Don't you love it when a picture says it all? Here sits little Van all decked out in red, white and blue. His innocent heart and bright eyes know nothing of the trials others have endured in order that we are able to celebrate freedom today.
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!
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.
These words from Elizabeth Akers Allen have been memorialized in books and song down through the years. They help us remember. They help us become better mothers!
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.
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.
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 needleworkpress.com, 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!
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.
A reproduction of Martha Hyde’s delightfully symmetrical sampler appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Other than the sampler itself, we know nothing about Martha. We do, however, appreciate not only her playful squirrels, but also the verse she selected to place inside the central cartouche. If you don’t already subscribe, be sure to pick up a copy of SANQ at your favorite needlework shop.