Monday, September 15, 2014

Road Trip....Woot Woot

I've been keeping my fingers very busy gearing up for another Primitive Handmades Mercantile.  I have some things made and ready for this month and some for next....Yep, I love to be ahead of the game at all times.  Here's the pile of hand dids on my studio floor.  A little bit of everything. 
The PHM update is Thursday around 9:00.  The timing isn't perfect because I leave on a road trip early the next morning.  But I'll be bringing my laptop with me, as always.  So, I will be able to email about sales, if need be.

 Anyone else headed to Notforgotten Farm this Saturday?  
It's the annual Gathering of Primitive Friends show!  
I'm over the moon excited and will be en route on Friday to meet up with some friends.
Then we'll load up the van and all go together to our destination.  
So many friends from all over are traveling for this event.  I hope to put a lot of faces to 
names and CAN NOT wait to meet all my online prim stitching friends.
I'm excited to finally meet my pal Lori too.  I know it'll be so much fun and I'll be smiling from dawn to dusk.  

The weather is supposed to be perfect that day and I'm sure I'll be bringing home with a few treasures from some of my favorite folk artists!  Hope to see you there and Please make sure to say hi:). 
Smiling, smiling, smiling.....~Nan

Friday, September 12, 2014

Can you say trim heaven?

Yep:)   My sweet friend Elizabeth Talledo of Dames of the Needle/Finger Work and From the Cauldron, sent me a belated birthday gift.  She knows what I love!  I have a few new designs I'm hard at work on and I can see these making it on to them.  Some of my favorites are the Dark Plum, Grunge, Tarnished Halo, Red Velvet Cake and so many more....
Her pom pom trim is the bomb!!! Thanks and love you E.
Happy Stitching and Finishing all,


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall stitching....there's just something about it.  The coolness of the air, the beautiful Autumn colors...bittersweet, olive, gold and brandy.  It's always so exciting to make a new start. This is what will be in my stitching hands today. I can't wait to see how this takes shape.  I love the linen, which is Lakeside Lentil and I'm pretty thrilled with my color pallet too.  There may be a change here or there, usually is, but this looks to be a good starting point.

I've been taking it pretty easy lately and I have to admit I've really been enjoying my down time.  I've been playing in the studio and getting ready for the next Primitive Handmades Merc. update, which will be on the evening of the 17th.  I've really had fun and have quite a few things to list....
But, I've also taken up learning to do punch needle. I have to say it was quite frustrating a first, but once I asked lots of questions of those in the know and kept at it, it's turned into something I really enjoy.  I can see myself having a punch project going at all times.  It's a nice change, very different from cross stitch and goes pretty quickly.
For my first try, I decided to just draw out a simple design.  A Prim flower with a few tongues surrounding it seemed easy enough. Here's my piece in progress.
I wasn't loving the bald spots, which you can't seem to see in the picture, but I kept going and after it was done and stained with a walnut staining solution, it looked much better.  The liquid made the fiber mesh together and hide the spots.  I backed it will overdyed wool and stuffed it.  Now it resides in my bowl of smalls and I'm pretty proud:)

Well, I'd better get stitching...I'll be back soon to show you the pretties I've made for my PHM update.
Enjoy your week and as always, Happy Stitching my friends!
Smiles, ~Nan 

Friday, August 29, 2014

NEW Pattern ~ "Jack in the Hat"

Hello friends!
The new pattern is ready! 
"Jack in the Hat" 
a primitive ditty bag.

Don't you just love is wicked smile?
I really enjoyed creating this and it was such a fun stitch and finish.
I hope you like it too:)
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The model was stitched on 30ct WDW Confederate Grey linen using Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works and DMC floss.  A color conversion for using all DMC threads is provided.
Pattern is 64 by 66 stitches.  
Finished cross stitched bag is approx. 5 3/4" wide by 7 3/4" high.

This new design is now available in my Etsy Shop 
and also in the hands of my distributors.
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Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Stitching!
Smiles, ~Nan

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Almost Time Again!

I can't believe how this Summer is flying by.  It has really been one of the best! I am having a wonderful time designing and now, also creating new pieces. I have more time now and I love the freedom it gives me to create some of what is in this head of mine......LOL
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It's time once again for my Primitive Handmades Mercantile update this week.I will be listing a few of my handmades late Thurs. night. Here is a sneak peek at two of the creations I'll be offering.

Bluebird and Berries Wall Pocket
Cottage Rose Whisk and Wrap
I hope you'll join us to see all the wonderful new handmades 
from all the PHM gals.  Such a talented bunch.  They have all made me feel so welcome.
Thanks for stopping by,
Smiles, ~Nan

Friday, August 1, 2014

A very happy Friday to you all.....
Thank you to all my friends and followers for your patience while getting these 2 new patterns ready for release. Your emails and comments are always so heartwarming and so supportive.  You have no idea how much they mean to me.

First up.....

"All American Finn"

A special thank you to my friend Gretchen Hubert, for being the inspiration behind "All American Finn".   Without her, Finn would never have come to life!  
The model for Finn is stitched on 35ct Weeks Dye Works Cocoa linen with  WDW- Parchment and Gentle Art - Schoolhouse Red, Black Crow, and Barn Grey. 
The stripes of the flag are charted and can either be stitched or 1/8” red ric rac may be attached, as was done on the model.  I have lots of the vintage red ric rac that I've also listed in my Etsy Shop.  I chose to attach this to a handmade hornbook, but this would look wonderful on an antique breadboard or even framed.

Next is......                        
"Cottage Rose"

This sweet little design if comes with two charts for both finishes.  A pinkeep and a broom wrap finish.  Cottage Rose is on 32ct Zweigart Vintage Heritage with Weeks Dye Works - Kudzu and Gentle Art - Burlap, Brandy and Country Redwood.

I've added these new designs and the ric rac to my Etsy Shop and they should soon be in your Local Needlework Shop.

Another new design is in the works!  Feeling in the mood for some Halloween stitching:)

Remember.....if you're on facebook and want to belong to a great primitive stitching group, please think about joining The Prim Stitchers Society.  We now have close to 2400 members and there is always something to see and learn.  I'm on there every day to see what's new and to connect with the members.  I have made so many new friends and we are very supportive of each other in so many ways. 

Enjoy your weekend! Happy Stitching and thank you for stopping by.
Smiles, ~Nan

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Common Thread for Ladies Prim Society

Since my new "Ladies Prim Society" design is now in the process of being shipped, I thought I'd give the LPS members a picture of the next finish coming their way.

 "Common Thread" Stitcher's Mat

I hope all the members will enjoy the stitching and the finishing on this one. 
 It was a pleasure to design it for you.

The kit includes everything you need to complete the project.
Beautiful Olde Towne Blend linen by R&R Reproductions, 
 Hand dyed Peaches Velvet by Blackberry Primitives, silky seam binding ribbon, 
and primitive stained backing fabric.  Detailed instructions are provided also, of course.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Love to hear your comments.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.
 Happy Stitching ~ Nan, Threadwork Primitives....

EDITED.....For all those who emailed and commented asking how to join the Prim Club, I'm sorry to have to tell you that membership is now closed for this year.