Saturday, November 6, 2010

Drawing Results (Drum Roll)

Hello Friends,

Well, the best laid plans are always interrupted by life.  Thanks for your patience in hearing the results of the drawing.

I decided to wait a few more days for updates from those of you who didn't have your email addresses in your post or profile.  I got a few responses, but unfortunately about a third of you did not leave me this information.  Since I try to get everything taken care of with in a few weeks of the show, no email address means I can't get a hold of you in a timely manner to let you know if you win.  So, I really do need those email addresses in your profile or post when you enter a drawing.  Then this week I discovered that Flu shots are not always inactive.  I am up and about now, so on to the results. 

The results were tabulated through a random draw organization online.  So, I do have the final results of the drawing.  The winners will recieve one item from their wish list which will be sent to them when I receive an email from them with their name and address.

Without further fanfare the winners are:

1.  Requilt:
2.  Susan:

Please contact me at the email address listed on my profile.  When I hear from you I can send you your wishlist item.

Thanks to all of you for participating in the Online Needlework Show Drawing.  Another drawing will be held in April of 2011.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday!!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Online Needlework Show Drawing

Hello Ladies,

Thank-you so much for all your kind comments regarding Milady's Needle Designs.  Again, I must be on the right track design wise, since so many of you have such wonderful wish lists.  The drawing will take place this weekend, but I can't put you in the drawing unless you either have an email address in your profile or an email address in your post.  Please...check your post for the drawing and see if you have one of these possibilities for getting in touch with you.  If you don't then please post to this current post with that information.  I appreciate your help with this.  I will need to receive this information by Sunday as that is when the draw takes place.

The Online Needlework Show was a great success.  Just to let you know...there is only one of the Cottage Charm Pockets left for a shop to purchase.  They will no longer be available after that one is gone.  So if this is on your wish list and you don't win the drawing, be sure to get in touch with your local needlework shop to purchase this before they are gone forever.

I will be back to post the winners on Sunday evening.  Keep on stitching!!

Til Next Time,


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Online Needlework Show Opens Soon

Hi Friends,

Well, the Online Needlework Show opens today.  I hope you will stop by and see my booth which will contain all the releases from the St. Charles Needlework Market including the new Yuletide Hornbooks only available through Milady's Needle.  Also there will be two Christmas Ornaments which were previously only available in magazines. 

Spot of Christmas

                                                             Christmas Tree Farm

So, please come by and make a list to forward to your favorite Needlework Store.  In addition be sure to sign up for the drawing from your wish list.  Read the instructions on how to enter.  Simply add your comment to this post along with your wish list and you will be entered in the drawing.  Make sure your profile has your email address so I can get a hold of you if you win.

On another sure to see Milady's Needle ornament in the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue this year.  The ornament issue is always so fun to browse through and read other designers recipes or stories.  No stories or recipes for me this year.  Time just simply got away from me!

                                                             Regal Red Christmas

That's about all the news for now.  Enjoy the Online Needlework Show and I will be back after the show to let you know the winners of the drawing. Be sure to check back to see if you won.

Till next time...keep those needles moving.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Whew!! What a great market!!

Hello Friends,

Well, I am back home again from the market and we had a wonderful time as well as selling quite a few goodies to your local needlework store.  Be sure to check with them for new products. 

First, here is a peek at our suite during the market.  

Models Top Row:

Faithful Friends
Sarah Brown (Margaret's Sister's Sampler)
The Bird's & The Bees

Models Top Left:
Margaret  Brown  (Reproduction)
Margaret Brown (Adaptation)
Margaret Brown (Orginal) 

Models Top Left:

Christmas Tree Farm
Spot of Christmas

Models on Table:

Christmas Blessings
Yuletide Hornbooks

Another view of the new releases

Yet another view of Margaret Brown 

Models On The Table:

Milady's Quaker Pendants I & II
Quaker Pin Cushions
Precious Pin Cushions
Floss Tag-A Longs
ABC Come Stitch With Me

Now on to individual pictures of the new releases at St. Charles:

Faithful Friends

  The Birds & The Bees 


Margaret Brown (Reproduction)      

Margaret Brown (Adaptation)

 Margaret Brown (Original)

Yuletide Hornbooks

I hope you like the new releases!!  And with that I will close for today.  I still have a lot to do before the October Online Needlework Show.  I hope that some of you will stop by the show to learn how to enter for a chance to win a door prize.  Keep on stitching!
Till next time,

Monday, September 13, 2010

To Market, To Market to buy lots of charts!!

Hello Stitching Friends,

July and August flew by without my posting the news.  Of course there wasn't much to post as I was very busy with work related of which is coming in just a few days.  The St. Charles Market is a week away and I am tying up loose ends so that I can hit the road on Wednesday the 22nd of September.  Much still to do, but I wanted to take just a second and give you a couple of sneak peeks at what will soon arrive at your local needlework shop.

The first sneak perk is of the new Yuletide Hornbooks design which is kitted with two designs, silks, fabric and hornbook.  You will get full view of this pattern after market on this blog.   I really enjoyed designing these and hope you will like them too. 

The second sneak peek is of my second reproduction sampler.  It is an American Quaker Sampler stitched by Margaret Brown and dated 1838.  Included with the pattern is a brief history of Margaret's life and pictures of the original sampler by Margaret.  Also included is a picture of Margaret's sister Sara's original sampler, which may or may not also be reproduced in the future. 

How many of you out there would actually stitch a second sampler by a sister of the first sampler maker which is very similar to the one already published?  If there is enough interest I will reproduce Sara's Sampler. 

Here is the sneak peek.

There are two more designs which will be debuted at the St. Charles Market, but they are out being framed as I type and I don't have a sneak peek for you right now. 

The Bird's & The Bees is a part of the Sampler Motifs and Meanings series with motifs starting with the letter B.  The meaning of the motifs is stitched into the sampler. 

Faithful Friends is a sampler which could be used as a memorial sampler for pets.  It's a cute sampler with a nice verse, so you don't need to include the name of your pet if you don't want to.  I put the name of a friend's pet that recently passed away on the model.  The verse on the sampler is part of a poem called "The Rainbow Bridge" written by an unknown author.  The poem is often used in reference to beloved animals who have left their owners all too soon.

I am looking forward to the market as I always do, despite the craziness before every market.  I will post more pictures after I return home.

Until after the market,


Monday, June 21, 2010

What lovely work all of you do!!

Hi All,

I have been receiving pictures from some of you who have stitched Milady's Needle Designs.  I wanted to post some of these so that others can see your beautiful work.

Peta from New Zealand stitched up the Quaker Christmas Smalls and finished them as small booklets.  What a very unique idea!!  Aren't they sweet!

Annemiek Koning from the Netherlands finished Christmas Elegance as a gift for her parents.  The frame accents this piece quite nicely!

Gabi stitched up Christmas Blessings adding some metallics in the border for a very nice effect.

Karen changed the color on her Quaker Christmas Ornament so that it complements her pink Christmas Tree.

Carol finished her Quaker Christmas Ornaments in a very unique way.  How cute is that!!

Andrea from the UK stitched Christmas Blessings for a friend.  Look at her gorgeous finishing.

Finally Sabo from Japan has a lovely finish of the Needles & Pin design.  What a great idea!!

Please send me your pictures of your finished work!  I love to see what you have done with Milady's Needle designs. 

Keep those needles swiftly moving in and out of your linen.  Enjoy each moment of the time you have to stitch!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Update on Weeks Dye Works Retirement of Colors

Thanks to you Anne for clearing up the information that I received from a needlework news source regarding WDW color retirement.  If you read Anne's response to the last post, she indicated that WDW responded to her email and informed her that colors are never discontinued.  Apparently they retire colors and move them to the back of the order form in an attempt to keep their order forms to one page.  Colors are still available for order even if they are retired.  Very interesting.... but that's good news!!  In the past I have pieces that were designed with particular colors of overdyed floss and now those particular colors are no longer being dyed by that company.  That can be frustrating for a designer as well as the stitcher.

Sorry if I posted this information incorrectly.  The information I received was from a source that I thought was reliable.

Have a wonderful day full of stitching!



Friday, April 30, 2010

Weeks Retires Some Colors

Hi Stitching Friends,

I just wanted to let you know that Weeks Dye Works is discontinuing some of their colors and one of them on the list is used for a couple of Milady's Needle Patterns.  Both Sampler Bands Rule and Beauty From My Needle use the color Okefenokee #3940.  So, if you have one of these patterns, you might want to obtain this color from your local needlework shop before their supplies are gone.  There is no match for this color in DMC or Anchor, so you will need this color for this design.  

 Beauty From My Needle          
Sampler  Bands Rule

As a precaution, you might want to check their website at for colors that have been discontinued and inventory your patterns that use these colors.

Have a great stitching weekend.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Winners of The Online Needlework Show Drawing

The Online Needlework Show is over now and almost all the orders went out to the shops this week.  So, if you asked your local needlework shop to order something for you, thank-you!  Contact them later next week and they should have it in stock.

Now...drum roll...the winners of the consumer drawing are as follows:

Barb (omashee aka Barb)

I have emailed a couple of you, but don't have access to an email address for the third.  Please email me and let me know you have received your email notifying you that you won the drawing.  Congratulations to all of you!!  The next drawing will be at the Online Needlework Show in October.

Thanks too for all your wish lists.  It looks as though I am on track in designing what you seem to like to stitch.  That's good news as am working on some new designs for the St. Charles Show.  I am making some changes in how my business is run, and hopefully that result in more designs throughout the year, rather than just at major shows. 

I hope you have been getting in some quality stitching time.  There are always so many wonderful designs out there to stitch.  I wish I had more time to stitch on designs that are not my own.  This year I finally decided that I would set aside some personal stitching time on the weekends and it has been very relaxing to not worry about a deadline or correcting mistakes on a chart.  I signed up for my sampler guild's MAGIC program...which for those of you who don't know stands for My Anual Good Intentions Contract.  I chose a couple of things I would like to get done before the end of the year and if all goes well, I think I might just make it. 

That's all the news this time around.  Take time to stitch and enjoy the coming summer months.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Check out Milady's Needle Designs at the Online Needlework Show

Hello All,

The online needlework show starts on Thursday April 15th so be sure to visit: to view Milady's Needle Designs.  Let your local needlework shop know which designs you would like to purchase and if they don't carry them, ask them to contact Milady's Needle to order charts.  Also...Take time to check out the instructions for entering the drawing during the show.  When  you post your reply tell me your favorite Milady's Needle Designs in the form of a wish list.  If  you are one of the lucky winners of the drawing, I will try to make a wish or two from your list come true.  Your lists will also tell me which types of designs I need to do more of in the future, so help me out and enter the drawing.

In other news...I will not be attending the summer trade show in Columbus this year.  Fewer and fewer cross stitch shops are attending that market, so I will focus my energies on the Nashville and St. Charles Markets.  With that in need to know that due to a number of issues related to the production of our pin cushions, we are currently not taking orders for these.  They will primarily be available at trade shows.  If you want a pin cushion base, be sure to visit your local needlework store.  If they do not have them ask them to pick some up at one of the trade shows. 

Spring is near it's end and summer has already come to Texas.  Opening the windows is something I don't do as the wind here is pretty strong and the dust just goes everywhere.  Makes me wish I was back up North again where I can open the windows and let the breeze come in.  

My local sampler guild (Tudor Rose Sampler Guild) is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this next Saturday and we are having a tea party at the Dallas Arboretum.  The goody bags are already filled with fun items made by various guild members and many designers have generously donated wonderful door prizes.  It will be a wonderful celebration and I am looking forward to spending time with friends whose love is also samplers.

I hope you have a great day and take time to stitch!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Back from Nashville

Hello Friends,

Whew!  What a whirlwind of fun and work this year's Nashville market was during the last week.  Of course 10 hours of driving both ways is very tiring, but made more fun with my two market helpers and friends Sylvia and Michelle.  I couldn't have made it through my preparations with out the many friends I have and I wouldn't have been able to go to the market without my market helpers.  Thanks so much to all of you who helped to bring this off!!  And special thanks to Sylvia and Michelle for their unending patience and support while at the show!

Now, on to the news.  I took pictures of the suite before we took everything down at the end of the show and when I went to download them found that I didn't have a card in the camera to record the pictures.  Great!!  So, sorry I don't have a picture of the suite for you to see.  Though the suite was small, we did fit everything in.  From Thursday to Monday we really worked and played hard.  We saw old friends and met new ones.  I hope that Sylvia and Michelle will tell you about their market experience in their blogs.

There were five new releases at the let's get started.  The first one was My Little Bees Ruler Pocket which includes the gold ruler.  The design matches the Bees' Rule and the Bee's Rule Accoutrements.  Now the only thing left to do is the matching basket. 

Bee's Ruler Pocket

Bee's Rule Accoutrements

The second one is ABC Come Stitch With Me and includes patterns for a ruler, floss tag, sewing pocket, needlebook and scissors fob.  A pretty two color sceme with Crescent Colours was used, but I would love to see your work if you do it other colors. 

ABC Come Stitch With Me

The third and 4th releases are Milady's Quaker Pendants I & II.  You get enough fabric and silks to do all four patterns.  One pendant is included in the kit and you can get extra pendants from your local needlework store. 

Milady's Quaker Pendants I

Milady's Quaker Pendants II

The last release is A Schoolroom Primer and it's a small hornbook design.  The kit includs the fabric, floss, a parchment alphabet and the hornbook.  One of the parchment alphabets is in the photo.  It is attached to the back of the hornbook with glue and then covered with a matte finish.  

A Schoolroom Primer

All of these were well received at Nashville and should be at your local shop this week.  I hope you like the new things as much as the shops did.  Let me know what you think. a reminder...please send me photos of any finished Milady's Needle Design.  I plan to post them to my blog eventually.  It's late here and I should sign off.  

Hope you all have a wonderful day stitching to your hearts content.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Market is Approaching

Hello All,

Well, the holidays are over, although you can't tell it by my living room. Here is a picture of my Milady's Needle Ornament Tree. We are just now taking down the Christmas decorations. There is never enough time. My husband says we should just leave them up all year since we don't seem to be able to get them up until the week of Christmas.

I am working away on several new things for the upcoming market. Finally My Little Bees Ruler Pocket is finished and ready to make the trip to Nashville. Yeah!!

Now all that is left of these series are the baskets for the Acorn, Quaker and Bees. There is alot of stitching on them, so I have very few volunteers to stitch these models. I stitched the Strawberries basket and it did take me awhile. Anyone interested in stitching any of the baskets? Here is a picture of the Strawberries basket and accessories. As you can see the basket is stitched on both top and bottom. But I think it's so pretty when it's done. I will probably end up stitching them myself.

I have also finished a stitcher's pocket, needlebook and scissors fob to go with the ABC Come Stitch With Me series that was released in the December 2008 Just Cross Stitch Magazine. So the charts for the ruler, floss tag, stitcher's pocket, needlebook and scissors fob will be all in one pattern. The picture is of the ruler and floss tag that was pictured in the JCS magazine. So, this pattern will also be on it's way to Nashville.

Two new releases will introduce Milady's Needle Pendants. The first two patterns will be quaker designs. They will be stitched over one on 36 count Luna from Lakeside Linens and will be kitted with fabric, silk floss and a jewlery frame. I think these will look quite nice with any clothing you wear as you can purchase extra frames to do more of the designs in any fabric and fibers you like. Accessorize your wardrobe with matching stitched jewelry.

The last of the five new releases will be Milady's Schoolroom Primer. It is stitched on 4o Count Vintage Buttercream by Lakeside Linens. The kit will come with a hornbook, fabric, silks, parchment Alphabets, charted design and finishing directions. Both sides of the hornbook will be used for finishing. When you see the final design I think you will be pleased.

Well, that's all the news from the castle. I hope you are getting many long days of stitching this winter.