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)

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'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

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