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.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hydrangea, Sunflowers, More Inspired Projects, Kate's First Big Sheep Job

It's that time of year in New England where you see fluffy hydrangea blossoms all over the place - in people's yards, outside manicured storefronts, and in cemeteries. I have a few different varieties in my landscape - like the one below. 

Hydrangeas are pretty irresistible - because of the long bloom time and the way they turn from white to light pink, then to a darker rosy brown. And they are super easy to grow - I like that. They also look great with sunflowers like in this arrangement in a maple syrup bucket.


Once in a while a reader will send me a photo of something they made which I inspired. I love getting those photos. Joanne from Shelburne sent me this photo of a wreath she made using the patterns and idea from my 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt. I think it would be nice to come home to such a decoration. Great job Joanne. This would be a fast gift to make up for the holidays and a little different than the regular knitted gift, right?  (Joanne's son happens to be the musician Seth Glier - have you heard of him? Cool.)  

Here's a little more sunflower inspiration. These are from my newly re-released book Colorful Stitchery. Embroidery napkins with a simple sunflower motif. I used regular old cotton floss and stitched on purchased napkins from Crate and Barrel. You could easily make the napkins too. 

You can order a signed copy of Colorful Stitchery or 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt in my webshop here. Or if you are on a budget, here's the link to the big boys in the sky. I, of course, really appreciate the support you all give me when you can purchase directly from me. 

The sun has come out after a very dreary rainy day yesterday. Here is a kooky Hyperlapse video I took this morning while I was helping move the sheep. The video shows Kate working on her own for the first time - doing a really big job. It went pretty well considering! I know many of you come here for the sheep and lately the blog has been all about sunflowers and stitching. A Hyperlapse video is some kind of Instagram phone app. First try for me. It condenses several minutes into seconds. It kind of makes me sea-sick to watch it but it is also kind of funny too. Go Kate! I was so proud of her. 


christine m. said...

How lovely!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Kristen! I have become accustomed to read about Seth....but this is the first post where we are mentioned in the same blog, same paragraph! How cool is that!
....thank you, thank you!
Love the video of Kate in action!

Sally said...

LOL! That video is awesome!!!!! Hope your birthday was too!

Auntie Shan said...

SUPER Wreath JOANNE!! Love those little birds! And great stitching!

Auntie Shan said...

BTW, that video was very PYTHON-esque! -- Kate ROCKS!

Anonymous said...

Video is a hoot! Helen

Kaydeerouge said...

I love your maple syrup bucket arrangement of hydrangeas and sunflowers - a very brave mix, but wow - does it work well! Inspirational - Katherine

Anonymous said...

Love the Katie video......how are your other working animals doing????


Rebekah said...

Hi Kristin,

What a fantastic video, thanks so much for sharing. Go Katie!


Penny said...

Wish I could enter all of Katie's "steps"
on my Fitbit! ��

Meg C said...

Kate did an amazing job moving those sheep! That's a lot of sheep over a lot of distance. I never could have done it. Good work for Kate, and good work whoever trained her (although I guess Border Collies are pretty well hard-wired for that work).

Brandy yeager said...

All I can think is Kate saying, "This I The Best Day Ever!".