Lots to share...first up, 2015 Book of Days

Last week this time, the new NeedleWorkPress products were making their debut at the Fall Market in St. Charles, MO. The entire process of creating and sharing new and reproduction designs is a true joy.

Happy World Cross Stitch Day!

Well, we figured this was an appropriate day for a LONG-OVERDUE update! Between readying projects for market, teaching and swimming with Zoe, paperwork and computerwork sort of took a back seat.

Class prep is great fun!

A rainy weekend in the mountains is just what we needed to get kits ready for our Summer School at the Attic class in three weeks. We snapped the work-in-progress photo as Maegan recreated parts of this little Victorian thimble case with red thread to tie in the "Six Shades of Red theme." Deconstructing the antique whithout doing damage is always a challenge. Not to mention repeating the thousands of blanket stitches some patient girl completed many years ago.

Fourth finery...

Well, the day started with major yard and pool cleanup following the first "monsoon" storm of the season. The upside is that today was pleasant and cooler than most July Fourth's in the desert. But, before the sun goes down and the fireworks begin, we want to share some Independence Day images with you. The first is the talented Bonnie Olson's finish of our new "Sweet Land" chart, completed just in time for July 4.

Selecting the right frame

We are having such fun preparing for the Fall Needlework Market in August. With a break from book writing and projects, we've had time to focus on some reproductions, and it looks like we'll have five samplers and two original designs for the show in St. Charles. As projects near completion, we start asking: How are we going to finish this? Hemstitch like the original? Frame? If it's small...pin pillow? Stand-up?

Introducing our new patriotic design: "Sweet Land"

Collaborating with artist Nancy Mills to bring you “Sweet Land” was a true delight! Back in February, her daily doodle on notebook paper (at left) was a charming pencil sketch that just begged to be repurposed as a cross stitch chart. Its free-flowing lines and casual playfulness expressed a bit of whimsy while capturing a sense of pride in our “sweet land of liberty.” Check out her talented and creative multi-media work at Five Times Blessed on both Etsy and Facebook.

Mother's Day greetings & musings...

These simple images from an old sampler (we promise to have it charted, stitched and available before Mother's Day 2015) bring to mind the words from a poem by Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen (1832-1911). It is one of Vickie's favorite poems about motherhood. Although she first heard the words as the lyrics to a folk song recorded in the 1990's, they were first set to music in 1862, and remained especially popular during the Civil War.

A May Day Basket for You!

Well, we can't deliver a May Day basket in person, but we wanted to post this image from an old sampler with best wishes for a beautiful month! --Maegan & Vickie

Beloved borders

We were out trimming trees the other day when I noticed a vine winding its way along a Palo Verde tree. The leaves were so evenly spaced, alternating angles every-other leaf...so orderly, so border-like. So, I snapped a photo and came in to see if any of our antique samplers had a leafy pattern similar to the creeping fig vine. While I wasn't successful in finding a monochrome border, I did nab a few that illustrate the harmony that borders can create.

We love cows. We love bee skeps. But...

Sorry it took a while to get these photos loaded. Thanks to Mary McCallester, we have our beloved cow next to a tidy little bee skep atop a large pasture. Problem is, those bees decided to make our homes their homes a week or so back! Pesky critters set up shop in the wall between the outside slump block and the drywall at Maegan's house and in the block wall of Vickie's house. We sure prefer they stay tucked inside their official skeps or hives.

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