Monday, October 09, 2017

*NEW* Winter Snow Stocking

For years now, I’ve been seeing such darling cross-stitched stocking ornaments being offered by others in the industry. I never intended to jump on the bandwagon and create my own, but had enough requests and a few encouraging nudges from some shop owners, so I decided to take the plunge. This design was my first stocking, originally released as an exclusive for the Dyeing to Stitch Ladies’ Prim Society. And now it is officially available for everyone!

There’s a newer Christmas carol that I’m madly in love with, written by Audrey Assad. Its called, “Winter Snow” and sings about how God could have come to earth with the strength of a hurricane, but chose instead to come like a winter snow, “quiet and soft and slow”.

This ornament is intended to last through the whole winter, not just the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy it. And if you, like me, have never finished a tiny little stocking, You Can Do It! It really wasn’t as difficult as I imagined, and I think I’m hooked. I am fully on the stocking ornament bandwagon now, so look out world!

Stitch Count: 50 x 100

Model stitched with one thread over two and one thread over one
on R & R Reproductions’ 35ct. Heartstring Blend

Using thread from Weeks Dye Works: Seagull, Pelican Gray

Recommended Additional Materials:
1 fat quarter of co-ordinating cotton fabrics

Fusible interfacing or webbing of your choice

Reserve 3 feet of the Seagull floss
for braiding into the stocking loop

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email: beth@heartstringsamplery.com


*NEW* Someday at Christmas

The song, “Someday at Christmas” was written by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells for a young Stevie Wonder’s Christmas album in 1967 and has since been recorded many times. Released during the Vietnam War, it was one of the first Christmas songs to contain a strong social message, standing for peace, equality and compassion. 

Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life's really worth
There'll be peace on earth

...

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime

Stitch Count: 175 x 143

Model stitched mostly with one thread over two
(the words are stitched over one)
on R&R Reproductions’ 35 count Classic Homespun

Classic Colorworks: Fallen Leaves, Tennessee Red Clay
The Gentle Art: Ohio Lemon Pie, Caramel Corn, Endive, Pecan Pie
Weeks Dye Works: Dirt Road, Grasshopper, Red Rocks

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

The lovely frame is an antique.

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email: beth@heartstringsamplery.com

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

*NEW* The Gobbler

The image came to me in a flash: a heroic wild turkey astride a fearsome stallion, soaring across the night sky. I had to stitch it. But why? I didn’t know, but the image proved to be irresistible. As I pondered this, I began to wonder if there was a story to be told. A story of magic and courage beyond the usual bonds of nature; in which wild turkeys found the world over, have a hero to remember and revere.

Pumpkins have The Great Pumpkin, rabbits have the Easter Bunny, small humans have Santa Claus. And now, thanks to my imagination (or perhaps a subliminal message sent across the ages directly to my ear), the most sought after bird of November also has a savior.

In the years following the First Thanksgiving feast shared by Pilgrim and Native Americans, wild turkeys began to dwindle in number, sought after fiercely as a prized feast menu item. The humans only ate the drumsticks, and would often pile platters high with them, which meant many of the large birds had to give their lives for just one meal. The turkeys gobbled amongst themselves, complaining and fearing that they each would be the next to die, but none were brave enough to expose themselves to plain sight and give advance warning as the hunters ranged through the wild lands.

But a young turkey with a passion for the well-being of his kind changed everything on one fateful night. As he lurked in the shadows on the outskirts of the human village, he overheard talk of the largest turkey hunt yet to be ventured. He devised a coded message that could be broadcast to those that spoke the revered language of the Meleagris Gallopavo, warning them to flee the forest. Being flightless, he almost despaired of being able to fulfill his mission, but a lone fairy that had made the trip across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, took pity on his plight and sprinkled a stallion with magical dust, enabling the steed to take flight and carry the messenger on his back. Together, bird and beast soared over the treetops, spreading the words of warning, enabling all of the turkeys to escape.

All but the brave hero, who was seen as he returned the stallion to the stable. He gave his life for all of his kind, and also changed the way the humans viewed his body as food. For you see, when the hunters realized that they would only find one turkey for the feast, and with many mouths to feed, they prevailed upon the chefs among them to use as much of the turkey as they could. It was a wonder to them that so much meat could come from one bird, and that the giblets could make such a fine gravy.

And so, not only do the ancestors of Early American wild turkeys love and revere The Gobbler, but you and I should as well. Otherwise we would still be stuck eating only drumsticks, and would have never experienced the wonder of turkey gravy on mashed potatoes.

Stitch Count: 62 x 64

The Gobbler by Day stitched with one thread over two on Picture This Plus 32 count Ale

Classic Colorworks: Caterpillar, Honeycomb
The Gentle Art: Woodrose, Caramel Corn, Ruby Slipper
Weeks Dye Works: Havana, Palomino


The Gobbler by Night stitched with one thread over two on 28 count mystery linen

Classic Colorworks: Brown Hen
The Gentle Art: Caramel Corn
Weeks Dye Works: Parchment, Sandcastle,
Flatfish, Sanguine, Sand, Fathom

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

Additional materials needed:
Cotton fabric for backing
Pincushion filler of your choice

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email: beth@heartstringsamplery.com

Monday, September 18, 2017

Septembering

The days still mostly warm, but the evenings cool. Rainy days interspersed, cooling the raging forest fires, freshening the air, and bringing a bit of green back to the tired grass. Grapes and Queen Anne's Lace and carrots eaten straight from the garden. Annual church service under the trees and the return of colorful sunsets.

This is what September feels like in our part of the world.













Saturday, September 16, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Boots

This is what happens when you ask Miss Smarty Pants to show you her new boots so you can send a picture to her Daddy.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Back to School 2017

One of them was VERY excited. The other one just "meh".

Regardless of their feelings on the first day, these two are still very grateful for their "new" school. This is our third year at Summit Learning Charter, a local public/homeschool hybrid. The kids take all of their main courses online, from the dining room table, with me as a Learning Coach, three days a week. Two days a week, they are able to take live classes on campus with their friends, giving them what I feel is the best of both worlds.

This year, the start of Middle School for the eldest, has been deemed "boring and hard and not as much fun as fifth grade". His learning curve is a bit steeper now, but he's still knocking it out of the park with his grades (if not with his speediness; late assignments are becoming more normal than this Learning Coach cares to admit).

The Fourth grader is now, and has always been, all about the social time. She has to work at school, but it doesn't seem to phase her too much, because the reward of time with friends outweighs the work by a long shot.

I'm not going to be able to keep them little for very much longer.







Tutorials Page Updated

I'm so sorry for the delay, dear friends!

I have now officially updated the tutorials page to reflect the two newest club releases for Dyeing to Stitch and The Silver Needle.

You can find the tutorials by visiting my Tutorials page (click the tab at the top of this page, just under the title image). All of my downloadable PDF tutorials are free and are listed here in (mostly) alphabetical order.

Ready... Set... Stitch!