Sandra Sullivan has been designing primitive Americana cross stitch for over 20 years! She has a distinctive, gentle, and relaxing style that is timeless! We have begun to highlight some of the more recent favorites... samplers, stockings, ornaments... lots of variety! Deep, country colors of browns, taupes, rusts, golds, and cremes... they fit almost any decor. Most are available as leaflets. Now Sandra's daughter, Hollis, has also joined her under the name of Hollis Designs.
Presenting the 2018 Annual Ornaments
Sandra's trio of 3 x 4 stitched ornament charts are here... a snowman, Santa and sampler theme.
These always follow the same color scheme... brick reds, caramel browns and deep green; the collection has been ongoing for several years, so these will match designs from past years.
Homespun Elegance's Annual Snowman, Sampler and Santa 2016 Ornaments! And... Avery's Toy Express!
Sandra Sullivan continues her decades-long collection of small stitched ornaments... all are offered as charts and stitched with assorted hand-dyed flosses and DMC cottons. Generally 3 x 3 and worked on 30ct linens... these look good on most any neutral color -- just not white!
Avery is her grandson... his mom is collecting vintage airplanes to decorate his room... so Grandma made him an ornament with a vintage Santa in an old plane! Always cute... and nice on your tree.
Presenting the 2015 Annual Ornaments
Every year, we get a Snowman, Sampler and Santa Annual Ornament by Sandra Sullivan -- and here they are for 2015. All worked on Week's 32ct Putty hand-dyed linen in shades of DMC and a few hand-dyeds, they are all approx 40 x 50 in stitch count.
Offered as small charts, each features a tiny brass embellishing charm as well. We have 'a million' of these from past years... not all of them... but they are a fun collection for your tree, and they make cute pin cushions as well.
This is kind of cute! Homespun Elegance's newest larger-sized chart. The larger version finishes approx 4 x 6, and is worked with Wisper (W63, W68 and W97) Threads and DMC flosses. The Wisper is a soft Angora-type wool thread that will make your kitties furry.
Sandra has used silk ribbon for the greenery leaves -- we don't carry that -- so you might want to track that down before you choose the final greens for the rest of the design. She has also added assorted brass charms here and there... but they are not included with the chart.
2014 Annual Ornaments
Every year Sandra designs three ornaments -- one for her Sampler collection, one for Snowmen and one for the Santa Collection. Always worked on a small bit of hand-dyed linen with DMCs and a few overdyeds each ornament is garnished with a tiny brass charm of some sort. This year's Santa features a bit of Wisper furry thread mixed with the DMC in his beard. If you have some light grey in your stash, you could do the same treatment with his sheep.
The Merry Chrismtas mini Sampler ornament has a tiny wreath charm, and the Snowman design is just plain cute -- they're playing in the yard, and it kind of looks like it's snowing. All are offered as charts with the charm embellishment. We have several of the previous 15or so past year's designs - but not all of them anymore!
Spring Eggs IV
Homespun Elegance has a new Spring-y design to chase away our long Winter! 'Spring Eggs IV' has charts for a trio of colorful sampler eggs. Worked on 30ct, they finish 2 x 3... and would be lovely tucked between your dyed eggs... or just alone in their own basket. Offered as charts, just simple stitching, but cute. Each uses a brass charm embellishment that does NOT come the pattern, so these are great opportunities to find something fun already in your stash to embellish, if you think they need it.
Country Spirits Spring Frolic and Snowman Extraordinaire
Here's a pair of designs that are finished into charming 2-1/2 x 4 heart shapes -- Pin Keeps or Cupboard Hangers. Stitched on 30ct Dolphin hand-dyed linen by Weeks, you'll need DMC from your stash, along with just a few overdyed flosses.
Offered as charts, each comes with a tiny brass embellishment which can vary from time to time. Sandra promises something cute and appropriate, though! Charming designs -- I love that deep blue background! (I think H.E. offers those painted wooden fobs on her website!)
Delivering Peppermints and Candy Canes
Homespun Elegance has new design -- an Owl-Santa is doing the deliveries with his cute candy-bucket! Stitched on R & R's 30ct Mink -- regular Natural or Khaki Aida looks great as well (good fabric alternatives). DMC or Week's flosses are called for, and there are amber shell buttons used on the wagon wheels down at the bottom. (Use the darker mangy side of them!)
The peppermints at the top can be cross-stitched, or made from white buttons with red stitches over them to look like mints. (We thought of the JABCO peppermint buttons as well -- you can soak them in coffee to get them darker.) Lots of cute options here, this finishes approx 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 on 30ct -- Sandra has used Week's Merlot Wool for her backing -- it'd make a stunning pillow background!
Owls Love Christmas Too!
Two more ornaments this year -- ALWAYS cute options for your tree, both follow a dusty, antique color shceme and are coded for either DMC or hand-dyed flosses.
Well, aren't these little guys cute? Homespun Elegance has a new chart that can be worked all in one long row, or broken up into a trio of ornaments.
Worked on 30ct, the chart is coded for either DMC or hand-dyed flosses. No featured embellishments or anything, just a cute pattern!!!
Homespun Elegance's 2013 Annual Ornaments!
For something like the 25th year, Sandra Sullivan of Homespun Elegance has treated us to Santa and Sampler. Ornament Charts! (We have a million -- well, really just lots of previous designs -- a hit and miss selection) These are always cute!
Always offered in small chart format with a small brass charm... this year, they are all on 30ct hand-dyed linen and worked in overdyed flosses. Approx 52 x 42 stitches, the Santa is always a neat little Santa... the sampler is always a bitty sampler, and the snowman always has a lot of white in it! The most fun to is try to find all the previous designs on our inside web pages! Perennial favorites!
Cinnamon Stick Santa XXIV Joy Toy Giver
Ok... this is the 24th Annual Cinnamon Stick Santa design... this year's banner measures approx 9 x 12 on 20ct linen.
Offered as the chart... classic H.E colors, the chart does not come with the embellishments -- so check your stash for something really cute!
Peace To One and All
A peaceful pastoral scene... you could fall asleep counting all those sheep! At first, I thought this was Christmas... but there is green grass... and the title talks about A Summer Landscape.
I love that small scenery at the bottom... you could even leave off the wording! Offered as a chart, the entire piece finishes approx 5 x 7 on 30ct.
Here's a cute ornament or scissor fob... heart-shaped. Almost entirely stitched, you can use the fabric of your choice... since it is totally covered!
Just a cute 3 x 4 design. offered as a chart.
Rejoice in The Gift
Homespun Elegance has a new heart-shaped ornament -- 40 x 60 in stitch count -- that has a tiny baby Jesus in his crib right in the middle of that sheep meadow! Of course the sentiment of the design is the important part... all is stitched with hand-dyed flosses, the sheep are Satin Stitched, and the ornament is garnished with a tiny brass crown charm.
Sandra has finished this with some antiqued chenille trim -- it gives it an older, softer look. Offered as the small chart with crown charm.
Rounds A Plenty II -- Halloween
Homespun Elegance has designed little Halloween balls to match their Christmas Ornaments! The CUTEST little things... these are stitched on (really anything you want) 28ct Natural linen, and the stitching measures only 1 x 5 inches in size. (Scraps of misc fabrics are perfect!!!) Itty bitty stitching in Weeks and DMC flosses, you then hand-tack the needlework onto rounds of wool, you can see the hand stitching in the pic. Top with a cool button and a string hanger, stuff the round a bit, and you're finished!
Each ball measures approx 2 x 2 x 2-ish. All 5 designs are offered in one chart. Buttons, wools, fabrics are all offered separately, and although we have everything and can send you bits and pieces of whatever you need... your stash might have it all too!
Merry Noel Rounds a Plenty
Here is a new leaflet by Homespun Elegance that features five teeny bands of stitching to surround fabric ornaments! Worked with DMC floss on a bitty 1 x 7 piece of 28ct Natural Linen, your 63 x 11 stitch counts will take no time at all to do. Next, cut two circles of Week Dye Works wool -- we have tons of awesome colors for these. Primitive stitch the bands to the circles -- add a little stuffing -- top with a Homespun Elegance Olde Brass Button (We have stars, cool round ones, hearts, snowmen, trees, birds... all are pictured on the Homespun Elegance pages.) -- add a hanging string, and you're finished!
These are darling little 1-1/2 inch Rounds!!!! Offered as the leaflet, we have all sorts of wools and cute HE brass buttons available separately. Tell us if you want all your rounds to match, or if we can mix up the wools and buttons a bit. Check your stash for fabric!
Here is a trio of small birds -- each is 35 x 24 stitches in size -- that make up into cute ornaments. Nothing super-duper involved, each is holding a brass charm in their beaks, and are trimmed with hand-dyed Bamboo or Toasted Marshmallow chenille trim by Crescent!
Offered in chart format, charms and chenille available separately.
Merry Noel Collection
Cradles of Christmas Joy... these are BABY Ornaments! The girl version features an angel, the boy's has a nutcracker... and everything is tucked into a wooden cradle! See the initials on the cradle, and the name and date above the figures?
Offered as a chart pack of both ornament designs...
A Halloween Year!
Homespun Elegance is beginning monthly designs that depict what our favorite Halloween people do with the rest of their year!!! So far, we have the months of October and November... October, she's out scaring people... but November, after Halloween, it's time for a garage sale to clean out the old brooms and get new ones for next year!
We're going to begin our auto, offering the chart and linen. You supply threads from your stash! Linen cuts / colors vary each month. When your year is finished... I can imagine a basket filled with little pumpkins, raffia and 12 little stitched cushions filling it to the brim. What a pretty centerpiece!
I'm not particularly enamored with stitching a little witch community... but this tiny neighborhood looks like such a *nice street!* OK... so you have one strange neighbor that does a lot of cooking outside, and someone else who lets their cat run loose... but other than that... everyone obeys the home-owners associations rules about landscaping -- all pumpkins are groomed and kept to strict height restrictions... roofs the same color... all that!
This is a pretty organized little street! Just a fun little chart, the stitch count is a mere 25 x 136... so over one on 25ct Lugana... you're talking 1 x 6!
Joyous Heart & Mr Candy Cane
Homespun Elegance has two new ornament designs the season that are *really cute!* Both can be stitched over one thread or two -- pics of both ways are shown on the chart cover... and I don't know which one I like better! (OK... one over one always wins out!)
Offered as charts, each is stitched in flosses from your stash, and each chart includes a tiny brass embellishment, just for fun. With a stitch count of 39 x 60... the 1/1 pieces could be 1-1/4 x 2 on 32ct!!! How cute is that???
All About Halloween|
This little cat is *The Cutest!* Stitched on 10ct in shades of Weeks overdyed flosses or #5 Perle, the cat is stitched, then simply sewn around the edge and stuffed. They cut away the excess fabric and FRINGED him! He is precious!!!!! (and measures a life-size of 11 x 8!)
Of course, you can do the whole thing in the monochromatic theme that is also shown on the cover... but look at how much personality that cat delivers!!!!! Offered as the chart.
2008 Ornament Trio
Every year, Homespun Elegance brings us ornament designs... one is always a Santa, one always a snowman, and the third is always a house or sampler. Offered as charts, each comes with a small brass embellishment of some sort. This year's set is CHARMING! 'Santa, Please Bring Me' features a scissor charm on the Santa, Rainbow Gallery Wisper threads for his beard and fur trim, and the list he's reading asks for 'linen, floss and TIME TO STITCH!!!'
'ABC Noel House' is worked on Weeks 30ct Dolphin. All finish in the neighborhood of 3 x 4-ish, and use some overdyed flosses, as well as DMCs. We have quite a few of the previous year's designs available... I checked my shop stash, and we have some back to 1999! So check scroll down this page and find some of the rest in these cute sets... they are popular every year!
Homespun Elegance's |
Each year HE releases three ornament designs... always a sampler, a snowman and Santa. I don't remember how many years we've been getting these, but there is quite a collection of them thus far.
Cute and very primitive in flavor, each comes as a small chart with charm of some sort. They look really good together -- 2004, 5 and 6 designs are tucked on our Homespun Elegance pages! Enjoy!
Sheep May Safely Graze
One of Homespun Elegances newest releases, this is a neat one that coordinates with Wishing Thee Freedom, Warmth, and Plenty, along with Cinnamon Stitch Christmas XVIII. The main pic is surrounded on three sides with a border, verse rests along the bottom. All of our shop models are finished into pillows, complete with lavish decorator trims, and they look stunning!
The 'guest of honor' in this particular piece is wearing a coat that is stitched (over a base of crosses) in Lazy Daisy stitches of Rainbow Gallery's Wisper thread, for a loopy, furry effect. Although alternate DMC colors are listed, you'll want to work this on the 28ct Amber, using all the neat Weeks, Crescent and Gentle Art overdyeds! Finishes approx 8-1/2 x 5, Sheep May Safely Graze is offered as a leaflet, buttons are separate.
Homespun Elegance's 2006 Sampler Ornament, this year's design features the watchful angel above in the sky... a cool big golden star in the background of the house, a Colonial Knotted wreath on the front door, and a little knotted wooly sheep! Offered as the chart with angel charm, this finishes approx 3 x 3-3/4 on 28ct.
We still have some 2005 and 2004 ornaments shown farther down this page... and quite a smattered collection of previous year's ornament designs... but you'll need to call with availability on those... too much to list in an e-mail -- and the selection changes all the time!
Wishing Thee Warmth|
A companion design to Wishing Thee Merriness and Wishing Thee Plenty, this is another neat seasonal pillow design that is flanked on three sides by a lavishly-wide border. Stitched on any number of fabrics... these somehow look the very best finished as plump pillows, surrounded with lots of fluffy trims! Offered as a leaflet, the design stitches just 5 x 9 on 28ct, using pretty overdyed flosses. Embellishments needed are two of HE's antiqued brass snowmen buttons.
Good Cheer & It's Snowing
Homespun Elegance designs ornaments that fit on darling, miniature linen pillows that feature 4 flaps for stitching. Each mini-pillow ornament measures approx 4 x 4, featuring 4 triangular flaps for your needlework.
Good Cheer and It's Snowing are the two newest designs that fit these cool little ornament pillows! The stitching takes 2 hours TOPS... the linen ornaments are pre-sewn... you add a fun button for the center... possibly add the cording that shows between the flaps... and you've created a tiny work of art! Offered as a leaflet, the buttons and ornament pillows are available separately.
Peace on Earth
Homespun Elegance has released a GREAT new set of designs... this is only one of my favorite five!!! Peace on Earth features the Olde Colonial Pointed Linen pillow that is stitched, and then buttoned down in the center. Homespun Elegance has several other designs on this little pillow -- even ornaments -- and they're all just wonderful! Peace is offered as the leaflet, with pillows available individually. The colors are luscious bricks, teals, golds, cinnamons, mosses and browns... all accented by Homespun Elegances Olde Brass Buttons! Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men... angels watch over the tiny village.
Stitch a long, skinny stocking and matching pillow... or applique them with wools!
Deep greens and cinnamon overdyeds... these don't feature that much stitching... but look like a million dollars!
Those stockings will look great hanging off the fireplace... and dress that pillow with yards and yards of decorator trims...!
Two trios of snowmen decorate your pointed linen pillow... quick to stitch... and nicely presented on the pre-made pillow! Available as the leaflet, with pillow offered individually, simply lift up the linen flaps to stitch... and sew on the brass snowman button to finish! Rich Homespun Elegance color palette of creme, brown, golds and soft greens... notice the touch of rust lining that accents the seams between the pillow flaps.
Olde Brass Buttons
This is a wonderful collection of heavy, antiqued brass buttons designed by Sandra Sullivan. Embellishing most of Homespun Elegance's designs, these buttons are just awesome! Heavy on the weight and primitive feel, you can use these on so many projects, they look really good with overdyeds and wools. We've shown the entire collection here. Each button is available individually, so enjoy shopping!!!
We Will Adore Him
A primitive Nativity scene, stitched on 18ct Natural Linen in overydeds and Wisper threads, this finishes approx 8 x 12. Featured are five antiqued brass Homespun Elegance buttons -- very subtle. The sheep are stitched in Colonial Knots, for a raised, bumpy look, and the angel's collar is stitched in Lazy Daisy Stitches. Very pretty, lots of Molasses, Maple Syrup, and Chestnut colors! Available as the leaflet, we have the buttons as well.
Cinnamon Stick XVIII
Wow, this is a gorgeous Christmas design full of rich color, olde world flavor, and a touch of Wisper thread from Rainbow Gallery that makes Santa's coat furry! Stitched on 28ct Sandstone Linen in Weeks, and Gentle Art overdyeds, along with a few DMC's, the two colors of Wisper are 'brushed' with a special little brush called a 'Bunka Brush' after you stitch them, to raise the nap and give the piece a little added texture. Measuring approx 5 x 9 when finished, there are also star buttons featured in the design. Several of the shop gals bought this the day it arrived... a very, very good recommendation!!!
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