And we are into fall....

A notification on an attendees watch! Fun!

A notification on an attendees watch! Fun!

Thank you for attending a lovely weekend event with The Common Thread 2- a la San Francisco at Needle in a Haystack. We were a small group, but oh so fun and so great to share with each other, learn new little tricks and get some great stitching done in class, which as we know doesn't always happen. Thank you to Cathe Ray from NIAH for some lovely lunches outside and dinners tasting new and different things. Thank you for my lovely gifts- all in use!

Sonoma, Pomegranate

Sonoma, Pomegranate

 

 

 

 

The Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach

The Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach

Prior to ending up in SF for the weekend, my husband who has a special birthday this December has always wanted to go to the Reno Air Races and they happened to be the week before so off we went to the Races. We enjoyed the walk along the Truckee River and a day at the beach at Lake Tahoe. After some great wine tours in Sonoma we enjoyed a beautiful trip down the coast to Carmel. A great lunch at Pebble Beach and some of the most glorious views along that coast and some delightful hours at the Monterey Aquarium.

As seen on Dog walk in Calgary!

As seen on Dog walk in Calgary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving weekend is coming up for us this weekend. I look forward to spending it with family and our extended family on Sunday. It is always a bit early for you in America but for us in the little bit colder clime, it just seems right. The colours are still beautiful and the kids can play outside. On Thanksgiving Monday I will be flying off to Myrtle Beach, but I have to do it in two days as if I do it all in one, it is such a long day from what I call 'o'dark:30' to 10.30 pm that I have split it into 2 days traveling, that sounds terrible too, but I think it will be okay. I look forward to meeting you all the "Pals Stitching at the Beach". From some snow this week to beach, sounds good to me. I will have a booth, and will have new and older patterns and threads available, so bring your list. See you soon!

Wishing you in Canada a lovely Thanksgiving and all of you some great fall stitching time.

 

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Along the Truckee River, Reno

Along the Truckee River, Reno

Happy Sunflower

Happy Sunflower

Harvest Market Hop 2017

New Fall patterns, these are available starting today Sept 7/17. We will begin shipping on Monday 11/17. Check out the Harvest Market Hop for pricing details. http://fallmarketharvesthop.com/

Halloween Sampler

Halloween Sampler

JD207 -Halloween Sampler -   Fabric: 35 ct Weeks Dye Works Confederate Grey. Design Size approx. 8 x 9 ½” Hallowe’en Sampler Emb. Pkg.:  This has the Silk threads of the border, the handdyed cotton and metallic threads used throughout the piece and the handmade button by JABCO for this piece.

This is a ‘match’ to Christmas Sampler designed a few years ago. It is the same size and enjoys the same Quakerish feel to the piece. Mostly this piece is cross stitched with a few motifs in specialty stitches- it has some good diagrams to help you through those. Happy Halloween!

Check list of threads needed to stitch the chart below. These items will all be in the Emb. Pkg.

Fall Shaker Box

Fall Shaker Box

 

JD208--Fall Shaker Box -   Fabric: 32 ct any neutral colour- I used Lt. Mocha.   Design Size: 78 x 78. Pattern only.  The Model was stitched in Gentle Art Threads-Simply Wool but the cotton Floss would look equally well. The colours used are: Burnt Orange, Dark Chocolate, Fragrant Cloves, Maple Syrup, Piney Woods, Pumpkin Pie, Tarnished Gold, and Wood Trail.  I added an orange button from JABCO in the center. This uses a box from Lone Elm Designs 6" round -Chocolate and trim from Lady Dot Creates – Jack Chenille. This also has a match in Acorn Shaker Box from last year.

Wool Pincushion & Fob

Wool Pincushion & Fob

 

 

JD209--Wool Pincushion and Fob - Fabric: 32 ct any neutral colour – I used Lt. Mocha. Design Size 58 x 58, stitched on 32 ct for the pincushion, the Fob is 34 x 34 stitched on 40 ct using The Gentle Art Simply Wool for both pincushion and Fob. The colours used are: Blue Spruce, Gold Leaf, Portabella, Ruby Slipper, Verdigris and Wood Trail. It was a bit of a tight fit using the wool for the little 40 ct fob, and I should have probably tried the cotton….. but I do really love the raised look and feel the wool has on a piece. It holds colour well and I love the 3-D effect it creates.  This uses 4“ Pincushion round from Lone Elm Designs -Brick Red.

 

Halloween Sampler:

The Gentle Art Simply Shaker & Sampler Threads

7098 Black Licorice, 7026 Fragrant Cloves, 0850 Hyacinth, 7097 Pecan Pie, 7024 Tin Bucket

Weeks Dye Works

1173 Confederate Grey, 1277 Collards, 4111 Lucky, 1316 Mulberry, 2204a Paris Green, 2240 Red Rocks, 2224 Squash, 2239 Terra Cotta, 2219 Whiskey, 1091 Whitewash

Kreinik Metallics

#4 Very Fine Braid 005HL Black, #4 Very Fine Braid 015 Green, #4 Very Fine Braid 026 Dark Purple,Blending filament 032 Pearl

Carrie’s Creation Halloween

Threadworx

Overdyed Braid #4- 411300 Lt. Purple, Overdyed Braid #4- 410710 Orange

Just Another Button Company – Witches Hat Button

The Canadian Patriotic Snippets all complete!

Mid August – end of summer stitching…

Halloween Sampler sneak peek

Halloween Sampler sneak peek

Do you stitch different things in fall/winter versus spring/summer? I used to be one of those that stitched in season but of course that has all changed now and I would like to design in season but that doesn’t happen either. <grin> One has to be ahead! And so, to that we worked on Fall releases in May before I left for the trip. We will be part of Harvest Market Hop in early September – Sept. 7th to be exact. Check out the website and they will be posting our ‘sell sheets’ when the time arrives. http://fallmarketharvesthop.com/

Just a few new things on the website. My webgal and I have been hard at work trying to not be under construction any more. As you know my year was full up but we also have managed to get all the patterns loaded from the very beginning to the present. We have found a lot of the free patterns but not all of them. I have had 2 major computer crashes and one website crash in the 15 years and some things I just don’t seem to have. Did want to bring your attention to the Canadian Journey series – those being the first 8 patterns I designed. The first 4 are in rough shape as the printer I was using went out of business and took those first 4 files with them. I have been photocopying them up until now, but I seriously do want to put them all in a book as one. I have started all that and I hope that by the time my 20th year -2019 rolls around I will have the charts altogether. We still have all the thread packs for these patterns and also for the city samplers across Canada also. I see I am missing the Ottawa Sampler and I will go search for the picture of that sampler. Now of course I have to sit and write the words that go with each chart…… the design size etc. it never feels like I quite get things done before the next teaching gigs or needlework shows come up and throw a wrench into working on that…. And PS. It is not the funest job is it! Do check out some of the free charts that are listed and also the pdf that has the listings of all patterns by number/ which is by date release, but I will maybe put them in alphabetical listing too….. just thought of that.

On the Vimy Ridge piece; Beth Allan of Dartmouth, NS sent a nice note on FB " I met a wonderful young lady today who is truly an inspiration in keeping Vimy Ridge alive. I had stitched a Vimy Ridge piece by Jeannette Douglas & knew I wanted to donate it to someone & when I read her story I knew exactly who I wanted to have this lovely piece.What a wonderful example of youth wanting to do for the veterans, etc.She is actually going back to Vimy next week & is taking it with her & having her picture taken at the monument .My heart feels good!!
http://thechronicleherald.ca/…/1487503-lure-of-vimy-love-of… Beth sent another note today "thought you might like to see the young gal at Vimy with her lovely crossstitch. It's very emotional as she is so thrilled with it& is so involved with Vimy." the photos show Claire in France at the Vimy Ridge Memorial. There are 4 photos in total, scroll through to see them all.

Canadian Patriotic Snippets # 11 & 12

Canadian Patriotic Snippets # 11 & 12

And so we are at the end of the Canadian snippet series, we are shipping Monday August 14th to the shops the last set of Snippets -# 11 &12. I want to thank all of you for joining me on the Patriotic journey and hope that as you set to complete it that you have enjoyed the Canadian themed pieces. With the # 11 & 12 will come a free pattern to you as a great big thank you for your support. It’s been so awesome to connect with you all. Thank you Charlene Petrowsky for stitching the free pattern and here is the photo of Charlene’s stitching and finishing, love them both. You may stitch it as a double sided pincushion or a single or take motifs and make a 13th snippet! Thank you to Charlene also for the Happy 150th Birthday Canada! X Stitch SAL. It was great to see the variety of Canadian themed charts by many different designers in this group  

Canada 150 Pincushion, flat fold, wall hanging etc.

Canada 150 Pincushion, flat fold, wall hanging etc.

Always do check out the Jeannette Douglas Designs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jeannettedouglasdesigns/

There are also 2 fan pages on Facebook devoted JDD and they are as follows:

Jeannette Douglas is Our Common Thread-https://www.facebook.com/groups/900348370052788/

 

Jeannette Douglas Stitchers-https://www.facebook.com/groups/673290132773000/

It has been great fun to your stitching and finishing and what you are choosing to stitch! Thank you for sharing and participating.