Tuesday, September 2, 2014

We Have a Winner!


Random number generation / Random Numbers

Generate a random number between and  = 13


Using a Random Number Generator, (where I really did put in the numbers 1 and 21), the winning number was 13.  And the 13th comment was from SamplerLover.

SamplerLover if you could please email me at kathybarrick@gmail.com with your mailing address, I will put this chart in the mail to you today!

Thank you to all who participated!  If I run across any more charts, I will let you know!
Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Give Away!!


During a recent linen search, I ran across this pattern from the Goode Huswife.  I have no plans to use it, so thought one of you might like it.  If so, please leave a comment for me.


I will choose a name tonight and put it in the mail to the winner tomorrow morning.
I will be contacting the winner for their mailing address tonight.

Good luck!
Monday, August 25, 2014

Bird Study


A new design coming your way very soon!

I'm not sure you're going to like this one, but I certainly hope you do!

Thank you to Beth Wiksen for stitching the model so perfectly.

And thank you too to Maria Kleinman, from Audrey Sparrow jewelry on Etsy for sharing her very cool name with me.


Details:

The model was stitched on 40-count Autumn Gold from Lakeside Linens using one strand of Needlepoint Silk in these colors:  183, 202, 316, 479, 524, 525, 561, 696, 706, 721, 863, 876, 951, 962, 964, 972, 991BB, 998.

The stitch count is 80 wide by 124 high.

The frame is from my local A.C. Moore.

The charts are going to the printers tomorrow and should be finished by the end of this week.

Have a great one!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Victorian Velvet Lockets


I absolutely LOVE Victorian-era Velvet Lockets!


They are pretty hard to find and when I do find them, I tend to pounce!


All of the ones I've found have contained old tintype photos of not very attractive people.


Which is absolutely fine unless you plan to make jewelry with them.


Which I do!


See?!


So, I replaced the photos and got to work.  What FUN!!



I'm going to give the new owners of these pieces the option of having the front cover of the lockets removed.  I think they necklaces are much more beautiful when the photos inside are showing.  And, I'd be sure to send along the covers.



I'm off to my Etsy shop to list them now!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stitcher's Finishes


Heather Long, who currently lives in South Korea, stitched my Strawberry Bird pattern over one thread on 26 count linen she hand painted!  Imagine!!  Heather says:   I used variegated HDF and changed the design a bit as I want to give it to a friend who has two dogs, one red and one white. It is quite tiny, see the photo with the dollar bill for comparison, but was awfully fun to stitch.

Look how tiny!!!


Heather is not only an amazing stitcher but she's a fan of my jewelry as well.  She wears my pieces in South Korea!  How cool is that??!!


Next, Veena Parrikar, who lives in Silicon Valley, California, stitched my CHS design The Birds & the Bees.  She used used Vikki Claytons' HDF silks. 


Look at the colors!!  They are gorgeous!!


As you know, all of my old CHS designs are still available from my sister, Marty.  Her email is chsamplings@gmail.com.

Thank you Heather and Veena for sharing your gorgeous work!!

On the home front, I had a fabulous day yesterday at the antique markets in Pennsylvania.  When I lived in York, the markets were a short 40-minute drive from my house.  Now it takes me 2 1/2 hours to get there.  It's so worth the trip!  The markets open early, early in the morning, so I left my house at 5:00 AM.  It didn't take me long to go through my allotted spending money and I was back home by 1:00 PM.  I found wonderful treasures for my jewelry!  It will be a fun, fun, fun week of jewelry-making for me!

Have a great week! 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Details


I've got a new design coming very soon!


It's quite unusual and I'm not sure how you are going to feel about it.


Sweet Stitcher Girl, Beth, stitched it.  And helped me with the colors.


I'm waiting for the frame to arrive.  Then I can start the usual process....stretching, framing, photographing, chart lay out, printing, and making charts.

And now I'm off to make jewelry.  Yay!!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Friday, August 1, 2014

A New Design!


It's ready!!  And it has the most stupid name in the whole wide world....A Hallowe'en Birthday.  Can't get much worse than that!  I truly could not think of a better name.  How I wish I could have!

Anyway, here are the dirty little details:

Stitch Count:  106 wide by 82 high

The linen is 40-Count Lentil from Lakeside Linens.
Needlepoint Silk in:  184, 204, 316, 332, 556, 558, 622, 721, 763, 867, 963, 965, 975, 993.
(A conversion to DMC is provided.)

There are a few French knots and a bit of backstitching.  And a bit over over-one stitching.

The frame is manufactured by Larson-Juhl, #224965 Petite.

My heartfelt thanks to Phyllis Lundy for stitching the model for me.  Each and every stitch is absolutely perfect!

I'm going to go put it in my Etsy Shop right now.  

I hope you like it!

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