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!
Monday, July 28, 2014

A Peek!


I've got a new design coming!


It may be Hallowe'en related....


I'll let you be the judge!


The charts are going to the printers today.


And the model will be in Norden's booth in St. Charles.


And that's all I'm saying!
Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Treasure!

Friday evening I went to Baltimore to visit Liz, my daughter.  

On her bulletin board was this photo strip of the two of us taken when Liz was about 6 or 7.  
Which means I was about 32 or 33. 

It makes my heart sing!
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Village is Ready...and More!


Picked up the charts from the printer's today, so The Village is ready to roll!  I'll be putting it in my Etsy Shop in just a couple of minutes.  My distributors will receive this chart in time for the St. Charles Needlework Market in mid-August.  I wish I could be there, but at least my model and charts will be!  I'll also be releasing another new design in St. Charles.  It's a Hallowe'en design which is all stitched and waiting for a frame.

I've received a few photos from stitchers in response to my last blog post.  Yay!!  

First up, is Deer Heart, stitched by Natalia Dmitrieva, with a frame made by a friend from Russia.  It's gorgeous!


Next, is another version of Deer Heart, this one done in punch needle!!  How clever is that??!!  This was done by Myra Lewis and Myra sent me a photo of another of my designs she punched.


What gorgeous work!!  Her colors are fabulous and so is her frame!

Kathy Herring from Ohio sent me two photos of my CHS designs all finished and framed.  The first one is Houses of Hawk Run Hollow:


and, here is the second photo Kathy sent me:

Frederick and Frederika!

Thank you to all who sent me photos!  You make my heart swell with pride!!

Ok, I'm off to Etsy to load up The Village.  Have a great evening everyone!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Notes (Edited - Three Times!)


Just a few notes for you today!

First, here is the lowdown on The Village:
NPI silks used:  205, 244, 312, 313, 316, 331, 479, 696, 721, 863, 912, 957, 964, 965, 966, 967, 973, 988, 993.  As always, a conversion to DMC is provided.

I used 40-Count Vintage Examplar from Lakeside Linens.

Stitch Count:  248 wide by 160 high.

The frame is from Valley House Primitives.

And,

I've been getting a bunch of requests about doing more Hawk Run Hollow designs.  When my sister, Marty, took over Carriage House Samplings a few years ago, she then owned the intellectual rights to the Hawk Run Hollow series and the stocking series.  There will be no Hawk Run Hollow designs coming from me.  But, while driving home from the printer's today in PA, I had an idea for another series I'd like to do.  Kind of similar to the Hawk Run series, but not.  I'll keep you posted.  And I'm thinking of a Nashville, 2015 release.

And, 

How I would love to see (and post on my blog) your photos of my designs you've stitched! 
(Kathy Barrick designs, not CHS designs!)
 Please send me some!  My email is kathybarrick@gmail.com.

And,

Shopowners:  I now have 31 models and would love to schedule trunk shows!

And

Cece from The Thread Gatherer has an Etsy shop and she has kindly listed the over-dyed silk I used in Rebecca and Rodney if you are having trouble finding it elsewhere.

And,

The printers say The Village charts will be ready early next week.  I'll keep you posted on that too!

And,

I'll be taking my trunk show to Valley Needleworks in Middletown, VA on Saturday, August 2nd and staying to meet customers.  If you're in the area, come see me!  I'll be there at 10:00 AM.

And,

I'll be teaching my journal class for the Virginia Guild of Needlewomen on October 18th in Richmond.  You can contact them for more information.

And,

I think that's it!  Have a great weekend!

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