Friday, April 20, 2018

Stitching: New Patterns!

While Nashville Needlemarket was almost two months ago; I only got the last of my purchases from it this week. The lovely ladies at my LNS (Traditional Stitches) always do a great job of allowing me to add items to my order (via email no less) and then packing and shipping items to me. 

There were a lot of amazing (as always) patterns and items this year and yes I bought far too many of them! LOL. 
But I have a few favourites I want to share in particular; including one which I plan to start in the next couple of months! 
As many of you know I have an obsession with Ink Circles, Jeannette Douglass Designs and Mill Hill Kits. So it won't surprise you that almost half of what I bought is from those three designers/companies. I'm nothing if not predictable. 

First up in this photo is this amazingly beautiful Journey pattern from Jeannette Douglass and a lovely new Mill Hill kit (there are six in the series and I want them all!). 
My parents travel a lot and so I'm excited to stitch this little beauty up for me Mom. With the lovely pastel colours, gorgeous silk threads (in thread pack) and Jeannette's ability to integrate specialty/embroidery stitches I cannot wait to start it. This will be the first start from this set of purchases for sure! (also because it has a destination). 

In this second photo is the stunning 'companion' piece to last year's Sumatra Dragon from Ink Circles. It's trees!! Somewhere between fantasy themes, autumn, halloween and mandalas is a love of patterns that are forest or tree related. The effort that Tracey from Ink Circles put into investigating and putting together this pattern is amazing. I love that the pattern comes with the story about how Tracey landed on the design and what her influences were. A piece that while large will make a stunning heirloom for those that stitch it. 
Also in this photo is an adorable new pattern from Brenda Garvis (another designer I adore) and the cutest little Wizard of Oz pattern! I really need to stitch up at least one of the multitude of Oz patterns I have collected over the years. 

In Other News: 
Thanks again for thoughts and well wishes on my infected finger. It's doing quite good. No more meds or bandaging needed; although there is a lot of yucky blood and colours under the nail that will take the next couple months to grow out (or so I'm told). I guess it's a good reminder not to chew, pick or cut at my cuticles for the next couple months. Maybe that will help me have some self-control? (but let's face it probably not). 
I have to catch up on my Etsy shop, file taxes, and it's my local Comic Con/Expo next weekend! So much to do that stitching time is a bit scarce. BUT I will maybe share some highlights from Comic Expo after next weekend and in May I plan to get some good progress going on a bunch of items. Including a new start on a children's sampler for a friend and finishing up that last pesky dragon! I also really need to get back to Alice. Thankfully I can at least get to it all again with my finger no longer trying to kill me. :) 

Happy Stitching! 


Susan said...

Very nice selection of patterns. I love the Laurel Burch Mill Hills - I've held off so far, but not sure how long that will last.

Robin in Virginia said...

Mel, what a super assortment of new charts that were delivered to you! I am glad to hear that your finger is on the mend. Have a fabulous time at your Comic Expo next weekend.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great collection, good to read your finger is gettting better

deb said...

So glad to hear that healing is progressing well for your finger!

Beautiful new stash! That Journey set is going to be gorgeous - look forward to seeing you work on that.

Justine said...

What a great collection! Glad to hear your finger is healing.

Keebles said...

Glad to know your finger is better! I used to be HORRIBLE at chewing on my cuticles until my dentist (without asking) decided to file down a chip on my front tooth and then I couldn't chew on them still drives me insane! I catch myself all the time trying to chew on them to no avail.

One of these days, since I don't live that far away (only like four hours), I'm going to have to go to the Nashville thing...I've been threatening it for years!

Leonore Winterer said...

Those are some lovely purchases...I can't wait to see you stitch on them, especially the Mill Hill and Ink Circles ones. Glad to hear your finger is doing well!