Wednesday, March 25, 2020

These Crazy Times!


Hi Everyone!

I truly don't have much, if any, news to share with you.  Just wanted to check in to be sure everyone is doing well during these crazy and scary times.  Like you, I'm holed up in my house, doing just about everything I can think of doing.  I design samplers, print charts, fill orders,  make jewelry, list jewelry, clean, do laundry and all the other mundane things we do throughout the day.   I must admit, I'm ready to get OUT of this house and do something fun!!  If it ever stops raining, I'm just going to get in my car and drive.  Anywhere.  Everywhere.  If I see you out front, I'll wave!  

I hope you are all well and staying safely indoors.  Keep washing your hands.  Take deep breaths, watch old movies, do what makes you happy!  And know I'm thinking about you!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

New Designs for Nashville Market!



 It's that exciting time of the year!!  Social media seems to be flooded with photos of new designs from designers everywhere!  It's so much fun!  Not to be left out in the cold, I thought it's time I posted my new designs here with all the information you might need to stitch them.

Above is A.H. to E.E.  This is a reproduction of an 1806 Quaker Sampler I found at the antique markets in Pennsylvania last summer.  The antique dealer I purchased the antique from told me the sampler came from England.  My repro is stitched on 36-count Legacy Linen from Picture This Plus using Needlepoint Silks in just one color - #646, which is a dark shutter green.  Stitched over two threads of linen on 36-count linen, using TWO strands of floss required FIVE SKEINS of silk.  The stitch count is 147 stitches wide by 187 stitches high.


Eden's Dollhouse.  This was a teaching piece from a class I taught in Indiana in 2019.  It's an original design.  I designed the house and then tried to figure out the absolute weirdest thing I could put inside of it.  And Adam & Eve it was!!  It's stitched on 36-count Legacy Linen from Picture This Plus using Gentle Art Sampler Threads in:  Autumn Leaves, Endive, Gold Leaf, Grasshopper, Mulberry, Onyx, Raven, Piney Woods, Presidential Blue, Sable and Shaker White.  The stitch count is 92 wide by 94 high.

 Mary Anne March is an original design.  I've been wanting to do a simple marking sampler and use the most aged colors I could find.  So I did it!  It is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads in:  Aged Pewter, Caramel Corn, Cider Mill Brown, Flax, Lexington Green, Maple Syrup, Sage and Wood Smoke.  Complete instruction are provided for this fabulous finish, done by Carmen Sutton.  The stitch count is 95 wide by 109 high.  This piece is stitched on 40-Count Heartland from Picture This Plus.


The Mary Lutz sampler is actually a reproduction of an antique Pennsylvania-German showtowel stitched by Mary in 1835.  The showtowel was a Christmas gift from my sweet daughter, Liz.  This piece is stitched on 36-Count "Linen" from Weeks Dye Works using Needlepoint Silks in #124 and #986.  Cross stitch is used throughout.  The stitch count is 203 wide by 249 high.


M. Pillet is an exact reproduction of an antique sampler from Paris, France.  It is stitched on 35-Count Beige Linen from Weeks Dye Works using Needlepoint Silks in 635 and 861.  The stitch count is 113 Wide by 112 High.  Complete finishing instructions are included.



 B.R.'s Moth is not a reproduction of an antique sampler, but is a reproduction of an antique moth!  This sampler is stitched on 40-count Havana from Weeks Dye Works using Needlepoint Silk over two threads of linen.  Cross stitch is used throughout.  Needlepoint Silks used are:  121, 131, 533, 692, 698, 761, 764, 767, 772, 904, 912, 964, 966, 973, 984.  The stitch count is 134 wide by 105 high.

 

 Pinstuck Pincushions.  These are traditionally christening pillows and were made as a gift to new mothers.  I believe this antique pincushion was made by the mother herself and was used to commemorate the birth of all of her children.  Both sides of the pincushion are used to indicate the year of her childrens' births.  I include complete instructions for creating your pincushion and sticking pins OR stitching the years if you prefer. 


 Sarah Hughes, 1821.  This is an exact reproduction of an antique sampler I found in Paradise, Pennsylvania.  It was hanging in an antique mall and it was love at first sight.  It was also very expensive.  So, I visited the sampler three times before I decided to purchase it.  And when I finally did buy it, I put it on layaway for a month!  It was a happy, happy day when I brought it home!
This sampler is stitched on 40-count Cocoa linen from Weeks Dye Works using Needlepoint Silk over two threads of linen.  Cross stitch is used throughout.  There are 17 cross stitches over one thread of linen.  The stitch count is 180 wide by 415 high.  Needlepoint Silk colors used are:  315, 316, 564, 587, 642, 644, 694,754, 765, 851.


Susan Hilliar, 1852.  Susan's sampler is an exact reproduction of an antique English sampler stitched in 1852.  The reproduction is stitched on 36-count Legacy Linen from Picture This Plus using one strand of Needlepoint Silk over both one and two threads of linen.  Cross stitch is used throughout.  Using motifs from the antique sampler, I designed a pincushion as a companion piece to the sampler.  Stitch Count:  116 wide by 104 high.  Needlepoint Silks used are:  293, 298, 587, 641, 692, 694, 761, 763, 911, 993.


A Visit From Spot.  Do you remember Spot the Horse?  It was a design I did under Carriage House Samplings many moon ago.  I wanted to bring Spot back and here he is!  The sampler is stitched on 40-count linen from Picture This Plus using Needlepoint Silk and one skein of Chimney Sweep Silk 'N Colors from The Thread Gatherer.  Needlepoint Silks used are:  224, 244, 342, 634, 692, 693, 704, 763, 911, 955.  I designed a companion pincushion of spot using the same colors.  The stitch count of the sampler is 119 Wide by 116 High.

If you see pieces you would like to stitch, please contact your local needlework shop to pre-order the designs before Market.  Shops should have them available when they return from Market.  I won't be listing them in my Etsy shop for a few weeks, as I want to give shops a chance to sell them first.

Thank you!! 

P.S.  I'm so very sorry about the background color and font color.  If I knew how to fix it, I would in a heartbeat!
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hello From Liz Mathews


We have a new designer in our midst!

Namely, my daughter, Liz Mathews.

Liz has a new love - Punch Needle!  And she's thoroughly addicted!  She's been punching non stop for months and has four patterns ready to go with many more on the way.

Here's a preview!


This is Ichabod Crane and is one of my favorites!
This gorgeous piece is called Flower Garden.

This one is called Hold Fast.  It's a reproduction of a tiny framed piece we found while antiquing.

To see these and her other new designs, please visit her Etsy Shop:  www.hellofromLizMathews.etsy.com.  


She'll be happy to have you!
Monday, July 8, 2019

New Designs! (Edited)

Edited to add - Charts have been shipped to needlework shops nation-wide.  And, these are available now in my Etsy Shop!
 
I've three new designs to share with you this morning!!

The one above is called Daniel and is named for my brother, Dan.  

Here are the details:

Daniel was stitched on 36-Count Sand from Picture This Plus using one strand of Needlepoint Silk over two threads of linen. Cross stitch is used throughout.

NPI silks used are: 132,133, 184A, 187, 316, 324, 450, 562, 564, 603, 604, 605, 615, 672, 673, 675, 742, 749, 754, 755, 811, 963, 967, 972.

The stitch count is 152 wide by 201 high.


Next is Thomas, named for my brother Tom.

Here are the details:
Thomas was stitched on 36-Count Heartland from Picture This Plus using two strands of Needlepoint Silk over two threads of linen. Cross stitch is used throughout.

NPI silks used are: 146, 186, 244, 293, 296, 312, 313, 331, 341, 346, 404, 544, 554, 634, 643, 753, 843, 886, 923, 957, 963, 974, 984, 998.

Stitch Count: 150 Wide by 172 High


This is Uncle Sam.  Nope, I don't have a brother named Sam!

Here are the details:

Uncle Sam was stitched on 36-Count Heartland from Picture This Plus using two strands of Needlepoint Silk and the Thread Gatherer's Silk 'N Colors over two threads of linen. The star in Uncle Sam's hat is straight stitched, other wise all stitching is cross stitch.

Threads used are:
Potter's Clay, Yellow Crane and Texas Bluebonnet from The Thread Gatherer.
Needlepoint Silks: 134, 186, 204*, 772, 867, 903, 963, 965, 991BB, 993.
*Only three stitches in this color.

The Stitch Count is 154 wide by 149 high.

That's it!  I do have another brother named Gerald, so you can expect another botanical bird design in the future!

Happy Monday!
Friday, March 8, 2019

New Needlework Labels!


I have new Needlework Label sets available!

Honest to goodness, these are so much fun for me.  I just can't stop!

The first set I'll show you is called Cool Ladyes.









And the next set is Dogs in Early Folk Art.  Here they are:









Both sets are now available in my Etsy Shop:

Have a great weekend!
Thursday, February 21, 2019

New Designs for Nashville, 2019!


In my computer files, this is called A Stitcher's Stocking, but it ended up being The Embroideress Stocking.  According to Instagram and Facebook, it is, by far, the most popular of my new designs.  It was stitched and finished (so beautifully) by Rindy Richards.  The linen is 36-count Beige from Weeks Dye Works.  Needlepoint Silks were used in 123, 124, 125, 183, 406, 473, 642, 704, 867, 899, 963 and 998.  As always, a conversion to DMC is provided.  The back is a cotton quilting fabric done in a patchwork design by Rindy.  The stitch count is 172 wide by 447 high.


This is H.L.'s Moth.  This is a reproduction of an antique sampler found for my by Theresa Venette.  I am ever to grateful!  The original sampler was worked in brightly colored yarns, but my repro is done in silk threads.  Beth Wiksen stitched the model (perfectly I might add!) and, like the original stitcher, she pieced the fabric in the exact same places on both the right and left sides.  Carmen Sutton (the brave, tiny stitching girl that she is!), stitched the design over one of 40-count linen and finished it into a wonderful flat pin cushion.  I, in turn, turned it into a necklace.  I will have necklace finishing kits available in Nashville complete with all the parts you'll need and finishing instructions.  Our sampler is stitched on 40-Count Havanna from Weeks Dye Works using needlepoint silks in:  124, 204, 205, 208, 296, 692, 693, 954, 986.  A conversion to DMC is provided.  The stitch count it:  133 wide by 74 high.


This design is called Mother Nature.  It was sitched by Beth Wiksen and is modeled after my Deer Santa design.  This is stitched on 36-Count Legacy from Picture This Plus using Needlepoint Silks in:  154, 184A, 207, 324, 546, 693, 694, 704, 952, 957, 963, 964, 976, 991B.  As always, a conversion to DMC is provided.


Needle Work (of course!) was stitched in record time by Carol Sims, who stitches one model a year for me!  The linen is 36-Count Relic and Needlepoint Silks were used in:  315, 841, 993, 972.  As always,.......you know the drill!  The stitch count is 95 wide by 119 high.  I look foward to seeing all the different color ways you can use in this design!


This one is called Exceedingly Fine Tea, though it's already been shortened in my head to Fine Tea!  This was stitched by Rindy Richards on 40-Count Bramble by Picture This Plus.  Needlepoint Silks were used in:  186, 202, 315, 324, 345, 701. 931, 931A, 954, 957, 976 and one strand of The Thread Gatherer's Silk 'n Colors in Slate Blue.  A conversion is provided....  The stitch count is 73 wide by 209 high.


Ocean Blue stocking was stitched and finished by Rindy Richards.  Rindy is SO good at these stockings!!  She even added tiny pearls to the very bottom of the stocking around the treasure chest.  Perfect!  Check out that whale!!  Our stocking is stitched on Arctic from Picture This Plus which is such a beautiful color.  Both Needlepoint Silks and The Thread Gatherer's Silk 'n Colors were used.  Needlepoint Silks used are:  243, 561, 562, 564, 566, 571, 607, 635, 772, 862, 877, 955, 993.  Silk 'n Colors needed are:  Honeysuckle White, Industrial Stone and Smoke Stack.  The stitch count is 172 wide by 447 high.


Ruth Ellen Haystack is an antique reproduction sampler.  Our was stitched on 36-Count Beige linen from Weeks Dye Works using Needlepoint Silks in 122, 124, 293, 963, 964, 966.  The stitch count is 186 wide by 141 high.  I love the muted colors in this sampler!

That's it!  I hope you find one or two designs you like!
Monday, February 4, 2019

New Needlework Labels Now Available!!


Just picked up my two new sets of Needlework Labels from my Printer!


These things make me ridiculously happy!


The first set is called "Cats in Early Folk Art"



And the second set is "Children & Their Birds"



I changed the text part of the labels this time to include more information.


I had planned to save these for the Nashville Market in March, but decided that those of you who bought them up last time deserved the first shot at these.

They are in my sampler Etsy Shop if you're interested:


Have a great day!

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