Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Hen Candle Board

I'm very happy to finally show you my last design release in the candleboard series. 
Here is the third design in the series called 
"Holiday Hen".

This is a collaboration with Kelmscott DesignsIt's mounted their pre-painted reproduction candle board, which was custom made for the design. 
Stitched on 32ct Vintage Exemplar from Lakeside Linens.  Each piece in the series was stitched on this count and color. 
It stitched with Classic Colorworks Red Manor floss and trimmed with Colonial Tea chenille from Dames of the Needle.

This new design, along with the candleboard can be purchased from your favorite needlework shop or directly from me in my Etsy Shop.

Thank you all for your continued support and as always, 
  Happy Stitching! ~Nan

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Primitive Handmades Mercantile Tonight

Hope you'll join us tonight at 9EST on Primitive Handmades Mercantile. 
I'll be offering a finished Merry & Bright Pillow that I've stitched in a different silk colorway just for this update.

Smiles, ~Nan

Friday, November 11, 2016

Merry & Bright

I'm so happy to finally show you my latest design.  This one was truly fun to create
and I really loved mixing in a bit of wool on this.

"Merry & Bright"

The model was stitched one over two linen strands on 32ct Dirty Ewe linen by Dames of the Needle with Classic Colorworks Belle Soie Red Fox.  I love the variation the silk gives and it's so wonderful to stitch with.  The wool trees were a breeze to stitch on and a template is provided with the pattern.  I purchased the wool from The Merry Hooker.  The color is called Pepperberry and matched the Red Fox silk perfectly.
I did a simple trim around the edge with a matching red yarn.
Stitch Count 107 x 108.
Finally, I want to thank my dear friend Cindy Ruckman Cabrey for stitching the model.  Every stitch is always beautiful.

This will be available in shops very soon and will also listed in my Etsy shop for your convenience. 

Thank you very much my fellow stitchers for all your continued support.
Happy weekend and happy stitching. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

A sneak peek and some creative time

Thought I'd share with you a sneak of my soon to be chart release, "Merry & Bright".  Back from my wonderful model stitcher, Cindy Ruckman Cabrey.  I'm hoping to get this printed and out this week. I can't wait for you to see the finish.  Another cross stitch and wool combo!

 I locked myself in my studio for most of the day....Working on a few things for this month's Primitive Handmades Merc.  I have a large bin of scraps that I've saved....and I use them to mix and match for the backings of pinkeep, etc.  It has done my heart and mind good to sew and get creative today.

Wishing you a day of good creativity too!
Smiles, ~Nan

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Bountiful Blessings"

I am very happy to share with you my latest design.
I thought it would be a good time to release this with Fall and Thanksgiving coming.

"Bountiful Blessings was a kit back in 2013, but now available as a chart.
I've updated it with new linen, 32ct Vtg. Pecan Butter, a beautiful linen from Lakeside Linens and new ric rac, Aged Saffron from Dames of the Needle. 
Floss is a mix of WDW, Moss and Bright Leaf and DMC 869 and 300.

The pattern contains a set of numbers for changing the year and an Oak Leaf template for the making the applique for the back. It's fun to make the back of pinkeeps as interesting at the front.

At the moment you can find this chart in my Etsy shop and it should be out to my distributor soon.

As always, thank you so much for your support of my designs and happy stitching!
Smiles, ~Nan

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Finishing

Worked away on this finish today...I purchased an old box just right for this piece. Theresa Meloon of Dulaney Woods Treasures originally did this finish for her new release "All Hallows Eve" and I loved it so much I had to copy the idea for my piece. 

I started out making a box cushion finish.......
Here is the tutorial I used as a refresher course...figuring out the depth is key

made sure it fit well inside the box.......

I felt more comfortable making a box cushion first and sewing the cross stitched piece to it once it was stuffed, rather than using my stitched piece for the actual box finish.  I haven't done this finish much and I didn't want to risk ruining my stitching...I'm sure you all can understand
I stuffed it firmly with wood shavings before sewing the stitched design on top of it.

It fit firmly inside my old box and I then cut some zig zag orange wool to finish it off.  Oh, I just love how it turned out...and look at this wonderful new linen color, Aged Saffron, by Dames of the is so prim.

I have to thank Theresa for this finishing idea.  I will cherish this piece as Tee, as I call her, is a very dear friend of mine.  She has just begun to design and I am very proud of her and one of her biggest fans.
If you get a chance, please check out her new designs and her Etsy Shop.

Happy Friday my friends and happy stitching!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Updated Design

Worked on updating this piece yesterday...New linen, 32ct Lakeside Vintage Butter Pecan.. new ric rac, Aged Saffron from Dames of the Needle, and a new date stitched with 2016!.....I'll be working on releasing "Bountiful Blessings"....this was a kit back in 2013, but will be released as a chart soon.

Happy Fall stitching my friends!
Smiles, ~Nan