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.

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.


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

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.
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

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!


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.


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.


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

Happy Stitching!