Introducing a new book--Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship

We hope you’ll enjoy making the projects in Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship as much as we enjoyed creating them! The book was a labor of love from many standpoints and on the part of many people. Bringing new life to well-loved, tattered and torn treasures from the past has been nothing short of a joyful (if not laborious at times) process. Adding a story that ties together the projects literally was true bliss.

Garden delights

 As our gardens ripen--and compete with weeds for precious water and other nutrients--we wanted to share our "Sweet Pea" design with you. Not only did we stitch it in a rainbow of traditional greens, but also in pinks, for that special little "Sweet Pea" in your life. Congrats to everyone who won a copy of this summer-fresh design in Norden Crafts' recent drawing. And thanks to Norder for sponsoring these fun give-aways. Happy stitching and eating...fresh from the garden!

Introducing Zoe Gene

It's about time that we post some photos of the newest Jennett, Zoe Gene, born to Maegan and Patrick a month ago. Her eyes light up a room (blue like mom and dad's, of course) and her long fingers are destined to be skilled with needle and thread. She's the first girl in a while for our family, so her closet is full of bright, flowery and feminine clothing! Weighing in at 10 lbs 4 oz, she's already outgrown newborn sizes.

M.A. Coleman's 1824 Sampler in Spring 2013 SANQ

We've been preoccupied with book deadlines and a babe-on-the-way, and neglected to share one of our newest reproductions that appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Having a piece in the magazine is always an honor and we're thrilled to be able to share these antiques with magazine readers. The multiple monochrome alphabets combined with wisdom from bygone days bring peace and harmony to this simple sampler.

Changing the sheets

The simple act of changing the sheets just starts out the day in the right way. Not sure what it is…maybe the cheerful designs printed on the fabric. (Today’s choice is flowers, but the polka dots almost won out.) Or, the fabric itself: Tightly woven cotton, so smooth when neatly stretched over mattress corners. Perhaps even the anticipation of hopping into bed, a mystery novel* in hand, at the end of a long day.

Even sweeter than samplers!

What a treat to have Van and his family visit AZ last month! Mom Ashley is an amazing photographer who captured the little guy in the living room amidst samplers made by children of bygone days. We apologize for neglecting, but have been so busy with family, market, travel and a new needlework book due out this summer. More on that soon. Meanwhile, we do hope spring is a time of new life, new energy and new projects for you. Happy stitching!

Things we love

Well, it's that time of year when Cupid's arrow strikes, candy sales soar and counted thread designers are readying projects for the Nashville Needlework market. We love our sweethearts, we love our dark chocolate (with almonds) and we love bringing you new projects.

Couldn't do it without you!

This past weekend, my partner, Maegan, and her husband, Patrick (my son), helped 50-some sampler and needlework enthusiasts create their own little fold-out pattern book from start to finish in a little over an hour. Thanks, you two, for helping clean messy hands and instruct with such energy. Thanks to everyone in the class for trying something new, and for your expert pre-stitching, that permitted you to complete your project in class.