After several months of planning, designing & stitching,
I'm happy to show you all
whats been keeping me busy ~
"The Candlestick Maker"
A sweet simple little sampler featuring the candlestick maker and his wife. Each are holding tiny candle sticks. With a close & careful look, you will find tiny candles burning in a few of the house windows. Sampler is worked in muted, colonial times, floss colors of mustards, brick reds, tin blues and smokey blacks. Design is worked on 40 count linen over 2 threads.
Below is the companion piece
to the Candlestick Maker Sampler...
"The Bee Keeper's Sampler"
This design didn't quite" make the bus" to market, but will be released around mid- March. I have it just digitally framed above. I will be finishing this sampler in a beautiful hand-grained frame from Valley House Primitives. This sampler too, is worked in wonderful muted shades of mustard golds, faded rusty reds, and tinflashing grey-blues. We will be taking pre-orders for this design, with a mid-March ship date. There will also be two NEW Floss Keeps featuring these two companion samplers!
Sampler beautifully stitched by model stitcher, April Taylor.
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Alphabet, rabbit, urn and three tulips...simple, yet a stunning "Spring-time" sampler. I'm thinking this tulip-filled urn may have had more then three tulips at one time....what say you? I chose an antique picture frame for the finish on this sampler. Design is worked on 40 count linen over 2 threads.
Sampler beautifully stitched by model stitcher, Suzanne Garber.
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"Basketful of Spring Time"
A unique and quick-stitch pillow for your spring-time decorating. I like the "neutralness" & "simpleness" of this piece. Springtime motifs are worked on a piece of linen that gets turned into a flower basket and then hand-appliqued onto pillow top. The pillowcase is also cross stitch linen. Use of vintage silk ribbon bow and antique button flowers, adds extra charm and simple detail to this pillow. I'm hoping to design other seasonal basket pillows....keep a watchful eye out for future designs for Summer, Winter & Fall.
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"Crumpets & Tea"
A pillow featuring my version of a poem written by Jessica Nelson North. Jessica was born in Madison WI, in 1891, she was a children's literature writer. Her original version of this little saying was published in 1912. It's a verse that I find fitting for myself.
I love to start a early summer morning off outdoors,
enjoying the gardens & the songs of birds,
while sipping my morning cup
enjoying a sweet.
"A garden tea party of three...
twas me, myself & I...
I ate all the berries & cream,
myself ate all the crumpets,
twas also I
who ate the pie,
and passed the tea to me."
Design is worked on 40 count linen over two threads. I chose to finish it into a pillow trimmed in ruched vintage seam tape. The pillow will sit in a chippy painted antique child's chair
in my kitchen
and it will remind me
of those quiet summer morning hours
that I so enjoy.
Sampler beautifully stitched by model stitcher, Susanna Baker.
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"Tending the Tulips"
A cheery spring-time ditty pocket,
featuring Mrs. Cottontail... the tender of the tulips.
Pocket has hand dyed wool penny tongues with antique buttons for added texture and detail. I chose to fill the pocket with viburnum berries that wintered on the bush. It was so nice of the robins to leave me a few! Pussy willows would be equally charming tucked into the pocket.
Watch for these new releases to be arriving in your LNS shortly. These designs have been added to our website, plus a few other new goodies! Linens, floss paks and supplies for these items also available.
Enjoy your weekend,