Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Friend * Freebies *

I've been distributing "freebies" at the Nashville Needlework Market and the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat with the promise of thread suggestions and finish suggestions.  It would help, I'm sure, if I'd take the time to post those suggestions!

Right after Market I attended a quilt retreat and then it seemed like the Prim Retreat zoomed right up there.  After these events, I come home feeling jet-lagged for several days.  Gee . . . do you think it's because I'm like a kid before Christmas?  Can't sleep several nights before because I'm excited about the whole thing . . . don't sleep well away from home . . . work my tail off getting ready.  Total crash when I get home!  So . . . I'm in crash mode right now and yet I have to get ready for Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH the end of the month . . . lots of goodies to pack up, pillows to make, patterns to print.  Yikes!  Here I go again!!

So . . . for those of you who have picked up the freebies and those of you who haven't had the opportunity . . . here are the color and finishing suggestions . . . and the patterns themselves. To print your pattern: click on the picture; then right click and either choose "save as" and save it as a picture in your files to print later or right click and copy to a word document and print.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Crochet Trim

I've been crazy enough to crochet trim on a few designs so far, vowing each time to NOT do it again.  Apparently I don't listen to myself.  I will say though that it is easier to use pearl cotton than floss.

On "Stay Strong" I used #5 pearl cotton and a #1 crochet hook.  I made two of these (one for a friend) and learned that it's easier to chain stitch the length you need to completely encircle the finished piece . . . don't cut the end off . . . attach the chain around the seam of the piece and then begin crocheting the trim in each chain stitch.  Much easier than stitching the complete trim and then attaching it only to discover that it's an inch too short!

Once your chain is attached slip stitch (Sl st) in the first chain loop, single crochet (sc) in the next.  In the third loop of the chain: double crochet, chain one, double crochet again (dc, ch, dc) in that same chain loop. Single crochet (sc) in the 4th and slip stitch (Sl st) in the fifth . . . continue this all the way around.  Somehow it came out even for me, but this may not be the case for you.  If you start this at the bottom, it will most likely not show when you finish up there.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On The Home Stretch

Print, fold, bag, repeat . . . print, fold, bag, repeat . . .  print, fold, bag, repeat . . .

All the patterns are ready for the Nashville Market . . .  

Now for filling the Hoffman Distributing order . . .

Print, fold, bag, repeat . . . print, fold, bag, repeat . . . print, fold, bag, repeat . . .

The Queen and Monty are supervising . . . a lot of help they are!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

"My Country Tis Of Three"

Why's another Market piece.  This will be a limited early release for Market shoppers.  "My Country Tis Of Three" (containing all three designs) will officially be released by Hoffman Distributing sometime in April . . . but since it's fun to have something no one else has . . . I'll let some of them go early.  These were fun and quick stitches and who doesn't know a service person that wouldn't appreciate a "thank you"?


Friday, February 12, 2016

Shake Your Tail Feathers

I am wearing this stunning peacock necklace to share this fun cheeky piece. "Shake Your Tail Feathers" is a limited release...once the feathers are gone, so is the pattern. Peacocks shed their large feathers. These small feathers are only plucked once the bird is deceased. (These birds died a natural death and were not killed for their feathers) The pattern includes a genuine peacock feather as well as a rusty heart button.

Today concludes my presentation of The Nebby Needle fair for the Nashville Market...Bob's your uncle!



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Love Blooms

Do forgive my tardiness today. Bonny had to go pick up the last two designs from her brilliant framer at the Carriage House shop in Kingsport, TN. She left Monty and I as dog-minders for her beloved Myška while she was gone. Monty and Myška had a jolly good time together.

This lovely piece called "Love Blooms", in addition to being a sweet sampler, would make a brilliant wedding, family or birth sampler. Bonny has put her initials and her husband's on the little pillow with their wedding year. You could easily put your children's' names below with their birth years. The possibilities are endless! I just may stitch this one on my trip home for my grandson Will's utterly lovely!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stay Strong

Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. I (the Queen) was a young teenager at the time.

Not to make light of our wartime poster...Monty and I are trying to keep WARM and carry on here in Tennessee while revealing the Market releases from The Nebby Needle. Bonny is releasing "Stay Strong" as another Ripple Effect* pattern . There are two options shown here with two different crowns allowing one to be made for a cancer patient (you can use whichever color ribbon is appropriate) or the other bead-embellished crown for anyone that needs the encouragement to stay strong.

*Ripple Effect Patterns was formed from an idea of Meg Ripple's.  An avid stitcher, Meg asked several designers to design cross stitch patterns of inspiration for her fellow cancer patients.  Although Meg lost her battle, we carry on her vision with this pattern.  The profits from the Ripple Effect Patterns are donated to the American Cancer Society in Meg's memory.