Friday, April 01, 2016

*NEW* Cross Stitch Nation

During my recent trip to Nashville for the yearly cross-stitch Market, I went to a writer’s round to hear some local songwriters performing their original music. I was able to meet them before the show (it was a very un-crowded venue, and one of the writers was a childhood friend). Apparently, they found the reason I was in town to be intriguing, because there was an impromptu rendition of one of their songs mid-way through the evening, that included a reference to the Cross Stitch Nation. I knew immediately that I needed to use that phrase in a design.

Consider this our very own stitched anthem, to be displayed proudly above your stitching chair or on your sewing room door:  I belong to the Cross Stitch Nation.

I realize that although I created a few different body types and hair colors, I didn’t represent the demographics of our nation very well in that all of the people have pale skin. Please feel free to customize one or all of the skin/hair combinations to reflect you and your local stitching group, or online stitching bffs. I did it that way to keep the color palette simple, but would love to see what variations you bring to your version of this design.


Stitch Count: 200 x 83
Model stitched with one thread over two
on Silkweaver 32ct. Wexford “Midas’ Touch”

Weeks Dye Works:
Charlotte’s Pink, Fathom, Red Rocks

The Gentle Art:
Endive, Lambswool, Mountain Mist, Mustard Seed, Picnic Basket

Classic Colorworks:
Eggshell, Hazelnut, Muddy Puddle

Conversion to DMC included,
as well as an alphabet and number set for customization.

The frame was found at a thrift store.

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

11 comments:

Paula Lima said...

What a great idea!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a fun design! Way to go, Beth! Have a wonderful weekend!

valerie said...

Very fun design! I love it!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

LOVE IT! :)

CathieJ said...

I a belong to the cross-stitch nation. What a pretty design.

sandi s said...

I love your new design! Hugs,

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Super cute design, Beth!

Shelly said...

Love this!

Lizzy Pizzy said...

Hahaha!! Brilliant ♥ I have sent you a request on Etsy :)

Simply Victoria said...

Oh how cute! The inspiration behind it is a really neat connection for you.

Natasha said...

I love the way the design came about. Fun story!