Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time for a Catch Up...

Why, hello there! 

It's been over a year since I blogged and it is very much time to dust off the cobwebs and post an update. My oh my, where to begin? So much has happened! I think I will start with my most recent news and then work my way back through the last few months...

I have two brand new designs and the one I'd like to share with you today is a lovely little strawberry sampler called 'Berries in a Basket', which is available as a PDF pattern in my Etsy shop. This 'berry sweet' design has quickly become a best seller and I am ever so grateful - thank you! :o)

strawberries red cardinal female cardinal berry basket summer cross stitch pattern sampler
'Berries in a Basket' by homestitchness

I've received lots of encouraging feedback about this pattern, most notably stitchers seem to really like it because it is a spring/summer themed design featuring a red cardinal, while typically we see red cardinals mostly in winter/Christmas patterns - something that never even crossed my mind when the idea came to me originally, so I find it interesting that this aspect has turned out to be such a novelty. 

The other comment many people have made is that they really like the fact that both a male and female cardinal are featured. Personally, I think female cardinals are just as beautiful as their male counterparts, so I wanted to make this pretty lady equally rich in colour using mostly golden thread... don't they make the cutest wee couple? :o) I should also mention that the chart caters for those of you that might wish to stitch a different bird by offering two other options, including a pair of European red robins and South Pacific silver eyes.

strawberries red cardinal female cardinal berry basket summer homestitchness cross stitch pattern sampler
'Berries in a Basket' by homestitchness

As a designer, it's always good to hear what resonates with an audience, as it really helps me when looking to turn more ideas into future cross stitch projects. I can't wait to show you my other release, soon - it's an autumn design, so for those of you ready to start your fall stitching, it may be your next new start! ;o)

Until then - happy stitching!

Jenny x

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cornish Village Scene...

Hi friends!

Spring has FINALLY arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and I am very glad to be enjoying warm days, again, and seeing so many flowers in bloom! It's not long, now, until school will be out for the summer. Do you have any exciting holiday plans this year? We've already had our big trip to New Zealand, of course, but we still hope to get away for a couple of long weekends, here and there. 

One place on my list of future summer holiday destinations is definitely Cornwall, in South West England... you could say I became particularly interested in the region once I began watching the BBC's 'Poldark' a few years ago! ;o) The scenery looks truly breathtaking and I began browsing through all sorts of travel photos online - I was very inspired!

'Cornish Village Scene' published in the June 2018 Issue 268 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

Naturally, I started thinking about how I could capture a characteristically Cornish landscape scene in cross stitch, and this is what I came up with... it almost felt like I was working on a painting! :o) It is a large piece, done in a modern, poster art style, and it is my biggest design to date! In the foreground are some vibrant blue agapanthus, and I even managed to sneak a bit of 'kiwiana' into it - our native NZ cabbage trees are very popular in gardens around the UK! ;o) 

I am very happy with how this scene has turned out and if you'd like to stitch it yourself, you can find the pattern in the June 2018 Issue 268 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine, which is currently on sale in all the usual places. 

Thanks for visiting and - as always - happy stitching! :o)
Jenny x

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Spring Street Scene...

Hello! :o) 

I'm back again this month ~ have actually been all the way to New Zealand since my last post! My husband, children and I enjoyed a lovely summer holiday (and escaped the last of the winter here in the States - YAY!) for a few weeks. I had not been home in 3 years, so it was really good to be able to catch up with friends and family there, as well as soak up plenty of beach time! :o)

As I mentioned previously, I have a new design to share with you that I think you will love... 

'Spring Street Scene' published in the April 2018 Issue 266 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

Here it is! :o) Published in the April 2018 Issue 266 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine, it is actually one of my largest designs, so far. It is a sweet, spring themed street scene ~ inspired by fancy London neighbourhoods full of pretty painted houses with overflowing window boxes! Not to mention all the magnolia trees and wisteria vines, laden with flowers, that have become such a stunning feature in those areas every year. 

I don't know about you, but I could very happily move into any one of these cute houses! If I had to choose, I think I'd pick the blue one... :o) Who wants to move in next door to me!? ;o)

Happy stitching!
Jenny x

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Inspirational Hoop Art for Kids...

Hello! And happy 2018 to you all! :o)

Here we are, it's mid February already... am not sure where the time goes? I hope you've had plenty of opportunity to get some stitching done so far, this year! :o)

I've been back to work, mostly behind the scenes, ever since the holiday season finished. I am very excited to show you my latest designs published in the March 2018 Issue 265 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine - they are definitely some of my favourites to date! ;o)


'Inspirational Hoop Art' published in the March 2018 Issue 265 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine ~ photo credit WOXS

I love everything about this little scene - the vintage toys and books really complement the hoop art. These bright and colourful designs will appeal to kids of any age and stage - you can stitch them for the little adventurers and explorers in your life! :o)

March 2018 Issue 265 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine

To my surprise, I was featured again on the front cover of this issue - something I don't think I will ever quite get used to! At the same time - such a thrill! :o) I'll be back again next month with another design for WOXS that I think you are going to love... I certainly enjoyed creating it! ;o)

Take care and as always - happy stitching!
Jenny x

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Created With You In Mind...

Hi friends!

Have you checked out the Handmade With Love Super Bundle, yet?





There is so much inside that I think you would enjoy - I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of this bundle and all the handcrafting goodness it contains! What better way to start your weekend? With over 200 patterns and step-by-step tutorials inside, you’ll find so many new projects to create, ways to sharpen your skills, or even learn a whole new technique! The bundle covers everything - quilting, sewing, applique, crochet, knitting, embroidery and cross stitch - of course! ;o) - plus other fiber arts such as dyeing and weaving. 



The total worth is over $1,000.00, but we makers have all joined together to offer it at the amazing price of just $29.97 this week onlyRemember, after Monday night, December 4th 2017, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually, which is why I'm popping in to remind you! ;o)


Just visit the Ultimate Bundles website if you want to find out more about the bundle, then click the pink 'GET MY COPY NOW!' button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you can download your eBooks and patterns. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the project or technique you want to try your hand at first and start creating! 

I truly hope you will enjoy this product. The offer is backed by a 30 day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you. And just so you know - the customer service at Ultimate Bundles is WONDERFUL. The staff really want to make sure you’re taken care of and that you love your bundle! :o)

As always, happy stitching! 
Jenny x

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Handmade With Love Super Bundle...

Hi, friends!

Hope you are all well! :o) The snow is about ready to fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, meanwhile those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are getting ready to relax over your summer break... whatever season it is in your neck of the woods, I'm sure you've got plans to spend lots of time crafting! :o) I am really excited to tell you about a collection of digital craft resources that I was invited to be a part of - it’s called the Handmade With Love Super Bundle and it has been created with you in mind!


Handmade With Love Super Bundle


I’m thrilled about this bundle and all it's handcrafting goodness! With over 200 patterns and step-by-step tutorials - including my Summer and Winter Wreath patterns pictured below - you’ll find so many projects to create (not to mention new ways to sharpen your skills, or even learn a whole new technique!) This bundle covers everything from quilting, sewing, applique, crochet, knitting, embroidery and cross stitch to fiber arts such as dyeing and weaving. Honestly, it truly is every crafter’s dream package!


Summer Winter Wreath Cross Stitch Patterns by homestitchness

Take a look at the images below - you’ll get all these delightful projects for just $29.97 (the total worth is over $1,000!) then visit the Ultimate Bundles website and click the pink 'GET MY COPY NOW!' button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you can begin downloading your eBooks and patterns, signing up for your online courses, and redeeming your free bonus offers. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the project or technique you want to try your hand at first and start creating! 


Handmade With Love Super Bundle Projects

The most important detail is that this bundle is available for just 8 days! After Monday night, December 4th 2017, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually. The offer is backed by a 30 day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you. The customer service at Ultimate Bundles is amazing - the staff really want to make sure you’re taken care of and that you love your bundle. 


Handmade With Love Super Bundle

So, if you’re ready to spend more time making and unplugging from technology like I am, this package is exactly what you need. You can create one-of-a-kind items to wear, gift, decorate with, and simply enjoy, with this curated, convenient, and super affordable library of patterns and projects. Learn more or get your bundle here

I truly hope you enjoy the Handmade With Love Super Bundle

As always - happy stitching! :o)
Jenny x

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! 

Nautical / Beach Christmas Ornaments for The World of Cross Stitching Magazine
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