3.04.2015

Nashville Market Recap!

I survived my first needlework market and there is no way to prepare yourself for the craziness that happens upon opening your door.  The curtains are shut, however, you can see shadows and hear eager customers outside your door.  The doors open and imagine a can of sardines...this is what the room felt like, total craziness...but good craziness!  To add to the craziness I ticked the wrong box in the software print option and the printer just started spewing out invoice after invoice...totally flustered and no time to fix!   So, I grabbed invoice books and started handwriting invoices...I must have had a premonition that this may happen, as I tossed a couple into my briefcase , when packing.   I was able to get this fixed in due time and then things moved a long a bit smoother & quicker.  

It was great to meet my customer and each seemed to have a story... the best part!   I enjoy hearing about their shop and the way things run for them.    Breakfast and social hour allowed time for mingling & visiting with other designers... sharing our stories and passion of needlework, and just "shop-talk" in general.  

I took my good camera with good intentions of taking lots and lots of pictures.  However, you are pretty much tied to your room for the most part.  Sadly, the only photos I snapped are off my phone so they aren't the best...




 



 




And lastly,
2015 Spring Nashville Needlework Market releases.












With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda



2.25.2015

It is almost here!

The vehicle is loaded and tomorrow we will be Nashville-bound!   It looks like Mother Nature is going to make this trip a bit more challenging...ugghh!  We are in a winter storm warning today, lots of heavy snow predicted for today.

I'll be releasing 11 new cross stitch patterns at the market and am sharing little snippets of the final 5 designs...enjoy!


'Market preview ~ Day 11'

'Market preview ~ Day 9'


'Day 7 ~ Nashville Market preview...just a little peek!  Thank you to Suzanne for lending her beautiful stitching talents on this piece.  I ask my model stitchers for weekly photo updates as they work a design.    In one of Suzanne weekly email updates, while working Stars & Stripes, she noted that she prayed for her deployed son while she stitched this patriotic-themed piece.  I felt so honored to know that this design brought prayer, peace and comfort to the mother of a military serviceman.  Truly the best kind of compliment, brought tears to my eyes...I can't even imagine.  Her son has since safely returned home.'

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

2.17.2015

Just one week left...

A week from today everything has to be done!
I am a walking post-it note...notes everywhere,
 reminding me of what to take and what needs to be done.  

Tuesday is "load-up-the-vehicle-day" for an early push off on Wednesday morning for the Nashville Needlework market.     I've been working day's, nights and weekends since the holidays to pull this all together...
and,
 well,
 let's just say,
I am pooped! 


 Thanks to the help of model stitchers,
 Suzanne, Susanna and April, 
I will have a booth full of fun & exciting new cross stitch releases.  

Today I am sharing snippets of 6 of the 11 patterns 
that will be debuting in Nashville at the end of the month....
just a little something to tempt your needles!








With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

2.01.2015

Worker Bee!!

Things are quite "Bizzy", lots and lots of new patterns coming together.
Nashville market is the buzz and I currently feel like a little worker bee!   I do sort of see a theme here with the upcoming Nashville releases..bees, fruit & flowers!

Did you know?
Bees are said to have knowledge of all secrets, as well as the gift of foreknowledge or seeing the future.  They are also considered to be divine messengers...their buzzing to be a song of praise.    They seem like perfect little motifs to stitch...I like their story, I like how hard they work!  



For those of you who stitched the "Gardener Goode Witch" and "Christmas at Winterberry Cabin", this is the spring/summer version to that series.  It is the last piece to stitch before market.  I know, I know...time is ticking!    I usually don't have a finish in mind when I start stitching.  My mind usually wanders to title and finish, in hoop,  as I stitch.  I am thinking... rather then rusty bell finish, as the other two in this series have, perhaps old mother of pearl button trim and maybe even toss in a bee charm or two...something a bit more "Springy".    I am stitching this on a 40 count rather then the 32 count and it is going to be small & sweet as honey...perfect for tucking on a cupboard shelf or trencher bowl.  
 It shall be titled, "The Potting Shed"

And with that,
 I leave you with pattern titles of the upcoming Nashville releases...
just something to tease and whet your needles appetite!!

Stars & Stripes
A&E
A Shepherds' Sampler (antique reproduction with some adaptations)
Summer at Cherry Hill
Spring Greetings Bouquet
Be Happy Humble & Kind
Button Button!
In Season 
A Tisket A Tasket
The Potting Shed
Pin Feathers Pinkeep

X X X X X X

We had a good old fashioned winter storm over night...looks to be 7" or so of new snow.
Stay warm,
Brenda






1.16.2015

Whew....

how does it already get to be mid January? 

 Just picture the Tasmanian devil with a needle and thread in it's hand, that is how I feel!  Lots and lots of new cross stitch designs are in their final stages, in preparation for the upcoming February needlework market.  
With the help of model stitchers Suzanne, April and Suzanna the larger pieces are all stitched...
thank you ladies, you are thee best!!  

My mind now needs to switch gears,
 from charting and stitching,
 to figuring out how to turn a hotel room into an inviting and charming market exhibit...
am trying to wrap my brain around this!
 May need to sneak off to an Embassy Suites
 for a weekend get away
 to get a better visual for how this is going to happen.  

For those shop owners making the buying trip to Nashville,
 stop by and visit me on the 6th floor, room 615 to view the new goodies!
 I have some really cool next door neighbors while at market...R&R Reproductions, The Scarlett House, Plum Street Samplers, Blackbird Designs, Shepherds Bush, Valdani Floss...the list goes on and on!  
  I am over the moon excited to be their neighbors for a weekend!

With Valentines candy already in the store isles it isn't too soon to start stitching some heart and love-themed goodies.  

I am happy to share two new charts
 with just that in mind!
Not too "Valentinesy" ~
yet,
so appropriate for the month of love...

"Tied with Heart Strings"
 Old buttons, vintage silk ribbon and faded shades of silk floss, combined with a simple bird and "viney" floral motif, make for a finish that hints vintage farmhouse.    I chose to fill it with lavender- scented crushed walnuts...currently is sitting next to my stitching chair and smells wonderful!


Heart & Hand Needle Keep
A tiny little oval booklet is a safe haven for ones needles!  I chose a simple floral wreath to encircle one of my favorite shaker symbols, the heart & hand.  The backside of the booklet is adorned with a tiny, dainty flower basket.   Crystal glass-headed stick pins encircle the piece...a stick pin will now always be at hand, should the need arise.  Booklet closes with a bees-waxed thread.  I quick little stitch that would make a perfect little gift for a stitching friend.

It's been a really cold start to the new year, we are in for a slight warm up this weekend...can you say January thaw?!!!  

Until next time,
Brenda

11.17.2014

Heap on the Wood!

It's a frigid morning here, we received dry & fluffy snow over the weekend and with today's winds we are in for some blowing and drifting....brr, heap on the wood!

With that said,
 I'm excited to introduce my final cross stitch chart of 2014, 
"Heap on the Wood"

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Bundle up, stay warm & have a good week,
Brenda

11.15.2014

New Punch Needle Patterns!

New holiday-themed Punch Needle Patterns
from
With thy Needle & Thread!

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11.10.2014

Framed!

"Heap on the Wood" is now framed!

I chose a wider & deeper Larson Juhl frame for this piece.  The wood tone is a lovely greenish-brown tone...it nicely compliments the woodsy browns and green flosses used throughout the piece.
The edge of the frame looks like an antique mercury Christmas tree bulb.
I wanted a larger overall presentation with this piece....something that I could sit on my mantle, just simply leaning against the wall.  I will then add fresh pine, winter berries and mercury glass bulbs for a festive, yet simple vignette.  
I chose Beige 32 count linen by Week Dye Works, working over 2 threads.
Finished size of design - 16 1/4" x 11 7/8"
My framed piece measures - 21" X 16 3/4"


I added a simple silver spacer inside of the picture frame.  It coordinates so nice with the outer scallops of the frame and it serves a purpose for my choice of adding glass.


 Once a finished design is photographed, I will tuck a piece of museum quality glass between the frame and inner silver spacer.  This keeps the glass off of my needlework.  The subject of glass, or no glass, comes up quite often.   There is no right or wrong way, just a personal preference.   I happen to like the added dimension, to the needlework, that glass gives to the overall finish.

It's a busy week, pattern instructions are in the process of being proofed and printing will begin of 4 new holiday patterns.
These are the final designs for 2014.
Time to start thinking Spring!

Coming soon...
"Heap on the Wood" (cross stitch)
"Brr" (punch needle)
"Woodland Yuletide" (punch needle)
"One Starry Christmas Eve" (punch needle)

In a blink of an eye,
 our cold winter has quickly arrived. 
 Parts of Minnesota are bracing for 10 - 14 inches of snow ...
am hoping the four letter word doesn't make it this far south. 
 Snow or no snow,
 tis going to be a cold week
 and I'm not prepared for it...ish!

Stay warm & have a good week,
Brenda




10.30.2014

It now has a name...

and a release date
in sight!


Presenting a few snippets of
"Heap on the Wood"


Watch for it's November release!

Thanks to all who have voiced your punch needle preference on my side bar, tis much appreciated!

With thy needle & thread,
Brenda

10.28.2014

Takin' a break...

I needed a break from cross stitch...
When that happens I gravitate towards punch needle design work.

I'm sharing a couple of peeks of two of three future holiday-themed releases.
The third is just ready to go into my hoop.
Hint - think ivory celluloid reindeer from the 1950-60's.

  
Punch needle...almost instant gratification and finish is always much closer in sight.


I have put up a survey on the right side panel at the top of this page
.  If you are a punch needle enthusiast, 
I'd like your opinions please.  
Thanks much!

Lastly, all stocked 3-strand Valdani flosses 
are currently on sale
at 
www.countrystitchesonline.com
Hurry,
 while stock is good,
no back orders on sold out colors.

Have a good day,
Brenda



10.25.2014

Here Comes Santa!!!

Happy to share with you a new pattern release!
"Christmas at Winterberry Cabin"


The Halloween design, Gardener Goode Witch was so well received that I decided to build on the idea and bring you a Christmas version of the design.  Christmas at Winterberry Cabin is worked on 32 count, color - Linen linen by Weeks Dye Works that I gently aged...directions are given in the pattern for this step.  The piece is stitched in lovely hand dyed flosses over two threads.  Rusty 3/4" bells get stitched to the ends of the pillow tuck for an extra special finish.

It is a beautiful autumn Saturday here in NW Iowa.  I am enjoying a Saturday at home.  We haven't had a Saturday at home since the end of July.   I wasn't quite sure of what to do first on the home front today as lots of things need to be done...some housekeeping, some laundry and some stitching.  Multi-tasking....dont'cha love it?!!

Enjoy your day,
Brenda

10.09.2014

A little girl named Pepita

While stitching on my newest piece,
my thoughts of a little girl named
 Pepita
and her story
come to mind...


According to old Mexican legend,
Pepita was a poor little Mexican girl.  
She was sad because she had no gift to share.
on Christmas Eve.
  Her cousin Pedro reassured her that any gift,
 no matter its size,
 is a gift
 when given 
with love. 

 She bent over and picked a bundle of weeds and formed a bouquet. 
 The bouquet would be her gift. 
 She placed the bundle of weeds at the base of a nativity scene.  
The weeds would eventually burst into bright red flowers,
 "Flores de Noche Buena", 
or "Flowers of the Holy Night"
or what we know as the Poinsettia.
This is how the 
Poinsettia
&
 Christmas
came together.  

On this upcoming sampler,
you'll find tall pewter urns filled with poinsettias,
 a favorite Christmas verse,
horse and sleigh,
a pine forest,
cozy little houses with smoking chimneys,
a sweet little dame and her gentleman,
whose arms are filled with small gifts.

"The gift is small,
but,
love is all"

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

10.07.2014

~New Patterns are Here!~

The days are growing shorter,
the air is a bit more crisp
and 
the bittersweet is in full bloom...
my favorite time of year!

In celebration of the season,
I am happy to introduce two
autumn-themed cross stitch charts.

These are pieces that can be brought out for Halloween
and
kept out through Thanksgiving.

Queen of Harvest
stitch count - 142 wide x 107 high
worked over two threads
on 40 count Sand linen by Picture This Plus



Where the Bittersweet Blooms
Stitch count - 74 wide X 97 high
Design is worked over two threads on 35 count Apple Brown Bindy linen
by R&R Reproductions

Enjoy!

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

9.26.2014

Bittersweet Harvest!

Once again it's that time of year...
bittersweet harvest!

I love the smell of it's damp leaves...the smell of autumn.
It's that unmistakably smell that you smell just once a year.

It's best picked before the husk burst.
I like to bring it inside where it is warmer and dryer, 
overnight,
and then awake to a whole new looking vine!
The tiny husks have burst open to expose their brilliant orange fruit.
The best color of orange that there is!
Nature is so magical...


I have used this beautiful vine as inspiration in two upcoming cross stitch designs.  They are more harvest & autumn-themed.    Two designs that can be left out through the Thanksgiving season.

Sneak peek of  "Queen of Harvest"....
Bittersweet, pumpkins & acorns...

 &
Sneak peek of "Where the Bittersweet Blooms"...
a sweet and quick - to - stitch autumn time sampler...


Watch for these two new arrivals next week!

Tis going to be another beautiful autumn day here, 
enjoy your day!

Brenda

8.15.2014

New Patterns are Here!


It is market weekend and the following charts are making their debut there.
I am happy to share my new Autumn and Holiday cross stitch charts,
enjoy!
"Boo & Baa-bbie"
Many of you stitched the Patriotic Poppies design, it has quickly become a best seller!  Everyone really enjoyed the little touch and texture of the dimensional wool flowers.  I decided to build upon the summer sheep and create something for Halloween.    The farmstead is now in celebration of Halloween!   Baa-bie is pulling a pumpkin wagon that has became over-grown with Black-Eyed Susans...planted by the crows, no doubt!  This sweet little pinkeep is about the exact same size as the Patriotic Poppies version and worked on the same 40 count Doubloon linen over two threads.  

 "Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll"
It is that time of year when the squirrels are beginning to scamper and scurry a little bit more...
 gathering, hunting, digging,
 &
getting ready for the winter months. 
 I sort of do this myself...only with my stitching goodies! 
  So,
 I thought it would be appropriate to stitch something honoring these little gatherer's...
This design features those bushy-tailed little critters,
who no doubt have hidden a few acorns in those big pots of
autumn Mums
 to be snacked upon on a cold snowy day.
 The sewing roll has a pocket to hide your scissors, needles
&
any other stitching goodies.
And like any good little squirrel,
I have hidden a fun little stitching project in this pattern!
'Tis not pictured,
it's a surprise...
you must dig and hunt to find it!!
You will love this little treasure,
it coordinates so sweetly with the sewing roll!
You can even hide it in the pocket,
if you wish!
Design is stitched over two threads on the beautiful 40 count Doubloon linen by Picture This Plus.    Old mother of pearl buttons and vintage seam tape ribbon adds extra detail and charm to this finish.


 "In Santa Claus Land"
The punch needle pattern, Merry Olde Soul has now been adapted to cross stitch...had many, many request for this! 
I hope you all like it~
When I charted this sampler and sent if off to model stitcher, Suzanne, I had no idea how I was going to finish the piece.   I wanted something more then just a frame... I decided on something a little different for a finish and LOVE how it turned out.  I created this into a long and narrow pocket...perfect to hang on a peg or old cupboard door.  The stitched piece becomes the pocket that's gets filled with cinnamon-dusted vintage pipe cleaners, that I bent into candy canes, pine greenery and a miniature piece of sheet music...precious! The piece is worked over two threads, on 40 count Ale linen  by Picture This Plus.  The backside is faced with red antique reproduction calico.  Old buttons are stitched to the top scallop for just that perfect added touch! 

Pattern includes the miniature sheet music, too!

A big shout out of "THANKS" to Suzanne Garber for stitching this model.  I am forever grateful for your help and friendship.


"Christmas Cottage"
In the late July pattern releases you will find a Halloween chart titled, Hallow-day Inn...it is a pair of spooky little witches sharing a room for two at the local Hallow-day Inn. 
That chart became the inspiration
 for a Christmas themed
 cottage....
Christmas Cottage.
A quaint little cottage all decorated and ready for St Nick to make his appearance.  Take note of the sampler hanging above the mantel...the home of a sampler-lover, no doubt!   You'll find mini woolly Putz sheep, sisal trees, and old fashioned candlesticks  upon the mantel and stockings just waiting to be filled.  Santa has left a new doll chair and pull sheep toy for the good boys and girls.
The design is stitched over two threads on the new sized
 36 count linen,
color - Confederate Gray
from Week Dye Works. 

A big thank you to Susanna Baker for stitching this model.    I wish my backside-stitching looked as good as yours, Susanna!

New charts, linens, and floss kits to support these new patterns are in stock and ready to ship.

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda