A quick cross stitch project: “Hope for the Holidays” ornament

Hope for the Holidays Primrose Needleworks
“Hope for the Holidays” ornament from the Just Cross Stitch 2013 Ornament edition

Greetings, dear friends! I heard my first “christmas carol” on the radio today.   And I’ve yet to buy cranberries and fixings for Thanksgiving!

Okay then. ‘Tis the season.  But I vow to maintain a more balanced approach to Christmas planning this year:

  • No last-minute shopping, cleaning, decorating, baking, Christmas card-writing.
  • Less computer time.  More family, friends and nature time.
  • Gratitude.  Every day.  All year long.

I’m ready to do the prep work to make this holiday season less stressful and more meaningful.

The blessings of the season are, to me, intangible.  Honestly, I don’t need any more worldly goods (except for that nice Starbucks gift card my brother gives me every year).  I am thankful for this day, for my family, my friends and for you.  

Are you doing anything different this year?  In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful fall Saturday!

P.S.  In re the photo:  It’s our latest JCS ornament, “Hope for the Holidays.”  The four-way color blocking, geometric patterns and snowy-white border make this an easy stitch.   Thank you, all, for writing to me each year.  I adore hearing from you!   ~Liz

 

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New Design Release: “Stars and Stripes Forever”

Stars and Stripes Catalogue Photo

In honor of President George Washington’s birthday, we have released Stars and Stripes Forever. This is contemporary, to-scale U.S. flag intended for year-round display in the home or office.

50 stars and 13 stripes are stitched with vibrant colors from The Gentle Art.  We chose a warm and toasty linen from Wichelt (Desert Sand).  I SO enjoyed stitching on this fabric!

Stars and Stripes Forever is a distinctive and convenient way to show the flag indoors. It’s quite a dense design (it took me a few months to finish!), but the geometric and repeated patterns are easy to stitch.

The flag is made with simple cross stitches — no specialty stitches required!

If you start this design in March, you’ll be finished by July 4th!

Stitch Count: 171W x 106H
Design Size: Approx. 12″W x 7-1/4″H
Fabric: 28-ct Desert Sand* from Wichelt Imports
Threads:  The Gentle Art (with DMC conversions)
Frame: Where Victoria’s Angels Stitch (Clifton, N.J.)

We’ve shipped initial orders to our distributors.  If you’d like to purchase our charts, please ask your needlework shop to order them for you!   As always, feel free to contact me with questions.

Thank you and Happy Birthday to our country’s first President!  ~Liz

*Updated on 6/28/13: Some charts may call for 28-ct “Sand”; the full name of the fabric is “Desert Sand” from Wichelt; we’ve reflected the update in later chart printings.  We apologize for the discrepancy!

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Staying Warm with a Coffee Crossword

Happy February!  I am often asked about the design on our website header — What is it?

It’s Coffee Crossword. Pour yourself a cup of coffee (or tea!) and immerse yourself in this crossword design. Warm colors stitched on a coffee-with-cream-and-sugar linen make for a cup of cozy stitching on a chilly February day.

Wichelt’s Terra Cotta linen (which reminds me of a cup of coffee with cream), seemed perfect for a coffee crossword design.

One of our February Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, said this about a drink he’d been served:

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.”

We’ve all been there, Mr. President. :)    Have a good week, dear friends!

Coffee Crossword PN

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New Cross Stitch Design — Mirth, Hope and Grace

Mirth, Hope and Grace

We’ve just shipped a new cross stitch design to our distributors: “Mirth, Hope and Grace.” Three inspirational words interlock in a game board pattern. It’s created with holiday colors, but we think of mirth, hope and grace as timeless concepts for year-round display.

You can make this in time for the holidays.  We stitched it up in a weekend!

Size: 58w x 59h
Fabric: 32-ct White Chocolate from Wichelt
Threads:  The Gentle Art (with DMC conversions) 

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3 French Hens and a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Sunday-before-Thanksgiving to you all!

As you bake pies, roast veggies and make stuffing this week — remember to sneak in a wee bit of stitching (or a lot!) to celebrate this wonderful holiday. We are ever thankful to a lovely stitcher who sent us her version of “3 French Hens,” our ornament in the 2012 Just CrossStitch Ornament magazine. This unexpected gift is a treasured addition to our ornament collection, as we feather our nest and decorate the home for the holidays.

From our cozy nest to yours . . . we at Primrose Needleworks wish you a mirthful, safe and abundant Thanksgiving.

♥♥♥,      ~Liz

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New cross stitch design in the works: How I spent my summer . . .

 

This summer I embarked on a new cross stitch design that’s a companion piece to the Lincoln Bicentennial Sampler.  On July 4, 2012 I channeled my inner Betsy Ross (she’s featured in the thimble above) and started to stitched away.

I stitch all my models, as it helps me design (and frog!) the final product.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find that fiber colors take on a different look and feel, depending on the fabric color and count. And a-frogging we went!   After many tweaks and changes, the design started to take shape.

Here’s a sneak peek of the design, about 25% completed.  The piece is finished and it’s being framed right now. We’ll release the chart soon.

Happy stitching to you — isn’t Autumn the perfect stitching season?  (Next to Winter, Spring and Summer, of course.)

Hugs to you,

Liz

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Remembering This Day

Close-up of Gettysburg Address text

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two days before September 11, 2001 — in Riverside Park on Manhattan’s West Side — I learned how to cross stitch. My college friend Terry (a talented stitcher and designer) taught me the ropes — simple crosses, one after the other, on crisp cream-colored Aida.

I started on a sampler that day, never imagining that it would be a source of enormous comfort during many sleepless nights in the ensuing months. The simple act of stitching a small tree or a flower reminded me that it was possible to remember beauty amid the devastation of that day, eleven years ago.

A few days after September 11, a local radio station played this song: Eva Cassidy’s version of “Over the Rainbow.”  The sheer beauty of Eva’s interpretation, and its message of hope prompted hundreds of phone calls to the station (including mine).  A perfect song for an imperfect time.

Peace, hope and warm wishes to you all, as we remember this anniversary.

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Hello from Primrose Needleworks! Please stand by as we rebuild our website.

Fall Stitching: “Autumn in New York”

Thank you for supporting us throughout the years. We are currently building this new website to better serve you, as we roll out new designs in the coming months. (The best is yet to come!)

Our designs continue to be sold through fine needlework shops in the U.S. and worldwide.

Shop owners — please order charts through our distributor, Hoffman Distributing.

My email is:  EGorski333@gmail.com     I would love to hear from you.

Fall Stitching:  ”A Ghost’s Alphabet”

 

Our new website will be completed by September 15, 2012.  Please bookmark us.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Elizabeth Gorski
Designer
Primrose Needleworks, New York City

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