Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Festive Season...

Hello again, friends!

I must say, it does feel good to be dusting away the cobwebs from my blog and writing posts once again. Can you believe it is November already!?! The pumpkins are now disappearing and Christmas decorations are starting to take their place... I haven't decided when I will put up our Christmas tree, yet. As much as I like to make my autumn decor last through until after Thanksgiving, it's a funny time of year as it really starts to feel a lot more like winter than fall.

I am excited to tell you about my latest collection of designs published in the latest December Issue 262 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine - a set of six Nautical Christmas Ornaments! 

Set of six 'Nautical Christmas Ornaments' published in the December 2017 Issue 262
of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

Having grown up in New Zealand, where Christmas is a summer holiday, I still like to reminicse over warm days spent at the beach at this time of year. It was quite an adjustment for me, getting used to celebrating Christmas in the winter, and I still like to decorate our home with both winter and summer themed ornaments. This collection, to me, is a perfect mix of both! And not only that, they are perfect for the many stitchers who live near the coast. I am eager to get started on stitching these, myself - I think I might hoop them up for our tree with some red pom-pom trim! 

I hope you'll enjoy stitching these, too! :o)
Jenny x

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Busy Year...

Hi friends!

How are you all? I hope this finds you well and that you've had lots of time for stitching throughout 2017. It has been a very busy year for me and I have not updated this blog in such a long time (which is a bit naughty of me - sorry!) It's hard to know where to begin - so much has happened since my first design was published in The World of Cross Stitching magazine, a little over a year ago. I have become a regular designer for WOXS, which has been an amazingly wonderful experience, and through this opportunity I have met many more lovely stitchers, as well. I have plans to start featuring some of your work here on my blog. I already share a lot of work-in-progress and/or finished project photos on my social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram are where you can mostly find me these days) but I was thinking a special 'gallery wall' here might be an extra special feature! :o)

In the meantime, I thought I'd do a bit of a summary of the past twelve months... starting with the British version of my signature 'Four Seasons' samplers, which was published in
the special 250th Issue of The World of Cross Stitching magazine! I was absolutely thrilled to create this design as it is such a fun one to stitch. Done in the same style/layout as my New Zealand and Australian versions, it has lots of sweet little scenes making up the overall sampler. This pattern is actually now available in my Etsy shop and as a little treat, I will be offering a discount code towards the end of this post, so keep reading... ;o)

'British Four Seasons Sampler' published in the January 2017 Issue 250
of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

'Lavender and Daisy Wreath' published in the August 2017 Issue 257
of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

Next up was another variation in my collection of floral heart designs, a pretty 'Lavender and Daisy Wreath' published in the August 2017 Issue 257 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine. I especially love how beautifully the team at WOXS finished the model in French country style - the lace framing the hoop is absolutely gorgeous and the purple ribbon literally 'ties it all together'. These floral hearts are such a joy to create and continue to be very popular!

Perhaps my favourite project so far has been my 'Dreamy Retro Kitchen' design, published in the September 2017 Issue 258 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine. This was especially fun to work on, as it is based on my kitchen at home, right down to the colours! I love British kitchen ware and have gathered quite a collection of both new and vintage items, over the years. We even have a ruby red stand mixer, just like the one featured! The really neat thing about a design like this, is that you can mix and match the thread colours to suit your own kitchen decor, so the possibilities are endless! :o)

'Dreamy Retro Kitchen' published in the September 2017 Issue 258 of
The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

The October 2017 Issue 259 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine featured my set of four 'Sewing Accessories' including a pincushion, needlebook, scissor fob and notebook cover. I love the soft, layered look of each piece and I enjoyed 'scattering' some pearl beads across each notion to add to the pretty 'antique' style of the collection ~ I think they turned out really well. 

'Sewing Accessories' published in the October 2017 Issue 259 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

And, most recently, I designed these two lovely autumn posies for the November 2017 Issue 260 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine. These designs celebrate the classic blooms we all identify with late summer/early autumn - the colours are rich and vibrant and they make the perfect pair of stitched decorations for the season!

'Autumn Posies' published in the November 2017 Issue 260 of
The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

So, there you have it - a selection of the designs that have been keeping me busy this year! I also have a couple of new patterns that I released this year for homestitchness, so I will post about those soon, too. In the meantime, if you read this far, well done! And don't worry, I haven't forgotten that I mentioned a discount code... ;o) From now until the end of 2017, you can receive 40% off your entire purchase in my Etsy shop by using the coupon code THANKYOU2017  ... this is my way of thanking each and every one of you for your support of my work. It truly is a dream come true to be able to stay at home with my children while doing what I love - cross stitch - and it is you, my stitching friends, that help to make it all possible. In a nutshell - you are awesome!!! :o)

We'll catch up again, soon! As always, happy stitching...

Jenny x

Friday, September 23, 2016

Special Thanks to The World of Cross Stitching Magazine...

Hello friends! And a warm welcome to everyone who has found me here over the past week or so! As many of you will already know, I have some big news to share...

The World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue #247 November 2016
The World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue #247 November 2016

Last week, the November Issue #247 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine went on sale in the UK... and I am featured! It has taken a little while for it to actually sink in, even though I've been preparing for this all year - it is quite surreal. To see my work in print is an incredible feeling - and yes, that is me on the front cover! ;o)

The World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue #247 November 2016
The World of Cross Stitching magazine, Issue #247 November 2016

I am absolutely thrilled that my first design for WOXS is now published. As you can see, it is a Christmas themed pattern of a festive heart shaped wreath. If you've been following along for a while, you will know how much I love designing these pretty little heart shaped wreaths! ;o) I spent a lot of time on this design, making sure it was perfect and I hope many of you will enjoy stitching it as much as I enjoyed creating it! :o) 

This opportunity really is a dream come true for me and I wish to say a very special thank you to the Editor, Ruth, who has made it all possible and has been absolutely wonderful to work with over the past year! I am so grateful to the the entire team at WOXS for including me in their fabulous magazine! Make sure to pick up a copy so you can get a head start on your Christmas projects this year with The World of Cross Stitching magazine! :o) And, if you are outside the UK and can't wait for the hard copy to arrive in your country, there is always the digital option! Available for iPad in the AppStore: or for Android: or at . 

As always, happy stitching!
Jenny x

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Give Thanks Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello Stitchers! 

Once again, it has been a couple of months since I last updated the website/blog, but if you have been following along with me on Instagram or Facebook you will know that this week I released the pattern I have been working on for... well, most of the year! I am excited to introduce my late summer/autumn inspired design 'Give Thanks'.

give thanks autumn fall Thanksgiving cross stitch design by homestitchness
'Give Thanks' by homestitchness

The phrase 'Give Thanks' is a sentiment that means a lot to me and is something I try to remind myself to do on a daily basis. For this design, I knew I wanted to stitch a floral garland with a prominent sunflower and the colours I chose seemed to lead me in the direction of an autumn harvest theme, with lots of red, orange, gold and brown threads used. Also, I could not resist including another little monarch butterfly to the design, as well - it was such a popular addition to my 'Summer Garland' pattern that it deserved to be featured again!

give thanks autumn fall Thanksgiving cross stitch design by homestitchness
'Give Thanks' by homestitchness

'Give Thanks' has been flying off the virtual shelves in my Etsy shop over the past couple of days and for a limited time, you can purchase the PDF at the special introductory price of just US$4.50. The design is quite large and fits perfectly in a 10"/25cm embroidery hoop for framing. With the autumn months just around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere, it would be the perfect design to stich as part of your fall decor this year, and especially for the celebration of Thanksgiving! :o)

Happy stitching!  
Jenny x

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Free ANZAC Poppy Chart...

With ANZAC Day drawing near in both Australia and New Zealand, I have a free chart I'd like to share with you all... 

free ANZAC poppy cross stitch chart by homestitchness
A free ANZAC Poppy cross stitch pattern

Last year I stitched up this little red poppy for ANZAC Day and shared it on my Facebook page and Instagram. One of my lovely cousins (who is also a cross stitcher) asked me if I'd mind sending her the chart so that she could have her primary school students stitch up poppies as an ANZAC themed activity for her class. As she recognised - this would make a great project for children. 

free ANZAC poppy Australia New Zealand cross stitch chart by homestitchness

It is a very easy and straight forward pattern that is suitable for beginners. All you'll need is a black button from your stash, a scrap of fabric (the larger the count the better) and a few thread colours to stitch the design. 

Spending some time quietly stitching is a great way to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many men and women who have fought to ensure our freedom. You are welcome to use/share this chart as much as you wish. 

Lest we forget.

Jenny x

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Anniversary Sale...

Hi everyone! Just popping in to let you know that this week marks THREE YEARS since my original four homestitchness design releases were accepted into several needlework stores throughout New Zealand! What a journey it has been since then...

To celebrate this anniversary, I want to let you know that there is a SALE happening all week over in the homestitchness Etsy shop! If you've had your eye on any patterns, you can receive 40% off by entering the code 'ANNIVERSARY' at check out. :o)

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support - I appreciate you all!

Jenny x

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Little Kiwi Cross Stitch Pattern...

Hi friends! Just wanted to let you know that my latest design - 'Little Kiwi Chick' is ready! The PDF cross stitch pattern is now available in the homestitchness Etsy shop for just NZ$5.00 - this special introductory price will only last until the end of October.

New Zealand Kiwi Cross Stitch Gingham Kiwi Bird Embroidery Hoop Wall Art
'Little Kiwi Chick' by homestitchness

It has been a while since I released a 100% NZ design and this little Kiwi was so much fun to stitch! This 5" hoop art would make a super cute handmade gift for a new baby, for friends and family living overseas (read: Christmas!) or it could even be a great project to use when teaching your child how to cross stitch!

New Zealand Kiwi Cross Stitch Gingham Kiwi Bird Embroidery Hoop Wall Art
The pattern includes nine different gingham colour options.

The Kiwi can be stitched facing either left or right and you can choose from 9 different gingham colour options. I enjoyed stitching this one so much that I am going to make another one for our son's room - in blue, this time :o)

Happy stitching!
Jenny x