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Here's a small sampling with a Pennsylvania Dutch flavor by The Workbasket. Delightfully different than so many other samplers, I especially like the two long designs, as they are so full of color, neat motifs and such cool shapes!!!


Giving Thanks from The Workbasket - click to see more Giving Thanks
The Workbasket has a pair of designs sharing some of the same motifs with a Thanksgiving flavor. Squirrels and squash accompany acorns and corn on the cob. Charted for Classic Colorworks silks or DMC floss... the silks are almost $8 each... pull the DMC and convert those to hand-dyed cottons!

Then, see about doing some contour stitching on here. See the squirrel? See the horizontal lines on him? If you stitch him following the outside curve of his tail, he will look much better. The basket is OK with horizontal lines, but the pumpkin needs vertical lines as well. The hand-dyed colors on the corn and leaves are spaced well... see what you can do with threads on that squirrel and pumpkin to give this your own special touch! Both designs are presented in this chart.


Hootenannies from The Workbasket - click to see more Hootenannies
Oh my gosh -- all you owl-lovers -- this is for YOU! A stick tree full of silly owls... this measures 176 x 255 in stitch count. Coded for silks in 10 shades of grays, gold and browns, think about doing dome of these separately and in BRIGHT colors instead!

Get out your aqua, salmon and yellow and stitch some of these to match some old dishes or canisters you have!!! Every one of these little guys is just precious... they come in very size and shape! Offered as a leaflet.


Old McMary's from The Workbasket - click to see more
Old McMary's
Wow... A Re-Print! We've had a shop model of this for YEARS, and it's been too high on the wall to take down, and we just couldn't bear to do that anyway!! Mary and Candy have finally listened to my whining and here it is... back in print! A charming pastoral scene, we have always loved the colors in this, all the animals in the pretty meadow, and that stunning barn!

Worked in Weeks Dye Works hand-dyeds, it uses 17 colors, 2 of Rainbow Gallery's Wisper, and 2 Kreinik #4 metallic braids. Finishing approx 10 x 10 on 32ct, it can be done in regular crosses, or you can follow the stitch guide to add a few specialty stitches on the barn boards, the roof, the animals, the evergreen fronds... actually lots of places. Offered as a leaflet -- we are THRILLED -- an instant shop model!!!


Quaker Thread Boards
Stacking Bunnies from The Workbasket - click to see more I brought home *JUST a few* hand-painted and finished thread boards by Workbasket -- deep brick red, navy blue, pine green and mustard gold. Offered as complete kits, each features the 6-1/4 x 3-1/2 hand-painted wooden tag board that has a hole for attachment, and 3 more holes to tie up your threads.

A small cut of Weeks 35ct Straw Linen is included.. along with overdyed Belle Soie Silk to match the tag board, and a mounting board for your needlework that has already been 'puffed' with a bit of Warm 'n Natural. Each color board comes with its own house design.


All Things Sampler from The Workbasket - click to see more All Things Sampler
Here's a fun design... it's a medley of cute motifs that might be found in Pennsylvania Dutch Antique Samplers. Check out the mermaid right above the letter m!! An acorn, windmill, that mermaid, squirrel, a baby cradle, a key, cat and quilt... this is charming! Offered in leaflet format, this is stitched on Weeks 35ct Confederate Gray linen using Classic Colorworks Belle Soie Silks.

Get out that stash... because there are 23 different colors in here! Hopefully you have a bunch of them, because they run $7.50 each!!! Finished size is 8 x 19!!!!! Offered as the leaflet.


Quaker Skinnies from The Workbasket - click to see more Quaker Skinnies from The Workbasket - click to see more Quaker Skinnies
Workbasket has a fun new leaflet of houses that are mounted onto thread boards or made into fobs. Each building measures approx 33 x 60 stitches in size. You could actually finish these anyway you wish... little stand-ups would be fun, a 4-seasons, 4-sided cube would be cool, don't back yourself into a finishing corner... these have possibilities! The leaflet features 8 different designs each stitched on 36ct linen in a single color of Belle Soie hand-dyed silk.
Some options here:
Leaflet Only -- choose your own fabrics and threads, and finish as you wish!
Limited Edition Kits containing a painted board, one house design, silk to coordinate with the board, linen and wool pad lining. (asst designs and colors)


Have Carrots... Will travel! from The Workbasket - click to see more Have Carrots... Will travel!
We fell in love with this design at Market... SUCH a fun piece! Check out that dashing rabbit.. he's going at least 50 miles per hour! And... check out the carrots on the Carrot Express Wagon... I'd be rushing to stash these babies as fast as I could, too, because they're so plump and deliciously knarley! The greens are all Rhodes Stitches of green -- so they're all little bumps on here -- an awesome texture treatment! (pattern doesn't tell you to do that, but I remember the model and you can kind of see some different detail in the cover pic.)

Design is stitched in one strand of Belle Soie Silk on hand-dyed 28ct Week's Blue Jeans Gingham Linen, so neat, this finishes an impressive 8 x 14. (Easy for us to convert to Crescent Colours cottons, if you'd rather, and gentle on the budget at approx $18... but I'd get an extra ecru and orange... so maybe $22.50!)


Memory Keeper from The Workbasket - click to see more Memory Keeper
Workbasket has a wonderful design... a large, square envelope to hold friendship notes -- inspired from the early 1800's Netherlands custom of creating a lovely box to hold notes and poems. They have combined it with the French custom of Postal Art... stitched envelopes that were actually mailed through the post, using real stamps! (I've seen stitchers do this NOW... they stitch things and then MAIL them LOOSE, to get that ink postmark ON the needlework!!!)

This 12 x 12 envelope keeper is awesome! Stitched on Week's 35ct Parchment Linen, with dusky, softly faded shades of Belle Soie hand-dyed silks, the design is coded for DMC floss as well. When you fold the corners in and finish this, you'll have a lovely 2--sided envelope. The front design includes the 'stamp' (the bunny in the upper right-hand corner.) The Address -- To a Friend's House. Notice the Quaker motifs on the left-hand edge... when we turn over the piece, they are the tops to a heart! On the backside, you'll find the envelope flap, decorated with a valentine and smattering of antique buttons from your stash!

Offered as the chart, this is SO unique! I absolutely fell in LOVE with it when I saw it. So beautiful to hold in your hands, so different, and actually very functional -- if you have special cards and notes you really want to hang on to. Stitched on a 31 x 31 square of linen... you'll have some generous corners left-over for smaller ornaments or sewing cases. Such a pretty presentation for needlework!


Les Petites from The Workbasket - click to see more Little Seasons from The Workbasket - click to see more Little Seasons & Les Petites
The Workbasket has a couple of new leaflets -- both feature small designs --with lots of different finishing ideas and presentations. Tiny cushions, thread 'tags', a few framed versions... you can really raid your stash to find all sorts of pretty fabrics and threads to make these any way you wish!

Charted for silks, overdyed cottons or regular DMC flosses, just fun little designs.


Cat Roundel from The Workbasket - click for more Cat Roundel
One of The Workbasket's 12 new desigs, this one is a cat... running round and round in a paradise of hearts and paisleys. Simple crosses in one color of Belle Soie, (you can choose any one you wish!) this finishes approx 6 inches round on 36ct. Pretty as pillows or framed pieces, there is a Swan and Rabbit Roundel in this particular set of designs.

Offered as a chart in leaflet format, each main design has a smaller element that they've taken out and stitched into a tiny scissor fob. On Cat Roundel... it is the 'leaf' design at the bottom. Stitch it in dark on light fabric, or light on dark! The Workbasket also offers a charming set of Quaker animals. Almost a dozen different leaflets of those... the Owl and Bat are favorites, along with Santa (who isn't technically an animal!) Make sure to scroll down to see everything!


Quaker Cow and Sheep from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
Quaker Cow and Sheep

Quaker Teddy Bears from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
Quaker Teddy Bears

Quaker Swan Frog and House from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
Quaker Swan, Frog and House




Quaker Peacock and House from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
Quaker Peacock and House

Swan Roundel from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
Swan Roundel

House of Alphabets from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
House of Alphabets



Rabbit Roundel from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view Rabbit Roundel
What an enchanting piece! Designed by The Workbasket, this is a paisley-inspired design... round, busy, delicate and graceful.. just like the bunny running 'around' inside! Simply cross stitches, the cover model is stitched on (actually anything you want) 36ct Creme Linen and finishes approx 6 x 6. Choose any color of hand-dyed thread -- some of the Crescent Colours Belle Soie would be luscious in this -- and mount it into the top of a round box or finish onto a basket lid, there are lots of options with this.

On the back cover, Mary and Candy offer an additional paisley motif that coordinates with the main design, and show it finished into a scissor fob, along with the 'empty bunny' on the front that is now stitched solidly, all by himself. Offered as a leaflet, (it is a little on the pricey side) very, very pretty!


Faith, Hope & Love from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view Faith, Hope & Love
Inspired by the costumes from the Isle of Marken in The Netherlands, this is such a striking piece! It is charted in one color, and when stitched on 36ct, measures 3 x 21! (So... on a 25ct Lugana, for instance, this would finish approx 4-1/4 x 30) Lots of diagonal borders and sampler motifs, it reminds me of all the Quaker designs that are popular right now, but when you look at this... its not Quaker at all!

Neat story attached to this, as well; Candy, who lives in The Netherlands, stitched this, and then waited till she came to the US to mail it to Mary in CO -- to lessen the risk of the model being lost in International Mail. Guess what? The original piece is *still* riding around in a saddle pack of the US Pony Express System! So... kind friend, Ruth, practiced the lessons of the sampler, and surprised Candy with a new stitched model for the leaflet cover!


Quaker Pig and Rooster from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view
Quaker Pig and Rooster
Two more cute Quaker-decor animals... they speak for themselves! I just love the face on the pig! Stitch these on any fabric you wish using any thread you like...

Offered as a leaflet.


4 Corner Houses from The Workbasket -- click to see a larger view 4 Corner Houses
A companion to Four Way House... this piece has such a geometric flavor... I think because your eye is drawn to the lovely, curved trees. Next, you discover the cottage-like houses tucked in the corners, and then all the charming cats, dogs, rabbits and birds out in the yards! Each cottage has its own pair of animals!

Stitched on 32ct Belfast, this finishes approx 6 x 6, and is charted for Crescent Colours hand-dyed floss.


Humble Home from Workbasket -- click to see a larger view Humble Home
I love this design! Very Quaker feeling, to me, this Humble Home nestled into the mountainside is full of texture from both the geometric patterns in the motifs, as well as the special stitches that are scattered throughout! Stitched on 32ct linen in Weeks overdyed flosses, you can add satin stitches onto the sheep for his wool and the cow for his spots. Stitch the roof and barn planks with rows of alternating elongated crosses... or not! (They give you instructions for all regular x's, too!)

Anyway, lots of luscious greens, golds, brick reds, chestnuts and lavenders, there is just so much going on in the yard outside, that every time you look at this, you see something new.


Sheep Frolic from The Workbasket - click to see more Sheep Frolic
A darling sheep -- he's dancing across hills of grass and roses! Finished as a stuffed stand-up, he's quite large at 4-1/2 x 5-1/2. Again, offered as the design stamped onto muslin... since you have the line drawing, you might want to consider transferring this to onto a more sturdy weaver's cloth. The Weeks overdyeds include Sea Foam, Cypress, Holly, Whitewash, Periwinkle, and Rose Quartz. There are more used... but these are the main ones -- and I just love the combination of them together!


4 Way House by The Workbasket -- click for more 4 Way House
This is an awesome little design!!! Very clever... let me let you read what the designer says in her intro! 'This design intrigues me for several reasons. Some have suggested that each side is a season. I like that the large flower stems and tree trunks share their tops between two houses. Is there an up or down to this design? Because that is not immediately clear, I especially like the finishing on a diagonal. It would also be striking framed on the diagonal. Pretty cool, I think!!!

This finishes approx 9 x 9 on any 28ct linen, and is stitched in Crescent Colours overdyed flosses. I think the palette is a bit on the pastel side... and really am intrigued by that 4-seasons idea! You could adapt the colors a bit... the spring side has the sheep, summer has the rabbits, autumn has the peacocks and winter features the reindeer! Suggestions are given for adding special stitches, if you're inclined, as well! Very creative, this is a FUN design! Offered as a leaflet.





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