Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Double Double

Ta-da! Here it is! Our September release is being boxed and readied to ship to our distributors as I type. We are calling this one Double Double. It uses Weeks and Gentle Arts Sampler threads, and is stitched on 28 ct Light Gray Jobelan. At 105w x 100h, it's a fairly quick weekend project.
Enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Reminder and a Preview

The Reminder

All you Owl Birth Sampler stitchers, in case you missed the back of the leaflet and our last post on the subject, please don't forget to give yourself some extra fabric allowance at the bottom of the chart if you intend to add the personalization.

Why?

Unlike many birth samplers that incorporate the personalization somewhere in the interior of the design, this one tacks it on the bottom--beneath the design. While that allows greater flexibility if you need to add extra lines for multiple births (twins?), long names, or being born in a month like September, that also means there isn't a tidy number we can give you to tell you exactly how much fabric you will need to buy. It really depends on how you intend to personalize it and how many rows you need.

The back of the leaflet contains this information, but by way of reminder --the stitch count given on the leaflet is only to the squiggly line at the bottom. The additional 2 lines shown on the model on the cover add 1 3/8 inches when stitched on 28ct fabric. Plan accordingly. Hope that's a little clearer than mud! As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Drop us an email at cherryhillstitchery@outlook.com.

The Preview
 
I know! It's been a while since our last release! Thank you for waiting. I hope you feel your patience will be rewarded :D

 Here's a sneak peek at our Halloween themed release coming later this month. Some tutorials on finishing embellishments are long overdue and will follow shortly after. (And can I just say how happy ribbon makes me? It's like fabric candy.)
 
 




Friday, May 30, 2014

Concerns with the Owl Birth Sampler

We have had a few complaints this week about this chart. I wanted to address them here, so everyone can be made aware.
Issue #1: The stitch count listed on the back of the chart does not include the personalization.

There is a reason for this:
Unlike birth samplers where the name and date is incorporated into empty space WITHIN the artwork, the space for the name and date in this design is at the bottom of the chart, UNDERNEATH the artwork. While that allows greater flexibility if you need to add extra lines for multiple births (twins?), long names, or being born in a month like September, the amount of fabric you need really depends on how you intend to personalize it.

Does that make sense?

The stitch count given on the back of the chart is for the top of the owl down to the squiggly wavy line underneath the word goodnight.

So that raises the question--how do you know how much fabric to buy?

We tried to address this on the leaflet.

The information that is currently printed on the back of the chart reads as follows:

Model stitched over 2 on 28 count Gray Jobelan
using 2 ply thread.
Not including the name and birthday,
the stitch count is 96w x 163h.

The finished design measures approx.
6.5”w x
 11”h without
the name and birthday.
With
the name and birthday added, the finished
design measures approx. 6.5”w x 12 3/8”h.


In other words, if you want to add 2 lines of personalization using the font included in the chart, stitched on the suggested 28 ct. fabric, you will need to plan on the design being an additional 1 3/8" high.  

Stitchers who purchase the chart from local shops will hopefully be able to read this and recognize you need to make extra allowance for the customization when purchasing fabric. Online stitchers don't have the luxury of reading the back of the leaflet, so we ask online shop owners to make note of this in the product description.

Issue #2: The chart is small and may be difficult to read for some stitchers.

If you are having this issue, please contact us at cherryhillstitchery@outlook.com


We have a solution for you, but cannot help you if you don't contact us and let us know. I do want to mention that since the initial printing, we have modified the chart pattern to be larger, but if you got one of the charts with the smaller print or are having difficulty even with the larger print, please don't hesitate to contact us. We want your stitching experience to be a positive one!


Thanks!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Releases

C'mon. Let's admit it. We all have a little girl in our lives who is basically a tiara and a pink dress, amiright?
 

This one is mine :).
Or maybe we know a hero who is battling or has battled breast cancer. 
 
 
I know some of you are in the trenches or have come out on the other side, and I love and admire you for the strength and courage you have shown. I know there are days when your only option is to just plow ahead, one moment at a time...and you do it with gracious dignity. Some of you have shared your stories with me and for that I am so grateful!

So...the first release this month is for you. For the survivors, for the heroes, and for those of you who love (or who are!) a pink princess.
 
Pink is an Attitude

The second release this month has a bit of a story. Many of you know our fourth child was born with some health struggles.
When he was 1 day old, the doctors at the hospital approached us and told us that if we wanted to have color pictures of him while he was alive--it
was time to call a photographer.

So we did.

A volunteer photographer from an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep came and took some beautiful photos for us.
 
Thankfully, the doctors were wrong. Our baby pulled through.

That photo shoot with NILMDTS was only the first encounter of many we have had with organizations in our new, unfamiliar special needs universe; organizations run almost entirely by volunteers.

Amazingly unselfish, generous, kind, heart-of-gold, I-wanna-be-just-like-them volunteers.
 

We, along with that little baby, have been blessed to see the very best side of humanity. He has been the beneficiary when neighbors, friends, and family jumped in to help when they saw a need--even when we didn't ask. With him, we have seen people who are facing unimaginably hard things turn their difficult situations into something that would benefit others.  We've met parents, doctors, nurses, teachers and therapists who just quietly do what needs to be done day in and day out with no recognition for the immeasurable difference they are making. Because of he journey we are taking with him, we KNOW that this world is full of so much good!

When I ran across this saying on a friend's Facebook page it resonated me to the core. I knew I had to stitch it!

Believe there is good in the world.
Be the good.
What a great reminder!!
 
I chose a rainbow palette because that is what appeals to my kids, but with only 5 colors it would be easy to modify to make it match your home.

One last thing.
 
We are still looking for a model stitcher. If you are interested, email us! cherryhillstitchery@outlook.com.
 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

We're Back!

We just wanted to thank you all for your patience, your kind words, and for your happiness with us us as we've welcomed the newest member of the Cherry Hill Stitchery Family.

 
 
I've been out on maternity leave for the last little while, but we are back and are excited to show you what we've been working on when we haven't been sleeping! Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

February/Nashville Release

The third design in our "Welcome to..." series was released at the Nashville Market and is available now through our distributors.

Welcome to Spring!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Name the CHS Baby

I think it's safe to say we've got baby on the brain around here! 
 
That would be my tummy.
 
It'll be nice when I finish doing some model stitching and can actually see what threads are hanging out on my shirt again. Until then, I'll just appreciate the fact I've got a built in thread-catcher.

My older kids are trying to convince me that this is the perfect name for our little bundle of joy.
 
They even voted on it.
Baabaa Fotpot Bitteeboo

Um, right. Not going to happen.

Unless we get a hedgehog
Or a ferret
In another lifetime.


I'd love to hear any other suggestions. The name game is hard for us!

Anyway,  we have a few more baby themed releases coming down the pipeline... and now you know why! Watch for them soon!
 
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Color Inspiration... for Nashville!

It's 40 degrees outside, people. We're having a heat wave.

All you east coast folks, try not to be jealous ;).

I broke out the flip flops today and almost wore shorts to celebrate.

Almost.

In all seriousness, with this crazy warm January weather, my garden is calling. If it doesn't start feeling like winter soon, I may get a little twitchy. This girl needs her flowers!

Mother's day is the official planting weekend around here, so for now I'll just have to settle for a little fabric therapy.  I've immersed myself in a spring-y, fun garden palette for our upcoming Nashville release.

Want a sneak peek?

Here you go!







Friday, January 10, 2014

January Releases

I was walking through the fabric store with my daughter when she spotted this ribbon. If you're a purple fan like we are, it's the most perfectly purple shade, right?

We both wondered how it is possible that CHS has not done a purple themed chart yet.

Consider that oversight rectified!

I'd like to introduce you to one of our new releases.

All Because Two People Fell in Love

It is stitched on Lambswool Jobelan and uses threads from DMC, from Classic Colorworks (formerly Cresent Colors), and from Gentle Arts.

Also shipping soon is our

Owl Birth Sampler
We've had lots of requests for more owls and a special request for an owl birth sampler, and this is the result. It was stitched on Gray Jobelan using all DMC threads. 

You should know that we broke out our very own rotary cutter for this one.

Proof.


The designs will be making their way to your local or online needlework shop over the next few weeks.

Happy Stitching!

Holidays with the CHS Family. Otherwise entitled "Let's Keep it Real"

Before announcing our January releases, we thought it would be fun to give you a little glimpse behind the scenes here at CHS when we aren't stitching.
Because sometimes, we do things other than stitch. Really.

Most of the ideas for our designs come straight from the madness and chaos :D. Not sure how often we'll do this, but because I love you all like that we'll give it a go!

Right after our November releases shipped, we took off to a children's hospital for our special boy.


While we were inpatient, hospital volunteers made the rounds to drop off a little package of donated sunshine from these folks:
That's my son, wrapped in a homemade rainbow.
 
Love.
 
 We went exploring through the hospital together and made one of the most important discoveries of our lives.

Bacon Frosting.
 

Yeah.

Bacon Frosting.

I want to pause for a moment so this will really sink in. Take one more look.

Bacon Frosting.

I know, right?

 You didn't even know you wanted some, did you?
 
Anyway, I'm pleased to say that the time at the hospital was productive, successful, and our little patient is doing tons better.

He's also thrust us into the ranks of folks who have conversations about the feasibility of an egg nog drip v. a cordial cherry drip

and how fond we are of Ikea drawer organizers.

Fond is probably not a strong enough word. Look at how neat all those syringes are.

But I digress.

Thanksgiving came almost as soon as we got home, and it was glorious in the most hospital sleep-deprived way possible. We were pretty much up for botching this Pinterest creation, and that's about it.
 
 Well, almost.


We couldn't let the weekend go by without setting up our Christmas tree.
The tradition at our house is that we sleep off the pumpkin-pie-induced food coma and then whip out the Christmas decorations. Since we always try to buy some ornaments that remind us of things we did through the year, decking the halls usually involves a lengthy game of "remember that time when..."

It's a highlight of the year.

 On that note, I may not ever live this one down.

That would be a cow.

On ice skates.

Good times.

December pretty much went like this:
 
and then it was Christmas.
 
One of our Christmas Eve traditions is to decorate cookies for Santa with the kids. This year we did the same.

 I hope Santa forgives me. I feel the need to confess that I had the kiddies create these mouth watering creations ...
 

on top of these.
 

Some years are just that way, amiright?

All in all, our holiday break was magical. Snow was on the ground, the house was warm, we were together, and on Christmas day our living room looked like a wrapping paper factory exploded.
Like I said... magical.
 

 
 
 

 
 







Model Stitcher Wanted!

Cherry Hill Stitchery is looking for a model stitcher!
Interested? Contact us for details: cherryhillstitchery@outlook.com
Thanks!

-Deanna