6068 S. Sheridan Rd. Tulsa, Ok. 74145 (918) 493-1136 (888) 543-7004 E-Mail
Cathy Habermann is the creative genius behind HandsOn Design. She used to be half of Cherrywood Studios.
Cherrywood is no longer designing, and our supply is exhausted. HandsOn has colorful designs -- and you'll recognize Cathy's color sense and finishing talents in the new designs!
Newest Arrivals coming early March!
The French Kitchen
Enjoy this neat set of designs that celebrates the bounty of the French Kitchen with the fruits and flowers of the seasons. A collaboration between Hands On Design and Summer House Stitche Workes, Cathy designed Strawberries & Mint and Apples & Sage. Beth designed Pear & Rosemary and Blueberry & Thyme. (Don't know who designed the little bucket!) Each tall sampler measures 53 x 135 - finishing approx 3 x 8 - stitched on 32ct linen. When your 4 are finished... either display them or store one or all of the 'out-of-season' panels in the cute little stitched 'bucket!' It's also perfect for storing recipe cards or chocolate!
You'll see charms dangling from the bucket - those are available for a limited time, as well as the wooden 'paddle' you see the samplers displayed on. Thread Set for entire series uses 26 skeins of Weeks hand-dyed flosses: Blackboard (4), Bluecoat Red, Capri, Carolina Cecil (2), Emerald, Glacial Melt, Grits, Kudzu, Lichen, (2), Loden, Mocha, Moss, Navy, Oilcloth (2), Red Pear, Roasted Figs, Scuppermong, Snowflake, Verdigris and Whitewash. Love it, love it!
The Chalk Talk Series
This trio of designs, presented in one chart, begins a new 4-season set of 'words-of-the-season.' Cathy has done a main design which is 7 x 9 in size when stitched on 32ct. It is shown in an 8 x 10 frame. Then, there are two smaller take-out-designs from the main - that you can finish in different ways. Same design charm and personality - just less stitching time involved! Worked with DMC floss, choose any count of the many chalkboard-colored fabrics available - just get something you can see to work with. (We estimate a 1/2 yard for all 4 large pieces; you can get 6 of the smaller ones from a 1/4... depends on how many of the pieces you want to stitch.)
Notice the leaves on the hoop finish? Those are stitched on perforated paper! Cathy is using 14ct brown perf paper for a cute finish on all four of her seasons. Spring, Summer and Winter will follow in this order, and most likely release every 8 weeks or so. If you like that trim option, a package of brown perforated paper contains two 9 x 12 sheets, and will be plenty to do all four, even while splitting the package with a friend! All the seasonal colors just POP on that dark fabric, this will be a fun set of designs! We'll do an auto-ship for the charts as they release... you decide on fabrics and the paper option as you wish... there are tons of choices for both!
First Frost, With This Needle, & Hop on Inn
Bring on the Flamingos!
Hands On Design introduces a mini-series of flamingos just in time to stitch and finish for The Holidays!
Presented in three separate card-charts, they are stitched on 32ct Icelandic Blue linen using Weeks Dye Works flosses of Aztec Red, Blackboard, Dirt Road, Hibiscus, Hunter, Lichen, Sockeye, Verdigris and Whitewash.
You'll want the 'Pinki Poms' mini ball trim featured on the finish for these - no matter how you assemble them!
New Arrivals from Hands On Design
A Banner Year!
This is the first of an 'occasional series' - Cathy has no set release date schedule for the rest to come... but we are promised a companion design trio by year's end.
These three triangles finish together to form a little seasonal banner. They are stitched on 32ct Kermit hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus. They are coded for Colour & Cotton hand-dyeds as well as DMC floss.
Be A Pineapple!
Hands On Designs is releasing flamingos and pineapples! She debuted this design at our Annual Summer Event 2 years ago, and now, here it is! Included in the chart are all 4 projects - the Flamboyance Flamingo Drum, Pineapple Scissor Fob, Working Your Crown Pinkeep, and the darling Tray-of-Advice to hold everything.
*Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet.* Fun Summery colors, everything is stitched on 32ct Platinum Belfast Linen. Cathy has a link inside the pattern to on-line finishing tutorials, as well. The pink flamingo pin featured is completely hand-formed by JABCO, so that's why it's on the pricier end of embellishments!
What a cute little pin cushion design! Something little to try out those dark gunmetal fabrics... we have lots of counts available - including 14ct hand-dyed Aida for these - so youi have options!
Humble Honey measures just 65 x 46, and we even that that darling JABCO pin set shown on the cover.
Two fun Needlework Box & Tray Sets
Oh, this is fresh and summery! Stitched on 32ct antique White Belfast Linen; it uses Sulky brand flosses, which come packaged as a set for this design.
BONUS: you will have enough thread left over from that pack to stitch BOTH of Summer House Stitche Workes Liberty Hill Farm drum cushions!
Memorial Day measures 175 x 124. Can you tell from the pic that the stripes feature little tiny x's and do-dad stitches on them?
Cathy Haberman has a new chart coming with 12 'rounds' in it... 3 for each of the 4 seasons. Graduated sizes, each season is stitched on it's own fabric, and trimmed with its own colorway of Lady Dot Trim... so there are a ton of 'ingredients to collect' for these!
Super cute, if you don't want to make the rounds... just do pin cushions!
Fabric by Stephanie has special linen packs - we will have them for a very limited time.
Lady Dot has a twill tape trim pack - we will have IT for a limited time.
Cathy has a finishing kit, which is ALSO limited ... but the charts will be around for years and years, and they call for DMC, so life is good!
NOTE! We now have more twill packs in and the fabrics by Stephanie!
The Secret Santa Series is finished!
Spread Joy and Jingle All the Way are the final two Santa designs in this cute set! All are available separately, in case you missed some of them!
Presented as individual charts, they are stitched on 32ct (you'll need a fat quarter yard of fabric) Vintage Tiffany from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.
Cool Yule: Due in the Shop November 25th
- This is a single ornament chart that uses three of the Sulky cotton flosses you have left over from your Cranberry Christmas chart! (coded for DMC as well, just in case.)
Choose a dark chalkboard-colored fabric... this finishes into a 3 x 4-ish size. Single, small chart.
Filled with reds and greens of the season, finish CC as a pillow, stand-up or wall hanging... and you'll still have 3 more ornaments to enjoy! Presented as a chart, this set is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Cocoa Linen with SULKY brand flosses. (DMC conversions are included in the chart.)
The Sulky thread is heavier than regular floss... so you use ONE strand of thread instead of two... just kind of a fun stitching option. The main pillow design measures 75 x 77 - so about 4-1/2 inches square. Ornaments are 3 and 4 inches in size. Rich, deep colors, Cathy will be using three of the threads in this featured Sulky Thread Set in her next ornament chart - Cool Yule - which releases in October.
The Chalk Full Series
Here are 7 jars of seasonal delight - all done in Chalk-Art-inspired cross stitches. Stitched on any chalk-board-y colored fabric (that you can see on!), they finish approx 4 x 6, and each feature a smaller 3 x 4 pin cushion companion design.
There is a matching set of Just Another Button Company pins to go with each of these... use them to garnish the framed piece or the smaller cushion, they are offered separately.
The Farmhouse Chalk Series
Little Hippity Hop is only a bonus design in the first chart of Hands On Design's 4-part Chalk series! I think it's the cutest little pin cushion, and I am featuring it here, because I don't want it to get lost in the shuffle of new stuff!!!!! Cathy's new chalk-art series will be full-sized charts celebrating holidays on the farm. Along with the main scene and 'sign' this year, we get pincushions as well.
Choose a gun metal gray fabric of your choice (There are many options from easy-on-the-eyes - 14ct hand-dyed to 36ct dark!!! You choose and do not be bullied by those who think their vision or their lamp is better than yours!) I am excited by that small bonus design - because I know I can get that done!!! (Felt leaves and orange buttons are on-your-own... but we have Weeks Schnigglets of wools and JABCO Sprinkles buttons that are perfect for that!)
Some cute finishing ideas for two contemporary 4 x 5-ish pumpkin patch designs, the two scalloped orange felt strips on the cushion are included with the charts!
What a fun project to try a variety of your pretty autumnal hand-dyed flosses, and some of the pretty patterned wools we carry! Fabric featured is 32ct Platinum, natural or Lambswool would be great as well.
The House on a Hill Series
Cathy has completed another small series of seasonal *mattresses!* The Summer Night is the first, and is here now. It comes as a chart of the small (2 x 2-ish) fob that matches the DARLING little 4 x 1 inch squared pin cushion! *The Summer Night has a smile of light and she sits on the sapphire throne* is the stitched verse that goes around the square.
Stitched on 28ct linen with Weeks hand-dyed flosses, the patch of Weeks hand-dyed green Houndstooth wool for the little Cape Cod cottage's lawn is included in the chart. There is a JABCO pin set featured as well... a little whale, heart and flower... we've included those in our auto-ships, but you can get them separately. Super-cute finishing on this!
Flower of Winter - The third in Cathy's House On A Hill Series of pin cushions, this is a 4 x 4 x 1 'mattress' that sports a Houndstooth hand-dyed wool yard! Featuring a trio of JABCO's hand-made pins as garnish, the sides of the box cushion have stitching on them. *Stillness is the Flower of Winter, all hope lies beneath a blanket of snow.* We have an auto-ship going on for this set of the 4 seasons... check out the rest gathered on the Auto-Page, and pick up the ones you like.
Safe Harbour and Give With My Heart
Safe Harbour - A Quick little 65 x 68 design, *Follow the stars and find your safe harbour.* Stitched on Platinum linen, a light blue would be pretty too!
Give With My Heart - *What I make with my hands I give with my heart.* Cathy's 7 x 9 design can be completely stitched (model is on white) or you can create the pretty felt floral flourish at the bottom instead! 'Give' is presented as a chart pack which includes all the fixin's for the wool felt finish - precut leaves and flowers, along with hand-dyed buttons and a charm etched with the word 'handmade.' This is charted for DMC, but Cathy chose Sulky Threads for HER model... and that packet of threads is available as an option to you. So cheerful!
We are finishing this CHARMIMG set of vintage-inspired Halloween 'pharmacy signs!' that are vintage in color and feature fun Halloween-inspired humor. Presented in 6 x 9 card charts, the last 3 have now arrived. Each piece finishes approx 3-1/2 x 5 on 32ct linen, and the entire set is stitched with Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses and 10 different #4 metallic Braids by Kreinik. The first three are: Bat Balm (*zing for your wing!*), Bitter Brew (for a fowl scowl!) and Broom Stick Fuel (gives your broom some zoom!)
Cathy recommends a 1/2 yard of linen for the set... but if you're careful, we think you can get by with a 1/4 yard piece... you decide. CC flosses are: Bean Sprout (2), Boysenberry Jam (1), Finley Gold (1), Frog Legs (2), Pumpkin Harvest (3), River Rocks (3), Shamrock (2), Sugared Violets (1), Ye Old Gold (1), Zack Black (4). Now you can collect the whole set together!
MEOW & WOOF - The New Block Party Designs
We're getting two more of these super-cute square blocks of stitched fun! Cathy is releasing these that first week of March. Charts come with the bit of Week's hand-dyed wool you see on the cushion top... and we've made sure to include the Just Another Button Company WORD pin set. (There are also optional pin sets... one for dogs and one for cats... available below.)
Stitched on 28ct linen, both use Weeks hand-dyed flosses. These join the other 6 Block Parties we have had... they're still available, and we have shop models of them all!
You Had Me At Flamingos
This is a chart for a small pin-cushion pillow that features a back-pocket finishing, with a trio of small fobs - just as little design accents!
Weeks 32ct 'Linen' color of linen, Weeks hand-dyed flosses... you'll also need a pack of Lady Dot's Mingo colored rik rak for trim, and that darling little flamingo pin!
More Chocolate Bunnies
Hands On is releasing this darling design at the show... it features Sulky brand flosses... which we will also have available! Cute new design, wouldn't this be fun finished as a flat 'sign' on a stick to poke into an Spring flower pot or Easter Basket? Life DOES meed more Chocolate Bunnies! Stitched on 32ct Weeks Aspen Linen (or anything medium colored), it measures approx 5 x 5, and features Sulky brand 12-weight Cotton Petite thread.
Cathy HAS coded this for DMC in case trying other thread scares you... but Sulky thread is *SORT OF LIKE* miniature, soft Perle Cotton #12. You use only one strand of this instead of two strands of regular floss. The chart comes with 6 white mini-buttons, the thread is offered separately, and is priced in between regular DMC and the hand-dyeds - so a pretty good value. This is a nice time to step outside your circle and try something a little new... cute design, favorite designer... kind of like a new outfit for Spring!
Favorite Brew - A companion chart for Scary Apothecary
Hands On Design has a complimentary chart (send a self-addressed stamped envelope is you need JUST the chart copy) that companions her Scary Apothecary series of designs. Favorite Brew finishes 3 x 4-ish.
Our charts have the cute JABCO pin set, the Lady Dot Creates Jack Rik Rak trim, and a green felt ball Cathy uses in her finishing. We aren't going to be offering the chart with finishing materials for very long... it was just a little something we picked up at Market!
Ready, Set, Snow
A sweet little $7 chart that comes with the star button and bit of wool for a carrot nose, this little guy finishes about 3 x 4.
Start him for next year's stitch group ornament exchange, or finish him NOW... we still have a couple of months of Wintertime snow to HOPE for! (We're in Oklahoma, remember, we don't get enough snow at all!)
A Year of Celebrations
This is the ENTIRE set of 12 monthly (50 x 50 in stitch count) small designs that were originally published in 2014's Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine.
Cathy has compiled the collection - updated some color selections - and added two more monthly designs for stitchers in Canada!
Stitch them into individual block stand-ups, or join them... or pin cushion 'em... whatever you want. All are the same size, all are full of cute and colorful motifs... charming! (And the whole set is here NOW... vs shipping on auto every month!)
A Needle of Silver
We hosted Cathy Habermann during our annual 2018 Summer Stitching Event... and here is a tiny benefit! To honor the gals at The Silver Needle, she incorporated our shop name into her verse: A Needle of Silver & a Heart of Gold. She has designed us a pin cushion that measures 76 x 77 in stitch count.
Included with the chart is a bit of aqua felt to mark the place to poke needles and pins... and we just love it! Stitched on 32ct Antique White Belfast with DMC flosses of yellow, aqua and mossy greens. Offered as a chart. Thanks Cathy!!!
Chalk on the Farm Series
Cathy Haberman and Priscilla Blain teamed up with a new chalk-art 4-Season series this year! Chalk on the Farm... Fresh Eggs Farm is the first -- the Spring edition of this set. Presented as charts, each has a main picture with a smaller seasonal sign -- the first one says Fresh Eggs. Choose your favorite fabric that is chalkboard colored (we have several different counts available) and Gentle Art Sampler Threads from your stash.
Measuring 10 x 7-1/2 on 32ct... the smaller design is 7 x 3. You'll probably want to purchase a 1/2 yard cut of your fabric all at one time for this... so dye lots match. We can help with selections!
Introduced in February 2018, this finished in December 2018. Each chart runs $12.
The Short Stacks and Flap Jacks - Around the Holidays!
Sounds like a yummy breakfast meal is coming our way, but it's just a new set of pin cushion designs by Hands On Design! Cathy is doing a 6-chart set of super-cute drum and matching square projects. Oh Say Can You Sea is the first. You can see just part of the whole design -- that cute submarine floating by amidst the crabs and seaweed. She has the drum design printed on the chart's cover, so if you want to frame it instead, you can see how cute the entire stitched design is.
The round cushion -- the drum -- the SHORT STACK -- measures about 4 inches in diameter and 2-1/2 inches high stitched on 32ct. It is trimmed with Lady Dot chenille and topped with the coordinating velvet. The rectangular cushion -- the FLAP JACK -- measures about 3 x 4. The delightful set of pins poking from them is an optional coordinating set (NEW from JABCO) that will be offered for each set of designs. 'Oh Say' is here now, the rest of the five in this set will arrive every two months from now on. Stitched with Sampler Threads, the charts come with enough velvet to finish one piece -- either the stack or jack.
We're beginning an auto-ship for this cute set!
The sixth and final installment has now arrived, and the set is now complete.
Wild Salt Air -- Due in the shop August 13th!
This is a fun set of beachy-things! Hands On's latest release there is a main sampler, a pin cushion, spool and corner gauge piece.
Pretty aquas and shell pinks... makes me want to buy a beach house just to decorate with my stitching! Chart includes all 4 designs, stitched on 28ct Cashel Linen.
The Laundry Company
Hands On Design has published three designs celebrating the Joy of Laundry!
*The Never Ending Cycle* and *Loads of Fun* and *Irony*... they finish to fit a 5 x 7 frame. Absolutely the cutest set of designs... each one deals with the *Joys of Laundry!*
If you are lucky enough to be one of those that has a pretty laundry room -- these will add lots of charm for everyone to see. If you're like me... my laundry room is buried in my basement... you'll probably be the only one to enjoy these down there... but it's worth it! Each of the three designs comes as a single chart, each finishes approx 5 x 7 in size.
White Christmas, a Completed Series
Here is the nine-chart set of White Christmas ornaments by Hands On! Pretty soft whitewash and pine greens against a warm brown linen... these first three are all about the tree! (Releasing in 3 sets of 3 charts each time) 1 design on each chart, they are worked on Weeks Dye Works Straw Linen and stitched with Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses.
You'll be able to stitch all 9 ornaments from a fat quarter of linen -- regardless of the count (30, 32, 35, 36) you choose. Specify linen count of preference.
Stitch Over Two
This is a fun little cushion design that uses two different colors of linen (32ct Straw and Linen) and a bit of Weeks Wool for the finish.
The 4 x 4 cushion is joined together at the 'faux rik rak' seam, and features two fobs looped over the same cording that holds your scissors. Offered as the chart with bit of wool.
Let it Snow Bungalow
The 4th seasonal chalk-art house by Hands On Design, this is the charming WINTER version to finish the set.
Stitch the whole house, or just the season label - Winter - it looks so fresh because it is mostly Sampler Threads of the color Chalk stitched on any gunmetal Aida or linen you choose. Very festive.... each of the seasons has been presented in chart format.
***Cathy is promising a new 2018 4-part Chalk Series in collaboration with Priscilla Blain! More info to follow in January!
Sunflower Manor -- Chalk for the Home
Cathy's third in this seasonal set of glorious houses is here! Inspired by chalk art, Sunflower Manor celebrates Autumn with the greeting of HOME or AUTUMN. Stitch just the houses, or just the greetings... you decide... both designs are included in the chart.
Stitched on slate/gunmetal/dark gray fabric -- there are quite a few options across the various fabric companies and quite a few count choices available -- choose something you can SEE on -- as dark fabrics can be challenging. Coded for Gentle Art hand-dyed cottons, this whole set has been enchanting -- Spring and Summer are here, and on Hands On's page! Presented as a chart, fabric available separately.
Chalk for the Home
Hands On Design is continuing her charming 4-Seasons set of chalk-art houses -- each one a gorgeous burst of color and white stitched on gunmetal shaded fabric. Rose Cottage -- the Summer design, is the second, joining Tulip House -- the Spring edition. Finishing approx 8 x 10 on 32ct, you get the main house, and a separate chart for the season, so you can sub the whole bottom part that says HOME for the season if you want.
Pretty pinks and whites, this is coded for hand-dyed flosses. There are quite a few fabric options in this dark gray family now -- you can get Aida in 14 and 18ct, as well as solid and hand-dyed linens in all sorts of counts. Since it is dark, it is harder to see to stitch on this color. Don't get hung up on fabric count... just get that awesome gunmetal color. Autumn and Winter's house charts will be following in the next few months!
Hands-On's Newest Releases
Cathy Haberman has three new designs; all have arrived in chart format.
Pumpkin Spice Farm
This is a pretty piece by Hands On's Cathy Haberman that we have been waiting for -- it features hand-dyed flosses by Romy's Creations (direct from Italy!)
Presented as a chart, it is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 32ct Tin Roof Linen and finished with Lady Dot's new 'Blue Corn' Velveteen and her 'Jack' chenille trim. It'll finish 6 x 4 -- and make a medium-sized little pillow.
Hands On Design is beginning a new set of designs to celebrate Coffee!!! Nine single 1/2-Sheet full color charts, each finishes approx 4 inches square on 32ct linen. Each chart is available individually, and you can stitch these individually, but there IS a simple border chart.. click the image at right... that guides you in stitching them together into one (235 x 237) 14 x 14 square.
Coded for DMC, they are fresh and fun. The first three designs of the nine are available now.. the other six to follow in two more shipments (May and July).
Hands-On Design Announces 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments for 2017!
Beginning this mid-January, Partridges and Doves -- the first two of 12 ornaments of the set -- will release together in one chart. (The remaining 5 charts of 10 designs will released each month after that, and finished in July.) A DARLING set this year, each is stitched on Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed 28ct Linen, and finishes approx 3 or 4 inches in size. Garnished with a few Just Another Button Company buttons, the aged-red color background will really show up well on your Christmas tree!
Get your fabric all at one time (so dye lots match) or gather it all along with each chart. 2 Skeins of each floss are needed for the entire set: DMC 738, GAST Carriage Black, Chives, Cornhusk, Mulberry, Old Brick; and Weeks Chestnut, Grits, and Whiskey.
Just Bee: Bee More
This is a sweet set of yellow, gray and black designs -- all matching, finishing approx 3 x 3, with a bee theme. JUST BEE was introduced a few years ago -- a limited edition kit long ago sold out and retired. Cathy has re-introduced it with two companion pieces in this chart of the three designs.
You get the bee charm featured on the rectangular cushion, and the yellow chenille trim on the Hexie Pin Keep. Stitched on white, you'll need only DMCs of 413, 414, 415, 676, 677 and 729!
A 4-seasons companion to Thyme to Gather, this is stitched on Weeks 32ct Dolphin and Linen Linens, using hand-dyed flosses.
The chart comes with a bit of Lady Dot rick rack and three brass bells. Stitch both parts and join them together, or just the motifs -- your chouce!
Hands On is beginning a set of 6 pin cushion blocks -- each with a different theme, and a wool topping decoration treatment.
The first one... HOME is a 4-1/2 inch block that is stitched on 5 sides. A few flowers on the top, all the sides are decorated with different houses. There is a small piece of Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wool included with the chart that tops the center of the block -- visible in the picture.
WOOL is #2 in the set -- HOME is the first. Over-the-top cute, this is a 4 x 4 x 2-1/2 cube cushion that is stitched on 5 sides. Each of the 4 sides shows little wooly sheep from each of their four directions (so it is different on every side).
THEN, you can get the optional set of JABCO pins to poke in there -- this one says HOME!
We're offering the charts separately from the linen and pin sets, to give you all the choices here! Amazingly, it uses quite a bit of fabric -- if you use 3-inches around all the pieces, a fat quarter is the most economical way to go. Please note: we offer the chart, pins and fabric all separately, but are sending all of the auto-ships with the chartpak and pins.
Thyme to Gather
Grab some Tiger Eye and Parchment linens by Weeks (just choose the same count for both pieces) and a few hand-dyed threads and get this baby FINISHED!
Along with the chart for the 4 x 6-ish mini-pillow, you get extra goodies to spruce it up a little. A delicious double acorn charm, some burlap ribbon, striped string and wool felt to cut out those oak leaves you see sticking out from the top!!! (See the acorns up there and the string?) Just a fun design to remind you to gather acorns on your evening Autumn walks!
The Chalkboard Ornaments Collection
Hands On's collection of nine designs is now complete.... a trio of small charts, each is stitched with Sampler Threads on 30 or 32ct Gunmetal Linen. This set of three collections will offer you 9 ornaments in all -- all varying sizes. Along with the chart, Cathy has included 6 pre-cut green felt holly leaves and three red button berries to decorate your ornaments.
Be Jolly, Be Merry and Believe -- each will fit on a 9 x 9 cut of fabric, and if you are VERY careful and frugal with your fabric, I think you'll be able to get all 9 out a fat quarter (18 x 27) cut. To play it safe, a fat third will give you the nine 9 x 9 cuts you might want. We have Aida as well as linen fabric options open to you, and we've started an auto-ship on the charts.
Hands On To The Beach!
Hands On has 4 designs out so far in a cute 12-part series of *Beachy Thoughts!* Presented in 5-1/2 x 8 inch card format, each design finishes approx 4 x 6 on 32ct, and uses a dusty color palette of Gentle Art Sampler Threads. (Coded for DMC as well.)
Cute as can be, choose just one or two, or collect the entire set. Fun to finish as little stand-up door-stop bricks, maybe 4 together in a pillow... a lonnnggg skinny picture to hang above a doorway???
Introducing Chalk Squared!
from Just Another Button Company and Hands-On Design
JABCO and Hands On Design have announced their 2016 Chalk Series for Cross Stitch. Quite involved with different finishing choices this year, you can stitch JUST the central square -- *Each moment of the year has its own beauty.* or you can make it the central part of the larger piece.
There are 12 little parts coming monthly that you can finish in individual candle pans (make them magnets or whatever) OR you can stitch those right onto the larger piece. THEN, of course, there are button sets each month... so we have TONS of details for you!
***A Moment in Chalk -- OK... this is the central design of the series. You can stitch just IT (135 x 135 stitch count) on the 30 or 32ct Gunmetal Weeks Linen (8-1/2 or 9 inches square when finished) with hand-dyed Gentle Art Sampler Threads. OR, you can stitch it in the center of the larger piece -- 317 x 317 stitches, that will finish 20 to 21 inches in size -- depending on whether you use 30 or 32ct linen. That larger scrolling border is included in this first chart.
***Individual Calendar Florals -- These will release each month -- the smaller charts. Jan, Feb and March have now arrived. You'll need 9 x 9 cuts of linen for each and a little 4-inch white enameled candle pan -- if you stitch them individually. If you add them onto your main 317 x 317 piece, the first chart will tell you where they go (no candle pans needed then).
***Enameled Candle Pans ***Button Packs for each Calendar Floral -- we are offering these together with the charts, but prices will vary each month -- per JABCO.
***Linen is Week's 32ct Gunmetal. Last year's set used a 1/2 yd cut of 30ct. If you still have that left -- you can USE IT! It'll change your total design area by 1/15th of an inch every inch. Basically it won't matter much for the finished pieces -- not enough to buy new linen anyway! Regular Moment in Chalk will need a 15 x 15 cut. Huge conglomerate project will need a -- 26 x 26 cut. Each month's design will need an 8 x 8-ish sized piece... that's a fat half yard.
***Threads: Tropical Ocean, (3) Grasshopper, Rhubarb, Melon Patch, Huckleberry, Aged Pewter,Harvest Moon, Geranium, (6) Chalk, Buttercrunch, Sweet Petunia, Wood Smoke, Shutter Green, Green Apple ($52.50) and a bit of black DMC.
***BACK BOARD for Middle Design -- A gorgeous soft blue whitewashed and distressed finish, you can see the shaped edges peeking out from behind the main Moment In Chalk design -- if you stitch JUST it.
So Stitchers.... We suggest a phone call to consult about fabric sizes, which way you want to do this set... pans vs fabric, finishing kits vs not... whew! Dropdown options are for individual projects on 30ct.
Kiss-A-Bit and Merry-Berry
The Square-ology gals have a pair of new designs to help with the Christmas mood! This set of designs is presented in card format with the clay button embellishment. You get 1/4 of the design, and then pivot it 90 degrees to repeat it over and over until you get it finsihed. EXCEPT the Bit -- which is just a stand-alone design.
Confused? Don't worry about it. 30ct Weeks Gunmetal Linen, bits of hand-dyed floss... the fob finishes 2 x 2, the Merry Berry wreath is only 4 x 4. Very pretty!
Another cute block pin cushion to companion Stitching By The Sea! I think this must be a 4-Seasons Set in the works -- we have Summer and Winter now! Worked on 28ct Hazelnut linen, it calls for hand-dyeds of Hunter, Bluecoat Blue, Chalk, Ohio Lemon Pie, Evergreen and Banker's Gray. Trimmed with gigantic Sunshine Yellow rik-rak trim by Dames of the Needle, it is garnished with a matching set of pins by Just Another Button Company.
Excellent finishing instructions are included in the chart -- 10 pictures of the process! You'll need a 16 x 16 cut of fabric as well as a 13 x 13. If you are frugal, you can get by with a 1/4 yard cut -- 18 x 27.
Give Thanks for this Day
A sweet chart to stitch on a yummy color of fabric, this has a stitch count of 53 x 62.
Apple Cider, Blackboard, Monkey Grass and Oatmeal Sampler Threads are the featured colors.
Bumble Bits -- Square*ology!
A pair of cute new Square-ology charts have arrived -- a small bee fob design and a Bumble Bouquet. Offered as the small charts with the button smattering, there is a darling new JABCO bee featured on these. Part of the Square-ology Series by Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company... you might not want all in the sets so far... but some of these are REALLY stunning little designs! They are all pin cushion or fob sized as well. Offered as the chart with 'Square Bits' -- the buttons!
Square-ology from JABCO and Hands On Design
You've probably seen lots of advertising for this new series of small patterns... Basically, they are 4-card sets of coordinating designs -- each offered with a small embellishment packet. What makes them a bit different is the chart presentation. Each design is presented as ONE-FOURTH of the total charted design. (except one! So try to keep that straight!!!) You stitch the design, and then rotate the chart to continue stitching the other 3 corners of the piece. Don't get lost in all those directions... you'll see when you get these that they are fun and very easy.
Each chart comes individually with a beautiful picture of the finished piece on the front, along with its cute embellishments. We are promised a new set of designs every other month!
Stitching By The Sea
Stitching By The Sea is a fun pin cushion tucked inside it's very own stitched basket! Worked on Weeks 30ct Tin Roof, the basket measures approx 3 x 3 x 2, and is stitched on all 4 sides and the bottom -- can you see the waves and some of the little fish? Then, the beach cabanas and sea gulls decorate the pin cushion. That wonderful set of seaside pins is offered separately -- from Just Another Button Company.
Complete finishing instructions are included for the basket and cushion. Cute and different -- wouldn't it be fun to BE stitching in those little cabanas by the sea?????
Stitch Every Day
Hands On has the cutest sign that needs to hang above your stitching chair... or adorning the door to your stitching room -- if you are lucky enough to have one! OR... you could finish it into a drum pin cushion... and poke that fun Stitch Lolly in the top.
Stitched over two on 30ct Weeks Chickpea hand-dyed linen with over-dyed flosses, it finishes approx 5 x 11, so if you roll it into the drum, it'll be about 5 inches high by 3-ish inches wide. A fun, bold design, it is offered as the chart with great finishing instructions included.
The Spring version in this 4-seasons set of designs -- this companions Winter Solstice and Twice Blessed. Like the others it is a set of smaller pin cushions that comes in chart format. Cathy has added some wool *dots* -- precut circles to use for the penny-rug decoration on here -- if you don't want to stitch those.
Very pretty and colorful, another nice set of patterns to "bowl fill!"
Oh Bee Hive
Oh this is fun! A pin cushion, needlebook and needlepark! (which is a fun word I have never heard!) Choose Weeks Dye Works Seafoam linen -- or a light blue -- and a few hand-dyed flosses, the main cushion finishes about 5-1/2 inches square, while the two companions are smaller at 3 x 3. Cathy's chart includes 7 small wool 'hexies' -- precut shapes that you see below the hive. Match some rik-rak -- this is Sunny Side Up by Dames of the Needle... and then get the set of bee pins by JABCO, and your hives are so cute!!!!!!
A Year in Chalk -- They're All Here!
Cathy Habermann released a set of 12 charts, which have now all arrived. Finishing approx 3 x 4-5/8 each, they are fun monthly designs that look like they are hand-drawn just like the chalk-art that is so popular right now. They are worked with Gentle Art's CHALK color of hand-dyed floss -- along with another pastel color each month -- to accent the artwork a little. (January calls for Tropical Ocean, Feb uses Tea Rose, March calls for Avocado, and April uses Ohio Lemon Pie, May is Mistletoe, June is WoodRose, July is Geranium, august is Sunflower, September is Lemon Drop, October is Carrot, November is Gingersnap and December calls for Schoolhouse Red. You MAY want a skein for Chalk for each month... but maybe not!!! )
Weeks Dye Works 30ct Gunmetal Linen is the fabric of choice for this series... it mimics an old blackboard!
Picture This Plus's 14ct Shadow Aida is the Aida option.
The companion to Twice Blessed, Cathy is halfway through a 4-seasons set of these charming small designs. Each pair of cushions is stitched on a bold color of hand-dyed linen and garnished with either some wool rounds to resemble a penny rug -- or your stitching to look that way.
Offered in a small chart format, you get the small wools with the chart. Twice Blessed had acorns, Winter Solstice features cozy cabins on a cold winter night!
Pomegranate Pocket and Pincushion
Hands On Design has lots of new things... Pomegranate P & P is REAL CUTE... and is her Show Special from our Fall Trade Show! You'll need 30ct Aztec Red Weeks hand-dyed linen and a pretty finishing fabric to make this case... it uses just 4 colors of hand-dyed floss. The main case features a band of rick rack -- do you see it? It's garnished with cute Lazy Daisies, French Knots and Straight Stitches -- it reminds me of a caterpillar!!!
The matching pin cushion is a SQUARE cube shape. When you see the shape of the chart, you'll instantly see how it fits together. Unusual colors, this is just a lovely set of pieces!! Offered as a chart. MAKE SURE to see the rest of Cathy's new things -- the acorns are darling and there is a cute Halloween piece!
Twice Blessed is a pair of vegetables -- a pumpkin and an acorn -- that say 'Grateful' and 'Thankful' down their sides. The chart comes with small round felted wool circles (pennies!) for you to cut and sew on to them - like a penny rug treatment. Those areas are charted as well, in case you want to stitch them instead.
Fabric needs to be a nice bold hand-dyed with lots of golden brown color!
Inspired by Polish Pottery patterns and hand-dyed indigo cottons, Cathy designed this sampler and the coordinating 5-pointed star pin cushion! The star is what fascinates me -- there are 8 different rectangular panels offered - choose 5 of the patterns for your star. She has you actually CUT right through some of your stitching... that is part of the reason why it looks like old scraps of fabric -- cut where-ever!
The main sampler is stitched with Weeks navy floss and finishes approx 7 x 7. The star is also Navy, and finishes under 5 x 5. Offered as a chart with assembly instructions.
This is a really striking piece with a wonderful sentiment. The borders are really cool -- different sized triangles all around -- you COULD do them in Satins. Next are all the greenery vines and little red flowers. The leaves COULD be done with more Satins -- they would resemble Hardanger Embroidery. Then, notice the border of checkerboarded triangles surrounding the center verse??? Those are worked in Smyrna Crosses! (You could do those in crosses as well!)
Offered as a chart, this finishes 11 x 12 on 32ct and is worked with Pecan Pie, Gold Leaf, Moss, Claret, Briar Rose and Oatmeal hand-dyeds. If you don't have time to stitch the entire piece -- go for that smaller option across the top. It has all the striking features of the larger piece -- 200 x 60 in stitch size.
'It's always Spring in...' or 'Love Blooms in' Grandma's Garden! This is a pair of sweet designs offered in the same chart pack. Love Blooms is the featured design -- it is worked on Week's Dye Works Light Khaki Linen with Cottage Blue Sampler Threads.
The pack contains the bit of coordinating Week's Houndstooth wool you see on the pynpillow along with Dames of the Needle's hand-dyed rik rak and twill tape trims. There are even 7 blue buttons in here to match everything! It's always spring is charted, but there are not wool pieces or it's charm in here. (But we can match that... AND we carry the tiny Made-with-love charms open stock!)
Love My Stitching
Well, this is a fun design... frame it, pillow it or follow the included instructions to make it into a cool stitching pouch! Offered as a chart, the entire design is worked in only three colors of DMC floss. If you find fun fabric for your pouch and it doesn't match -- CHANGE the COLORS of floss!!!!!!! (The Cross Stitch Police will not visit you!)
Simple and real cute, raid your embellishment stash to see what fun things you can come up with to decorate this. I love that gigantic rik-rak trim on there...chenille ball fringe would be wild!!
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