Saturday, April 9, 2016

Chart Correction

Hello All,

As a designer I try very hard to put out a product that does not have any mistakes in the pattern. However, no matter how many times something is reviewed there can still be mistakes made. 
So my apologies to those who purchased the Mary Ann Lynn 1855 or by another name the Procrastination Sampler. It appears that the patterns went out with two pages exactly the same. Page 9 and 10 of the chart show the same part of the chart on them. So, I am asking that all those who purchased this chart to please email me and I will send you a PDF of the corrected page 10. Or if you prefer a hard copy, I can send it by snail mail.

I am sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you. You will find my email address on the front of the pattern.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Releases at the Nashville Needlework Market.

Hello Needlework Friends,

I am on the road to the Nashville Market and thought I would post about the upcoming new releases.  You still have time to contact your favorite shop to order these if you wish.  Shops now come to markets with lists of what their customers want.  You might want to contact them so they will have what you want on market day.  I have already seen quite a few new designs from many designers who will be at the show.  I am excited to see the models in person.  It looks like there a lot of wonderful new designs. 

I will be rooming next to Niky of Niky's Creations who is such a sweet person.  We always have a lot of fun along with Candy and Mary of Workbasket whose suite is on the other side of mine.  I am looking forward to seeing all of them again as they are all very special ladies.  Niky has been posting about her new releases so be sure to go to her blog.  I guess Mary and Candy will be surprising all of us with their new releases as I haven't yet seen pictures of their new things.  I like surprises too.  I always have to bring something home from both of these designers as I really like their designs. 

As for designs from Milady's Needle...I have been working hard to come up with some new designs that I hope will tempt you.  I have five new releases for Nashville.

The first new release is a reproduction sampler called Mary Ann Lynn 1855.  The border is unique and the verse "Procrastination" is also unique.  It's one that I can relate to a lot. How about you?  I haven't seen either verse or border on an antique sampler before.  I am sure there is an sampler out there that might have used one of them, but I just haven't seen it yet.  If you know where to direct me for a sampler that has either the verse or the border, I would love to see it.      

                                                                Mary Ann Lynn 1855

The second new release is a small original sampler in memory of two friends who live in another state.  I miss seeing them, but we do stay in touch and go to a retreat together every May.  I designed the sampler so that you can add your friend's names by simply adding or subtracting the number of flowers in the border. 

To Friends Far Away
The third new release is a small pin cushion stitched in some of my favorite colors.  The spelling of pins as "Pyns" is from the archaic English spelling of the past.  I like old fashioned. 
Spring Pyn Pillow
The 4th and 5th new releases are something I have been working on for awhile.  Then a few weeks ago another friend posted her finishing of an ornament that is similar to these two designs.  It always seems to happen that way.  As the saying goes...."There is nothing new under the sun".  Both of these come as kits and are a Nashville Needlework Show Special.  The kits come with the linen, Needle point Inc Silks ( 10 or 11 colors), one 3" tall wooden spool, coordinating fabric and either a scissors fob or two butterfly pins.  Both the scissors fob and the butterfly pins are made by Kim Lewis of Kim's Needle Needfuls.  The kits are packaged in a reusable vinyl pouch.  I have used the pouches for carrying small kits, needlework tools or fibers.

        Rabbit Run Pin Cushion                                                  Garden Visit Scissors Keep
I hope you are excited about the new releases.  Let me know what you think.  I am looking forward to seeing how these go at the market. 
We will be in Nashville tomorrow night and it will be wonderful to see old friends.  Sadly we will miss those who have come in the past, but are no longer with us.  Each new market seems to bring news of another of our needlework friends gone too soon.  I think they will be with us in spirit.
That's about all for now.  Support your favorite needlework shop and attend their market days after they return from Nashville.  I know you are going to love all the new things that needlework designers have been working hard on for the last few months.
See you after Nashville.

A New Sampler Book, Market and Teaching

Hello Sampler Friends,

Looks like I wrote this a few weeks ago and never posted it.  So...I will post it now and follow it up with another post about the market releases. 

I recently received my copy of a new book called "Threads of Useful Learning" by Mary Uhl Brooks.  I have already read several chapters and I really like the writing style.  Easy to read and keeps you engaged.  The photos are excellent and show samplers, globes and a few sewing smalls up close.  It's an enjoyable read.  You might want to check this book out on the Westtown School website.

On another note...the Nashville Market is approaching in about 5 weeks and I am sure that all of you are really anxious to see what all of your favorite designers are releasing at market.  Several shops already have pictures of the new releases on their websites or in their newsletters.  My new releases will be pictured  here in a few weeks.

Looks like my last post was in May of 2015.  So...I could probably catch you up on what I have been doing. 

               Home Spun Pin Drum

I taught at the Attic Summer School in August last year and the project was well-received.  This piece is a reproduction of an antique pin drum in my collection of needlework tools.  I gave a short educational talk on the history of pin cushions and then taught a few specialty stitches and the assembly of the pin drum and mat.  I made up the poem to reflect some of the historical names for pin cushions.  I am available to teach this class after August 2016.  I do have openings for classes this year and next year.  I have heard from a few guilds already, so I hope to have an idea of my schedule in the near future.

I also taught in Buffalo at the Examplary Needle Guild in September.  I had a wonderful time with all those lovely women in New York. They were excellent hostesses and put up with a few hiccups as this was my first out of town teaching engagement.

I followed that up in November with teaching in Dallas / Fort Worth at the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  This is a guild that I helped to start in 2000, so I knew a lot of the women who came to the class.  It was fun to see familiar faces that I hadn't see in a very long time.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and had a wonderful time with old friends.

This is a very busy time of year, so I best be off to continue with work for the upcoming market. 

Keep those needles busy,


Friday, May 1, 2015

New Release Now at Needlework Shops // Winner of the Sweetheart Tin!!

Hello All,

The market this year was fantastic!!  We had many orders for the Sweetheart Tin and I have been working on kitting for what seems like weeks.  I got sick when I returned from the market and it dragged me down for a month.  Before I  knew it April had arrived.  I was finally done shipping all the orders by the middle of April.  I have just been taking it easy and getting other tasks done not related to business.

Out to shops by the end of April was the newest release "My Spirit's Lift Whenever I Stitch".  This is exactly how I feel when I pick up a needle and thread.  The tray is also available from Retromantic at your local needlework shop.  I am using mine for a small scissors, needle book and various other stitching tools.  Hope you will enjoy stitching this one up.

Thanks so much for all your feedback about blogs vs. Facebook.  For now I guess I will stick with both since the consensus seemed to be that you use both for keeping up with different types of news. 

The winner of the Sweetheart Tin is Nancy Stevens.  Nancy...send me an email with your address and I can send you your gift.  Again thanks all for your comments.  I do enjoy hearing what you think so please continue to post comments on my blog.

Keep your needles flying!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nashville 2015

Hello Stitching Friends,

Oh yes, it has been a while!!  I don't know about all of you, but at times I have trouble making decisions so sometimes I just don't do anything.  I was trying to decide whether to change over to Facebook or maintain a blog and that's where the indecision came in.  So I seem to have decided not to keep up with either.  Which do you prefer?  Would you rather see brief posts on Facebook or longer posts on a blog.  Of course you can expect that keeping up with Facebook would by it's very nature be more frequent and not always related to stitching, but then again blogging for me seems to be a medium in which the posting is not as frequent and one needs to have something to say other than "I am now here or I am now doing this...."  So in short I am posting tonight because I am again on my way to the Nashville Needlework Market and want all of you to see what is new and available at the market this weekend.

I arrived in Nashville late this evening and after driving through a bit of snow and sleet arrived at the Embassy Suites safe and sound.  We set up tomorrow and open for business on Friday night.  The new designs are shown below:

Mary Ann Carrington 1834

Reproduction Sampler on 40 count Examplar from Lakeside Linens using AVAS 100/3 silks and Tudor Silks.

Elisabeth Wott 1816

Reproduction Sampler on 35 count Beige Linen from Weeks Dye Works using Needlepoint Silks.

The Earth Is A Feast

Original design on 40 count sand linen from Picture This Plus using Gentle Arts, Weeks Dye Works and Colorworks threads.

Sweetheart Sewing Tin

Show Exclusive Kit Includes: 40 count Heritage Linen from Picture This Plus; Gentle Arts, Weeks Dye Works and Colorworks Threads; and a matching design floss keep and needlecase.

I have one more design that can be pre-ordered at the show, but I don't yet have a picture of it so I can't show you that one yet.  It is a small stitching tray with the verse "My Spirits Lift Whenever I Stitch".  I think you will like it.

So, first let me know what you think about the new releases.  If you like the new designs please let your local needlework shop know and I know they will bring back patterns for you from the market.  I believe most of them check their emails on a regular basis even when at the market because most shops now bring lists to market of what their customers are asking for from designers.  Don't miss out!  Email them and let them know so they can add your favorites to their list.

Second, let me know what you think about shutting down the blog and switching to Facebook to keep you updated on Milady's Needle news.  Where do you go to get your news from designers?  Most of us need to get some things done in our lives so we can't go all over the web to find our news.  What is your preference?

Post a comment with your thoughts and after the market I will have a drawing for a give away for one of the Sweetheart Tins.

Thanks go out to all you loyal followers for continuing to stop by to see if I have posted anything new.

Till Next Time...Keep Those Needles Busy!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To Market, to Market, to Market we go.....

Hello Stitching Friends,

Yes indeed, it's that time again.  I usually don't put out pictures of new products before the needlework markets, but my local needlework shop owner suggested that customers like to see what's coming out so they can let the LNS know what they are interested in purchasing.  This way shops can bring a list to market and know just what to buy.  So, for the first time I am releasing pictures before the market starts this weekend.  If anything strikes your fancy, be sure to let your LNS know so the shop owner will be sure to bring the item home with them from the market. 

The first three new releases are Christmas ornaments.  Two are from my long neglected Buttoned Christmas Series.  I didn't realize that I haven't added to that series since 2006.  So I have released two new patterns for those of you who like that series.

The first is Hark The Herald Angels Sing.  The model is stitched on 30 Count Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof Linen using Weeks Dye Works Floss.

The Second new ornament is called A Merry Little Christmas.  The model is stitched on 40 count Vintage Cedar Plank by Lakeside Linens using Weeks Dye Works and Gentle arts floss.
The last new ornament was originally designed for the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild in 2010 by Kim Lewis with additional input from Milady's Needle.  We changed a couple of things and decided to release Christmas Every Day to the general public.The model is stitched on 36 count Vintage Lentil by Lakeside Linens using Weeks Dye works and Gentle Arts floss,

Now, for the book lover who doesn't want to lose his or her place, the next design is the perfect quick gift yourself or a friend.  The design for Elegant Corner Bookmarks is an idea from Kim Lewis and designed by Milady's Needle.  The models are stitched on a 32 count linen called "Paper Linen" from Vikki Clayton Hand-Dyed Fibers.  The linen is very stiff and two pieces come in the kit along with Gloriana silk threads in two different colors.  I have included the finishing instructions with pictures so that you will easily be able to finish these by yourself.  
The last design is my personal favorite.  Since my trip to Scotland this past April was so wonderful, I wanted to design something to commemorate my first trip overseas.  The design is entitled Thistle Patch Sewing Box and is stitched on 40 Count Legacy Linen from Picture This Plus using Gloriana Silks.  The color names are most appropriately named Thistle Patch, Thistle Green and Thistle Orange.  I have included extensive finishing instructions with color photos to help you complete the project yourself.  I hope you like this design as much as I do. 


I am still working on Mary Carrington who I hope will be ready before the end of the year.  That was the plan anyway.  Below is a  full picture of the antique.
Milady's Needle has a new product line that we are introducing at the St. Charles Needlework market.  Kim Lewis is the designer and we are distributing these cute needlework accessories.  These really are a surprise for those who attend market so I will post pictures as soon as possible after the market.   

Well, I hope you like my new offerings and that you will find something you like.  Please let your LNS know of your interest so that they are sure to stop by to see us at the St. Charles Market this weekend.  They want more guidance as to what you want to stitch.  Often it's a real dilemma what to bring home to you, so give them your feedback.

Please let me know what you think.

Until Next Time...Keep Those Needles Busy!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Attic Needlework Seminar

Oh my goodness.  It's been awhile.  I haven't even posted pictures of my trip to England and Scotland!! be honest I have had trouble getting those pictures downloaded to my computer, but I will have a bit more time after the market in St. Charles to get this done and let you know see what a wonderful time we had. 

Where does the time go???  There are days I wish there was a pill that would give me 8 hours sleep in one hour!

I taught a class at the Attic Needlework Summer School this weekend and received several compliments on the project.  It will be going into my teaching portfolio, so if you belong to a guild be sure to let them know that I am available for teaching.  I would love to meet some of you who have supported my efforts to keep Milady's Needle in business.  Thanks to all of you!!

Here is the project for the Attic Seminar.

Hope you are having a great summer and that you are having time for lots of stitching.  The next post will have pictures of the new releases for the St. Charles Market.
Till Next Time,