Friday, August 11, 2017

New release Box top and Preview of vintage frogs and containers....

I love it when math works!!!  This will be my first time working with LeHay.  I will be finishing the chart for this box.  It will be on the Size #3 Oval Stitchers Box Sea Green.  Robert LeHay will be taking orders for the box and will ship them in December.  Yes, he is a one man band and is working as hard as he can.  But this will give you time to stitch the topper and the accessories that will be released in the next couple of weeks.

Since this is the first time I have worked with Robert LeHay, it is my fault on the miscommunication on the release of the chart.  But as many of you know his work is outstanding and worth the wait.  I will have all the ordering information on the chart.  Here is his contact information LeHay's Shaker Boxes .  Robert has been very gracious and will take orders for the box.

I cannot wait to finish it this weekend and show off the truly finished project.  I love the versatility of this project.  It could just be a sewing box, or it could be a wedding gift, or anniversary gift.  I am also excited about finishing up the accessories.

I am releasing the accessories as a different chart for those of you that do not want another box in your collection.  Yes, gasp, there are a few of you out there that have enough boxes, or do not want a box, so these accessories will be lovely in your stitching basket.

I have yet to name the new piece....that will happen this weekend-when my brain turns on.  (Smiling)

So, I am off to dye, finish and maybe take a few moments to myself.

As always like and share my business facebook page and my Etsy shop for linens, threads, and accessories.  You never know what I will come up with....like my new obsession with depression glass, vintage frogs and containers to hold your scissors.....
 
Here are a couple of items that are on sale this weekend on my facebook page.




This lovely piece has a marble base with brass metal holding cut glass container.  The frog with this vase is stunning.


How Steampunk is this!!!! A vintage metal frog paired with a vintage glass container.  So unique.


Who does not love carnival glass.  These berry bowls are so unique and to find frogs that match was an amazing happening for me.  

All of these items are for sale on my facebook this weekend and will be moved over to my Etsy shop after the sale has ended if they have not found new homes.

As always, thank you for your support and interest in my designs, trims, velvet and more.

Hugs, Ebeth

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tulip Heart Vase release


I love Fraktur Art.  The primitive simplicity of this art is enchanting.  Fraktur inspired my newest release Tulip Heart Vase.  This charming piece was stitched on 35 count Parchment by Weeks Dye Works using threads from Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks.  To give the piece dimension I used one and two strands of the fibers and added embroidery stitches over the Cross Stitch to add old world charm to the piece.  This piece is available on my Etsy Shop and my work Facebook page.

I hope that you enjoy this piece as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

Hope you have a wonderful week and thank you for your support.

Ebeth

Looking toward Fall during the heat of the summer.....


I want to thank Jan Emerick for her magical stitching talents on helping get this new design ready for release.

Witchy Moon is part of an ongoing Halloween series that I have enjoyed developing over the years.  As a designer it is always fun put self imposed restrictions on your design to challenge yourself.  It has been fun trying to keep the pieces as silhouettes and using the same coloring.

Keep any eye out for a second piece to be released soon to go with this series....yes, after a small dry spell I am on a designing kick....so-stay tuned.

The chart for this new release can be ordered off my etsy shop or my business Facebook page.

Enjoy your summer activities, while planning out your new fall stitching projects and Halloween decorations...

As always thank you for your support!  Ebeth

Monday, July 31, 2017

amazing things in everyday life


This is the second rainbow on a clear day that Miguel and I have seen in less than a week.  I will try to get the other pictures from him and post them.  The one we saw last week was upside down.  It was really cool.  It shows how much humidity there is in the air if you an have rainbows in clear weather.  The humidity is really heavy, but still the temps are not as high as they could be.

Mean while....I am still on the hunt for amazing frogs, depression glass and other neat items that can be used in your sewing rooms and other places in your home and offices to help organize yourself and to add a bit of uniqueness to your space.

These two finds flew out the door today-



I was quite sad to see both of these go.  They were very unique and I was thrilled to find them.  But I know they are going to wonderful new homes.  I love the fact that these containers are large enough for knitting needles.  I hope that they bring joy to their new owners.

I am on the look out for more goodies and will be posting them in my Etsy shop and on my Facebook this week.  

Well I am off to kick back and stitch on a new design.  I hope to be finished with it this week.  I will show peak pictures this week.  I have two Halloween pieces coming out in the next week or so....and a couple more items up my sleeves....or rather off my needles.

Have a wonderful day and please enjoy the magical moments that happen to you in everyday life.

Hugs Ebeth

Friday, July 28, 2017

Vintage lovelies to add to your sewing rooms....

I am working on enabling everyone with my new vintage obsession.  I am really excited about the glass frogs and the unique containers that I am pairing them up with.


Here is a picture of my latest grouping.  Several of these items have already sold.  Visit my Etsy shop of my Facebook page for my sales.








These three adorable frogs with containers are listed on my Etsy shop.

Ceramic and glass frogs have been used for complicated floral arranging since the 16th century.  Most frogs were not marked by the maker till after the 1870's before it became possible to patent or trademark glassware.  Frogs come in all kids of materials-glass, ceramic, metal and plastic.

Frogs can be as simple as round with large or small holes to elaborate pieces of glass work or ceramics that have figurines on them.  The term "frog" was first documented as in Random House Dictionary in 1968 as a term for a holder of flower stems in flower arranging. The origin of the use term in flower arrange remains a mystery.  Other terms used for frogs are flower blocks, flower bricks, flower holders and floral arrangers.

There is also not a specific point in time that can be pin pointed as to when 'frogs' were used outside of the floral arranging arena and moved for use to store scissors, pens, rug hooks, paint brushes and other utensils.

As always thank you for your support and I look forward to enabling your stash enhancement and bringing you more unique sewing accessories.

Ebeth






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dauphin House Sewing Box release

Time to release a couple of my retired teaching pieces.  The first to be released is the Dauphin House Sewing Box.





This chart includes all the stitching instructions and finishing instructions to complete the project.  There are instructions on how to coffee dye the linen and detailed instructions on how to construct the box with the patterns in the chart to cut the matte board for the box.  

The chart includes history about the house that inspired the design for the lovely sewing box.  

The chart is available on my etsy shop only.  

The box has sleeves in the inside of the box on either end that you can house a ruler and a pair of scissors. 

This piece is packed with all kinds of sewing and stitching techniques.  

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful stitching week.

Hugs Ebeth





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Halloween March Drum


I must give Gloria Hanaway credit for dubbing a new nick name for me....Speedy McStitchy...

Here is my newest creation and kit.  I am taking pre-orders for the kit and shipping will start next week.

This was a fun and fast stitch.  I really enjoyed creating this piece.

The kit includes 30 count Guacamole linen by Weeks Dye Works and Gunmetal thread by Weeks Dye Works  and Newt's Eye velvet by From the Cauldron/Dames of the Needle.

You can contact me via my Facebook account or order on my Etsy account next week.

Well, I am off to Speedy stitch more items.  I am also busy in my dye pots.  More items will be listed on my Facebook sale and my Etsy shop.

Hugs and have a wonderful weekend.

Ebeth

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Working on new charts....

Working away this Sunday morning on new charts...yes fall is now on the menu.  

One would think when you are in the throws of Summer you would not even want to think of Fall.  Well as life would have it here in the south they feel the necessity to start school in July and move fall into August.  Makes perfect sense to have children go to school and have all the out door activities happening in the dog days of summer.  But-I am digressing....Soon this ridiculous schedule will not be controlling our lives.  It will be a wild a woolly year here with Miguel graduating in 2018 (with luck and a prayer ;)) and Isa graduating from University also.  Then it will be getting Miguel through University, which their schedule is much easier to navigate.  But let us not wish our lives away....

Here is a sneak peak of one of the pieces that will be stitched soon....

Well, I am off to chart some more-I have two more projects to get off my plate today and then who knows....I may take a few moments and act like a normal person...and not work the whole day.

Hugs and I appreciate all of your support.  Ebeth

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let Freedom Ring Drum


Piece is finished!  Threads ordered and arrived, linen dyed and cut, finishing fabric cut, charts written, now printed and all the kits are assembled.  Yeah!

This was a fun piece to design and stitched.  I so enjoy Americana.  It was such a treat to be able to take the time and stitch this newest creation.  I miss my stitching time, even when it is for work it is still helps center me.  

All pre-orders will be shipped this weekend and the rest of the kits have been listed on my Etsy shop.

Have a great rest of your weekend.  I am off to relax for a few moments before I jump into my next project....Hugs Ebeth

Friday, July 7, 2017

More oldies but goodies....

As I am working on my newest silhouette fall design I thought I would show off its companions.  I love the challenge of designing with one color in silhouette. (But one can see that I did add a few more colors to the last companion....one can always break the rules....)   As a designer it is always fun to challenge yourself.  I find it immensely satisfying to be able to convey detail while having my 'hands' tied in presenting my graphics.

To wet your appetite for the new witchy design to be released this fall....I present the following....


Starry Witch
Stitched on 30 count linen Carrot by Weeks Dye Works using Onyx by Weeks Dye Works


Moon Light Witch
Stitched on 30 count linen Carrot by Weeks Dye Works using Onyx by Weeks Dye Works


Flying Witch
Stitched on 30 count linen Carrot by Weeks Dye Works using Onyx by Weeks Dye Works


Black Cat and Pumpkin
Stitched on 30 count Guacamole by Weeks Dye Works using Onyx by Weeks Dye Works, Fragrant Clove The Gentle Art and Ohio Lemon Pie The Gentle Art

Keep an eye out for the newest companion....you can find these chart on my Etsy Shop.  Happy perusing and possibly shopping...

Thank you for your support!  
Ebeth

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Already thinking of fall....


Yes, even though we are still in the Americana frame of mind....fall is coming up fast.

Here is one of my new designs- White Witch.  This is a cute and fast stitch.

Stitched on 36 count Mayflower Grey using The Gentle Art Threads Pumpkin Pie, Black Licorice, Pecan Pie, Ruby Slipper Weeks Dye Works Threads Sanguine, Battleship, and Linen  design size 4x5.  Visit my Facebook page or my Etsy shop to order this new chart.

I have been busy....more to come.

As always hugs and thank you for all your support.


And if you missed out on getting a vintage glass frog in a container...keep an eye out on my Facebook page.  More to come....

I am such a tease.  All of these lovelies have been sold...but more will be on their way.

Have a wonderful evening.  Ebeth


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sorta Kinda not happy about not being a Mermaid


Nantucket Beach

Being a land locked water baby is hard.  That is one of the biggest things I miss about the coast of Virginia and North Carolina.  Atlanta has its own offerings, but not as exciting as the more northern sister states.

I do wonder what kind of magical life it would be like to live in the ocean.  Just think of all the creatures big and small that you could be in awe with.  How wonderful it would be to glide though the ocean and seeing formations and sunken treasures not seen by anyone in centuries.

Even though I love the beach, I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have worn woolen clothing and to have been hauled into the ocean via a bath house.  I think just getting dressed to go into the water would have worn me out.

I do hope you are having a wonderful 4th and I leave you with a few more coastal images.  Close your eyes and if you listen very hard you can hear the methodical rhythm of the ocean lapping at the sands of the coast.


Mermaid Drum


Mermaid and Flowers


Nantucket Strawberries


Mermaid Purse


Whale box and Sewing case

As always, thank you for sharing your time and support.  I hope that have enjoyed perusing through my nautical designs.

Hugs-Ebeth


Monday, July 3, 2017

Flowers and Flags


I so love to mix flowers and flags.  Would you not love to have a house full of urns with arrangements through out your home....Here is my Flag and Flowers Tall Drum.  It is a quick stitch and the chart has all of the finishing instructions to create this lovely drum.

Enjoy your evening and Happy 4th of July Eve....

Hugs Ebeth

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Americana Week-Happy 4th of July


Having grown up 45 minutes away from Williamsburg and Norfolk Virginia I have a strong longing for all things Colonial.  It seems to be in my blood.  As I posted earlier this week my 'new' home is quite different than anywhere else I have lived.

I am starting to move toward more muted colors with what I call mermaid turquoise as a base for everything....but that is for another blog posting.

This week I will be posting all of my Americana designs old and new.  As most of you that follow me know-I love hornbooks.  This small hornbook is a great way to hold your needles.  The case helps you keep the hornbook handy.  They can be used together or separately.  The needle case can be adjusted to hold your favorite scissors instead of the hornbook.

Enjoy!  Have a wonderfully creative day.  Take a moment and relax and enjoy the moment.

I am off to create....stay tuned more to come.

Hugs Ebeth


Saturday, July 1, 2017

The love of Scots


Well, I started off going to wish my friends from the north of me in Canada a Happy Canada day....

After going through my pictures and designs....alas no Canadian images.  So, I am off to my other love-Scottish Samplers and Scots.  I love a good Scottish brogue and if any of you follow me on Facebook you know my love of any man in a kilt....

So in the new habit of posting often, I decided to pull out one of my first designs and one of my first loves-Scottish Samplers.  Red is my favorite color and I am enamored with all the reds, greens and golds they use in their samplers.

Well, I do not mean to insult my Canadian friends-I cannot wait to one day drink milk from a bag, eat as many ketchup potato chips that I can stand and pour maple syrup over everything that does not move.

Take care my dear friends from the north and enjoy your day.

Hugs-Ebeth

Friday, June 30, 2017

Strawberries, Strawberries-make 'dos'....Still getting settled

 June is the month of Strawberries....I miss my plants from my old house.  This year snuck up on me and I did not get any plants in the ground.  I am going to have to work on putting in some raised garden areas for 'fruits and veggie' plants....So that will have to be a next year planning.  I cannot believe that in August of this year it will be 1 year since I have moved.  It was this time last year that I was in the throws of going through underwriting and packing once again.  I have managed to get 6 storage unites down to one and only minor stuff left in the garage.  I have still yet hung my beloved samplers, paintings and other such items on my walls.  This is the first move that I have not gotten the house settled right away.  I am still struggling with what items I want to keep and where things will go.  It is hard to move from a Traditional Colonial style home to an open French Country style.  I am slowly working toward how I want things.  

So, since I am not growing my beloved fruit this summer-I am growing it in other ways.  I am in the midst of a rampage (one might say) of creating strawberries.  My obsession for hunting down finds and re-purposing them has moved to another level.  As you can see above the starts of one of my make 'dos' and here is the end result of one of the stands.

I think it is the cutest yet.  It will be listed on my Etsy this weekend.  It will join the other make 'dos' I have already listed. 

 They are taking over my foyer along with my bird nests and sea shell decorations.

As I posted on my business Facebook page I have also discovered the new milk paint products....I am now looking at items in the house that will be attacked and changed.  My dining room table and chairs along with my kitchen set are on the slate to be redecorated.

I just got some cute items from Goodwill and have them in the studio with cans of paints and other magical products ready to be attacked this weekend.

Do not worry trims, linens and velvet are stacked up in the dye studio along with a couple of new stitching designs are all in the queue.

The torrid rain has stopped for the moment, so I am off to get a dye bath or two done.  Then more designing, creating and listing.

I want to thank you for all your support.  I appreciate all of you-and please, please send pictures of your creations.  I love to see what you do with my products.

Happy creating.  Ebeth





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Americana revisited-Limited time

I have a love hate relationship with my storage unit....I used to have 4 and now I am down to one....I would love to make it none.  Early this summer I found more chip wood oval shaker boxes and re-released an oldie but goodie!  After taking pre-orders off my Facebook page  I had a couple left over and released them on my Etsy shop.  

I am in the works of making a drum that will go with the Needle Book and Scissor fob, because when the boxes are gone....they are gone. 

Well, I am off to design, stitch and dye.

As always, thank you for your support!  Ebeth


Americana Box



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ruby Murray-New Linen from Dames of the Needle/From the Cauldron

Naming new products is always a fun challenge.  One does not want to go with the mundane obvious name, but the name should reflect some connection to the product so people will remember it and want to purchase the item.

Here at Dames/From the Cauldron Land-Cheryl (who I always want to keep happy!!!) is always joking that the names need to be one syllable to keep it simple....Well most of you that know me and know that is not possible.  I also have a wicked sense of humor and am always looking for the twist on something...sooo-I have to work hard at keeping Cheryl happy with other things here in Dames/From the Cauldron Land...

That leads us to our new linen color Ruby Murray.  Ruby Murray you say????  Hold on and I will explain.  I was playing around with this color and loved the way it was coming out and it hit me to try it on linen.  After the first piece was dyed, Cheryl and I bounced off ideas for the name.  After a short conversation it came up that it looked like Curry...well that is quite the plain name and that is a color name that is being used by other manufacturer in the industry....so being the anglophile that I would like to be, plus add in being the Google Queen-I did some research and found out that in Britain it is Cockney Rhyming Slang for 'going out for a Curry'.  (Yes, I am aware that-that last sentence is a complete run on and grammatically incorrect, but hey deal with it....)  In Britain, one can say I am 'going out for a Ruby' or I am 'going out for a Ruby Murray'.  So, if inquiring minds had been wondering this is why so many Indian restaurants have Ruby in the name.  The real Ruby Murray was a popular Irish singer in the 1930-50's.  Cockney Rhyming Slang is an organic language that changes with the times.  In the 1970's it became popular to rhyme celebrities with slang.  According to research, Ruby Murray is one of the first celebrities to be used in this unique way.

So....hence....Dames of the Needle/From the Cauldron is presenting you with Ruby Murray a lovely weathered golden yellow color.  It comes in 28, 32, 35 and 40 count.  I am still playing with an Aida version....Please contact your local shops, check out my Etsy or watch my Facebook sales so you too can 'go out for a Ruby Murray'.


Ebeth, Zola and Cheryl.....


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quaker mode


It is so interesting how we evolve.  When I was little my Grandmother Rose and Grandmother Hodges introduced me to textiles in their own way.  If my memory serves me right-there are several chronological years of pictures with me sitting almost in the same spot on my Grandmother Hodges's couch stitching Christmas presents for my family members.

Fast forward to going to University, I had no clue as to what I wanted to be.  I enjoyed art and music so off to University I went.  I ended up majoring in Art and got a BFA.  Interestingly enough I avoided textiles and the only Art History I was exposed to was modern and architecture.  I majored in Photography and Painting....

Fast forward into life.  I always stitched and handled textiles as a hobby.  I really never thought of doing it as a living.  Believe it or not all of the wonderful skills I have and the company I have built has been 'by accident'.  I could down the path right now of how the 'accidents' happened, but I will save that for another day.

As I have moved through my life in textiles I have been lucky enough to attend lectures, classes and read amazing information about this magical world.  I have only skirted around Quaker textiles.  I am lucky enough to own some Quaker and Shaker items.  I lament that I did not become a textile historian, because as I have only lightly touched the surface of Quaker textiles, I have formed my own theories about these items.  I really believe that 'Friendship' samplers came from Quakers.  Look at their amazing Medallion samplers with unrelated initials on them.  I have to come to imagine that groups of girls each stitched part of a Medallion on these samplers with the initials beside their Medallion....but alas, I do not have the time to explore the theories that float around in my head....

So, when I fell upon a lovely antique Quaker pear it inspired me to pull out my velvet and get to work.  The piece fell into place.  So I present to you Pear Needle Keep.  It is a sweet and quick project to make.  It will enhance any sewing basket or curio shelf with its simplistic elegance.

Please contact your local shops for the chart/kit or visit my Etsy shop for a kit https://www.etsy.com/shop/DamesoftheNeedle

I wish you a day filled with pleasure and several enchanting moments with your beloved textiles.

Ebeth





Friday, February 10, 2017

Reflections.....

As we enter a new month in this controversial and tumultuous year I reflect on the many changes I have been forced to adapt to in the past couple of years.  As creatures of habit many of us do not thrive well when stable ground is hard to find.  I would not say I thrive on change, but I understand it is an necessary evil of growth.  After 6 plus years of others controlling my destiny, I can say that I am in the control of my path.  This long and arduous path has only slowed me down in achieving my goal, but I see the path becoming less taxing and the rewards are starting to come in.

I would be wrong if I did not say that the losses I have encountered during these changes have not saddened me.  I would also be neglectful to not acknowledge that the new additions and accomplishments I have achieved are not amazing and satisfying.   I am starting to see a calm in the storm and a new normal coming to fruition.

I am a big advocate of believing that one grows and learns from mistakes, changes, encounters and chaos.  I have had my fill of these in the past couple of months.  I have had to say goodbye to some close champions and these losses have been very heavy.  It has been hard to have realized that there are people who are only placed in your path for certain events and time frames and then they are not supposed to be there anymore.  This uncoupling can be easy or it can be very painful and raw.  I have realized that as a caterpillar must change to a butterfly, I must metamorphosis to be true to myself and to become the person I strive to become.

Unfortunately without some of my champions shielding me, I have encountered people who think they can criticizing my choices and the changes that I am making.  I am realizing that my new lesson is to rely on myself and to follow my heart and to not let these people push me around and to hit them head on and to cut them down without hesitation.  This is a new role for me.  I am very much one who holds back and promotes all even if they are not on the same page as I am.

Believe it or not this personal commentary leads me to my new release-Sweeney Heart Pin Keep.  It is a simple and sweet pin keep.  The simplicity of the design makes it elegant.  It also is an achievable finish.  The heart is what leads all of our lives.  While logic and thought are what we concentrate on when we look at our lives, the heart plays an important role as we move through life.  You can find details of this release and my other sale items on my Facebook page .  To purchase Sweeney Heart Pin Keep you can visit my Etsy page or after Nashville 2017 Market your local needlework shop.  You can purchase a kit off my Etsy page.  The chart and limited kits will be available from needlework shops after March 2017.





Again, I want to thank all of you for your support.  The success of my business is through you and your purchases of my designs and products.  I am humbled by all of you and your kindness in following me and purchasing my items.

May you take a moment and reflect on what your heart's desires are and then find the path that will lead to the fruition of your life's path.

Ebeth