Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Giveaway!

We'd like to announce a CHS Spring Giveaway.

I know, right? Who doesn't like free stash??

The Giveaway:
One lucky stitcher in the continental USA will win a free CHS chart of their choosing.
(Sorry, international stitching friends! Maybe next time. This one is just for the locals.)

For a chance at winning, you can do 1 of 3 things.
1. "Like" the CHS Facebook page, found here:
2. "Follow" the CHS blog. To do that, Click the little blue Google icon that says "Join this site" over there >>>
3. Send us a picture of a finished CHS design that we can share. Email the photo to

The Fine Print:
You will get one entry in the drawing for liking the Facebook page.
(If you've already "liked" it, that's ok! Just send us an email to let us know that you want your old "like" counted in the drawing for the free chart.)
You will get one entry in the drawing for following the Blog.
You will get one entry in the drawing per photo sent, assuming each photo is a separate design. In other words, you can't send ten pictures of the same stitched piece and get ten entries. One design stitched=one entry. If you're going to send ten photos, they need to be of ten separate finished CHS designs. One photo per design, please!

Clear as mud? Great!

We will have our drawing on April 1st...and that's no April Fools. The winner will be announced here on the blog as well as on our Facebook page.

Good Luck!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Now We Have Everything Birth Sampler

We had so much fun putting our March release #2 together for you! Butterflies, hearts, roses, a sweet little birdie and a bird house make a precious birth sampler for a little girl.
The design is stitched on 32 ct. Natural Linen using all DMC threads and includes and alphabet and numbers so you can customize it. The colors and branches coordinate with our other March release, For This Child. Look for this one to make an appearance at our distributors over the next few weeks!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

For This Child

Ta-da! Just wanted to share release #1 this month. It is our version of 1 Samuel 1:27, which was an especially meaningful verse for us this year.

If you've been following the blog for a while, you totally know why.

We are calling this one "For This Child" (I know, so creative!) and are including an alphabet and numbers so you can personalize it a way that is meaningful for you. It uses all DMC threads and is stitched on 32ct Natural Linen. The finished design is less than 5" square, so it is just the right size to whip up over a few nights of your favorite movies or as a quick weekend project.

Watch for it to make its way to our distributors over the next few weeks!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lets Talk About Rosettes


We went a little crazy embellishing our pillows with rosettes last year.

We used rosettes on our Welcome to Winter pillow,

on our Merry Christmas pillow,

and on our We Rake, We Pile, We Jump pillow.

We've had a lot of requests for a tutorial on how to make those little flowers.

Honestly, there are approximately 20 gazillion videos on YouTube about how to make these, and the theory is basically the same on all of them. If you search for "rosette ribbon tutorial" you'll be up to your eyeballs in wrapping and twisting methods that all look the same. I didn't think making yet another tutorial to post here would be an improvement on the body of crafty knowledge already available, but I also didn't want to leave you high and dry.


Let me link you to a helpful video to get you started:

This is not the only way to make a ribbon rosette, but it is the closest one that I found to how I made mine.

There are a few things that the video doesn't show.

1-)  When the video tutorial shows how to start a rosette, it does a diagonal fold coupled with rolling the end a few times. Another method--the one I used on my satin rosettes--is to tie one end of the ribbon into a knot, kind of like this.

Use the knot as the center of the rose, and then twist and wrap around that point. It's a personal preference thing. You can play around to decide which method you like better.  Just wanted to present the knot as an alternative to the diagonal fold and roll method demonstrated in the video. In my opinion, the knot seems to hold a little more securely when you are working with a satin or slippery fabric. If you are working with cotton or grosgrain, the fold and roll seems to work better and be less bulky.

2-)  The length of the ribbon determines how big the flower will be. Every time you fold the ribbon away from the center (to the outside) and then wrap/twist the fold around the center of the rosette, you add a petal. More wrapping and twisting = more petals. More petals =larger flower circumference. It helps me to think about it in exaggerated terms. Basically, If you use a strip of ribbon that is 4 feet long, you are going to have a flower with a larger circumference than if you used a strip of ribbon that was 1 foot long. Right? I used between 1-2 feet of ribbon for my rosettes. This project is not an exact science and is very flexible, so if you are twisting and decide your flower is big enough, snip the extra ribbon off, seal the end with some flame or some fray check, and finish it using the method the video shows.

3-)You can basically use the same folding and wrapping technique with fabric strips, which is what I used to make these rosettes:

If you would like to use fabric instead of ribbon and your fabric has a "right" side and a "wrong" side, just fold your fabric in half horizontally so the wrong side is hidden on the inside. Both sides of the fabric that are on the outside of the strip should be the "right" side. That way, as you fold, the petals will look consistent. If you are using fabric that doesn't have a right side or a wrong side, no folding is necessary. Just twist and roll like you would with ribbon.

I used my stellar computer drawing skills again to illustrate the folding concept for you.

Think of it as making a fabric ribbon.

You don't need to sew the edges together or anything--folding in half is good enough as long as you periodically correct the fold as you are twisting and wrapping the petals into place. You will see some raw edges on the rosettes, but the gluing and rolling keeps the frays from getting out of control. I personally like using fabric because cut edges on the strips makes the end result a little more rustic than if you were to use a ribbon.

Hope that is as clear as mud! As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at . I'll see what I can do to help!