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!

Gayle
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.

Gayle

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 ....no 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 red...my 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!

Gayle
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!

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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 though...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 me...in record time!

Autumn Pin Pillow


Stay safe this Memorial Day Weekend!

Gayle
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 inspiredneedle.com.  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!

Gayle
Abby Rose Designs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Be Happy Update

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are enjoying your week!  I wanted to send this post out because several of you have emailed me regarding a color in the "Be Happy" design.

The GAST- Pebble is correct.  I think all of the blue in the photo put a blue cast on the block areas that were stitched with Pebble.  The model really does have the off-white color of GAST Pebble. 

So what I have told everyone is...if you like the blue look of the blocks you could use GAST-Aged Pewter and it would probably be very close to the color in the photo.

Sorry for any confusion!  I think I need more experience in the photo taking area!

Anyway!
Happy Easter....May it be a very blessed time for you and your family!

Gayle
Abby Rose Designs

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A couple of new designs coming out in the next week.  First of all my last edition to my "Happy" series that I have been doing...not to say that I won't have another in the future if I hear another good happy quote ;).

Here is "I Think I'll Just Be Happy Today".  Isn't it funny that we don't often remind ourselves that we have a choice to be Happy each day.  I know, I forget too!


And the next is a design which was originally published in Primitive Punch and Needlework Magazine about a year and half ago.  I believe the issue is no longer printed.  I have had several requests to publish it so here it is.............

Enjoying the nice windy days...not too hot yet.  My little dog Coco and I have really enjoyed our evening walks.  My roses have already started to bloom.  Our bottle brush tree already has a million blooms.  It looks like it rained red petals.  

Hoping where ever you are...it is warm and almost Spring!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good Sunday Everyone!
I'm always looking for ways to display my designs.  Don't get me wrong, I like framed pieces, and all kinds of smalls but sometimes I want something that can be displayed or useful.  I have always been a candle nut.  I have many candles! I like these primitive style taper candles and wanted to add a few to my ever growing candle collection but couldn't figure out what to do with them.  Although I like the primitive style decorating that has been around for a few years now and is very popular, my house is not decorated in that style.  So...I started looking around at Hobby Lobby ( I can spend a couple of hours in there just looking at every item, something I never had time to do when I was working full time) and wandered over to the unpainted wooden box isle... And there I spied it...a perfect container for my grubby candles.  A simple wooden box with a simple closure on the front, just the perfect width for taper candles.  Next to the paint isle.... another one of my other favorite things...and I found a perfect primitive red milk paint by Plaid.  I'm not advertising for them but for the price, this paint is great.  I've used a much more expensive brand and I think this one is just as good. I chose New England Red but they have several colors that I really liked... thinking....other projects!  I did follow all the directions ( I don't always do that...I get too excited when starting a project) and went through the proper steps. First I lightly sanded my box or should I say my husband lightly sanded my box! Then I applied a coat, let it dry, applied a second coat, let it dry and the next day I rubbed it well with the oil rub they suggest.  You don't have to do that but I wanted the darker color and it also seals it.

Here's my candle box!

The milk paint naturally made the worn -looking areas, which I like, you could probably give it third coat for a more solid paint job.

This is what it looks like inside.
I'm working on a design for the top of the box (that's it inside the box) and plan to line the bottom with some color coordinated wool to keep my candles protected and maybe something for the inside of the lid.  I will post again with a picture of my completed project.  This was a fun project and I already have my eye on a smaller box that would be great for a small design.

Have a great day!

Gayle








Friday, February 24, 2017

New Designs

Good Friday Everyone!
I just wanted to show you my new designs!  The first is a follow-up to "Do More of What Makes You Happy" which was released a couple of months ago.  My latest design is called "Be Happy", just a small reminder that we all have things in our life that make us Happy and Thankful and we can be an inspiration to others who might be going through something tough.
"Be Happy"
32 count Confederate Grey Linen

Also, I will have a Limited Edition Kit which will be distributed by Norden Crafts at the Nashville Market in a couple of weeks.  Shop owners, please go by their Suite if you are interested in this kit. If you are attending the market, you can also Pre-Order by contacting Norden Crafts.  The kit is called "Home Sweet Home".
Home Sweet Home Limited Edition Kit at Nashville Market

Hope you have a weekend of fun & stitching!


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Boo Boo on Tea for Two Chart!

Hi Everyone!
Just found out there is a boo boo on the color chart for my Tea For Two Chart.  The chart says "Baked Clay" from Classic Colorworks.  The color is actually "Clay Pot".  Sorry for any inconvenience to anyone stitching the chart!
Gayle

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our Family Rules

Good Morning Everyone!

A new design that is quick and fun! Our Family Rules is stitched on 30 count Creme Brule from  R & R Reproductions.  I have used some of my favorite threads from WDW and GAST such as Oscar, Olive, Garden Gate, Faded Rose, Rose Garden and a few more.  I like little houses so I thought is was most appropriate for this design.  It is available to Hoffman Distributing and Norden Crafts and should be in your local needlework shop already!

Hope you have a great weekend...and take time out to relax and stitch a little!

Gayle
Abby Rose Designs
Our Family Rules



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year, New Kit....Tea For Two!

Good Morning Everyone!
And Happy New Year!  Now that the holiday season has passed and all of our beautiful Christmas needlework has been packed away...I always like a new project to work on.

I have put together a new kit called, Tea for Two.  This kit includes 30 count linen, lace, ribbon, fabric and to Earl Grey Tea bags to enjoy!
Front of Tea for Two

Inside of case...pockets for your favorite tea bags.

Case folded and tied with a beautiful color coordinated ribbon.


Closed case with tie.

Shops can place their order directly from Abby Rose Designs.  Shipping date is January 9th.

Check with your favorite needlework store to place your order!  Contact me for any additional questions!