Amy Bruecken Designs Amy Bruecken Designs The Silver Needle, Fine Needlework Materials, everything for cross stitch

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Amy Bruecken -- 1/2 of Sisters & Best Friends -- introduces her new design company, AB Designs! Now, you can tell which designs from Sisters came from which sister!!! Printed as colorful 4-color charts, each often comes with its necessary special embellishments!

Jingle All The Way! from AB Designs - click for more
Jingle All The Way!
Charts one and two are shipped! NOW is the time to join Amy's Stitch-Along for this charming design... here are the details!

Here is AB Designs' 2023 Stitch Along Piece! Amy's sampling of little Christmas people is stitched in Classic Colorworks flosses on 28ct Flax linen. The whole piece measures 134 x 164 - so on the 28 it'll be 9-1/2 x 12... but if you change fabric counts, finished size will change as well. (Individual ornaments could be 2 or 3 inches by themselves.)

Darling and full of color, each chart includes button embellishments. The first two of 10 charts will ship this April, with two more charts shipping in June, August, October and December. $10.00 each, we will charge your card for the two charts shipped each time - NOT the whole series at one time. The whole pic uses 13 skeins of the Classic Flosses but is also coded for DMC. The color key appears only in the first chart; individual monthly charts will not be available until next year when the Stitch Along Auto is finished.

Little Cuties from AB Designs - click for more Hocus Pocus and Little Pumpkin Friend from AB Designs - click for more HoHoHo from AB Designs - click for more Every Little Thing from AB Designs - click for more
Christmas and Halloween Designed the AB Designs Way!
Amy Bruecken is releasing 4 new charts for stitching fun
  • Little Cuties are 4 little ornament-sized penquin, snowmen and red bird pieces - just 25 x 41 in stitch count. Itty bitty - on 28ct they are less than 2 x 3. Weeks flosses, the pillow ornaments on the cover pic offer cute finishing ideas. All 4 designs are in the pattern.
  • Hocus Pocus and Little Pumpkin Friend - Ms Pocus is stitched on splattered Lugana - but she'd be cute on a wild hand-dyed fabric color as well. DMC for her, she's only 88 x 75 - so about 4 x 5. Little Pumpkin Friend is only 30 x 37 - and he'd make a cute poke for your candy dish.
  • HoHoHo puts us in a Christmas Spirit - He's done on 32ct petit point natural linen with Weeks Dye Works hand-dyeds. I love the soft greens and the deep reds this year... he's not even 5 x 6!
  • Every Little Thing - I can just hear those song lyrics in my head... again the soft greens in this one. I see wreaths on the front doors, but don't really get a Christmas-vibe with this... so I think you can stitch this to hang all year long! 181 x 73, It'll finish 13 x 5 on 14/28, and uses Weeks handyeds.

Possible from AB Designs - click for more AB Designs' New Designs From Market!
Amy's things came home with us from our Nashville Market... all the goodies you know you don't want to live without! Possible - A leaflet with a trio of very happy thoughts! Anything's Possible - like you could be a 'Nap Queen.' Or 'If you're happy and you know it, stay in bed!' But I like 'Today is full of possible!' Choose any fun fabrics from your stash and some favorite colors (these are coded for DMC) and you're good to go. Strong Girl and Loved Boy - 'You are stronger than you know, and loved more than you can imagine.' Amy has a girl and boy colorway for this touching design... the verse isn't new... but maybe you have someone new to stitch this for! Birth announcement, wedding memento, just general loving motivation... These are done on Weeks linen with Weeks hand-dyed flosses.

Bee Chart from AB Designs - click for more
We Are All A Little Batty Here!
AB Designs has finished her set of darling little Halloween 'people'... who are all being batty together! Stitched on bright purple fabric (lots of great choices and counts in that area), all of it is done with DMC floss. Amy had introduced this piece in parts... but now all have been released, and since the color key appears ONLY in the first chart... it needs to come to you as the complete set of the 7 charts.

Super cute and colorful, the stitch count is 181 x 146... so it'll finish 10 x 13 on 14ct for instance. You can stitch each 'person' individually; they would make darling stand-up blocks, or pumpkin pokes... or even pokes to stick up from the candy dish!

Trick or Treat from AB Designs - click for more Witchy Boo Boo from AB Designs - click for more Witchy Boo Boo & Trick or Treat
Amy Bruecken has a pair of new charts - both full of her Halloween silliness. Always cute and colorful... each title of two designs is a single chart.
  • Witchy Boo Boo features a stack of house, witch and ghost... all decorated with bats and spiders. Stack is done on Picture This Plus's Kermit hand-dyed linen - a great color - and measures approx 2-1/2 x 8-1/2. The little Jack -in-the-Pot will make a cute pin cushion because it's just 2 x 3-1/2!
  • Trick or Treat features another silly stack - ghosts and a little kitty wearing a sweater.... and almost the same little haunted house on the hill.

Lucky 13 Club from AB Designs - click for more AB Designs' Lucky 13 Club is now complete!
Amy Breucken is doing a cute set of charts - everybody is pictured here, so you know what scary things are coming your way!

Stitched on Weeks Pumpkin or Carrot Linen, in all the bright colors Amy loves, that first shipment will have the words with design placement and the witch cauldron chart. Each of the little people can be stitched alone... and they originally released as individual charts, but now that the series is complete, they are all packaged together.

Hip Hip Hooray from AB Designs - click for more

Hip Hip Hooray
This is a fun design to celebrate every day - not just July 4th! Amy's 4 little sheep look like cheerleaders - the little blue one is waving his flag!

Make a stand-up, or use her pillow finishing idea... she's chosen Weeks Tin Roof linen for this, and used Classic Colorworks flosses with DMC conversions. Cute and quick - I even like just the 4 sheep by themselves!

Rainbow Bridge Cat Friends from AB Designs - click for more Rainbow Bridge Dog Friends from AB Designs - click for more

The Rainbow Bridge for Cats and Dogs
These are darling, colorful designs for something that I just can't even THINK about!

Amy has separate charts for cats and dogs, and gives you three different shapes and colors of animals to help you personalize yours.

Stitched in DMC or Weeks hand-dyed flosses, I love how she's kept the collars and used them on the pillows.

A Year of Snowfriends from AB Designs - click for more

Announcing AB Designs' next 2021 Stitch-along - A Year of Snowfriends!
This monthly series will begin this June. Amy will begin with the main chart and July. Then, every other month, you'll get two more charts, till it finishes next year. Charts include embellishments.

The sample is stitched on Weeks 20ct Tin Roof hand-dyed linen, but we think 18ct Natural will work well too. You can use floss - or bits of your #5 Pearls left over from stockings and other fun projects you've finished!

Our Warm & Wooly auto is finished... so this is next year's project!

Santa Season from AB Designs - click for more Best Presents from AB Designs - click for more Best Presents and Santa Season
Amy Bruecken has two new designs - always cute and colorful. Both are presented as single card charts.
  • Best Presents is meant to be something you can stitch for your best buds. Change colors if you want, jazz up the fabric, mis-spell something if you want, add more snow-people if you want... she's always telling us to do 'whatever-with-whatever!'

  • Santa Season features her Polka-dot Santa wearing his striped stockings with matching hat. His snowman buddy is up there happy as can be. Choose any sort of sky-blue fabric - opalescent would be fun too - he finishes approx 4-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct. Amy says the bottom area makes a cute ornament... just the box, or add the house and tree... or just do Santa, skip the legs and bottom star... lots of options here.

AB Design's 2020 Warm Wooly Welcome Stitch Along - click for more

The 2020 Warm Wooly Welcome Stitch Along
Amy's 2020 set of 12 seasonal cuties started with her main border chart of words and the little July Warm Wooly Welcome Sheep. For the next year-ish, every 8 weeks, we got two more Wooly charts, until we finished with all 12, the border and a secret bonus design as well.

Cute little designs, each finishes about 4 x 4, and comes with an embellishment of some sort. Amy's recommended fabric is 20ct Weeks Dye Work's Morris Blue - making the entire piece finish about 14 x 15. If you want it smaller - no problem - light blue fabrics are plenty!

The trick with this series is that the thread color key is only on chart #1 - the one that shows the placement of lettering for all 12 sheep. So.... this is an all-or-nothing-thing... all 13 charts at $10 each.

Wicked Women Unite from AB Designs - click for more I Smell Children from AB Designs - click for more
I Smell Children and Wicked Women Unite
Amy Bruecken has a couple of new designs that are full of the personality of her favorite season - Halloween! Presented as single charts, she suggests wild fabric to complement the regular, solid DMC flosses she's used on them. You can add embellishments where-ever you want, she doesn't have anything specific featured on them.
  • I Smell Children will finish approx 4-1/2 x 8 on 32ct... if you don't want to offend your grand children - you CAN leave off the words... but this might really be cute propped in the candy bowl just for fun!
  • Wicked Women Unite is kind of a return of Amy's Fridge Art from a few years ago - little 3 x 3 squares that finished into refrigerator magnets. Five little squares you can arrange however you like... again, just regular DMC floss!

Green Bird from AB Designs - click for more Blue Bird from AB Designs - click for more Bee Chart from AB Designs - click for more Bee model from AB Designs
Birds & a Bee
Quite the cute little things, stitch a fat bird or bee, and perch it somewhere unexpected! AB Designs has new, small charts for these cute guys - each finishes about 3 x 4 in size. They are stitched on small pre-made 18ct white Aida 'birds.' Stitch them, then sew together the bottoms, and they're done!

Really a cute idea, if you are an over achiever - you can stitch both sides of them - but right now, they are shown with stitching on one side. We've included the bird fabric piece with each chart.

Just One More Stitch & I Stitch Past My Bedtime from AB Designs - click for more Summertime from AB Designs - click for more Weekend Forecast from AB Designs - click for more
  • Just One More Stitch & I Stitch Past My Bedtime --Two needlework FACTS to stitch! Finish them however you want... actually these would be fun verses to hide into a sampler somewhere
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  • Summertime - This is a pair of colorful 3 x 3-ish designs - we thought they'd make cute pin cushions or little block stand-ups. Coded for DMC.
  • Weekend Forecast - Cross Stitch with no chance of cleaning! Two more fun quips to stitch the weekend one would be cute hanging in your weekend cabin at the lake!

Cross Stitch Party from AB Designs - click for more I Like to Party from AB Designs - click for more
Partying with Amy!
Amy has several new designs... all of them are cute, colorful and fun to stitch. Her 'Liking to Party' set offers two different party options... Stitching or Napping!

Those 4 sheep are super-cute - look at the swirls and dots in their wool! Pick a fun fabric, she's coded these for DMC, and tells you to add buttons or whatever else floats your party-barge!

Cross Stitch Party from AB Designs - click for more I Like to Party from AB Designs - click for more Besties from AB Designs - click for more
Partying with Amy and her Besties!
Amy has several new designs... all of them are cute, colorful and fun to stitch. Her 'Liking to Party' set offers two different party options... Stitching or Napping! Those 4 sheep are super-cute - look at the swirls and dots in their wool! Pick a fun fabric, she's coded these for DMC, and tells you to add buttons or whatever else floats your party-barge!

Besties is a cute set of three 40 x 40 designs - frame 'em, cushion 'em, make block stand-ups. If you don't stitch the square outline around them, they'd fit on the Heart in Hand Heartware pieces... and you might need to add some JABCO or Puntini Pins to them!

A Stitch A Day from AB Designs - click for more Self-Medicate from AB Designs - click for more Be Kind from AB Designs - click for more
A Stitch A Day, Self-Medicate, and Be Kind
Three more fun designs by Amy, each is presented in it's separate chart and begs to be done on some obscure, fun fabric from your stash! Anything goes on these!!!
  • A Stitch a Day - Three different fabric options right on the cover! Stitching is only 88 x 50... personalize it... add embellishments? Even a cute pin cushion!!!
  • Self-Medicate - Sounds like a good plan to us - what a smart sales girl! Brings a smile to your face, doesn't it?
  • Be Kind - Well, those are good words! Stitch this on just about anything... change colors if you like... just display it where it will be read! The main design is 100 stitches square, coded for regular DMC.

A Pillow With Attitude... Go Away Please! from AB Designs - click for more A Pillow With Attitude... Go Away Please!
A *snarky pillow* just for one of those days, Amy has given you a pre-sewn 5 x 9 black and white polka dot pillow sham, (you'll need a bit of stuffing for it) with a 7 x 10 white 14ct Aida wrapper with the big red ribbons, to tie around the dotted pillow. It'll say Go Away on one side... and Please on the other 'because we still have manners!'

Presented as a chart with that pillow and wrapper, there are also three colorful buttons in here to dress up your stitching. Super Cute!!! (Could be for an 11yr old or 91yr old!)

Santa Wine Cover from AB Designs - click for more Santa Wine Cover
Hey, this little guy companions Amy's Witch Wine Bottle Cover that came out last Fall! New -- you'll be ready for Christmas in plenty of time this year -- or maybe even Christmas in July! *Dear Santa... Please bring wine!* Stitch the little panel, then use Amy's felt packet to construct the darling bottle cover!

Two other stitched patterns are included in the chart. Chart comes with set of buttons and pattern for bottle cover. The felt packet contains JUST the felt needed for the cover construction. These really are cute!

In Loving Memory from AB Designs - click for more In Loving Memory
Wow... this is a really touching design idea. Use an old shirt or pair of jeans from someone you love... and stitch a memory. *This is a shirt I used to wear, when you see it, know I'm there.*

My Dad used to wear those wool plaid shirts like the one in the pic... I don't need to say any more! Presented as a single card chart with 3 designs... each is small. Match threads to your garment fabric... just such a neat idea!!!

But First Coffee from AB Designs - click for more Snarky Stuff by Amy!
Just funny sayings that are super fun to have on display in just the right places!!!
*But First Coffee* and *That's a horrible idea* -- Both designs in this chart, they come with a smattering of small green buttons.

You can even add some of the PuntiniPuntini coffee buttons! Again, any fabrics you want, change colors too if you want!

Keep Calm and Merry On from AB Designs - click for more Merry Kiss Moose from AB Designs - click for more Merry Kiss Moose & Keep Calm and Merry On
AB Designs has sent two small Christmas designs that will just make you smile. Presented in chart format - there are no special buttons or anything - they just feature that fun polka-dot Belfast linen, and Amy's charm! Make the larger pieces (3 x 6) or the ornaments/pin cushions 3 x 3... there are several options open.

Little penguin is wearing the Royal Crown... and actually, I think the little moose needs a bit of mistletoe hanging from his antler! I like the JABCO peppermint buttons... we can send green or red peppermints, presents, stars, snowflakes, trees; I think little cushions and ornaments would be stunning trimmed with Lady Dot's Sizzle Mini Balls or Chenille trim (a bright Christmas Red!)

AB Designs has a ton of cute new things!
Boo Kitty from AB Designs - click for more Kitty Witch from AB Designs - click for more
Halloween Scaredy Cats -- This is a trio of individual charts that are stitched over two on Picture this Plus's 28ct Kermit linen. It is just the brightest, yummy color of fabric -- we have the same color with opalescent in it as well -- Crystal Kermit it is called. Cats are stitched with good 'ol DMC and there are no embellishments featured (so you can add anything you want!)

Witch The Early Bird from AB Designs - click for more
  • Witch Hat Wine Cover -- YOU NEED THIS for Stitch Group! Stitch either 'Boo' or 'Forget candy, bring wine!' on Weeks 30ct Chartreuse with DMC. Then whip stitch together two pieces of black felt (templates and instructions included with chart) to make a bottle cover witch hat. my has included brightly colored buttons for embellishment -- WE NOW HAVE A FELT PACKET TO CONSTRUCT THE BOTTLE COVER!. Choose it below if you want one! Chart with buttons.
  • The Early Bird -- *The early bird can have the worm because worms are gross, and mornings are stupid!* Choose a pretty yellow shade of fabric... Amy has a few buttons on here.

Long May She Wave from AB Designs - click for more
Long May She Wave
AB Designs is in a patriotic mood... she's sent two designs to celebrate!!!

Long May She Wave MIGHT be referring to the cute little animals, besides the flags! Stitch them all together or make a set of 4 little cushions to nestle together in a summer basket. Individually, they measure about 40 stitches in size -- so they're cute and bitty! Chart comes with stars and a heart button.

Crazy Cat Lady from AB Designs - click for more Crazy Dog Lady from AB Designs - click for more
Crazy Dog and Cat Ladies!
Two of AB's new designs... we all have that friend who is NUTS about their cat or dog... they dress them, they cook real people food for them, they skype with them, they even stick them in their purses to go shopping together! (well maybe not the CAT!) Anyway, she needs this! Dog was released a few weeks ago -- Cat just came.

Offered as two separate charts -- both measure 61 x 133 in stitch count -- about 6 x 14 on 14ct. CAT comes with a felt fish for trim, DOG comes with a felt bone. Cute as can be... you could skip the top two cats to save stitching time... but not if that offends that Crazy Cat Lover!

Oh Baby! from AB Designs - click for more
Oh Baby!
DARLING for any sex of baby, this can be stitched on any color or count of fabric... you can stitch it with or without personalization... frame it... pillow it... whatever! It's colorful, fresh, young and cute.

Model is shown on a light blue and finishes approx 5 x 5 on a 14/28ct. You can add cute safety pin embellishments, maybe some polka dot ribbons, maybe glue a binky to a frame, change the DMC colors to match a nursery??? Even repeat the word BABY if there are twins or triplets!!! Oh Baby, Baby, Baby!!!!!! Presented as a chart.

Drive a Stick from AB Designs - click for more
Drive a Stick
What a cute girlie thing to stitch for the newest teenage *driveress* in your house! Stitched on 30ct Peoria Purple linen, this finishes just about 5 x 6, and features lots of bright, happy color. There is even an annoying little brother spider thing lurking down there that says EEK!

Presented as the chart with embellishments, just something fast and fun - like your new driver!

Christmas Calories Don't Count from AB Designs - click for more
Christmas Calories Don't Count
Well in a perfect world, I guess! AB has a cute design that needs to be mounted on a chalkboard stand or something -- some sort of presentation to preside over the tempting Christmas Cookie tray of sin!

Her pattern comes as a chart with cuts of two different colors of brown wool, red heart buttons and DMC Memory Wire Thread for icing decorations to make delightful felt gingerbread men! The stitching is only 5 x 6-ish on 28ct... so this is a creative, quick thing to dress up your kitchen cooie tray!

Let the Frolicking Begin from AB Designs - click for more
Let the Frolicking Begin
Hang this little baby above the family coat rack in your back hallway or mud room. On Crossed Wing's AWESOME Snow Squall hand-dyed linen, all you add are a few DMCs.

The chart comes with the yellow buttons and AB's signature *Sticky-Outey-Carrot-Nose.* (Amy's sons used to make those to earn money when they were 'under-privileged, over-worked' teenagers in high school... they remember them with fondness!!!!!!) Stitching measures approx 6 x 8-ish.

Many Flakes a Family Makes from AB Designs - click for more I'd Rather Bee Stitching from AB Designs - click for more Bee Happy or Bee Quiet from AB Designs - click for more
Many Flakes a Family Makes
We're a little out-of-season with snowmen right now... but Flakey Families are 'in season' all year round! This cute design can be stitched on just about any fabric you want, and is coded for DMC floss. AB makes the cutest sticky-out-y clay carrot noses for her snowmen... you might want to get a few of those for various members of your family! (They run $1.25 each, and come in all sizes, because they are hand-made -- just like the real thing!)

I'd Rather Bee Stitching & Bee Happy or Bee Quiet
This is kind of a fun pair of designs... they don't really GO together... but they follow the same color scheme. Weeks 30ct Straw Linen and the same colors of hand-dyed flosses used... they are just simple, cheerful and make you smile. Presented as single charts, Stitching measures 77 x 55 -- it'd be cute on the front of a sewing case or something. Bee Happy measures 89 x 44 -- 3 x 6... very petite!

Whatever... A Collection of Grumpy and Happy Patterns from AB Designs - click for more *Whatever!* A Collection of Grumpy and Happy Patterns
Get out all your fun colors of fabrics to stitch these designs... these are on various counts of Week's Peoria Purple, Chartreuse and Pumpkin. Amy says they are good for 'Sending a Message' or just perching in a bowl -- if you are the more silent type! Colorful, cheerful, wild... all are included in the one set of patterns, no specific embellishments called for -- although you could get imaginative with those yourself.

Charted for regular colors of DMC floss (700, 742, 971, 553, 321, 310 and 907) -- these colors give you a basic suggestion -- get into your hand-dyeds for these as well!!! Included are: NEVER EVER, NO, WHATEVER, GO AWAY, TODAY WILL BE AMAZING, THANK YOU, THIS COFFEE (TEA, WINE, COLA) IS MAKING ME AWESOME, AND YES!!!

Forever Friends from AB Designs - click for more Forever Friends
A cute trio of snowmen... Amy suggests these both ways... just the folks. (6 x 3) ... or the saying on the top as well.,(6 x 6). Hers is stitched on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple, but says colors of Aida are good too -- YOU decide, it's YOUR stitching!

Presented as the pattern, this is charted for DMC floss.

Cup of Happy from AB Designs - click for more Harvest Moon from AB Designs - click for more One Day At A Time from AB Designs - click for more
AB Designs releases a trio of quick designs... all are presented as single-sheet chart designs -- you add YOUR embellishments!
  • Cup of Happy -- Well, this is just the cutest little guy! Stitched on Crossed Wing's Snow Squall Linen -- which is the most beautiful hand-dyed blue linen EVER -- he finishes approx 5 x 6. Bright and happy colors, he's done in DMC 666, 971, 742, 700, 704, 433 and black and white!!!
  • Harvest Moon -- A pair of pumpkins with personality -- I think I am seeing green Olives with pimentos in one of them!!!! (The After-5 Pumpkin!) 3 x 4-ish sized designs... something wild to add to your fall decorations.
  • One Day At A Time -- Very good advice! The argyle version really can be stitched with any color scheme... find some cool/special/ family-meaningful buttons and work around those if you want.

AB Designs Wee Bit Wicked Kit - click for more Wee Bit Wicked
A cute little kitlet by AB Designs, this one includes the chart, precut wool spider, glitter legs and pearl eyes. You supply your bit of brightly colored linen or aida.

This finishes about 6 x 6, and uses DMC floss from your stash.

Eat, Drink & Be Scary from AB Designs - click for more Wilhelmina the Little Witch from AB Designs - click for more Wilhelmina and Eat, Drink & Be Scary
AB Designs has a pair of new charts for Halloween that over-the-top colorful, funky and wild -- just like so many of her other creations!!! Both are presented as the charts with a few button embellishments. Stitch them on Weeks purple, orange, green or yellow hand-dyed linens... there are tons of color choices!
  • Wilhelmina the Little Witch is stitched on a light purple with regular DMC floss! She measures 50 x 105 -- so she's not too large to finish in time for the Big Night!
  • Eat, Drink & Be Scary is on more purple, and agian DMC floss -- 67 x 107, so these could be a pair!

Sweet Sweet Summertime from AB Designs - click for more Sweet Sweet Summertime
Amy Breucken latest Fridge Art design is presented in a kit format -- it was a Market Special this past Winter. Stitched on Week's Dye Works 30ct Chartreuse hand-dyed linen with Weeks flosses, it is garnished with black glass beads for the seeds. Algerian Eyelets for the rind. stitch, mount it onto the peel 'n stick magnet material, and stick onto your fridge or filing cabinet! Meant to be something cute, colorful and quick.
Note! Since this is a limited edition kit, it isn't included in our Auto-Ship.

Fridge Art #3 Jack from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #10 Harvest from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #12 Happy Hour from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #17 Lucky from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #20 Love from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art #24 Summer ABC from AB Designs - click for more
Frankn Friend from AB Designs - click for more Chilly Willy from AB Designs - click for more Fridge Art
Amy ihas a new set of fun designs that are *suggested* as Fridge Art... but could be finished other ways as well. Releasing 4 new designs every other month... these little guys are designed to be stitched on either 14, 18, 22, 28, 32 or 36ct -- because all those sizes fit the 3 x 3 magnet boards included with each.

Very *Plucky and Perky*, each of these comes as its own chart with sticky magnetic board and sticky mounting board. You add the flosses and fab of choice. No major finishing or measuring... these are simple, colorful and fun!
NOTE: #24 and #26 are kits.

The Three Wise Men from AB Designs - click for more The Three Wise Men
Amy Breucken is getting ready for NEXT Christmas with this Out-of-The-Box group pic!!! Stitched on 30ct Natural/Straw gingham Linen in regular DMC flosses... the 'normal' ends there!

It finishes approx 7 x 9-1/2 and is garnished with some white pearls and silver bugle beads. And yes, we know that gingerbread man has a bow in his hair... she says 'Just deal with it!!!' Offered as the chart with embellishments it is *A Whole Bunch of Cute!*

Christmas Magic from AB Designs - click for more Christmas Magic
Oh... Amy does a Santa Claus every year, and this year, he brought his *Mrs* along!!! The happy couple is worked on 30ct Snow Squall hand-dyed linen with regular DMC flosses. Her fur is trimmed with silvery glass bugle beads, and she has a tiny pearl necklace!

Finishing approx 6-1/2 inches square, they are colorful, charming and so cheerful! Offered as the chart with beads and pearls offered separately. TOO CUTE!!

Eat More Candy! from AB Designs - click for more Eat More Candy!
Meet little Lindybug -- The Happy Pumpkin Girl! She's dressed in purple with green polka dots, and advertising CANDY as a dietary option! Stitched on Week's 30ct Chartreuse Linen with regular DMC floss... she has a whole collection of JABCO buttons surrounding her, and her dress is hemmed with a length of Dames of the Needle's bright hand-dyed mini-pom-pom fringe in a hot orange color!!! Too stinking CUTE!

Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 9... she needs to be finished into a flat door hanging, or a stand-up so she can keep guard over the Candy Bowl! Offered as the chart, we have the buttons packs separately, and we've tucked that bit of the orange pom-pom trim into the button pack sets.

I Am The Witch! from AB Designs - click for more Frank and Sally Skull from AB Designs - click for more Frank and Sally Skull and I Am The Witch!
Two more pairs of small designs -- the same size (just 40 x 40 stitches) as the Fridge Arts. You can get that plain magnet material -- option below -- and finish these into MORE Fridge Arts... or the little pillows and frames as shown. These 4 are offered in chart format. The black frames are from Olde Colonial, and the black and white polka dot pillows (you'll need to stuff them, but they come with the orange covered buttons and are fully sewn for you.) are from Adam Original. We have 'em all!!!

For fabrics, look into Weeks bright yellows, oranges, chartreuse and purple hand-dyeds... or the Zweigart bright tropical Aidas... we have all those, too! Frank and Sally come on one chart... I Am The Witch comes on the other chart. They are not part of the Fridge Art Auto... but you can add them to your collection anytime!!

Less Bitching More Stitching! from AB Designs - click for more Less Bitching, More Stitching!
Doesn't need much more explanation than that!!!!! Grab a cute fabric and your bright colors of regular DMC floss and stitch this as the traveling banner for your stitch group meetings!!!!!

It'd make a cute personal stitching case as well... (in case you'd rather have a more private reminder!) Just a fun design, this is offered as a chart with optional button pack. On 28ct it finishes approx 7-1/2 x 8-1/2.

Halloween Parade from AB Designs - click for more Halloween Parade
This is SO CUTE! Ms Amy has outdone herself with this fun pagent of Trick-or-Treat hopefuls! Worked on the delicious 30ct Weeks Peoria Purple Linen in both Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, it finishes a petite 6 x 9. You can do the whole thing, or split everyone up and make smaller individual stand-ups.

Colors are fun, subject matter is over-the-top creative... you could even do those stars in metallic, and put beads in the witch's dress. Offered as the chart with packet of mini metal brads and rubber band embellishments!

Ewe's Fluffy from AB Designs - click for more Ewe's Fluffy
A new design for a favorite verse... Amy has chosen some pretty and bright lip-puckering colors to stitch this cute piece -- 5 of which are your NEW DMC COLORS! If you haven't picked up your set of the 16 new colors yet... you'll need to for this one.

Worked on Week's 30ct Sophie's Pink linen, the fluffs finish approx 9 x 5. Just cute and cheerful for the new year, this is offered as a single sheet chart.

Woneta from AB Designs - click for more Woneta
Well... SHE has candy! If you are looking for a colorful, happy and shocking Halloween Decoration -- stitch Woneta! (Amy's sister's name is Koneta... this pattern says that Woneta is Witchy Poo's Big Sis... could this be a recent family photo?) Check out the bat on the candy corn hat... that darling little kitty -- just hanging there!

Her dress is candy corn -- and even though the fringe on the apron is only black cross stitches -- you COULD bead those. I love her shoes -- and you could add bits of metallic to them, as well. Stitched on Week's 30ct Chartreuse Linen she finishes approx 6 x 11. Offered as the chart with embellishments!

Be Merry from AB Designs - click for more Be Merry
Too Cute! Another of Amy's fun annual Santa charts, this year's has that fun little penguin on there -- the one that *Twirls when in doubt!* He's cute just by himself, the snowman looks so happy nestled up with Santa, and even the 'Be Merry' block would make it's own cute ornament! I love the textures in the designs of the tree and Santa's coat, too.

Worked on Week's 30ct Morris Blue, this has a stitch count of 74 x 130, so it finishes approx 5 x 8-1/2. There is a big snowflake charm on here, as well as another 'big-honkin-nose!'

Twirl from AB Designs - click for more Twirl
*When in doubt... Twirl!* What a cute design!!! Everyone who sees this just loves it! By AB Designs, offered as a single chart, this is stitched on Week's 30ct chartreuse linen with a small variety of flosses and a bit of silk and metallic. (You have lots of substitute options from your stash with this one -- not to worry!)

Finishing approx 5 x 11, Amy has made a pink and orange clay flower to embellish, and there are glass beads garnishing the *wind* around this little guy!!! Offered as a single chart.

I HAVE ISSUES from AB Designs - click for more I HAVE ISSUES
Well, al-righty-then! This is so simple, so cute and SO PERFECT for so many people!!! Offered as the chart with button embellishments, the model is stitched on Weeks 30ct Sophia Pink linen. You can do it on anything you like, and in any colors you like -- especially if you have issues with that fabric or those colors. You can even get the buttons separately -- but only in the pink and green set offered -- issues or not!

Just a delightful piece -- a gotta have! Check out $#!%! -- also new chart in AB's little world of charming attitude!

Kitty 4 Sale from AB Designs - click for more Kitty 4 Sale
AB Designs' Amy has released *A Whole Bunch of Cute!* We have Kitty 4 Sale... a new Santa, 3 new spiders and 2 new fobs!!! Let's start with that errant kitty! Stitched on Week's 28ct hand-dyed Straw Gingham Linen, the little witchie has a hair-do of DMC Memory Thread (coated wire to twist and shape) -- you could use orange, green, purple or black.

She has a sticky-outy nose, and she is peddling the CUTEST little kitty! I think he's my favorite part about the whole piece! Offered as a single chart, she finishes approx 4 x 10, and comes with her embellishment pack of nose, beads and buttons.

St Nick's Noel from AB Designs - click for more St Nick's Noel
Oh, this little guy is really cute this year! He is stitched on 30ct Guacamole Week's Linen with various hand-dyed flosses. YOU GET the pre-cut felt tree piece and the silver beads to adorn -- all with the chart!

He finishes approx 3 x 7... cute for a cube stand-up or little pillow. That wool tree adds a nice touch of texture and a bit of *unique!* Restful colors of dusty greens and deep reds. Offered as the chart with embellishments.

Jackie O Lantern from AB Designs - click for more Jackie O Lantern
Quite the Party Couple! Amy has these worked on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Chartreuse Linen -- and it is *BRIGHT!* Stitched with DMC floss, you'll need her garnishment package which includes the necessary spiders, beads, noses, and shoe laces.

What you will also need is some DMC Memory Thread. It is a covered wire product that you simply twist and shape, and then attach to the finished needlework. Amy uses it a lot, and since one package has 3 yards on the card... it'll go a long way.

Anyway, J & J finish approx 6 x 10-1/2. They look pretty good next to The Frankster and WitchyPoo! Lots of great linen color and design impact for all 4 of these.

We've Been Waiting for You! from AB Designs - click for more We've Been Waiting for You!
A cute birth announcement, you could change color and count of fabric to match the nursery, get it stitched and add that name and any other details as soon as you are done waiting!!! What a darling adoption celebration!!!

Offered as a single chart, this is coded for hand-dyed cottons as well as DMC. Amy warns that 4-legged babies would like this, too!!!

Bless You! from AB Designs - click for more Bless You!
'Pillow this, or frame this... Add a name... whatever you choose... this is one lucky baby!!!' AB Designs has released a really cute bedroom piece stuffed FULL of bright and happy COLOR! Stitched on Week's 20ct Guacamole linen in shades of overdyeds or DMCs... this finishes approx 6 x 13. Those fluffy, colorful sheep... besides offering the nighttime blessing... they can be counted if need be!!!

Offered as a single sheet chart... VERY, VERY cute!

Stack of Jacks from AB Designs - click for more Stack of Jacks
One of 3 new designs... AB Designs has the cutest new stack of pumpkins -- all decorated with Charcoal noses and wired Memory Thread smiles -- stitched in colorful overdyeds on Weeks 30ct Guacamole linen! Offered as the chart, with embellishments, Stack of Jacks measures approx 3-1/2 x 7 inches -- actually kind of teeny! It is the first in 4-seasons... Stack of Snow will be Winter's design, (coming the end of Sept.) Stack of Butterflies comes for the Spring, and Stack of Bees is the Summer edition.

The black Memory Thread is a coated wire that you bend and twist, to make any shape you want. It gets 'tacked' onto your finished stitching, and really POPS! I just love the colors on this one -- green linen and backgrounds, bright oranges and yellows in the pumpkins, and that purple moon! Offered as the chart with embellishments, the Memory thread is separate, and comes on a card of 3 yards, which will probably last you forever!

The Frankster from AB Designs - click for more The Frankster
*Witchypoo's Main Squeeze!* ab Designs has sent us the cutest little Frankenstein monster to stitch, and we have plenty of time to finish him before The Big Day!!! The 5 x 9 Frankster belongs to previously-published Witchypoo, and is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple. He features right, fun Halloween-y colors, and some DMC Black Memory Thread on his pumpkin's smile!

Actually, we think that Memory Thread is totally awesome, and it'd be fun on all the spider legs, too!!! Offered as the single chart, check out the trio of smaller matching pumpkins, with those same wired-thread smiles!!! Such a cute set of designs!

Witchy Poo from AB Designs - click to see more Witchy Poo
'A whole bunch of cute, a little scary, a pinch of creepy, and a dash of ick!' Ms Witchy Poo is so darn CUTE! She's stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple Linen, but as Amy points out... there are several other colors and kinds of fabrics that would be perfect for her.

Using DMC and overdyed flosses, our very favorite parts are her hat jewel, and her bright green sticky-outy clay nose! It has a black wart on it!!!!!!! Approx 5 x 11, there are seed beads scattered around the spiders, and their legs are long straight stitches. Offered as the chart with embellishments.

All Things Warm and Cozy from AB Designs - click for more All Things Warm and Cozy
ab Designs has another charming design that uses the new DMC Memory Thread! This awesome stocking would be awesome FINISHED as a stocking... it's stitched with Sampler Threads, and features a neat woolen heart applique, and a few red glass seed beads. Deep, rich colors of Apple Cider, Woodsmoke, Buckeye Scarlet, Dark Chocolate, Raven Oatmeal and Parchment... it just LOOKS like a comfortable old sock!

Notice the curly-Q stuff around the sheep and holding the heart? THAT is the DMC Memory Thread. It's actually thread-covered wire that you twist and attach just however you want, to get such a fun and whimsical effect! This design uses the Gold color, and finishes approx 9 x 11 on 28ct. Offered as the chart with woolen heart and beads, linen, flosses and Memory Thread offered separately.

Just Be Claus from AB Designs - click for more Just Be Claus
An exuberant Santa, dressed in a coat of 'Merry Wildness', he's sporting a beard of the new DMC Memory Thread! First the coat -- swirls, stripes and polka dots of regular DMC cotton floss -- Be Claus is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple linen, in reds, greens, purples and white, and measures approx 6 x 10-1/2. He's embellished with black buttons and some silver bugle beads.

His beard has wired-thread curls all over it! DMC's new Memory Thread -- this variety of it -- is a thin copper wire, wrapped with cotton fibre. You wrap it around something like a pencil to get the little swirlies... and then just tack those onto the needlework! Totally fun and different... the wired Memory Thread comes in something like 14 colors on individual spools -- and we're getting it!Make sure to see ab's Halloween pieces that feature Memory Thread, too!

Ho Ho Ho from Amy Bruecken Designs -- click to see more Ho Ho Ho
Here's a colorful trio of friends... Santa's coat trim is stitched in Wisper thread and garnished with red seed beads. The snowman has that cute pointed clay carrot nose, and the reindeer has antlers full of a red bead garland!

Offered as the chart, this is smaller than the rest of the Sisters & Best Friends Santa patterns, and finishes approx 6 x 6-ish. Lots of pretty fabric options for them, too!

Cross Stitch designs from Sisters and Best Friends!
Sisters & Best Friends
Sisters & Best Friends Amy and Koneta are STILL sisters and best friends... but have decided to split their design company into two new ones! Sister's patterns will slowly retire as each is sold out... because that company no longer exists to re-print them!

Noah from Sisters & Best Friends - click for more Noah from Sisters & Best Friends
Here is a cheerful little ark... bursting with animals, and Noah! Is the rain cloud leaving and sun coming??? ... or the other way around?! Offered as a leaflet with a delightful set of colorful buttons and a smattering of beads, the thread list uses 29 different colors of DMC, Crescent Colours, Weeks Dye Works and Sampler Threads!

This piece is so full of color, you'll love stitching it! Worked on 18ct linen, over two threads, using 4 strands of floss, Noah finishes an impressive 11 x 13! No special stitches, just lots of personality!

Housework Makes You Ugly from Sisters & Best Friends -- click to see more Housework Makes You Ugly from Sisters & Best Friends

A proven fact -- you've just seen it in print and stitched On The Internet!!! To our beautiful customers, who must not be doing enough housework... this is published documentation, based on a lengthy, scientific study that YOU are on the right track in life! To remain as beautiful as you can be, simply purchase this chart and don't clean to make room for it in your stash!

If you stitch it, rather than framing the leaflet itself -- it'll finish approx 10 x 11 on 10ct Tula or 19ct linen -- it's plenty large enough to cover a messy wall, no cleaning required. (Why spend hundreds of dollars annually on cosmetic products, when you can simply stop house cleaning... and be a lovely -- and probably better -- stitcher for it?) Sisters has brought us this delightful, whimsical chart that just brings a smile to your face!

I'm Confused... wait... from Sisters & Best Friends - click to see more I'm Confused... wait... from Sisters & Best Friends
Oh my gosh -- so many places to hang this -- so many people who I could give it to -- but, wait... am I supposed to keep it on MY office wall??? I'm so confused... What I DO have straight, however, are the details about this charming piece!

Offered as a chart, its stitched over one on the yummiest, pale shade of 19ct Mint Green Cork Linen, in a smattering of Crescent, Weeks, Gentle Art and DMC, and is embellished with 40 teeny-weeny deep grape micro-mini buttons! You can see them all over on this... they're all the little dots that are trying to confuse me!!! Finishing into a 4 x 7 frame... you can place those button dots where-ever, in case your frame is a different size. (Confused?... maybe not!) Quite cute, quite a definite!!!
Sisters has lots of other new stuff -- just scroll down to check it all out!!!

Bad Maid from Sisters & Best Friends - click to see more Bad Maid from Sisters & Best Friends
Well... this just reports half the story... as I'm not the MAID!!! Cute for your kid's rooms... this is offered as the single chart, and finishes approx 5 x 6.

It's embellished with tiny hot pink buttons... (But my order of those hasn't come yet! Price is a guess at $14.00.)

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