Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last But Not Least

The last reveal before Market is "Always Hope".  This is another Ripple Effect Pattern:
  “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 designer’s profits from this design will be donated to the
American Cancer Society in Meg’s memory.

Last year's donation from the first Ripple Effect Pattern "Hope" was $204.  It continues to sell and will be included in this year's donations as well.

Hope you like these!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

Yes it is.  My first Market I never thought about the hotel door not staying open by itself . . . pretty important when you're open for business.  We found something heavy enough to hold the door . . . made do.  The last Market we found a rock and tied some burlap around it.  Surly thought I would find something "cute" somewhere to hold the door . . . I do have an old heavy black iron I can use.  But . . . what about a covered brick?  Paver bricks at Lowe's $ .60.  Cover it with batting and wool and blanket stitch a "welcome" sign on it . . . bingo!  Oh . . . this is cute enough to make a pincushion out of.  "Welcome" to my stitching spot!
No you didn't crochet a picot trim around it . . . thought you weren't going to do that again after the "Amazing Grace" piece.  Yes, I did . . . with pearl cotton . . . it wasn't so hard.  I didn't have one of those cute trims from Dames of the Needle in the right color . . . not time to order one from Elizabeth.

Hope you like "Welcome"!

One more new design tomorrow . . . be sure to stop by!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

3's A Charm

Day 3 of the Market reveal with 3 interpretations of a single pattern . . . "Her Majesty".  I gave this pattern to several friends and asked them to embellish it in any way they'd like. . . beads, buttons, trims, charms, different fabrics, different threads, different finishes . . . whatever . . . be creative.  Although not all have had time to complete them, here are 3 of them finished . . . there will be more at Market!
Mine is the green pillow with the gold braid. Jenny used a dark fabric and the crown really pops. Myriam was inspired by her granddaughter's love of the movie Frozen and she used metallic threads on a glittered fabric (her's was finished by Faye - The Carolina Stitcher).  It's a simple pattern meant to spark your creativity . . . let it go!


More to come tomorrow!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Here's another Market release that's appropriate for Valentines Day.  I married my Valentine in 1986 . . . coming up on 29 years in April and still happy with my choice.
Yes, that's our wedding picture . . . no he's not that much taller than I am . . . we're standing on different steps.

There were several mistakes in this one . . . what is my problem!  I had changed the large letters and taken out a light blue stitch at each corner of the letters . . . didn't like it.  Was going to replace it with the dark blue.  I forgot to do that and took it to my framer.  I wondered before I pick it up if I had ever replaced those stitches . . . nope.  Luckily I don't have glass put in the pieces I take to Market or send to Trunk Shows.  I carefully slid my needle in and very carefully crossed those six corner stitches.  I couldn't leave it . . . I had already printed out all the alphabet sheets that will be enclosed in the pattern so you can personalize it.


See you tomorrow . . .

Someone should have proofed this post too . . . didn't tell you the name of this one!  "Forever and Always" in case you didn't guess.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lucky Friday the 13th

Yes, for some reason the number "13" keeps cropping up in our extended family in lucky situations.  The luckiest for us was Friday the 13th in February 2009 when The Hubs had surgery to remove his right kidney and the cancerous tumor attached.  It was really lucky that it was found in the first place as this type of tumor isn't usually discovered until it's invaded other organs and it's too late to successfully remove it.  All margins were clean and no follow-up was needed.  He remains cancer free!  I call that LUCKY!!!!

So . . . I am lucky to share the first of my Nashville Market releases with you today on another Friday the 13th in February with a healthy hubs!  I call this one "A B Crow".  I really like the colors in this one . . .
but what was I thinking stitching it on 40 count . .  thought my eyes were going!  I usually stitch on 36 count for several reasons.  I can use one thread over two (using less thread).  It's smallish so doesn't cost as much for fabric or to be framed.  And the result is smaller (rapidly running out of wall space) and not as difficult to pack up and display for Market!

I've had this fabric (Lakeside Linens - Vintage Meadow Rue) for some time and thought it looked great with the threads I chose . . . didn't even look at the tag until I was typing up the pattern cover (so my eyes aren't going just yet . . . it was the fabric!).  Of course, it comes in other counts and you can choose whatever you are comfortable with.

Feeling lucky?  Check out The Nebby Needle Facebook page to see how you can win this pattern!

Look for another release tomorrow . . .


Friday, February 6, 2015

To Market, To Market, To Buy A ...

Getting ready . . . and excited about The Nashville Needlework Market the end of this month!  No panic this time . . . yet.  Things are coming together and I have 5 new designs to present!  Here's a sneak peek:

Also, I will have patterns available exclusively at market for the pincushion that I did to go along with "A Handful of Love".  The pattern for the pincushion was not charted as such with "A Handful of Love".  The instructions for how to stitch the pincushion from the complete pattern were included.  There has been interest in stitching just the pincushion . . . so . . . as a limited edition, here you have it!  This will not be released to my distributor and will only be available at market.  Let your store owner know if you want one!   At Market these patterns will be restricted to 3 per store.  If a store would like more, they must pre-order from me (thenebbyneedle@yahoo.com) and they will be held for them at Market.  This will NOT be kitted by me (stores may want to do so) . . . just the pattern.

Okay . . . back to work . . .


Sunday, January 18, 2015

In The Fog Of Puppyhood

I'm still here . . . at least I think so.  I'm existing in the fog of puppyhood.  We've been (or at least I have) looking for the right dog to add to our family since we lost our beloved Makita (a sheltie/shepherd mix) 4 years ago at the age of 16 . . . she was the perfect dog and irreplaceable, but I longed for another one. 

Makita at 10 years of age when we lived in Slovakia . . . yes, she learned some Slovak commands from our housekeeper Mary.  We also took her to Serbia with us . . . how many dogs can say they lived in 3 different countries!

Figured the right shelter pup would come along that would just tug at my heart.  Was looking for a female at least a year old, medium to large size . . . maybe a Golden Retriever mix or a Poodle mix.  Lots of Pitbull mix dogs out there . . . really like a dog with a little more hair . . . just  wasn't finding what felt like the right dog.

Then . . . went to get my hair cut and one of the hairdressers showed me a picture of puppies her dog had and BAM . . . my heart was being tugged big time!  She said the beige female was available.  Later in the day she texted me to say her mother had promised that one to another person . . . I was devastated!  Then several hours later she texted me again to say that the woman who wanted the black one never showed up.  That one was also a female . . . would I be interested?  YES, I'll be there in 20 minutes!!!

Well . . . she's not a year old . . . she's not a medium to large dog . . . she's not a Golden Retriever.  Her mother is an 8 pound Terrier and her father is a 10 pound Peekapoo . . . okay so there is a little poodle in her.   Her coloring is remarkably like Makita's was . . . it was meant to be!
 The day I picked her up . . . a week before Christmas at 6 1/2 weeks old.
After her first Vet visit at  9 weeks.

Her name is My┼íka which is a common nickname in Slovakia for children . . . roughly translated as "little mouse".  She is 3 pounds of pure mischief!

I haven't had a puppy in about 30 years (Makita was a year old when we got her and housebroken).  It's worse than having a newborn baby!  She's at least sleeping (usually) between 7 and 8 hours a night now . . . started out only 5 or 6 hours!   We've got a pretty good routine going now with visits outside after every nap and every half hour when she's awake . . . keeps the "accidents" down.  I think I picked a good one!!!

Stitchting?  Well . . . a little here and there.  I've got 3 new designs finished for Market the end of February.  Two are at the framer now and one is partially put together as a pillow.  Many ideas floating around, but haven't taken the time . . . what time . . . to put them on paper, let alone stitch them!

Here's a piece I finished not too long ago.  It's a Blackbird design that was part of The Ladies Prim Society club through Dyeing To Stitch.  I changed it a bit . . . well, maybe a lot.  I loved the concept.  Thought the boarder was a bit heavy and didn't like the one large motif.  Moved things around and I'm liking the outcome.  It all started when I made the mistake of stitching all the large center flowers red before realizing that two of them were supposed to be blue . . . then I felt I had to stitch the cardinals as bluejays to balance the colors and it grew from there . . . will do just about anything to not have to Frog (rip it, rip it)!  Will take it to the framer when I pick up my other two.

Well . . . puppy is waking up from her afternoon nap . . . outside we go!

Stitch a while for me!  ~*