Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Day Nantucket Village #5 is finished

Nantucket Village Series #5

Nantucket Village Series (almost complete, need to add the end extension)

I just wanted to post my pic of Nantucket Village #5. I finished it a couple of days ago. I have just the end extension to finish and then it is time to frame it. I will get the directions together and have them ready hopefully by Monday. Thank you to everyone that has been patient with me, this one did take me a while to complete but it is done YEAH!!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thread The Needle Day Etsy Discount

Tomorrow is National Thread The Needle Day. In honor of our busy needles making heirlooms I have a 15% disc coupon on Etsy for today and tomorrow. At the end of your Etsy order in the shopping cart please type in the code threadtheneedleday to receive your discount :). I also fixed the Etsy shop so that I can now take credit cards without you having to go through Paypal if you do not want to use that service.
A link to the days meaning HERE and check out my Pinterest Board on (STITCHING)
Have a great day
donna



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Christmas in July Sale on Etsy...and new members

I have posted a a small Christmas in July Sale on a pack of 4 charts. Here is the link to Esty 
We also had some crazy weather go by here the other day and a friend of ours that hatches chickens was in
need of electricity for her chick incubator. So we offered our porch and electrical outlet for her. We had a baby chick hatch yesterday afternoon. Oh it is so cute and I video taped it hatching. Here is a pic of Bob and as I have been sitting here typing we have another. I ran to take her pic to add to this post.
Bob

Sally
Well I thought I would share our newest members, I wish they could stitch :)
Check out Etsy and have a good day
donna

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Summer Kits

Good day 
I have some kits available for your stitching pleasure. 
I just love sheep and I have the Crazy mini quilt sheep available. This pack has enough material to make 2 of these adorable mini quilts. They measure 2 ½ x 3 ½ and are the perfect size for ATC cards (Artist Trading Cards). 

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The next one is " Directions, cross stitch charts and Finishing Kit for "Spring Bunny" or "Wool Lamb"
I have added to this "Parkit" the cross stitch chart for the bunny and also the little lamb. Directions, cross stitch charts and Finishing Kit for  "Spring Bunny"  or "Wool Lamb"
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Next is the "Lamb by the Bay Cross Stitch design and Faux Finish Wool Plank "
I have included the design that can either be stitched facing left or right and you can either stitch the lamb in white or black. 
 
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And dont forget the "Americana Door Printed Embroidery Kit"
Americana Door Printed Embroidery Kit
And the "Arbor Door Printed Embroidery Kit"
Arbor Door Printed Embroidery Kit

Check out my Etsy shop for more info on these kits and have a great day. Also the newsletters are going out today so watch for them :)
donna

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Crazy mini quilts in wool available



I have some crazy mini wool quilts available on Etsy. These are my "Parkits" short for partial kits :)
I only have 8 available at the moment. These are limited to the amount of sheep that I had printed. They are perfect for summer. Small project to get done in a short amount of time and not to big to carry along.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I am off to stitch more and will talk to you again soon. Check these out on Etsy with more info there.

I just finished this crochet edge. I took the mini quilt with the 2 grommets that had a hanger , took the rope out, then I took my #7 crochet hook along with some Valdani perle cotton and made a crochet edge of 3 double crochets in a buttonhole stitch then a slip stitch in the next buttonhole stitch. I followed this pattern all around. It was very tight and I had to take a break my fingers fell asleep a few times but I love the look. Since I had the grommets still there I covered them some old buttons that I found in my jar along with strong glue. I then glued it down on the cover of a journal that I have been writing some poems and prayers in.
I am very happy with it and thought I would share.
Have a good night

Thursday, July 03, 2014

A bit of blue crochet for me :)...and some crocheted Secret Garden pins




















I am sharing my crochet. A bit of free form and a little blue for summer at the seashore. I did list this on my Etsy shop and I also have some crochet flower pins for a pincushion that match the chart "My Secret Garden". These are a limited amount that have been made.I hope you have a great weekend and I have more summer things to share for your summer stitching fun. Check back soon
donna


Peek at a summer fun wool crazy  "Parkit"s  (Partial Kit) coming this weekend


Monday, June 23, 2014

and the winner is..... reprint for you"All Is Well With My Soul"

I had a request for the free chart "All Is Well With My Soul" to be posted again so I have attached it here for anyone that would like it. Click on these words > "All Is Well With My Soul" 
And the winner for the drawing is Faye from Carolina Stitcher . So happy for her and I want to thank all of you that left a message for me. I worked on some crochet flower pins that match the flowers on the chart "My Secret Garden". Just adding the leaves and I will add those to Esty and maybe have another giveaway for a set :). Well have a beautiful day and I will post more tomorrow
donna

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"My Secret Garden" and a giveaway........





I just finished my new design called "My Secret Garden" 
FINISHING SUGGESTIONS
I  finished the main design as a small pillow. I then added a buttonhole stitch around the outer edge. I finished that with a crochet edge with a scallop pattern. Direction suggestions for scallop edging with a buttonhole stitch  here  , or here
You could also make small pincushions like I did by just using the flower motifs from the design.

HERE IS THE GIVEAWAY

So!!  yes I am having a giveaway . It will be this cross stitch design pattern along with a special small pincushion pillow that I made which says "secret garden". I am in love with using floral patterned fabric and embellishing it myself.  I am giving away this little one to a lucky winner. So please leave me a message and I will add your name to the hat and have the drawing on Friday.
Happy Gardening , donna

Friday, June 13, 2014

New Etsy listings. Limited supply :)

"Arbor Door"

"Americana Door"

I just listed my remainder of the "Door's" that I had available for classes. I will be having more kits available on this idea. You will have to wait and see what I have planned.  I just love the opportunity for our imaginations to grow.  But yes I have to first finish up with my cross stitching today :)
A little glimmer about the doors from the Etsy listing
I hope that you would enjoy stitching one of these piece's of art. Local Artist Kathy Carter has painted this watercolor door in collaboration. Her painting has been reprinted onto Kona cotton. So let your imagination soar and embellish with embroidery stitches. I have included in this kit the fibers I used along with general stitch diagrams, basic directions and close-up color prints. Please remember this will be you own piece of art and I have given you suggestions. Use your imagination and truly make this your own one of a kind piece of ART.
I have supplied the appropriate amount of fibers that I used, extra fibers are not available.
Design area is 4 x 6 . (Frame not included)(needles not included)


Monday, June 09, 2014

Fob beginnings....?


Are these the beginnings of scissor fobs or small pincushions. 
Not sure, what do you suggest.
They are 2 x 2 or smaller.

 I am also  putting together the remainder of the "Door Class" that I taught. I will have the printed fabric along with the fibers I used and stitch suggestions. The finished product is up to you.. Hopefully they be ready tomorrow for Etsy and I only have 4 of each available  I will not be printing them again because I am off to the next printing project. Here are the models.


Have a good day

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Happy Sunday and "Messengers" on Etsy


Good day to all of you. I have so many things I am working on at the moment and have decided that I will sell my "Messengers" on Etsy as a finished product for now. I do have plans to make directions in the future but I am trying to get things finished before I move on to many more projects. So I am stitching away on Part 5 of Nantucket Village Series and I have 3 more designs in the TO-DO-PILE. Wish me luck and I hope you enjoyed the Stitch A Long. Dont forget I would love to see your finished work when you have time.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Mystery Stitch A Long Finished...



And this is my finish. So here is some inspiration for you. I have close ups and a few suggestions with stitches. But I hope you use your imagination and please share your finished work  with us because we  would love to see other ideas. (I did not have time to block it straight, sorry, but at least I finished it yeah!!)


Photo was found here

These are my directions for the Rambler Rose with photos. Hope this helps with the direction graph above. 
The center of the flower is a cluster of French Knots

I did use 6 strands of embroidery floss but suggest maybe a Perl cotton. The floss just started to separate as time went on and I had to take a few stitches to gather  the floss together again. But I still like the results it was just a little bit more work :)
Come up from the back of your fabric with your fiber and take a stitch to the right of your work by going to the back and coming back up. Like a sewing stitch method. (Yes you go through the back of the fabric)

Pull thread

Next come up again to the right again  using the sewing method by going in the back of the fabric and back up to the front with your needle  Remember to keep your working thread under your needle. 

My finished Rambler Rose. You could also make it larger and change the floss color  to resemble a real rose with the color shading going from dark to lighter or light to dark.  I made these all the way up the trellis on the right and left side of the door.


Right and left side suggestions: I use a Lazy Daisy stitch for some leaves and then added  Bullion Knots using  a lighter shade of green.


For the left and right bottom side of the door I added French Knots and then Lazy Daisy stitches for leaves that are coming out from the bunch of French Knots.


For the Robins I highlighted their breast with a Satin Stitch . The bottom section of the door you can see that I also used the Satin stitch to fill in the post areas.

Bottom Section


For the upper section of the door I made long straight stitches with 3 strands of matching floss.  For the center section I made small straight stitches like brick work.


The dark windows are filled in with a satin stitch running horizontally (3 strands of floss) , the other door sections are embellished with the same floss color to match the sections using 3 strands of floss and  straight stitches that intersect in the center.


Don't forget that all of this stitching was done after the basic cross stitching was finished. Be creative and embellish some of your other finished work you might have at home. Have fun and don't forget to share your photos. We are anxiously waiting :)
Hope you enjoy this summer project just for you
donna
And one more note-  I noticed on DMC's site they have list of  Summer Stitch A Longs. Check it out and they suggested that this may be a Fall or Halloween theme. What a GREAT idea. You could change the colors and make flowers on the trellis fall colors (maybe mums) and stitch up pumpkins for the bottom of the stairs.

This is Annette's work , thank you sharing  



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