My favorite designers, Barb Adams and Alma Allen who are the Blackbird Design ladies have released a new series of Loose Feather designs. For the Birds! It’s Spring Fever is the first on the nine charts that will make up this series.
This lovely design, Keepsake Box & Pincushion, is another one from the Blackbird Design team. Dated 2008, it was a project from the Shepherd’s Bush Retreat. As with many of the BBD this one is also out of print.
The picture above shows the chart with the recommended threads on the right and the selection I have chosen to use from the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Primitive Floss Collection. I am stitching this on 28ct Cream Monaco rather than the called for linen.
Started stitching: July 17, 2016
Finished: July 25, 2016
The colors I selected to use are:
- Purple Hollyhock
- Rose Plum
- Antique Gold
- Peach Dahlia (from the Picket Fence Collection)
Started Stitching: July 26, 2016
I selected 28ct Cream Monaco to stitch the pincushion on. I also chose to use the recommended threads which are:
- CC Cappuccino
- CC Clay Pot
- CC Cinnamon Toast
- CC Yw Old Gold
- CC Pea Pod
UPDATE: January 25, 2017
I sent these to off to Vonna Pfeiffer and her The Twisted Stitcher’s Finishing Service and received these pictures today. Aren’t they beautiful?
The last offering for the 2016 Ladies Prim Society is another gorgeous piece by Barb and Alma of Blackbird Designs. It is a lovely Christmas Design called Tis the Season Sewing Bag and pictured below.
The kit comes complete with 36ct linen for stitching the bag, and a piece for the lining as well as the threads and ribbon for finishing. Since I cannot see well enough to stitch on 36ct, I chose a piece of hand dyed Brown 16ct AIda. This design is a little different in that the front of the bag is stitched vertically and the back of the bag is stitched horizontally. I am also stitching with two strands of floss rather than the one strand that was recommended.
Started: December 30, 2016
Finished Stitching: January 12, 2017
And the best thing about this one is I did the finishing all by myself!
Moon Garden is one of the early Blackbird Design charts I purchased soon after discovering these designers. While I sorta liked the colors and kitted it up, I could not really get started on it. Then Jane Douglas posted her stitched piece using totally different colors. I LOVED the look of it and decided to use at least some of her colors when stitching mine. Information on both color schemes can be found here.
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Threads except where noted.
- Black Watch Plaid
- Iris Leaves
- Dried Peaches
- Gentle Arts Pineapple Sherbet
- Carrie’s Creation Soot
I used Iris Leaves for the alphabet with the exception of my initials, for which I used Black Watch Plaid. For the words Moon Garden, I will be using P27. The birds are stitched with Soot and P27 so they look more like Red Winged Blackbirds. The bird’s eyes were stitched with VM Sunflowers.
Started stitching December 18, 2016
Finished stitching: December 28, 2016
If you are like me and enjoy stitching with (and collecting) Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe floss, the Floss Fairy (Nancy Turner) has started a Floss Club. You can join the Floss Club in two ways:
- You can buy 6 skeins a month, 20 yards each and $2.45 each of the Ultimate Collection (*****you will be buying 5 and get one free!) $12.25 plus $2.60 postage. (states only)
- Or you can buy 12 skeins in a gift box $26.95 (***** you will be buying 11 and get one free!) plus postage of $2.60.
- OR you can receive special limited editions I will dye each month! Same deal…buy 6 and get one free or buy 12 gift boxed and get one free! $2.45 each. I will try to do theme colors if a holiday falls in that month.
You can buy one each month, as often as you would like or sign up for auto, or you can pay for the whole year and get one month free!!!! Email Nancy with your orders. firstname.lastname@example.org
Now for the giveaway!! Nancy will give one free month to a lucky winner. 12 skeins boxed! The drawing for the winner will be on December 17th as this will be part of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Head on over to Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe to read all of the details and enter for a chance to win. And you can see the beautiful colors in the ultimate collection pictured below.
Welcome to our Garden Club! You’re going to love belonging to our little sewing circle….. This month we are delighted to see our pomegranate an our lily popping up out of the ground. We planted them at the bottom of our trellis and are waiting for them to bloom.
This is #7 in a 12 part series by the Blackbird Design Ladies. I am not stitching them in any particular order and will be finishing them as small pillows or pin cushions. Rather than stitch these two as one picture, I am doing them separately.
I’m stitching Climbing the Trellis on 16ct Milk Chocolate Aida from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie with the recommended threads. Started stitching on October 18, 2016,
Finished stitching October 24, 2016.
Welcome to our Garden Club! One of the most pleasant places to be is in the garden, either weeding or watering. We enjoy seeing the new growth appear on the plants, and watching our flowers bloom is an added treat.
This is #10 in a 12 part series by the Blackbird Design Ladies. I am not stitching them in any particular order and will be finishing them as small pillows or pin cushions.
I’m stitching How Does the Lily Grow on 16ct Milk Chocolate Aida from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie with the recommended threads. Started stitching on September 6, 2016 and finished on September 10, 2016.
We have a Stitch-A-Long Facebook group for the BBD Garden Series if you are interested in joining us.
I had seen the chart “Time to Stitch” by Needlework Press posted on a number of sites but somehow it never struck my fancy as something I would like to stitch for myself. The chart shows the piece finished into a Lone Elm Lane Shaker Box (6 or 8 inch) OR using the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Alarm Clock Frame available at any number of stores.
BUT then I saw a finished piece posted on the Tomorrow’s Heirlooms Facebook group and that convinced me that I really wanted to stitch this one.
I selected a piece of 16ct Storm Aida from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie and Darkest Midnight Blue floss from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe with Tin Bucket by Gentle Arts. The clock faces used for finishing are also by Tim Holtz Idea-Ology and can be ordered online.
Started Stitching October 14, 2016 Finished October 19, 2016
And the finished piece back from Vonna Pfeiffer and her The Twisted Stitcher’s Finishing Service.
Summer Shall not Fade was part of a retreat project (Spring Fling) offered by the ladies at Dyeing to Stitch and Blackbird Designs. I was not able to attend the Retreat but was given the opportunity to stitch one of the charts by a stitching friend. Donna Rae Barrow in the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group posted a picture of the finished piece framed in a bird frame she found at Michael’s. There was a mad dash to find the frame and I was lucky enough to purchase one on sale for half price. The chart needs to be stitched on 16/32ct to fit in the frame. You could of course use 18/36ct if you wanted a bit more space around the edges. I chose to use 16ct Hand Dyed Aida. Not sure of the color right now but will add it when I find my notes.
I was given Hedgerow Birds as a gift from a stitching friend. I first went searching for the buttons it used and ordered them. While the chart recommends stitching this project on 20ct Straw linen by Weeks Dye Works, I selected 20ct Ivory Lugana which I ordered. The fabric reminds me of the 18ct Davos I used to stitch many of my Prairie Schooler charts on. I also decided to use some of the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads rather than what the chart recommended. I am getting a little more comfortable in making color changes.
The above picture shows the chart, fabric, buttons, and threads I selected. I started stitching this one on September 21, 2016. The colors I selected to use are:
- VM Pink Roses instead of CC Jakey Brown
- VM Faded Pink Lace instead of CC Sunkissed
- VM Parsley instead of GA Apple Cider
- VM Spring Green instead of GA Chamomile
- VM Primitive Purple instead of GA Old Purple Paint
- VM Purple Hollyhock instead of GA Old Red Paint
- Carries Creations Soot for the birds and VM Olde Gold for the bird eye.
- VM Rose Plum for part of the Alphabet
And a finish for the front.
On to stitching the back of the bag now.
And the back is finished.
Started stitching on Sept 21, 2016. Finished stitching October 14, 2016.