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Monday, September 26, 2016

Heritage Homestead SAL 2016 more info and pictures of a thank you for joining :)

I have added a Page to this blog with info for the Stitch A Long click here 
Hope you join me !!


Thank you gift for joining the SAL for 2016 
The cross stitch chart (not the finished piece) for 
"In God We Trust" 
 the cotton printed images of "George & Martha"

What I did with my Martha & George,
 Added some embroidery stitches to their images
 and then finished as a 3 dimensional wall hanging

Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Heritage Homestead" SAL

Here are some of my final pictures!!
Just finished the "In God We Trust" I didn't have a frame to fit so I improvised with mounting board and some wool tabs to match.
I will have more info by tomorrow night but I am on my way to make my evening call to "Mom" :)

Friday, September 09, 2016

Peek #4

Peek #4 and one more tomorrow and then on Sunday I will share the whole thing :)

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Peek #2

Sneak Peek #2
By The Bay Needleart
And another peek for you!
More tomorrow :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sneak Peek of this years "Stitch A Long"

Peek at a new Stitch A Long
I have been busy stitching the model for my new "Stitch A Long"
I just finished it and found the perfect frame at Michael's, Working on a very special gift that will go to all those that join the Stitch A Long. 
This is scheduled to start October 1st and will will be released once a month for 3 months, the cost will be $30.00 for the charted design and I cant wait to show you more!!  
Tell your local stitching shop ...maybe they will want to join too!!
have a good night

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Whats new in the STITCHING BOX

Good day everyone!!
I have some pictures to share with you of what I have been working on.
I will be teaching these 2 pieces as a class at Camp Wool in Kennebunk Maine and also they will be available from me at my Studio. I will release them also as charted directions for those that do not live close by to take a class.....working on those directions:)
By The Bay Needleart "Autumns "HexiHive Mini Quilt" as a table runner

By The Bay Needleart "Autumns "HexiHive Mini Quilt" as a wall hanging

By The Bay Needleart "Mermaids Garden" in a multi medium
The "HexiHive" will be available in different seasons......Christmas Holiday, Winter, Spring and of course how could I design them without a "Seaside" theme!!!!!

I am also taking these motifs that I designed and turning them into "Stitch An Inch" cross stitch designs that I have thought up an awesome way to finish with wool !!!

So look for more on the way and if you have any suggestions please send them to me I would appreciate your input.   And once the directions are all finished I will have a giveaway for one!!
Until next post .....have a good day
By The Bay Needeleart "Mermaids Garden" cross stitch, and 3D wool applique

Friday, July 29, 2016


Happy Friday, 
I have been busy stitching and I am late on July's free "Affirmation" but it is ready to go and so is the August affirmation word :)
It is just so hot up here in the office. No air conditioning and I am working on fall things just anxiously waiting for the crisp fall air and those beautiful fall colors, but I am missing the wonders of summer :(
Busy working on the newsletter with the two new words "Strong" and "Compassionate" 
I will also share a new wool table mat that I am working on for the fall. 
But just needed to share some work from Carrie.
She was kind enough to send me a picture of her "Serenity Harbor"
Just wonderful and the framing is perfect. It's so big :)
Thank you Carrie!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Newsletters Will Be Late but here is .........

This months Affirmation is Faith. Can I be Faith? Not sure.... but what I do know is that I can certainly have Faith and show it to others...I think it is a great attribute to strive for and to grow.....and if other people see our Faith then their Faith will grow I sit in my comfy chair in the morning....looking out the window at one of my favorite things (the trees) and say my prayers before the day begins, I glance over at my wall hanging of "Words" and apply them to me and the day....
I am having so much fun with these words...I added more things this month. I added a stumpwork bumble bee to the top white flower, more wool leaves on the pink flower stalk on the left and of course the word "Faith" which I added a stumpwork bird on a branch with wool leaves.
So hopefully I will get the newsletter out by Thursday.
thank you for following me
some progress of this Funky Bird as a Punch Needle Design 

Monday, May 23, 2016

What a Beautiful Day Here

Good day everyone, 
I have been busy on the computer today and getting some paper work done...also I have been trying to organize my time.  
So my plan is to take one hour a day and rug hook, one hour a day to cross stitch, and one hour a day to punch needle. And then more things to do in the other time but I do hate paper work and that is a huge part...and then there is time needed to design new patterns, and network on the computer, blog updates, newsletters, trunk shows, and get the Studio/Porch ready for summer customers.....and dont forget housework :(.......and oh I forgot ...Time to cook....but I have tummy issues lately so that it is not a big priority.

So in my Rug Hooking Time I finished my "Birds Of A Funky Feather #8. I need to order some rug hooking linen, cut the fabric, finish the edges and trace the pattern.....I should have these in the Etsy shop by next week....and I started doing the same bird in a punch needle design with 6 strands of floss. Cant wait to share that one with you :)

 And yes George and Martha are coming along nicely!

So here is the picture of my Blue Heron and will will notice from the first picture I made some changes along the way. I was having such a hard time getting a background color in there. 
I might change his head feathers back to black! What do you think?

And one more thing to share....Camp Wool in Kennebunk Maine is moving to a new location....only a block away. She will have an open house on June 4th. I will be there along with a trunk show of 22 cross stitch designs. So if you are in the area please stop by I would love to see you and I will be demonstrating "how to cross stitch". Please check out here web site for more info. 
Have a blessed day

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

New word "Patient"

I just sent out the newsletters along with the new Affirmation word "Patient"
Here are a couple of pictures of my progress. 
"SAL" from By The Bay Needleart

"SAL" from By The Bay Needleart

Enjoy and have a blessed day :)

Monday, May 02, 2016

New design on the horizon :) "G&M"

 I am finally all caught up on things and have taken out some designs that have been started but not finished. One of them is a design for George and Martha Washington. If you remember on one of  my post I gave hint for a new design and the hint was the letters "G" and "M". I started working on that design again last week and here are a couple of peeks of what is in the stitching box :)
"Martha" part of a new design coming soon from By The Bay 

"George" part of a new design coming soon from By The Bay

 This will be part of a sampler that is a bit primitive. 
Cant wait to share more :)

I am late for this months "Affirmation", it is stitched but I just have to add it to the sampler :)
I should have it up for you tomorrow and the newsletters will go out. 

One more thing to share.....I have decided to take some of my "Cross Stitch Designs" and turn them into another medium.......rug hooking.......we have so many rug hookers here in Maine and wonderful shops to meet at and make if any of you rug hook please check back soon for pictures of my progress.......I am so excited :)...and if you do not rug hook maybe you can think about is so much fun to pick all your own colors and use different fibers!!

Another "SAL" is in my thinking cap :)
Suggestions are welcomed!!
Until tomorrow....Have A Blessed Day

Monday, April 04, 2016

Affirmation "Caring"

By The Bay Needleart Free Affirmation Word "Caring"

By The Bay Needleart Free Affirmation Word "Caring"
I added some wool leaves 

By The Bay Needleart Free Affirmation Word "Caring"
A long way to go but so much fun!!

By The Bay Needleart Free Affirmation Word "Caring"
for this month. and a group pic of words to date :)

By The Bay Needleart Free Affirmation Word "Caring",
 I found the 
perfect button for lending a caring hand

By The Bay Needleart Free Affirmation Word "Caring"
Embellished with buttons and stitching

This months affirmation word is "Caring"
I wanted to stitch mine in blue because I have printed one of my Funky Feathers (#10) and he is a blue bird..... my inspiration is from a memory I had about an artist that was to draw what  PEACE was to him. He painted a picture of a bird in a nest under the branches of a tree and all around him was a terrible storm, but that little bird was content and not a worry.....that to the artist was PEACE. So maybe a word for the affirmation should have been peace for this bird but I choose CARING.....because God so loved us (and cared) that he gave a way to find that PEACE.

I have these little blue birds printed on cotton already if anyone would like to add one to their work....they are in the Etsy shop....I actually printed them a couple of years ago .....I was doing some crazy quilting and embellished them with stitching...I have one on the cover of my phone case that I made and also a crazy quilt mini pincushion......just some ideas for you :)
Newsletters will go out today....I am behind in my work...Whats NEW ??
Enjoy and don't forget I would love to see some of your ideas

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Hi everyone, my name is Donna. I just love stitching of all sorts, I also love antique, and book stores. I am married and I have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren :). My Christian faith is the foundation of my life, and has sustained me through the ups and downs of this journey. Keep spreading kindness so you can change the world. So glad you stopped by, leave me a message and I will stop by and visit you.