Sunday, August 31, 2014

Olde Harvest & Halloween Gathering

This month on Early Work Mercantile we are having a special "Olde Harvest & Halloween Gathering" to celebrate the coming of autumn. I love fall stitching and always feel extremely inspired this time of year so I decided to push myself a little harder than usual and come up with three of my own original patterns for my September update. I had a lot of fun designing these pieces and hope you like them as much as I enjoyed creating them.




They are from top to bottom:  "Halloween Sampler Pinkeep", "Pumpkin Patch 1853 Pinkeep", and "Harvest Home 1820 Pinkeep". Each little pillow is stitched on linen and stuffed with wool roving. I love the weighty feel that the wool gives each finished piece and also love how easy it is to work with.



We are still scorching in California but hopefully things will start cooling down in the next few weeks. All of this autumn stitching I've been doing lately has me very impatiently waiting for fall to arrive. Hopefully it will be here soon!!!

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Autumn Stitching

I have been working on some autumn themed projects these past couple of weeks and am not ashamed to admit that this is most definitely my favorite time of year to create. I am stitching away on pumpkins even though our weather is very hot and very dry and definitely not pumpkin weather...I refuse to let our California drought get me down! We even have a few pumpkin vines growing in the garden this year but they are struggling in the heat. I just had to try growing them though, poor things! Thank goodness for California pumpkin patches!!!


One of my recent Halloween finishes is the lovely "Matilda Hornbuckle" by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. Miss Matilda was so much fun to stitch and is such a character. I love how she turned out!

I hope that you are all keeping cool and stitching on something that makes you smile :)

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Latest Finish


I hope you have all been keeping well and are staying cool. I just finished another wonderful design by Pineberry Lane and wanted to share it here. It is called "Lydia Broome Sampler" and I absolutely love this one. Wendy's designs are so much fun to stitch and always turn out so primitive looking. This one is for sale in my Etsy shop but if it doesn't sell, I will be more than happy to keep it!

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!


Wishing you all a safe and Happy 4th of July...Happy Birthday, America!!!

Sandy

Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome July


Happy July! I just updated my Early Work Mercantile page with two new pillow tucks. The first one is a sweet new design by Country Rustic Primitives called "Toy Soldier Pillow Tuck". This one was SO much fun to stitch and I am really pleased with how it turned out.



The second piece is a little marking sampler pillow I created myself using 19th century alphabet motifs. It is called "Abigail Pryor Pillow Tuck".  I don't really consider myself too much of a cross stitch designer but I love putting these little pillows together using old alphabet charts. I hope you like it :)

Happy stitching!
Sandy