Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NEW DESIGN and a little oopsy!!!

The printer just dropped off the patterns for my newest design, "Up On The Housetop"!!!  Had my 2 little granddaughters in mind when I decided to design this piece.  Just remembering singing this song as a youngster myself, listening to my boys sing it at school programs and no doubt the granddaughters will be singing this one sometime soon just brings a smile to my face!  Hopefully it will do the same for you!
 "Up On The Housetop"
A customer brought a bit of a boo-boo!!! to my attention today on the "Hardanger Pumpkin" design.  Some times the obvious just doesn't scream out to me!!!  I seem to have forgotten the large black cross stitch that goes in the empty squares of the pumpkin.  So sorry about that!!!  Make a giant cross one thread in from the edges of the squares.   Take a close look at this photo,  it's not on your chart.  Again, I'm only human....sorry!  By the way, I have sold out of the original fabric for this design and have only 2 kits left with a smidge brighter fabric.  Thanks to you all who purchased this design!  
 "Hardanger Pumpkin"
Just received my ornament back from the folks at Just Cross Stitch Magazine!!!  It's good to have it home and amongst the previous years ornaments.  It is very fun doing these for Hoffman Media and hopefully I will be invited again next year.  If so, I will come up with another type of ornament to send in.  I really, really do love doing my beaded edges so who knows what might develop!!!

"2012 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament"
by The Sunflower Seed

That's it for now.  Just wanted to alert you of my "boo-boo" and show off my newest Christmas design! 
Happy Fall You All! ....................Anita

Friday, September 14, 2012


I noticed the other night that is was dark much earlier than I thought it should be already.  Maybe it's just that we've been getting some much needed rain!  Mid September, wow, how can that be???    Time to get started on some Fall/Halloween projects and on to Christmas gifts!!!
A "NEW/QUICK" design from THE SUNFLOWER SEED is already at Hoffman and Norden, and here of course!!  "DARK PUMPKIN" is done on 7 count Sand Klostern using 6 strands of DMC floss and one Rainbow Gallery fiber.  Not so many needle changes, bigger count = project done quickly.  I have kitted this up here at the shop to speed up your ability to get started on this project!  (Not kitted through Hoffman and Norden)  This will give you a quick "jump-start" on your Autumn stitching!

Another "NEW/QUICK" project, also by THE SUNFLOWER SEED, is "HARDANGER PUMPKIN".  This design has a little fancier twist on Dark Pumpkin!  It's stitched on 20 Ct. Light Terra Cotta Lugana using some wool fiber and some pearl cotton along with some beads.   This will be sold only through our shop and in kit form only  as some of the materials used are no longer available.  Just because the title is "Hardanger" Pumpkin do not think you cannot do this!!!  There are no cutting of fibers and no funny little twisty stitches ANYONE can do this one!!  A limited number of  kits are available so call and reserve yours early.  They are selling fast!
In a previous post I showed this model prior to "finishing".  I added Just Another Button Company buttons and finished it using some piping, rick-rack and some burnt orange fabric for the backing.  Love, love, love how it turned out.  These are all the Lizzie Kate "Squared" patterns put together on one piece.  Very cute and we have all the patterns in stock!

Lizzie Kate "Squared" patterns

Another recent finish is the Prairie Schooler "Cats, Bats and Witches" 4-square design.  We used a Dusty Orange Vienna fabric we had on the shelf and really like how it turned out.  All that DMC 3371 just pops off this fabric!!!  Found some awesome limey green fabric at a local quilt shop, added some buttons from our button bins to finish it off and .......
"B-A-Z-I-N-G-A" !!! 

Stand it up on a really cool easel and you'll be ready for those trick-or-treaters when they arrive!!!
Prairie Schooler ~ "Cats, Bats and Witches"
Another new design by THE SUNFLOWER SEED is "A GOOD DAY" and it's getting chuckles all across the country!!!  A good friend is frantically stitching it for her office!!!  Beware fellow co-workers!!!
"A GOOD DAY" by The Sunflower Seed

Last but certainly not least is my "NEWEST" design, "Witches Potion Purse".  My printer dropped off the patterns yesterday and I'm so excited to release this fun little design.  Very quick to stitch up and the finishing is super easy.  The metal purse hardware comes from JoAnn Fabrics so everyone should be able to purchase one without difficulty!  Fill your little purse with scissors, thread, needles, etc. or find your prince charming, in frog form, and drop him inside for safe keeping!!!  This one is fun, fun, fun!!!
Have Lots to do so I better get moving!!!  The cooler weather has boosted my energy levels and hope it's doing the same for you!!! 
Let's get stitching........................Anita