to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Chick Days and A Free Stamped and Embroidered PDF Download Pattern

So really - what did it start with...... The chicken or the egg?


Here on the farm our springtime is never complete unless there is a new batch of chicks in our kitchen peep, peep, peeping away. This year we got twelve Aracauna chicks which (hopefully) will turn into hens and begin laying this fall. I'm down to only 4 laying hens (and 3 roosters! don't ask!) right now because Winston has a taste for chasing and murdering chickens if they escape the coop. The fun never stops around here! Bad Winston.

Little chicks are just so sweet. Just looking at these little things makes me think of some of the characters in Angry Birds..... not that I have ever played it.


Fascination for the people.....

And the Border Collies.....


Today I've got a special surprise for all of you "cross-crafters." I've made up a cute little pattern to celebrate "Chick Days" that is happening in farms and suburbs, even cities all throughout the land. It's a FREE Stamped and Embroidered "Chick Days Dishtowel" PDF embroidery pattern. You can download it here.

In the summer, I like to do embroidery. It isn't hot to handle and stitch with like knitting with wool is. It's easy to pick up and put down. This dishtowel uses 4 embroidery stitches - Backstitch, French Knots (only 2 of them), Lazy Daisy, and Satin Stitch. It's quick to make and a perfect project to start kids off with.

First you will print the chicks using fabric paint and a stamp you will make out of kids fun foam mounted on builder's foam 1" insulation.

You can see another project I printed with stamps like these here (this one is a tutorial) and here.

After stamping, you'll work the outlines and decorate the chick. This project is a great one to make with children this summer.

Have fun with it and spread the word! Check out all the other new embroidery downloadable patterns on my new website here

Check out the FREE Chick Days Embroidery Pattern. You can download it here


Bonnie said...

Thank you for sharing these very sweet photos and the cute chick towel project. It would make a perfect housewarming gift!

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Love it! I recently did a little embroidery lesson with my 8 year old grand-daughter and it was great fun. I'm thinking this needs to be our next crafting day project. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Kathleen C. said...

That is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Susan Lea said...

Fabulous chick photos! The pure white looks so much better than the background on my chick photos--poopy shavings! :) Yes, bad dog! Our only chicken-chasing dog learned not to because he adores my husband so much that he would do anything to please him, even NOT chase chickens!

Carol Pack Urban said...

We raise German Shorthaired Pointers. I'm down to one hen and, frankly, I'm surprised she survived the winter alone in the coop. She's still chugging along giving me an egg a day but sad that we won't have any peeps since I don't have a rooster either. I love our dogs but hate that they can be escape artists who always find their way to the chicken coop or duck enclosure. DaRn it!

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

My kids recently had a "chicken or the egg" conversation in the car! (The oldest was certain a chicken was here first, the youngest was convinced it had to be the egg)
Thank you for sharing the pattern! I, too, love to embroider in the summer, and am particularly fond of embroidered dish towels.

Tina said...

Super cute, thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for the Chicken Love in the post.... love me some chickens!

Jules Means said...

Love the term 'cross crafter'...perfect!
-Jules (Craft Captive on etsy)