Thursday, July 9, 2015

Updates ~

I think an update is long over due. So here is a wrap up of what we've released this summer.  First there are the May, June, July and August Floral Postcards.  There are fun, quick to stitch and can be framed or finished into a small pillow or hanging to display each month.

 Then there are the next two in the Bird Sampler Series.  There is the Robin Sampler and the Chickadee Sampler. I love the R & R Reproductions fabric this is stitched on. Coming this fall there will be one last one to bring the total in the series to 6. It will be a Goldfinch Sampler.  These can be combined into one band sampler with simple directions available as a free chart. If you would like the PDF files of the combination sampler, please email me and I'll get it off to you.  madebywendy @ gmail .com

This bird series has been so much fun to do. And to carry on the with the bird theme, there is a cute bird pincushion coming in August.  Stay tuned for more information on that.  It is one of my favorites.

Note ~ The Robin Sampler is missing a symbol.  The letters are stitched the same red color as the Robin's Red Breast.

Sunflower Fields ~

Here is a fun new release.  It is called Sunflower Fields. I have stitched it two ways and the chart includes three thread palettes for you to choose from.  Weeks Dye Works threads, Silk 'n Colors from The Thread Gatherer, and DMC. My favorite thing about this chart is the 6" Lone Elm Lane box that it is shown on. These are such high quality boxes and so fun to display stitching on. There is also an extra little chart for the front and back of a scissor fob.  The chart includes little corner motifs you can stitch to make the piece square to frame or put on a pillow, or leave them off to put your piece on the Lone Elm Lane box.

Colorful Quakers

I have enjoyed this series of Colorful Quaker designs.  So far there are the Autumn Quaker, Spring Quaker, Patriotic Quaker and Summer Quaker.  Watch for the Halloween Quaker and Christmas Quaker coming this fall.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

New Releases ~

I am loving our beautiful March weather, but I'm also looking forward to April. And here it is! The April - Floral Postcard is ready to order and is heading to my distributors this week. 
It is stitched on 30 ct. Weeks Dye Works Cappuccino linen with Weeks Dye Works threads: Sage, Dove, Camellia, Sweetheart Rose and Scuppernog.

Also ready for release is the new Bird Sampler! The Cardinal Sampler is stitched on 30 ct. Abecedarian linen from R and R Reproductions. It is stitched with Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art:: Barn Grey, Brick Path, Cucumber, Schoolhouse Red and Raven.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Releases for Nashville Needlework Market ~

In just one week we will be heading to the Nashville Needlework Market. I have been busy getting new things ready to show. Here is a round up of what will be available.

I am releasing two new charts in the "Colorful Quaker Series". To join the Quaker Autumn and Quaker Spring I am releasing Patriotic Quaker and Summer Quaker.

Patriotic Quaker is stitched on 30 ct. Weeks Dye Works Straw linen. Stitched with Weeks Dye Works Oak, Lancaster Red and Navy.

Summer Quaker is stitched on Weeks Dye Works Light Khaki linen and stitched with Sampler a Threads: Sweet Pea, Highland Heather, Liberty, Lexington Green and Roasted Marshmallow
It's time to share another new release! This is Fairy Garden Needle Book. I stitched it on 30 ct. Angel Hair linen from Weeks Dye Works. I used Silk 'N Colors threads from The Thread Gatherer: Gartenfarn SNC 195, Fairy Quilt Cottage SNC 117, and Mayfair SNC 1056. (There is a DMC conversion included 371, 156, and 3722) the pattern includes finishing instructions.
 I'm so excited to share the first of a new series with you. This is January. The first in the Floral Postcard Series. I will have this chart along with February and March at the Nashville Market. The rest will be released monthly through the rest of the year.

They are all stitched on Weeks Dye Works Cappuccino 30 ct. Linen. January uses these Weeks Dye Works threads: Sage, Dove, Kudzu, Busy Lizzie, and Romance.


And here is a peek at February - Floral Postcard. The stitch count for all of these is 79 wide by 55 high. The threads are Weeks Dye Works Sage, Dove, Ivy, Dahlia, Buttercup, Taffeta, and Juniper.

And the threads for March are Weeks Dye Works: Sage, Dove, Squash, Saffron, Dried Sage and Pecan

These next two are my Nashville Exclusive Releases. They will be made available for general release in a couple of months.  The stitch count is 89 wide by 53 high. I have stitched it on the beautiful Abecedarian Linen from R and R Reproductions. The threads for Bluebird Sampler are Sampler Threads: Old Purple Paint, Porabella, Mountain Mist, Old Red Paint, Crystal Lake, Freedom and Roasted Marshmallow.  Blackbird Sampler uses Sampler Threads: Cherry Bark, Picnic Basket, Endive, Mustard Seed and Espresso Bean. 

I am also designing a Compilation Bird Sampler. It will give directions to combine all 5 or 6 Bird Samplers into one that includes extra rows of text. Watch here on my blog for the direction sheet and photos.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Frances Carter Sampler

And here is the first of the Spring Releases for Nashville.

This is the Frances Carter Sampler. It is dedicated to my Grandma Frances. She was a writer and I love reading her books of poetry and short stories. This sampler has a few lines from one of her poems.

Lilacs are in bloom;
Beautiful as quaint old lace,
Fragrant as young love.

This chart is also the first to introduce my new format charts.  
They have a cover photo and instructions in a reusable ziplock bag.

The stitch count is 152 wide by 138.  I stitched it on 32 count Lambswool Linen, over 2 threads. It measures 9 1/2 inches wide by 9 inches high. It is stitched with 2 ply of Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art: Grape Arbor, Moonlit Path, Raspberry Frost, Endive, Harvest Basket, Summer Shower.

A little catch up ~

 So it is time to catch up the blog with the fall releases so I can begin to add the new spring releases soon.

Here they are:

Sweet Little Sampler ~ this is 56 wide by 51 high and stitched on a sweet pink fabric from Lakeside Linens.  I used Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art: Baked Clay 7088, Cornhusk 0450, Faded Rose 7090, Hyacinth 0850, and Roasted Marshmallow 7057.

This is Because It's Spring ~ It is 136 wide by 52 high. I stitched it on Weeks Dye Works Light Khaki Linen over 2 threads. I used 2 ply of Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art:  Baked Clay 7088, Fudge Ripple 1180, Faded Rose 7090, Grasshopper 0112, Liberty 7038, Old Purple Paint 7062, Toasted Barley 7064, and Uniform Blue 7055. DMC conversion included.

This is Queen of Hearts Needlebook ~ I stitched my daughters' initials on the little sampler on the cover.  It i s stitched on Lambswool Linen from Wichelt Imports over 2 threads.  It is stitched with 2 ply of Sampler Threads from the Gentle Art: Apple Cider 7041, Bayberry 7039, Faded Rose 7090, Garden Gate 7067, and Old Purple Paint 7062. DMC conversion included. Following is a photo of how I finished the inside and the scissor fob too.

And here is The Crow. It includes the stitched piece and a pattern for a punch needle version too.  It is stitched over 2 on cream Cashel from Zweigart. I used 2 ply of Weeks Dye Works threads: Squash 2224, Mascara 3910, London Fog 1198 and Whitewash 1091. For the punch needle project I used 3 ply of the threads.