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MARCH 18, 2013
DMC CONVERSION for Quaker Robins
We have added a file in "FREE" that is a conversion of Planet Earth Silks to DMC colors. It is a PDF that can be found and downloaded from our "Free" page. Hope this helps with finding thread colors.
It has also come to our attention by Robin that we did not publish the most edited version of the Quaker Robins--a huge mistake and we offer our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. We have added a PDF of 3 corrections made to the chart--the worm in Q Mama's mouth, her feathers and tail feather as well as the tail feathers of Q Baby. Sorry!! We will not make that mistake again, I hope.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
While our Skinny Quaker Kits have sold out at the Nashville Market, we have the same home-made wood thread keepers/tags available as single items. However, only the natural-finished (not painted) are available. They can be purchased in cherry hard wood or curly maple hard wood. Please contact us for more information
How appropriate to write about something I love so on Valentine's Day! Both Mary and I enjoy so many aspects of The Workbasket--the designing, the stitching, the finishing and of course the contact we have with all of you through the market, through emails from you with questions and of course your show-and-tell you send to us. We have a tell and show of our own with new models for the Nashville 2013 Market coming up beginning of March.
Let me tell you about them and then show you on our "NEWS" Page.
We have a kit as well as 3 new charts to offer and a new needlepoint canvas.
Our kits--Quaker Skinnies-- feature 4 different houses in four different colors each based on Quaker Medallions. Each kit features one house in one color and comes in a small plastic envelop which contains all you need to complete the project:
- A painted wooden tag or thread keeper in one of 4 different colors--blue, dark blue, red or rose
- #36 Vintage Pecan Butter linen from Lakeside Linens
- One-12 stranded length of Belle Soie Silk from Crescent Colours
- Padded cardboard
- Chart and finishing directions
We have also published a chart using the four houses from the kit as well as an additional four houses with a grand total of 8 separate houses to stitch--Quaker Skinnies. We have mounted four of the houses on natural-finished wooden tags or thread keepers and have finished the other four houses in a softer finished look using a picot-type of edge. What a great collection of houses and finishing options.
Our second chart features our Quaker animal--Quaker Robins just in time for Spring. The chart includes a Quaker Mama Robin who has just caught the Proverbial worm and a Quaker Baby Robin waiting patiently ( or not so patiently) in its nest for breakfast. I love the thought of Spring approaching.
Sampler Row is our third chart for Nashville. It contains three separate houses stitched together like row houses with an alphabet running under all three. Mary has stitched each house separately making three separate houses and finished pieces. A third of the alphabet is under each separate house. "A through H" is stitched on WDW"s Straw Gingham, "I through P" is stitched on WDW's Scuppernong Gingham and "R through Z" is stitched on WDW's Peoria Purple Gingham.
They form a nice triptych of row houses.
Our Log Cabin Village is the newest in our Needlepoint line of Workbasket designs. Mary created a kind of log cabin quilt which frames village buildings in the centers. Each "log" is stitched using different colors and stitches which makes it really fun to stitch. You can use all your left over threads just as our colonial women used all their left over fabrics to make their log cabin quilts. This is a great canvas to try samplings of multiple stitches.
Mary and I trust you will enjoy our show and tell. Please come see us at the Nashville Market to chat, catch up and see all of our models in person. There is nothing like seeing the real thing. Cheers for a happy Valentine's Day.