Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Releases 2018

As I write this, the sun is shining in Michigan and though it is still chilly outside, we hope that Spring is just around the corner. I have released four new titles and a limited edition kit this spring. Look for them at your local needlework shop!

Ode to Britain - This is the second release in a series of travel themed designs. The first was Alphabetique which centered around France. Ode to Britain features many iconic British motifs (Big Ben, London Bridge, tea pots, an umbrella, double decker bus, phone booth) as well as Olde English lettering. It is worked entirely in one color - Cherry Wine from Gentle Arts.

Seaside Series II & III - These next two booklets are a continuation of the Seaside Series started last year. I stitched models both over one and over two, and my finisher came up with very clever and creative finishes for them. The over two models were finished as plant pokes and put in a little tin pail (from Hobby Lobby) with sand and seashells. The over one models, were finished as a banner - which looks very nautical!

Seaside Series II includes the pelican and the seashell. The pelican was stitched on #32 Seafoam linen from Stephanie's Fabrics using Peacock from Romy's Creations and Hibiscus from Weeks Dye Works. The seashell was stitched on #32 French polka dot linen from  Yarn Tree in House Wine from Classic Colorworks.

Seaside Series III includes the dolphin and the crab. The dolphin was stitched on #32 Blue Whisper linen from Zweigart in Simona's Iris from Romy's Creations. The crab was stitched on #32 linen from Picture This Plus in the color Bashful. It was stitched using Strawberry Parfait from Classic Colorworks.

With Love - is a delicate heart made up of roses. Models were stitched both over one and over two threads. The model over one was stitched on #32 Cashel white linen in Romance from Weeks Dye Works. It was finished as a wearable pin.

The model over two was stitched on #32 Picture This Plus linen in the color Petal using Pink Grapefruit from Romy's Creations. It has been finished as a box with lovely lace trim, ribbons and beads.

Love Always - is a limited edition kit. This sweet little design could be used in so many ways. It has been finished as a small hanging ornament, but you could use it on a greeting card, a pin to wear, on top of a small trinket box . . . use your imagination! The kit includes a piece of #32 Belfast linen in antique white, the backing fabric, buttons, floss for cording, ribbon and complete finishing instructions to finish as pictured.

Contact your favorite needlework shop to find the new designs and kits. And don't' forget to share your finished JBW cross-stitch projects on our Friends of JBW Designs Facebook page. We love to see your creative finishes!

Monday, September 25, 2017

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's that time of year again. The air is cooler, the leaves are turning and everything seems to be flavored with pumpkin spice. That must mean that the JBW Christmas designs have been released! So without further ado, I present this year's Christmas collection. As always, contact your local stitching shop to purchase the charts.

First up is Joyeux Noel #336 - The third design in a series of white on red Christmas designs. It has been stitched over one thread on #28 Christmas Red linen using DMC Snow White (B5200). Stitch count: 89W x 107H.

Little Red Sleds #337 - Three designs are included in this leaflet and can be stitched either over two threads on #32 Antique White Belfast linen for the larger sleds or over one on #28 White Jobelan for the small sleds. Models were stitched using Classic Colorworks and Gentle Arts threads. (Sleds have been spray painted red).
Stitch Count: Noel - 10 W x 45 H; Christmas Village - 19 W x 54 H; Joy - 15 W x 52 H

Sing A Song of Christmas IV-VI - The next three designs in a series depicting well known Christmas songs. Each design has been finished as a stocking ornament. All three were stitched on #32 Belfast linen Latte using Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works and Kreinik threads.

IV - Away In A Manger #338 - Stitch count: 48 W x 66 H

V - Hark the Herald Angels #339 - Stitch count: 46 W x 66 H

VI - O' Christmas Tree #340 - Stitch count: 48 W x 66 H

Sweet Christmas Bags #341 - Four motifs are included in this booklet and each one has been finished as a little sack. They are stitched over one thread on #28 Christmas Red linen using DMC Snow White (B5200) thread.

The final design is a Limited Edition Christmas Ornament Kit - Wishes for Santa. The kit includes #28 Cashel linen, chenille trim, ribbon and fabric for finishing, brass charms, pom pom, bell, chart and finishing instructions. (DMC fibers are not included.) 

Monday, March 27, 2017

New Spring Releases

The brand new Spring title have been released and are available at your local stitching shop. If your local shop does not carry them, please have them contact us to place an order.

Alphabetique #330 - A beautiful alphabet combined with French motifs is stitched in classic red. The fabric used is #32 Belfast linen in the color Platinum. Sampler Threads (Cherry Wine) and DMC #B5200 were used to stitch the model.

Baby Memories #331 - Baby Memories contains three motifs stitched on perforated paper and arranged with baby items in a shadow box. The motifs can also be stitched on fabric and finished as blocks, pillows, or hanging pieces. For the memory box, 14 count perforated paper was used and the blocks were stitched on #32 linen Country French Latte. DMC fibers were used.


French Flower Cart #332 - This traditional flower cart was finished as a standing block. It was stitched on #32 French Polka Dot cream linen using a combination of Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works fibers.

Ooh La La #333 - Ooh La La is a scissors case and fob that was released last year as a Limited Edition Kit. It was quite popular and to make it more widely available, we have released the charts in booklet form. The scissors case was stitched on #32 Antique White Belfast Linen and the fob on #28 Antique White Linen. DMC fibers were used.

The stitcher has the choice of two backgrounds - alphabet or crowns. Full finishing instructions are also included.

Seaside Series #334 - I got a little carried away stitching models of this design. Models were stitched on #32 linen in French Polka Dot and French Stripe pink. They were also stitched over one on #28 linen. I also had some beautiful fabric from Hand Dyed by Stephanie - #32 Ice Crystal, Elizabeth, and Seafoam. Weeks Dye Works or Classic Colorworks fibers were used on the #32 or #28 linen. Fibers from Romy's Creations were used on the hand dyed fabrics.

With This Ring #335 - Wedding season is upon us and this new design makes a lovely gift to commemorate the couple's special day. I stitched it on both #32 Belfast Antique White linen and #32 Belfast Flax linen. A combination of Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works, and Gentle Arts were used.

The final design was released as a Limited Edition Kit at the Nashville Market. It is a small pin cushion with French motifs. The kit includes everything you need to complete the design, except for the DMC fibers. Little French Pinkeep - 

Monday, February 13, 2017

February News

My goodness I have been neglecting my readers! I've been working like a crazy person getting the new models charted, stitched and finished for our next show in early March. If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter - you will be able to see Sneak Peeks of the newest releases! Each year the Just Cross Stitch magazine editor writes to designers to ask if we would submit something for their annual ornament issue. Sometimes I just can't figure out how to find the time, but this year I made myself chart and stitch the ornament in two days. A new record! I stitched it both over one and two threads, as I love the look of the tiny ones.

I just received a new shipment of one of my favorite products - linen bags made in France. There are 3 sizes: an over the shoulder purse, as well as small and medium cosmetic bags. They really have so many uses: I store my device cords in one, and often travel with a stitching project in the larger model. They can be monogrammed with initials on the top cuff.

Sometimes the smallest gift can be the most meaningful. My granddaughter Elli made a card for me for my birthday - and here is what she wrote: Happy Birthday Nana! One day I want to stitch with you, please. Oh my - that has to be on the top of my list this week! And then the cutest part - across the top she wrote: These are stitching ideas. She had colored 6 little designs - which were exactly what an 8 year old would like to stitch: hearts, balloons and flowers.

We all hope that someone in our family will get the same pleasure and sense of calm that we do from stitching, and I think I have the next heir to my company!

Wishing you a wonderful month of projects, and maybe even some completions! Be sure to post your finished designs on our Friends of JBW Designs Facebook page, as we receive great suggestions and love to share them with you.

Happy Stitching!

With kind regards,

Friday, October 14, 2016

Christmas Titles Have Been Released

Here are this year's Christmas titles. They have been shipped to the shops on our automatic list. Look for these titles and other JBW Designs at your local stitching shop.  If they don't carry my designs, tell them to contact me to place an order.

This Christmas brings the start of a new series I am calling Sing A Song of Christmas. Each design is centered around a different Christmas song. The first three are Over the River, Here Comes Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. They have been finished as little stocking ornaments.

My next design is a darling Folk Art Christmas Tree. This design looks sweet mounted on a folk art tree board from Kelmscott Designs. I have some of these boards in stock. Please have your shop contact me to order them if you would like to finish your piece like the sample.

I have also designed a companion piece to last year's Tidings of Joy. It is called O' Christmas Tree and I just love it stitched in white thread on red fabric over one. I also stitched it over two on white fabric with red thread. It looks great either way.

Finally, this year's Limited Edition Ornament Kit is entitled Deck the Halls. The kit includes the fabric, chart, finishing instructions, charms, ribbon, and chenille trim. You just need to provide the fibers.

I invite you to join my Friends of JBW Designs page on Facebook and please post photos of your finished JBW designs. I love seeing everyone's creativity!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Window of Time

Guess what?! The new Halloween releases were delivered by the printer earlier this week, and we have sent out tons of them to our loyal needlework shops this afternoon. If by some chance, you don't receive my monthly newsletters or are not part of my Friends of JBW Designs group on Facebook, then you'll need to see these new designs! I seem to have been intrigued with the color black this time, but you must agree - it works if you're stitching either the French Country Black Cat, French Country Crow, French Country Ghost, or The Witch's Hat. But never hesitate to change the fabrics and fibers in my designs. It's always fun to see your inspirations.

Not only have I been working on Halloween patterns since April, but the new Christmas designs have been completed.

There will be six new designs released in early September at the Harvest Hop which is an online show for needlework shops. The shop owners will be buying from many designers at that time, as the Fall and Christmas seasons tend to be the best selling months.

You'll be the first to hear about the new designs. There are three small stockings in a new series call, "Sing A Song of Christmas." Each one features a phrase from a popular holiday tune. In addition, I'll have another red and white design, a folk art Christmas tree, and a 2016 Limited Edition Ornament Kit.

It's a wonder I have time to do anything else, but I do take time to work on our gardens, go boating with the grandchildren, and enjoy each day when we can eat out on the porch.

I'm grateful for so many blessings in my life, and hope that you too find time for relaxation after your busy work days.

With kindest regards,

Monday, May 23, 2016


One of our favorite garden plants is an early bloomer called Forget-Me-Nots, and I think it is so appropriate for this post, as you probably thought I have forgotten how to post on my blog! Somehow, the hectic nature of life seems to have interfered with regular posts. But I vow to improve my communication skills.

 My husband and I were fortunate to spend time in Florida this winter, which is always a welcome change from the snow and cold of Michigan. Now we are entering our favorite time of year - Spring and Summer, and we spent the weekend getting out all of the porch furniture from the basement, power washing the front of the house and planting perennials, pots and annuals. We love eating outdoors for a few months, and being able to enjoy the yard with our family. On Mother's Day we hosted a brunch here and  spent part of the afternoon playing croquet. Pictured here are 3 generations of Whitman's : my husband Dick , son Mark, and grandson Wyatt.

The kids love setting up elaborate layouts for the croquet games, which often involve going up and down hills, and sending balls into the woods. We hope they'll never forget what fun we have together and we realize how lucky we are to live near all of the six grandchildren.

In the Spring  you will often find us at any number of baseball games.  Our youngest granddaughter (7) Elli plays on a Little League team and does amazingly well as the only girl on the team.

But then she takes after her older sister Ashton who is the only girl on a JV high school baseball team!  I never learned how to play baseball properly, so I'm very proud of my granddaughters for being part of this sport.  To say we attend lots of games is an understatement, but how lucky we are to be part of their lives.

Since beach season is approaching, don't forget about some JBW designs that would be perfect for this time of year.  Beach Bound has been designed for this pre-finished beach bag, and the Patriotic A,,B, C's is a great one for your 4th of July decor.

Believe it or not, I'm busily designing for Halloween, and before I know it - it will be time to begin Christmas leaflets.  Oh the year is going by much too quickly - so be sure to enjoy every moment - and remember - I haven't forgotten you!
With kind thoughts and happy stitching -