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, August 01, 2014

Sahana's Embroidery and The Kittens

Around here at the farmhouse, it has been all about the kittens. We have 9 sweet little things that are growing so fast. I've been posting photos of them on FB and Instagram if you want to see more - links on my sidebar. 

The kittens are almost ready to fly the coop and we will miss them but we have found good homes for 7 of them and I have my fingers crossed, we will find a couple more nice families for the remaining 2.  Little people, little animals - they all grow so fast, don't they?

A few weeks ago I introduced some new easy, beginning stitching kits. I designed these to be quick to make and approachable for beginning stitchers - either kids or adults. I often overdesign things and make them more complicated than most folks want so it was a challenge to keep things simple. I love how they came out. The kit is a printed, colorful linen/cotton fabric panel including instructions. The stitchers adds their own combination of embroidery stitches to each piece.

I ran into some friends at the library a few weeks ago. Rashmee (the Mom) told me how she was doing lots of knitting and stitching with her two daughters this summer. I asked her if the kids might like to try the new kits. The next day, I dropped the fabric and instructions off at their home. 

The next week at the library, Sahana (the younger of the two girls - I think she is 7 or 8) was waiting there with her finished embroidery. Her Mom said she did it all herself - picked out the colors of floss and did it all. Sahana definitely has talent in her fingers, doesn't she? Lilah, Sahana's sister is working on the bird kit and I can't wait to see what she does with it.

I love that kids are still learning embroidery and crafts that many people think of as "lost". I know it takes the guiding hand of an elder person to sometimes introduce the child to a craft. I think this is so important and all of us older folks need to keep spreading the crafting word - whether it is through a new product or a quick lesson - or just knitting and stitching in public. 

I hope your summer is going well. We have had a stretch of great weather and everything is growing - sheep, flowers, veggies, grass, hay, and kittens. Have a nice weekend everyone.


Adaliza said...

I agree - it's so lovely to see the youngsters coming on and learning traditional skills - with their own modern twist. Never fails to amaze me how design and skill develops generation after generation. Busy weekend ahead for us - a wedding tomorrow (a surprise invitation for a lady for whom I made memory quilts) and then a market on Sunday. It's been so hot but it's meant to cool down a bit here. You have a lovely weekend too.

Auntie Shan said...

Yes, there's definitely a Stitchy future there. And, She had nice long slim Fingers, too... Even at Her age, I'll bet that if She had a good book of Stitch diagrams, She could probably end up teaching Herself.

People forget that "back-in-the-Day", Girls were being taught how to do "Stitching" at THAT Age! -- I was 6 when I first began...

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