This is my mom, Carol who many of you know just started model stitching a bit for both Nikki and me. She does an awesome job and I can always count on seeing it again, stitched, shortly after she takes it home. Thanks mom! You know how much your help has meant to me!
This is Evie who is one of my model stitchers. Evie is always up for something whenever I ask. If it's during a sporting season she particularly likes, the work gets done really fast. The more nervous her teams make her, the faster she stitches! Thank you so much for helping me with so many models Evie!
Next is my friend Milly who is not only a model stitcher for both Nikki and me but also moderates the LHN/CCN Yahoo group. She is always there for me, whatever I need and whenever I need it. Thank you so much Milly for ALL that you do. Milly and I were able to get together a few years ago when she was in Arizona making our relationship far more than business only.
Then there is Renee who has tackled some of the largest model stitching that comes from LHN. Just wait until you see what she has stitched for me (and you!) this fall. Renee also model stitches for Nikki. Thank you Renee for never saying "it's too big!" and stitching some really nice pieces for us both.
This is Rita and she really helped me out this year when I needed her. Thank you Rita for stitching a model for me and doing a beautiful job on it!
Veronica was the owner/moderator of the very first LHN Yahoo group. She lives in Italy and is still very connected to us through a web site that features LHN and CCN finishes. Veronica and I are very good friends and keep in touch on a regular basis. Thank you Veronica for EVERYTHING!
And last but not least is Vonna. Vonna is a fantastic finisher who I have used on a few pieces up until now but just wait! All of the 2011 ornaments will be stitched AND finished by her! Thank you so much for taking this on. What more can I say?
So you might be thinking, does Diane even stitch any more? Well the answer is yes I do! I guess after the quantity of designs I had been stitching in the early years of LHN I really needed to get breaks now and then so that I could actually have a life. Those that know me know I spend a lot of time working and not much time playing! So the next time you pick up one of our patterns and see that name, put one of these faces right along side of it. These ladies have lives apart from what it is they do for Nikki and me and we do alternate the stitching a bit so they have time for their own work (except Renee who seems to always be working on something for LHN or CCN!)
I also want to mention that there are quite a few friends and supporters who have become backbones to me throughout the years. Thank you too (read on)! I'm talking about our suppliers, shop owners, distributors, stitchers, and so on and so on.
OK, so before I have to get a tissue and mop up the keyboard, I'll finish this post by saying. . . . . . . .
I am happy to have the best group of people behind me who are not only related to me by business but are my friends too!
What a great, great post! LHN and CCN are my favorite designers. And Vonna is the best! She has finished a bunch of stuff for me and her blog posts are always so wonderful. I look forward to seeing the 2011 ornaments.ReplyDelete
What an amazing group of ladies! It really does take a village, doesn't it?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Diane.ReplyDelete
I'm really honored to be your friend.
Thank you, Diane! I'm really honored to be included in this group with these wonderful ladies.ReplyDelete
What and amazing and talented group you have! I thank them and you for your designs....NancyReplyDelete
Thank you so much! I'm honored to always be busy stitching for you & Nikki and LOVE both of your designs. Thank you for being my friend. :)ReplyDelete
What a great group of women you told us about. It makes your patterns that much more special now! Keep up all the wonderfully great work.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing
Wonderful tribute!!! So nice to see that you give such credit to all those who help you be LHN!!ReplyDelete
WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!!
I just discovered Little House Needlework last year and have been thrilled. I love all the pieces and look forward to the coming ones.ReplyDelete
I have stitched the first 3 ornments of 2010, the Bookshelf and I am working on the Library.
My LNS, Creative Stitchery, Richmond, TX carries all your designs. I have started The Gingerbread Tree shown in the July Just Crossstitch Magazine.
Keep up the great work,
Diane, You have lovely people on your site. I love your patterns and I hope I can make them for many years. So take the breaks you needed and enjoy with your lovely dog.ReplyDelete
Greetings from the Netherlands, Anita
How lovely Diane, I really did enjoy reading this post - it's so nice to be able to put a face to the name too! :o)ReplyDelete
Oh you have a lovely group of ladies to help you out DianeReplyDelete
big hugs to you all !
Thank you for this post, Diane. I'm glad to see you have so many great supporters. :D CathrynReplyDelete
Fantastic to see the faces behind the "stitchers" of LHN. And now I'm curious about that one where Renee is working on :) Applaus to all of you !!!ReplyDelete
It is my sincere honor to be able to work with you, but it is a gift to be your friend too :)ReplyDelete
I'm proud to call you friend AND supplier ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you all so much for commenting to this blog post. These people are who make it all "work" for me on a day-to-day basis. I just can't say enough but hopefully I said what was most important. :)ReplyDelete
Diane, It was a wonderful post and sentiment. So nice to see the full heart that makes up Little House Needleworks. They are all wonderful!ReplyDelete
What a great post and a great group of ladies! Thanks for all you do to help Diane & Nikki keep us all stocked with lots of wonderful designs. :)ReplyDelete
so delicate and dedicated...happy to join this blog for elegance and discretion.ReplyDelete
What a great idea to show faces behind this wonderful finishes! Love your post!ReplyDelete
A very nice tribute to all your friendly helpers! They all have such pleasant smiles!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful post! While I've never met your Mother, I'm blessed to have each of these other ladies as friends--including you! Thank you for sharing about each of them!ReplyDelete
Your and your daughter as the nicest designers. You both have the neatest deigns. They are always filled with faith and love. Big "Thank You" to you both and those who work behind the scenes!
it's a wonderful post! I meet Veronica some years ago and she indroduce myself to your wonderful works and after to the nikky's works, I've stitch several projects and thank you to your wonderful work!ReplyDelete
Diane - this post really was so sweet. I am always in awe of the wonderful stitching of the models - thank you for sharing a bit about your special stitchers.ReplyDelete
Great post!!Thanks Diane and thanks to all your special stitchers who work behind the scenes!ReplyDelete
Wonderful post! What a fabulous group of ladies!ReplyDelete
This was such a wonderful post to read and how nice of you to acknowledge everyone. I always love seeing your new designs come to life and it's great to see the faces behind the needles! Thank you!ReplyDelete
A very sweet and touching post Diane! You are surely blessed to have such wonderful people in your life!ReplyDelete