Patti Connor of SamSarah

"Love Summer"

This is from the "Merry Little Summer" chart-pack.  Love Summer is stitched on blue evenweave fabric with hand-dyed cotton threads: Gentle Art Sampler Simply Shaker Threads in Green Apple, Brethren Blue, and Pomengranate, The Dye is Cast in Calendula, and Weeks Dye Works in Cypress.  The hand-made buttons are from Just Another Button Company.  It is hard to tell but the frame is a light pink that looks beautiful with the buttons and pink threads.

Stitched in May 2010.


"The Stars are Brightly Shining"
This design is from the 2005 Ornament Issue of Just Cross-Stitch Magazine.  I stitched it on a hand-dyed Lakeside Linens fabric from a grab-bag, so I don't know the color name.  The threads I used are: white DMC, Needle Necessities 1531 (red), Weeks Dye Works Amber (star), Weeks Dye Works Holly (greenery), The Dye is Cast Cafe Au Laite (arms).  The buttons are as charted from Just Another Button Company, except I only used one heart.  Eyes are black beads from Mill Hill to look like coal.  I stitched this on October 14th and 15th of 2005, and did the finishing into a flat ornament in December 2005. 


"A Merry Little Summer"
I stitched this in May 2004. It's stitched on Zweigart 22-count Janina Fabric in Christmas Red, a dark burgundy color. I stitched it in Thread Gatherer Sheep's Silk (Ink Black, Moss Green, Ruby Red), Rainbow Gallery Splendor Silk (S903, S901), Caron Collection Watercolors (Blueberry), and Brown Paper Packages' Silk & Ivory (White). The flowers at the bottom are DMC 3865. It's accented with buttons from Just Another Button Company. It took about three days to stitch. Cute!


"American Weave"
This design is from the "Liberty For Me" leaflet. It is stitched on Zweigart 28-count Meran evenweave in Powder Blue. It is stitched with Weeks Dye Works floss and accented with hand-dyed star buttons from Just Another Button Company. I think hourly wise it took about eight hours to stitch, but I spread it out over almost three weeks because it was just so straightforward (read: boring) to stitch. All those straight lines! I love how it turned out, though. It is framed in a hand-painted wood frame.


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