Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Santa's Toy Shop

 Hi Stitchers!

Ready to get a head start on Christmas?  Here are some of my new plastic canvas needlepoint designs just released by Herrschners.

These are a set of designs with a Santa's Toy Shop theme.  Here's the wallhanging.

And, the tissue cover:

And, coasters:

Yes, I designed a lot of Christmas this year!  Gnomes, a Woodland Santa, and a Toyshop set!  I hope you enjoy them.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Woodland Santa

Merry Christmas!

This is one of my favorite designs that I created this year.  It's available on the Herrschner's website now.  I thought it was the perfect Christmas card.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays and all the best in the coming year!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Gnome for the Holidays

 Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to be celebrating with Fairfield on their 80th anniversary.  Congratulations, Fairfield!  Eighty years is quite an accomplishment.  If you have been creating anything quilted or stuffed, no doubt you have used their wonderful products.

For the occasion, I created a Gnome for the Holidays with Fairfield™ Poly-fil®

This little gnome is easy and fun to make.  You can get the whole family involved in making it.

It's no-sew except for the nose, and you can use glue there, too, if you like.  He's built on a recycled coffee can.  Felt, flannel and fleece are the easiest fabrics to use, but any remnants you have will work.

You will need:

Coffee can
Fabric to cover can
Fabric to make hat
White felt, scrap green felt
Large white pom pom, small red pom pom
Hot glue and glue gun or tacky glue
Sewing thread and needle
And, of course:  Fairfield™ Poly-fil®

Here's how I did it:

Cut fabric to cover the can and glue.  I used red and black flannel.  Cut it so it fits the can under the lid.  You'll be covering up any edges, so don't worry if it's not totally even.   I used hot glue, but you can use tacky glue also.

Cut a beard from white felt and glue to the center of the can.  The shape won't matter much, because you'll be gluing fiberfill over it.

Use the lid on the can and trace a circle on felt for the nose.  Using a running stitch about 1/4" from the edge, gather the felt into a ball.  Tie the threads and trim.  Stuff with fiberfill and shape the nose.

Glue fiberfill to the white beard.  Glue the nose in the center.

Cut a hat from a rectangle of red fleece using the circumference of the can plus one inch by the length you will want for the hat.  I used about 20" for the length.  Starting about 1" from the bottom, shape the rectangle into a long triangle.  Lap over the edges and glue.  The hat should be a little bigger than the can so you can pull it down over the edge of the lid.

Glue some fiberfill to the top of the lid.  This will add shape to the hat.  You can add as much as you like.

Add glue to the edges of the lid and glue inside the hat.

Cut out holly from felt and add to the hat if you like, or use any other decorations.  Bring the pointy end of the hat together and glue to a large pom pom (or more fiberfill!)

Now, fill the can with cookies, candy or small gifts and give it to your neighbor!

Fairfield™ generously sent me the Poly-fil® used in this project.  Thank you!

Monday, October 26, 2020

Reindeer and Gingerbread House Gift Bags

 Hi Stitchers!

Here are a couple of fun holiday designs for you!

Hope you enjoy them!  I designed them for Herrschners.  Look for them in the plastic canvas section!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Beadwork Dec 2020/Jan 2021

 Hi Everyone!

It's been awhile since I posted.  Helping out with online kindergarten with my granddaughter keeps me very busy!  I know there are lots of grandparents out there stepping up to help their families.  It is a pleasure for me to help my little granddaughter learn her sight words and numbers.  She is delightful.  She also has more energy than anyone I know (except maybe her little sister!).

A few months ago, I managed to create a couple of designs that were accepted into Beadwork magazine in their Dec20/Jan21 issue.  I got an advance copy, so I couldn't wait to show you.  

I just love the pendant on the cover.  It's a Vintaj piece with added beadwork stitched around it.  That and many wonderful designs are inside the magazine and it's well worth getting a copy.

Layered Leather Leaves (above) was so much fun to make!  It's in a boho style that's really quick and easy since it uses a die cutter and leaf die. 

 Another style that is a favorite of mine is the vintage look, and the necklace below with its dark brass, filigree and blend of moonstone and pearls fits that style.

There are five more lovely Fast and Fabulous designs for your making pleasure by designers you are sure to recognize and loads of stitched designs.

Happy Beading!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Festive Gnomes

 Do you like gnomes?  They are so funny with their tall hats and long beards.  Here are some I designed in plastic canvas for Herrschners.  

Here are the coasters:

And, here is the tissue box with four different gnomes with fluffy yarn beards!

Hope you enjoy them!  Check them out at Herrschners!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Dog and Cat Coasters in Plastic Canvas

 Hi Stitchers!

A couple of new designs of mine are up on the Herrschners site.  These are my Dog Lover and Cat Lover Coasters.

Happy Stitching!