Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Question + A Sneak Peek

Would a design with the model stitched in Kreinik's Silk Mori stop you from purchasing the chart if DMC and NPS conversions were provided?

My sister Janet sent me a collection of beautiful colors, milkpaint and regular, that are very tempting to use, but I'm not sure how easy they are to find in shops.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!

In the meantime, here's a sneak peak at an upcoming release. There are three designs included with this chart, titled Family Tree Portraits.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Second Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Nataly Koplovsky from Duxbury, Massachusetts!

She was the first to suggest my painting, Red-winged Blackbirds, as a cross stitch design and I think it works. In fact, Sharon Schutjer just stitched it to perfection. Nataly will be the first to receive the chart after the model is framed and the chart printed.

Nataly has been stitching since age five when her grandmother taught her how to embroider towels and pillowcases. She's currently stitching the Shores of Hawk Run Hollow (just starting block 10.) She loves all things needlework as well as shopping for antique needlework items.

Thanks again to all of you who suggested this and other paintings. I plan on trying some others that you recommended. If I like them as sampler designs, you'll be the first to receive a copy, free of charge.



Marty

Monday, September 29, 2014

A New Carriage House Samplings Release

Get Ready!
Get Set!

Stitch!

Christmas Joy Ride 

celebrates the joy and frenzy of the holiday season! 


Stitch count: 132 wide x 120 high 
Lakeside Linens’ 40-count Misty Rain
DMC and Weeks Dye Works Hand Over Dyed floss 
Suggested Retail: $10.00

Thanks to Kathy Bonham for stitching our model!
And to Valley House Primitives for the beautiful hand-grained frame!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you find yourself in Rockville, Maryland ...

27 of my oil paintings are on display at City Hall,
111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland
through mid-November
including the painting above, right, 
the inspiration for Silver Landscape

Friday, August 15, 2014

A New Release and a Contest Winner!

I'm happy to report that Veena, from Northern California, is the contest winner! 
She was the first to correctly identify the painting that inspired my new release, Silver Landscape.

Veena has been stitching since she was a teenager. She enjoys stitching reproduction samplers, especially those with a pastoral focus, and American folk. Congratulations, Veena!



Silver Landscape's palette was inspired by some new natural shades from DMC and beautiful Vintage Flagstone linen from Lakeside Linens.

Here, by the way, is the painting which gave me the idea for the chart. I painted it in autumn, but when I went back to the area in the winter, I found it more striking.


Chart details: 
260 wide x 183 high 

DMC / NPS
159 / 742 Gray Blue, Light
317 / 673 Pewter Gray
413 / 674 Pewter Gray, Dark
840  / 184 Beige Brown
935  / 356 Avocado Green, Dark
3011 / 345 Khaki Green, Dark 
3013 / 331 Khaki Green, Light
3782  / 971 Mocha Brown, Light
3864  / 121 Mocha Beige, Light
3884  / 964 Gray Brown
3893 / 851 Light Tan
Ecru / 992 Ecru

$12.00 suggested retail

The second winner will be announced soon! I received so many suggestions to try various paintings as cross stitch designs. Thank you, all!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sneak Peek

We have a winner of the first part of our contest. Someone correctly identified which painting was the inspiration for an upcoming release. We'll announce the person closer to the release date, but in the meantime, here's another sneak peek.


I'm anxious to try out many of your suggestions for another design based on a painting, so hopefully I can soon announce the second winner!
Thank you all for participating!