Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Happy Tuesday Morning!


Recently I designed a sampler for "A Simple Life" magazine.  Jill Peterson was absolutely wonderful to work with and the entire process was a joy!  Denise Thornton from Winchester, Virginia stitched the sampler for me and this week I was very excited to see the sampler in print!


"A Simple Life" is a fabulous magazine Jill pours her heart and soul into.  It's full of gorgeous photos of antiques, early homes and museums featuring primitive style decorating. It's a must-read for all primitive lovers!


If you'd like to purchase this sampler in chart or kit form, please get your hands on this beautiful magazine.  You won't be sorry!  You can also visit the website at:  www.asimplelifemagazine.com.


On a more personal note, I've met a muscian who touches my heart.


I'm a happy girl!
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tomorrow's Heirlooms


Tomorrow's Heirlooms has re-opened registration for their Heirloom Sampler Club.  My design above, Crowned Owls, is the first piece in this club.  If you haven't signed up yet and would like to, give Tomorrow's Heirlooms a call at 630-790-1660.

Also, I've just listed my two new designs below in my Etsy sampler shop:  www.kathybarrick.etsy.com.

Hope you are having a great week!
Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Designs!

My Day Complete

Daniel Boone

Both coming soon to a theater shop near you!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sneak Peeks of New Designs



Norden's Fall Needlework Show is just around the corner - August 10th - 18th.  It's a wholesale show, for shops only, but certainly stitchers can pre-order designs through their favorite needlework shop.  I'll have two new designs for the show and thought I'd tease you a bit with some sneak peeks today!


The first one is called "My Day Complete" and contains a perfectly perfect verse some friends shared with me on Facebook.  And the design is a reproduction of an antique watercolor done by Daniel Kriebel, an artist who created Pennsylvania-German fraktur in the early 1800's.  An incredible sweet and generous friend, Kathy Lesieur, owns the original watercolor and allowed me to reproduce it in needle and thread.  I am ever so grateful!



The other is a Family Record sampler featuring the family of none other than Daniel Boone.  I know a few people in Kentucky who might enjoy that one particularly  (Beth and Poodle)!  I loved the idea of mixing a bit of American history into our stitching!




I'll be back soon with full photos.  In the meantime, I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, enjoying the ease of summer-life and the warmth of the wonderfully long days and balmy nights!
Monday, June 22, 2015

New Jewelry and Other Info!


I've been busy at the jewelry bench lately!  That makes me very happy!






I've been busy with new sampler designs too!
In fact, I'm driving three stitchers crazy with new designs.  (Sorry Phyllis, Jean and Carol.)
Another stitcher just finished a new design.  (Thank you Denise!!)
And Beth and I have been talking about another new design she'll do for me as soon as she's finished the amazing piece she's stitching for my sister, Marty.
(I cannot wait for you to see that one!!!)

And, I've been working on a new punch needle design.

So, things are happening!

All in good time my Lovies!

(Where did THAT come from?????)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gifts From a Friend


While in Williamsburg, Virginia for the Primitive Stitcher Society Retreat, I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Noland.  Becky and I hit it off immediately and when I learned she was designing samplers, I offered to help her in any way I could.

Fast forward a month or so and Becky and I were trying to figure out the easiest way to meet about halfway between her home in Richmond, Virginia and mine in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Then Becky had a brilliant idea!  Virginia Beach!!
Who can resist a trip to Virginia Beach?  Certainly not me!

We decided to meet at Dyeing to Stitch in Virginia Beach on a Tuesday morning and stay in the area for fun in the sun on the beach.

That didn't happen!!!  It rained the ENTIRE time we were there!  We never even saw the beach - not once!  But, we stayed at a fabulous resort in a gorgeous room, brought plenty of projects to work on and plenty of snacks!  What more could two girls want?!

Becky brought me fabulous gifts she made with her very talented hands!  She made a beautiful bag of antique linens.  It's fully lined in a very French-like red and white stripe, complete with an interior pocket.  It's absolutely stunning!  



Inside the bag, Becky put a gorgeous red wool heart she made for me.  Check it out!


And, to make the gift totally over-the-top, she found a bracelet that is totally me!


What an amazing, thoughtful and wonderful gift!

I cannot wait for Becky to introduce you to her new designs!  She has great talent and creativity to spare!  She's been hard at work learning the new software and hardware she's needed to produce patterns that I know will be total hits.  You are all in for such a treat!!

Becky is one of the sweetest women I've ever met.  She's kind, generous, has a sense of humor that totally clicks with mine.  Her taste in music is both eclectic and fantastic!  She kept up entertained with a play-list that wouldn't quit!  She's also a talented interior decorator.  And, she has a source for the BEST cupcakes you'll ever have in your whole life!

Visit Becky's blog when you get a chance - it's WONDERFUL!  Here's the link:

Dyeing to Stitch, by the way, is an amazing shop!!!  Anne Robbins was working the day Becky and I went and she's such a joy!  Their supply of linens, threads and patterns is HUGE!!

So, go to Virginia Beach whenever you can!  Visit Dyeing to Stitch, hit the beach, catch some rays, say hello from both Becky and me, and avoid the rain at all costs!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Jewelry


I haven't bugged you all with jewelry photos for a very long time.

So you are due!!


Actually, I haven't made jewelry for far too long.


I've been very focused on samplers and find that I cannot seem to focus on jewelry and samplers at the same time.  I'm not sure why.  And it drives me nuts.


It's a definitely personality flaw and one I have no idea how to correct.
Any suggestions?



I've been designing samplers at an amazing rate!  In fact, at the moment, three wonderful, kind and generous stitchers are stitching for me.

Thank you to Denise, Phyllis and Jean!




I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

I'm off to the beach this week for three days of fun in the sun with a friend.  Can't wait!!!

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