Wow these past few months have been busy. I’ve been stitching up a storm, dancing, too. And writing. All the freelancing came home to roost this summer! Eesh. It takes a bite out of the day, doesn’t it?
All I really want to do is go to the beach. So I got to thinking. I’ve just designed a beach sampler, of which the pulled work mermaid in this post is part. I want to go to the beach for a week. I’m sure some of you do, too. So why not make it a “thing”?
BEACH RETREAT in February!
I put all the details for the retreat on this page, with a link to a registration form. The sampler will be photographed in its entirety sometime in November. It’s sand colors, has cross stitch, pulled work, and some specialty stitches, and a small cut-work design that doesn’t have to be cut (there’s a cross-stitch option). Don’t panic if you’re new to any of this stuff — we’ll go slow, just one stitch at a time! There will be lots of time for stitching and walking on the beach and exploring the area, and even dancing. I’d love to have you join me!
The image to the left is a stamped sampler that my Grandmother put on muslin for me and used to teach me how to stitch. Cross stitches and stem stitches. It took me 3 years to complete (I’ve never had a long attention span). If I recall, the only reason I DID complete it was that my mother wouldn’t let me start a crewel project to go with the one she was doing until I’d finished “the last thing you started and didn’t finish.”
It’s stitched in JP Coats variegated floss. Pink, blue and green. I started it at age 6 and finished in 1975, age 9. (And in true Romilly fashion, I didn’t put the starting date on it… who wants people to know how long you took to finish something?! In this I haven’t changed.)
Last week I took the time to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. When I found it again in our storage room, I pulled it out, charted it, and stitched it on 28 count Cashel. I considered stitching it over one just to be annoying, but decided that was a bit of overkill. The new version? Charting + stitching = done in one business day.
The original is about 8 X 10 inches, and the restitch is about 4 X 5.
If you know where the original stamped design came from, I’d love to know. And if I can find that out, I might be tempted to ask permission to release the chart as a freebie for anyone else who wants to stitch it. (It’s possible that the original is actually out of copyright at this point: it WAS from my Grandmother’s box, but it could just as easily be out of a McCall’s magazine from 1969! It would make a lovely first project for an older child on 8 or 11 count aïda cloth with 4 strands of threads – in their choice of colors. I know I picked out the three colors on the original sampler. In the new one I used the new DMC Color Variations instead of the standard variegated, and I do like the result.
I think I’ll have them framed side by side in a double-opening mat.
Next week, on March 7, Elmows will return with their new format.
They will still be available weekly. But at the beginning of the month you will have the option of buying the entire package of 5 Elmows. (Four for the month, plus one bonus design) for the low low price (heehee I’ve always wanted to say that!) of $2.99.
Individually, they will be 99 cents each.
Each month will be available for the month they are offered and the month after. So March Elmows will be available for download until April 30, April Elmows until May 31, and so on.
The Design packs of Elmows will then be made available to shops and on my sites (web and Etsy) for the retail price of $5.99 a package, paper copies only. (So it behooves you to buy the digital download as they are released if you want them!)
In addition, old Elmows will be removed from download Tuesday, March 6. So you have one week to pick up any of the last 12 old ones. (previous Elmows have already been rotated out…)
If you are interested in historic embroidery, or just some really cool patterns, check out the re-release online of an SCA member’s work of love – Flowers of the Needle – A compilation of patterns from several sources in the 16th century.
Please go see this work and download it, and thank Kathryn Goodwin profusely for all her hard work to make it available to us!
I have some requests out to people I’d like to feature in these posts in the future to request permission to post some of their images in my post. Hopefully this will come about and Mondays will get more colorful!
After some thought, I am revamping the Elmow program. Fair warning – all old Elmows will be pulled down on February 15. I will repackage them with a few new designs for sale on the GCD site and on Etsy, but the price will be going up, and you won’t be able to get most of them individually any more.
Going forward in March Elmows will be released as follows:
- 4 weekly patterns and individual designs as always at 99 cents each.
- The last Wednesday of the month I will post the entire monthly set, including one additional bonus design for $2.99.
They will be available for one month additional. So patterns posted in February will be available through March, and so on.
A month after they are pulled, the design packs (NOT the individual designs) will be available on Etsy and GoldenCircleDesigns.com for $5.99. The format will probably be PDF, although I may make these designs available to shops in printed format as well.