Friday, February 27, 2015

Two New Designs + Website with Blog

Thanks to Nataly Koplovsky of Massachusetts
for suggesting my painting "Red-winged Blackbirds" for a sampler design!
Please see the result at

And "Shenandoah" was inspired by a trip to the 
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, 
suggested by my mother-in-law Pat. 
I'm always wowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Plus, I love this carousel horse on display at the museum...

The new design can be found at

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Creativity down to her toes (and heels)

Take a look at this well-heeled stocking! 
Sharon Wulff, from Penn Valley, California, 
added a contemporary heel to 
Carriage House's Pennsylvania German Stocking:

Here's a detail: 
I love it!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Shenandoah Valley

I'm very excited about spending tomorrow in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with Jennifer, Denise and Karen  (and hopefully YOU) at Valley Needleworks! I would love to see you between 10 and 2 tomorrow. There's a door prize, too (but you must be present to enter)!

Valley Needleworks
7969 Main Street
Middletown, VA 22645


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Bonnie Olson, from Brookfield, MA, surprised me this week with not just a note card with the wild sledding girl from "Christmas Joy Ride" printed on it, but also a magnet adorned with an image of her sampler. Bonnie simplified the design and stitched it on 45 count linen over two threads.

Here's her 4.25-inch square sampler attached to a mini sled. What a fun idea and a beautiful photograph, Bonnie! Thank you for sharing this.

Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a fun and creative New Year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cover Girl!

Thanks to 
Needlework Retailer 
for putting 
Christmas Joy Ride 
on the cover of their holiday issue! 

Also, I've received a number of questions about 
a new DMC color in this design,
 # 3882, Medium Light Cocoa. 
Apparently it's not so easy to find, but
# 839 Brown is almost identical!

Thanks again to 
Lakeside Linens for the 40-count Misty Rain linen
Weeks Dye Works for the Hand Over Dyed floss
Valley House Primitives for the hand-grained frame
Kathy Bonham for her excellent stitching skills
and Megan Chriswisser, Editor of Needlework Retailer, 
for making sure the cover printed just right!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another reason to visit Fayetteville, NY

Please stop by A Stitcher's Garden housed in a renovated barn along the Erie Canal, complete with a view of a beautiful pond. Jan's shop specializes in counted cross stitch supplies, and offers stitch-ins, classes and an annual retreat. She is currently displaying an assortment of Carriage House Samplings models until Christmas.

Thank you, Jan!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A New Carriage House Release

Family Tree Portraits 

was inspired by folk art portraits...

lockets with portraits ...

(I saw this in Virginia's Museum of the Shenandoah Valley with my mother-in-law) 

And silhouette-art ...
(here I am circa 1964)

Plus, someone told me at a needlework show that she'd love to 
stitch her family tree!

So I'm providing three charts
with three distinctive borders
that show a couple,
and a two-generation family,
and a three-generation family tree,
designed so that you can choose
hair colors and styles
hats and glasses
that reflect your family members.
Expand or trim the borders to hold as many generations as you like.
Add a family pet...
Fill with medallions and hearts
And in the case of the family tree,
use hearts to show marriages and
use brackets to show offspring

Thanks to Lakeside Linens for providing the fabric
Needlepoint Silk for the floss (DMC conversions are provided)
East Side Mouldings for building the frames
and Sherri Berkman, Sharon Schutjer and Kathy Bonham
for stitching the models.

Suggested retail: $18.00 for all three designs