Something brown

Some scrumptious brown linen and a few old sewing trinkets are begging to come together in a set of smalls that blend unexpected pinks and blues and greens on a rich brown background. Problem is that our spring days have been so spectacular (and so chocked full of activity) that finding time to sit and stitch has been difficult at best. Then again, our pastime is portable, which brings pleasure in itself.

Do you do needlework?

A clerk at the post office posed this question to me a few weeks ago when I was sending off orders to Needle in a Haystack, Traditional Stitches and Norden Crafts. First of all, his astute observation was pretty impressive. He wasn't just processing the packages; rather he was taking the time to actually look where they were going--creative endeavors in California, Illinois and Canada.

Springtime splendor

Well, with the beauty outside this time of year, it's pretty tough to get design and stitching done! This bee is one of many who have recently visited Maegan and Patrick's budding orchard on Chandler Heights Road. Unfortunatley they aren't bee-skep-trained. They've set up hives in an old log and the siding on Patrick's Man Cave.

Easter greetings!

As we're enjoying sunshine and spring flowers in Arizona, my siser in Monana is shoveling snow and building a snowman! Whatever you are doing this weekend, enjoy family & friends.

She's a beauty!

Soon as I wrote that title, I realized the attached photo has two beauties. I was, however, referring to "Mary" in the sampler and not Maegan, the reproductionist. Had to snap this quick photo of Maegan selecting colors for an upcoming reproduction featuring a fantastically happy little girl accompanied by an unintentionally silly verse from a song written in the 1700's.

Market marvels...

Yup! Those suitcases (all 10 of them, plus carry-ons) are filled with new charts and merchandise for the TNNA Nashville Market! We'll be posting images of new items throughout the week, but be sure to check your favorite needlework shop for all of the exciting new designs from the creative folks we're enjoying here in TN. Also in the photo are Maegan and Patrick after an amazing first day at market.

Couldn't wait to share!

Take a look at our "freebie" Nashville chart finished as a pincusions using fun lace trim from Olde Colonial Designs. We'll also have a framed model for your favorite shop owner to see, so be sure to ask her or him to shop by Room #227 at TNNA Nashville to pick up a copy of the chart. The motifs in this sampler are modified from an rather tattered nineteenth century sampler stitched on unevenweave canvas.

A girl's gotta' eat, right?

Ok, so getting ready to head to needlework market with our wares is fun, right? Yup, it is! But, it's also a rather daunting task, especially when we're novices at it. What goes where, when, how many, how much? These are just a few of the questions that swim through our murky minds at, oh, 2:30 or 3am every morning. Not to mention the trips up stairs and down (and down the lane) to check and recheck colors and numbers and spelling, oh my!