As many of you know, I was able to find a much more reliable source for the spools enclosed in several of my designs. Last year both the Rabbit Run and Garden Visit designs had spools from a company that could not give me consistent quality. I was throwing out about 1/4 of the orders that I was receiving. Because of this I had new spools custom made by another company who could guarantee that the holes would be in the middle, no large chips out of the wood, no glued together cracks and a consistent size from the top to the bottom of the spool. One thing that did change was the height of the spools. The new spool is slightly taller than the older spools.
The finishing directions for the new releases at Nashville 2017 were adjusted to reflect the new height. However, it appears that we missed adjusting the directions for the 2016 designs which include Rabbit Run and Garden Visit. This will result in the nun's stitch fringe being slightly shorter and may not reach the top and bottom of the spool when mounting the final piece onto the spool.
Anyone purchasing these kits from their local needlework shops after the market in 2016 will not be affected by this change as the spools are from the old company. But those shops who purchased and received these two designs at the 2017 Nashville Market; and customers who purchased their kits from their local needlework shop after this 2017 market will want to make the following change to their pattern.
On the first page of each of these designs is a section called Nun's Stitch. On number 5 in these directions you will want to increase the number of threads that you leave for the fringe. The changes are reflected as underlined in red.
5. Once the stitching is complete, count out 5 threads away from the horizontal bottom stitches of the Nun’s Stitch. Remove the 6th thread on all four sides. Cut the linen in the channel where the thread has been removed. Check to see that the linen fits between the top and bottom of the spool. Trim if needed. Make a fringe by pulling the threads on the outer side of the horizontal bottom stitches. The Nun’s Stitch will act as a finished border and keep all the threads in place.
Until next time, keep those needles busy.