2.17.2017

5th & Final Day!

Well this is it folks, the final preview of what's NEW & COMING SOON from WTN&T!  Thanks for joining me each morning.  If there is anything that you need to add to your stash, contact your LNS and put a little "bug" in their ear!

There will also be a Limited Edition Market Kit.  These will be very limited in quantity, therefore, no sneak peeks before market from me.  I will let your LNS share, as they wish, on this.   The title of the sweet little kit is "Ode to the Ort Basket".  



The second collection in the Essamplaire Petite Collections is especially created for all the A&E collectors!  The pattern will consist of 4 tiny samplers.  Once again, there is a larger (3" x 5") signature sampler and then 3 tiny (2 1/2" x 3") samplers that coordinate with the larger piece.  These are worked on 40 count linen over 2 threads.  Frame information and finishing technique will be supplied in the pattern.



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Put your hands to work,
&
your hearts to God.
                         - Mother Ann Lee, 1736 - 1784

I have always loved this early Shaker saying and it was my inspiration for the 
Heart & Hand sampler.    While all the motifs in this piece are my original, I wanted the piece to have the feel of an antique Rhode Island sampler.  Floral filled urns flank a center cartouche' filled with working characters, alphabet and the heart & hand verse.  The Dove blue linen really adds charm to this piece.  I am finding myself growing more and more fond of working with the color linens...how about you?


This completes the pattern preview days.  There are still lots of things to finish up and cross off my "market to-do list".  Then I need to whip myself into shape...like, get a hair cut & color!!

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda



2.16.2017

Day 4!



 Welcome back to day 4 of new pattern preview days! 

The inspiration for this berry-themed design came from a day in early June, last year.  Dave and I went with our daughter and grandchildren to a berry farm to pick strawberries.  I don't know who had more fun...the kiddos picking strawberries for the very first time, or me just watching the grand-kiddos have fun!  I had my first attempt at home-made strawberry jam....yummy!  I see more strawberry picking days in our future...already looking forward to early June!

Berry Days at Thistle Down Farm has a fun little finish.  I have chose to finish it into a stitching companion.  The needlework is mounted onto a little wooden box that looks like a book!  The "binding" of this book has a little drawer that pulls out...a perfect spot to fill with tapestry needles, scissors, etc.  Along with the box piece, there is also a companion piece for a tiny little needle book.  Fun & functional!  I will be selling the wooden book boxes, as well.




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I have always loved antique Quaker samplers...love them, love them, love them!  This piece is my adaptation of a Quaker sampler.  Some motifs are borrowed from my antique samplers and some are my original motifs...a modern-day take on a Quaker sampler.   Quaker Handework is worked in shades of red, browns, golds and brownish-greens...the color palette is scrumptious!   The 2 strands of floss make the stitches look like they are resting on top of the linen, really like it!   I chose to make this a family sampler, stitching our initials randomly among the motifs.  The pattern includes an alphabet chart so that you may personalize the sampler.    A very special "THANK YOU" to Susanna Baker for stitching this piece for me!





See you tomorrow!
With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

2.15.2017

Day 3 of Market Preview!

Welcome back to day 3!  Each evening, for countless nights, has been spent in front of the TV packaging patterns.  Tonight will mark my last night of homework...all patterns should be bagged and ready to be boxed.  Are you hearing a *sigh* of relief?  


This piece turned out beautiful!  I found a frame that really finished it off nicely.  This mid-size piece features an old Chinese proverb that I have always liked, and lean on from time to time.  Faith of the Heart was stitched by Suzanne Garber.  A special "Thank You" to this sweet & dear woman.



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One of my favorite things to do is to sit by my back window that opens up to my bird-feeding station.  I find great solace and inspiration there.  Bird migration has always fascinated me.  One of my favorite guests are the little hummers as they migrate through each spring and fall.  So, to them I dedicate a new pattern titled, Bloom Where You're Planted.  A big "Thank You" to April Taylor for stitching this model for me.



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I thoroughly enjoyed designing this new collection series titled, Essamplaire Petite.  This is Collection I of II.  As the title states, these are petite!  The collection consists of 4 miniature samplers, one being what I call it's signature piece and 3 tiny samplers that compliment the larger piece.  I currently have them sitting, grouped together, on my mantel in front of an antique sampler and I love the look...simply precious!  The sizes of these are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" & 3 1/2" x 5"...yep, they are tiny!  I chose inexpensive frames and re purposed them a bit, all four for under $15.00.  I will explain this process in the pattern instructions.


Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda

2.14.2017

Market Preview - Day 2

Welcome back for day 2 of Market Preview Days! 
 Today's shares are of 3 soon to be released charts that are smaller in size, and finished in small pillows for tucking or hanging.   It's always nice to have smaller projects to work on in between larger pieces...these are perfect, little quick stitches!

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Oh dear, there are more mice in the house!   The ever-popular mice have found their way into the sewing room.   And like me, they are fond of tomato pincushions and strawberry emery's.  This is one of my favorites of the mice series.  A special "THANK YOU" to April Taylor for stitching Mice in the Sewing Room

Iowa is home to two towns that are rich in Dutch heritage.  Each spring they have annual Tulip Festival celebrations.  There are thousands and thousands of tulips planted to bloom in time for their celebrations (that is if the weather cooperates)...it is absolutely gorgeous!   There is the annual street scrubbing, with woman and children dressed in costume, before the big parade.  Tulip Festival was inspired by these celebrations.   Rows of tulips, busy little bees and sophisticated rabbit motifs adorn this sweet little pillow top.  Mini pom trim and dimensional bow adds extra detailing to this piece.    A special "THANK YOU" to Penny Houser for stitching this model.  



By the time I completed Easter Peep Parade, I was craving chocolate malted-milk robin's eggs and Easter Peeps!  These favorite seasonal candies and an antique rabbit pull toy were the inspiration for this design.  The Chestnut brown linen is becoming a favorite of mine...the floss colors really pop on it!



See you tomorrow for day 3 of pattern preview week!


With thy Needle & Thread,

Brenda

2.13.2017

It's been awhile!

Pardon my absence and neglect from this blog!  The last several months have been busy preparing for the Nashville Needlework Market.  Intense stitching and intense pattern packaging has been my life since mid October.  We are now just a couple weeks away from packing up a cargo van and pushing off towards Nashville, and there is still lots to do!  The van will be loaded with tables, props, models of new patterns and boxes and boxes of patterns.  This is a wholesale market so watch for these patterns to pop up in your local needle work shops, for purchase, the latter part of the first week of March. 
 
Visit me each day,
here on my blog,
 as I give you little peaks at the
NEW
With Thy Needle & Thread cross stitch charts.
 
Our Lady Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France was the inspiration for this pattern.   A universal symbol of freedom and democracy.  I have always loved what she stands for, and it was a joy to stitch her in cloth.  She was dedicated in 1886, so you will find her completion date on the piece, as well. 
 
Stop back tomorrow for another peek!
 
With thy Needle & Thread,
Brenda