Friday, October 15, 2010

Two New Releases

Simple Bounty Cupboard Sampler

As a mother of two young children, the simplest, most pure representation of the bounty in my life has come in the form of bedraggled, half-wilted bouquets of wildflowers, lifted by grubby sets of fingers, a sweet token of their love for me.

So this design is a bit uneven, a little bedraggled, with minimal colors and primitive form. As you stitch it, and each time you look at it thereafter, I hope that you are reminded of the Simple Bounty that is found in your life.

Stitch Count: 87 x 87.
Model stitched on Weeks Dye Works 35ct. Straw linen.
Using flosses from The Gentle Art: 7000 Harvest Basket,7041 Apple Cider, 7060 Picnic Basket

The pattern is now available for $10 (includes shipping) in my etsy shop or directly through me (

And, release #2...
Harry Tyler's Lion

Coverlets in both geometric and figured patterns were widely popular during the early to mid 1800s. Some coverlets include trademarks. One of the most well-known is a lion used in the 1830’s by New York weaver Harry Tyler.

I didn’t know any of this information when I first spotted that charming lion, all I knew was that I wanted to try to re-create it in the art medium I know best. Researching Tyler’s Lion and antique coverlets led me to the National Museum of the American Coverlet online.

Thus began a little experiment... if this design is well received, I will continue in partnership with the Museum, and release a series of coverlet-inspired patterns available only through their shop and mine.

Stitch Count: 160 x 110

Model stitched on Zweigart 40ct. New Castle Cream linen.
Using floss from The Gentle Art: 7055 Uniform Blue.
Frame by Broken Wheel Woodworks.

This pattern is available exclusively from Heartstring Samplery and the National Museum of the American Coverlet. It will not be distributed through my usual channels, but rather, it will be distributed exclusively to needlework shops through the National Museum of the American Coverlet. For wholesale orders, send me an email.

It is a small gesture, I know, but my hope is that over time, the proceeds of sales of this design will be of benefit to the Museum and their mission.

The pattern is now available for $10 (includes shipping) in my etsy shop or directly through me (


April Mechelle said...

I love them both !!!

Margaret said...

Love them both! I hope your coverlet venture is a success. I'm on a stash diet right now, but I'd really like to have a collection of such designs someday. I love Tyler's Lion!

Jeanne said...

Very the coverlet idea....hope that takes off for you...I'd like to see your additional designs.

Catherine said...

Love them both - especially the sentiment behind the first one. And congrats on the coverlet venture!!

Colleen said...

I think Harry Tyler's Lion would make a lovely addition to my bedroom. How would this be for a first-timer?

Melissa said...

I love both of these! Maybe the Lion has the edge. It's so different and a bit funky!

Mary said...

Beth-Just happened upon your blog and had to leave a comment. I love your Lion sampler based on the coverlet pattern. And I LOVE the National Museum of the American Coverlet. I live close enough that I can visit on a somewhat regular basis. Good luck in your venture with Melinda and Lazslo! If only I could cross stitch!!! (I'm a rug hooker by trade and am afraid that my eyes don't work very well with the linen for cross stitching!)