Friday, February 24, 2017

Coffee Quaker Update

Hi everyone... I have been getting a LOT of questions about this design. I'm getting a little worried that I might not have enough copies made up for Nashville, but it's too late to make any more. So I wanted to post a note here to let you know to have your favorite LNS get their pre-order in. If I run out of charts at the show, there will be a bit of a delay afterward before I can send out more. I will have every copy I've made with me, but if I sell more than I take, it will be at least a week from the show before I'll be able to get more shipped out.

Also, I forgot to include some of the pertinent information with my last post, but I've updated it to show stitch count and threads. Scroll down to find that info.

Okay... now back to my previously scheduled folding, stuffing and boxing activities.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nashville Needlework Market 2017 Official Release Announcement

I will have five brand new designs available to wholesale shoppers who attend the Nashville Needlework Market the first weekend in March. Three of those designs will be exclusively available to attendees (but will be released to the general population one month after the show). Be sure to contact your favorite needlework shop owner and put in requests for any of these designs that you need to get your hands on right away!

Show attendees: I will gladly take pre-orders to have ready for you to pick up on Friday.




*Nashville Exclusive*
P is for Pomegranate: The Alphabet Series #4
Retail Price: $10

Model stitched with one thread over two
on Dames of the Needle 32 count Dirty Ewe
Using threads from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works

Frame by Signed and Numbered:
6x6 Circle Opening Super Vintage Wood Tone

*Nashville Exclusive*
Let it Begin With Me
Retail Price: $10

Model stitched with one thread over two
on R&R Reproductions' 32 count Stars Hollow Blend
Threads: The Gentle Art, Classic Colorworks, & Weeks Dye Works

Hornbook by Perfect Prim Punch: Hornbook #39, 5.5 x 6.5 unfinished
(tutorial available on request).

*Nashville Exclusive*
Coffee Quaker: The Magical Elixir Series, Part II
Retail Price: $10

Stitch Count: 195 x 170

Model stitched with one thread over two on R&R Reproductions’ 40ct. Stars Hollow Blend

Weeks Dye Works: Palomino, Grasshopper

The Gentle Art: Maple Syrup, Dark Chocolate, Apple Cider, Picnic Basket, Caramel Corn, Ruby Slipper

Classic Colorworks: Hazelnut

Frame by Total Framing (details to follow at a later date)

The Redheaded Dog Sampler (a Faithfully Reproduced Antique Sampler)
Includes charts for the reproduction sampler along with three small projects designed by me, inspired by and in tribute to the original.

Retail Price: $14

Model stitched with one thread over two
on Zweigart 40 count Newcastle Cream
which I coffee stained after stitching.

Using DMC threads
Antique sampler shown in cover photo; model picture available on request, but at a later date (I forgot to do its photo shoot before mailing it to my Nashville suite! Oops.)


The Bird Collection, Part IV: American Robin, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow

Retail Price: $12

Model stitched with one thread over two
on Picture This Plus 32 count Wren
Using threads from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works

Frames were thrifted then refinished by me (tutorial available on request).

The Redheaded Dog and The Bird Collection are NOT exclusive to the Nashville show, and will be released in my etsy shop as soon as I get home from Nashville, as well as being available from my distributors.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Market Preview: Sneak Peeks!!!

You guys! I've been SO hard at work getting new pretties ready to release in Nashville next month. Next month! Its really, really hard to believe that my big, most anticipated trip of the year is right around the corner again.

I still feel like a total newbie in the industry, having only been designing for 9 years, and this being just my third time attending the show. But as each year passes, it is feeling more and more like a home away from home. If you ever get a chance to attend as a helper or a shop owner or even as a fly on the wall, you need to; its like Disneyland for stitchers.

I've got four new designs for sure, and I'm working as hard as I can to get the fifth done in time. Wish me luck? First up, I'm offering the following three designs as exclusives; this means that they will only be offered for sale for the first month to those that buy them directly from me at the Nashville show. They won't be available to anyone else until one month after the show ends. So if you can't wait to get your hands on them, let your local needlework shop owner know so they can pick a copy up for you at the show. They are, in no particular order:

P is for Pomegranate: The Alphabet Series #4
Retail Price: $10

Model stitched with one thread over two
on Dames of the Needle 32 count Dirty Ewe
Using threads from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works

Frame by Signed and Numbered:
6x6 Circle Opening Super Vintage Wood Tone

Let it Begin With Me
Retail Price: $10

Model stitched with one thread over two
on R&R Reproductions' 32 count Stars Hollow Blend
Threads: The Gentle Art, Classic Colorworks, & Weeks Dye Works

Hornbook by Perfect Prim Punch: Hornbook #39, 5.5 x 6.5 unfinished
(pdf tutorial will be made available for finishing at home)

Coffee Quaker: The Magical Elixir Series, Part II
Retail Price: $10

Model stitched with one thread over two on R&R Reproductions' 40 count Stars Hollow Blend
Threads: The Gentle Art, Classic Colorworks, and Weeks Dye Works

Frame by Total Framing (details to follow at a later date)

If I can get it finished in time, I'll be releasing The Bird Collection, Part IV, but its a little touch-and-go at this point. I'm stitching and designing as fast as I can. If I don't finish it in time for the show, it will be out shortly thereafter. All I can tell you for sure is that it includes an American Robin. Yay! There will be 3 birds like in the other installments of the collection, and all stitched on Picture This Plus' 32 count Wren.

The other immediate release will be an antique reproduction, which I've enhanced by adding a few smalls that were inspired by the antique:

The Redheaded Dog Sampler (a Faithfully Reproduced Antique Sampler)
Retail Price: $14

Model stitched with one thread over two
on Zweigart 40 count Newcastle Cream
which I coffee stained after stitching.

Threads: DMC

Frame by Total Framing (details to follow at a later date)



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Rest of January

Once the snow melted, our month was everything that it should be. I love that empty fresh space that January occupies. It might just be in my head, but once I make it through the cluttered and busy holiday season and there are a few months yet before Spring gardening needs to happen, I feel light and free. I love the months when I can pause a little and regather myself.

Of course, now those empty months aren't so empty as they used to be, because I spend them preparing for the Spring Market in Nashville. But it's different, somehow.

After taking down the Christmas decorations, I left much of my usual decor in their boxes. My window sills are mostly bare, my mantle is sparsely adorned. With the big braided rug gone from the living room, I am enjoying a sense of space that is refreshing. My house isn't very big. Each room is *just barely* big enough for the furniture that occupies it. Add in a bunch of clutter, no matter how carefully curated, and I start to feel a bit claustrophobic. No more. At least until I open a few certain closets, that is...
I don't usually comment individually on my photos, but this next one needs a little special mention. It was taken by my 11 year old. I was de-lighting the tree, sorting through the strings, getting ready to box them up for another year. "Stop, Mama! Don't move!" he said, then snapped this picture. I love watching the creativity coming out in my babies. Didn't he do a great job?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Kids Were Here

*NEW* Be Kind Always

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you can't see. Be kind. Always." is a quote widely used in many different arrangements. Thought to be originally from Ian Maclaren, a Scottish author and theologian that lived in the late 1800's.

This sampler is my way of reminding myself to be aware that there are almost always deeper motivations that cause people to behave the way they do. I need to stop taking their actions at face value and offer them grace and forgiveness instead. Even if they never know that I did it, in a small way, each positive reaction can make the world a better place.

Stitch Count: 171 x 171

Model stitched with one thread over two on
Picture This Plus 32 ct. Gingerbread.

Classic Colorworks: Honeycomb

The Gentle Art: Brandy, Adobe, Brethren Blue, Old Red Paint,
Parchment, Apple Cider, Picnic Basket, Endive, Piney Woods

Conversion to DMC included with the pattern.

The frame was found at a thrift store and refinished by me.

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email: beth@heartstringsamplery.com