7.28.2016

New Patterns!


I am excited to share with you some fun, new cross stitch charts! 


I REST THY NEEDLE
 I had a conversation at needlework market with Lone Elm Lane, which lead to the conception of this wonderful wooden pincushion/sewing box clamp.  Stephanie's take on the idea turned out fabulous...thanks Stephanie, I love it!  The sewing box is painted in a new vintage fashion, giving the piece a gentle "time-worn" look.  I chose to use the Vintage Dove paint finish for the "I Rest Thy Needle" design.    Design is worked on 36 count Legacy linen over 2 threads, using hand dyed flosses.  The boxes are available for special order here.




"BOO"
A new chart to the flash card series.  This is the 3rd such flashcard that I have done, they are some of my best sellers!   The new word is Boo!  A sweet little field mouse can me found out in her pumpkin patch, complete in her witchy attire!  Chenille trim and tiny glass beads for stars adds detail and just the right finish.  The design is worked on 40 count Pewter linen, using hand dyed flosses.

"AUTUMN'S FRUITFUL LABOR"
The floss colors in this sampler are so pretty and rich!  This piece sort of grew, getting larger as the design process went along.  I originally started with only the upper portion and decided to add one of my favorite harvest  verses.   The design is worked on 36 count Legacy linen over 2 threads, using hand dyed flosses.



"ONE FOR THE CROW"
Pattern for two little pinkeeps that make great companion pieces to each other.  I have always liked the little gardener's verse and can almost hear the goode witch sing it as she pokes each seed into the soil.  Linen ric rac trim is hand stitched to the sides of the pieces for a perfect accent.  Designs are worked on 40 count Legacy linen over 2 threads, using hand dyed flosses.  I plan on displaying these on an old tin tray with acorns and artificial crow that I gently dusted with cinnamon.  Artificial crow and acorns are also available for purchase here.

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

2.23.2016

Pattern Preview!

Welcome to day 1 of the count down to the Nashville Needlework Market.
Join me here for the next 4 days
 to see the new 2016 Spring/Summer pattern line
 from
With thy Needle & Thread.
 
"The Gilmour Sewing Tray"
An 18th century wool coverlet was the inspiration for this piece.  The simple farmhouse was the signature motif of the Gilmour brothers.  I chose to work the piece in ivory tones for a fresh, white farmhouse feel.  The piece would look great worked on an dirty ecru linen with rusty red or navy flosses as well.  The unfinished wooden tray allows you to choose your color palette and paint it accordingly.  Trays will be available for purchase.


"A Weaver's Work"
 Another adaptation from an antique wool coverlet and a great companion piece to the Gilmour House sewing tray.   After some research on this weaver, I was excited to learn that he spent some time in my home state of Iowa.  I chose to work this in neutral tones and was excited to find what I felt was the perfect Larson-Juhl frame for this piece.  This piece too could certainly be worked in other colors of flosses.

"Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill"
Two frolicking rabbits adorn the lid of a Lone Elm shaker box.  I chose to fill the box with paper grass and tucked some eggs into the "nest".  The lid is then standing in the box and makes for a fun spring-time vignette!
 
"Spring Delivery"
Leaping rabbit, tulips and a basket filled with springtime flowers creates a fun spring-time mini sampler.  Perfect for Easter, yet could be kept out year round.   A big "Thank You" to April Taylor for stitching this model.
 
See you tomorrow for Day 2 of pattern previews!
 
Kindly,
Brenda
 
 


1.20.2016

New Pattern!

 
"Blessings be Thine"
 
Our first release of 2016... 

A sweet love-themed pattern that is worked in carefully selected shades of hand dyed flosses to achieve a lovely, faded, time-worn look.  The piece is appropriate for Valentines yet is one that can be left out year round.
 
The design is worked on 35 count Espresso linen over 2 threads.  Stitch count - 113 wide X 90 high.  Finished size - 6 1/4" x 5".
Chart, linen, floss kit, pom and linen braid trims are now available online for purchase.
 
With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

11.17.2015

Sneak Peeks!

Like a busy little elf in Santa's workshop, I am putting the finishing touches on my 2015 Holiday punch needle patterns!  

I've added some mother of pearl buttons, some wool accents and pom pom trim to make these extra special.  All designs are smaller in size, can easily complete in a day of punching.

"Merry Mistletoe"


"Father Christmas"


"Holly Jolly Frosty"

Coming soon!

11.01.2015

Today is the day!

Reindeer Games kit will go on sale today, 

Sorry, item sold out within a few hours on November 1st.

Due to supply, there is a limit of 1 per customer, no exceptions!
No phone in orders, website placed orders only.  

For all the details visit
Item will be listed at 2:00 pm CST, today November 1st.

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

9.04.2015

Last hurrah...

and just like that
summer is winding down.
 
Wishing everyone a safe & fun holiday weekend.
 
 
My shop is getting a fresh paint of coat over the long weekend.  My building was used for a toy store in the early 1950's.  After some scraping and sanding of it's side walls,  we exposed it's lettering from it's earlier days, "Toy World" along with a plump looking teddy bear.  I like to imagine my attic is filled with old toys.  My husband, who has been up in the attic, tells me otherwise.  He says there is just insulation up there, I still prefer to imagine! 
 
A weekend never passes without some stitching, so I imagine I will have a date with my needle & hoop at some time...
 
 
I am not one to use "colored" linen, usually sticking with the neutral shades of ivory and tans.  I have started and stopped several projects on darker linens and I am actually thinking this design will see a finish on red linen.  It is quite surprising how much different the floss looks on the linen then from the skein.  Those berries are an ivory floss and my eye is telling me they look white on red linen....all the flosses are looking brighter on the red linen.  So floss selection has been a bit challenging. 
 
 
Happy Labor Day Weekend to you all,
Brenda
 
 


9.01.2015

Going going...

almost gone!

Just a baker's dozen of the "Gobble Gobble!"  kits remain!

www.countrystitchesonline.com




With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

8.28.2015

Coming soon!




"Limited Edition Kit - "Gobble, Gobble!"

" Gobble, Gobble!" goes on sale September 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM, Central Standard Time. This is a Country Stitches exclusive offering.  

Kit includes - tin turkey base, full color pattern/chart, linen, 10 beautiful shades of autumn hand-dyed flosses (Classic Colorworks, Gentle Arts & Weeks Dye Works)  & chipboard cardboard.  


8.26.2015

Kitting!


The work tables are over flowing with beautiful shades 
of autumn colored flosses.

The kitting has begun!


 Waddle on over to www.countrystitchesonline.com on September 1st
for the releasing of a limited edition kit,
"Gobble, Gobble!"


See you then!

8.06.2015

NEW ~ Cross Stitch Patterns!

What a beautiful evening,
a slightly cooler breeze and no humidity!

The days are starting to get notably shorter.  
Birds are starting to flock on fence lines,
where did the summer go...

It is the best time of year to stitch,
 and autumn-themed designs are my most favorite to create~ 

I am excited to share with you the 
NEW 2015
 cross stitch designs ~
enjoy!






With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar on September 1st....

'cause something fun to stitch,
 all kitted up
with an extra special finish,
 is coming your way!

One tiny hint, whose tracks are those?  

See you on September 1st!

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

7.15.2015

Finish work!


If I were a carpenter,
 I would be a "Finish Carpenter". 

 It is the finish work,
 the trim, 
and all the extra detail
 that goes into a piece
 that I enjoy the most . 


 It is what makes someone want to pick the item up
&
 take a closer look...
 to touch,
feel,
&
 run their fingers through a tiny, little fringe tassel...


The finish must nicely accent the piece, 
without being overwhelming.
It is a fine balance.


I like to combine different materials, 
for varying textures,
it is calming to my eye....


  
I like to mix old with new...

Or finish the piece into something useful,
a place to rest our needle or pins
is always fun.

A finish that can
become our stitching companion...


A pattern finish is always close at hand when I am to this step... 
may just be another reason that I enjoy finish work!
The end is in sight.
  An idea from a sketchpad 
is now in full color...
mission accomplished


With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda





7.08.2015

Stitch by Stitch ~ Row by Row...

 I am starting to close in on a finish,
 it makes me feel giddy knowing I am close to conquering the 2,727 Olive "fill-in" stitches.
I am "sewing" an autumn lawn in this piece. 
 I love the subtle variation in the Olive floss,
 perfect for a dried out October lawn,
 don't you think?

And, I couldn't resist to show that sweet little witches shoe
over in that corner!

Do you often finish a piece and wonder how many stitches were needed to complete the piece?
  This is something we designers don't typically supply in the pattern (we wouldn't want to scare you)
but,
 with modern software programs 
we do know the number of stitches.  

   When I am done charting a design,
 I print off the page that supplies me with the total stitches in a design.

I find this very useful when it comes to the next step of stitching...

When the design is completed I will have stitched 9,528 stitches.

At this point the floss colors are not always accurate.  
 Floss colors are most often determined as I stitch. 
 Once the piece is stitched,
 I will go into the program and change out the colors of flosses,
 most often to all hand-dyed threads.


After totaling the number of stitches
 I do some simple math. 
 I know how many stitches I can stitch an hour,
 and I know that I typically dedicate two hours of stitching time in the early morning hours and then two hours in the evening. 
My calculation on this piece told me that I should have it finished by this weeks end
and folks I am right on task!

   This also guides me in knowing the cost to hire the piece stitched, if I choose to to go that route.


I will be sharing 4 new Autumn & Halloween-themed cross stitch designs shortly,
stay tuned! 


With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

6.18.2015

A Lesson in Color ~

Trim work this morning with needle & thread,
the window muttons are now stitched in place
and I have a finish!

Grateful, Thankful & Blessed
is ready for the framers!

Two down, two to go!


I always finish what's in my hoop 
before I move onto the next.  
Disciplined?  
Not really, it is my motivation for a quicker finish. ;)

There is no rest for the wicked,
as 
today is a day of color planning, 
floss & linen selections for a future Halloween design.
I want to name this design
Oct. 31st....
I am laughing at the originality of this title...
I may need to work harder on this title!


When I chart a design,
 I am privileged to experiment around with background color (or linen),
on-screen, with a click of a button.  
 Sounds easy, right? 
 What looks good on the computer should look good 
when you go to place your stitches on that color of linen, right?
Not really...

I struggle with colored linen, blue sky colors in particular.
I am determined to make it work for this design,
wish me luck!!

  This morning I have been playing with sky-colored linens. 
 They all seem to be too cool-toned, in my opinion...
So,
 I cut off a fat-quarter of two purchased hand-dyed linens
 and gave them an early morning bath in some strong coffee.
I function better with a little coffee,
maybe it is just the trick for sky-colored linens, no?  


See how it warmed up the linen?
I now have a warmer grungy linen,
I like the results!


(original linen is to the right of it's respective over- dyed version)

I have started several designs on blue linen, only for them to end up in my "reject box".  What is so frustrating for me, is, I have to stitch a gazillion stitches before I know whether it is going to appeal to me or not.  Just a couple of stitches doesn't determine whether I like it or not...no, that would be way to easy...so, I keep stitching and stitching, and thinking, and hoping it is going to get better ~
{sigh}

I am going to brave it again.
I think the linen on the lower left will be the choice.

 The linen and floss colors seem to work together when spread out.
This is where it gets tricky, their needs to be enough contrast between linen to floss.
 Green flosses get tricky on blue linens.
 I will need to brighten up my greens, pulling green flosses with more yellow in them.

   In the case of autumn,
 the floss colors we use
 tend to be warmer tones,
 my eye tells me warm flosses work better
on
warm toned linen.

Enough about warm & cool tones ~
because
it's going to be a beautiful late Spring day!

Our Service Berry trees are just loaded with berries
and the young robins have found them.
Their acrobatic moves in plucking them is quite entertaining.


I am going to find a shady spot today
 and take in the beauty of nature,
 and stitch!

Late Spring...my favorite season.
Stitching my favorite season....Autumn & Halloween
Total Bliss!

Wishing you a day full of beauty,
 and
 a stitch or two,
Brenda












6.16.2015

To be treasured....

Mary was just 9 
when she crossed her last stitch on this sampler.
The year was 1819.  
I have a weakness when it comes to samplers with houses,
but there was more then just the house,
more on that later...


Her young eyes had no trouble stitching a verse in
 over one,
 on teeny tiny linen.  
I love the verse.
In a close up study you will see a few of the bird's Mary stitched are going side-ways.  
This is a little unusual for a schoolgirl sampler.  
What did her instructress think of her side-way birds? 
Makes you wonder, doesn't it?!!

Her chosen verse reads:
All you my friends that now expect to see
a piece of marking thus performed by me
cast but a smile on this my mean endeavour
I will strive to mend and be obedient ever




What makes this sampler extra special is I am able to put a face to the name.
An older face, anyway.
This is Mary Meredith in her later years.  
Her married name was Mary Hope.

Her clothing indicates she is in mourning.  
Who was she mourning, one wonders?

Look close.
  See her necklace?


Tucked away in a velvet line box
 lies Mary's necklace.
It is the necklace she is wearing in the photo.
Sort of gives you goose bumps,
doesn't it?



Take a closer look...
 A mourning necklace.
The center locket of the pendant
holds basket-weaved hairs of
the deceased, 
in which she is mourning.

Treasures....
not to be forgotten.

With thy needle & thread,
Brenda








5.24.2015

New Patterns!

Happy Memorial Weekend to you all!  We are having more rain...cold, gloomy and drizzly.  I had hopes of doing yard/gardening work, but the weather is keeping me inside... so I am doing work-work!!

Though the calendar still says spring, this weekend is the official kick off to the summer season.  With that thought in mind, I am happy to share with you some fun summer-time patterns for your stitching pleasure!

HOME SWEET HOME
 This is a fun little kit that includes the tin, weavers cloth, Valdani 3 strand flosses, chenille trim and pattern all put together in cute packaging.  This piece is just 4 3/4" tall!  This kit is sold exclusively through Country Stitches.

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QUEEN OF THE SEA
I haven't done a whole lot of designs that have a nautical theme, so this was a really fun stitch!  I went for a fun finish with the use of mother of pearl fish buttons, waves of rick rack and cording tied in a nautical knot.  The wonderful movement and flow to the larger areas of this piece is achieved with the use of the Valdani 3 strand floss.  Pattern includes weavers cloth, tracing template and complete finishing instructions.  Buttons & rick rack are available for purchase on our website.  

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NESTLINGS
A mother bird stands so patiently and proud, just waiting for her little nestlings to arrived.  I chose faded shades of rusty reds, oranges, and corals of Valdani 3 strand floss  to work this piece.  The piece is simply backed with wool and makes a nice table accent piece.  Pattern includes weavers cloth, tracing template and finishing instructions.

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GRAND OLDE FLAG

A quick-to-stitch, honoring the needlework of Betsy Ross.  The piece is worked on 40 count Legacy linen over two threads with hand dyed flosses.  The piece is constructed into a floss card for a fun and functional  finish!   Mother of pearl rings keep your floss neat & tidy and the backside features a little pocket to keep your scissors and needle packs at your fingertips.

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BLUEBIRD OUT MY WINDOW
The time of year was my inspiration for this piece...the time of year when the birds are back to their nesting grounds and sing for food.  This design is worked on 36 count Wren linen over 2 threads with hand dyed flosses.  Tobacco brown vintage silk ribbon gets gathered and added to the pin keep for a pretty little finish.  


With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

3.19.2015

Pattern Corrections!


I stumbled upon an error on two of my new charts, CS151 Stars & Stripes and CS155 Be Happy, Humble & Kind. The error falls on the materials needed list on the backside of the pattern cover. I have listed color #1160 Adobe as a Weeks Dye Works floss, and it is a Gentle Arts floss. The color is correct, it is the fleshy color used for the bodies of the little people. So there are no worries when you go to stitch, the color number/name and symbols on the chart are all correct. It may cause some confusion when you are purchasing your flosses. Weeks does make a floss with the same name, however, it is a red and of course has a different stock number.



 A change was also made to Stars & Stripes after it was stitched & charted, and the wrong file was pulled when it got printed.  Pattern will show the stars worked in Roasted Marshmallow, this should show them as worked in Harvest Basket.




Sorry about this, as hard as I try, something slipped by me here!

My apologies,
Brenda