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Three New Designs from With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais
A Pair of Seasonal Designs from With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais - each is offered as its own chart. Both arrive in the shop towards the end of August.
Three New Arrivals from With Thy Needle & Thread!
The Rabbit & The Rose, Keeper of the Pins, and Seasons of the Heart
Regina Haible, Rejoice Evermore and Elizabeth Hunt
A trio of new and reproduction samplers... Brenda has given them all gorgeous colors and new lives! Each of these is presented in a full color leaflet format
O Lucky Day!
With Thy Needle is helping us get ready for St Patrick's Day with this lucky little leprechaun, his pot of gold, and a few greetings he's sending along - in pin cushion fashion! Such a trendy 'boho-styled rainbow to boot! Brenda's newest chart, it includes all three designs which are stitched on 36ct linen with regular DMC flosses. She has added a smidge of gold metallic thread for the gold in the pot.
You can get all three designs on a 13 x 18 cut of fabric... and I bet you have bits of gold metallic in your stash somewhere! Brenda's mother-in-law, born in Ireland, was a war bride. Inspired by her family roots... she asks "aren't we ALL Irish for a day?"
New Arrivals from With Thy Needle & Thread
Brenda Gervais has been busy - everything has now arrived!
Jack O Lantern Jubilee Has Arrived!
Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle is releasing a fun new collection of Halloween pin cushions! Presented in leaflet format - like Jelly Bean Jubilee - this is a set of 6 cushions - all stitched with various hand-dyed flosses.
Colors used are 3771, 3778, Onyx, Oscar, Pelican Gray, Ultraviolet, Pumpkin, Putty, Carrot, Gold Leaf, Fragrant Cloves, Grecian Gold, Brandy, Avocado, Eggshell, Gingerbread, Hickory Sticks and Copper Penny.
Fabric shown is R & R's 36ct Brenda's Brew. For a limited time, we have 36ct Brenda's Brew Linen rather than 40ct. The 36 is lovely! What a fun collection of smalls!
Presenting Red White & Bloom
Brenda Gervais has released info about her next set of *seasonal smalls* - they companion Love Notes and Jelly Bean jubilee. Red White and Bloom includes a Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, busy little bumbler bees, cheery sunflowers and even a family of eagles. All the designs are small, but Brenda promises that they'll make a big statement when you display them together in a tray or basket. (She says it is delightfully fun to find little trinkets and decorations to include with the cushions because it really makes your stitching POP!)
All garden-y in theme, Lady Liberty has sunflowers as tall as she is, Sam is fashioned to look like a garden Whirli-gig, and his hat is even a planter. A bunting-draped watering can is home to a another sunflower, and the Mom and Dad eagles are perched and waiting for a festive party! Lots of the same colors of flosses are called for in both patterns, so no need to buy more thread. (Onyx, Pea Coat, Red Rocks, Grits, Oscar, Pamlico, Blue Suede, Grecian Gold, 611, 712, 3771 and 3778.
Happy Birthday America!
Brenda Gervais is previewing her newest little chart design - a miniature stitched birthday cake to America - featuring a very festive eagle! (But... you could finish this as a small pin cushion as well.) Measuring just 3-1/2 inches round on 36ct linen, it is stitched with bits of DMC floss and hand-dyeds of Grits, Palomino, Loden, Pea Coat, Red Rocks, Blue Suede and Grecian Gold.
Brenda is supplying her alphabet-printed linen you see on the drum sides in the chart. The featured trim is by Lady Dot - Vintage Mini Pom, which is available separately. The chart gives sources for the 2 x 4 cardboard 'cake box' form, and the candle-stick wooden 'cake plate' base. Brenda says her finishing instructions will give you a 'prefectly-shaped cake with no wonky bumps or lumps... super easy, and no sewing machine required!'
Presenting Caroline Amelia Trowell
Brenda Gervais has released a new sampler reproduction! Originally stitched by 10-yr old Caroline - a shepherd's daughter. Brenda tells us about Caroline, her family, where she lived and the significance of some of the motifs she chose for her sampler. The are photos of the original antique sampler in the leaflet as well.
Packed with sweet motifs, there are 3 'sections' to this... lots of opportunity for small cushion take-outs... and a pretty sawtooth border.
Stitched on 40ct hand-dyed linen by Seraphim, we have SEVERAL color options by Seraphim in various counts... so I am sure we can find you something lovely. Brenda uses a medley of DMC solids and Weeks hand-dyed flosses.
New Arrivals from Brenda Gervais
Presenting Jelly Bean Jubilee
Brenda Gervais has just announced her newest leaflet release - Jelly Bean Jubilee! Seven cheerful bunny and bean designs - full of bright, happy colors!
Stitch them all on a fat-quarter cut of your favorite fabric... round up some cute ribbons and trims... and you'll be ready for Easter!
Winter Gatherings, Love Notes and Say You Have
Best Time of the Year!
Here's a little something coming from With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais... Snow, Snowmen and Santa! Have a Holly Jolly Christmas is coming as a chart, with an optional packet of 7 tiny white flake buttons from Just Another Button Company! (price on that is coming... but shouldn't be too expensive.)
JOLLY is stitched on (your choice of material) 40ct in the pic, and finishes almost 7 x 3-1/2. Grab your DMCs and a few hand-dyeds of Whitewash, Oilcloth, Louisana Hot Sauce and Black Coffee - to get ready for *the Best Time of the Year!
Four New Designs from With Thy Needle
New Releases by Brenda Gervais. Here we go!
Three New Designs from With Thy Needle
Project Quarantine: Stay Home & Stitch! from With Thy Needle & thread
Look what showed up in our mail this morning! What a fun project to tantalize your stitching fingers and keep your heart happy... Let's Stay Home and Stitch! Stitched on anything you like, the area inside the little hoop is worked over one thread - so keep that in mind when choosing fabric, the satin stitches on the spools of thread will be ok no matter what you use. It finishes approx 3 x 7-1/2 on 36ct.
Brenda sent a really lovely letter with the shipment... she is donating $1.00 for each of these patterns sold to Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund. The donations to this fund will support non-profit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those working with the most vulnerable populations. Areas of emphasis include helping health-care workers with purchases of masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment, supporting quarantined and vulnerable individuals, and hygiene promotion campaigns to limit the spread of the virus.
New Arrivals from With Thy Needle
New Designs from Brenda Gervais
Presenting Holiday Hoopla - A New Series of Smalls
Brenda is celebrating the seasons with some cute 3-inch designs... Easter was the first. Valentine's Day and St Patrick's Day Hoopla designs will round out this cute set of 7 holidays! All are fun and quick to stitch.
She is showing them mounted in little 3-inch wooden embroidery hoops... but if you're hot a *hooper* little cushions or something like that will work well too. (40ct needed for the 3-inch hoop finishing option.)
Forever & Ever - A Celebration of Love! from With Thy Needle & Thread
This is a wedding or anniversary sampler! *In My heart -- forever and ever.* Initials are in the design and since 1949 is there as the date... it can be both!
Stitch count is 336 x 113 - so a whopping 21 x 7 on 32ct! BUTTTTT... Brenda also includes a cut-down version of the piece - just the right-side of it, with a new charting of the floral border. Very pretty!
Winter Releases from With Thy Needle & Thread!
Field Mouse Hollow
Brenda Gervais has announced a new pattern with little witch mice in their garden of bittersweet. The big 'ol witch shoe might be the 'house' they are Trick-or-Treating!!! Finishing about 5-1/2 x 6-1/2, it'd make a cute hanging pillow over a doorknob somewhere.
It would also be cute perched as a cushion in that Halloween Candy Basket you might have already started! (You know the one where you buy the Halloween candy NOW, so you'll HAVE it to give away at Halloween... all you find in the trash are wrappers that nobody knows anything about!) The inference of mice in their candy might scare them away! This comes as a chart... hand-dyed flosses.
Autumn and Halloween are on their Way
They're here! They are all charts... here's the scoop!!!!
With Thy Needle's Newest Designs!
To Thee From Me
With Thy Needle is sending a new design this week... a pin cushion finished in a little painted peat pot! Offered as a chart, this measures 49 x 49 in stitch count, and the finished piece is done on Weeks 36ct Linen. Brenda uses a smattering of various hand-dyed flosses to make this precious tiny piece!
She talks about the peat pots ('Jiffy' brand at WalMart JP312) that are available (in season right now) in garden stores. She plans on doing more designs to finish like this one... so buy the pack of 6 pots -- not just one! She's taken that pot, painted it and added some crepe paper as a trim -- those items are described inside the chart in her finishing instructions. Just a sweet springtime basket of flowers -- for you or someone special... do the peat Pot thing... or whatever YOU want!
Eleven New Designs from With Thy Needle & Thread
Brenda Gervais introduced 11 new designs at Market! There are two new series of Seasonal charts, and some new 'people' Brenda will start to feature in some upcoming designs. All of these are presented as charts.
Peppermint & Holly, and Merry Wishes
Several Christmas Offerings coming our way from With Thy Needle
Brenda Gervais is sending 4 new charts later this week... always such a fun package to open when the mailman delivers!!! Here's the Scoop!
Sneak Peeks from Brenda Gervais
Three new charts are coming our way in the next few days -- With Thy Needle is turning towards Fall and Halloween!
Summer Schoolhouse Abcedarian Series
This is a 4-chart set that makes an entire collection of 4 x 4-ish alphabet pin cushions, a tiny 2-inch strawberry and coordinating little 3 x 4 (Miss Polly's Hornbook) wooden paddle! Part one features ABCDEFG, two is HIJKLMNOP, three is QRSTUV., part four finishes with WXYZ.
Charming little houses, a courting couple, pretty birds and floral urns... everything in this design set is sweet! Stitched on 28ct Mushroom Lugana, the 9 x 54 cut called for will be enough fabric to stitch every piece in the set -- layout instructions are provided for you.
Everything is stitched with Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed flosses.
There are several *extras* you need to know about...
Click here a pdf of it.
All the New From With Thy Needle!
We have 11 new designs by Brenda Gervais... Easter, Summer and Stitching themes... everything is beautifully presented in her charts. Scroll down to see all of Brenda's cute new things!
New Designs from With Thy Needle
With Thy Needle has 5 new designs!
Christmas Tea, The Christmas Bird & Snow for Christmas
A trio of Holiday designs -- each are presented in chart format, and of course, worked with hand-dyed flosses.
I Rest Thy Needle
A charming floral urn 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch design has to be stitched on 36ct linen to fit Lone Elm Lane's super-cool NEW Sewing Clamp Bpx.
Brenda's design is stitched with hand-dyed flosses, and then is mounted into the top of that darling box! (This is offered in Vintage dove color only, at this point.) Offered as the chart, box is separate.
Just a big BOO, and a tiny witchy-mouse, this finishes approx 3 x 8-1/2 on 40ct!
Hand-dyed flosses, chenille trim... JUST THAT LITTLE MOUSE is about 40 x 40, and cute enough to be stitched by herself! Offered as the chart.
One For The Crow
On 40ct, this pair of pin cushions finish at 5 x 5 and 2-1/2 x 5. Hand-dyed flosses, I think our witch is planting her garden of Witch Hazel, Mug Wort and Bittersweet -- one for the crow, one to die and one to grow (in her garden!)
Offered as the chart.
Autumn's Fruitful Labor
How pretty for a kitchen eating area or a dining room! *When the year from bountiful labor turns to rest... founts of warmth and comfort in my being flow.* The farmer and his presumed wife (!), their lush harvest and neighbors waiting for the big meal... this measures 137 x 227 -- or 7-1/2 x 12-1/2 on 36ct linen.
Lots of delicious hand-dyed flosses, this is just a pretty piece!Offered as the chart.
Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill
Finishing approx 5 x 5 on 36ct linen, this is mounted in a Sewing Box. Several box colors will look good with this one!
Simply Wools would be neat in the rabbits and their tails and even the chicks in the grass.
I love everything about this! Cool irregular zig-zag sawtooth border, the repeating pattern in the tulips, and that awesome running rabbit complete with luscious basket of berries on her back, it's very pretty and festive for Spring.
Finishes approx 6 x 3-1/2 -- very bitty on 36ct linen or 18ct aida.
The Gilmour House Sewing Tray
Brenda has been Inspired by antique coverlets woven by the Gilmour brothers of Union County, Indiana in 1839. This trademark house, between two trees with it's picket fence appears in most of their coverlet borders. Choose this cream on natural color way, or change it up to match your decor. It fits inside a small wooden tray measuring approx 4-1/4 x 7-3/4.
The tray comes unfinished, so she includes painting and distressing instructions for you. You HAVE to stitch this on 40ct to get it to fit the tray... but on 7ct Klostern with #3 Pearl Cotton, it'd look like a coverlet and measure approx 20 x 9! Offered as the chart, we have the little trays for a limited time.
A Weaver's Work
Inspiration for this came from a coverlet woven by Adolph in the late 1800's. A male profession, the motifs used were their personal trademarks, and sometimes the customer's name was woven into the corner.
A little history in this chart... Henry Adolph was a French weaver who settled in Iowa and wove until he died at age 92 in 1907. 36ct Linen with one shade of thread, this finishes approx 6 x 7 -- isn't this lovely???
Needle & Thread
*Sew... A Needle Pulling Thread!* Isn't this a fun design??? Thank goodness we don't have to use our rumps to hold our threads like the girl in the piece!!! I love the buttons on the vines growing from the spools -- use some out of your Grandmother's button box. On 36ct, this finishes approx 11 x 6, and is worked with a smattering of hand-dyed flosses.
Check out the little birds -- one has the threaded needle in his mouth, and then there is another going sideways up the tree stem. Cute scissor motifs scattered about, too.
Land of Liberty
Very charming.... just a petite 3 x 7 on 40ct over two. Surprisingly, there are 10 different hand-dyed colors in here -- she has different red, creams and blues in Sam vs the flag... -- but I think you could get by using the same ones?
Don't miss the puppy carrying his own little flag! We have Vintage mini-ball fringe trim by Lady Dot Creates that will look awesome on this, as well.
*Good Deeds Live Long* Fun little blackbirds in that border, this finishes approx 10 x 6 on 36ct.
Neat pattern repeats in the tulips, but I just LOVE that border!!!
Liberty For All
Wow, wow! What a fun design -- patterned texture repeats all over the place! All the leaves -- basically the same shape angled every which way -- all the tiny berry dots mixed in to separate all the leaves. The milky bowl, the draped striping... the matching stripes in the flag... they take your eye from the left of the bowl right to the tip of the flag. Then there is the hat on the bird -- you almost miss that! I love everything going on in here!
Stitched on 36ct, with yummy hand-dyeds, this finishes approx 8 x 6-1/2 -- doesn't it look much larger than that??? (It's because of the lush leaves and that bowl, that long flat line across the ribbon drapes.. and the bird tail and flag that draw you off the right edge!)
Red Bird Fraktuur
Fraktuur designs are traditional -- lots of them in Pennsylvania Dutch designs.
This one finishes approx 14 x 8 over two on 36ct linen. Pretty rusts and greens.
*Home is where our story begins.* What a neat piece to stitch for a housewarming or wedding gift!!!!! Presented in chart format by Brenda Gervais, this is pretty and not 'fussy.' Measuring approx 13-1/2 x 8-1/2 on 35ct, choose any neutral background material -- you just want that neat house to show up -- unless you want to change that color as well!
Simple and fresh looking -- you CAN get it finished in time for the big event! You could even personalize this for your family or another.
This is ITTY BITTY! It finishes about 3-1/2 x 4 over one thread on 35ct!!!!! (Ok... 8 x 10 on 28/14!)
15 Different shades of hand-dyeds in here, it SAYS Live Simply, but it's chock full of busy-ness!!!! Charming!
A Stitch in Time
Oh a sweet little case with matching pin ball... the colors and finishing on this are really neat. Stitched on Gunmetal linen with Dolphin, Cognac, Woodrose, Mustard Seed, Heirloom Gold and Ye Olde Gold.
GREAT pic inside the pattern of the ball edges and inside of the case, this is such an unusual set of pieces!!!
Blessings Be Thine
This love-themed chart by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle has now arrived. Stitched on 35ct hand-dyed linen it finishes approx a generous 5 x 6 and calls for Beige, Peach, Woodrose, Wood Trail, Heirloom Gold, Eggshell, Peanut Brittle, Polliwog, and Hazelnut.
I love that soft ball fringe trim on there as well... we have a lot of colors available to blend with the threads and fabrics.
We've been waiting for this little piece to arrive since Christmas -- a little late for this year's NOEL Season -- but here in plenty of time for next year!!! With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais has stitched this softly colored design on hand-dyed linen in colors of Mulberry, Woodrose, Toffee, Muddy Puddle, Barn Door, Avocado, Tennessee Red Clay and Ye Old Gold. I don't see much gold in here... the urn I guess... but I see lovely antiqued brick reds instead.
Offered as a chart, Merry Noel finishes approx 3 x 9 on 40ct and is trimmed with hand-dyed mini-ball fringe. Brenda has distressed her linen and finished stitching... you have lots of fabric and color options with this piece - very simple and elegant! Offered as the chart.
Christmas at Winterberry Cabin
A giant St Nick and his reindeer pulling a little snowman sled -- all through a very sleepy village... this finishes approx 5 x 11 on 32ct. Definitely coffee-distress this for an aged look.
Brenda has finished it with rusty jingle bells on the two ends! (Spray them with some sort of matte sealer though... or they'll keep rusting all over your pillow!)
Christmas From With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais!
Oh... we have four lovely new patters, so dog-gone cute... I don't really have a favorite! All are offered in chart format, so here we go!
Halloween and Thanksgiving from With Thy Needle
Brenda Gervais has been busy... and has sent 4 new designs!!! Everything begs to be distressed with coffee or walnut shells when you've finished them, and even though they are shown framed... pillows and door hangings would be cool too. All 4 are presented in chart format.
Bluebird Out My Window & Grand Olde Flag
Brenda Gervais has two new charts that are really cute!
Bluebird Out My Window has a stitch count of 60 x 96, so on 30ct, it'll be approx 4 x 6, smaller or larger depending on your fabric choice. Soft hand-dyed colors, just a pretty little piece.
Grand Olde Flag is neat -- it has a STITCHER atop of nice big spool of thread! I suppose this could be Betsy, but I prefer to believe it could be me... battling for LIBERTY by conquering my huge stitching stash... and looking this good when I am finished!!!! (notice the crown on my head???) The model is stitched on 40ct hand-dyed linen with a mixture of brands of hand-dyed flosses. It finishes approx 5 x 6... and is shown finished onto a flat board with mother-of-pearl thread rings attached to the right side.
A & E
*The serpent deceived me & I ate* Oh well!!! Something simple stitched on Weeks 32ct Beige Linen with several shades of hand-dyed flosses.
Peach, Sage, Pelican Gray, Harvest Basket, Woodrose, Parchment, Apple Cider, Heirloom Gold, Weeping Willow, and Terra Cotta, this finishes approx 6-1/2 x 8.
Stars & Stripes
Oh gosh, this is pretty! Check out the neat, spindly stars and those gigantic pomegranites! Worked on 35ct linen, this will finish approx 8-1/2 inches square.
Adobe, Schneckley, Sage, Caper, Pelican Gray, Harvest Basket, Woodrose, Roasted Marshmallow, Heirloom Gold, Endive, Blue Corn, Ye Old Gold and a bit of Terra Cotta! Offered as a chart.
Summer at Cherry Hill
This is a fun piece! Stitched on 40ct linen, it'll finish approx 13-5/8 x 15-3/4, so it is quite large. Worked in lots (19) of various hand-dyeds, I love several of the design elements in here. I like the blocky border, and how it interrupts on the second go-around... and the fact that it doesn't start at the upper left corner. The cherries and leaves, bees and numbers all dot the background. I really like the beehive on its side!!! I LOVE the pattern in the dress.
Then, Brenda tells you to stitch the flower stems down in the grass with the darker parts of your Avocado floss so you get lots of contrast. And... wouldn't the urn of pomagranites be cool done as a small pin cushion?
Sheep and a windmill... an irregular border, sun hats on the little people! This was adapted from an antique sampler in Brenda's personal collection. She deleted the verse -- which was terribly morbid -- but did share it with us in her notes! (You gotta buy the chart to find out what the original sampler said!)
Stitched in 12 shades of Classic Colorworks Silks this finishes approx 12 x 5 on 36ct. Silks featured are Angel Blush, Attic Tea, Limestone, Mudpie, Oatmeal Scone, Poison Apple, Pumpkin Carriage, Red Fox, Scarecrow, Miss Green Jeans, Peaches n Cream and Slate -- with DMC floss options as well.
Be Happy Humble & Kind
Well this looks very Pennsylvania-Dutch to me! The giant urn with the house in it is interesting... there are 14 different colors in this!
Stitched on 35ct linen, it finishes approx 10-1/2 x 6. Actually quite a different look than the rest of this new group of designs.
*Love is a fruit in season at all times & in reach of every hand.* I LOVE LOVE that big urn of bounty! Verse is worked over one. On 36ct linen, this finishes approx 9-/2 x 5-1/2 and is worked with 20 different shades of hand-dyeds. It doesn't look like that to me... but that's OK!
You can pull out that urn, leave off the things in the background, and delete the bird and grape leaf, and it'd make a neat harvest cushion! Offered as a chart.
The Potting Shed
Brenda has finished this into a big 'ol pin cushion! On 40ct it measures about 8 x 4, and is worked with 18 different hand-dyed flosses by Weeks, Gentle Art and Classic.
The chenille trim around the edges is a soft touch... but you could try that torn fabric edge treatment she has shown on her Spring Greeting Bouquet design. That's kind of fun because you can choose a fabric that matches your stitching -- even use a coordinating color from the same fabric line. Offered as a chart.
A Tisket A Tasket
What a charming little piece! Stitched on 32ct Beige Week linen with yummy hand-dyeds, once again, you are making a puffy, covering the gathers along the bottom with fabric, attaching it to your painted and distressed candlestick base, and then sewing on dangly buttons for trim!
Running your floss through a waxer several times gives it that aged, cotton cord feel, and makes a neat, stiffened bow to trim. Offered as a small chart.
This is a fun design -- a pair of cooks in the kitchen, I think they're starting a fresh pumpkin. The little owl looking on better move out fast, looks like he has to dodge the family cat waiting outside as well!
Brenda offers this as a chart -- it is stitched on CREAM linen that you coffee-stain before stitching. Easy instructions are included for that to make this 8 x 8-ish inch piece. Worked with all three brands of hand-dyed floss, it's just kind of a sparse little thing!
A sweet little bluebird worked with one ply of floss over one on 32ct Platinum linen... get out the magnifier! Using just bits of hand-dyed floss, this fits into one the new watch-face charm frames we have.
Quick finishing, I'm not sure where you'd put this... maybe a basket tie or something small... but it is pretty!
Gardener Goode Witch
Look at that little kitty pulling the garden wagon of pumpkins! (she's only 20 x 55 stitches!) And check out the little owl watching over the garden! This is another pretty pin cushion design that measures approx 5 x 10 on 32ct.
Mange up your fabric a little before stitching (Brenda tells you how in the instructions), stitch this, add some mangy fringe, and add this to that overflowing basket of yours that displays a million different walnut-shell-stuffed cushions in it. Good hand-dyed colors from all three floss companies! Offered as a chart.
A wisp of a thing, this is worked over one thread on 32ct linen using overdyed flosses. It fits into the watch face pieces Brenda has used in some of her Halloween pieces.
Stitch count is only 39 x 43... so even a small scissor fob would be cool. Offered as a small chart, watch finding available separately.
Country Stitches' Brenda Gervais has new Autumn and Christmas designs... you can see how cute they are... even without any descriptions from me!
With Thy Needle & Thread's Brenda Gervais has released three new samplers -- Sampler Hill is just one of them. Worked on Weeks 30ct Cornsilk hand-dyed linen with 21 different shades of hand-dyed flosses, it'll finish approx10 x 13. A pretty overall balance to this, everyone likes the way the trees seem to cradle the house on the hill. The alphabet in the grass is a favorite, and the fact that the beehive interrupts the border at the middle top adds charm.
We love to distress these samplers AFTER we have stitched them. Dilute walnut crystals, or use some leftover coffee grounds to stain your fabric and threads to give them a more aged and relaxed look. Offered as a chart.
Heart of the Home Sampler
This is a charming sampler that celebrates home and family! With a stitch count of 207 x 147, it'll finish approx 11-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 35ct. The hand-dyed floss colors in here are dreamy dusty blues, golds, avocado greens and aged whites. The design itself is cool because of all the motifs and the vines guarding the house. There is the young couple... and lots of 'keys to their kingdom.'
This would make a lovely wedding sampler, our house-established, family tree type of thing. Add specific and meaningful dates and initials in some of the leafy border areas and in place of the medallions in the lower left and upper right corners -- inside of the teal blue borders. Very pretty... what an awesome sampler for a new family!!! Offered as the chart.
Such dusty and aged colors of denim, brick reds, mosses and taupe, this 6 x 7-1/2 inch piece is worked with Classic Colorworks, Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds on 40ct distressed linen, over two. It'll be a bit larger on 30ct, but not much. The five wool flowers on there could be bits of flannel or even colored linen that you have... you'll just want a color that matches your flower flosses.
Brenda has distressed this with coffee staining... and we offer crushed walnut crystals from Stacy Nash that do the trick nicely, as well.
This would be precious in a little girl's room or a sunny guestroom. Worked with hand-dyeds on 40ct linen - don't mange this one up with as much coffee staining -- our Ms Violet needs to stay clean! Again, you can see the small wool flowers that are sewn on here after the cross stitching is finished -- use wool, floral fabric or flannel -- whatever looks best with your flowers.
Violet has a stitch count of 95 x 102, and is offered as a chart.
Isn't this the sweetest little piece??? Your Springtime visitor is worked on 28ct Straw hand-dyed gingham linen with a few Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds. He finishes a mere 4 x 5, and is garnished with a smattering of old buttons.
We have small shell buttons (by Kelmscott -- a set of several dozen buttons runs $7) that work great for this... but you might have some old buttons in your collection somewhere that would be perfect. Make him into a hanging pillow or small cushion... the colors are very dusty and soft. Offered as a chart, buttons are separate.
With Thy Needle has several new releases... this is another one of my favorites. Mr Bunny riding his Chick friend, he finishes approx 4 x 5 on 40ct... but will be larger on larger counts of fabric! He's offered as a chart and has lots of Springtime personality!
Worked in Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, Brenda includes instructions for gathering the silk ribbon to make her pretty edge treatment.
Mary Valentine's Handework
What a charming set of small romantic-themed designs! With Thy Needle urges you to go purchase small heart-shaped boxes of chocolates -- 1.6 oz Whitman's or 1.75 Russell Stover's, and the next larger size -- and use your empty boxes to finish 3 of these designs! Little Valentine Samplers and pin cushions... all 5 designs in here are worked on R & R's 30ct Old Towne Blend Linen with a smattering of overdyed flosses.
I can't choose my favorite design from this. The Forget-Me-Not pin cushion is very pretty... but I think the heart boxes are so unique -- they take your finishing in a whole different direction. Everything in here is offered in chart format with all the finishing and distressing info included. You'll just NEED those *empty* chocolate boxes!!!!!!
All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle
Well... every addicted Stitcher needs this sampler!!!! By Brenda Gervais, this measures 146 x 242 stitches -- so on 28ct, it'll be 10 x 17, and on 40ct it'll be 7-1/2 x 12. (You can choose any color and count you wish!) A pretty winding border that is not symetric, the house is neat, I love the little dogs in there, and of course, who isn't drawn to the charming scissors and her fun, trailing thread from her needle?
Great Week's Dye Works hand-dyed colors including Parchment, Straw, Peach, Putty, Pecan, Palomino, Sage, Oscar, Olive and Red Rocks... there is opportunity to add more rust colors as well. Offered as a chart.
Manor at Peacock Hill
Wow, this is a pretty piece in person. You'd think that peacock is awfully big, but the colors are Otter Creek and Mountain Mist and just so pretty. Stitched on 30 or 35ct hand-dyed linen, this has a stitch count of 176 x 150. I like the couple tucked in the border, and the manor that is very subtle on the hill... something about this is very appealing to the eye!
As with a lot of Brenda's designs... you can start with hand-dyed fabric... or you can distress the finished piece all at one time when you are finished if you like that look. Offered as a chart.
Three Black Eyed Susans
I shall not go to town while the wild bittersweet blooms... but I think she's already dressed and waiting to go! Check out her awesome pants!!! What a fun piece to stitch up quickly and make into a pillow -- I think ticking fabric or dark flannel would look really good with this.
The stitch count is 126 x 191 -- she's worked on 30 or 35ct hand-dyed with Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds. I'm thinking you'll need 2 skeins of Pelican Grey for her pot, probably 2 of Olive for the grass underneath, and 2 of Week's Plum for her outfit! (Her pants are Parchment and graphite.) Kind of fun, offered as a chart!
Something very traditional for Christmas with lots of coverlet-inspired motifs, this has a stitch count of 218 x 226, so choose your fabric count based on the finished size you want this to be. Stitched with plain 'ol DMC floss, you can always distress later if you want... but this is pretty, clean and nice just the way it is.
If you're an over-achiever, you can do some special stitches in the #3866 borders dividing the alphabet, or do Satins in all the stars, and you could even stitch the reindeer with Gentle Art's Simply Wool! Offered as a chart -- enjoy!
The Pink Sparrow Sampler
Brenda Gervais has a lovely sampler that begged to be charted and stitched!!! Her antique -- the original -- features a fat little pink sparrow surrounded by a lavish floral border. She believes her sampler to be English in origin, from the 1800's... probably stitched by a young girl. (She says most only stitched one sampler in their school years... where do you stack up to that???)
Stitched on 30ct Week's Parchment Linen with 13 shades of Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds, the chart is a pretty easy-stitch! Finished stitch count is 137 x 169.
188 x 135 Stitches of Halloween Magic! Our plump witch looks to be preparing for her Scary Evening!!! The border is kind of neat - very irregular. The little owls are precious... the skinny cat looks scared, and the broom looks worn and wispy.
Worked on a mangy hand-dyed... always use the overdyeds called for to maintain the old and antique-y look. Offered as a chart... for some reason, I can picture this finished as a neat pillow with lots of fringes.
A 5 x 7 mini-sampler, just a neat house underneath an ever neater tree, complete with eagle and flag... and of course, the alphabet.
No special stitches or anything, you could always add some in the lettering or the tiny borders and ding-bats, or even the grass or bricks on the house. But if not, this is simply a charming, primitive piece full of rich Pomegranate red and Endive green. Offered as a chart.
The Sewing Bird
How cute is this little pillow? Not your traditional Sewing Bird at all!!! A small 4 x 5-ish piece stitched with overdyed flosses can you see the flannel strawberry in the upper left-hand cornner?
The pattern for that little guy is included with this chart! It is attached to the finished cushion. A sweet design -- offered as a chart.
What a fun shape Brenda has chosen for this finishing treatment! A 1 x 4 inch stuffed (ice-cream sandwich, hockey puck, or -- her buttermilk biscuits!) pin cushion, this is a little more structured than all her other floppy walnut shell filled squares.
A charming little bird tucked amidst a few alphabet letters and a berry vine... the stitching on this is minimal... only 64 x 64. BUT... even though it is small in size, it is charming! Offered as the chart with complete finishing instructions.
Dame of the Needles
Oh Gosh... this is SO CUTE!!!! I didn't realize it till I opened my package to help me describe it to you better. The stitching on the front of your 5 x 5-ish roll (really not rolled -- kind of a flat tri-folded case) is the alphabet, house and girl.
Inside your roll/case you'll make a sweet felt or wool bluebird applique design, with a coordinating little ticking pin cushion! Brenda has a couple of really good photographs in here to show you the finished piece, and lots of instructions, along with all the wool piece templates. NOT your average Cross-Sttiched Sewing Roll! Offered as the chart with all the necessary instructions!
The Sampler House
The PERFECT little cushion to store and display some antique keys! Your family mansion stitched on 35ct Weeks Straw linen will finish 5 x 5-ish.
It'd be kind of fun to replace the alphabet letters with house numbers of possibly Grandma's house and some of her old keys??? Offered as a chart.
Brenda Gervais has several new releases --
Three Tulips is one of my favorites.
With a stitch count of 132 x 200 it'll finish approx 6-1/2 x 10 on the called-for 40ct Weeks Parchment linen. It could be quite large on 18ct cream -- it would be 15 x 22 and make a huge guest bedroom pillow with some neat ticking and antique lace!
It's a pretty piece stitched with 10 different overdyed flosses, you could even stitch your bunny in Simply Wools from Gentle Art -- and he'd be a little furry! Check out the rest of the releases which are all chart packs. There is a basket that is finished onto a pillow -- real neat.
Crumpets & Tea
I love this verse: *A garden party of three, twas me, myself and I...I ate all the berries and cream, myself ate all the crumpets, twas also I who ate all the pie, and passed the tea to me!* So charming... can't you just picture a little girl playing by herself in the garden... having a tea party with her dolls and bears? She had a great meal!!! Offered in a chart pack, this can be stitched on anything you like -- the sample is on 40ct Parchment and measures 8 x 9.
Once again, we love stitching some of Brenda's things on large linen...(this one could be up to 18 x 20!) Mona finishes them with darker fabric underneath the linen... it kind of creates a pretty shadow of color... then trims with old lace and pretty mother-of-pearl buttons. (load up that guest bedroom bed with a mountain of gorgeous hand-stitched pillows!) This pillow in the pic features rouched twill seam tape -- another really cool edge treatment!
Basketful of Spring
What a pretty little design tucked so cleverly onto a linen pillow! (Pottery Barn has really pretty ready-made linen pillows...) This is actually just a tiny design stitched on 40ct Weeks Parchment linen in 6 shades of hand-dyeds. On that fine fabric, it measures approx 3 x 4. After stitching is complete you IRON it onto freezer paper, cut out the basket shape (this might be scary for us non-finishers!), and then applique (little tack stitches) onto the larger linen pillow fabric.
Then... add the buttons and ribbons, and construct the pillow, complete instructions are included. A really pretty finishing treatment... something different for that pile of luscious pillows you are making!!!
The Candlestick Maker Sampler
A very traditional house and keepers of the flame... this would be stunning hanging in a foyer as a welcoming piece. I love that big flowing vine... I'm not sure why the shears are there... maybe to trim the candle wicks? (I need to brush up on my sampler history a little!)
Anyway, this is offered as a chart. It is worked with 13 different shades of Weeks and Gentle Art flosses on 40ct Weeks Parchment Linen. Several other linen options would be pretty for this as well, and if you have to change that house color to a steely blue or lovely distressed colonial green... that's OK too! Very pretty and restful... stitch count is 148 x 134.
*Sweet Love-Themed Cross Stitch to tempt you Needle!* Brenda Gervais has a new collection of tiny designs to finish into a scissor/needle keep, pinkeep, sewing box and scissor fob. Everything is designed to enhance your EMPTY Russell Stover Heart Valentine Chocolate Sampler box!!!! (Get the little paper heart-shaped box -- the one that holds 1.75 ounces of chocolate -- and paint it -- it's the featured heart-shaped box in the pics!) You'll need a fat quarter of 40ct linen to stitch the entire set of projects on the small box. (We have TONS of color choices for this) Get the bigger box of chocolate (more chocolate inside to eat -- DARN -- and choose larger count linen instead!)
All is stitched with Weeks and Gentle Art Sampler Threads overdyeds... and Brenda is terrific at providing all the finishing specifics about distressing the linen, filling the cushions, painting those boxes... you're just on your own to buy the chocolate and figure out something to do with it before you need the empty box for finishing! Offered as a chart.
Frances Pool Sampler
Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle has reproduced an antique sampler that is big on traditional motifs and easy on the stitching! Originally worked by 13yr old schoolgirl Frances Pool in 1832, the antique has colors on the back that are still bright, but the front has aged quite a bit. Faded flosses and darkened linen are the enemies time brings to needlework. Brenda has re-charted her sampler -- lots of fabric and threads are missing from the original, and she has chosen softer colors than Frances used -- because in 2013 -- we 'expect' our reproductions to look old (and honestly, sometimes not quite like that original!!! Not a bad thing -- just an observation!) Confederate Gray, Sage, River Rock, Tarragon, Red Rocks, Tarnished Gold, Harvest Basket, Old Red Paint, Wood Rose, Wood Trail, Heirloom Gold and Otter Creek...!
Anyway, Frances' sampler is lovely. It measures 211 x 205 stitches, is worked on Week's 30ct Parchment Linen and uses 12 different colors (17 skeins total) of Weeks and Gentle Art Sampler Threads. If you sign your name in the signature block... you can make yourself any age you want!!!!!! Offered as the chart.
Heaven and Nature Sing
An angel with a basket of fruit -- trees, reindeer and nature in the background -- this finishes approx 10-1/2 x 7 on 30ct. All hand-dyed flosses, Brenda includes finishing instructions -- even some to *flatten* your pillow and make it LOOK OLD!!!!! You can back the pillow in the same linen for a really aged look too! Lots of old and dusty colors in here... very pretty!
Letters for Santa
Here's another ABC Pillow chart -- matches House of Blues and Browns and Hilda'a Alphabet... THESE ARE CUTE! Stitch the simple alphabet panel and then finish into a pillow at least twice as wide! Find some cool lace or trim you like -- stain it if necessary -- and use coordinating ticking fabric -- YUMMY! A set of simple designs -- they stand out because they are not busy. Offered as a chart.
Check out the font used for the lettering in this. It looks scribbled... but it is actually cross-stitched over one fabric thread! An Olde Worlde Santa with his snowman companion... maybe they're shopping for a Christmas Tree??? Offered as a chart, this is stitched on (anything you want but big in the pic!) 28ct linen in the shop. Our model makes an 11 x 18 pillow... Mona has started making an inside case of ticking that shows through the stitching linen... and it's a really cool look. Very sophisticated and fresh looking.
An autumnal pocket decorated with a little witch on her broom looking for her perfect pumpkin! Stitched on 35ct, this finishes a mere 5-1/2 x 6.
Brenda shows it finished with a bit of homespun fabric peeking from the top -- I like the primitive X's all across the seam, and of course that rusty key is kind of cool -- probably a flea market find!!! Offered as a chart. Stitch with Gentle Art overdyeds.
Hilda's Alphabet Brew
With Thy Needle has another long, skinny pillow to companion her *House of Blues and Browns*... only this one has a Halloween theme! A very clean alphabet... the top row is garnished with our resident witch, her cauldron, and neighborhood cats.
The 101 x 96 stitch count design is quick to stitch with overdyeds in your stash. The pillow finishing is just the best! Get some pillow ticking fabric, find a neat rick-rack trim... and make that unusual shape that will tuck so beautifully into a pillow medley display. Offered as the chart... just cute!
Strawberry Hill Sampler
What a pretty set of designs! Brenda has presented us with a Sewing Box topper design, a three-fold Huswife, and matching Pin Keep and even a felt scissor case that is shaped like a little strawberry! Everything you see in the pic is included in the set of patterns... along with templates and of few of the backs of the pieces that you cannot see!
Choose a yummy linen of your liking... grab your Weeks and Gentle Art flosses, get some pretty wool for the berry and Huswife lining... some old lace and buttons for that cushion... and some chenille or rick-rack for the box topper edging... and you'll have a wonderful set of pieces to show off! Pretty colors, great instructions, this looks like a very *finishable* set of designs!
With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais is beginning a new 12-part set of monthly designs that finish into 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 doorknob hangings. Name of the month is in here, as well as words of the season! Stitched on any yummy hand-dyed you want -- the chart calls for Gentle Art Sampler Threads and one color of Weeks.
Simple and real cute, stitching just a few of the motifs each time and making them into bitty cushions would be another awesome application for this new set of charts! We're starting an auto-ship, as Brenda's new releases tend to sneak up on you... and you don't want to miss any!
Peter & Peep
What a fun design! With Thy Needle has a few new releases -- this one, a chart with a stitch count of 140 x 215 is one of two that are oversized when finished. Brenda has it stitched over two threads on huge fabric -- our models are being worked in 18ct Cream linen -- to finish 15 x 24!!! You can ALWAYS stitch these a bit smaller (like 9 x 13 on 32ct!) but we liked the whole idea of a gigantic, super-simple Holiday decoration -- a full-sized pillow for a pretty guest room bed!
Stitched with Sampler Threads -- you're going to need a lot of thread to cover on the 18ct, but what a unique presentation. Everything is stained with walnut crystals when you are finished, if you want an antiqued and grungy look. If not, keep the crisp cream and Sampler Thread colors. This calls for Pumpkin Patch, Brandy, Walnut, Aged Pewter, Apple Cider, Old Hickory, Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Corn, Wood Trail, Toffee, Endive, and Otter Creek. Sounds more like Autumn to me!
House of Blues and Browns
Houses, the Alphabet and sampler birds... it looks like there are only 3 colors in this, when there are actually 6 different Sampler Thread hand-dyed colors! Another gigantic design -- stitched over two on 18ct Cream linen, the stitching finishes 11 x 11... so this pillow in the pic is really more like 12 x 24 in size!
Going smaller with your fabric choices will produce a piece that is 6 x 6 on 32ct - so don't let that huge linen size throw you. Actually a very simple alphabet design -- I love the finishing treatment -- on a large OR small scale. Offered as a chart with the finishing details.
Boughs of Holly
Here's a snowman planter growing springs of holly! Brenda Gervais has a cute design that she's stitched on large fabric to finish into a 15-ish inch square pillow! It doesn't look that big in the pic, but it really can be if you choose an 18ct Linen! Stitched with Weeks and Gentle Art overdyed flosses, the holly berries are Algerian Eyelets worked over 4 threads -- the rest is simple Cross Stitch.
Next, instructions are included to transform your originally cream-colored fabric to that mangy, distressed and relaxed look of *aged.* With a stitch count of 122 x 128... this is a darling design that will look good on most any fabric you choose. Offered as a chart.
Another of Brenda's charming heart-shaped pin cushions, this one goes with Sewing Bird and Love Letters... so sweet! Stitch the heart on two pieces of linen (or get fancy and use one piece but fold it to make the pocket)
Finish, and add an old photo or ticket stub, or package of antique needles or buttons. Offered as the chart, this finishes approx 6-1/2 inches stitched on 40ct.
Here is a trio of very simple, primitive sampler designs that is finished so creatively! Offered as three individual charts, each one is on the small side, but assembled into endearing little shapes!
Welcome Sampler is a pineapple -- its stitched on 25ct in regular DMC floss -- and finishes a mere 3-1/2 inches tall (before its leaf top.)
Finally, Gathering Acorns features the sampler bottom and a fabric cap. Stitch count on the acorn is a little bigger than its counterparts -- 88 x 99, so you may want to stitch all three on the same OR different fabrics.
I just love the idea of stitching these tiny pieces, and then finishing them into the various shapes. What a cool, unique way to treat your needlework! What lovely things to tuck into a medley of samplers. You could actually use them as pin cushions -- very untraditional ones, at that! All are offered in chart format with finishing instructions and actual sized shape templates.
Two new "Sampler Things" as I like to call them... Brenda Gervais has a precious new sampler that is finished into a little stuffed heart! Stitched on 28ct linen in DMC flosses, simple letters and tiny motifs are stitched, and then she gives you directions to further distress your stitching with coffee staining! Simple instructions to sew into a heart shape... you'll want to find an old, dirty key lying around somewhere -- that adds lots of charm!
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