our story begins.* What a neat piece to stitch for a housewarming or wedding gift!!!!! Presented in chart format by Brenda Gervais, this is pretty and not 'fussy.' Measuring approx 13-1/2 x 8-1/2 on 35ct, choose any neutral background material -- you just want that neat house to show up -- unless you want to change that color as well!
Simple and fresh looking -- you CAN get it finished in time for the big event! You could even personalize this for your family or another.
This is ITTY BITTY! It finishes about 3-1/2 x 4 over one thread on 35ct!!!!! (Ok... 8 x 10 on 28/14!)
15 Different shades of hand-dyeds in here, it SAYS Live Simply, but it's chock full of busy-ness!!!! Charming!
A Stitch in Time
Oh a sweet little case with matching pin ball... the colors and finishing on this are really neat. Stitched on Gunmetal linen with Dolphin, Cognac, Woodrose, Mustard Seed, Heirloom Gold and Ye Olde Gold, this uses some of Brenda's new linen twill tape along the edging of the pin ball.
GREAT pic inside the pattern of the ball edges and inside of the case, this is such an unusual set of pieces!!!
Blessings Be Thine
This love-themed chart by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle has now arrived. Stitched on 35ct hand-dyed linen it finishes approx a generous 5 x 6 and calls for Beige, Peach, Woodrose, Wood Trail, Heirloom Gold, Eggshell, Peanut Brittle, Polliwog, and Hazelnut. I love that soft ball fringe trim on there as well... we have a lot of colors available to blend with the threads and fabrics.
Brenda is promising 12 new patterns at our wholesale Spring Market the first week of March... so hunker down and keep watching for all the Market Sneak Peeks that will be coming our way in the next few weeks!
We've been waiting for this little piece to arrive since Christmas -- a little late for this year's NOEL Season -- but here in plenty of time for next year!!! With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais has stitched this softly colored design on hand-dyed linen in colors of Mulberry, Woodrose, Toffee, Muddy Puddle, Barn Door, Avocado, Tennessee Red Clay and Ye Old Gold. I don't see much gold in here... the urn I guess... but I see lovely antiqued brick reds instead.
Offered as a chart, Merry Noel finishes approx 3 x 9 on 40ct and is trimmed with hand-dyed mini-ball fringe. Brenda has distressed her linen and finished stitching... you have lots of fabric and color options with this piece - very simple and elegant! Offered as the chart.
Christmas at Winterberry Cabin
A giant St Nick and his reindeer pulling a little snowman sled -- all through a very sleepy village... this finishes approx 5 x 11 on 32ct. Definitely coffee-distress this for an aged look.
Brenda has finished it with rusty jingle bells on the two ends! (Spray them with some sort of matte sealer though... or they'll keep rusting all over your pillow!)
Christmas From With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais!
Oh... we have four lovely new patters, so dog-gone cute... I don't really have a favorite! All are offered in chart format, so here we go!
Halloween and Thanksgiving from With Thy Needle
Brenda Gervais has been busy... and has sent 4 new designs!!! Everything begs to be distressed with coffee or walnut shells when you've finished them, and even though they are shown framed... pillows and door hangings would be cool too. All 4 are presented in chart format.
Bluebird Out My Window & Grand Olde Flag
Brenda Gervais has two new charts that are really cute!
Bluebird Out My Window has a stitch count of 60 x 96, so on 30ct, it'll be approx 4 x 6, smaller or larger depending on your fabric choice. Soft hand-dyed colors, just a pretty little piece.
Grand Olde Flag is neat -- it has a STITCHER atop of nice big spool of thread! I suppose this could be Betsy, but I prefer to believe it could be me... battling for LIBERTY by conquering my huge stitching stash... and looking this good when I am finished!!!! (notice the crown on my head???) The model is stitched on 40ct hand-dyed linen with a mixture of brands of hand-dyed flosses. It finishes approx 5 x 6... and is shown finished onto a flat board with mother-of-pearl thread rings attached to the right side.
A & E
*The serpent deceived me & I ate* Oh well!!! Something simple stitched on Weeks 32ct Beige Linen with several shades of hand-dyed flosses.
Peach, Sage, Pelican Gray, Harvest Basket, Woodrose, Parchment, Apple Cider, Heirloom Gold, Weeping Willow, and Terra Cotta, this finishes approx 6-1/2 x 8.
Stars & Stripes
Oh gosh, this is pretty! Check out the neat, spindly stars and those gigantic pomegranites! Worked on 35ct linen, this will finish approx 8-1/2 inches square.
Adobe, Schneckley, Sage, Caper, Pelican Gray, Harvest Basket, Woodrose, Roasted Marshmallow, Heirloom Gold, Endive, Blue Corn, Ye Old Gold and a bit of Terra Cotta! Offered as a chart.
Summer at Cherry Hill
This is a fun piece! Stitched on 40ct linen, it'll finish approx 13-5/8 x 15-3/4, so it is quite large. Worked in lots (19) of various hand-dyeds, I love several of the design elements in here. I like the blocky border, and how it interrupts on the second go-around... and the fact that it doesn't start at the upper left corner. The cherries and leaves, bees and numbers all dot the background. I really like the beehive on its side!!! I LOVE the pattern in the dress.
Then, Brenda tells you to stitch the flower stems down in the grass with the darker parts of your Avocado floss so you get lots of contrast. And... wouldn't the urn of pomagranites be cool done as a small pin cushion?
Sheep and a windmill... an irregular border, sun hats on the little people! This was adapted from an antique sampler in Brenda's personal collection. She deleted the verse -- which was terribly morbid -- but did share it with us in her notes! (You gotta buy the chart to find out what the original sampler said!)
Stitched in 12 shades of Classic Colorworks Silks this finishes approx 12 x 5 on 36ct. Silks featured are Angel Blush, Attic Tea, Limestone, Mudpie, Oatmeal Scone, Poison Apple, Pumpkin Carriage, Red Fox, Scarecrow, Miss Green Jeans, Peaches n Cream and Slate -- with DMC floss options as well.
Be Happy Humble & Kind
Well this looks very Pennsylvania-Dutch to me! The giant urn with the house in it is interesting... there are 14 different colors in this!
Stitched on 35ct linen, it finishes approx 10-1/2 x 6. Actually quite a different look than the rest of this new group of designs.
*Love is a fruit in season at all times & in reach of every hand.* I LOVE LOVE that big urn of bounty! Verse is worked over one. On 36ct linen, this finishes approx 9-/2 x 5-1/2 and is worked with 20 different shades of hand-dyeds. It doesn't look like that to me... but that's OK!
You can pull out that urn, leave off the things in the background, and delete the bird and grape leaf, and it'd make a neat harvest cushion! Offered as a chart.
The Potting Shed
Brenda has finished this into a big 'ol pin cushion! On 40ct it measures about 8 x 4, and is worked with 18 different hand-dyed flosses by Weeks, Gentle Art and Classic.
The chenille trim around the edges is a soft touch... but you could try that torn fabric edge treatment she has shown on her Spring Greeting Bouquet design. That's kind of fun because you can choose a fabric that matches your stitching -- even use a coordinating color from the same fabric line. Offered as a chart.
Offered as a small chart, this is worked on Weeks 35ct LINEN color of linen. Using 10 different hand-dyed threads, basically, you are covering a backing piece with puffy and fabric, as well as the front. Attaching buttons, and whip-stitching the two pieces together to form a firm-sided envelope.
If you've ever taken one of Magic By Mona's finishng classes -- you'll know how to do these steps in your sleep! Coffee-staining your buttons is an option on here as well! Very cute, this is a neat finishing idea.
Another small chart, this is so cute! Finished on top of a spool of thread, choosing a complimentary color gives it personality!!! Stitched on 36ct Linen color of Week's hand-dyed linen, with 7 shades of Weeks and Gentle Art Flosses, you make a puffy... cinch it together. Attach a disk of calico fabric to close it up and cover the gathers.
Then, mount it onto the spool, and then sew buttons to dangle around the bottom edge!!! How pretty is that??? Complete finishing steps are provided.
Spring Greetings Bouquet
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!
A Tisket A Tasket
What a charming little piece! Stitched on 32ct Beige Week linen with yummy hand-dyeds, once again, you are making a puffy, covering the gathers along the bottom with fabric, attaching it to your painted and distressed candlestick base, and then sewing on dangly buttons for trim!
Running your floss through a waxer several times gives it that aged, cotton cord feel, and makes a neat, stiffened bow to trim. Offered as a small chart.
Tied With Heart Strings
A sweet piece by With Thy Needle, this is a simple bird, stitched on Week's Dye Works Linen color of hand-dyed linen with Classic Colorworks silks of Eiffel Tower, Sagebrush and Peaches 'n Cream, this finishes approx 4 x 5. Garnish with some antique buttons, and then gently sew through silk ribbon or twill tape. Brenda gives good instructions for that finishing treatment.
Everything on this is so softly shaded... I'm thinking you'll want to find your ribbon or tape FIRST, then work on the linen and finally choose some thread colors. Notice the dark pins stuck in here? We have matte finished black mourning pins, and pear-shaped old-fashioned safety pins -- both neat options to dress up your little cushion!
This is a fun design -- a pair of cooks in the kitchen, I think they're starting a fresh pumpkin. The little owl looking on better move out fast, looks like he has to dodge the family cat waiting outside as well!
Brenda offers this as a chart -- it is stitched on CREAM linen that you coffee-stain before stitching. Easy instructions are included for that to make this 8 x 8-ish inch piece. Worked with all three brands of hand-dyed floss, it's just kind of a sparse little thing!
A sweet little bluebird worked with one ply of floss over one on 32ct Platinum linen... get out the magnifier! Using just bits of hand-dyed floss, this fits into one the new watch-face charm frames we have.
Quick finishing, I'm not sure where you'd put this... maybe a basket tie or something small... but it is pretty!
Gardener Goode Witch
Look at that little kitty pulling the garden wagon of pumpkins! (she's only 20 x 55 stitches!) And check out the little owl watching over the garden! This is another pretty pin cushion design that measures approx 5 x 10 on 32ct.
Mange up your fabric a little before stitching (Brenda tells you how in the instructions), stitch this, add some mangy fringe, and add this to that overflowing basket of yours that displays a million different walnut-shell-stuffed cushions in it. Good hand-dyed colors from all three floss companies! Offered as a chart.
A wisp of a thing, this is worked over one thread on 32ct linen using overdyed flosses. It fits into the watch face pieces Brenda has used in some of her Halloween pieces.
Stitch count is only 39 x 43... so even a small scissor fob would be cool. Offered as a small chart, watch finding available separately.
Country Stitches' Brenda Gervais has new Autumn and Christmas designs... you can see how cute they are... even without any descriptions from me!
With Thy Needle & Thread's Brenda Gervais has released three new samplers -- Sampler Hill is just one of them. Worked on Weeks 30ct Cornsilk hand-dyed linen with 21 different shades of hand-dyed flosses, it'll finish approx10 x 13. A pretty overall balance to this, everyone likes the way the trees seem to cradle the house on the hill. The alphabet in the grass is a favorite, and the fact that the beehive interrupts the border at the middle top adds charm.
We love to distress these samplers AFTER we have stitched them. Dilute walnut crystals, or use some leftover coffee grounds to stain your fabric and threads to give them a more aged and relaxed look. Offered as a chart.
Heart of the Home Sampler
This is a charming sampler that celebrates home and family! With a stitch count of 207 x 147, it'll finish approx 11-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 35ct. The hand-dyed floss colors in here are dreamy dusty blues, golds, avocado greens and aged whites. The design itself is cool because of all the motifs and the vines guarding the house. There is the young couple... and lots of 'keys to their kingdom.'
This would make a lovely wedding sampler, our house-established, family tree type of thing. Add specific and meaningful dates and initials in some of the leafy border areas and in place of the medallions in the lower left and upper right corners -- inside of the teal blue borders. Very pretty... what an awesome sampler for a new family!!! Offered as the chart.
Mary Jane Smallman 1836
This is Brenda's reproduction of an antique sampler in her personal collection. Stitched by a 7-Year Old (!!!)... little Mary Jane had a few problems with her spacing and threads... but she did finish her piece. The verse came from a 1790's book -- Sermons to Children. Mary Jane ran out of thread so she had to change colors... and she ran out of space and let her words interrupt the confines on the sampler.
When you have finished stitching this... distress it with coffee or tea. It needs some staining to help give it it's original charm. Stitch count comes in at 12 x 13 -- just a perfect size to actually finish in a reasonlble amount of time!
Such dusty and aged colors of denim, brick reds, mosses and taupe, this 6 x 7-1/2 inch piece is worked with Classic Colorworks, Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds on 40ct distressed linen, over two. It'll be a bit larger on 30ct, but not much. The five wool flowers on there could be bits of flannel or even colored linen that you have... you'll just want a color that matches your flower flosses.
Brenda has distressed this with coffee staining... and we offer crushed walnut crystals from Stacy Nash that do the trick nicely, as well.
This would be precious in a little girl's room or a sunny guestroom. Worked with hand-dyeds on 40ct linen - don't mange this one up with as much coffee staining -- our Ms Violet needs to stay clean! Again, you can see the small wool flowers that are sewn on here after the cross stitching is finished -- use wool, floral fabric or flannel -- whatever looks best with your flowers.
Violet has a stitch count of 95 x 102, and is offered as a chart.
Isn't this the sweetest little piece??? Your Springtime visitor is worked on 28ct Straw hand-dyed gingham linen with a few Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds. He finishes a mere 4 x 5, and is garnished with a smattering of old buttons.
We have small shell buttons (by Kelmscott -- a set of several dozen buttons runs $7) that work great for this... but you might have some old buttons in your collection somewhere that would be perfect. Make him into a hanging pillow or small cushion... the colors are very dusty and soft. Offered as a chart, buttons are separate.
Elizabeth Clark 1822
Brenda Gervais has the original antique sampler stitched by Elizabeth Clark in her personal sampler collection. Enchanted by the grape vine billowing from that awesome house, all the poppies in the border, and even the little man up in the top corner, she has recharted this following most of the original colors of thread that still thrive on the back of the piece. Stitched on 32ct Antique Ivory Linen in Weeks and Gentle Art flosses, this finishes approx 20 x 22-1/2 in size.
Such pretty balance ... the colors are (several multiple skeins are needed) Light Khaki, Beige, Straw, Peach, Pebble, Putty, Pecan (5 of those!) Basil, Kudzu, Teal Frost, Dried Thyme (5 of those!), Woodrose, Baby Spinach, Caramel Corn and Wood Trail. Offered as a chart.
With Thy Needle has several new releases... this is another one of my favorites. Mr Bunny riding his Chick friend, he finishes approx 4 x 5 on 40ct... but will be larger on larger counts of fabric! He's offered as a chart and has lots of Springtime personality!
Worked in Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, Brenda includes instructions for gathering the silk ribbon to make her pretty edge treatment.
Another charming Springtime design... such a lavish vine M Cotttontail is nuturing!!! Stitched on 35ct, she finishes approx 3-1/2 x 6-1/2, and is shown finished into a 'ditty pocket.'
The instructions give actual sized templates for the pocket shape as well as the penny tongues that are cut from wool. Its a neat finishing idea because it can perch on a table, shelf, or hang from a peg or doorknob. Offered as a chart.
Mary Valentine's Handework
What a charming set of small romantic-themed designs! With Thy Needle urges you to go purchase small heart-shaped boxes of chocolates -- 1.6 oz Whitman's or 1.75 Russell Stover's, and the next larger size -- and use your empty boxes to finish 3 of these designs! Little Valentine Samplers and pin cushions... all 5 designs in here are worked on R & R's 30ct Old Towne Blend Linen with a smattering of overdyed flosses.
I can't choose my favorite design from this. The Forget-Me-Not pin cushion is very pretty... but I think the heart boxes are so unique -- they take your finishing in a whole different direction. Everything in here is offered in chart format with all the finishing and distressing info included. You'll just NEED those *empty* chocolate boxes!!!!!!
All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle
Well... every addicted Stitcher needs this sampler!!!! By Brenda Gervais, this measures 146 x 242 stitches -- so on 28ct, it'll be 10 x 17, and on 40ct it'll be 7-1/2 x 12. (You can choose any color and count you wish!) A pretty winding border that is not symetric, the house is neat, I love the little dogs in there, and of course, who isn't drawn to the charming scissors and her fun, trailing thread from her needle?
Great Week's Dye Works hand-dyed colors including Parchment, Straw, Peach, Putty, Pecan, Palomino, Sage, Oscar, Olive and Red Rocks... there is opportunity to add more rust colors as well. Offered as a chart.
Cozy in the Pines
Oh, this is a pretty spot-motif sampler -- tiny subjects scattered there and here -- this is worked in only five shades of hand-dyed floss! Weeks Peach and Schneckley, along with Gentle Art's Mulberry, Apple Cider and Endive. The stitch count is 157 x 130, and it is just a fun piece because there is no verse or alphabet, OR border!
Of course, you can get creative and add all that if you want, or just keep it simple. I think this would make a really pretty couch pillow, especially if you finished it with some soft flannels or wools. Offered as a chart.
Remember folding paper and then cutting out snips to make snowflakes when the paper is finally unfolded? That's what our elegant snow-lady is doing in her winter garden. Berries and birds, a skinny deer and even skinnier pine tree, the verse says simply 'cutting paper snowflakes.'
Stitched on 35ct hand-dyed Linen in shades of Weeks and Gentle Art, this does call for some Valdani threads that you might need to sub from your stash. The stitch count is 207 x 155 -- so 35 count finishes approx 9 x 12. Choose any fabric count you want... and coffee dye it yourself if you haven't a piece of hand-dyed laying around! (you CAN do that!) Anyway, just a charming piece -- not Christmassy, just Winterry!
Manor at Peacock Hill
Wow, this is a pretty piece in person. You'd think that peacock is awfully big, but the colors are Otter Creek and Mountain Mist and just so pretty. Stitched on 30 or 35ct hand-dyed linen, this has a stitch count of 176 x 150. I like the couple tucked in the border, and the manor that is very subtle on the hill... something about this is very appealing to the eye!
As with a lot of Brenda's designs... you can start with hand-dyed fabric... or you can distress the finished piece all at one time when you are finished if you like that look. Offered as a chart.
Three Black Eyed Susans
I shall not go to town while the wild bittersweet blooms... but I think she's already dressed and waiting to go! Check out her awesome pants!!! What a fun piece to stitch up quickly and make into a pillow -- I think ticking fabric or dark flannel would look really good with this.
The stitch count is 126 x 191 -- she's worked on 30 or 35ct hand-dyed with Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds. I'm thinking you'll need 2 skeins of Pelican Grey for her pot, probably 2 of Olive for the grass underneath, and 2 of Week's Plum for her outfit! (Her pants are Parchment and graphite.) Kind of fun, offered as a chart!
Something very traditional for Christmas with lots of coverlet-inspired motifs, this has a stitch count of 218 x 226, so choose your fabric count based on the finished size you want this to be. Stitched with plain 'ol DMC floss, you can always distress later if you want... but this is pretty, clean and nice just the way it is.
If you're an over-achiever, you can do some special stitches in the #3866 borders dividing the alphabet, or do Satins in all the stars, and you could even stitch the reindeer with Gentle Art's Simply Wool! Offered as a chart -- enjoy!
Forget-me-not... *When this you see, Remember Me*
With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais presents a VERY Limited Edition Design Release that I brought home from the Fall Needlework Market this past weekend. Stitched on 35ct Cream Linen with Week's Dye Works flosses, you'll be able to follow the instructions in Brenda's kit to *distress, age and mange* your finished piece to look old and antiqued!
Offered as a complete kit of the chart, linen and complete skeins of flosses, along with those dying instructions... your *Remember Me* Sampler will measure 5-3/4 x 7-1/2 when finished. Worked in soft and dusty Fawn, straw, Peach, confederate Gray, Schneckley, Sage, Cadet and Olive... this would be really pretty as the decoration on the front of a photo album, or a tiny framed piece tucked on a small wall. A lovely little piece!
The Pink Sparrow Sampler
Brenda Gervais has a lovely sampler that begged to be charted and stitched!!! Her antique -- the original -- features a fat little pink sparrow surrounded by a lavish floral border. She believes her sampler to be English in origin, from the 1800's... probably stitched by a young girl. (She says most only stitched one sampler in their school years... where do you stack up to that???)
Stitched on 30ct Week's Parchment Linen with 13 shades of Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds, the chart is a pretty easy-stitch! Finished stitch count is 137 x 169.
188 x 135 Stitches of Halloween Magic! Our plump witch looks to be preparing for her Scary Evening!!! The border is kind of neat - very irregular. The little owls are precious... the skinny cat looks scared, and the broom looks worn and wispy.
Worked on a mangy hand-dyed... always use the overdyeds called for to maintain the old and antique-y look. Offered as a chart... for some reason, I can picture this finished as a neat pillow with lots of fringes.
Sampler of the Season
With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais is bringing us a new 4-Seasons Set of samplers -- Autumn is the first! Releasing on the first day of the preceeding season -- (this means that the Winter Season Sampler will release the first day of Autumn 2011!) Stitched on 30ct hand-dyed linen in 28 different shades of Gentle Art Sampler Threads, this measures almost 13 x 13. Check out the neat oak tree border -- acorns and leaves.
All the bands feature pastoral scenes of the Autumn season... but I love those two squirrels guarding the top of the piece! Offered as a chart... we're auto-shipping the other three seasons -- as we know the release dates, and it's easier for us to remember that, than it needs to be for you!
Winter definitely follows the same design format as Autumn -- big surrounding greenery that acts as the border, and four rows of daily life scenes of the season. Snowflake motifs buried in the banks, they are again, scattered in the sky. A generous 190 x 197 stitches, choose a yummy hand-dyed linen and the Sampler Threads from your stash!
Spring:The same wild vine border surrounding the sides, it looks like they've painted the house for the new season! All the yard activity is apparent as well. Stitched on Week's 30ct Parchment Linen in lots of hand-dyed flosses, this finishes the identical 13 x 13 of Winter and Autumn.
A 5 x 7 mini-sampler, just a neat house underneath an ever neater tree, complete with eagle and flag... and of course, the alphabet.
No special stitches or anything, you could always add some in the lettering or the tiny borders and ding-bats, or even the grass or bricks on the house. But if not, this is simply a charming, primitive piece full of rich Pomegranate red and Endive green. Offered as a chart.
The Sewing Bird
How cute is this little pillow? Not your traditional Sewing Bird at all!!! A small 4 x 5-ish piece stitched with overdyed flosses can you see the flannel strawberry in the upper left-hand cornner?
The pattern for that little guy is included with this chart! It is attached to the finished cushion. A sweet design -- offered as a chart.
What a fun shape Brenda has chosen for this finishing treatment! A 1 x 4 inch stuffed (ice-cream sandwich, hockey puck, or -- her buttermilk biscuits!) pin cushion, this is a little more structured than all her other floppy walnut shell filled squares.
A charming little bird tucked amidst a few alphabet letters and a berry vine... the stitching on this is minimal... only 64 x 64. BUT... even though it is small in size, it is charming! Offered as the chart with complete finishing instructions.
Dame of the Needles
Oh Gosh... this is SO CUTE!!!! I didn't realize it till I opened my package to help me describe it to you better. The stitching on the front of your 5 x 5-ish roll (really not rolled -- kind of a flat tri-folded case) is the alphabet, house and girl.
Inside your roll/case you'll make a sweet felt or wool bluebird applique design, with a coordinating little ticking pin cushion! Brenda has a couple of really good photographs in here to show you the finished piece, and lots of instructions, along with all the wool piece templates. NOT your average Cross-Sttiched Sewing Roll! Offered as the chart with all the necessary instructions!
The Sampler House
The PERFECT little cushion to store and display some antique keys! Your family mansion stitched on 35ct Weeks Straw linen will finish 5 x 5-ish.
It'd be kind of fun to replace the alphabet letters with house numbers of possibly Grandma's house and some of her old keys??? Offered as a chart.
Brenda Gervais has several new releases --
Three Tulips is one of my favorites.
With a stitch count of 132 x 200 it'll finish approx 6-1/2 x 10 on the called-for 40ct Weeks Parchment linen. It could be quite large on 18ct cream -- it would be 15 x 22 and make a huge guest bedroom pillow with some neat ticking and antique lace!
It's a pretty piece stitched with 10 different overdyed flosses, you could even stitch your bunny in Simply Wools from Gentle Art -- and he'd be a little furry! Check out the rest of the releases which are all chart packs. There is a basket that is finished onto a pillow -- real neat.
Crumpets & Tea
I love this verse: *A garden party of three, twas me, myself and I...I ate all the berries and cream, myself ate all the crumpets, twas also I who ate all the pie, and passed the tea to me!* So charming... can't you just picture a little girl playing by herself in the garden... having a tea party with her dolls and bears? She had a great meal!!! Offered in a chart pack, this can be stitched on anything you like -- the sample is on 40ct Parchment and measures 8 x 9.
Once again, we love stitching some of Brenda's things on large linen...(this one could be up to 18 x 20!) Mona finishes them with darker fabric underneath the linen... it kind of creates a pretty shadow of color... then trims with old lace and pretty mother-of-pearl buttons. (load up that guest bedroom bed with a mountain of gorgeous hand-stitched pillows!) This pillow in the pic features rouched twill seam tape -- another really cool edge treatment!
Basketful of Spring
What a pretty little design tucked so cleverly onto a linen pillow! (Pottery Barn has really pretty ready-made linen pillows...) This is actually just a tiny design stitched on 40ct Weeks Parchment linen in 6 shades of hand-dyeds. On that fine fabric, it measures approx 3 x 4. After stitching is complete you IRON it onto freezer paper, cut out the basket shape (this might be scary for us non-finishers!), and then applique (little tack stitches) onto the larger linen pillow fabric.
Then... add the buttons and ribbons, and construct the pillow, complete instructions are included. A really pretty finishing treatment... something different for that pile of luscious pillows you are making!!!
The Candlestick Maker Sampler
A very traditional house and keepers of the flame... this would be stunning hanging in a foyer as a welcoming piece. I love that big flowing vine... I'm not sure why the shears are there... maybe to trim the candle wicks? (I need to brush up on my sampler history a little!)
Anyway, this is offered as a chart. It is worked with 13 different shades of Weeks and Gentle Art flosses on 40ct Weeks Parchment Linen. Several other linen options would be pretty for this as well, and if you have to change that house color to a steely blue or lovely distressed colonial green... that's OK too! Very pretty and restful... stitch count is 148 x 134.
*Sweet Love-Themed Cross Stitch to tempt you Needle!* Brenda Gervais has a new collection of tiny designs to finish into a scissor/needle keep, pinkeep, sewing box and scissor fob. Everything is designed to enhance your EMPTY Russell Stover Heart Valentine Chocolate Sampler box!!!! (Get the little paper heart-shaped box -- the one that holds 1.75 ounces of chocolate -- and paint it -- it's the featured heart-shaped box in the pics!) You'll need a fat quarter of 40ct linen to stitch the entire set of projects on the small box. (We have TONS of color choices for this) Get the bigger box of chocolate (more chocolate inside to eat -- DARN -- and choose larger count linen instead!)
All is stitched with Weeks and Gentle Art Sampler Threads overdyeds... and Brenda is terrific at providing all the finishing specifics about distressing the linen, filling the cushions, painting those boxes... you're just on your own to buy the chocolate and figure out something to do with it before you need the empty box for finishing! Offered as a chart.
Frances Pool Sampler
Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle has reproduced an antique sampler that is big on traditional motifs and easy on the stitching! Originally worked by 13yr old schoolgirl Frances Pool in 1832, the antique has colors on the back that are still bright, but the front has aged quite a bit. Faded flosses and darkened linen are the enemies time brings to needlework. Brenda has re-charted her sampler -- lots of fabric and threads are missing from the original, and she has chosen softer colors than Frances used -- because in 2013 -- we 'expect' our reproductions to look old (and honestly, sometimes not quite like that original!!! Not a bad thing -- just an observation!) Confederate Gray, Sage, River Rock, Tarragon, Red Rocks, Tarnished Gold, Harvest Basket, Old Red Paint, Wood Rose, Wood Trail, Heirloom Gold and Otter Creek...!
Anyway, Frances' sampler is lovely. It measures 211 x 205 stitches, is worked on Week's 30ct Parchment Linen and uses 12 different colors (17 skeins total) of Weeks and Gentle Art Sampler Threads. If you sign your name in the signature block... you can make yourself any age you want!!!!!! Offered as the chart.
Heaven and Nature Sing
An angel with a basket of fruit -- trees, reindeer and nature in the background -- this finishes approx 10-1/2 x 7 on 30ct. All hand-dyed flosses, Brenda includes finishing instructions -- even some to *flatten* your pillow and make it LOOK OLD!!!!! You can back the pillow in the same linen for a really aged look too! Lots of old and dusty colors in here... very pretty!
Letters for Santa
Here's another ABC Pillow chart -- matches House of Blues and Browns and Hilda'a Alphabet... THESE ARE CUTE! Stitch the simple alphabet panel and then finish into a pillow at least twice as wide! Find some cool lace or trim you like -- stain it if necessary -- and use coordinating ticking fabric -- YUMMY! A set of simple designs -- they stand out because they are not busy. Offered as a chart.
Check out the font used for the lettering in this. It looks scribbled... but it is actually cross-stitched over one fabric thread! An Olde Worlde Santa with his snowman companion... maybe they're shopping for a Christmas Tree??? Offered as a chart, this is stitched on (anything you want but big in the pic!) 28ct linen in the shop. Our model makes an 11 x 18 pillow... Mona has started making an inside case of ticking that shows through the stitching linen... and it's a really cool look. Very sophisticated and fresh looking.
On Pins & Pumpkins
Brenda Gervais has several new designs... so here is the first! A fun, tall and skinny stuffed pumpkin... you'll need something heavy to stuff into the bottom of this, so it'll stand up.
Black crows perched atop a Jack-o-lantern... I love the idea of the real pumpkin stem coming out of the top!!! Stitched on 30ct, stitching is only 3 x and is worked in Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Too CUTE!
An autumnal pocket decorated with a little witch on her broom looking for her perfect pumpkin! Stitched on 35ct, this finishes a mere 5-1/2 x 6.
Brenda shows it finished with a bit of homespun fabric peeking from the top -- I like the primitive X's all across the seam, and of course that rusty key is kind of cool -- probably a flea market find!!! Offered as a chart. Stitch with Gentle Art overdyeds.
Sit & Stitch
Wow... this is an actual 11-inch miniature linen chair -- with a stitched seat -- to store some scissors and a cushion inside -- underneath that seat cushion! It even features wooden spool legs!!! You're going to need 1/2 yard of hand-dyed 30ct linen for the chair and another piece for your inside pin cushion. Gentle Art hand-dyeds from your stash... and (in my mind) A LOT of finishing patience round out this charming project! I'm just a pin cushion-kind-of-gal... look at the little tick-trimmed piece down near the bottom!
A cool set of designs, an awesome finishing idea... there are lots of pages in here with templates, pictures and lots of reading! Too cool for a Barbie doll... but do you have a tiny antique doll????????????
A Stitcher's Purse & Other Sewing Needfuls
This is a neat pattern featuring three projects. First, is the linen purse on the left, topped with a 3-inch mother-of-pearl purse topper. It needs to be worked on 40ct over two to fit that hardware. You can barely see the Sewing Bird perched on her clip on the left-hand side of the purse... *My needle goes, so goes my heart.* YOU DON'T NEED TO MAKE THAT INTO A PURSE... it'd be a lovely pin cushion or small framed piece -- it measures only 85 x 80 stitches.
Next is the needlebook chart... a tiny 49 x 74 thing, Brenda has hand-sewn a soft blue homespun fabric on the back and inside... and matched a bit of wool for the heart you see. Coordinate that fabric and wool -- use something special from your stash -- old buttons or lace or something!
Finally, we're back to that little sewing bird guy again in the right-hand picture... *my soul is fed with needle and thread.* There's your pin cushion! Trimmed with luscious silk ribbon and more old buttons and pins! What a pretty set with a vintage flavor! Offered together in one chart.
Hilda's Alphabet Brew
With Thy Needle has another long, skinny pillow to companion her *House of Blues and Browns*... only this one has a Halloween theme! A very clean alphabet... the top row is garnished with our resident witch, her cauldron, and neighborhood cats.
The 101 x 96 stitch count design is quick to stitch with overdyeds in your stash. The pillow finishing is just the best! Get some pillow ticking fabric, find a neat rick-rack trim... and make that unusual shape that will tuck so beautifully into a pillow medley display. Offered as the chart... just cute!
Strawberry Hill Sampler
What a pretty set of designs! Brenda has presented us with a Sewing Box topper design, a three-fold Huswife, and matching Pin Keep and even a felt scissor case that is shaped like a little strawberry! Everything you see in the pic is included in the set of patterns... along with templates and of few of the backs of the pieces that you cannot see!
Choose a yummy linen of your liking... grab your Weeks and Gentle Art flosses, get some pretty wool for the berry and Huswife lining... some old lace and buttons for that cushion... and some chenille or rick-rack for the box topper edging... and you'll have a wonderful set of pieces to show off! Pretty colors, great instructions, this looks like a very *finishable* set of designs!
With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais is beginning a new 12-part set of monthly designs that finish into 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 doorknob hangings. Name of the month is in here, as well as words of the season! Stitched on any yummy hand-dyed you want -- the chart calls for Gentle Art Sampler Threads and one color of Weeks.
Simple and real cute, stitching just a few of the motifs each time and making them into bitty cushions would be another awesome application for this new set of charts! We're starting an auto-ship, as Brenda's new releases tend to sneak up on you... and you don't want to miss any!
November All the fun words of the month are packed in here! Give Thanks * cranberries * Pilgrims * indian corn * cornucopia * pumpkin pie... almost like a cross word puzzle, but with pictures! November is the second of twelve of these, offered in chart format. Stitched on just about anything you want, the patterns call for Sampler Threads. Then, to finish, Brenda made a pillow but IRONED it after it was stuffed to flatten it some, and hung rusty bells to the bottom (so this is a Door Bell!), and attached her hanger with rusty safety pins. I'm not sure HOW to rust a perfectly good safety pin... (lemon juice or something? I didn't listen too much in high school science class... who knew it would come in handy some day!?) You know, an old cruddy silver spoon would be fun sewn onto the bottom of this too -- kind of like the old mashed potato spoon you remember your Grandma always used! Just have fun!
Peter & Peep
What a fun design! With Thy Needle has a few new releases -- this one, a chart with a stitch count of 140 x 215 is one of two that are oversized when finished. Brenda has it stitched over two threads on huge fabric -- our models are being worked in 18ct Cream linen -- to finish 15 x 24!!! You can ALWAYS stitch these a bit smaller (like 9 x 13 on 32ct!) but we liked the whole idea of a gigantic, super-simple Holiday decoration -- a full-sized pillow for a pretty guest room bed!
Stitched with Sampler Threads -- you're going to need a lot of thread to cover on the 18ct, but what a unique presentation. Everything is stained with walnut crystals when you are finished, if you want an antiqued and grungy look. If not, keep the crisp cream and Sampler Thread colors. This calls for Pumpkin Patch, Brandy, Walnut, Aged Pewter, Apple Cider, Old Hickory, Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Corn, Wood Trail, Toffee, Endive, and Otter Creek. Sounds more like Autumn to me!
House of Blues and Browns
Houses, the Alphabet and sampler birds... it looks like there are only 3 colors in this, when there are actually 6 different Sampler Thread hand-dyed colors! Another gigantic design -- stitched over two on 18ct Cream linen, the stitching finishes 11 x 11... so this pillow in the pic is really more like 12 x 24 in size!
Going smaller with your fabric choices will produce a piece that is 6 x 6 on 32ct - so don't let that huge linen size throw you. Actually a very simple alphabet design -- I love the finishing treatment -- on a large OR small scale. Offered as a chart with the finishing details.
Boughs of Holly
Here's a snowman planter growing springs of holly! Brenda Gervais has a cute design that she's stitched on large fabric to finish into a 15-ish inch square pillow! It doesn't look that big in the pic, but it really can be if you choose an 18ct Linen! Stitched with Weeks and Gentle Art overdyed flosses, the holly berries are Algerian Eyelets worked over 4 threads -- the rest is simple Cross Stitch.
Next, instructions are included to transform your originally cream-colored fabric to that mangy, distressed and relaxed look of *aged.* With a stitch count of 122 x 128... this is a darling design that will look good on most any fabric you choose. Offered as a chart.
Mansion House at Fox Hollow
Brenda Gervais has re-produced an antique sampler she owns -- she loved the extra large house and the sweet little fox in the lower right corner. Stitched on weeks 30ct Parchment Linen, this finishes a generous 12 x 12.
Elegant with color emphasis on brown and dusty blue -- it takes 5 skeins of Weeks Straw and 4 skeins of Havana.
A scattered motif sampler -- the original is dated 1819. Brenda liked the fact that the bottom band's motifs are so close together compared to the rest of this piece. She also liked the verse -- which follows 18th century handwriting. The letters do not look like we want them to, so words appear to be mispelled, even though they are not.
The verse does read 'The grass is green, the rose is red. This may be seen when I am dead.' Gotta LOVE that verse! Talk about finishing your stitching and shoving it in a drawer instead of framing it or finishing it! (Don't know ANYONE who does that.................!) Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 17 x 17 on 30ct and is coded for regular DMC.
Merry Christmas to Ewe
Hey, The Witch Hazel Sampler has a Christmas counterpart! Here is Santa, complete with his Reinsheep? Just like Hazel's piece, you get the cool scattered alphabet cluttered with a few motifs here and there, and then the most charming paper border treatment! The scallops around the edge are sheet music!
Brenda gives you instructions in here for taking perfectly good sheet music, distressing it, and making it kind of old and mangy looking. Cut it out, and attach to your needlework, then frame -- such a cool antique-y finish! Her finishing ideas really add a touch of creative flourish -- so her pieces are fun to stitch and display. Offered as a chart, Merry Christmas to Ewe is 134 x 155 stitches, and is worked on Weeks Straw 30ct in luscious Weeks and Sampler Threads.
Berries & Blooms
Here's a delightful companion to Autumn Splendor offered by With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais. A set of 4 Sewing Companions -- a 19th century pin keep, a mini-hoop fob, a sewing spool bird pin keep and perched bird keep... everything coordinates! A pretty summery strawberry cross stitch design -- I never think about finishing something just in a plain wooden hoop -- I think that option is really neat.
All the charts and finishing templates for the wool birds are inside the pattern... you'll need to find an old wooden spool and a neat-looking hoop... or find new ones and distress them a little. Cute set of designs!
Witch Hazel Sampler
Well, is she not too cute? Offered as a chart... she is stitched on 35ct Weeks Straw Linen and measures approx 8 x 12. Check out the ruffles on the edge, THAT is regular NEW sheet music that you stain with coffee or tea, let it dry (baking it is fun!) cut it up and stick it on there like a mat!
Stitched with Sampler Threads... she's surrounded by Halloween cuteness!
Bunny & Co in Cross Stitch
Bunny & Co has been published in Punch Needle, but is now available in Cross Stitch, as well.
Stitched on Weeks 30ct Baby's Breath hand-dyed linen in 14 different shades of Weeks flosses, this finishes approx 10 x 6. A simple, but charming design, the stitching is easy, but really quite comanding!
A darling design...this one measures 90 stitches square. Choose any fabric you wish, there are instructions in here to coffee-stain, if you want, as well.
I love his little bunny head disguise on the stick! Charted for 11 different colors of DMC floss.
Joy to the World
Super-simple stitching on this... it is worked with DMC floss on 28ct Flax Cashel Linen over one thread.
Complete instructions are here for the 3 x 5-ish angel shape, and you'll have to get a little 'crafty' to tea-stain and bake the wings, and attach the roving hair. Darling!
Another charming shaped sampler, this one finishes approx 4 x 5-1/2, and features the distressed and baked antique sheet music paper treatment.
Almost no stitching at all, what a neat way to display just a hint of cross stitch nestled among your Christmas greenery! Offered as the chart with all the finishing instructions.
Feather Your Nest
This is a stunning piece... it finishes a mere 5 x 7-1/2 (over one) on 28ct Platinum Linen but uses 26 different DMC colors for its petite presentation! OK... it's OK to stitch it over two threads, too!
Very Early American in feel to me, very classic and clean, wouldn't this be pretty in a foyer or bedroom hallway? Chart format.
Well... you certainly won't want to eat this piece of Candy Corn! She needs to decorate the full bowl, though!
Offered as a chart, this is stitched on Weeks 30ct Gold Linen in 10 shades of Weeks overdyed flosses. She finishes a generous 4 x 6-ish size... so you may want to use 40ct instead, or stitch her over one of the 30. Cute, a very different finishing idea.
These charted designs are worked over one thread on 28ct linen and wrapped around cute, antique-y whisk brooms! Stitching is easy -- just DMC -- designs finish approx 2 x 3-ish. The brooms might be the challenge to find, but I imagine the World Wide Web can deliver some wonderful finds!
Oh this is cool, the pattern includes a 5 x 8 Bunny in the Bluebells pin keep, an 11 x 14 B is for Bunny wool applique picture, and 4-1/2 x 6 Spring has Sprung chick pin keep! Upon opening the pack, you'll find an AWESOME color image of the finished wool pic, all the actual sized templates for that pic as well as the bunny and chick that sit atop their stitched cushions.
The little bits of cross stitch are done with Weeks flosses; charts are included for those, too. Brenda even tells you how to *make* the distressed sheet music paper that decorates the picture! What a treat this set of patterns is!!!
Another of Brenda's charming heart-shaped pin cushions, this one goes with Sewing Bird and Love Letters... so sweet! Stitch the heart on two pieces of linen (or get fancy and use one piece but fold it to make the pocket)
Finish, and add an old photo or ticket stub, or package of antique needles or buttons. Offered as the chart, this finishes approx 6-1/2 inches stitched on 40ct.
This little guy is 10 inches tall stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Onyx hand-dyed linen. His pattern includes the actual sized template for his cut-out shape, and even the details of what his little front pocket is stuffed with! You do get the template for the sheet music star, and those instructions for distressing your paper. Neat finishing idea for a little bit of cross stitch!
Offered as the chart, the linen cut will do his front, back and pocket front. Check out O Christmas Tree farther down... that one is a snowman with a belly pocket!
A small spot-motif sampler complete with scattered alphabet, a trio of pumpkins and little turkey, this is worked with Weeks hand-dyed flosses on 28ct Flax Cashel Linen. Add a little of Brenda's coffee-staining, and you're finished!
Approx 5 x 6-1/2, offered as the chart.
Oh Christmas Tree
Wow... this is neat, it's a snowman with a stitched pocket-belly! (Just like Fraidy Felix!) Chart includes the actual-sized template for the snowman and all the how-to details. Stitched with DMC flosses on 32ct Platinum Linen, this is another one that gets distressed BEFORE you stitch the snowflakes in the sky, so there is more contrast for them!
The snowman is 9 inches tall, his pocket that you see stitched is about 4 x 5.
Partridge in a Pear Tree
Stitch a 6-inch Christmas Pear! DMC flosses, wool leaves, coffee distressing... choose a bit of vintage yellow-y fabric for the back, this is a cute little piece! She even used a real pear stem on the model!
Chart and how-to directions are all in here!
The design is on 28ct Flax linen using Weeks over-dyed flosses.
It finishes approx 13-1/2 x 8. 'She seeketh wool and flax...' the tiny motifs scattered about include houses and the barn, along with a few sheep scheduled to be sheared!!!
What a cute little egg! A 7-Inch Pin Keep, this is worked on 35ct cream linen using Weeks Dye Works over-dyed flosses. The top portion is simply little single Algerian Eye stitches here and there. The bottom portion is a bunny band sampler.
When you make the ribbon-trimmed egg, notice that you are folding over the bunny linen, to actually make a pocket on the front of the egg. Simple and fun! Offered as the chart, with finishing instructions.
Needles & Pins Heart
Stitch a blackbird and rich, flowing vine with DMC flosses on 35ct linen to make this charming 6-inch heart pincushion. After you stitch, distress all with coffee-dye... mount onto an old thread spool, and trim with a bit of old, mangled ribbon... you're finished!
A very simple blackbird and floral design, the presentation on this is divine! Offered as the chart, just choose bits of floss from your stash or follow the guide.
Brenda Gervais has new cross stitch designs that are just like no others! I wish this verse were charted... (It is in the package... and I bet you could chart it), and add it to this piece! 'Jolly Wolly pumpkin head, you're happy, tell us why? 'I'd rather be a pumpkin head than a pumpkin pie!' What a fun little farm scene with that big blackbird flying over the sunflowers! Stitched in regular DMC flosses, this finishes approx 8 x 8-1/2 on 32ct.
Sewing Bird Pin Keep
Brenda Gervais has a charming new primitive heart design that is stitched over one thread on 28ct, and then finished into a stuffed heart. She shows it perched atop an antique oil can, but a neat old thread spool would be cool, just anything you could use as a stand.
Simple Cross Stitches, she even gives you the instructions to make the little wool strawberry hanging on this! (It calls for a rusty safety pin to attach it!) Anyway, just a neat application for your needlework... I could see lots of smaller things finished like this -- a creative way to display! Heart Pin keep finishes approx 7 inches tall, offered as the chart with instructions.
Merry & Bright
Here's a primitive Santa... kind of larger than life (looking at the house and resident snowman!) But... I guess that's how we all remember Santa to be from years ago, when we couldn't wait for him to come!!! Part of the charm of this cross stitch design are all the dis-proportionate shapes and sizes that fill the spaces. The colors are simple DMC, the fabric is 28ct Platinum Cashel, and finished size runs approx 4 x 5.
The chart inside this package is AWESOME! It is a full color chart, printed on an 11x 15 piece of paper... it's so pretty that I want to just hang it on my wall like a poster! There are even instructions included to coffee-dye your Santa to make him grungy and mangy -- to match those grungy and mangy black candles in his sack!!! Offered as the chart.
Spring Tyme Sampler|
With Thy Needle & Thread's Brenda Gervais is finally branching out into cross stitch!!! She's a wonderful quilt and punch-needle designer -- one of my personal favorites -- and now has introduced two new cross stitch designs, as well as 4 more punch needle pieces!
Spring Tyme is a totally primitive alphabet piece... spindly letters, a few scattered motifs, mustard, khaki, drab brown and blue green DMC flosses... she includes instructions for coffee-dying the finished piece, BAKING it till it's dry, and then final pressing, for a totally mangy look! Stitched on 28ct linen, it finishes approx 6 x 8, and is charming!!!
Now for the fun part... you can tell those quilters apart from us cross stitchers, because WE'D buy the pre-finished hornbook board for mounting. SHE gives *full instructions* all the way from cutting the pine with a band saw, through sanding and whittling with a Dremel tool, painting, faux finishing, staining, and finally rubbing ground cinnamon onto the board with your hands! (she does, however, leave out instructions for cutting down the tree in the forest, to collect your wood!) I absolutely loved reading all those finishing instructions, but as a cross stitcher, I'm off to start my NEXT project when this one is stitched! (I wish I lived next door to Martha Stewart!) I love the design, which is offered as the chart, with those incredible instructions!
Here is a trio of very simple, primitive sampler designs that is finished so creatively! Offered as three individual charts, each one is on the small side, but assembled into endearing little shapes!
Welcome Sampler is a pineapple -- its stitched on 25ct in regular DMC floss -- and finishes a mere 3-1/2 inches tall (before its leaf top.)
ABC Pinkeep is a bird, perched on an old Singer Sewing Machine oil can. (You may have to get creative when you're out searching for your bird base!) A 4 x 3 sampler bird, its stitched in DMC flosses as well, and is holding a small wool strawberry in its mouth -- instructions include that template, too.
Finally, Gathering Acorns features the sampler bottom and a fabric cap. Stitch count on the acorn is a little bigger than its counterparts -- 88 x 99, so you may want to stitch all three on the same OR different fabrics.
I just love the idea of stitching these tiny pieces, and then finishing them into the various shapes. What a cool, unique way to treat your needlework! What lovely things to tuck into a medley of samplers. You could actually use them as pin cushions -- very untraditional ones, at that! All are offered in chart format with finishing instructions and actual sized shape templates.
This is a collection of 6 petite samplers -- just enchanting! Offered in a chart-pack, each 60 x 70-ish piece is charted in color on it's own page, using regular DMC flosses. Simple designs, very traditional, small and quick to stitch, you can execute these on almost any fabric you wish!
Our Flanged Tin Frame (opening is 2-3/4 x 2-7/8 with hanger on the back that works either direction) is perfect for any of them stitched over one on 25, 28, 30 or 32ct... so you can see that this is quite a versatile set of miniature samplers!
Finishes approx 5 x 6 on 30ct Weeks Parchment linen, stitched with Weeks flosses.
Love Letters & Chocolate Bunnies
Two new "Sampler Things" as I like to call them... Brenda Gervais has a precious new sampler that is finished into a little stuffed heart! Stitched on 28ct linen in DMC flosses, simple letters and tiny motifs are stitched, and then she gives you directions to further distress your stitching with coffee staining! Simple instructions to sew into a heart shape... you'll want to find an old, dirty key lying around somewhere -- that adds lots of charm!
Chocolate Bunnies is the same idea -- the eggs finish a turbo seven inches high!! Such simple ideas, not much stitching... but along with her acorns, cats, sampler bird and little pineapple.. I think these are SO cute and unique! Display them in an old wood bowl!
School Girl Sampler
Something a young girl would have stitched in school, this finishes approx 5-1/2 x 11 on 28ct.
A 6-inch pocket with an alphabet front, actual-sized templates included -- pretty for dried herbs, this is worked on 32ct.
A tiny thing, this finishes approx 3-1/2 x 4 on 32ct, stitched in DMC floss.
Black Cat Sampler
Well, if this isn't the cutest thing! Your kitty is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Onyx hand-dyed linen in shades of DMC floss. The pattern then calls for you to coffee stain it, and bake it in the oven, REALLY! (Gives it a more distressed look!!!)
Anyway, simple stitching, the pattern provides the actual-sized template of the cat-shape pillow, and tiny wool hat. Just so cool and different, kitty measures approx 12 inches when finished! Offered as the chart with templates for finishing.
Tricks & Treats
Darling, your cheerful pumpkin-witch is keeping out of the way of that *ferocious* black cat! Stitched in DMC flosses, you coffee stain this when finished to give it a time-worn look. Stitch count is 97 x 120, so size will vary depending on your fabric choices. Offered as a chart, I think its just a fun little piece!
The Homestead Sampler
I LOVE this piece, but it is definitely NOT for the weak-of-puncher!!!!! A sampler-inspired design that punches 9-1/2 x 9-1/2... you'll go through lots of thread on this one, and you'll need a larger frame or at least a 12-inch hoop. The design comes with a 1/2 yd cut of Weaver's cloth... but alas, you have to trace this design onto it yourself. (I hate that part...)
Anyway, over-the-top charming... you will end up with a piece that will be treasured for years and years to come!
Bittersweet & Boo
This is a darling black cat, complete with GHOST ghourd pail! Only 5-1/2 inches tall... you might have to work at keeping the finished kitty away from YOUR kitty!
Prestamped onto Weaver's Cloth.
A darling squirrel guarding his harvest of squash, acorns and candy corn! He finishes approx 4 x 6.
Boo & Jack
This is a fun, stuffed pumpkin... templates for finishing are included. Approx 7-inches in size, they've attached a real pumpkin stem to this!
Finishes approx 5 x 5-1/2, punch this so the sky follows the curved contour of the hill and top of design. The pic is a great reference!
Peace on Earth
Another awesome design, this finishes approx 5 x 6-1/2, the black is an elegant background!
Awesome Valdani colors, very primitive! Finishes approx 5 x 5-1/2.
She's an angel punched in sage greens, aged white, and dark reds! Finishes approx 5 x 5-1/2.
Finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6-1/2, just a couple of snowmen out for evening!!! Choose a neat blue-black overdyed for that night sky, and consider a touch of opalescent mixed in with your star color.
A Spring Bunny tending the blooms -- for a future meal? Change the dress color is the blue seems too bright... Finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6.
Huge pumpkin patch complete with black cat, this finishes a whopping 4-1/2 x 7! An arch shape, it's kind of hard to see against the painted paddle it's finished on.
Treats for Tricksters
Quite a dramatic piece, this punches approx 4 x 5-1/2. The overdyed colors seem to contour -- they follow the outlines of that grand cat, and the pumpkin man. Very festive for Halloween!
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