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20-2955Winds of Autumn (12 Projects) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$30.00 $26.99
12 projects to cross stitch and sew. Spell of the Moon. Stitch Count: 65Wx89H. Design Size: 4 1/2" x 6". October 31. 76W x 75H, 5" x 2". Nebraska Prairie. 108W x 47H, 6" x 2 7/8". A Sister's Love. 149W x 155H, 8 1/4" x 8 5/8". Bittersweet September. 95W x 93H, 6" x 5 7/8". Autumn Sound. 47W x 51H, 2 5/8" x 2 3/4". Blooming Sunflowers. 71W x 66H, 5" x 5 1/2". First Winds of Autumn. 174W x 118H, 9 3/4" x 6 1/2". Patchwork Pumpkin. 103W x 103H, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Waiting for the Harvest. 89W x 51H, 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". Sewing Companions. 23W x 31H, 1 3/4" x 1 3/4". Mighty Acorn. 119W x 185H, 6 5/8" x 10 3/8"
09-2350Midnight Watch - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched over 2 threads on 30 Ct. 18th Century Brown by R&R Reproductions with Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works floss, and The Gentle Art Sampler threads (or DMC 3371, 422/745, 730, 869, 951, 437, 975,781, 918, 642, 936, 935, 402, 3799, 921). Stitch Count; 123W x 219H
16-1359Home for the Holidays - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$26.00 $23.39
Contains patterns for the following: "Home for the Holidays" - 86W x 88H, "Christmas Garden" - 225W x 272H, "Blessings Be Thine" - 123W x 123H, "Poinsettia Stocking One" - 85W x 132H, "My Heart is Home Stocking Two" - 89W x 134H, "Gift Basket Stocking Three" - 83W x 133H, "Holly and Ivy Stocking Four" - 87W x 134H, "Decorating the Tree Stocking Five" - 85W x 133H, "The Meadow" - 60W x 60H, "Tis the Season" - 226W x 81H. Finishing instructions included.
13-2418Away We Ride - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
"Away we ride till it's dark as pitch, to find the home of the wicked witch!"
Model stitched on 30 Ct. Mink linen with Gentle Art Sampler threads (or DMC 3045, 3787, 3021, 869, 3781, 3857, 3799, 3031, 869, 3826, 407, 840). Stitch Count: 171x191. Design Size: 12" x 13"
21-1010Christmas Rose - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$12.00 $10.79
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Wren using Weeks Dye Works (or DMC floss 167, 869, 3011, 739, 645, 355, 738, 3051). Specialty Stitch Used: Four Sided Stitch. Stitch Count: 115W x 151H. Design Size: 6 3/8" x 8 3/8"
13-2417Sisters (Reprint) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$29.00 $26.09
Reprint of a previous discontinued patterns. "A. Shields 1824" - stitched on 30 Ct. Creek Bed Brown linen with Gentle Art Sampler Threads (Banker's Grey, Brandy, Endive, Fragrant Cloves, Old Brick, Pebble, Raspberry Frost, Rose Garden, Toffee) and Weeks Dye Works (Charcoal). Stitch Count: 110x163.
"H. Shields 1823" stitched on 30 Ct. Creek Bed Brown Linen with Gentle Art Sampler threads (Banker's Grey, Brandy, Endive, Fragrant Cloves, Pebble, Rose Garden, Straw Bonnet, Toffee) and Weeks Dye Works (Charcoal). Stitch Count: 113x149.
"At First Cock's Crow" stitched on 30 Ct. 18th Century Brown linen with Gentle Art Sampler threads (Caramel Corn, Endive, Fragrant Cloves-2, Garden Gate-2, Gingersnap, Heirloom Gold, Onyx-2, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie). Stitch Count: 133x155.
"Peace and Plenty" stitched on 30 Ct. Sheep's Straw linen with Gentle Art Sampler threads (Antique Rose-2, Brandy, Endive, Heirloom Gold, Linen, Old Hickory-2, Old Red Paint, Piney Woods, Tarnished Gold, Toffee, Woodrose). Stitch Count: 139x193.
"Witch No More" stitched on 30 Ct. Abcedarian Blend linen with Gentle Art Sampler threads (Acron, Apple Cider, Dungarees, Gold Leaf, Grape Arbor, Harvest Basket, Heirloom Gold, Maple Syrup, Mustard Seed, Old Hickory, Old Purple Paint, Pumpkin Pie, Toffee, Walnut, Weathered Barn, Wheatfields, Woodtrail) and Weeks Dye Works (Charcoal). Stitch Count: 173x94.
DMC conversions 926 3045 3021 3011 921 3776 760 928 927 3861 3803 420 3770 422 3787 3021 975 869 310 3031 869 3826 950 611 632 3857 936 730 407 3857 938 420 3371 3021 931 782 315 612 840 833 611 779 3802 729 535 3781.
BB-047Gift is Small , The - Loose Feathers - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$16.00 $14.39
Includes patterns for four projects: My Dear stitch count 94x90,
Tiny Basket - Pinkeep stitch count 30x34,
The Peacock's Tail Pincushion stitch count71x70, and Wreath Sewing Box stitch count 63x68.
All stitched on 30 ct Putty from Weeks Dye Works and all using Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.
NOTE: If you plan on making all the projects in this booklet, you will need 10 yards each of Gentle Arts Parchment, Maple Syrup & Grape Leaf.
11-2208Halloween Eve - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched on 30 Ct. Confederate Gray Linen with Classic Colorworks and Gentle Art Sampler threads. (DMC conversions are 975 3776 301 3854 3853 839 3826 3829 437 975 3826 839 3371 3011 3371 3855 3854 831 976 3826 840 3787 433 829). Stitch Count: 114W x 299H. Design Size: 8" x 20"
BB-069Last Ripe Berries - Loose Feathers - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
This is the last pattern of the Loose Feathers Series. Model is stitch on 36 Ct. Wren using Weeks Dye Works (or DMC 931, 936, 500, 3859, 869, 647, 930, 420, 3011, 645, 3828). Stitch Count: 91W x 91H. Design Size: 6" x 6"
11-1074Pumpkin Farm - Anniversaries of the Heart 10
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Pattern 10 from the Anniversaries of the Heart series.
Model stitched on 30 Ct. Cafe Kona by R&R Reproductions using Classic Colorworks, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads & Weeks Dye Works. (DMC conversions are 738 437 611 3826 436 3011 977 779 434 869 435). Stitch count: 75W x 85H. DSesign Size: 5" x 6"
If the entire collection is stitched on one piece of linen, then the stitch count is 387W x 261H. Design Size: 26" x 18" The fabric used is 30 Ct. Olde Town Blend by R&R Reproductions.
20-1570Sewing Club - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$30.00 $26.99
16 projects to sew and stitch. Has patterns for Rose Hips & Ivy Drum Pinkeep, In My Garden Drum Pinkeep, My Home Scissor Box, Summer Basket Button Bag, Hollyhocks Were Always There Huswife, Garden Friendly Sewing Bag, Ripe Pear Scissor Box, Summer Flocks Pincushion, The Air of Other Summers Pincushion, Willing Hands Sewing Box, A Bit of Summer Drum Pinkeep, Songbird Whistles Drum Pinkeep, Gathering Swallows Sewing Box, Tiny Tree Tops Rose or Thyme,and Garden Morning Drum Pinkeep. In addition to patterns, this book contains finishing instructions for everything! 60 pages.
14-2156Long and Winding Road - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched over 2 threads on 36 Ct. Butter Pecan linen with Gentle Art Sampler threads and Weeks Dye Works floss (or DMC 169, 3859, 371, 3787, 3860, 3858, 168, 3781, 3782, 3024, 924, 453, 3790, 730). Stitch Count: 100W x 100H. Finished size: 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".
15-2337Basket of Cherries - (Garden Club) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
The first pattern in the Garden Club Series. Model stitched on 32 Ct. Cocoa Linen with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (or DMC 646, 3859, 3858, 830, 831, 3804, 3011, 3857, 221, 3721, 3787, 840, 841, and 3772). Stitch Count: 65W x 65H. Design Size: 5" x 5"
10-2203Clara Ellen - Anniversaries of the Heart #8
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched two over two on 30 Ct. Apple Brown Bindy from R&R Reproductions using Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Classic Colorworks (or all DMC floss 733, 738, 632, 3047, 612, 435, 642, 950, 3013, 3022/3023). Stitch Count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 5 2/3". Stitch Count for Entire Collection: 387W x 261H. Design Size: 25 6/8" x 17 1/2"
BB-064All the Hills Echoed (Loose Feathers) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
This is the fourth pattern of the Loose Feathers Series 2017. Model stitched over two threads on 36 Ct. Oaken by Picture this Plus using Weeks Dye Works floss (or DMC 931, 935, 844, 869, 930, 939, 3790, 932, 642, 831, 3023). Stitch Count: 91W x 91H. Design Size: 6" x 6"
BB-063She Sights a Bird - Loose Feathers - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched on 36 Ct. Oaken by Picture this Plus using Weeks Dye Works Floss (or DMC 739, 931, 935, 869, 647, 930, 3790, 932, 642, 645, 422, 831). Stitch Count: 91x91. Design Size: 6" x 6"
10-1713Pink Hill Manor - Anniversaries of the Heart 4 Cross Stitch
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched on 30 Ct.Irish Cream using Classic Colorworks & Gentle Arts. (DMC conversions are 3859 3779 676 3859 3864 437 950 3012 3862 3011 3022 3023 611 779 3726 3863 642).
Stitch count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 6"
If the entire collection is stitched on one piece of linen, fabric used is 30 Ct. Olde Town Blend and the stitch count is 387W x 261H. Design Size: 26" x 18"
12-1321For My Friend (44 pages) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$27.00 $24.29
Contains patterns for "Love One Another" stitched on 30 Ct. Sheep's Straw by R&R Reproductions using Gentle Arts Sampler Threads. stitch count 158x320,
"Tweet Hearts Exemplar #1 and #2 are stitched on 32 Ct. Light Vintage Examplar using Simply Wood by Gentle Arts. Stitch count 48x53.
"Be Mine Stocking" is stitched on 30 Ct. St. Valentine's Blend by R&R Reproductions using Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, stitch count 46x99.
"Hearts on a Wire" stitched on 14 Ct. Antique Brown perforated paper using Gentle Arts Sampler threads, stitch count 13x15 for largest heart.
"True Hearts Tablerunner" project size 44"x12",
"Two Hearts as One", "Hugs and Kisses Tags", "Our Home Sewing Box" stitched on 30 Ct. Korty's Special Blend by R&R Reproductions using Gentle Arts Sampler threads and Weeks Dye Works. Stitch count 82x88
Also "Two Hearts Tag" stitched on 30 Ct. Korty's Special blend using Classic Colorworks floss. Stitch count 64x48.
10-2493Moonlight Visitor - Anniversaries of the Heart 9
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
This is the ninth part in a series of 12.
Model stitched on 30 Ct. R&R Iced Cappuccino Linen using Gentle Art Sampler Threads & Classic Colorworks. (DMC conversions are 433 3726 3802 453 739 3046 3045 612 611 434 3011 3012 3790 779 963 407 3772). Stitch Count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 6"
11-1227Evergreen Lane - Anniversaries of the Heart 11
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Anniversaries of the Heart Series - Pattern 11.
Model stitched on 30 Ct. Irish Cream by R&R Reproductions with Classic Colorworks and Gentle Art Sampler threads. (DMC conversions are 355 3830 3051 3052 3864 3011 543 610 840 976 642). Stitch Count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 6"
20-2432Sweet Summer Come Again - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Wren using Weeks Dye Works (or DMC floss 347, 3828,934, 815, 610, 167, 169, 3011, 712). Stitch Count for Berry Basket: 59W x 58H. Design Size: 3 1/4" x 3 1/4". Stitch Count for Bird: 46W x 45H. Design Size: 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
16-1052Sweet Home - Garden Club #4 - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched two over two on 32 Ct. Beige from Weeks Dye Works using Gentle Art Sampler Threads (or DMC floss 3858, 830/831, 371, 844, 422, 524, 950, 927, 3857, 3859, 3787, 3750). Stitch Count: 65W x 65H. Design Size: 4" x 4"
10-1849Farm House - Anniversaries of the Heart 5
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched two over two on 30 Ct. Irish Cream from R&R Reproductions using Classic Colorworks and Gentle Art Sampler Threads (or all DMC floss 3364, 224, 833/371, 553, 3863, 927, 3740, 543, 3799, 3787). Stitch count: 387W x 361H. Design size: 25 6/8" x 17 1/2"
10-1968Happy Birthday - Anniversaries of the Heart 6
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched two over two on 30 Ct. Espresso using Classic Colorworks, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works (or all DMC floss 3779, 3859, 646, 612, 372, 3011, 844, 3781, 829, 3858, 712). Stitch Count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 5 2/3"
BB-066Pleasure of the Fleeting Year - Loose Feathers
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Loose Feathers Series- "For the Birds #6". Model stitched over 2 threads on 36 Ct. Ale linen by Picture This Plus with Weeks Dye Works floss (or DMC 613, 931, 502, 935, 844,869, 930, 830, 3790, 932, 3011,934, 831). Stitch Count: 91x91. Design Size: 6" x 6"
BB-065Sing a Song of Seasons - Loose Feathers Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched over 2 threads on 36 Ct. Wren by Picture This Plus with Weeks Dye Works floss (or DMC 739, 931, 935, 3021, 937, 647, 930, 3790, 932, 642, 831). Stitch Count: 91W x 91H. Design Size: 6" x 6"
10-1348Valentine Rose - Anniversaries of the Heart 2 - Cross Stitch
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
This is the second pattern in the new Anniversaries of the heart series.
Model stitched on 30 Ct. Cafe Kona by R&R Reproductions with Classic Colorworks, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works (DMC alternates are 841 3830 3858 611 3857 3047 3022 3023 610 3781 3829 844 221).
Stitch Count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 6"
20-2770Early Christmas Morning - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$12.00 $10.79
Model stitched over two on 36 Ct. Winter's Brew by R&R Reproductions using Weeks Dye Works, Classic Colorworks & Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (or DMC floss 221 839 841 869 420 3722 3012 3011 434 3864). Stitch Count for Top: 101W x 98H. Design Size: 5 5/8" circle. Stitch Count for Side Band: 332W x 27H. Design Size: 18 1/2" x 1 1/2"
13-1518Dear Daughter (Reprint) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched two over two on 30 Ct. Creme Brulee from R & R Reproductions using Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works (or all DMC floss 223, 612/869, 3045, 420/869, 642, 3779, 613, 3799, 733, 524, 3802, 3032, 680). Stitch Count: 127W x 131H. Design Size: 8 1/2" x 8 5/8"
16-1606Sweet Land of Liberty (Reprint) - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$20.00 $17.99
Five Patriotic Cross stitch projects. Liberty Rose Stitch count 49x96 stitched over two on 32 Ct. Vintage Lentil by Lakeside Linens using Weeks Dye Works or DMC. (DMC 414 3863 3772) Salute to Abigail Stitched over two on 35/36 ct. Mink by R&R Reproductions using Silk N Colors or DMC. (DMC 3865 3777 311 3760). Stitch count 147x149 In Full Glory stitched over two on 30 Ct. Liberty Gathering Gray using Classic Colorworks and Gentle Arts Sampler Threads. Stitch count 65x81. (DMC alternates 3857 356 610 611 3022 926 3790 648 3866 543 3787 924 3031) American Eagle is stitched over 2 on 32 ct Confederate Gray using Gentle Arts Sampler threads and Weeks Dye Works. (DMC alternates 3858 611 3033 648 647 315 3863 3866 926 3790 646) Stitch count 93x114. Sweet Land of Liberty is stitched over two on 32 Ct Confederate Grey by Weeks Dye Works using Gentle Arts Sampler threads. (DMC alternate 927 3858 3011 924 844 420 3033 3866 315 928 830 926 3032)Stitch count 78x71. NOTE: floss given in box is for In Full Glory only!
20-1573Little Birds - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$20.00 $17.99
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Heartland using Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works (or DMC floss 935, 924, 912 or 613, 3051 or 3052, 420, 919, 611, 3828, 801, 3052, 613, 371, 926, 612). Specialty Stitch Used: Smyrna. Stitch Count: 395W x 339H. Design Size: 22" x 19"
19-1353Ooh La La - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$28.00 $25.19
15 patterns with a French flair. "Ma Chere Louise", "Mon Petit Examplair", "Mon Petite Examplair Sewing Bag", "Le Poulet Pincushion", "Sidonie's Petit Chien, Sidonie's Petite Chien Drum Pincushion", "A Little Bit French", "A Little Bit French Pinroll", "Deux Oiseaux", "A Bit of Spring", "Her Fair Works - A Sewing Box", "Her Fair Works - Mattress Pincushion", "The Budding Twigs - Pinroll", "The Last Rose of Summer Sewing Box" and "Spring Green Pincushion."
15-2500Apple Orchard - Garden Club Series 2
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Model stitched on 32 ct. Confederate Gray Linen by Weeks Dye Works with Gentle Art Sampler threads (or DMC 420, 938, 3011, 535, 839, 3858, 3021/3011, 3787, 3857). Stitch Count: 65W x 65H. Design Size: 5" x 5"
20-1572My Heart Can Rest - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$18.00 $16.19
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Heartland using Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works (or all DMC 935, 3721, 841, 680, 420, 223, 732, 436, 645, 3011, 3858). Stitch Count: 170W x 157H. Design Size: 9 3/8" x 8 3/4"
19-1354Our Lasting Friendship - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$18.00 $16.19
Three stitching projects celebrating friendship. "My Heart to Hold" stitched on 36 Ct. Legacy linen with Classic Colorworks floss (Balsam Fir, Camouflage, Caramel, Fool's Gold, Gingerbread, Secret Garden, Straw Hat) and Weeks Dye Works (Oak, Tarragon). Stitch Count: 131W x 78H. "Shepherd's Bush Pincushion" stitched on 36 Ct. Legacy linen with Classic Colorworks (Balsam Fir, Camouflage, Caramel, Fool's Gold, Gingerbread, Secret Garden, Straw Hat) and Weeks Dye Works (Oak, Tarragon). Stitch Count: 67W x 69H. "Our Lasting Friendship" stitched on 36 Ct. Legacy linen with Classic Colorworks floss (Balsam Fir, Brown Sugar, Camouflage, Caramel, Fool's Gold, Gingerbread, Secret Garden, Straw Hat) and Weeks Dye Works (Oak, Tarragon). Stitch Count: 201W x 225H.
10-1567Wish For You, A - Anniversaries of the Heart 3 Cross Stitch
by Blackbird Designs$9.00 $8.09
Anniversaries of the heart Series - #3. "A wish for good health, good luck, and happiness".
Model stitched on 30 Ct. Olde Town Blend using Classic Colorworks & Gentle Arts Sampler threads (DMC alternates are 612 437 3859 832 831 730 732 738 840 611 3790).
Stitch count: 75W x 85H. Design Size: 5" x 6"
17-1367Winter Is Past - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$12.00 $10.79
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Oaken using Weeks Dye Works (or DMC floss 931, 935, 647, 930, 336, 932, 830, 645, 3787, 831). Stitch Count: 181W x 160H. Design Size: 10" x 8 7/8"
20-1571Oh Joyous Day - Cross Stitch Pattern
by Blackbird Designs$18.00 $16.19
This is a reprint of a previously discontinued pattern. Model stitched on 36 Ct. Legacy Linen using Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Classic Colorworks or DMC conversions (221, 535, 3051, 3021, 435, 987, 613, 167, 3781, 3013, 420, 524, 522, 3011, 689, 370, 223, 371, 3045, 407, 501). Stitch count: 175W x 221H


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Free Charts From Blackbird Designs

Many thanks to Barb and Alma for giving us these wonderful designs.

Her Sampler - 1796 (see separate listing)

First Offering

First Offering.

Now I Know My ABC's

Now I Know My ABC's.

Petites Lettres Rouges

Petites Lettres Rouges.

Souvenir de France

Souvenir de France.

Spring's Notice and  Color Conversion for Fall Colors

Springs Notice.

Sweet Alabama that goes with Pink Flower from The Workbasket

Sweet Alabama.

Thistle Manor

Thistle Manor.

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Charming, primitive cross stitch designs, Blackbird is a design company with a great, dsitinctive look!
The patriotic designs use dusty, 'faded glory' colors, and the seasonal birds are large and colorful enough to look great wherever you place them!

Blackbird's Souvenirs of Summer - click for more

Souvenirs of Summer
Barb and Alma are treating us to another re-print of this awesome book that is full of patriotic and summer designs!

Our supply has just arrived!


A Christmas Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for moreA Christmas Rose
#4 In their Christmas Series of samplers, it is stitched on Picture This Plus's 36ct Wren and uses Weeks threads of Dirt Road, Havana, Oscar, Parchment, Pelican Gray, Red Rocks, Sandcastle, and Tarragon.

It finishes a petite 6 x 8-ish... perfect to perch on a table or bookshelf. (I THINK the other three in this series have been Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Bringing Good Cheer.)


Blackbird's Winds of Autumn - click for more
Winds of Autumn
Due in the Shop right after Thanksgiving! Barb and Alma are printing a new book containing 12 projects. 4 Are retired, and 8 are new. The retired - and now in this book are: Spell of the Moon, Bittersweet September, Patchwork Pumpkin and Waiting for the Harvest.

The rest of the 30-ish pages are full of gorgeous photos and pretty samplers and cushions - you can see a few of the new on the cover pic! That's all the info we get until our books arrive right after Thanksgiving! Reserve yours now, to get it right away!


Blackbird's Early Christmas Morning - click for more

Early Christmas Morning
Blackbird has released a darling round mattress pin cushion! Stitched on 36ct hand-dyed, it measures approx 5-1/2 inches in diameter. The stitched band wrapping all around wishes Merry Christmas and is just 1-1/2 inches high.

Stitched with a medley of hand-dyed flosses, the entire little round mattress will finish approx 6 inches round by about 2 inches high! Just beautiful... You CAN get this done in time for Christmas!

Blackbird's Sweet Summer, Come Again - click for more

Sweet Summer, Come Again
Barb and Alma's latest new release... this is a sweet berry basket with matching bird pin cushion.

The basket design measures just 59 x 58, (3-1/4 inches on 36ct Wren) while the bird is even smaller 2-1/2 inches - at 46 x 45 stitches! Grab a few hand-dyeds from your stash, and whip these up!


By the Chimney January Stockings from Blackbird Designs - click to see moreLove is in the Air February Stockings from Blackbird Designs - click to see moreMarch of the Daffodils Stockings from Blackbird Designs - click to see moreApril Showers Stockings from Blackbird Designs - click to see moreMay Flowers Stockings from Blackbird Designs - click to see moreJune Stockings from Blackbird Designs -click for more
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The Stocking Collection
These elusive and truly favorite little stocking patterns keep coming... and selling out! Barb and Alma have reprinted these charming monthly booklets, so ENJOY them once again.

Each contains three mini stockings that finish approx 3 x 5 on 30ct linen. The CUTEST when they are stitched and finished!
(Click each leaflet image so you can see all 3 of the stockings that come in that book.)

Blackbird's Sweet Land of Liberty - click for more


Come Into My Garden
A Fresh Arrival! Barb and Alma's latest release measures 245 x 253 in size, is stitched with lots of hand-dyed cottons, and is shown here on 36ct Picture this Plus Veldt colored linen.

Our pic is kind of dark and the fabric is blotchy... so it's more colorful in person, and we have lots of pretty fabric options as well! Presented as a leaflet.

Blackbird's Sweet Land of Liberty - click for more
Sweet Land of Liberty
Freshly Reprinted by Blackbird!

We loved this book the first time around. It even had a reprint of In Full Glory - a very favorite Reward of Merit that had retired! Lots of pages (24), beautiful pics by Alma... we're glad to see it again!

Blackbird's Summer, Autumn & Winter - click for more
Blackbird's Summer, Autumn & Winter Have Been Reprinted!
Here is our shop model from years ago - we have always loved this set of 3 leaflets by Blackbird!

All joined together in our model are Summer - on the left with the strawberries, Autumn - the middle section, and Winter - the right-hand panel.


In Friendship's Way from Blackbird Designs - click for moreIn Friendship's Way
Barb and Alma have re-leased this gorgeous book - 40 pages - featuring 12 small designs with a friendship theme. As always, Alma's stunning photography is throughout the book and just turning the pages like a story book is delicious!!!

They begin with a pin cushion in a wire basket, next a lovely bird perched atop a painted and waxed paper mache box. Next is another topper for a wooden box... then a set of six stitched strawberries dedicated to friends, that are showcased in a 4 x 6-ish inch wooden and glass box. There is a framed sampler, and finally a button box that is actually the SAME box as used in Casting a Spell.

It turns out that ALL THESE FUN FINISHING PIECES ARE AVAILABLE at Hobby Lobby and JoAnns... so they are inexpensive, available, and really easy to transform! (They even give you the stock numbers of the items!) Gorgeous, soft designs, pretty hand-dyed fabrics and flosses... I LOVE, LOVE it!



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New Blackbird Designs Arrivals!
Sewing Club -- This is Blackbird at their finest! It is a 60-page book stuffed with 16 projects they have taught at various events and exclusive designs previously released as Club Pieces for shops. Bags, drums, box tops, pin cushions, framed pieces... there are pictures galore along with the charts. Finishing and assembly instructions are also in here... it's such a pretty publication!

Oh Joyous Day from Blackbird - click for moreLittle Birds from Blackbird - click for moreMy Heart Can Rest from Blackbird - click for more   We Live in Hope from Blackbird - click for more
  • Oh Joyous Day - Alma's son got married - this is his wedding sampler - so the model couldn't come to Market! Approx 10 x 12 on 36ct Legacy and stitched with a mixture of hand-dyed flosses, the motifs are fun and stylized! Love it!
  • Little Birds - They're all over in here! All the pretty baskets and that neat border, this finishes a generous 22 x 19 on 36ct Heartland. Think of all the individual pin cushions that await from this!
  • My Heart Can Rest - Reproduced from a French Antique, this is a bitty thing at 9 x 9-ish on 36ct Heartland. Everyone likes the huge flower and bitty house!
  • We Live in Hope - There are two samplers in this leaflet. The main one is about 11 x 11, while the smaller one is less than 6 x 7. First time Barb and Alma have used ships in their pieces... they were picturing the women waiting for fathers and husbands to come home safely from sea. Both are stitched on 36ct with hand-dyed flosses.
Flea Market Souvenir from Blackbird - click for more
Flea Market Souvenir
This is a reprint of Barb and Alma's 2006 design! Stitched on 3 different pieces of fabric, you are supposed to sew them together and then frame. The idea is to simulate stitching on 'found objects' such as scraps of linen.

It's a charming concept... but be aware that if you are a perfectionist and want your fabrics to join up perfectly, they might not - joining them evenly is harder than you think! But, in the end, the design is endearing, and it was worth the reprint!


All Joys for Thine from Blackbird - click for more
All Joys for Thine
Blackbird's newest sampler design has arrived... it is an adaptation from an early 19th century English sampler. It finishes just 7-1/2 x 9 on 36ct Heartland linen by Picture This Plus and is worked in just a few hand-dyed flosses.

Stitch the whole piece or make some smaller cushions from some of the floral urns - you're using Barn Door, Cinnamon Toast, Dirt Road, Fool's Gold, Hazelnut, Pine Needles, Polliwog, Sage, Sandcastle and Stormy Nights.


Frosty's Night Out from Blackbird - click for more
Frosty's Night Out
Barb and Alma's latest leaflet features Barb's charming vision of a cheerful Frosty Snowman! He is stitched on Murky hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus, and measures just 4-1/2 inches in size. You can make him into a perky drum shape, or a flatter pin cushion shape, nothing is set in stone.

The book includes, though, a super cute paper mache' HAT BOX finishing treatment. The box comes from Hobby Lobby (# given in the book), and Blackbird supplies pictures and finishing details to make that cute finish. We love the colors of Weeks hand-dyeds in here, we love that little Frosty face... just all of this!

Easter Parade from Blackbird - click for more

Easter Parade
One of Blackbird's recent re-prints... this was originally published in 2005. Finishing approx 6 x 7 on 30ct, you could make your basket squares out of Satin stitches.

You could leave off the checkerboard border on the main design. If you do that little bunny over one on 25, he'd be only 3-1/2 x 4! Pretty tulips - a Blackbird Classic!

Our Lasting Friendship from Blackbird - click for moreOoh La La from Blackbird - click for moreOur Lasting Friendship & Ooh La La
Barb and Alma have been busy with new books FULL of gorgeous projects and ideas along with all of Alma's exquisite pictures!
  • Our Lasting Friendship 3 Stitched designs celebrating friendship. Our Lasting Friendship is the large sampler - 11 x 12 on 36ct PTP Legacy Linen - make the center box larger if you have more friends you want to celebrate. Coded for Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses. Just Gorgeous! My Heart to Hold is a take-out of the larger design, shown on a box top to hold photos or special trinkets. Shepherd's Bush Pincushion is a small token design to special friends!!!
  • Ooh La La Wow, this book (48 pages!) features 15 projects! It begins with lots of classic French designs that are all stitched in red. Then, we move on to a Sewing Box cover with birds and a basket, a bitty Pin Roll - it was stuffed with emery so it felt super heavy and it just fit in my hand! Rose Bouquet box top and a Spring Green Pin Cushion... we went from all reds to all of Barb and Alma's palette of soft roses and pretty greens! And watch for Le Poulet.

Merrily,Merrily, Merrily We Welcome Spring
(Well... lets work on winter first...!) Blackbird's Barb and Alma have a pretty new sampler that Alma adapted from an antique stitched piece. Worked on Picture This Plus's 36ct (we also have 32ct) Oaken hand-dyed linen, this finishes approx 15 x 15. Lots of pretty hand-dyeds - 16 shades - you'll need 2 skeins of Baked Apple, Palomino and Putty so that'll give you an idea of the predominant colors in this.

Lots of florals and urns, Alma added the border along the bottom as it appears to be cut off of the original. Lots of room to add family initials all over in this... it's actually fairly symmetric - look at the pots and vases, they're the same on each side, just different colors. (and the flowers in the right pot aren't there!) Presented as a leaflet.



And Blossom as the Rose from Blackbird - click for moreAnd Blossom as the Rose
This leaflet is a collection of adaptations from an antique Quaker sampler originally stitch mostly in greens, taupes and creams. You get another delightful paper sewing box set, a family register sampler, a fun little drum-shaped cushion, a square (framed or cushioned) and a smaller upside-down box cushion treatment!

Pics and charts for everything... lots of assembly and decorating tips included... Barb shows how she's taken vintage linens and laces found at antique shops and flea markets, and incorporated them into HER boxes. Just a gorgeous book of 20 pages... you'll want to stitch everything in it!


Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? from Blackbird - click for moreShall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
A pretty 'found' Adam and Eve antique sampler is the inspiration for the projects in this leaflet. A paper sewing box, pin keep, the main house re-stitched, the main floral urn featured in its own cushion. There are pages and pages of pretty pics, and great finishing and assembly techniques in here, everything is worked on 32ct with Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed flosses.

Barb and Alma have been busy, you'll love the pretty presentations of everything in this book. More ideas for using Flea Market finds to add to your lovely things! (It's easy to cut up someone else's old lace instead of your own!)


Maria Selby Humphrey 1831 from Blackbird - click for moreMaria Selby Humphrey 1831
Barb and Alma have found another charming antique sampler that has inspired a pair of new designs. Maria's original sampler is charted in the leaflet - Blackbird does supply thread colors of Gentle Art Hand-dyeds to stitch it... but there is no re-stitched model in the book. (You'll need your imagination for that!) Anyway, they have taken design elements from the original and created a Pin Cushion Drum along with the original house charted with hints of the pretty quilt block border along the top.

Stitched on R & R 30ct linen, the My Home piece finishes approx 6 x 6, and the little drum (on 28) measures approx 5-ish inches high by 3-ish inches in diameter. Great finishing instructions are included for that drum assembly, as well. Verrrry pretty! Offered as the leaflet.


Honeysuckle Manor from Blackbird - click for moreHoneysuckle Manor
Blackbird has a new 40-page book of exquisite sampler projects, all inspired by an antique sampler stitched by Louisa Bell sometime in the 1700's. Recharting the original sampler Barb and Alma found on E-Bay, they each have designed lots of smaller projects - cushions, boxes, a covered tape measure, even little pin and needle cupcakes!

Everything is done in the same color palette of the original sampler - soft overdyeds of roses, attic teas, mosses, steel grays and cremes, both Belle Soie silks and weeks, Gentle Art and Crescent cottons are used. Pages and pages of lovely pictures, charming projects, and Blackbird charm!


Violet's Blue from Blackbird - click for moreViolet's Blue
Blackbird has sent a charming new sampler... a house surrounded by the blooming violets of Springtime! Barb writes, The ground is covered in snow and it is so cold here in the Midwest. We are tucked in front of a blazing fire as we dream of the arrival of Spring. We know when the weather warms up and the grass turns green, violets will pop up all over the yard adding lovely little dots of purple, white and yellow.

Offered as a leaflet, this is stitched on 30ct hand-dyed linen in nine different shades of Weeks, Gentle Art and Crescent hand dyed flosses, with a finished size of 9-1/4 x 9-7/8.


Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? from Blackbird - click for moreShall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
A pretty 'found' Adam and Eve antique sampler is the inspiration for the projects in this leaflet. A paper sewing box, pin keep, the main house re-stitched, the main floral urn featured in its own cushion. There are pages and pages of pretty pics, and great finishing and assembly techniques in here, everything is worked on 32ct with Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed flosses.

Barb and Alma have been busy, you'll love the pretty presentations of everything in this book. More ideas for using Flea Market finds to add to your lovely things! (It's easy to cut up someone else's old lace instead of your own!)



The Light Upon the Lawn from Blackbird Designs - click for moreLoose Feathers #7 -- Pleasure of the Fleeting Year from Blackbird - click for moreLoose Feathers #8 -- The Summer Beaming Forth from Blackbird - click for more#9 - Last Ripe Berries from Blackbird - click for more
Loose Feathers *For the Birds!* Series
  • The Light Upon the Lawn - Blackbird's #2 Loose Feathers *For The Birds* 2017 series has arrived. The same soft color palette of soft browns, caramels, denims and mossy greens as the rest will be in this series, it is stitched on 36ct Ale by Picture This Plus. Barb and Alma say the pattern's title is inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem, 'A Light Exists in the Spring.' In the poem she speaks of the light in spring being colored differently than the rest of the year... awaiting us to come into the garden to enjoy! Just so pretty!
  • Hear the Crickets Sing - Blackbird Designs' #7 In the 'For the Birds' Loose Feathers Series. This follows the same soft and faded dusty blue and taupe color scheme, and size (91 x 91 stitches) of the other 6 designs so far... but we have a little rose color tucked into the flowers. Charming all by itself, or together with the rest of the ongoing set, this is offered as a small chart -- just like the rest in the set.
  • The Summer Beaming Forth - A pretty golden house with pastel pink and buttercreme flowers in the garden... the bluebirds stand out in soft contrast. Finishing 5 x 5 on 36ct Oaken by Picture This Plus, it is worked with the same color palette as the rest of the designs in this series.
  • The Last Ripe Berries - A beautiful blue bird getting ready for winter. Stitched on 36ct Wren using Weeks hand-dyed floss. This finishes up the series.
This collection debuted in February of 2017.


My Dear Heart from Blackbird Designs - click for moreFeliz Navidad from Blackbird Designs - click for moreWinter is Past from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Blackbird Designs has New Releases!
Barb and Alma have begun a new 9-part Loose Feathers Series, and published 6 new full sized leaflets... Samplers and Pin Cushions... here are the first 3... click through to our blackbird Designs page to see them all!
  • My Dear Heart - A pretty reproduction sampler, this finishes approx 8 x 10 on 36ct PTP Ale. Using Weeks hand-dyed flosses, there is a separate pin cushion design using one of the urns... it is worked on RED linen with beige flosses as an alternative look! Who Knew? It wakes you up a little and lets you know that color changing IS possible, and it can look great!
  • Feliz Navidad -- Barb and Alma have decided to do a set of international Christmas samplers. Barb said this would be a *relaxed series* -- meaning no specific release dates, and no specific countries right now, but they are intrigued with Christmas samplers around the world. Feliz Navidad is gorgeous! Approx 7 x 11 on 36ct PTP Legacy, they threw in Eyelets and Smyrna Crosses just for fun. Adapted from the original which is pictured in the book, and originally done on open canvas, they've used all Week's flosses for the new. Really Pretty!
  • Winter is Past - A gorgeous, soft, dusty denim and taupe sampler, this is stitched on 36ct PTP Oaken and finishes approx 10 x 9. Pairs beautifully with Spring Fever -- the first Loose Feathers of 2017... traditional border, organized alphabet, just a lovely and finishable piece. It's not too large, but super-pretty!




Strawberry Fields Forever from Blackbird Designs - click for moreThe Long and Winding Road from Blackbird Designs - click for moreEleanor Rigby from Blackbird Designs - click for more
The Magical Mystery Tour Series, To The Beatles, With Love From Barb!
Blackbird's Barb is a die-hard Beatles fan -- she saw them debut on Ed Sullivan in 1964, and evidently manages to get to as many Paul McCartney concerts as possible!!! She has designed *Very Black-Birdy-Flavored* pieces to commemorate her favorite songs and the anniversary of that television broadcast. All offered as leaflets, they tell us you won't need a ticket to ride this tour bus!!!
  • Strawberry Fields Forever - The 'Woolton Children's Home' (which could be your house instead!) surrounded by the strawberry gardens and the neat iron entry gate... 6 x 9 on 32ct.
  • The Long and Winding Road -- Also the THIRD Sewing Box Topper Design, this is sweet. Lazy Daisies on the trees, this fits into your 6-inch Lone Elm Lane Sewing Box on 36ct Lakeside Butter Pecan Linen.
  • Eleanor Rigby -- Greys and Blues for the subdued piece, and pretty pinks and greens for the birth sampler shown on the back, Eleanor finishes approx 6 x 6 on 32ct.
After months of waiting, we once again, have Barb and Alma's Yellow Submarine and Octopus's Garden leaflet back in stock!!!!! *The Suits* somewhere were a bit concerned with legal mumbo-jumbo and didn't think we stitchers should have the right to stitch this darling pattern! Barb and her wonderful loyalty to The Beatles won out... and here is the remaining design in her Magical Mystery Tour celebrating her favorite Beatles songs!

Finishing approx 6 x 8 on 32ct Linen... I am sorry to tell you that Lakeside Linens has never delivered our fabric order we placed last September for this pattern. It's time to get creative, and look at something like Week's Tin Roof, or a neat Copper Penny-ish or a neat teal for this. Flosses are all Gentle Art Sampler Threads or regular DMC.


Home for the Holidays from Blackbird Designs - click for more

Home for the Holidays
Blackbird has a new 38-page book that is full of their design charm, and Alma's exquisite photography! Along with 10 projects, they've also presented really good directions for painting and distressing those paper boxes they love to use, and transforming other decor items into gorgeous props for your needlework!

Re-printed is Christmas Garden, Tis The Season and Blessings be Thine. Also included are a set of 5 stockings that measure 5-3/4 x 8-3/4 in size. Everything has a Christmas theme, and it is a lovely book!!!


Midnight Watch from Blackbird Designs - click for moreMidnight Watch
Gosh, I LOVE this one! Stunning colors, bold design, this stitches to finish approx 8 x 15 on 30ct. Lots of hand-dyed flosses, and simple cross stitch, I love absolutely everything about this! Barb and Alma are 'Queens of Crafting' because of the following tip!

Look at the candle on the right-hand side of the cover -- they tell you how to scan you needlework, reduce it by 50%, print it using an inkjet on clear-full sheet labels, spray with Krylon matte finish, peel the paper away from the backing, and line a plain glass hurricane! Holy COW! ...all from a cross stitch chart!!! Offered as the leaflet.


Bittersweet September from Blackbird Designs - click for morePatchwork Pumpkin from Blackbird Designs - click for moreSpell of the Moon Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs - click for more
New Rewards of Merit
ALL NOW INCLUDED IN WINDS OF AUTUMN! Alma and Barb have new mini-designs offered in their small Rewards of merit size... perfect for small framed pieces or pretty pin cushions. Grab a schnibble of Week's hand-dyed linen and some overdyeds from your stash for these!!!
  • Patchwork Pumpkin -- LOVE, LOVE the border on this one and the trailing pumpkin vines all over the sky!!! Quilt motifs on the pumpkin and that structured brick house -- the whole thing is charming!!!
  • Bittersweet September -- A fall-flavored design much simpler than the Patchwork Pumpkin piece -- you get the huge bittersweet blooms, the crisp moon, and more pretty autumn-y color!
  • Spell of the Moon -- On Week's Tin Roof Linen, this is steely grey ...accented with that yellow moon. Just the cutest little thing at 4-1/2 x 6.

Leona's Sewing Box from Blackbird Designs - click for moreLeona's Sewing Box
Barb and Alma have a new leaflet -- a small homestead sampler piece -- dedicated to Barb's mother, Leona. It is worked on 32ct linen with Gentle Art Sampler Threads and fits into the top and inside compartments of Lone Elm Lane's Square Queen Crown Box. The main design finishes approx 6 x 6 and features colors of Aged Pewter, Antique Rose, Endive, Garden Gate, Lexington Green, Mountain Mist, Old Red Paint, Parchment, Sable, Tin Bucket and Woodrose -- all lovely, soft and dusty.

The Lone Elm Box is also a light dusty gray -- it comes closest to Week's Seagull color. It measures approx 8 x 8 x 3-1/2 and features a pull out tray insert of two sections. Barb and Alma have designed two small cushions to line those tiny spaces... a basket and pair of birds perched atop spools of thread. A pretty piece both inside and out! Leona's Sewing Box is offered as a leaflet, the box is separate!



Cats on Parade from Blackbird Designs - click for moreCats on Parade
A trio of pesky cats on parade... find a neat fabric color to showcase these little guys and make that cute drum-shape stand-up like in the pic! (Just make sure to weight the bottom, as it is almost 7 inches tall!)

You'll need 4 skeins of Espresso Bean floss, and we can send you some black Arctic Rays which is a thread that gives your twisted cord edging treatment that little bit of glitzy frizz!
Aren't these guys cute? They finish approx 6-1/2 x 10 on 30ct linen.


A Quickie Note:
We have a luscious supply of Lone Elm Lane's 6-inch round Aged Pewter and Black handmade Shaker Sewing Box that Barb and Alma are featuring on their new 12-part Sewing Box Series of leaflets. Only three designs out so far... we are not-so-patiently waiting for box-top number three!

Midnight Ride and Give Thanks are the first two that grace this fun little box. You are supposed to switch out your needlework toppers each month, but The Cross Stitch Police will not pay you a visit if you fall behind and leave your favorite piece in there for several months!!!



The Fruitful Vine from Blackbird Designs - click for moreThe Country Life from Blackbird Designs - click for moreMy Friend's House from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Blackbird's Loose Feathers for 2013 Begins with Wild Berries
The 12th and final design in Barb and Alma's Abecedarian Series of their Loose Feathers books, Garden Borders, is here. The Loose Feathers Series are referred to as their Abecedarian Project (pronounced a b c DARE e n).
Always an alphabet in each, and always dedicated to a member of their family -- you'll be able to personalize yours if you wish. They promise manageable sizes so you can complete these each month, too! The first -- Wild Berries -- measures 89 x 90 stitches, 6 x 6 on 30ct Abecedarian Blend Linen by R & R.

All 12 of the samplers in this set are about the same size -- all of them are shown and listed on the back of the leaflet, and are still in print. They all feature an alphabet, some of Barb and Alma's favorite motifs and are dedicated to family members.


My Heart's Design from Blackbird Designs - click for moreBluebird of Happiness from Blackbird Designs - click for more



Dear Daughter from Blackbird Designs - click for moreDear Daughter
A pretty floral vine with plump berries... cheerful butterflies in the garden... the verse on this says *Dear Daughter of Mine* but could be changed to reflect ANY message you have! Stitched on R & R 30ct Creme Brulee (matches Irish Creme, Abecedarian Blend, Sheeps Straw and Olde Town Blend as well!) with 13 shades of Gentle Art and Weeks flosses, this finishes approx 8-1/2 inches square.

I am inclined to darken the house a bit, as it looks pale in the model pic, but you might want to change the color all together if you have a house color you are wanting to match Alma has personalized her piece with her daughter's initials and birthdate in the center of the urn. Offered as a leaflet, this is just a very pretty piece!


Away We Ride from Blackbird Designs - click for moreAway We Ride
Blackbird has a new Halloween Sampler that is CHARMING!! *Away we ride till it's dark as pitch to find the home of the wicked witch.* Doesn't sound like the safest Halloween Night activity... but the picture in the sampler shows a nifty little stone cottage full of 18 lit windows!

A lavish border and lots of big 'ol birds lurking in the gardens, this measures 171 x 191 in stitch count. Calling for Gentle Art's Brandy, Garden Gate (3 skeins!), Heirloom Gold, Maple Syrup, Mulberry, Onyx (2 skeins), Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Woodrose and Woodsmoke... the chart is coded for DMC as well. It's full of personality and good design balance! Offered as a leaflet.


Sisters from Blackbird Designs - click for moreSisters from Blackbird Designs - click for moreSisters from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Sisters from Blackbird Designs - click for moreSisters
Wow... this book is a study of two different samplers by sisters "A and H Shields* in 1823 and 1824. A was the older of the two, but finished her sampler a year after H. Although they used the same pattern... each sampler is completely different -- such as sisters can be!!! Each original sampler is re-charted, and then Barb and Alma have gotten to work and designed three more samplers inspired by the original two!
  • One is Halloween with a new verse rather than the alphabet: 'At first cock-crow the ghosts must go Back to their quiet graves below.' Lots of orange and black.
  • Next is a Christmas piece -- just a lovely collection of small floral urns.
  • Finally, Witch No More is a tribute to Alma's 11th Great Grandmother.
  • Jannetje's younger sister, Judith had been imprisoned and charged with witchcraft in Hartford CT. Whole little ditty in here about brother Nicholas who's wife wrote a letter, and MS Judith later married his wife's nephew in the Netherlands! (Talk about family history! I have a great grandmother a while back -- like 150 years ago... Grandpa bought a statue for the family graveyard, Grandma thought it was ostentatious... lightening struck and the thumb broke off -- they found it years later - after she died - in her sewing basket!) Well anyway, a lovely book -- 24 pages -- full of Alma's beautiful photography and those charming samplers!


    Liberty Eagle from Blackbird Designs - click for moreLiberty Eagle
    Quite a cool set of designs, the main eagle features the alphabet stitched over one in his belly.

    A small smattering of Weeks and Gentle Art threads, the larger piece finishes approx 7 x 8 on R & R 30ct, while the cushion is a bit smaller -- 5 x 6 -- but not tiny at all! Offered as a leaflet.


    Long May She Wave from Blackbird Designs - click for moreLong May She Wave
    Barb has stitched a simple flag, but added 48 Eyelets in place of stars in the design. Worked on 30ct linen -- your entire piece is covered in stitching -- so choose something you can SEE to work on, because you won't see any linen when you're finished! Crescent's Blue Corn and Dublin Bay along with Week's Baked Apple (10 yds) and Oak (15 yds) are the only 4 colors featured. The Oak blends in so beautifully with the two blues, and you'll get lots of definition if you get a little pull into your Eyelets.

    Charming... on 30ct this finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6, and is shown on top of a wooden box from the big box store. (complete instructions for distressing that, as well!) Offered as the leaflet.


    Summer's Last Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for more2012 Loose Feathers Series
    Summer's Last Rose
    The third (of 4) 2012 Loose Feather's Design is here!!! A trio of small designs, Barb and Alma discovered another charming antique sampler that spoke to them of the end of hot summer days. Maybe the colors and motifs??

    From their original piece, they have adapted a sewing box with four floral motifs on top, My Home -- a tiny house made into a pin cushion, and a lovely vine of stylized posies that they've mounted on top of a small basket. As always the pics in the book are stunning... and really offer lots of inspiration for other ways to finish your things. Fabric this month is R & R 30ct Creme Brulee, threads are by Weeks and Gentle Art.


    Merry Christmas from Blackbird Designs - click for moreMerry Christmas
    from Blackbird Designs
    Blackbird has a very simple and plain sampler... they designed it for those of us who leave our Christmas things out all year long!!! (it even refers to that on the back cover!)

    A mere 4-1/2 x 8 on 35ct linen... Barb chose pretty pinks and greens for this piece... and almost hid the *Merry Christmas* sentiment in here... because of those colors! No special stitches, just a quick, pretty piece. Offered as a leaflet.


    Flowers for You from Blackbird Designs - click for moreFlowers for You
    'Flowers for your birthday' is the verse on this gorgeous new piece by Blackbird. Reminiscent of their 'older' designs... we just LOVE the sweeping, gently relaxed flowers billowing out of their basket. You could stitch this as a birthday gift, or change that sentiment to friendship -- just anything.

    Stitched on R & R 30ct Sheep's Straw hand-dyed linen -- listen to the colors you get to use: Camouflage, Dublin Bay, Endive, Grape Arbor, Heirloom Gold, Old Red Paint, Raspberry Frost, Toasted Barley and Hazelnut. Just so pretty, finished size is approx 5 x 8, which is a perfect petite size!!!!!! Offered as a chart.


    Mother's Garden from Blackbird Designs - click for moreMother's Garden
    Blackbird's Barb has a new sampler to commemorate a mother and all the relatives on her side of the family. (Of course, it could be ANYONE and both sides of a family, too!) Pretty urns of traditional sampler-style florals, the blackbirds scattered in the garden might be all those relatives hanging around!!! After all, she *does* offer lots of spaces for initials!

    A very pretty piece, stitched on R & R Irish Cream -- which matches our Sheep's Straw -- this finishes approx 8 x 13-1/2. Lots of delicate elements to pull out and stitch individually, too. Offered as the chart.


    Halloween Eve from Blackbird Designs - click for moreHalloween Eve
    Ohhh... stitch just the raven, vine and moon on this, or put that house inside your sewing box with the Casting A Spell collection, or do something fun with that big patchwork pumpkin... this is stitched on Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen in Crescent's and Gentle Art's overdyed flosses.

    Finishing approx 8 x 20, it's really guite generous in size... commanding for the Holiday!




    Swan Lake -- Anniversaries From the Heart #7 from Blackbird Designs - click for moreClara Ellen -- Anniversaries From the Heart #8 from Blackbird Designs - click for moreMoonlight Visitor -- Anniversaries From the Heart #9 from Blackbird Designs - click for moreEvergreen Lane -- Anniversaries From the Heart #11 from Blackbird Designs - click for moreElizabeth Jane -- Anniversaries From the Heart #12 from Blackbird Designs - click for more
    Anniversaries of the Heart
    Blackbird's has released the final design in their 12-part Anniversary of the Heart Series has arrived! *Remember Me*.... personalize this with YOUR name instead of Elizabeth Jane's! This leaflet also includes the final bonus pattern that works into the entire 15-part collection. All houses, all parts designed to be personalized to commemorate people and places in your family history, that bonus pattern is needed in case you are working all 15 parts on one piece of fabric. All the leaflets in this collection are still available, but I do not expect that to last for long. Blackbird does NOT re-print designs as they sell out... so if you fall in love with any or all of these in the Anniversary of the Heart Series - DO NOT WAIT to get them! Each house is charming by itself, and stitched on various shades of hand-dyed linen.


    Anniversaries of the Heart #1 Snowgarden from Blackbird Designs - click for moreAnniversaries of the Heart #2 Valentine Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for morePink Hill Manor from Blackbird Designs - click for moreFarm House from Blackbird Designs - click for moreHappy Birthday -- Anniversaries From the Heart #6 from Blackbird Designs - click for more

    Flowers of the Field from Blackbird Designs - click for moreFlowers of the Field
    Barb and Alma bring us flowers from their gardens -- capturing the fading blossoms as Summer wanes and Autumn appears promising brisk temps to turn the yellows and pinks into tans and browns. A matching sewing bag and pin cushion design, the stitching is simple, the finishing kind of fun... especially if you want to dye your fabrics and ric-rak like they did... and find the Lizard Litter to stuff your cushion!

    Stitched on 30ct hand dyed linen, in Gentle Art and Crescent overdyed flosses (probably all are already in your stash), the cushion stitching measures approx 3 x 4, the sewing bag just 4 x 5-1/2. Your finished bag and cushion can be any size you want. Offered as a leaflet.


    Raise a Glass of Cheer from Blackbird Designs - click for moreRaise a Glass of Cheer
    ...for the beginning of a New Year!'

    5 x 15 on 30ct, stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads... just a pretty thing, and a theme we don't see too much of!


    Halloween Greetings from Blackbird Designs - click for moreHalloween Greetings
    Just a simple thing -- this is stitched with only ONE color of Weeks floss -- Jack-O-Lantern! There is a pumpkin cushion featured on the cover.

    Simply stitch 48 rows of 75 stitches each... and then gather that little thing together for a *Totally Stitched* little pumpkin! Too cute! Offered as a small leaflet.


    Vintage Halloween Stockings
    Vintage Halloween Stockings from Blackbird - click for moreBlackbird Designs has released a book of 13 Halloween Stockings -- to match their on-going series of mini monthly stockings!!! 36 Pages full of charts and lots of color pictures for you to enjoy! In addition to the 13 stocking patterns, there are several other projects too -- small necklaces and pin cushions, and a little 'keeper' on a ring for flosses.

    5 Of the mini stockings are stitched on R & R's hand-dyed 30ct Cafe Kona Linen, 5 on 18th Century Brown, and 3 on Witches Brew. Any of the 13 would be good on any of the linens... but the set of three fabric colors gives you lots of subtle color variety.

    The entire book uses just a few hand-dyed floss colors... and we've estimated that you'll need several skeins of a few colors to stitch all. If you are picky about matching dye-lots in your hand-dyeds... our floss set includes 3 skeins each of Weeks Carrot, Sweet Potato, Charcoal, and 4 skeins of Crescent's Blackbird. ( I think there are only 8-ish more colors to find in your stash.) Each stocking finishes approx 3 x 5 -- just like Blackbird's monthly series.

    Just three of the stockings in this bookOur recommended linen cuts include 1/4 yard of Cafe Kona, and 1/4 yd of 18th Century (enough for 6 - 9 x 9 individual cuts out of each), and a 9 x 27 cut of Witch's Brew for 3 more -- you'll have enough fab for AT LEAST 15 stockings... and if you're really *good* you can place them closer on the linens, stitch a few of them in different colors -- mix it up a little -- and get crazy! Or... make your own fabric choices!!
    PLEASE NOTE! We are out of this design at the moment, but are hopeful that it will come in again.



    My Heart is True from Blackbird Designs -- click to see a larger viewMy Heart is True
    Another of Blackbird's lovely books... this one features small pincushion projects by Italian artist Nicoletta Farrauto, along with Barb and Alma. The 'Friends With You' project book and Garden Gem Pin Box are my two favorites...

    All are stitched on hand-dyed with overdyeds, and then tea-stained! A 'must-have' book for Any and All Blackbird Fans!!!





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