March Hare Drum
Dames of the Needle likes these little (2 x 4-ish) drum-shaped pin cushions -- she has several of them. Long and skinny designs, they are charming because your needlework wraps all around and they look good from several different angles. Get a cool candle stick or little stand to perch them on, and they are even neater! (The aisles at Hobby Lobby are a goldmine for cute needlework holders!)
The March Hare is on Weeks Guacamole -- which is GREEN! You can't tell that from this pic!
Anyway, when you are finished with the simple stitching on these... choose some pretty hand-dyed Weeks wool or Lady Dot Velveteen for the toppings, and then dress 'em up with cute clay pins from Jabco and Puntini! We have it ALL! :)
To The Moon, Witchy Moon & Tulip Heart Vase
Dames of the Needle has a trio of new charts...
Halloween and Patriotic Drums
Elizabeth Ann Talledo has two new charts that feature designs finished into drum-shaped pin cushions. Stitched on 28 or 30ct, they finish approx 3 inches high and about 3-1/2 inches in diameter.
Stitched area is a long strip -- 40 x 180 -- so you are just rolling your needlework and making one seam. Finishing instructions are included... all you need is some pretty wool for the top and bottom pieces, and maybe some cool pins to poke into the top!
Yummy New Velveteen Finishing Fabric
We have 5 new colors of this dreamy backing fabric for your stitching projects. By Dames of the Needle, it is hand-dyed velveteen -- beautifully and softly dyed -- the overall feel of the fabric is heavy compared to cotton finishing materials. We have torn it into fat 1/8 yard cuts -- approx 10 x 17 in size -- so enough for a larger pillow or plenty for lots of smaller sewing case linings, pin cushion backings, box and tray liners, even the bottoms of pretty wooden bases and boxes.
VERY pretty, the new colors (shown from left to right) are Red Begonia, Dried Acorn, Dried Wine, Smashing Jack and Puff's Magic. Get 'em and even split these cuts with friends in your stitch group -- little pin cushions don't need much!
Luscious Hand-dyed Cotton Velveteen for Finishing
Dames of the Needle has been busy dying wonderful, rich and soft cotton velveteen for you to use on the backs of your pin cushions! Use this where you would use any finishing fabric -- sewing cases, small pillows, it is *just the right weight* to make everything feel substantial. Hand-dyed, I chose Elizabeth's softer colors that go with so many of the hand-dyed flosses everyone uses. Her colors are not blotchy -- they are just dreamy, dusty and rich -- put lizard litter inside your cushion and put this on the back and you will never want to put it down!
Presented in 14 x 17-ish cuts. We have 11 colors. I have given *SORT OF MATCHES* to thread colors for you. THESE ARE NOT EXACT MATCHES... but I wanted to give you some idea of the shades each has
Flag & Flowers Tall Drum
Dames of the Needle has several cute new designs -- Flag and Flowers is just one. A funky striped urn nestled among a tattered flag, all three designs are different, but definitely coordinate. Offered as two different charts, the larger 3 x 5-inch standing stuffed drum comes in one, the hornbook and bitty fob/cushion in the other.
Worked on Week's 35ct Straw Linen with Mascara, Whiskey, Otter Creek, Deep Forest, Endive, Raspberry Frost, Sea Spray, Uniform Blue, Weathered Barn, Cidermill Brown, Parchment and Country Redwood hand-dyeds, the colors are super dusty and pretty.
Stitching on the drum is really 12 x 5... but it rolls up into about 3 x 5... while the hornbook (can be worked on 35 or 36ct Straw) finishes 3 x 4-1/2 and the little fob/cushion is just 2 x 2. More descriptions about the Hornbook are shown below.
Flag and Flowers
Oh, this is a delightful little design by Elizabeth Talledo. You get two parts -- one fits a 3-1/4 x 4-3/4 inch hornbook, the other is a matching scissor fob or ornament. Offered as a small chart, you'll need bits (around 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 -- just bits -- we're going to find you bits in our bolt of fabric, so both will be less than $5) of Week's 35ct Straw Linen and 12 shades of Sampler Threads for these, and a package of Elizabeth's hand-dyed black mini Pom-Pom trim.
I don't know if you can see it all in the picture, but you'll Nun-stitch the edging and add those little balls around the edges. A very pretty floral urn surrounded with a lovely, dusty-shaded American Flag. Very pretty!
Paul Revere Hornbook
Wow... both sides of this are stitched, and they both open up to reveal wool needle pages underneath. (You could get TWO hornbooks, then none of your stitching is ever laying hidden on a backside!!!) Presented as a chart, both 4 x 5-ish designs are worked on Week's 35 (or 36ct) Straw Linen with 17 different shades of hand-dyed floss. Each is Nun-Stitched around the edges for close finishing.
Sewn onto the wooden board with buttons, you're going to need to drill some holes in the wood if that is how you choose to finish these. Untie the cording at the bottom button to lift your stitching to find the cut of Week's Camel (color) wool that could hold stray needles.
White Pumpkins Sampler
After all the summer fruit has ripened and fallen from the vine, the white pumpkin starts to shine. It awaits it's glory in the cool days of Fall. This a really neat piece!
Unfortunately, the picture on the cover of the small chart won't show you the potential of this design. The funky little urn with its super-bold stripes and all the pumpkin vines trailing everywhere, the verse stitched over one, it finishes a petite 6 x 7 on Weeks Dye Works 36ct Cocoa Linen! I think that is another part of its charm -- it's little! Get out your Weeks and Sampler Threads of Angel Hair, Bullfrog, Caper, Carriage Black, Grasshopper, Pebble, Schneckley, Straw, Tin Roof, Wood Smoke, and Wrought Iron.
MORE Colors of Mini Ball Trim
Elizabeth has such fun colors of her mini-ball fringe trim!
Some of these (below on the left side) are new to her line, and they join all of our others!!!
I've listed some DMC shades with the names -- none are exact matches, but they are 'close!'
All are offered in 1-yard packages, and they are not colorfast.
Brand-New Hand-Dyed Linens by Dames of the Needle!
Oh my gosh, we've just opened a delicious box of hand-dyed linen by Elizabeth Talledo of Dames of the Needle. Very softly variegated, it is on the stiffer and smooth side rather than thin and ripply. A very nice feel, pretty neutral colors. I don't know what you're going to choose to stitch on it... but that's half the fun, isn't it?!
Peep's Lost Sheep is the darker one -- greenish/caramel highlights against a natural color. We're offering fat quarter (18 x 17), fat half (36 x 27) and whole yard (36 x 54)cuts!
Oh YUMMY! Here's a companion to Elizabeth's Moon Light Witch from last year... a 5 x 8 study of Onyx hand-dyed floss against 30ct Carrot linen. The swirly sky, the witch with neat dress, cute little owl/bat and her haunted landscape, check out the Man-in-the-Moon!
Offered as a chart, you'll need 5 skeins of Week's Onyx floss to complete this! Think about adding some black metallic to the stars and swirls and maybe some furry wool to the cat???
This is a cute set of smalls that all fit on miniature Nantucket Baskets we have! First choose your basket -- tall or small. Then choose your topper! Each small chart is worked on 35ct linen -- you'll need a 6 x 6 ish cut and comes with a bit of Elizabeth's hand-dyed rik-rak trim that you can see in the pics. She has a new line of hand-dyed trims *From the Cauldron!*
Anyway, Flower Pin includes a cut of Mild Chili 1/2 inch rik rak trim. Bird Pin Topper comes with a generous cut (my package has a full yard in it!) of Italian Custard. (Isn't that a luscious name?) The ABC HB Pin Cushion Topper and Basket Band Companion set are cute by themselves... but the HB in the name refers to a HORNBOOK design they match that was published in the January/February Issue if Just Cross Stitch Magazine. They each feature Watermelon Juice Rik Rak! Pretty darn cute... easy to stitch and finish on the precious miniature baskets... I'm sure you have threads already in your stash for these, too!
Originally presented as a class in 2009, this is a companion project to Elizabeth's Small Americana Hornbook chart that we already have. A neat set of things... first, you stitch the tiny over-one designs on both the front and back of the 5-inch wooden hornbook. The little buttons on there are *faux sewn*... string the thread thru the button holes, but glue them to the board.
Next, is the darling little scissor basket! It is a miniature Nantucket basket that stands 3 inches high and 2-1/2 inches in diameter at the top opening. Instructions inside to paint and Bri-wax the little basket and making the poofy insert that holds a pair of tiny scissors -- that is a Kelmscott thread ring on there and a pair of Lil Gems -- 4 or 5 of the colors available will work well.
We offer just the chart and finishing instructions separate from the Scissor/toothpick basket... the thread rings and scissors separate, and even have single pin cushion baskets as well!.
Oh, I love this little guy! He's such an antique-looking kitty jumping over an equally old & odd stack of pumpkins! I love the movement... I love the sloppy backstitches on the pumpkins -- you could just use them by themselves!
Offered as a chart, this is worked in Gentle Art hand-dyeds on Week's 35ct Straw Linen. Finishing approx 7 x 7 he's just a cute chart!
Black Cat and Star, Bow Tie Black Cat and Pumpkin Boo Picks
A trio of scary Halloween characters that can be finished into these cute little picks...they're perfect to poke out of a big bowl of candy corn! Offered as three small charts, each has a stitch count of 40 x 60 and are worked with hand-dyed cottons on Week's 35ct Parchment Linen.
Old and retro in feel, I love the big eyes full of surprise! Cute to finish in a million different ways -- the assembly instructions for the pics are included... all three are quick to stitch!
Miniature Wooden Hornbooks!
Here are two small wooden cut-outs that mimic the shape of antique hornbooks, which were used in the olden days as an alternative to a textbook in school. Papers and lessons were attached to these little 'paddles', the handles tying to students belts and such, for easy transport to and from school. Stitch something small and mount onto these.
You can have the handle at the top -- makes a cute area for an ornament hanger loop. You can have the handle at the bottom... and make a tiny sampler to display on it! They'd make fun tree ornaments, they're neat tucked inside a pretty sewing case. They'd be pretty framed in a needlework-themed shadow box... basically, there are tons of things you could do with these. No specific designs call for these... just find something cute in your stash!
Tiny one measures 1 x 1. Small one's paddle area measures a mere 2-1/2 x 2-3/4, handle is another 1 inch. Larger hornbook measures 4-3/4 x 3-1/4, with a handle of 1-1/2 inches. Too darn cute!
What a charming beach scene from years and years ago! How pretty to hang in a seaside cottage setting... I want to go there!!! Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Linen in Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, everything is stitched in Cross Stitch -- but the people are worked over one thread, and the ladder and wheels on the bath houses are couched long stitches.
Charming old-fashioned striped swim suits, I love the soft, sandy colors and those tiny wheeled houses! Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 5 x 9.
Small Americana Hornbook
I LOVE this! Mounted on our medium-sized wooden hornbook piece (just 2-1/4 x 2-3/4 in size), this is stitched over one thread on Weeks Dye Works 35ct Straw Linen in bits of overdyed floss. Lots going on in this petite piece -- the edging is Nun's Stitch to prevent raveling. The grass is Long Arm Cross -- adds texture. The stars on the flag and on the back are simply Long Stitches.
All is glued to the hornbook, and garnished with small antique shell buttons. The linen cut will be enough for both the front and back. Love, love, love that waving flag with its dusty colors! This whole thing is less than 3 x 3!!!!!!
Deer Hornbook and Scissor Case
Elizabeth Ann Talledo has another cute little hornbook just like her Maryland Sampler and Christmas Peace on Earth pieces. The cute little wooden paddle is decorated with stitching on one side (while the other two have both sides of the paddle decorated) and this design features a matching needle case. Stitched on 32ct with Sampler Threads, there is a bit of over-one stitching and Nun's and Blanket stitches garnishing the edges.
Cute and quick, offered as a chart with hornbook separate. (Note: the paddle in this pic is not available... we have the same paddles available that are featured on the Maryland and Christmas pieces -- they'll all match!)
Peace on Earth
Dames of the Needle has a new miniature hornbook ornament that finishes a mere 2-1/2 x 2-3/4. Both sides of the little paddle are stitched, and garnished with Just Another Button Company buttons... very simple and cute!
Although the hornbook is technically supposed to be displayed with the handle downwards... where one would hold it... to avoid having to drill holes in your paddle piece... you could always 'adapt' and hang it on the tree from the top hole in the handle! (We won't send the Cross Stitch Police after you!) Offered as the chart, stitched on 32ct linen in overdyeds... linen, hornbook and buttons (8 stars and 1 sheep) all available separately.
This is a neat design that fits onto the front and back of a miniature walnut wooden hornbook. Used as a learning tool in Colonial America, students learned daily lessons from the notes, stories and alphabets that were written on their hornbooks. (We even have a French Battledore that tells the story of a little boy and his dog, on our Dessins page!)
A charming way to display needlework, Dames of the Needle has designed a stately manor house stitched over one thread on 32ct, amidst trees of *really neat* long-stitches. Lots of sweet details on one side, flip over your 3 x 4-3/4 wooden paddle, to find small Lil Gems scissors and a few needles stored on the back.
Pretty Sampler Threads and Weeks overdyeds and a bit of Weeks Palomino for the backside, this is simply the cutest little project! We have the wooden hornbooks in three sizes... this uses the largest. Might be fun to get some of the smaller ones for other little projects, cute, quick and classy way to finish!
The Chase Casket from Finger Work
This is such a charming piece... Elizabeth Talledo has designed a fabric box that is covered on all sides with a busy hunter and his hound chasing the poor bunny through the countryside, and across the ponds. Inside the box, you'll find more of the scene stitched on a tiny needle roll, needle cushion and needle custodian!!
Finishing approx 3 x 4 x 9, the finishing instructions are available separately. The chart -- all 14 pages of it -- includes both over one and two stitching, and the pattern comes with three additional pages of color pictures of all aspects of the piece. I found this little ditty in the design credits... 'Also please note that at no time were any animals harmed in any of the scenes. The bunny goes on to live a very long and prosperous life, as does the dog, the swans and cygnets. There is an unconfirmed rumor that the hunter has become a vegetarian.'
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