Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A clue!

Thank you for all those thoughtful cross stitch ideas based on paintings at
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 ( 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 with one guess.

A Second Way to Win

Convince me, in an email to, 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!


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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Almost Here... A New Carriage House Samplings Release!

Can it really be five months since I've posted a new release? 
Too much snow shoveling and not enough designing!
Here's a detail from my latest chart:

You can tell I've been dreaming of sun and water!
Hope you've had a much more productive winter!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A New CHS design

Dear House

Small enough to stitch before the holidays

Thanks to Carol Sims for stitching this even though she was under the weather
And to Janet and Mike at Valley House Primitives for creating 
this beautiful Yankee Blue frame with a Wave design
And to Pat at Lakeside Linens for the gorgeous 40-count Vintage Examplar
And for The Gentle Art for supplying me with Midnight floss
And I can't forget DMC: I love their 781, Topaz Very Dark

Suggested retail: $9.00

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Boys are in Ohio

The Boys and other CHS models are in 
Craft Gallery's new space (406 Walnut Street, Findlay) 
just in time for the NorthCoast Tour de Stitch 2013
And tomorrow I'm shipping the Girl models to join them!

Carlton and Paula's shop is gorgeous. Here's a link:
And for more info on the Tour de Stitch: