Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Archer & Olive

 I got an amazing box of planner/journaling goodies in the mail today.  I've been an avid planner fan for many years and I love all of the great products available today. 

 I just found a new company I had to share with you. It is Archer & Olive.

Website link:   Archer & Olive

And I got an affiliate code for you. 
Use the code fromtheheart10 for 10% off

My Archer and Olive Subscription Box arrived today. So let's do an unboxing.

Marvin was a big fan right away and climbed in the box while I checked out all the goodies.

First of all there was this cute canvas bag. I can't have enough bags.

Super useful cling stamps with acrylic blocks and ink pads.

Archer & Olive Acrylograph pens. I can't wait to try these.

Two sticker packs.

And the best part.....

Three of their Notebooks!! 
They all have ultra thick paper that doesn't bleed through. 
The red one is lined, the teal one is dot grid, and the purple one is blank.

I think I'll use the red one to keep a record of my finished stitched pieces. I want a place I can put photos, list the linen and threads I used, and other notes about the pieces. Especially the stories about my antique samplers and reproductions.

I think Ricco was a little jealous.

Marvin is as happy with his box as I am with my new notebooks and accessories. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Spring 2021 Releases

I always look forward to spring. In Idaho sometimes our winters last longer than they should, but there is always the hope of spring. I will put out spring decorations even though there are still large drifts of snow in the yard. Even though winter seems to last forever here I've been busy stitching for spring and summer releases. The Needlework Expo is the first weekend of March and I'm so excited to share these new releases. Contact your favorite LNS to get on their preorder list.

Mini Celebrations Series

The first two in this series are ready to release. Mini Spring and Mini Birthday.  The stitch count for both of them is 48 wide by 80 high.  I stitched the models on 36 count so they will fit in a premade 4" by 6" frame. I've listed the sizes on different counts of linen below.

28 count  - 3.4” by 5.7”           

32 count  - 3” by 5”          

36 count  - 2.6” by 4.4”           

40 count  - 2.4” by 4”

Mini Spring 

This is stitched on 36 count Vintage Country Mocha linen. 

I used Gentle Art Sampler Threads: Bittersweet 0570, Blue Jay 0210, Berry Cobbler 7011, Carriage Black 7095, Cidermill Brown 7007, Lemon Drops 0650, Mistletoe 0570, Pink Azalea 0710.

There is a complete DMC conversion included on the chart.

Mini Birthday

The model is stitched 1 over 2 on 36 count Bramble linen from Picture This Plus.

I used hand dyed threads from Classic Colorworks: Deep Sea Blue, Sugared Violets, Onion Skin, Crushed Pineapple, Sea Shelley, Eve’s Leaves, Caterpillar


Welcome Spring Sampler

The stitch count is 81 wide by 117 high.

28 count  - 5.78” by 8.35”     

32 count  - 5” by 7.31”     

36 count  - 4.5” by 6.5”          

40 count  - 4” by 5.85”

 I have included a chart for a pinkeep or small pillow. Stitch count for this is 46 wide by 55

 The model is stitched 1 over 2 on 36 count Vellum from Picture This Plus

 I used hand dyed threads from Weeks Dye Works:  Cherub 1134, Sockeye 2249, Banana Pudding 1112, Driftwood 1222, Scuppernong 2196, Jay Bird 2110

 The finished stitched piece will fit in a premade 5" by 7" frame if you stitch on 36 or 40 count fabric.


Freedom Quaker

The stitch count is 81 wide by 117 high,

Fabric:  The model is stitched 1 over 2 on 40 count Confederate Gray linen from Weeks Dye Works.

 I stitched with Hand Dyed Threads from Classic Colorworks: Cocoa Bean, Blacksmith Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Eggshell, Honeycomb, English Ivy


Jobiena 1841

 I found this antique sampler last summer and instantly loved it. The colors start very soft at the top with an almost ghost alphabet. As she stitched her sampler, Jobiena added small bits of color increasing the intensity until she reached the bottom with cherry reds, green and dark gray. This isn't a huge sampler and will fit perfectly in a small spot on your sampler wall. I found quite a bit of information about the stitcher and included this in the chart.

The stitch count is 151 wide by 144 high

28 count: 10.8” by 10.3”         

32 count: 9.4” by 9”         

36 count: 8.4” by 8”         

40 count: 7.5” by 7.2”

This was stitched on 36 count Bramble from Picture This Plus. 1 over 2, with Needlepoint Inc. Silks.

NPI              DMC

755             3721

614             931

671             168

672             169

753             152

182             841

674             413

332             732

There are no specialty stitches on this sampler.               


Catherine Jessie White 1891

This is another antique I've been working on this winter. It is slightly newer than Jobiena. But she had access to dyed threads. The brown of the border and the pink she used have lovely variations of color. So I took her color cues and stitched the model in hand dyed silks. The thing that stands out in this sampler is the bright colors she choose.

I had so much fun researching Catherine. I found great information about her and her family. I even found her connection to the Rose Hill House in Sittingbourne, Kent, England. I've been in contact with the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne. They were thrilled to add more to her story and plan on featuring Catherine and her sampler in their April newsletter. More details are included in the chart.

The stitch count is 253 wide by 178 high

28 count: 18” by 12.7”       

32 count: 15.8” by 11.1”         

36 count: 14” by 9.8”     

40 count: 12.6” by 8.9”                                                                                                                

The model was stitched on 40 count Beach Brew from R and R Reproductions. 1 over 2

The model was stitched with Silk ’N Colors from The Thread Gatherer.

Glowing Embers SNC 292, Rose Briar SNC 142, Dried Thyme SNC 156, Lizard Back SNC 338, Slug Bug SNC 260, Idaho Storm SNC 1038, Cherry Field SNC 1055, Whippoorwill Lane SNC 146

A full DMC conversion is included. There are no specialty stitches on this sampler.  When stitched on 40 count fabric, this will fit in an 11" by 14" frame. The chart includes personal information about Catherine.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rose Garden Sampler

It's time to share the project I've been working on since the middle of August.  This is another From the Heart Reproduction.  The antique is from the very late 1800's. Here is a photo of the reproduction. Don't you just love that rosebud border?

 I stitched it on 36 count Winter Brew from R and R Reproductions. It was the perfect background for the Needlepoint Inc. Silks. The chart also has a DMC conversion. The stitch count is 193 wide by 144 high. I also designed a small adaptation piece. Scroll down to see more of it.

I finished it into a little needlebook. The stitch count is 135 wide by 63 high. It is also stitched on Winter Brew with NPI Silks.
I highlighted the initials of my grandkids.  It's a fun little way to honor them. There are eight, but some of them share initials. Love you Kymber, Sydni, Kaden, Alexis (Lexi), Quinn, Easton, Demi, and Saige.

I included simple finishing instructions for a needlebook, but this would also be great as a drum finish.

As I was stitching the middle roses, I was continually having to jump pages, so I went and printed out one sheet of just the middle of the chart. It made it so much easier to stitch, You'll be glad to know I included a page of just this middle motif in with the chart.  

Here's a photo of the antique.
Contact your local needlework shop for pre-orders. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Another Chart Fix ~

This chart has another little error.  
In the DMC conversion, the green, Classic Colorworks Lemon Grass should be DMC 562, not 652. 

This chart would be a perfect one to try picking your own colors. Choose a color for the lettering, which could be a very colorful overdyed, or just your favorite color.  Pick a green and a couple of colors for the flowers that you think coordinate well and start stitching.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Chart fix ~

If you have this Spring Begins chart you might be like Dawn who contacted me about why the chart inside didn't match the cover photo. I went in and got it fixed, so in the future it won't be a problem. 
Here is a photo of the chart that fixes the problem. So if you have the chart you now have two choices on how to stitch it. 

If you would like, I have a PDF of the new chart that I can send you. 
 Just email me a picture of your chart and cover photo. 
madebywendy @ gmail . com

Sunday, May 31, 2020

June Releases

I'm so looking forward to this new release. I have two reproduction samplers that I've been working on and they are ready to ship next week. I just need to get the final cover photos taken and get a newsletter email off to my list of needlework shops. If your shop wants this info, please message me. 

The first is Strawberry Sampler.  This early 1800s sampler was stitched by Eliza Clunes, age 12.  

I loved the bright colors she chose to stitch with and the fun motifs at the bottom of her sampler.  I stitched the sampler in Needlepoint Inc. Silks on Legacy from Picture This Plus. The adaptation pieces are stitched with the Weeks Dye Works hand dyed cotton conversion. Hopefully this helps you choose which threads you want to stitch with. 

The sampler includes Smyrna Crosses and Eyelet stitches. Bonus, the Eyelet alphabet only has 22 letters. 

This is a sweet little drum that highlights the strawberry border.

I pulled different parts from Eliza's sampler and made a needlebook. This could easily be stitched into two squares and put on the front and back of a small stitching bag.

I added a scissor pocket and a wool piece for needles and pins. The trims are by Lady Dot Creates.

Alice Harris 1835 has a completely different color palette and style. There is some over one stitching in one row of letters, the verse, and her personalization. The deer are over one also, but I found if I stitched the outline and the legs in full crosses then I could fill in the body with a tent stitch. This method went quite quickly.  There are some fun vertical half cross stitches in the middle band of flowers. 

 By switching between the border and the verse this was quite enjoyable to stitch. The sampler is stitched with Sampler Threads from the Gentle Art. There is a full Needlepoint Inc. Silks conversion and I pulled parts together to make the small framed piece so I could stitch with the Silks. It is designed to go off the sides of the frame, but would make a sweet pillow too. The sampler is stitched on Beige linen from Weeks Dye Works. The small framed piece and the drum are stitched on Bramble from Picture This Plus.

On Alice's sampler she had stitched something that looked like scary moths, or flying lobsters. I decided to design butterflies to replace them with, but the chart does include a graph for her original moths so you get to choose what to put in your version of Alice's sampler.

 I thought the bottom part would make a perfect drum, So I rearranged things a bit, chose a new color palette in Weeks Dye Works and stitched a drum. I really didn't want to stitch the deer again, so they are missing from the drum. 

This has been such a fun project to work on. And I'm so excited to get started charting a third reproduction sampler that arrived last week.  It is amazing.  

I will get more details out to needlework shops this week, so you can begin contacting them for pre-orders.

Happy Stitching, Wendy

Friday, May 22, 2020

It's Summer!

The calendar says Summer is coming, but here in SE Idaho it is a rainy gloomy day. My tomato and pepper plants haven't made it out to the garden yet, but that doesn't mean I can't start stitching for summer.  So many of you enjoyed the It's Spring! free chart so here is It's Summer! 

I hope you are all doing well and finding time to stitch.  I have two reproduction samplers that are getting framed this week. There are also some antique sampler adaption pieces that will be included along with the samplers. I cannot wait to share these with you, so stay tuned to Instagram or Facebook this week for peeks.

Facebook: @needleartbywendy
Instagram: @stitchingfromtheheart and @wendypeatross

Happy Stitching,  Wendy