Saturday, November 04, 2017

Books for Sale!

I'm trying my very hardest to downsize some of my collections so that I can move my office to a corner of my bedroom so that my kids can have their own rooms. They still share, and it's getting to a point that, although they could continue on, I'd rather they each had their own space. I love my house, but it is not big and this causes problems for those of us *ahem* that have a hard time getting rid of things that might be useful someday. Like craft books.

These are all wonderful books that I've thumbed through many, many times, seeking inspiration or entertainment or enlightenment. But I have lots more of these very types. I went through each section of the crafty books that I love and forced myself to offer some to you. I'm pretty proud of the stack that I'm willing to let go of. And happy with those that I decided to keep. But I'm immediately posting the ones for sale so that I can't change my mind!
I've priced them all based on the current used market on Amazon and Thriftbooks. So you can certainly go get them from someone else. Or, you can help my sweet daughter get her very own room so she doesn't have to share with a stinky boy anymore.

I'm only going to have these available to you for a week. After that time, I'll probably donate them to my local library's used book section.

Please contact me via email (beth@heartstringsamplery.com) with the titles of the books you want and include your address. I will then calculate media mail rate to your zip code and work up an invoice on PayPal.

In order to save time, I'm not going to post pictures of each book. I will instead embed a link in the title to the same book online, so you can go see what it looks like/contains.

First up, some magazines and an old pattern, all in very good/like new condition. They have been shelved flat, so they still look very nice, and contain so much goodness inside...

$5 each:

Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly Volume 52
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly Volume 53
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly #58
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly #59
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly #63
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly #78


The rest are all books, and will be priced individually.

Samplers: How to Compare & Value - $7
Hardcover. Dust cover has a bad tear. Pages are in pristine condition.

Small Endearments - $6
Hardcover. Excellent used condition.

Hooked Rugs - $5
Hardcover. Dust jacket has a tear. Pages are excellent.

The Rug Hook Book - $6
Paperback. Very Good.



I'm going to move all of the books that have been sold down to the bottom of this post. Just so I can still have the info for myself, but to keep all of the currently available together at the top. Thank you all so much for your amazing response to this sale!

SOLD/NO LONGER AVAILABLE (Thank you!):
Country Home Let's Go Antiquing 2013

The Matilda Driver Sampler - Circa 1836 by The Heart's Content, Inc. 

Treasures of American Folk Art - $6
Hardcover. Dust cover has a bad tear. Pages are in pristine condition.

The Flowering of American Folk Art - $6
Hardcover. Former library book. Missing dust cover.

America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890 - $7
Paperback. Like new.

Ohio Is My Dwelling Place - $15
Paperback. Like new.

Samplers in the Collections of the Manx Museum - $15
Paperback.  Excellent condition.

With These Hands They Built a Nation - $7
Hardcover. Former library book. Could not find a listing that includes a picture of the fabulous circa 1971 dust cover on my copy. We'll let it be a surprise for whomever adopts this treasure.

Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials - $10
Hardcover with spiral pages. Like new.

Junk Style - $10
Hardcover. Inscription on inside cover; otherwise like new.

Recycled Home - $6
Hardcover. Tear in dust jacket. Otherwise excellent.

Plain & Fancy - $8
Hardcover. Dust jacket has a tear. Pages are excellent.

Paper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects - $10
Paperback. Like new.

American Country Folk Crafts - $5
Hardcover. Very Good.

The American Quilt - $20
Hardcover. Dust cover shows wear, but has no tears. Pages are beautiful.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Models for Sale!

You guys... I am completely out of wall space! And the clutter in my small house is driving me absolutely batty. So... I need to start moving some of my older models along.

There are some that I'll never be able to part with because either I or one of my immediate family members love them too much... The boy child practically snatched one of my would-be-for-sale models right out of my hands when he found out what I was doing. I can't tell you just how good that made me feel. That an 11 year old boy would want a needlework sampler to hang in his room... I must be doing something right.

There will be more offered at some point, but for now, I have eight that I'm going to list in this post.

Now... I am going to give you a killer deal on these models. I've calculated the current cost of materials (chart, linen, threads, frame), but am not putting any extra charge in there for the time I spent stitching them, nor for my somewhat-questionable framing skills. All were stitched by Yours Truly, and most include my stitched signature and date. None of them have glass, but they all have a brown paper backing with a special label containing title, date, and my signature. They are all ready to hang with either a sawtooth or wire hanger. Dimensions listed include the frame.

So... if you've ever wanted to stitch any of these up for yourself, but just haven't gotten around to it, this is your chance to pay basically the same amount of money you would have anyway, but you don't have to put in a single stitch yourself! And a couple of these are extremely stitch-dense, so the time savings will be HUGE.

Please read carefully: The prices listed are for the models, but do not include shipping. Once you contact me via email (beth@heartstringsamplery.com) with your interest in a particular model or models, I will work with you to come up with the best shipping method and will add on exact shipping/insurance that you choose. I will not mark it sold in this listing until the sale is final, which will give others an opportunity to express interest and get in line in case you change your mind.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

This sale is good for anyone, including needlework shops that might want a new model for their walls, and I would be happy to ship to any international friends as well.

And now, in no particular order, the models currently for sale:


EN 1815 - $55
7 1/4 x 9 3/8


NARROW ESCAPE - $156
22 x 17 3/4 x 2 1/8 (very deep old frame)


***THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL RESPONSE! ALL SAMPLERS BELOW THIS COMMENT HAVE BEEN SOLD AND ARE ON THEIR WAY TO A NEW HOME.***


LONG MAY SHE WAVE - (SOLD)
(does not include pin cushion model)
12 5/8 x 9 1/2


HOUSEWORK IS FOR THE BIRDS - (SOLD)
14 3/4 x 8 3/4


THIRSTY HART - (SOLD)
15 3/8 x 14 3/8


MORNING STAR - (SOLD)
(in a wonderful hand-grained frame by Valley House Primitives)
21 3/4 x 11 1/4


SING WE THEN MERRILY - (SOLD)
9 x 10 1/8


PROVERBS 8:11 - (SOLD)
(from the Three Little Proverbs booklet)
11 1/2 x 6 3/4



Please send inquiries to my email address (beth@heartstringsamplery.com); do not try to contact me via the comments on this post! 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Stitches

Tokens of Affection : I Will Stitch You in My Heart : Sweet Summer Pin Square
Pocket Full of Dreams : Handprint on My Heart
Thankful : Forget Me Not : Give Thanks : Great Grandma Pear's Birth Sampler
Let Us Be Truly Thankful, the Valentine Edition : The Red-Headed Dog Pin Cushion
In Everything : Flock of Christmas Wishes : Sweet Land of Liberty
For Spacious Skies : The Holly Bears the Crown : A Thankful Heart
Spring Flame Pin Cushion : Remnant Stitch Accessories : Tokens of Affection

Monday, October 09, 2017

*NEW* Winter Snow Stocking

For years now, I’ve been seeing such darling cross-stitched stocking ornaments being offered by others in the industry. I never intended to jump on the bandwagon and create my own, but had enough requests and a few encouraging nudges from some shop owners, so I decided to take the plunge. This design was my first stocking, originally released as an exclusive for the Dyeing to Stitch Ladies’ Prim Society. And now it is officially available for everyone!

There’s a newer Christmas carol that I’m madly in love with, written by Audrey Assad. Its called, “Winter Snow” and sings about how God could have come to earth with the strength of a hurricane, but chose instead to come like a winter snow, “quiet and soft and slow”.

This ornament is intended to last through the whole winter, not just the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy it. And if you, like me, have never finished a tiny little stocking, You Can Do It! It really wasn’t as difficult as I imagined, and I think I’m hooked. I am fully on the stocking ornament bandwagon now, so look out world!

Stitch Count: 50 x 100

Model stitched with one thread over two and one thread over one
on R & R Reproductions’ 35ct. Heartstring Blend

Using thread from Weeks Dye Works: Seagull, Pelican Gray

Recommended Additional Materials:
1 fat quarter of co-ordinating cotton fabrics

Fusible interfacing or webbing of your choice

Reserve 3 feet of the Seagull floss
for braiding into the stocking loop

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


*NEW* Someday at Christmas

The song, “Someday at Christmas” was written by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells for a young Stevie Wonder’s Christmas album in 1967 and has since been recorded many times. Released during the Vietnam War, it was one of the first Christmas songs to contain a strong social message, standing for peace, equality and compassion. 

Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life's really worth
There'll be peace on earth

...

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime

Stitch Count: 175 x 143

Model stitched mostly with one thread over two
(the words are stitched over one)
on R&R Reproductions’ 35 count Classic Homespun

Classic Colorworks: Fallen Leaves, Tennessee Red Clay
The Gentle Art: Ohio Lemon Pie, Caramel Corn, Endive, Pecan Pie
Weeks Dye Works: Dirt Road, Grasshopper, Red Rocks

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

The lovely frame is an antique.

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

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

*NEW* The Gobbler

The image came to me in a flash: a heroic wild turkey astride a fearsome stallion, soaring across the night sky. I had to stitch it. But why? I didn’t know, but the image proved to be irresistible. As I pondered this, I began to wonder if there was a story to be told. A story of magic and courage beyond the usual bonds of nature; in which wild turkeys found the world over, have a hero to remember and revere.

Pumpkins have The Great Pumpkin, rabbits have the Easter Bunny, small humans have Santa Claus. And now, thanks to my imagination (or perhaps a subliminal message sent across the ages directly to my ear), the most sought after bird of November also has a savior.

In the years following the First Thanksgiving feast shared by Pilgrim and Native Americans, wild turkeys began to dwindle in number, sought after fiercely as a prized feast menu item. The humans only ate the drumsticks, and would often pile platters high with them, which meant many of the large birds had to give their lives for just one meal. The turkeys gobbled amongst themselves, complaining and fearing that they each would be the next to die, but none were brave enough to expose themselves to plain sight and give advance warning as the hunters ranged through the wild lands.

But a young turkey with a passion for the well-being of his kind changed everything on one fateful night. As he lurked in the shadows on the outskirts of the human village, he overheard talk of the largest turkey hunt yet to be ventured. He devised a coded message that could be broadcast to those that spoke the revered language of the Meleagris Gallopavo, warning them to flee the forest. Being flightless, he almost despaired of being able to fulfill his mission, but a lone fairy that had made the trip across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, took pity on his plight and sprinkled a stallion with magical dust, enabling the steed to take flight and carry the messenger on his back. Together, bird and beast soared over the treetops, spreading the words of warning, enabling all of the turkeys to escape.

All but the brave hero, who was seen as he returned the stallion to the stable. He gave his life for all of his kind, and also changed the way the humans viewed his body as food. For you see, when the hunters realized that they would only find one turkey for the feast, and with many mouths to feed, they prevailed upon the chefs among them to use as much of the turkey as they could. It was a wonder to them that so much meat could come from one bird, and that the giblets could make such a fine gravy.

And so, not only do the ancestors of Early American wild turkeys love and revere The Gobbler, but you and I should as well. Otherwise we would still be stuck eating only drumsticks, and would have never experienced the wonder of turkey gravy on mashed potatoes.

Stitch Count: 62 x 64

The Gobbler by Day stitched with one thread over two on Picture This Plus 32 count Ale

Classic Colorworks: Caterpillar, Honeycomb
The Gentle Art: Woodrose, Caramel Corn, Ruby Slipper
Weeks Dye Works: Havana, Palomino


The Gobbler by Night stitched with one thread over two on 28 count mystery linen

Classic Colorworks: Brown Hen
The Gentle Art: Caramel Corn
Weeks Dye Works: Parchment, Sandcastle,
Flatfish, Sanguine, Sand, Fathom

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

Additional materials needed:
Cotton fabric for backing
Pincushion filler of your choice

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Septembering

The days still mostly warm, but the evenings cool. Rainy days interspersed, cooling the raging forest fires, freshening the air, and bringing a bit of green back to the tired grass. Grapes and Queen Anne's Lace and carrots eaten straight from the garden. Annual church service under the trees and the return of colorful sunsets.

This is what September feels like in our part of the world.













Saturday, September 16, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Boots

This is what happens when you ask Miss Smarty Pants to show you her new boots so you can send a picture to her Daddy.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Back to School 2017

One of them was VERY excited. The other one just "meh".

Regardless of their feelings on the first day, these two are still very grateful for their "new" school. This is our third year at Summit Learning Charter, a local public/homeschool hybrid. The kids take all of their main courses online, from the dining room table, with me as a Learning Coach, three days a week. Two days a week, they are able to take live classes on campus with their friends, giving them what I feel is the best of both worlds.

This year, the start of Middle School for the eldest, has been deemed "boring and hard and not as much fun as fifth grade". His learning curve is a bit steeper now, but he's still knocking it out of the park with his grades (if not with his speediness; late assignments are becoming more normal than this Learning Coach cares to admit).

The Fourth grader is now, and has always been, all about the social time. She has to work at school, but it doesn't seem to phase her too much, because the reward of time with friends outweighs the work by a long shot.

I'm not going to be able to keep them little for very much longer.







Tutorials Page Updated

I'm so sorry for the delay, dear friends!

I have now officially updated the tutorials page to reflect the two newest club releases for Dyeing to Stitch and The Silver Needle.

You can find the tutorials by visiting my Tutorials page (click the tab at the top of this page, just under the title image). All of my downloadable PDF tutorials are free and are listed here in (mostly) alphabetical order.

Ready... Set... Stitch!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Summer Break: Week Twelve

The ending of Summer Break 2017, was bittersweet. Summer Break is never long enough. There's never quite enough time to fit in that one last lazy day by the river or at the beach, or even just sitting in an easy chair in the front yard. I always want just one more.

But it was a good Summer. There were honeybees and fresh berries and a somewhat-happy growing garden. It was hotter and drier than usual, which the green beans and squash loved but my beloved kale and potatoes hated.

The kids grew. We laughed together. We plotted and schemed for our upcoming Disney trip.












The final closing weekend will always be marked in our memories sadly though.

Not for the amazing Kaleo concert at the Oregon Zoo, or for blackberry crisp with homemade ice cream. Not for the first batch of homemade salsa from our greenhouse jungle.

It will instead be remembered as the year the Columbia River Gorge caught fire and burned. So many beautiful trees gone forever. So many trails and foot bridges to be re-built. We're thankful that the fires did not reach us; we are a good 15 miles away as the crow flies. But every day, our air was full of some of the thickest smoke we've experienced. We breathed the death of trees into our lungs, and daily remembered a different favorite place, wondering if it remained.