Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sweet Bird Sampler

"Sweet Bird Sampler" is my newest release. It was originally a club piece from last years Heirloom Sampler Club with Tomorrow's Heirlooms. I hope it will be the perfect stitch for the long Winter months ahead and hope you like it.

Sampler design size approx: 11" W x 4" H.
Stitched on 36ct Americana Froth by Dames of the Needle using the Weeks Dye Works floss in Oscar, Pamlico, Olive and Battleship.
Pattern Stitch Count: 196W x 73H. 

Now available at your local needlework shop and my Etsy Shop.
Smiles, ~Nan

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quaker Carnations Pinwheel

Well, it took awhile to get this ready for release, but I think it was worth it.
I custom ordered some variegated hand dyed ribbon for the finish.  It's really beautiful ribbon and the colors go so perfectly with the colors in the design.
Here is the 3rd in the Pinwheel series.

"Quaker Carnations Pinwheel"

This piece was stitched on 32ct Vtg. Clay Pot by Lakeside Linens.
The Gentle Art floss colors are Wood Smoke, Cinnamon, Green Tea Leaf and Toffee.
Finished size is approx. 4".

 I've added this new design to my Etsy Shop, along with the hand dyed finishing ribbon, which can be purchased separately.  This design has shipped to my Distributor and will be available in your needlework shop very soon.

I hope you like what I've created and will enjoy stitching it. 

Thank you for stopping by.
Smiles, Nan

Friday, September 15, 2017


on the next Pinwheel.  This will be the 3rd in the series.  I'm stitching this on some beautiful linen that just arrived from Lakeside.  It's not a new color, but I sure think it's and underappreciated one.
Vintage Clay's even lovelier in person.  Pulled some pretty Fall colors for this one too.

Let the stitching begin.....
Smiles, Nan

Friday, September 8, 2017

So Excited to Share....

My newest Halloween/Fall release.  I've used a fun ornament finish on it, that I had come up with a few years back.  It hangs from a tin skeleton key!

 "Primitive Crow"

The model was stitched on Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Pear.  The floss colors are Gentle Art ~ Fragrant Cloves, Carriage Black, Claret and DMC 731.  Stitch Count 31W x 77H.  The finished ornie is approx. 2" by 4".

This was so much fun to create....I hope you like it too.  I've added this new design to my Etsy shop, along with the tin keys, which can be purchased separately.  This design is also shipping to my Distributor and will be available in your needlework shop soon.

Happy Stitching my friends!
Smiles, Nan

Monday, August 28, 2017

Permelia Allen Sampler Stitching

In between designing, I've been stitching a sampler.  I was just able to obtain the kit for this and began it the minute it arrived.  I just finished the last stitch on it the other day and I have to say I am completely smitten with her.  
It's a beautiful reproduction sampler by The Posy Collection that is part of the Historic Deerfield Museum.  Permelia Allen was only 10 years old when she stitched the original.
Makes you smile, doesn't it?

I reached out to Posy Lough this morning and I am happy to say this kit is STILL available through the museum. The kit includes the chart and DMC threads.  I decided to use overdyed threads when stitching mine.
Here is the email I got from Posy with all the info to obtain a kit, in case any of you are interested.
Again, thank you so much for following through on the interest in the Permelia Allen Sampler.
I had a wonderful talk with Tina Harding, the Museum Shop Buyer and Manager , who is delighted that there is an interest in the kit.
It will benefit the museum so much and she has stock for those who are ready to stitch!
Call the Historic Deerfield Museum Shop at 413-775-7170 and ask for PC- 216 Permelia Allen Sampler Kit (not available as a chart only) It is $24.95 plus shipping- when orders are placed they will give the shipping.
It isn’t on their website so I am attaching the kit front.
I am thankful for those who love our historic samplers!
All the best to you and many thanks!
Posy Lough

I know many of my stitching friends were thrilled to learn they could still get this. And it's a wonderful way to help out the museum.

Happy stitching my friends,

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Release ~ Tall Trees Coverlet

I have such a love for early coverlets.  I think the designs used were so beautiful and artistic.  I came across an American coverlet that I fell in love with and decided to use it as the inspiration for this design. I chose the name....

"Tall Trees Coverlet"

I've stitched this on a beautiful piece of 32ct Vintage Cedar Plank by Lakeside Linens using one color, WDW Flatfish and created a pinkeep.
It's a nice finished size of approx. 5" x 7".  I think this would look lovely and fit quite nicely in a store bought frame.

This new pattern is now available in my Etsy shop and will also soon be available at your local needlework shop very soon. 

Thank you for stopping by and as always happy stitching my friends!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Quaker Clover Pinwheel

It was some time in the making, but happy to finally show you my new release. 2nd in the pinwheel series.

"Quaker Clover Pinwheel"

Stitched on 32ct Prim Grey linen from my friend Ebeth of Dames of the Needle. I just fell in love with the color of this linen.
I used a combination of Classic Colorworks and DMC floss.  Detailed finishing instructions are provided.  The finished pinwheel is about 4" in diameter. 

This new pattern is now available in my Etsy shop and will also soon be available at your local needlework shop very soon. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always and happy Summer stitching my friends!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vintage Mini Pinwheel Kit

 It's been a few weeks in the making, but I'm very excited to show you what I've designed for this limited kit.  

~*~ Vintage Mini Pinwheel ~*~

The inspiration for this super fun finish was from the Quaker pinwheels and pinballs that were made long ago.  Sweet things come in small packages and this measures all of 2 inches round.

The kit includes:

6 x 6 piece of 40ct Vtg. Pearled Barley Linen
  Gentle Art floss
Reproduction Backing Fabric
Dark Brown Silky Ribbon
Pearl Pins & Aqua Beads w/Beading Pins
Wool Batting
Chipboard Circles
Color cross-stitch graph
and complete finishing instructions
The cost per kit is $26.00 plus shipping 

The kits are limited in quantity and will be offered directly through me.  You may email me at

Thank yous and I look forward to your emails and comments.
Many happy stitches to you all!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Quaker Bird Pinwheel

Long time since my last post...I know...but I've been taking life a little slower these past few months and just enjoying life.  
I'm happy to show you my first real release of the year.  And I'm really happy with how the model turned out.  I was inspired by the antique pinwheels the Quakers use to make and thought I'd try my hand and making one.


Stitched on 32ct Peep's Lost Sheep linen from my friend Ebeth of Dames of the Needle.
I used a combination of Classic Colorworks and DMC floss.  Detailed finishing instructions are provided.  The finished pinwheel is about 4" in diameter. 

This new pattern is now available in my Etsy shop and will also soon be available at your local needlework shop. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always, happy stitching my friends!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Working on Valentine Offerings

Got my wooly punched heart stuffed and mounted on an old oil can spout. This was fun and actually very I'm in the mood for more punching.

I am excited about this month's PHM listings next Thurs night. Hearts all around.
Smiles, Nan

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ohio Treasure

"Ohio Treasure" cross stitch design is an antique adaptation of an original sample from Ohio, date 1800-1850 and is held by the Wisconsin Historical Society. This will be the last year this design is available. This was originally released in 2013 and was given a 5 year window for sale by the WHS and I have a limited number of charts left.

Please email me at if interested in purchasing. 
Thank you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On my work table

Working on Valentine's Day offerings for my Primitive Handmades Merc. update next week.
Many ideas spinning in my I love designs featuring hearts.

One little wool heart fob that will be attached to the stuffed drum below and a soon to be cross stitch pinwheel.  Really loving the colors in this and eager to get to the finishing.

Hope to share more as I get them done and sure hope you'll visit our
wonderful group PHM for the update next week.

Smiles, ~Nan

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cinnamon Hearts

Guess it's time to think about hearts. I've release my "Cinnamon Hearts" design. It was originally a kit. Since so many have asked for it as just a chart, I thought this would be a perfect time! 
Gentle Art Floss - Cinnamon and Wood Trail on 32 ct light colored linen.

Now available in my Etsy Shop!

Happy Stitching my friends.....