Thursday, May 30, 2019

"Birds of a Feather" Club Update...

Welcome and happy Friday
needlefolk fiends!

My apologizes for the long absence,
too many things going on in my little corner 
of the world!

"Birds of a Feather" Handworke Club Update ~

Finally, a nice quiet moment to share what my
needle and thread stitched together for the  
second club project...

"Together Forever" Pinkeep Drum

Did you know that Swans mate for life,
 and it is said, that when one mate dies the other
dies shortly after from loneliness! 

Let's take a clockwise look around the drum...
To the right of the meandering floral motif is the lady swan,
adorned with a flowing ribbon, followed by a large key, 
and initials.  

Pattern includes a complete alphabet so you can 
 personalize the pinkeep drum.

Next, is the backside...
The back seam comes together and creates
a cluster of three hearts!

Next in the circle...
A second floral motif that compliments the
main floral motif on the front.

We are now back to the front...
To the left of the meandering floral motif 
is the male swan.

lets take a closer look
at the supplies...

"Together Forever" pinkeep drum is stitched on
 32ct Country French "Golden Needle linen.

While on a recent road trip, 
I purchased this lovely  fabric at the
 Country Sampler Shop 
 Spring Green, Wisconsin...a wonderful shop!

A glimpse of the thread palette.

While antiquing a few years ago, 
I founds a large lot of these rare
 vintage Bakelite O~Rings!

I'm so happy to share these
exclusive vintage rings as a club embellishment!

The ribbon is a lovely soft gold tone.


The anticipated ship date is June 10th.

There are still a few memberships available
through my Etsy Shop.

 For all the club details, 
please click onto the 2019 club photo below.

If you join the club now you will receive...
Kit No. 1 
"Fruit of the Vine" Needleroll


Kit No. 2
"Together Forever" Pinkeep Drum

This would bring you current in the club, 
with Kit No. 3 released the end of August,
and Kit No. 4 released the end of November.


Soul Food...

"And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, 
and acceptable, and perfect, 
will of God."

Romans 12:2...KJV


I'll be checking in again sometime next week
 to reveal this quarter's club winner of the
 antique gift giveaway!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend!

Kindly, Tammy

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring has Sprung!

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

I planned on posting a new pattern,
but because it was also my birthday, too many 
surprises caught me off guard!

So today is the day to share 
the new pattern, here is a sneak peek...

"Spring Delivery"
©2019 Scattered Seed Samplers

Model is stitched on 32ct WDW "Straw" linen,
using overdyed thread.

This is a "Companion Sampler" to last year's spring release...
"Spring Gathering" C2018

Here they are side by side...
With my birthday falling on the first day of Spring,
growing up my mom loved calling me; "her little Chickity"!

This was my inspiration for these two companion 
Springtime Samplers!

Available through Etsy...

"Spring Gathering" 2018 ... Click HERE
"Spring Delivery" 2019....  Click HERE


"Birds of a Feather" Handworke Club Update...

Sorry for the delay in announcing the club's 
antique gift giveaway!

Selected from my personal collection of antique 
sewing goods, here is the chosen gift...

Congratulations to..
Victoria Thornbury, North Carolina

Lusterware, Japan
Yellow Bird Pinkeep
circa 1920

Lusterware is typically from Japan,
and will usually have a makers mark located
either on the bottom or backside as shown above.

Lusterware can also be from Occupied Japan,
and Germany.


Sharing some wintertime photos, 
before deleting them off my phone...
(rural Melrose, Wisconsin)

"The Duck Pond"
Villa Louis, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin


Winter Bird Cottages...
Our old mailbox, cut in half, and converted into these
 "Bird Cottages"...outside my Studio door!


Soul Food...

But he that is of a merry heart hath a 
continual feast.

Proverbs 15:15...kjv


This country girl is excited for spring walks outside, 
goodbye treadmill...until next winter!

Also, love waking up to the songs of
Robins and Mourning Doves outside my 
bedroom window!

Hope you too can enjoy the sights and sounds
of this wonderful Springtime!

Kindly, Tammy

Saturday, February 23, 2019

"Birds of A Feather" Club Update...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

At last, a "Birds of A Feather" Handworke Club update!
I won't make you wait any longer...thank you for your patience!

"Fruit of the Vine" Needle Roll

And now for a closer look inside this little
rolled up bundle...

Once the ribbon is untied, 
you will be greeted with little feathered friend
holding a berry in its mouth.

Now, we'll take a look at what the front
side looks like once unrolled...
Two feathered friends are perched on a 
meandering vine while feasting upon the 
fruit of the vine!

This angle shows the colors best...
Hope you're liking it so far...there is more to see!

But first, 
Check out the secret little pincushion attached 
to the bottom edge!

And finally, the backside...
A special place to organize your favorite 
stitching needles!

The three standard size cross stitch needles are...

No. 24 ~ Use on 28ct. linen or 14ct. aida cloth
No. 26 ~ Use on 30ct. linen or 16ct. aida cloth
No. 28 ~ Use on 32/36/40ct. linen or 18ct. aida cloth

The little triangular pinkeep is a handy
workspace for pins & needles while stitching!

Supply details are next...
Thread palette has five chosen colors.

Here is a close up look at the chosen linen...
32ct. Country French "Golden Needle" linen
(two pieces ~ one for the front & one for the back)

Layered between the two pieces of linen...
A lovely super soft piece of flannel to give
the "needle roll" a nice texture.

Civil War Reproduction fabric...
Used to make the little triangular pinkeep.

"Smoke Grey" is used for the embellishments.

 It's never to late to join ...
Memberships are available through my Etsy Shoppe,
complete details are provided in the listing.

To go directly to the listing, please click HERE

The scheduled ship date for club kits is
Wednesday, March 6th.

Next week, I'll be posting the club winner
for the quarterly Antique Sewing Notion giveaway!


Also, offered separately in my Etsy Shoppe 
are my favorite stitching needles...

If you don't already have the three standard
size needles in your stash ~

My personal favorite cross stitch needles are by
John James of Worcestershire, England (Est. 1840.)

These are the "Finest Quality" needles in my opinion!

What makes these needles different is the shorter (petite) shaft,
which is so wonderful to hold in your hand while stitching, 
plus because there is less needle shaft in the way,
you are able to keep stitching using almost all of your 
thread (much less waste.)  

Also, with this shorter needle you'll be able to stitch 


Please remember...
to feed the "Feathered Friends" in your backyard!


Soul Food...

"I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: 
for without me ye can do nothing."

John 15:5...KJV


I'm seriously breaking up with "Old Man Winter"...
looking forward to "Mr. Spring" bringing me flowers!

Until next time, stay warm my friends!
Kindly, Tammy

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Catharine Dickenson 1840 ~

Hello and welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Finally, a nice quiet moment to post a blog!

Yesterday we woke up to 8.5" of snow, and today
it's bitterly cold out, all the schools and even our Mall is closed
through Wednesday!

Fortunately my son Sam's pickup truck has four wheel drive,
he drove me to the print shop yesterday so I could get a 
 new Antique Reproduction Sampler pattern released...
"Catharine Dickenson 1840"

Stitched on 32ct. Picture This Plus "Ale" linen,
using overdyed thread (pattern includes DMC alternative.)

Little Catharine was only 9 years old when she stitched her 
charming sampler back in 1840...that's 179 years ago!

The upper section of the linen is stitched with three rows of 
alphabet letters, numbers and border patterns followed by two rows of 
family initials with Catharine's details beneath.

The lower section of the linen is stitched with a central 
rosebush with a dog and little bird perched on a carnation bud to the left,
 and a duck and bird perched on top of a floral motif to the right.

The uppermost bloom of the rosebush has a tree and
floral motif on either side.

Catharine's origin was the United Kingdom.

This antique reproduction sampler pattern is now
available through Etsy, to visit the listing,
please click HERE


Registration for this years Handworke Club 
is now available...

This years club theme will be focused on "Birds"!

I'll be posting updates as the first project progresses,
with a scheduled ship date of approximately
February 28th.

Here's a glimpse of some new fabrics recently
added to my stash, hoping they might work
out as club fabric!

I'm in love with these antique bird scissors,
and double ended ebony pinkeep, my husband and son gifted 
them to me for Christmas!

Club memberships are available through 
Etsy, to visit the listing, please 
click HERE


Look what's featured in "Needlework Retailer" magazine...
It's so exciting when this magazine arrives in my mailbox,
to open it up and see one of my patterns featured...
thank you Hoffman Distributing!

Mary Wood 1837
(Antique Adam & Eve Reproduction Samplers)


Before yesterday's big snowfall, we were flying through 
winter with hardly any snow...
We took these pictures last weekend while out on a Sunday drive!

Love the old windmill nestled amongst the trees!

Check out this intricate design...

When it's really bitterly cold, there is one window in
our old 1886 farmhouse that gets all frosty and 
creates this natural work of art!

This doesn't happen often, so when it does I'm 
just mesmerized by the design! 

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Soul Food ~

And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13...NKJV

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February is just around the corner...

Warmer days are ahead, our weatherman just announced
on Sunday it going to be in the 40°s...yay!

♥ ♥ ♥

Winter Blessings To All,
Kindly, Tammy