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,