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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hello again,
Donna, one of the participants in the 2013 SAL, pointed out to me that on the chart I had referenced NPI 298 twice on the floss chart.  This will help solve the confusion (I hope ;-)  I had originally used a few of Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed Fibers' silks when I stitched my sampler. Since Vikki is going out of the silk floss business, I did not want future stitcher's of the sampler to not be able to find that floss, so I did a complete conversion to NPI for all the floss used in the design. In the conversion, the closest color to Belle Soie "Collard Greens" was NPI 298. You will need 3 skeins of 298 if you don't use Collard Greens. If you do use Collard Greens, you will need 2 skeins of Collard Greens and 1 skein of 298.
On another note, I just want to thank everyone for the wonderful response to my designs and, especially, my first publication "A Maryland Inspiration".  I spent a wonderful day yesterday in Ocean City, MD at the Salty Yarns and, as always, enjoyed my time chatting and laughing with Sally and friends from the DVHSG.  Sally and Sarah host a retreat for our guild 2 times a year and it is always something I look forward to.  Sally has supported and encouraged me in my designing endeavors for a number of years now and I know she is happy that I finally made the step to publish my designs.  She's the BEST!
Yours in stitches,

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hello everyone,

Some of you may already know this, but I wanted to post an announcement for those who do not.  The "A Maryland Inspiration" chart is now available for purchase.  I am also pleased and honored to announce that the sampler has been chosen as the Attic's October Sampler of the Month, as well as one of the 2013 SALs on Ellen Chester's With my Needle and Pen forum.

The Attic in Mesa, AZ has all the supplies you will need to stitch this design, as well as the chart.  Here is a link to the website:

You can also purchase the chart from In Stitches, Alexandria, VA:
and Salty Yarns, Ocean City, MD:

I will be leading the 2013 SAL and break down the sampler into manageable and, hopefully, interesting segments to keep you stitching throughout the year.  I'm looking forward to it!

On another note, I've had requests for Belsnickle's Victorian Christmas, Mary Sophia's Pennsylvania German Sewing Set, and Stone House on the Brandywine.  These are not ready for publication yet.  I am planning a move from my house of 25 years and will probably not be able to get these charts ready until January.  I'm still not sure if I want to do Mary Sophia's ... as a teaching piece or release it as a chart with finishing instructions.  Once I am settled into my new place I will have the time, and the organization, to get most of my designs ready for publication or as teaching projects.  I am going to sign with a distributor so my designs will be available in most LNS after the new year.

In closing, I want to thank everyone for their kind words regarding my designs and for your support of my new business venture.

Yours in stitches,