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 . . .