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Charming, primitive cross stitch designs, Blackbird is a design company with a great, dsitinctive look!
The patriotic designs use dusty, 'faded glory' colors, and the seasonal birds are large and colorful enough to look great wherever you place them!

Blackbird's Souvenirs of Summer - click for more

Souvenirs of Summer
Barb and Alma are treating us to another re-print of this awesome book that is full of patriotic and summer designs!

Our supply has just arrived!

A Christmas Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for more A Christmas Rose
#4 In their Christmas Series of samplers, it is stitched on Picture This Plus's 36ct Wren and uses Weeks threads of Dirt Road, Havana, Oscar, Parchment, Pelican Gray, Red Rocks, Sandcastle, and Tarragon.

It finishes a petite 6 x 8-ish... perfect to perch on a table or bookshelf. (I THINK the other three in this series have been Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Bringing Good Cheer.)

Blackbird's Winds of Autumn - click for more
Winds of Autumn
Due in the Shop right after Thanksgiving! Barb and Alma are printing a new book containing 12 projects. 4 Are retired, and 8 are new. The retired - and now in this book are: Spell of the Moon, Bittersweet September, Patchwork Pumpkin and Waiting for the Harvest.

The rest of the 30-ish pages are full of gorgeous photos and pretty samplers and cushions - you can see a few of the new on the cover pic! That's all the info we get until our books arrive right after Thanksgiving! Reserve yours now, to get it right away!

Blackbird's Early Christmas Morning - click for more

Early Christmas Morning
Blackbird has released a darling round mattress pin cushion! Stitched on 36ct hand-dyed, it measures approx 5-1/2 inches in diameter. The stitched band wrapping all around wishes Merry Christmas and is just 1-1/2 inches high.

Stitched with a medley of hand-dyed flosses, the entire little round mattress will finish approx 6 inches round by about 2 inches high! Just beautiful... You CAN get this done in time for Christmas!

Blackbird's Sweet Summer, Come Again - click for more

Sweet Summer, Come Again
Barb and Alma's latest new release... this is a sweet berry basket with matching bird pin cushion.

The basket design measures just 59 x 58, (3-1/4 inches on 36ct Wren) while the bird is even smaller 2-1/2 inches - at 46 x 45 stitches! Grab a few hand-dyeds from your stash, and whip these up!

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The Stocking Collection
These elusive and truly favorite little stocking patterns keep coming... and selling out! Barb and Alma have reprinted these charming monthly booklets, so ENJOY them once again.

Each contains three mini stockings that finish approx 3 x 5 on 30ct linen. The CUTEST when they are stitched and finished!
(Click each leaflet image so you can see all 3 of the stockings that come in that book.)

Blackbird's Sweet Land of Liberty - click for more

Come Into My Garden
A Fresh Arrival! Barb and Alma's latest release measures 245 x 253 in size, is stitched with lots of hand-dyed cottons, and is shown here on 36ct Picture this Plus Veldt colored linen.

Our pic is kind of dark and the fabric is blotchy... so it's more colorful in person, and we have lots of pretty fabric options as well! Presented as a leaflet.

Blackbird's Sweet Land of Liberty - click for more
Sweet Land of Liberty
Freshly Reprinted by Blackbird!

We loved this book the first time around. It even had a reprint of In Full Glory - a very favorite Reward of Merit that had retired! Lots of pages (24), beautiful pics by Alma... we're glad to see it again!

Blackbird's Summer, Autumn & Winter - click for more
Blackbird's Summer, Autumn & Winter Have Been Reprinted!
Here is our shop model from years ago - we have always loved this set of 3 leaflets by Blackbird!

All joined together in our model are Summer - on the left with the strawberries, Autumn - the middle section, and Winter - the right-hand panel.

In Friendship's Way from Blackbird Designs - click for more In Friendship's Way
Barb and Alma have re-leased this gorgeous book - 40 pages - featuring 12 small designs with a friendship theme. As always, Alma's stunning photography is throughout the book and just turning the pages like a story book is delicious!!!

They begin with a pin cushion in a wire basket, next a lovely bird perched atop a painted and waxed paper mache box. Next is another topper for a wooden box... then a set of six stitched strawberries dedicated to friends, that are showcased in a 4 x 6-ish inch wooden and glass box. There is a framed sampler, and finally a button box that is actually the SAME box as used in Casting a Spell.

It turns out that ALL THESE FUN FINISHING PIECES ARE AVAILABLE at Hobby Lobby and JoAnns... so they are inexpensive, available, and really easy to transform! (They even give you the stock numbers of the items!) Gorgeous, soft designs, pretty hand-dyed fabrics and flosses... I LOVE, LOVE it!

Sewing Club from Blackbird - click for more Sewing Club from Blackbird - click for more Sewing Club from Blackbird - click for more Sewing Club from Blackbird - click for more
New Blackbird Designs Arrivals!
Sewing Club -- This is Blackbird at their finest! It is a 60-page book stuffed with 16 projects they have taught at various events and exclusive designs previously released as Club Pieces for shops. Bags, drums, box tops, pin cushions, framed pieces... there are pictures galore along with the charts. Finishing and assembly instructions are also in here... it's such a pretty publication!

Oh Joyous Day from Blackbird - click for more Little Birds from Blackbird - click for more My Heart Can Rest from Blackbird - click for more   We Live in Hope from Blackbird - click for more
  • Oh Joyous Day - Alma's son got married - this is his wedding sampler - so the model couldn't come to Market! Approx 10 x 12 on 36ct Legacy and stitched with a mixture of hand-dyed flosses, the motifs are fun and stylized! Love it!
  • Little Birds - They're all over in here! All the pretty baskets and that neat border, this finishes a generous 22 x 19 on 36ct Heartland. Think of all the individual pin cushions that await from this!
  • My Heart Can Rest - Reproduced from a French Antique, this is a bitty thing at 9 x 9-ish on 36ct Heartland. Everyone likes the huge flower and bitty house!
  • We Live in Hope - There are two samplers in this leaflet. The main one is about 11 x 11, while the smaller one is less than 6 x 7. First time Barb and Alma have used ships in their pieces... they were picturing the women waiting for fathers and husbands to come home safely from sea. Both are stitched on 36ct with hand-dyed flosses.
Flea Market Souvenir from Blackbird - click for more
Flea Market Souvenir
This is a reprint of Barb and Alma's 2006 design! Stitched on 3 different pieces of fabric, you are supposed to sew them together and then frame. The idea is to simulate stitching on 'found objects' such as scraps of linen.

It's a charming concept... but be aware that if you are a perfectionist and want your fabrics to join up perfectly, they might not - joining them evenly is harder than you think! But, in the end, the design is endearing, and it was worth the reprint!

All Joys for Thine from Blackbird - click for more
All Joys for Thine
Blackbird's newest sampler design has arrived... it is an adaptation from an early 19th century English sampler. It finishes just 7-1/2 x 9 on 36ct Heartland linen by Picture This Plus and is worked in just a few hand-dyed flosses.

Stitch the whole piece or make some smaller cushions from some of the floral urns - you're using Barn Door, Cinnamon Toast, Dirt Road, Fool's Gold, Hazelnut, Pine Needles, Polliwog, Sage, Sandcastle and Stormy Nights.

Frosty's Night Out from Blackbird - click for more
Frosty's Night Out
Barb and Alma's latest leaflet features Barb's charming vision of a cheerful Frosty Snowman! He is stitched on Murky hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus, and measures just 4-1/2 inches in size. You can make him into a perky drum shape, or a flatter pin cushion shape, nothing is set in stone.

The book includes, though, a super cute paper mache' HAT BOX finishing treatment. The box comes from Hobby Lobby (# given in the book), and Blackbird supplies pictures and finishing details to make that cute finish. We love the colors of Weeks hand-dyeds in here, we love that little Frosty face... just all of this!

Deck the Halls from Blackbird - click for more Deck the Halls
Barb and Alma have published a DELIGHTFUL little booklet (4 x 5) full of a set of 6 stitched strawberry-shaped pin cushions. Stitch them flat and frame them, mount them on boxes, make square cushions... or turn them into delightful little linen stitched berries.

All stitched on various colors of 36ct linen, each design (approx 80 x 50) finishes about 4-1/2 x 3, so when twisted into a berry, those will be about 2 x 3. (32ct will turn out basically the same finished size.) Weeks Dye Works threads, Barb and Alma's charming design style, Alma'a gorgeous pictures throughout the little book, and your stitching... a match made in Stitching Heaven! I just love it! Templates, assembly instructions and box finishing tips are all included.

Easter Parade from Blackbird - click for more

Easter Parade
One of Blackbird's recent re-prints... this was originally published in 2005. Finishing approx 6 x 7 on 30ct, you could make your basket squares out of Satin stitches.

You could leave off the checkerboard border on the main design. If you do that little bunny over one on 25, he'd be only 3-1/2 x 4! Pretty tulips - a Blackbird Classic!

Our Lasting Friendship from Blackbird - click for more Ooh La La from Blackbird - click for more Our Lasting Friendship & Ooh La La
Barb and Alma have been busy with new books FULL of gorgeous projects and ideas along with all of Alma's exquisite pictures!
  • Our Lasting Friendship 3 Stitched designs celebrating friendship. Our Lasting Friendship is the large sampler - 11 x 12 on 36ct PTP Legacy Linen - make the center box larger if you have more friends you want to celebrate. Coded for Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses. Just Gorgeous! My Heart to Hold is a take-out of the larger design, shown on a box top to hold photos or special trinkets. Shepherd's Bush Pincushion is a small token design to special friends!!!
  • Ooh La La Wow, this book (48 pages!) features 15 projects! It begins with lots of classic French designs that are all stitched in red. Then, we move on to a Sewing Box cover with birds and a basket, a bitty Pin Roll - it was stuffed with emery so it felt super heavy and it just fit in my hand! Rose Bouquet box top and a Spring Green Pin Cushion... we went from all reds to all of Barb and Alma's palette of soft roses and pretty greens! And watch for Le Poulet.

Merrily, Merrily, Merrily We Welcome Spring
(Well... lets work on winter first...!) Blackbird's Barb and Alma have a pretty new sampler that Alma adapted from an antique stitched piece. Worked on Picture This Plus's 36ct (we also have 32ct) Oaken hand-dyed linen, this finishes approx 15 x 15. Lots of pretty hand-dyeds - 16 shades - you'll need 2 skeins of Baked Apple, Palomino and Putty so that'll give you an idea of the predominant colors in this.

Lots of florals and urns, Alma added the border along the bottom as it appears to be cut off of the original. Lots of room to add family initials all over in this... it's actually fairly symmetric - look at the pots and vases, they're the same on each side, just different colors. (and the flowers in the right pot aren't there!) Presented as a leaflet.

And Blossom as the Rose from Blackbird - click for more And Blossom as the Rose
This leaflet is a collection of adaptations from an antique Quaker sampler originally stitch mostly in greens, taupes and creams. You get another delightful paper sewing box set, a family register sampler, a fun little drum-shaped cushion, a square (framed or cushioned) and a smaller upside-down box cushion treatment!

Pics and charts for everything... lots of assembly and decorating tips included... Barb shows how she's taken vintage linens and laces found at antique shops and flea markets, and incorporated them into HER boxes. Just a gorgeous book of 20 pages... you'll want to stitch everything in it!

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? from Blackbird - click for more Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
A pretty 'found' Adam and Eve antique sampler is the inspiration for the projects in this leaflet. A paper sewing box, pin keep, the main house re-stitched, the main floral urn featured in its own cushion. There are pages and pages of pretty pics, and great finishing and assembly techniques in here, everything is worked on 32ct with Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed flosses.

Barb and Alma have been busy, you'll love the pretty presentations of everything in this book. More ideas for using Flea Market finds to add to your lovely things! (It's easy to cut up someone else's old lace instead of your own!)

Bringing Good Cheer from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Bringing Good Cheer
Barb and Alma have a new Christmas sampler - inspired by a sampler stitched in 1842. The third Christmas Sampler they have done (Christmas Garden and Feliz Navidad), this is stitched on 35ct Weeks Dye Works Straw Linen and uses Weeks flosses of Caper, Cayenne, Chestnut, Cornsilk, Dirt Road, Fathom, Flat fish, Oscar and Sweet Potato.

It'll finish approx 7 x 10, and features Satin stitches done both vertically and horizontally on the center basket. Presented as a leaflet.

It's Spring Fever from Blackbird Designs - click for more The Light Upon the Lawn from Blackbird Designs - click for more Loose Feathers #7 -- Pleasure of the Fleeting Year from Blackbird - click for more Loose Feathers #8 -- The Summer Beaming Forth from Blackbird - click for more #9 - Last Ripe Berries from Blackbird - click for more
Loose Feathers *For the Birds!* Series
  • It's Spring Fever -- This is the first of the nine-part Loose Feathers that is *For the Birds!* Stitched on 36ct PTP Wren (you can choose any fabric you want -- they are changing colors each month), each measures 91 x 91 in stitch count, they finish approx 5 x 5. Celebrating our fine feathered friends, Spring Fever is stitched with a medley of taupes and soft dusty blues. We are beginning our auto-ship for the charts... let us know if we should count you IN! *AND LINEN EACH TIME OR NOT!*
  • The Light Upon the Lawn - Blackbird's #2 Loose Feathers *For The Birds* 2017 series has arrived. The same soft color palette of soft browns, caramels, denims and mossy greens as the rest will be in this series, it is stitched on 36ct Ale by Picture This Plus. Barb and Alma say the pattern's title is inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem, 'A Light Exists in the Spring.' In the poem she speaks of the light in spring being colored differently than the rest of the year... awaiting us to come into the garden to enjoy! Just so pretty!
  • Hear the Crickets Sing - Blackbird Designs' #7 In the 'For the Birds' Loose Feathers Series. This follows the same soft and faded dusty blue and taupe color scheme, and size (91 x 91 stitches) of the other 6 designs so far... but we have a little rose color tucked into the flowers. Charming all by itself, or together with the rest of the ongoing set, this is offered as a small chart -- just like the rest in the set.
  • The Summer Beaming Forth - A pretty golden house with pastel pink and buttercreme flowers in the garden... the bluebirds stand out in soft contrast. Finishing 5 x 5 on 36ct Oaken by Picture This Plus, it is worked with the same color palette as the rest of the designs in this series.
  • The Last Ripe Berries - A beautiful blue bird getting ready for winter. Stitched on 36ct Wren using Weeks hand-dyed floss. This finishes up the series.
This collection debuted in February of 2017.

My Dear Heart from Blackbird Designs - click for more Feliz Navidad from Blackbird Designs - click for more Winter is Past from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Blackbird Designs has New Releases!
Barb and Alma have begun a new 9-part Loose Feathers Series, and published 6 new full sized leaflets... Samplers and Pin Cushions... here are the first 3... click through to our blackbird Designs page to see them all!
  • My Dear Heart - A pretty reproduction sampler, this finishes approx 8 x 10 on 36ct PTP Ale. Using Weeks hand-dyed flosses, there is a separate pin cushion design using one of the urns... it is worked on RED linen with beige flosses as an alternative look! Who Knew? It wakes you up a little and lets you know that color changing IS possible, and it can look great!
  • Feliz Navidad -- Barb and Alma have decided to do a set of international Christmas samplers. Barb said this would be a *relaxed series* -- meaning no specific release dates, and no specific countries right now, but they are intrigued with Christmas samplers around the world. Feliz Navidad is gorgeous! Approx 7 x 11 on 36ct PTP Legacy, they threw in Eyelets and Smyrna Crosses just for fun. Adapted from the original which is pictured in the book, and originally done on open canvas, they've used all Week's flosses for the new. Really Pretty!
  • Winter is Past - A gorgeous, soft, dusty denim and taupe sampler, this is stitched on 36ct PTP Oaken and finishes approx 10 x 9. Pairs beautifully with Spring Fever -- the first Loose Feathers of 2017... traditional border, organized alphabet, just a lovely and finishable piece. It's not too large, but super-pretty!

Strawberry Fields Forever from Blackbird Designs - click for more The Long and Winding Road from Blackbird Designs - click for more Eleanor Rigby from Blackbird Designs - click for more
The Magical Mystery Tour Series, To The Beatles, With Love From Barb!
Blackbird's Barb is a die-hard Beatles fan -- she saw them debut on Ed Sullivan in 1964, and evidently manages to get to as many Paul McCartney concerts as possible!!! She has designed *Very Black-Birdy-Flavored* pieces to commemorate her favorite songs and the anniversary of that television broadcast. All offered as leaflets, they tell us you won't need a ticket to ride this tour bus!!!
  • Strawberry Fields Forever - The 'Woolton Children's Home' (which could be your house instead!) surrounded by the strawberry gardens and the neat iron entry gate... 6 x 9 on 32ct.
  • The Long and Winding Road -- Also the THIRD Sewing Box Topper Design, this is sweet. Lazy Daisies on the trees, this fits into your 6-inch Lone Elm Lane Sewing Box on 36ct Lakeside Butter Pecan Linen.
  • Eleanor Rigby -- Greys and Blues for the subdued piece, and pretty pinks and greens for the birth sampler shown on the back, Eleanor finishes approx 6 x 6 on 32ct.
After months of waiting, we once again, have Barb and Alma's Yellow Submarine and Octopus's Garden leaflet back in stock!!!!! *The Suits* somewhere were a bit concerned with legal mumbo-jumbo and didn't think we stitchers should have the right to stitch this darling pattern! Barb and her wonderful loyalty to The Beatles won out... and here is the remaining design in her Magical Mystery Tour celebrating her favorite Beatles songs!

Finishing approx 6 x 8 on 32ct Linen... I am sorry to tell you that Lakeside Linens has never delivered our fabric order we placed last September for this pattern. It's time to get creative, and look at something like Week's Tin Roof, or a neat Copper Penny-ish or a neat teal for this. Flosses are all Gentle Art Sampler Threads or regular DMC.

Home for the Holidays from Blackbird Designs - click for more

Home for the Holidays
Blackbird has a new 38-page book that is full of their design charm, and Alma's exquisite photography! Along with 10 projects, they've also presented really good directions for painting and distressing those paper boxes they love to use, and transforming other decor items into gorgeous props for your needlework!

Re-printed is Christmas Garden, Tis The Season and Blessings be Thine. Also included are a set of 5 stockings that measure 5-3/4 x 8-3/4 in size. Everything has a Christmas theme, and it is a lovely book!!!

Midnight Watch from Blackbird Designs - click for more Midnight Watch
Gosh, I LOVE this one! Stunning colors, bold design, this stitches to finish approx 8 x 15 on 30ct. Lots of hand-dyed flosses, and simple cross stitch, I love absolutely everything about this! Barb and Alma are 'Queens of Crafting' because of the following tip!

Look at the candle on the right-hand side of the cover -- they tell you how to scan you needlework, reduce it by 50%, print it using an inkjet on clear-full sheet labels, spray with Krylon matte finish, peel the paper away from the backing, and line a plain glass hurricane! Holy COW! ...all from a cross stitch chart!!! Offered as the leaflet.

Bittersweet September from Blackbird Designs - click for more Patchwork Pumpkin from Blackbird Designs - click for more Spell of the Moon Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs - click for more Waiting for the Harvest from Blackbird Designs - click for more
New Rewards of Merit
ALL NOW INCLUDED IN WINDS OF AUTUMN! Alma and Barb have new mini-designs offered in their small Rewards of merit size... perfect for small framed pieces or pretty pin cushions. Grab a schnibble of Week's hand-dyed linen and some overdyeds from your stash for these!!!
  • Patchwork Pumpkin -- LOVE, LOVE the border on this one and the trailing pumpkin vines all over the sky!!! Quilt motifs on the pumpkin and that structured brick house -- the whole thing is charming!!!
  • Bittersweet September -- A fall-flavored design much simpler than the Patchwork Pumpkin piece -- you get the huge bittersweet blooms, the crisp moon, and more pretty autumn-y color!
  • Spell of the Moon -- On Week's Tin Roof Linen, this is steely grey ...accented with that yellow moon. Just the cutest little thing at 4-1/2 x 6.
  • Waiting for the Harvest - Another of Blackbird's small Reward of Merit pincushion designs... this is stitched in just one color of overdyed floss -- Gentle Art's Dark Chocolate. Of course, you can choose any color thread you like, some of the rusts are gorgeous... but regardless!

Leona's Sewing Box from Blackbird Designs - click for more Leona's Sewing Box
Barb and Alma have a new leaflet -- a small homestead sampler piece -- dedicated to Barb's mother, Leona. It is worked on 32ct linen with Gentle Art Sampler Threads and fits into the top and inside compartments of Lone Elm Lane's Square Queen Crown Box. The main design finishes approx 6 x 6 and features colors of Aged Pewter, Antique Rose, Endive, Garden Gate, Lexington Green, Mountain Mist, Old Red Paint, Parchment, Sable, Tin Bucket and Woodrose -- all lovely, soft and dusty.

The Lone Elm Box is also a light dusty gray -- it comes closest to Week's Seagull color. It measures approx 8 x 8 x 3-1/2 and features a pull out tray insert of two sections. Barb and Alma have designed two small cushions to line those tiny spaces... a basket and pair of birds perched atop spools of thread. A pretty piece both inside and out! Leona's Sewing Box is offered as a leaflet, the box is separate!

Cats on Parade from Blackbird Designs - click for more Cats on Parade
A trio of pesky cats on parade... find a neat fabric color to showcase these little guys and make that cute drum-shape stand-up like in the pic! (Just make sure to weight the bottom, as it is almost 7 inches tall!)

You'll need 4 skeins of Espresso Bean floss, and we can send you some black Arctic Rays which is a thread that gives your twisted cord edging treatment that little bit of glitzy frizz!
Aren't these guys cute? They finish approx 6-1/2 x 10 on 30ct linen.

A Quickie Note:
We have a luscious supply of Lone Elm Lane's 6-inch round Aged Pewter and Black handmade Shaker Sewing Box that Barb and Alma are featuring on their new 12-part Sewing Box Series of leaflets. Only three designs out so far... we are not-so-patiently waiting for box-top number three!

Midnight Ride and Give Thanks are the first two that grace this fun little box. You are supposed to switch out your needlework toppers each month, but The Cross Stitch Police will not pay you a visit if you fall behind and leave your favorite piece in there for several months!!!

The Fruitful Vine from Blackbird Designs - click for more The Country Life from Blackbird Designs - click for more My Friend's House from Blackbird Designs - click for more Loose Feathers #10 Mother's Day from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Blackbird's Loose Feathers for 2013 Begins with Wild Berries
The 12th and final design in Barb and Alma's Abecedarian Series of their Loose Feathers books, Garden Borders, is here. The Loose Feathers Series are referred to as their Abecedarian Project (pronounced a b c DARE e n).
Always an alphabet in each, and always dedicated to a member of their family -- you'll be able to personalize yours if you wish. They promise manageable sizes so you can complete these each month, too! The first -- Wild Berries -- measures 89 x 90 stitches, 6 x 6 on 30ct Abecedarian Blend Linen by R & R.

All 12 of the samplers in this set are about the same size -- all of them are shown and listed on the back of the leaflet, and are still in print. They all feature an alphabet, some of Barb and Alma's favorite motifs and are dedicated to family members.

Wild Berries from Blackbird Designs - click for more My Heart's Design from Blackbird Designs - click for more Bountiful Harvest from Blackbird Designs - click for more Bluebird of Happiness from Blackbird Designs - click for more

Dear Daughter from Blackbird Designs - click for more Dear Daughter
A pretty floral vine with plump berries... cheerful butterflies in the garden... the verse on this says *Dear Daughter of Mine* but could be changed to reflect ANY message you have! Stitched on R & R 30ct Creme Brulee (matches Irish Creme, Abecedarian Blend, Sheeps Straw and Olde Town Blend as well!) with 13 shades of Gentle Art and Weeks flosses, this finishes approx 8-1/2 inches square.

I am inclined to darken the house a bit, as it looks pale in the model pic, but you might want to change the color all together if you have a house color you are wanting to match Alma has personalized her piece with her daughter's initials and birthdate in the center of the urn. Offered as a leaflet, this is just a very pretty piece!

Away We Ride from Blackbird Designs - click for more Away We Ride
Blackbird has a new Halloween Sampler that is CHARMING!! *Away we ride till it's dark as pitch to find the home of the wicked witch.* Doesn't sound like the safest Halloween Night activity... but the picture in the sampler shows a nifty little stone cottage full of 18 lit windows!

A lavish border and lots of big 'ol birds lurking in the gardens, this measures 171 x 191 in stitch count. Calling for Gentle Art's Brandy, Garden Gate (3 skeins!), Heirloom Gold, Maple Syrup, Mulberry, Onyx (2 skeins), Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Woodrose and Woodsmoke... the chart is coded for DMC as well. It's full of personality and good design balance! Offered as a leaflet.

Sisters from Blackbird Designs - click for more Sisters from Blackbird Designs - click for more Sisters from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Sisters from Blackbird Designs - click for more Sisters
Wow... this book is a study of two different samplers by sisters "A and H Shields* in 1823 and 1824. A was the older of the two, but finished her sampler a year after H. Although they used the same pattern... each sampler is completely different -- such as sisters can be!!! Each original sampler is re-charted, and then Barb and Alma have gotten to work and designed three more samplers inspired by the original two!
  • One is Halloween with a new verse rather than the alphabet: 'At first cock-crow the ghosts must go Back to their quiet graves below.' Lots of orange and black.
  • Next is a Christmas piece -- just a lovely collection of small floral urns.
  • Finally, Witch No More is a tribute to Alma's 11th Great Grandmother.
  • Jannetje's younger sister, Judith had been imprisoned and charged with witchcraft in Hartford CT. Whole little ditty in here about brother Nicholas who's wife wrote a letter, and MS Judith later married his wife's nephew in the Netherlands! (Talk about family history! I have a great grandmother a while back -- like 150 years ago... Grandpa bought a statue for the family graveyard, Grandma thought it was ostentatious... lightening struck and the thumb broke off -- they found it years later - after she died - in her sewing basket!) Well anyway, a lovely book -- 24 pages -- full of Alma's beautiful photography and those charming samplers!

    Agnes Platt's Strawberry Sampler from Blackbird Designs - click for more Agnes Platt's Strawberry Sampler
    Blackbird has a pretty new leaflet... it celebrates an 1800's sampler stitched by someone named Agnes Platt. Re-charted and coded for Gentle Art Sampler threads, Barb and Alma have pulled out design elements and designed new projects inspired by the sampler. There were evidently lots of specialty stitches in the original -- and they have made SURE that they kept them in when they re-charted the piece for us.

    There is a beeskep done in Satins, a couple of floral urns -- one features berries worked in Queen Stitches. So... you get the original sampler -- re-charted. Alma's design is a pretty floral urn, Barb's is a red brick house with that charming skep. As always, beautiful pictures, lots of inspiration... and gorgeous, GORGEOUS colors in all the projects!

    Liberty Eagle from Blackbird Designs - click for more Liberty Eagle
    Quite a cool set of designs, the main eagle features the alphabet stitched over one in his belly.

    A small smattering of Weeks and Gentle Art threads, the larger piece finishes approx 7 x 8 on R & R 30ct, while the cushion is a bit smaller -- 5 x 6 -- but not tiny at all! Offered as a leaflet.

    Long May She Wave from Blackbird Designs - click for more Long May She Wave
    Barb has stitched a simple flag, but added 48 Eyelets in place of stars in the design. Worked on 30ct linen -- your entire piece is covered in stitching -- so choose something you can SEE to work on, because you won't see any linen when you're finished! Crescent's Blue Corn and Dublin Bay along with Week's Baked Apple (10 yds) and Oak (15 yds) are the only 4 colors featured. The Oak blends in so beautifully with the two blues, and you'll get lots of definition if you get a little pull into your Eyelets.

    Charming... on 30ct this finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6, and is shown on top of a wooden box from the big box store. (complete instructions for distressing that, as well!) Offered as the leaflet.

    Mary Ann Blackburn from Blackbird Designs - click for more The Gift is Small -- Loose Feather's #4 -- 2012 from Blackbird Designs - click for more
    Summer's Last Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for more 2012 Loose Feathers Series
    Blackbird Designs has released their 1st of 4 leaflets in the 2012 series of Loose Feathers. Mary Ann Blackburn is listed as the 'Spring' edition of this new series. Barb and Alma are finding antique samplers to reproduce and adapt to their design style and color palette this time around. The featured sampler stitched by 8-yr old Mary Ann has lots of quirks in it... Barb and Alma changed some, made some others more fun, and then created two more designs for you based on the original sampler. They've even changed the name to Alma's grandmother's name, and put in the date SHE would have been 8 years old!

    All three designs, along with finishing ideas are beautifully presented with Alma's pictures in the 16-page booklet. If you are a bit careful with placement (less than 3-inches around all the sides of the two smaller pieces) you can stitch everything on one fat quarter cut of R & R's 30ct Sheep's Straw Linen. Hand-dyed flosses from Crescent, Weeks and Gentle Art are all used -- soft greens, charcoals, roses and butterscotch, the larger sampler has a bit more red -- Used Brick -- as its main color. Enchanting! We are offering an auto-ship for this set of books -- with or without the 1/4 yd cut of linen. Let us know your preference!

    Summer's Last Rose
    The third (of 4) 2012 Loose Feather's Design is here!!! A trio of small designs, Barb and Alma discovered another charming antique sampler that spoke to them of the end of hot summer days. Maybe the colors and motifs??

    From their original piece, they have adapted a sewing box with four floral motifs on top, My Home -- a tiny house made into a pin cushion, and a lovely vine of stylized posies that they've mounted on top of a small basket. As always the pics in the book are stunning... and really offer lots of inspiration for other ways to finish your things. Fabric this month is R & R 30ct Creme Brulee, threads are by Weeks and Gentle Art.

    The Gift is Small -- Loose Feather's #4 -- 2012
    Blackbird's final Loose Feather release of the 2012 set is here... a set of 4 smaller designs all inspired by antique samplers. A pretty pin cushion trimmed with silk ribbon, and Barb's smaller reproduction piece to the main sampler... just pretty designs meant to be tokens.

    Take away some inspiration from this publication -- find an old sampler somewhere (that your budget can handle) buy it... and re-chart some of your favorite parts for little cushions and samplers just like Barb and Alma have done here. Choose soft hand-dyed linen and pretty, faded overdyed threads... the projects in all four of this year's Loose Feathers books have been charming, and offer LOTS of finishing techniques and project ideas. So pretty!

    Feast of Friendship from Blackbird Designs - click for more Feast of Friendship
    Blackbird has a new sampler design this week... full of yummy Autumn color and flavor! A tribute to Thanksgiving, Barb and Alma tell you to plan what you're going to serve, go over your guest list, and figure out WHERE you're going to put all those cute pumpkins you couldn't leave behind at the farmer's market!

    Stitched on 30ct R & R Abcedarian Blend (a pretty light brown hand-dyed) with 22 different shades of Gentle Art and Crescent Colours's flosses, this finishes approx 6 x 12-1/2. We discussed a bit in the shop -- we like *just the urn!* and *just the house!* *Just the pumpkin* is kind of cute all by itself! Very pretty component parts to this! Offered as a leaflet.
    NOTE! Feast of Friendship is out of stock... we are hopeful it will be available again.

    Merry Christmas from Blackbird Designs - click for more Merry Christmas
    from Blackbird Designs
    Blackbird has a very simple and plain sampler... they designed it for those of us who leave our Christmas things out all year long!!! (it even refers to that on the back cover!)

    A mere 4-1/2 x 8 on 35ct linen... Barb chose pretty pinks and greens for this piece... and almost hid the *Merry Christmas* sentiment in here... because of those colors! No special stitches, just a quick, pretty piece. Offered as a leaflet.

    Flowers for You from Blackbird Designs - click for more Flowers for You
    'Flowers for your birthday' is the verse on this gorgeous new piece by Blackbird. Reminiscent of their 'older' designs... we just LOVE the sweeping, gently relaxed flowers billowing out of their basket. You could stitch this as a birthday gift, or change that sentiment to friendship -- just anything.

    Stitched on R & R 30ct Sheep's Straw hand-dyed linen -- listen to the colors you get to use: Camouflage, Dublin Bay, Endive, Grape Arbor, Heirloom Gold, Old Red Paint, Raspberry Frost, Toasted Barley and Hazelnut. Just so pretty, finished size is approx 5 x 8, which is a perfect petite size!!!!!! Offered as a chart.

    Mother's Garden from Blackbird Designs - click for more Mother's Garden
    Blackbird's Barb has a new sampler to commemorate a mother and all the relatives on her side of the family. (Of course, it could be ANYONE and both sides of a family, too!) Pretty urns of traditional sampler-style florals, the blackbirds scattered in the garden might be all those relatives hanging around!!! After all, she *does* offer lots of spaces for initials!

    A very pretty piece, stitched on R & R Irish Cream -- which matches our Sheep's Straw -- this finishes approx 8 x 13-1/2. Lots of delicate elements to pull out and stitch individually, too. Offered as the chart.

    For My Friend from Blackbird Designs - click for more For My Friend
    Blackbird's latest *Big Book* -- 44 pages of yummy pictures, projects, and recipes, is a tribute to Friendship. Featuring the beautiful photography talents of Alma, she and Barb present come cookie recipes first (Let's start out the book with the yummy food first!), then, a very balanced Quaker-Inspired Valentine Sampler. Next, my favorite project -- which is a pair of birds finished into a set of heart-shaped cushions.

    There are cute paper hearts on curly-q wire, there is an awesome wool table runner that BEGS you to raid your wool felt and fabric stash for pretty scraps, and a beautiful sewing box top design. That box features tea-dyed cotton chennile trim around the top -- a pretty, soft edging treatment on an otherwise hard and straight project -- a nice touch.

    Anyway, full of great gift ideas, fun ways to present those cookies, advice for making your tea stains, lots of finishing technique information... not to mention the charts themselves, there is a lot in here! Beautifully presented, even if you never stitch anything out of this -- you'll love the book anyway!

    Sweet Thoughts of You from Blackbird Designs - click for more Sweet Thoughts of You
    A small design that is presented on perforated paper in this small leaflet, you can easily stitch this on any fabric you wish if paper isn't 'your bag.' For this particular project Alma describes a finishing technique using acrylic glaze and decorated scrapbook paper to 'age' your stitching, edge it with that decorative paper, and mount it under glass.

    You'll notice that there is a lock of hair on that little basket -- it belongs to her daughter from years ago! Offered as a small chart.

    Halloween Eve from Blackbird Designs - click for more Halloween Eve
    Ohhh... stitch just the raven, vine and moon on this, or put that house inside your sewing box with the Casting A Spell collection, or do something fun with that big patchwork pumpkin... this is stitched on Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen in Crescent's and Gentle Art's overdyed flosses.

    Finishing approx 8 x 20, it's really guite generous in size... commanding for the Holiday!

    Swan Lake -- Anniversaries From the Heart #7 from Blackbird Designs - click for more Clara Ellen -- Anniversaries From the Heart #8 from Blackbird Designs - click for more Moonlight Visitor -- Anniversaries From the Heart #9 from Blackbird Designs - click for more Evergreen Lane -- Anniversaries From the Heart #11 from Blackbird Designs - click for more Elizabeth Jane -- Anniversaries From the Heart #12 from Blackbird Designs - click for more
    Anniversaries of the Heart
    Blackbird's has released the final design in their 12-part Anniversary of the Heart Series has arrived! *Remember Me*.... personalize this with YOUR name instead of Elizabeth Jane's! This leaflet also includes the final bonus pattern that works into the entire 15-part collection. All houses, all parts designed to be personalized to commemorate people and places in your family history, that bonus pattern is needed in case you are working all 15 parts on one piece of fabric. All the leaflets in this collection are still available, but I do not expect that to last for long. Blackbird does NOT re-print designs as they sell out... so if you fall in love with any or all of these in the Anniversary of the Heart Series - DO NOT WAIT to get them! Each house is charming by itself, and stitched on various shades of hand-dyed linen.

    Anniversaries of the Heart #1 Snowgarden from Blackbird Designs - click for more Anniversaries of the Heart #2 Valentine Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for more Pink Hill Manor from Blackbird Designs - click for more Farm House from Blackbird Designs - click for more Happy Birthday -- Anniversaries From the Heart #6 from Blackbird Designs - click for more

    Flowers of the Field from Blackbird Designs - click for more Flowers of the Field
    Barb and Alma bring us flowers from their gardens -- capturing the fading blossoms as Summer wanes and Autumn appears promising brisk temps to turn the yellows and pinks into tans and browns. A matching sewing bag and pin cushion design, the stitching is simple, the finishing kind of fun... especially if you want to dye your fabrics and ric-rak like they did... and find the Lizard Litter to stuff your cushion!

    Stitched on 30ct hand dyed linen, in Gentle Art and Crescent overdyed flosses (probably all are already in your stash), the cushion stitching measures approx 3 x 4, the sewing bag just 4 x 5-1/2. Your finished bag and cushion can be any size you want. Offered as a leaflet.

    This stitches to 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 on 32ct, just a pretty, simple, wisp of a thing... choose a soft backing fabric, fill with that *delicious feeling* lizard litter Barb and Alma love to use, and you're finished! (I know delicious and litter don't seem to 'pair' well... but it's really crushed walnut shells, and it feels heavy and comforting when it is the stuffing inside your pin cushions.)

    Raise a Glass of Cheer from Blackbird Designs - click for more Raise a Glass of Cheer
    ...for the beginning of a New Year!'

    5 x 15 on 30ct, stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads... just a pretty thing, and a theme we don't see too much of!

    Halloween Greetings from Blackbird Designs - click for more Halloween Greetings
    Just a simple thing -- this is stitched with only ONE color of Weeks floss -- Jack-O-Lantern! There is a pumpkin cushion featured on the cover.

    Simply stitch 48 rows of 75 stitches each... and then gather that little thing together for a *Totally Stitched* little pumpkin! Too cute! Offered as a small leaflet.

    Vintage Halloween Stockings
    Vintage Halloween Stockings from Blackbird - click for moreBlackbird Designs has released a book of 13 Halloween Stockings -- to match their on-going series of mini monthly stockings!!! 36 Pages full of charts and lots of color pictures for you to enjoy! In addition to the 13 stocking patterns, there are several other projects too -- small necklaces and pin cushions, and a little 'keeper' on a ring for flosses.

    5 Of the mini stockings are stitched on R & R's hand-dyed 30ct Cafe Kona Linen, 5 on 18th Century Brown, and 3 on Witches Brew. Any of the 13 would be good on any of the linens... but the set of three fabric colors gives you lots of subtle color variety.

    The entire book uses just a few hand-dyed floss colors... and we've estimated that you'll need several skeins of a few colors to stitch all. If you are picky about matching dye-lots in your hand-dyeds... our floss set includes 3 skeins each of Weeks Carrot, Sweet Potato, Charcoal, and 4 skeins of Crescent's Blackbird. ( I think there are only 8-ish more colors to find in your stash.) Each stocking finishes approx 3 x 5 -- just like Blackbird's monthly series.

    Just three of the stockings in this bookOur recommended linen cuts include 1/4 yard of Cafe Kona, and 1/4 yd of 18th Century (enough for 6 - 9 x 9 individual cuts out of each), and a 9 x 27 cut of Witch's Brew for 3 more -- you'll have enough fab for AT LEAST 15 stockings... and if you're really *good* you can place them closer on the linens, stitch a few of them in different colors -- mix it up a little -- and get crazy! Or... make your own fabric choices!!
    PLEASE NOTE! We are out of this design at the moment, but are hopeful that it will come in again.

    My Heart is True from Blackbird Designs -- click to see a larger view My Heart is True
    Another of Blackbird's lovely books... this one features small pincushion projects by Italian artist Nicoletta Farrauto, along with Barb and Alma. The 'Friends With You' project book and Garden Gem Pin Box are my two favorites...

    All are stitched on hand-dyed with overdyeds, and then tea-stained! A 'must-have' book for Any and All Blackbird Fans!!!

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