To Market, to Market!

Hi everyone!  I’m busy, but getting excited about the wholesale trade show in Nashville next week, March 4th through 6th.  Between printing, packaging, and packing, oh yes, and cleaning up after puppies, I’m wiped out!  lol.  Sadie is 6 months old now and little Maisie is just 3 months.  The old man Oliver is around 10 I guess, he was our rescue years ago.  He’s taking it all in stride.  Such a good boy!

I’m really happy with the new designs and I hope you all feel the same way.  Please let your shops know if you’d like them to carry my patterns.  I’d appreciate it!  Here are some details:


The Perfect Blend:  Stitched on 32 count black Zweigart linen with 6 colors from Classic Colorworks, Just Rust, Whatley Woodlands, Brown Sugar, Peanut Brittle, Eggshell, and Perfect Piecrust.  It also uses three DMC colors, 732, 734, and 310.  The stitch count is 125w X 90h.

If you’d like to stitch the napkin that compliments, you will need a piece of fabric (I used a cotton blend from Hancock Fabrics, the remainder of which the puppies got a hold of and are playing a lovely game of tug-of-war with).  I purchased enough so that I could make a beverage sized napkin.  The stitch count is 59w X 59h and the design measures 4-1/8″ square.  You will need a piece of waste canvas.  I used DMC Water Soluble Canvas, 14 count.  You stitch in 1/4 of the fabric.  I cut 2 pieces of 12″ square fabric, one for stitching and the second for a backing.  Also, since CC threads are not colorfast and with water soluble canvas you need to soak the stitched piece in a hot water bath, I used all the DMC alternatives for the napkin.  The DMC threads used are:  310, 436, 712, 732, 734, 801, 919, and 975.  There is an excellent Youtube video on using the canvas you can check out.  It was my first time stitching using waste canvas and it was really easy.

Peacemakers:  Stitched on 32 count linen, Country French Latte #85251 from Wichelt Imports.  Stitch count is 156w X 192h. Threads are Classic Colorworks Auntie Dee (2 skeins) and Ye Olde Gold.  Weeks Dye Works 1304 Onyx (2 skeins).  Sullivan’s 45053 or DMC 310.  My daughter, Brooke, is married to a police officer and encouraged me to create this design.  A big thank you to Bonnie Hope for stitching it for me!

Bird of Winter:  Stitched on 32 count Antique Copper #65507 from Wichelt Imports.  Stitch count is 86w X 156h.  The threads used are The Gentle Art 0190 Forest Glade, 0460 Grecian Gold, 0510 Cinnamon, 1020 Pebble, 7067 Garden Gate, 7078 Toffee (2 skeins), 7097 Pecan Pie, and 7098 Black Licorice.  DMC colors 610, 3046, 3047, and 3865.


Bird of Spring:  Stitched on 32 count Country French Cafe Mocha #85252 from Wichelt Imports.  Stitch count is 152w X 84h.  The threads used are Weeks Dye Works 1154 Graphite, 1223 Schneckley, 1230 Havana, 2200 Kudzu, and 2242 Cognac.  DMC 310, 743, 761, 3012, 3712, and 3865.

I big thank you to Sherri Berkman at Total Framing!  She does such an awesome job!!!

Be well and God Bless!


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