Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas in July!

It's hot outside but I've been busy creating a little bit of Christmas inside where it is cool!  I have three new Christmas in July designs to show you and then hopefully I will get into the the Autumn mood...I'm a little turned around I guess!

The first two have already been released but I will give you a peek of the third which will be out soon.

All three are stitched on WDW 30 count Cocoa linen.  And Good Tidings to You and Comfort and Joy have already released and are available at your local needlework store.  O Come All Ye Faithful will be released soon.  They are easy to stitch up and measure approx 71/2 by 71/2 inches. Perfect sized little pillows to display in your dough bowls.

I had been doing a little family genealogy and was researching in the colonial period and the ideal of  stitching something in that time period kept coming to mind. I hope you enjoy stitching them as much as I enjoyed designing them.

I have a couple more designs in the works and will be back later on with some updates on those....

My second design for the Inspired Needle, aka, Inspired Needle Club will be released at the end of August.  You can email Cathy at the Inspired Needle if you are interested in joining her club.  Hint: I used Autumn colors for the next one!

I hope you are enjoying your is going by very fast!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Model Stitcher Needed

I have more designs charted that I can stitch up!  If you love to stitch, email me and we can chat!

Abby Rose Designs

Friday, June 16, 2017

Christmas Stitching In June?

Hi Everyone!
Since my last post I have my first 2017 Christmas design finished and ready to release.  I heard from many of you and you like to start stitching Christmas patterns in the summer when you have more time....I can understand that.  I usually wait until about October to release any thing Christmasy...Is that even a word?  Anyway, I have long wanted to design something colonial but just never did it.  So a couple of months ago I was searching through my "designs not finished" file.  Those are the designs that you get an idea and get started and nothing else comes to you.  So you put them away and then finally one day you are ready to complete them.

There are three in this series and I will be released as they are finished.
The first is called, And Good Tidings to You, the second is called, "Comfort and Joy and the final is "All Come All Ye Faithful".  They are the same size so you could stitch them together or single and framed or a small pillow.  I finished
this one as a pillow.  They are all stitched on Weeks Dye Works Cocoa 30 count linen.

Here is a photo of "And Good Tidings To You".  It will be released next Friday through Hoffman to a local needlework store near you.

And Good Tidings to You
Pillow size is approx. 7 inches wide by 61/2 inches long.

Tea For Two is being released today as a chart.  Thanks to everyone who loved it and wanted to stitch it but unfortunately I ran out of some of the supplies and was unable to get them again.  So now you can get the chart and put your own creative ideas to it.

I don't know what the weather is where you live but it is getting very hot here in Texas.  I live in southern Texas where it is sub-tropical.  We are located near beautiful South Padre Island, where I try to spend a little time each summer.  But until I get there... I will be inside where it is cool with a big glass of iced tea working on needlework projects!

Have a great summer!  I be back again with some new designs to keep you busy this summer.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

New Designs Coming This Summer

Hi Everyone!
It seems like time is flying by and I can't keep up with all the projects that I have going!  After my retirement last October, one of my goals was to increase the number of designs that I put out.  I thought, I did about 6-7 year when I was working full time so it should be easy to double that..... I started out with a bang and then slowly other things seem to take me away from my stitching.  How did I do all the the things I did when I was working?  Beats me! I guess I'm slower now! ;)

Anyway, I've picked my needle and thread back up and have quite a few projects coming down the lane.  I do have to tell you, I now have a model stitcher who helps me.  Her name is Donna Ennis and she is from Florida.  We have developed our system of how to get things back and forth to each other and I am so happy to have her helping me.  She is a beautiful stitcher and fast too!

So what's coming up...Well I now have a candle box from Lone Elm Lane.  If you don't know who they are by now, they make the most beautiful wooden boxes and frames for stitchers.  I chose the candle box because I liked the slide lid and compartments.  My design is almost finished and should be out soon.  I chose the color paprika, so if you like it, let them know.

See here's my box design yet.  Isn't it cute?

For those of you that were not able to get my "Tea For Two Kit" in early January, good news is I have published the chart and it will be available from Hoffman next week.  I was unable to locate more of the fabric that I used and the ribbon company went our of business!  But I am sure you will be able to find some coordinating fabric and ribbon in your stash.  Thank you for the e-mails about the chart...I heard you and it will be out soon.

I have three Colonial Christmas mini pillows in the works.  I know everyone likes to start their Christmas stitching early so they should be released in late June and early July!  It seems to me like Christmas was just here...

Also another design with a cute saying on it....and I have just finished my part 2 design for the Inspired Sampler Club.  It's not stitched...just designed!

I am also hoping to get my yearly Halloween design completed soon.  I have to tell you, I have projects on every table in my house and little studio.

Today I put away my needle and thread and painted.  A few years ago I distressed some paper mache boxes for myself and a couple of friends.  A new friend is in love with my Christmas box and asked if I would make one for her.  So today, I worked on it.
(In person these actually look camera wants things to look burnt orange today!)

Her's says Tis the Season...mine are on the top.   These are so fun to make and they really don't take a lot of time.  I put them here because you really could put a needlework design on the top of them. IF you are looking for another summer project.  You can make them any color, any size and I use stencils for the words and some of mine have designs. I'm always looking for new places to put designs.  I have a bunch of framed pieces and a ton of pillows already!  The boxes are very sturdy.  Anyway there is never a dull moment around here!  

Hopefully, my next post I will have some pictures of finishes!  Have a great summer!

Abby Rose Designs

Friday, May 26, 2017

A couple of things to show you this week... I gave you a peek last week of my new design for the Inspired Sampler Club but since Cathy has sent it out to the club members, I wanted to show you the entire piece.  If you would like to stitch it, you can contact Cathy at the Inspired Needle to get more information.  She has turned it into a kit with all the thread and the fabric you will need to complete it.
Since this is my first club, I am especially proud of Glad Hearts.  Jan Alexander, who did the first piece has called her's Everlasting Love.  What a great name!  It will be her turn again in a couple of months and then I will follow with "Thankful Hearts" just in time for fall stitching!

Glad Hearts

This is my next piece which will probably be out next week through Hoffman!  I know I have completely skipped over summer stitching!  I designed Spring and Summer Pin Pillows in 2016 and promised a few of you that I would eventually get to the Autumn and Winter.  Winter is designed but still needs to be stitched.  I think you will like it features some rich Christmas colors.  I am also thinking of my yearly Halloween design, with my beloved witch who has no name, but needs one.... Any ideas?  And then I  have 3 Christmas Ornaments in the works!  I now have a great model stitcher, Donna Ennis, from Florida who is now helping me get all of these things stitched! What a relief!  She stitched Glad Hearts for record time!

Autumn Pin Pillow

Stay safe this Memorial Day Weekend!

Abby Rose Designs

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all My Stitching Friends!

                                                                The French author Alexandre Dumas describes Black Tulip as the title ...
Tulips are one of my most favorite flowers so I'm sending you a bunch! I wish you the happiest day and hope you get to spend time with those you love the most!  Thanks to all who have enjoyed my designs!  There will be more to come in the future...just taking a much needed break right now!

Gayle, Abby Rose Designs

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Glad Hearts Sneak Peek! An Inspired Sampler Club Project

Hello Everyone!
A few months ago it was my honor to receive an email from Cathy at the Inspired Needle and Jan from Tree of Life Samplings asking if I would be interested in designing for the Inspired Sampler Club.  Of course I said yes...I love samplers.  The first design by Jan has already been released but you can still join the club by contacting Cathy at the Inspired Needle at  The scheduled release dates are on Cathy's website.

My sampler is called "Glad Hearts" and here is a sneak peek.  I really enjoyed designing this piece and hope you like it too!  It is an exclusive piece and  the only way to get it is by calling Cathy.

Have a great week!

Abby Rose Designs