Thursday, February 11, 2016

T-Rex Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern

I have a new silhouette today, and it's not a dog!  Woohoo!  

I've been racking my brain for quite awhile trying to figure out what I could stitch for my son's GF.  I used the Green Camo Alphabet model as a gift for Zach and the Pink Camo Alphabet model as a gift for his GF's daughter, but for the life of me couldn't think of what I could stitch that she'd like.  Then one day in early December when I was working on a more extensive list of silhouettes (nothing but dogs was getting boring), the light bulb went off.  And voila...we have a new silhouette in the family!

I stitched it using DMC #310 on a piece of 32 count Belfast linen in "Monster Mash" by Picture This Plus.  And because it was a gift, I went against my norm for silhouettes and sent it off to SnowBerry NeedleArts for a creative finish.  The GF received the pillow this week, so I can finally release the pattern without fear of her seeing it somewhere online.

This pattern along with all my other silhouettes (which can be found here) is now available for purchase at your local needlework shop or various online retailers.  If you don't want to do a Google search, just click here for a current list of those places.  

If you're a retailer and would like to stock this design, or any of my others, you can purchase here.  
And if there's a particular dog breed, or something else you're looking for in a silhouette, just let me know and I'll gladly add it to my list of designs to create & stitch.   I currently have a list of 21 more silhouettes I'll be designing & stitching...some are dogs and some are not.  Be sure to stay tuned for what will be releasing in the future.
Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Just Desserts: Grape Punch Cross Stitch Pattern

Back towards the end of 2015 when I did a survey of what you, my fans, wanted to see more of in 2016, there were two items that tied for first place...more Modern Dictionary designs and more quilt inspired designs.  Quilt inspired certainly isn't a problem with design ideas, but the time to create them is another story.  So, I decided to resurrect and old design with a new twist for the first quilt-inspired piece.

Several years ago I did a series of bookmarks that I called "Just Desserts".  It was a modern geometric design full of bright colors.  I took that and blended it with a log cabin quilt design for a fresh, new series, but with the old name of "Just Desserts".  

The first one I did was "Grape Punch".  Purple is one of my two favorite colors, so of course I just love this one.  And because I wanted people to be able to see that the design can have variable projects, I stitched not one, but 3 different sized models for it.

As always, the fabulous finishing was done by SnowBerry NeedleArts.  I love the variety she gave me with a wall hanging, an ornament and a scissor fob!

Here's hoping you guys love this one as much as I do, because I have plenty more in the series planned!  :)

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

MetalFoot's Missives Subversive Style Cross Stitch Patterns

For several years my son Zach, aka "MetalFoot"(a nickname given to him by his Army Sgt. after an injury that resulted in metal holding his foot together), has asked me to create subversive and gamer inspired cross stitch pieces.  And for years I've told him no, because I need to enjoy what I'm stitching to do it.  Well, I've finally relented and am working with him to create a series of subversive style quotes that we're naming "MetalFoot's Missives".

As I most likely won't be stitching any of these pieces myself, I'm designing them so they are quick, easy pieces and I know they should stitch up just fine without me creating a model.  I'll be using the computer rendered photos only.

So to kick it off, here's Zach's first quote...

All of these pieces will be available as instant downloads and through printed hard copies. 
This pattern along with future pieces in the series (which can be found here) is now available for purchase at your local needlework shop or various online retailers.  If you don't want to do a Google search, just click here for a current list of those places.  If you have the opportunity, please support your local needlework shops, as they're a dying breed and we need to keep them around!

If you're a retailer and would like to stock this design, or any of my others, you can purchase them here.  

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Downton Abbey Quotes Cross Stitch Pattern Collection

Our beloved Downton Abbey television series may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean our love for it has to stop!  :)

Several years ago I was commissioned by a gallery to do a series of Downton Abbey quotes.  At the time I was asked by several people for the charts to be released, but was unable to do so due to my agreement with the gallery.  Now that time has passed, I can finally release them.  Yay!

I've put 7 of the Dowager Countess's (Dame Maggie Smith) most famous zingers into easy to ready charts, all combined into one package.  This chart packaged will be available on a limited run and only through my blog here.  Once I've reached the number I have set for myself, this post will be removed and the designs will no longer be available.

Here's pictures of the 7 quotes you'll receive:

So, if you're in love with any or all of these quotes and feel the need to stitch them, here's what you need to do:
  • Send an email to stitchnmomma [at] hotmail [dot] com with DOWNTON ABBEY QUOTES in the subject line
  • Specify if you want to receive them as one PDF file (a $10.00 charge) or have them shipped to you in a printed format (a $17.50 charge) -- I ship within the U.S. only
  • If you want a printed format, please be sure to include your full name and shipping address in the email
I will then send you a PayPal invoice for the cost of your package.  Please allow up to 24 hours to receive the invoice, as I do work a full-time job outside my Stitchnmomma business.  Once your payment is received, your charts will be sent to you within 24 hours for PDF files and 48 hours for printed copies.

And since this will be a limited run, don't wait on getting yours...or sharing the news with your other Downton Abbey loving stitching friends .

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stitch From Stash - January 2016 Recap

January was a good month for me.  I had 3 finishes that I get "credit" for, and very few purchases.  I'm slowly but surely working my way out of the red.  :)

Opening Balance =  (51.51)
Finishes = $26.00
Purchases = $6.01
Balance Forward = (31.52)

A new silhouette model = $10.00
A new quilt series model = $11.00
A new modern dictionary model = $.500

Sadly, I'm unable to share pictures of any of the finishes with you yet, as 2 of the 3 are at my finishers.  Once she's done with them and I release the designs I'll share the pictures here.

I proud of myself this month.  My purchases were very minimal...some floss that was needed to continue working on design models and a package of small bags ($1.99 less a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby!) to store my overdyed threads in.  My total expenditure for the month was only $6.01!

I currently use DMC Stitchbows (instead of bobbins) and it's difficult to use them for my overdyed threads because most of those already come in pre-cut lengths vs. one piece that is multiple yards long like DMC floss, hence the need to buy the bags.

Now, that's not to say I haven't added several things to my wish list and drooled over fabric when I received a 25% off email from one of the sites I buy from.   All-in-all though, it was a successful month.  I'm positive I can continue this trend!

Are you on your own "stash diet"?  If so, how are you faring?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!