Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cover Girl!

Thanks to 
Needlework Retailer 
for putting 
Christmas Joy Ride 
on the cover of their holiday issue! 


Also, I've received a number of questions about 
a new DMC color in this design,
 # 3882, Medium Light Cocoa. 
Apparently it's not so easy to find, but
# 839 Brown is almost identical!

Thanks again to 
Lakeside Linens for the 40-count Misty Rain linen
Weeks Dye Works for the Hand Over Dyed floss
Valley House Primitives for the hand-grained frame
Kathy Bonham for her excellent stitching skills
and Megan Chriswisser, Editor of Needlework Retailer, 
for making sure the cover printed just right!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another reason to visit Fayetteville, NY


Please stop by A Stitcher's Garden housed in a renovated barn along the Erie Canal, complete with a view of a beautiful pond. Jan's shop specializes in counted cross stitch supplies, and offers stitch-ins, classes and an annual retreat. She is currently displaying an assortment of Carriage House Samplings models until Christmas.




Thank you, Jan!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A New Carriage House Release

Family Tree Portraits 

was inspired by folk art portraits...

lockets with portraits ...

(I saw this in Virginia's Museum of the Shenandoah Valley with my mother-in-law) 

And silhouette-art ...
(here I am circa 1964)

Plus, someone told me at a needlework show that she'd love to 
stitch her family tree!


So I'm providing three charts
with three distinctive borders
that show a couple,
and a two-generation family,
and a three-generation family tree,
designed so that you can choose
hair colors and styles
hats and glasses
that reflect your family members.
Expand or trim the borders to hold as many generations as you like.
Add a family pet...
Fill with medallions and hearts
And in the case of the family tree,
use hearts to show marriages and
use brackets to show offspring

Thanks to Lakeside Linens for providing the fabric
Needlepoint Silk for the floss (DMC conversions are provided)
East Side Mouldings for building the frames
and Sherri Berkman, Sharon Schutjer and Kathy Bonham
for stitching the models.

Suggested retail: $18.00 for all three designs


Monday, November 3, 2014

Last Sneak Peek



Family Tree Portraits 

will let you create your own family tree
Add glasses and hats...
Change hair, eye, skin, clothing colors... 
Even add a family pet!

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Second Sneak Peek


This is a sneak peak at the second design 
included in my upcoming release,
Family Tree Portraits.
Imagine
your family members
in cross-stitch!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Question + A Sneak Peek

Would a design with the model stitched in Kreinik's Silk Mori stop you from purchasing the chart if DMC and NPS conversions were provided?

My sister Janet sent me a collection of beautiful colors, milkpaint and regular, that are very tempting to use, but I'm not sure how easy they are to find in shops.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!

In the meantime, here's a sneak peak at an upcoming release. There are three designs included with this chart, titled Family Tree Portraits.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Second Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Nataly Koplovsky from Duxbury, Massachusetts!

She was the first to suggest my painting, Red-winged Blackbirds, as a cross stitch design and I think it works. In fact, Sharon Schutjer just stitched it to perfection. Nataly will be the first to receive the chart after the model is framed and the chart printed.

Nataly has been stitching since age five when her grandmother taught her how to embroider towels and pillowcases. She's currently stitching the Shores of Hawk Run Hollow (just starting block 10.) She loves all things needlework as well as shopping for antique needlework items.

Thanks again to all of you who suggested this and other paintings. I plan on trying some others that you recommended. If I like them as sampler designs, you'll be the first to receive a copy, free of charge.



Marty