January 13, 2012

News and Other Things

It's the first of the year, a time when I look at the new release schedule and make plans for the months ahead. This year I have decided to share a bit of what is being planned.  

In no particular order. . . . . . . 
Adam and Eve - this is the portion that you see at the bottom of the Elizabeth Hancock Sampler.  It is the people, plants and tree from the design and does not include the grass and lambs.

Spring and Summer Band Samplers - this will complete the four seasons set (released separately).

Louisa B. Snow - at last we will be publishing the Snow sampler.  You may remember that Louisa is a descendant of the Mayflower.  I am planning to offer two different color ways for this design. . . . .original colors (or close to them) and Diane's alternative palette.

Olde Nantucket - this design was inspired by an antique box that I researched the genealogy on for a friend. The box actually said "Nantucket March 1829".  What inspiration!

Mary Ann Myers - a wonderful reproduction chart featuring SIX birds!  It's American in origin.

Those are just some of the designs you can expect in the months ahead.  And of course, there is an ornament a month too.  Next month we release Tree Farm.  

Now onto "other things". . . . . . .the pattern called "My Lady" that we ship next week has endless possibilities for finishing.  But I came up with another idea that I wish I had shared earlier.  Change the browns in her clothing to various shades of white/cream/taupe/tans. . . . . make her very antique looking (you'll need a darker fabric to pull this off).  Then string tiny bridal flowers onto invisible thread to make a garland to extend from one hand to another.  Suspend a photo in a charm from the center of a newly married couple on their wedding day, or an antique photo of parents or grandparents to present as an anniversary gift.  

Some times my mind just never shuts off. . . . . .

Happy stitching,


  1. I am SO you think you could chart me some more hours in the day? What about add some days in each month so that I can stitch all the time :)

  2. Anonymous8:36 AM

    I like your idea for changing up "My Lady". Our 25th anniversary is coming up and it might be a nice way to commemorate that event. Hmmm...

    Bonnie H.

  3. It all sound so lovely :)

  4. I agree with everything Vonna said, in triplicate.

  5. I can't wait to see them all. They all sound so beautiful. I especially luv the sneak peak of Adam & Eve.

  6. Looking forward to seeing these beautiful ideas come to life!

  7. You have a wonderful year of designs lined up. I'm with Vonna, I wish there were more hours in the day to stitch them all!

  8. Anonymous2:52 PM

    HI Diane, I cant wait ,Im really looking forward to the spring & summer samplers so I can finish the set..I love My Lady too, in fact all your designs are great I have lots in my stash too.kind ragrds Debbie

  9. hello, I just bought the model Elizabeth Hancock The sampler, which is wonderful! I saw the original that there was a game with Adan and Eve I wanted to know if one day you will do as this part? Because I want to know if I should leave the canvas below the book free to embroider the entire ... Maybe you'll make that up? In advance thank you for your response and thank you again for giving us so many beautiful things to embroider! thank you! Sorry for my bad english ....
    friendships FRANCE

  10. Only the Adam and Eve themselves are being reproduced. There will NOT be a part two to the Elizabeth Hancock sampler. :)

  11. Ok thank Diane
    have o good day


  12. Hi Diane: Very nice things...Your blog is very very beautifull and it´s a great work.Have a goog week.

  13. I can't wait to see your new design...Adam & Eve are favorites of mine.

  14. I hope everything is okay since it has been awhile since you post. I'm curious about the new ornament :-) I just love stitching these. I hope to start My lady this week and I think I have a great idea of the thing I will put on the string she is holding.


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