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,


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nashville Review

Hello Stitching Friends,

Home from Nashville and just a bit tired.  I had a great time seeing all my designer friends and wholesalers who supply me with great threads and great fabrics for my designs.  All of the designers are really working hard to design fantastic pieces that you will love to stitch.  My booth was right next to Workbasket and Niky's Creations.  Candy, Mary and Nicky had a lot of wonderful new pieces and I couldn't resist adding to my personal stash.  Unfortunately due to weather there were four vendors and 22 shops that didn't make it to market.  That makes it difficult for the shops to get all the new stuff until a few weeks after other shops who were able to make it to the market.  I hope that those of you who live near a local needlework store that couldn't make it will be patient as they try to get things in quickly.

I have two new pieces and one piece not yet seen by the shops at a market.  M. Woods came with me and there were many shop owners that bought patterns after seeing the beauty of the colors on this sampler for the first time.  The two other pieces are called  M'Lord's Necessities Box and Milady's Travel Ort Box.

Milady's Travel Ort Box is a small piece that can be stitched in a few hours.  The piece is mounted on a Jo-Ann fabrics pin box so you won't have a problem finding the box.  Easy, quick stitch for your stitching bag.

Milady's Travel Ort Box
M'Lord's Necessities Box grew out of a desire to see a clean counter space in my kitchen.  My husband comes home from wherever and then promptly puts his keys, billfold, cell phone and change on the counter,  This drives me nuts!!  So, I decided to come up with a more masculine design that could put on a box where all these items could be stored.  Take a look at this box.  It does have room for all of his necessities!

M'Lord's Necessities Box
I am currently working on a reproduction of Mary Carrington which I hope will be done this summer.  I hope you like the new pieces and if your local needlework store does not carry Milady's Needle, be sure to ask them to contact me and order the latest designs.
Until next time....keep your needles busy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Seminar at The Attic Needleworks

Hello Dear Stitching Friends,

What a whirlwind the Christmas holiday was and I am still recovering.  I had friends from Texas visiting for 10 days during the holiday and we had a great time.  It was good to relax with them on our patio in the warm Arizona sun. 

The First post of the new year has to cover the Seminar at Attic Needlework in January.  I had a wonderful time participating in this seminar.  The classes and lectures were fantastic and I continue to learn about the history of needlework and of the women who accomplished these beautiful works of art. 

Vickie and Megan Jennett of Needlework Press taught a very cute pin cushion based on her new book that comes out at the Nashville Needlework Market.  The lectures by Dr. Groggins were phenomenal!  I was especially impressed with the research she is doing on the relationship between doing needlework and trauma resolution.  I have always felt that stitching helps us work through a variety of difficulties in our lives, but it was great to hear about the research.  Amy Mitten is a personal friend and it was great to see her and catch up on her adventures.  Her class was delightful and we learned a great deal about the history of Mary Queen of Scot's needlework and the secret ciphers contained in her work.  My part of this seminar came on Sunday morning.  I showed my entire sampler collection which consists of 31 antique samplers.  I entertained 50 plus needle workers at my home where they were able to view my sampler collection.  I received such wonderful support and kind remarks on my home and my sampler collection.  Each visitor received a color pamphlet of my collection with notes on each sampler as well as a history of the sampler maker on those samplers already reproduced.  The compliments on this booklet were plentiful and many suggested I publish the book.  It is such fun sharing the love of needlework with others who are just as passionate about it as I am.  You can see pictures of the event in the Attic's January 23rd newsletter.  I also received a couple nice pictures from Patricia Eaton and I have posted them below.

My Dining Room with several samplers displayed.

Linda Vinson (Needlemade Designs) Myself and
Amy Mitten (Fiber's To Dye For) just after studying a
particular stitch on one of the samplers.
I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday and that the new year will bring you many lovely hours of stitching.  Next up....Nashville Needlework Market Review.
Until next time keep your needles busy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thoughts on Time at Christmas

Hello Friends,

My goodness the days slip by so quickly!  When your spouse is retired you begin to lose track of the days.  You know that test they give you at the doctors to be sure you don't have memory loss?  It includes the question "Do you know what day it is today?"  Well...I think I might get that one wrong.  The day of the week and the date of the month are a blur, but I do know that it will soon be 2014 and another year will have flown by.  If we could only invent a brake that would slow down time.  Of course if we did that then the world would slow down, gravity would begin to lose it's power and we all would be flung off the planet.  So...I guess I better just be happy with the way things are.  :)

But the issue of time is one that I struggle with daily at this time of year.  Is there enough time to do all the things I have on my list before Christmas?  Decorations, cards, shopping, meal planning, holiday celebrations, visits to friends not able to be home for Christmas and of course choosing gifts for friends and family.  Then as I think about the holidays, a Victorian poem comes to mind.  I am reminded that in the midst of plenty there is a need for charity for those less fortunate and to give according to one's ability.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny then a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny then God Bless You!

There are so many ways to give at this time of year, but sometimes I can over look the simple things that mean more to others than any monetary gift I could give.  The gift of time with those I love and with those less fortunate is something that will be remembered for many years to come. 

I hope that this Christmas many of you will be able to give the gift of your time to those you love as well as to those around you who are less fortunate.  Of course if you have the "penny" then give when you can, but the gift of time is worth a thousand times more than that ha'penny in the old man's hat.

Merry Christmas,


Monday, September 23, 2013

What's Up?

Hello Friends in Stitches,

A lot of posts on how to blog say not to start out by saying how long it's been since you posted as people know how long it's been since you posted.  Hmmm...but somehow it's always a good way to start a post.  However, since I just stated the above, I guess I have already done the deed.  :)

What's up with me

The summer heat here in Arizona has simply encouraged me to do as little as possible and that's what I have been doing.  Reading, stitching, thinking about designing, eating and watching Korean Dramas on T.V. 

That's right!!  :)  Korean Dramas, which are actually comedy and drama mixed together, are great fun to watch.  A lot like our romantic sitcoms.  If you haven't seen should try the drama "You Are Beautiful".   Yep, you do have to read subtitles, but the effort to do that goes away once you have tried a few of these.  I can even stitch now while watching.  I just glance up when they start to speak and the entire speech is up there ready to read.  Sometimes you have to be quick, but that's what the rewind button is for on your remote.  Sometimes you may have to look up a word or two, but that's easy to do.  If you have Netflix streaming you can watch a lot of these dramas.  I have been laughing my way through the week watching these at night.  How did I get started on this....well, my sister started to watch them when her daughter mentioned watching them on Netflix and then she got me hooked.  She adopted two Korean children at birth and they are now 18 & 20 years of age.  Even now Katie is in Seoul Korea helping school age children with their English.  She is accomplished in both Korean and Japanese Languages.   

Now an update on what's happening with Milady's Needle. 

I participated in the Attic Summer School in August and had a wonderful time with several other desert designers who also taught at this seminar.  These included Tanya Brockmeyer from Scarlet House, Linda Danielson from Samplers Remembered, Meagan & Vickie Jennett from Needlework Press, Apryl Southmayd & Bunny Smith from Priscilla's Pocket, and Linda Vinson from Needlemade Designs.  We all had a great time together and the attendees were very excited about all the projects.  We even finished one of the projects from Needlework Press.  I designed a scissors keep which I call Top Hat Scissors Keep.  It was fun designing this and coming up with a unique finish.  I can teach this at other guilds or shops after August of 2014. 

Top Hat Scissors Keep and Fob 
I am beginning to teach a bit more and have one a class scheduled at the Orange Coast Sampler Guild on October 12th.  I am teaching the Garden Delight Pin Cushion and Scissors Fob which was taught at the Attic Seminar last year. 

Garden Delight Pin Cushion
and Scissors Fob
I think I am going to enjoy teaching and hope to do more of it in the future.  I just have to design more projects that call for interesting finishing.  I also can teach advanced sampler stitches, but there doesn't seem to be much call for that out there right now.  A lot of sampler guilds have many members who are advanced in their stitching skills.  Guilds and shops seem to either want interesting finishing techniques or needlework designers who have a very large following.  If you have a guild or know of a shop who might be interested in having Milady's Needle come and teach please let them know of your interest in one of these projects.
Last of all, I want to thank all of you who take the time to comment on my blog.  I always read the comments, but I don't always respond to each comment.  I really appreciate your feedback and love to hear your experiences stitching my designs.  It was great to hear of your interest in the M. Woods sampler.  It has been very popular and I enjoy seeing how different she looks when you change the colors or the fabric.  It's amazing how different the end result looks just by making these simple changes. 
Until Next Time,

Thursday, June 6, 2013

M. Woods Has Arrived!!

Hello Stitching Friends,

With an appropriate drum roll I am announcing the publication of the reproduction of M. Woods! 

This sampler has been chosen as Sampler of the Month at the Attic Needleworks in Mesa, Arizona.   You will want to check our her latest Newsletter to see what she is offering as part of her sampler of the month feature.    It is exciting to be chosen for this honor as Jean really is a great support for those of us who are designers in this area.  She gets excited about all our work and passes on this excitement to those of us who are able to visit her shop.  See her newsletter here.

M. Woods is being packaged up and will ship out to shops on our automatic this week.  Distributors will receive the patterns later this month.  Be sure to contact your local shop owner and let them know you would like a copy of this beautiful sampler. 

I am so proud of this reproduction.  I really worked hard to bring you a chart which would make it easy for you to stitch a sampler that is not as symmetrical as it looks.  The original sampler is done on an uneven weave linen with a count of 56 threads by 66 threads per inch.  Yes she is small!  Because of the uneven weave the reproduction is larger and more square than the original.


The reproduction is stitched on 40 Count Vintage Examplar from Lakeside Linens using AVAS 100/3 Silk and one color of Luminescence from Gloriana Silks.  The colors of silk are taken from the back side of the sampler.  Despite the problems I had with color matching I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this piece. 

The closest you could get to the original size is to use the new 50 count fabric that Jean is offering through her shop from Lakeside Linens.  If you decide to work the sampler on this count you will need to stitch all of the sampler in cross stitch and tent stitch.  There are Eyelets on this piece, but each leg is done over one thread, so you won't want to mess with trying to do eyelets on 50 count.  With care in stitching, I was able to do the Eyelets over one and yes you can see them.  I include a diagram of one of the letters in the pattern so you can see how I stitched the Eyelets to keep the hole clear of any thread.

I hope you will enjoy stitching this sampler as much as I have enjoyed watching the sampler come alive again on linen.  Please let me know what you decide to stitch your sampler on.  I am interested to see what choices others make when working on a new sampler.

Till Next Time....Keep Your Needles Busy!