Wednesday, September 28, 2016

And the winner is ... or should I say are?

Wow! You all are absolutely amazing!! The ideas you sent us were all wonderful and we considered each and every one. We're grateful for the time and effort you put into your ideas for the next Hawk Run Hollow.

We heard from lots of stitchers, including our model stitchers, from shop owners and even from our very creative sister Janet.  Our three brothers had not a word to say!

Maybe it's the cooling temperatures and the caramel apples now at the local produce stand, but we're really inspired to design Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow as the 10th in the series!

The first person to suggest Halloween was Lydia Redeker. So she will win a free copy of the chart once it's completed, and she'll get her moment of fame and glory when her name is included in the chart packaging! We're very grateful Lydia!

And we have a second winner: Tawny Korty, of the shop Where Victoria's Angel Stitch in Clifton, NJ. Not only did she suggest Halloween, but she gave enough imaginative details for all twelve blocks!

Thank you for participating. As contest participant, Sharon Odom, wrote, "If I could, I would become a citizen of Hawk Run Hollow Hollow in a heartbeat." I felt that way when I worked on the barn dance and rolling hills of Farms and the flowers and fig tree in Spring. I'm not sure I'm going to want to be anywhere near Hawk Run Hollow at Halloween!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Hawk Run Hollow Contest!

Thank you for all your interest in A Year at Hawk Run Hollow, the ninth in the popular Hawk Run Hollow series! Here's your chance to take part in the 10th Hawk Run Hollow!

My sister Kathy Barrick (the originator of the series) and I are going to join forces to design the tenth chart. Send us your ideas for its theme. The first person to suggest a theme that both Kathy and I think will make a great HRH, will receive a FREE copy of the chart and have their name included on the packaging.

Farms was inspired by my love of rural country side and farm animals. Spring seemed so obvious after Kathy's Autumn and Christimas. I loved designing the Map of Hawk Run Hollow and placing lots of the shops that Kathy included in the Village of HRH and coming up with new landmarks. And finally, Year was a fun way to look at Hawk Run Hollow over time. Now it's up to you to start the creation of the tenth chart!

See the first nine at

Email your ideas to: and

Thank you!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

New Carriage House Samplings Releases

Presenting the ninth in the Hawk Run Hollow series: A Year at Hawk Run Hollow
Thanks to Beth Wikens for stitching the model in record time, to Lakeside Linens & Designs for providing the stunning 40-count Vintage Sand Dune linen, to Valley House Primitives for creating the beautiful hand-grained frame and to Needlepoint Silk for the floss. (DMC conversions provided.) Stitch count: 278 wide x 371 high; each block is 92 x 92
And Tavern Signs Revisited:  More thanks to Beth, for stitching both of these designs, Lakeside Linens & Designs for providing the 40-count Vintage Pearled Barley,  East Side Frames for the great frames and Needlepoint Silk (DMC conversions provided.) This chart comes with two designs. Hole in the Wall: 147 wide x 69 high; Stitchers Shoppe: 89 wide x 80 high

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A New Hawk Run Hollow!

Here's a sneak peek!

Thanks to Beth Wiksen, Louisville, for stitching this so quickly! I think it took me longer to stretch and frame it. And thanks also to Valley House Primitives for creating the hand-grained frame (I'll share that image later.)

Hope you're having a nice summer, Marty

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Contest Winner!

The Harvest Market Hop rules changed and shops are free to display new releases. Apparently, Map of Hawk Run Hollow has been posted all day, making it really easy to guess which place names are included. So the winner of a free copy of Map of Hawk Run Hollow goes to Ranae Ehmen of Rockford, Illinois who wrote to me nine days ago. She studied the other HRH's and had at least seven places correct (St. Peter's Church, City Hall, Opal's Boarding House, Black smith shop, Jacob's Gristmill, Olde Burial Ground and others.) Congratulations, Ranae! She stitched and framed Houses and Villages and has started Autumn.  Please see the Map of Hawk Run Hollow here:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Just in time for Halloween!

Thanks to Beth Wiksen from Louisville who stitched Tomcat Alley so incredibly fast, that it's ready in plenty of time for Halloween. And thanks to my sister, Kathy, who not only taught me how to Punch Needle but gave me a gorgeous punch frame. Tomcat Alley, Punch Needle is ready too!