Friday, August 15, 2014

A New Release and a Contest Winner!

I'm happy to report that Veena, from Northern California, is the contest winner! 
She was the first to correctly identify the painting that inspired my new release, Silver Landscape.

Veena has been stitching since she was a teenager. She enjoys stitching reproduction samplers, especially those with a pastoral focus, and American folk. Congratulations, Veena!



Silver Landscape's palette was inspired by some new natural shades from DMC and beautiful Vintage Flagstone linen from Lakeside Linens.

Here, by the way, is the painting which gave me the idea for the chart. I painted it in autumn, but when I went back to the area in the winter, I found it more striking.


Chart details: 
260 wide x 183 high 

DMC / NPS
159 / 742 Gray Blue, Light
317 / 673 Pewter Gray
413 / 674 Pewter Gray, Dark
840  / 184 Beige Brown
935  / 356 Avocado Green, Dark
3011 / 345 Khaki Green, Dark 
3013 / 331 Khaki Green, Light
3782  / 971 Mocha Brown, Light
3864  / 121 Mocha Beige, Light
3884  / 964 Gray Brown
3893 / 851 Light Tan
Ecru / 992 Ecru

$12.00 suggested retail

The second winner will be announced soon! I received so many suggestions to try various paintings as cross stitch designs. Thank you, all!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sneak Peek

We have a winner of the first part of our contest. Someone correctly identified which painting was the inspiration for an upcoming release. We'll announce the person closer to the release date, but in the meantime, here's another sneak peek.


I'm anxious to try out many of your suggestions for another design based on a painting, so hopefully I can soon announce the second winner!
Thank you all for participating!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A clue!

Thank you for all those thoughtful cross stitch ideas based on paintings at www.martybarrick.com
I can't wait to try a number of them out!

No one has yet to guess the inspiration for my next release, 
so I thought I'd offer a clue. 
Feel free to try one more time even if you've already emailed me: 


First one to guess correctly wins a copy of the chart 
on the release date, August 16.

Good Luck!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A CHS Contest!

Be the first to correctly guess which painting on my website (martybarrick.com) inspired a new cross stitch design and win the chart when it is released on August 16th. The design doesn't look exactly like the painting, but there are some similarities in composition. The winner will be announced August 16th. Please email chsamplings@gmail.com with one guess.

A Second Way to Win

Convince me, in an email to chsamplings@gmail.com, to design a pattern based on any of the paintings on my site. If I choose your suggestion, and am happy with the design, you'll be the first to own the chart. The chart does not have to copy the painting... maybe just the theme will be the same. This winner will be announced as soon as the design is stitched. Deadline for your suggestion (just one please) is August 16th.

Good luck and thanks for participating!

Marty

Monday, June 2, 2014

Extra, Extra!

I love Jill Bobbin's twist on "Ode to the Newspaper" 



She customized it for her father's 80th birthday by changing some of the newspaper names, adding his name and birthday and including a kindle! Thanks for sharing this, Jill. I bet he doesn't receive anything like it!


I included this cover image in my final email to my co-workers at The Washington Post two years ago.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Atlantic Cod, a New CHS Release

I stumbled across an old fish book that described how the Atlantic Cod was the staple of New England diets for centuries. Cape Cod, I read, was named after the abundance of the fish in the area. Once the fish were preserved with salt, then shipped and traded, images of the cod appeared on stamps, legal documents and weather vanes. There's a four-foot, eleven-inch wood carving of a cod hanging in the Massachusetts State House.


Thanks to Kathy Bonham for stitching our model, Lakeside Linens for providing the beautiful Misty Rain linen, Needlepoint Silk for the floss (DMC conversions given) and to Valley House Primitives for creating this "Old Wood" style frame!

Retail price of chart: $12.00