Contests on TSV

You may have noticed that there are several contests currently running on TSV.  I have been inspired by some artistic group events that I recently saw online.  I hope that the contests will inspire the many Village members who are so very talented and creative to participate and share their art on TSV.  I also have a boat load of prizes on hand and am seeking ways in which I might engage more members to participate and have a chance of receiving some of the treasure.  If you want to see the details of the current contests, visit and click on the upper menu under "Activities" then "Member Contest" (guess I should change that title to plural) or and either go to the Forum under the Events topic if you are a registered member.

November 2014 Fabric Orphan Event

It is taking a bit of time for me to adjust to the new ways of doing things on The Stitchers' Village!  I finally figured out how to get the orphans listed last night (I procrastinate).  I had everything ready but the page setup.  After my coffee and Captain Crunch this morning, I changed it a couple of times and I hope the result is satisfactory.
It is sad that there are always a few "ugly ducklings" that are left after these events.  I have a collection of them and will have to have an ugly duckling event at some point.  What do you think?  To see what is going on, the Fabric Orphanage page is always up.  When there is an event, there will be a link to the "live" page.  Click for the page.
Would you consider this one "Horst" an ugly duckling?

#3 in the Village Home Series

"Village Square" is from Tracy Horner of Ink Circles.  "My village home is in a small town full of parks and trees and flowers. I can easily walk to the bookstore, the stitching shop, and the pub."  This is a great addition to the series!!

Village Home Series

The Village Home Series of designs will be from a variety of designers.  Each will give their personal statement of what their home in the Village would be.  The first design is "English Garden" from Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor.  "My Village Home would be in the middle of an English garden loaded with beautiful flowers".

The second design is "Best Friends Forever" from Cheryl Granda of Glendon Place. "My Village Home would be where best friends gather".

The third design is "Village Square" from Tracy Horner of Ink Circles. "My Village Home is in a small town full of parks and trees and flowers.  I can easily walk to the bookstore, the stitching shop, and the pub". (available November 2014)

These are intended to be a personal message to the stitchers from your favorite designers.  They are available from the shops of TSV. 

First Entry For Member "Village Home" Contest

1. Box of Crayons
This is the first entry received in the Village Home Member Contest.  The member says that she was inspired by a quote from Robert Fulghum "We could learn a lot from crayons, some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box", and a verse from the Shane DeRolf children's book "The Crayon Box That Talked".
The name will be kept confidential until the results of the contest are announced.  For information about the contest, CLICK HERE.  Entries must be received by November 15, 2014.

Mad Dash

This weekend the TNNA has their Fall market in St. Charles, MO.  I planned to take off Friday morning, but my sister called and said she would go along, so we left after she got off of work Friday.  The drive was hampered by heavy rains, but we made it in and I was able to the meetings on Saturday morning before the opening of the show. 
Below is one find that, if you are a Beatles fan, will delight you!
On its own, this is a very pretty design.  To discover that this is the second design in Blackbird Designs "Magical Mystery Tour" series was priceless!  So far, there are six designs.  The sixth, being "The Long and Winding Road" which is also the third in their Sewing Box series. 
Along with attending the meetings, my goal was to have a moment to visit with the designers to enlist them for the "Village Home" series.  Hopefully, this will be a long term series with all of our favorite designers joining in.  I had the opportunity to make a few purchases besides the BBD series.  So much creativity in one place!!  I may have given as well as received some creative inspiration.  If I see that some of the designers are able to use ideas I offered while visiting them, I will be sure to point them out!! 
We planned to be home in good time Saturday evening and left in the early afternoon.  I did not get the chance to talk with everyone on my list, but that is because they were busy when I stopped by and that is a good thing!  I am just grateful that I was able to catch some at the right moment as I had some very productive visits and you should see the results coming in the near future!

Village Home Series Sneak Peek

Above is the photo selected from the photographer for the cover of the chart "English Garden".  This beautiful design was created by Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor.  Her statement, which accompanies the design, is "My Village Home would be in the middle of an English garden loaded with flowers".  "English Garden" is the first release in the new "Village Home" series sponsored by TSV.  The design is being published by Stitchers' Village Designs and will be available through shops.  Be sure to order from one of the great shops on The Stitchers' Village!  The chart is at the print shop and will be available September 1, 2014!
For a hint on the second design in the series, visit the Glendon Place Stitchers Facebook page.  Cheryl's "Best Friends Forever" is described in her statement:  "My Home in the Village is where best friends gather".  The chart will be published by Glendon Place.  "Best Friends Forever" will be released on October 1, 2014. 
The call is still out for designers to participate and there are 8 designers who are working their artistic magic on a design for the series.  Keep an eye out for hints of the future design releases.  It is a great way to get to know the lovely designers behind your favorite stitching projects!!

Fabric Orphans

Ok, all is ready to go for the fabric orphanage this morning.  How, you ask, do I let go of these once they are in my possession?  It is difficult.  I have to press them before photographing.  This makes me really look at the colors and patterning of each piece and I can usually think of something that would be perfect to stitch on them.
What do you think of "Sedge"?

Would you say truly unique?  Homely?  That is part of the fun of the orphanage.  This time, I have attempted to give hints of color by providing a "DMC Color Hint" with corresponding DMC thread color numbers.  Monitors can vary greatly and, although I try to take pictures in natural light, it was cloudy yesterday.  I have also provided 2 sizes of larger images for each orphan.  Clicking on the thumbnail image on the page will take you to a slightly larger image.  Then, by typing LG after the name in the browser address, you are taken to an even larger image.  (example:  sledge.jpg becomes sledgeLG.jpg) I hope that helps with the decision making process, but it will slow it down a bit.  This event is fast and furious with people vying for the "most popular" orphans.  The majority of the fabrics are linen 28 this time and there are 24 orphans up for adoption.  Hope to see you there!  For info or to participate, see the orphan page at


We went to Colorado for a few days of relaxation.  I was a bit surprised when I saw this sign driving down the lane to our hotel.  We have gone to the area a number of times and I had not seen any sign of bears before.  No worries, bears, I will be on my escape route before you have a chance to look for yours!!


This is a good representation of how my mind feels at the moment.  When the first of the month rolls around and I have "finished" the newsletter, uploading the newsletter, sending the email, etc., I always have the doubt that I have done everything.  Did I put everything in the events calendar?  Did I post here, did I note there?  I am also, generally, inspired during this time as I look over what is happening in the Village.  The picture above shows the "orts" from the stitching of the first in the "Village Home" series of designs.  The designer statement which applies to this design is: 

“My Village Home would be in the middle of an English garden loaded with beautiful flowers.”  

Can you guess the designer?  If you would like to try and at the same time enter the August drawing, send an email with your name and address and designer name as the subject to:  by August 31, 2014.  There will be 3 names drawn to receive the first 3 designs (as they are released) of the "Village Home" series.  This is a series of designs from different designers to give an element or theme showing what their home in the village would encompass.  These will be very personal treats from some of your favorite designers.  The first release is coming September 1, 2014 and will be available for sale in the shops of TSV!!

From Designers

The latest from Rosewood Manor is "Persian Lace"

X's and Ohs June releases "Stitch, Repeat" and "I Love Frogs"

Just in Time

Just in time for that "Patriotic Stitch Along" in the Forum, Karen, of Rosewood Manor has released these:

Q-1110  Independence Square
Fabric: Zweigart, Cashel 28ct Natural
Floss: DMC 676,712,930,310 & 221
Design size: 96 X 96 stitches
One mini included, plus Be Creative! Ideas.

Q-1141 Grand Old Flag
Fabric:: Weeks Dye Works 36ct Cocoa
Floss: WDW
#1094—Linen (4 skeins)
#1298—Gunmetal (1 skein)
#1339—Bordeaux (3 skeins)
#2104—Deep Sea (5 skeins)
Design size: 157 X 213 stitches
Three minis and loads of Be Creative! Ideas.

New Use for Threads

I have always been a little interested in weaving, but knew that a loom would take time to learn and I have not had the time to set aside.  So, I happened upon the "Zoom Loom" which makes these approximately 4" squares.  There are lots of ways to use them in projects.  I was curious to see if there is a way to create an ornament by combining the woven square with stitching, beads, and whatever else might be on hand. 

The pink one is very delicate and it is made from a Planet Earth Fiber Silk Opal "Lillies 144".  The light off-white/speckled is a Baby Bee yarn "Pink Camo".  The blue and the golden one on the loom are both Caron Watercolours using all 3 plies and are "Blue Lavender" and "Tobacco".  The yarn version pulls back a little smaller and tighter as the yarn is stretchier and a bit heavier.  The Watercolours overdyed colors weave to a beautiful piece.  The Silk Opal would have to be starched or would need to be attached to something a bit more substantial.  I plan to keep experimenting.  These were all done from the remainders of skeins I used in projects and had in my miscellaneous basket.  If you try this or have done something with the Zoom Loom squares, please share!

Baroque Beauties Collection from Glendon Place

The latest releases from Glendon Place are these stylized floral designs:


"Elizabeth", "Katherine", "Isabel", and "Millicent" are "A new floral collection inspired by the artistic style of the 1600-and-1700's.  Baroque was a period of artistic style (from 1600 to about 1750) that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, music, and especially fashion.  Baroque in fashion was ruled by indulgence and ornate embellishments, much like the lush brocade fabrics of the kings and queens.  Consequently, these floral designs do not look like traditional flowers, but are intentionally much more glitzy and use embellishments of metallic threads, beads, and crystal treasures.  The names for these designs were selected based upon popular women's names during that time period."

Indianapolis Market

It was a very quick trip to Indianapolis for the TNNA wholesale market.  We left Friday morning and stopped in Terre Haute, IN for the night.  The market show floor opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so we had plenty of time to find our way around the convention center and view the displays outside the show floor. We saw several shop owners and visited with Louise, the designer of Cherished Stitches while waiting for the doors to open.
This market has, historically, been primarily yarn and needlepoint.  TNNA (our trade association) has done extensive surveys and research to find ways to adapt to the changing markets and economy and that will mean fewer shows per year.  Next year is planned to have only two shows.  The idea is to consolidate and have all segments show at the same venue.  This is very controversial for the smaller segment of the needlework industry, but the attendance at the segment shows has gone down on both the vendor and attendee sides.  Hopefully, the shops will appreciate that there are fewer shows.
That being said, I do not envy the shops and the work it takes to attend market.  I was there, mainly this trip, to see the booth layouts on the convention floor.  Of course I placed orders for future prizes on TSV!  The problem was making the decisions!  Walking in, the first thing I see are the newest Mill Hill kits.  However, you must have a plan and it does not start with the first booth you see.  For those of you familiar with my personality, you know shiny and sparkly will capture my eye and distract me from any plan.  Fortunately (or not) Marilyn kept me on track.  She attended as a shop rather than a vendor - so no PTP fabric booth this show.
For the needlepoint enthusiasts, this show was spectacular.  The canvases were so gorgeous.  We visited with Patti Mann for quite some time.  I did not realize she is in Wichita, KS.  She has adapted some Lizzie Kate designs to painted canvas. Below is an image of one - now why would I choose this one?

The thread company booths were sprinkled around - Caron, Brown Paper Packages, Rainbow Gallery, Kreinik, Treenway Silks, DMC, etc., etc.  There were a limited number of cross stitch designers in attendance - I placed an order with Fireside Originals as she was the only booth officially listed under Counted Thread in the flier for the show.  Now, there were several on hand, but they were under various other categories.  We also visited with Paula and Wayne of Doodlin' Around Design. They are the makers of the lap stitch frames  It is always a pleasure to visit with them and see what new things are taking shape such as the Doodlin Box and the Mini Needle Keeper Tray.

As always, it was very energizing and inspiring to walk the show floor and see all the products.  The creativity is amazing and the projects on display are beautiful.  I am sure you will be seeing items appear soon as my orders arrive.  Below is a picture sent by Milk + Honey who produce these wonderful lotion bars. - on the website they show a sleeping cats soap bar.

Shop Events

 April 2 - 6, 2014 - Needlework Hideaway


April 11-13, 2014  - Sherri Jones Weekend

June 6-8, 2014 -  Betsy Morgan Weekend

May 2-4, 2014 -  Stitcher's Spring Retreat

Oct. 10-12,2014  -  Ocean City Stitcher's Jamboree

Knit 'n Bitch
The second  Monday of every month  will be our meeting in the shop.  It begins after lunch around 1:00 pm and lasts until we close at 4:00 p.m. 

Stitch 'n Bitch
The second Tuesday of every month (Jan. thru June) we meet in the evening in the shop.  Shop opens around 6:30p.m. and we stitch until around 9:30 or 10:00 p.m.

Where, oh, where. . .

I am not certain if I should be looking for my mind or my needle.  I was making great progress on "Enchanted Alphabet" by having several needles threaded with colors for the dress.  There is quite a bit of white and I was getting bored, so I changed my plan and it was working very nicely.  I was snipping white to re-thread my needle and found  I no longer had the needle in my hand.  I was not holding it between my lips. It wasn't on the magnet.  It wasn't hooked to the front of my shirt.  I stood up very carefully.  Another stitching mystery - where do needles go?  Hopefully, I will not locate it by stepping or sitting on it!

Think Spring!

I was looking out at our last round of snow (I hope it's the last) and saw this female cardinal at one of the feeders in my yard.  There are two on stakes and the squirrels have managed to pull this one down.  I always have my camera at hand and had to try for a picture of this furry looking bird.  I wasn't even sure what it was when I first looked out.  Thanks to my little Sony Cybershot I get fairly good pictures through my window!
As I was stitching and watching tv one evening, I heard an owl, looked up, and could see it outside in a tree.  The lighting was not great, but I managed to get this picture and a video.

Fabric Orphan

This is a partial picture of one of the fabric "orphans" that will be available in the adoption event tomorrow morning (2/22/14).  This is a lugana fabric and has such a pretty coloring and patterning.  The event happens in the "orphanage" on the main site of The Stitchers' Village.  It will begin at 10 a.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. Eastern Time, 9 a.m. Mountain Time and 8 a.m. Pacific Time.  At the specified time, the "live" page with the orphans will be posted (you may need to refresh your browser during the event to keep current).  Each piece has a picture with a name, description of fabric type and count, and a price below the photo.  To "adopt" you must send an email as directed on the page.  This is a very fast-paced event because some stitchers would like more than one of these one-of-a-kind fabrics and they must send a separate email for each one.  This gives more people a chance to adopt.  It also makes for a very frenzied time for me.  If you want to read more about the event, CLICK HERE There is a placeholder page that gives general information. 

Nashville 2014

Above is a new release from a new designer, Lindsay Lane Designs.  I had a chance to visit with her and am very excited to share this discovery.  When I brought it back to show Marilyn, I told her that it really made me think of a drawing on a chalk board.  She pointed out the text at the bottom of the front cover of the chart - "Come the Spring" #1 in the Chalkboard Series.  I do tend to be less than thorough in my examination of things, at times.  However, when I told Meg (the designer) she was pleased that her artistic intent came through.
I have attended the wholesale market with Marilyn of Picture This Plus for many years.  We returned home yesterday from the Nashville market which is held in an Embassy Suites hotel.  Vendors set up their booths in their rooms and it is a community environment that is a lot of fun.  Below are a couple of pictures of the set up process for Marilyn's fabric display.

Our next door neighbor was Cheryl from Glendon Place and here is a picture of her display window with her three new Deserts: "Rainbow Parfait", "Fudgy Mint Mousse", and "Red Velvet Cake"

And a star at the show was Rosewood Manor's "Autumn Quaker"

Banana Coconut Bread

I decided to make some banana bread with some bananas I had on hand.  While checking the recipe to be sure I had all the ingredients, I realized I did not have buttermilk, but had some Silk coconut milk.  I have been buying Silk coconut milk instead of 2% for my milk since I discovered it.  I love coconut!  So, I used that instead of buttermilk and finely chopped some coconut and added it in with the walnuts.  Delicious!  This is the best thing I have made since I discovered a coconut sugar cookie recipe a few years back.

Great Time for WIPs

It has been crazy weather here in Kansas.  We had near 60 degree temperatures Sunday and 3 this morning.  This has kept me indoors and going through my projects which are not yet finished.  I generally have more than one I am stitching at a time because I have more than one place where I watch television in my house. Since I have had shoulder issues which are on the mend but not yet back to normal, I thought a bit of left handed needlepoint would be the thing to try.  I have a 14.5", 18 count canvas "Octobermania" by Susan Treglown Designs.  This is based on the art work of Charles Harper who has many stylized animal pieces which I love.  Theresa of Homestead Needlearts suggested that I try the Vineyard Silks threads and they are beautiful to work with.  I have quite a bit more stitching on this project, but it is a joy to do (even left handed when I am primarily right).

We are very fortunate in these times to have such a variety of materials available for our stitching.  The overdyed fabrics and threads make it so much more interesting when we put together a project.  I am looking forward to market next month in Nashville.  

January Blues

OK, OK! I know I missed several weeks of the really cold weather while on vacation.  I really have the winter blahs, though.  You may have noticed that I used blue colors in the newsletter, but didn't realize it was a clue!  Again, I apologize for my late posting of the newsletter.  I hope you like the new layout!  It will streamline the process quite a bit.

One great way to work myself out of the blues is thinking that there is only one month to go until the Nashville wholesale market.  The designers I have spoken to and heard from through email are working fast and furiously on new releases.  That is a bit of excitement, right?  I will have new things to bring back for those bingo prizes!!

Let's all stay warm and stitch the time away!