Thursday, February 26, 2009

Exciting News!!!

My cross stitch designs have been picked up by Hoffman Distributers!! Whoopie! I am so excited!!! They placed a huge order with me, ordered everything I offer and even an old quilt design that I did in 2002! This is so great! I can finally breathe just a tiny bit, as I have really been operating on a shoestring budget, especially in the past 6 months. Now I will have more capital to invest in my business and try to really grow it!! Yay!
So ask for my designs at your local LNS and your favorite ONS, cuz they will be available nationwide now!!

Unbelievable Happy Dance here!!!!

P.S.~ I ordered a new piece of fabric to start Houses over. Now I have to decide, continue with the silks or switch to DMC? I will most likely stitch Village and Shores with DMC, so I am considering making the switch, just for consistency.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Epiphany about my Houses of Hawk Run Hollow

Last night I went to my embroiderer's guild, and a lady there was working on Shores of Hawk Run Hollow. She was working it on 32ct. mushroom lugana with 2 strands of DMC. It was outragiously beautiful!!!I felt inspired to pull Houses out again when I got home, and when I did my heart sank. I realized why I have been working this so slowly and why it is not a satisfying stitch. I have been working it on 40ct. with 1 strand of silk. The coverage is really skimpy, and the fabric shows through. It looks awful. It does not have that graphic folky look like it should. I never realized it until I saw how beautiful hers was. Man!

What to do!

Do I start completely over? I only have 4 1/2 houses done, so it is not an unthinkable idea. Actually I have already decided that I AM going to start over.

Do I use 2 strands of the Soie D'Alger I have been using, and then replenish when I run out? Clearly I will not have enough for 2 strands, so this is going to be an issue. Or should I switch to good ole DMC. I can always use the silk somewhere else.I am definitely goin to stitch Shores and Village at some point, and after seeing hers in DMC, I think it looks beautiful. Hmmmm.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Pattern!

Colonial Revival!

Model stitched on 32ct. Antique White Belfast Linen over 2 threads with 2 strands of DMC cotton floss.
Stitch count: 111w X 128h
Approximate size: 6 7/8"w X 8"h
Fabric cut: 15" X 16"

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My new website and New Chart!

Click here to visit my new website!

I know I have been quiet on this blog lately-I apologize!! I have had life going 90 miles an hour lately!
I was in Washington DC when I got the sad news that my father-in-law passed away, that was a week ago last Friday. So we had the whole unpleasant task of funeral arrangements which fell heavily, but not solely, to my husband. We had a beautiful service on Monday.
At the same time I have been trying to meet some deadlines, get some model stitching done, and finally get my website completed and open for business! Yay! I am so happy to have a home on the web again! Please come take a look and see what you think! There are even some patterns on sale, and within the next week a new cross stitch chart!

Here is my new chart!(click on pic for a great close-up!)
1808 Pinkeep Trio

Cross stitch and satin stitch on 40Ct. Light Examplar from Lakeside Linens

DMC floss