The Studio
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, IN 46040

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Well everybody...I planned to get this updated earlier but my day kinda fell apart.

So, here we go....
I have a lot of ground to cover. But first, I want to start this out by saying THANK YOU to everybody that has supported me over the years.  I appreciate your kindness and friendship more than you will ever know. Some of you I've known from the very start of this journey and others I've just met. I love hearing from you, meeting you at retreats and seeing your finished pieces.  You inspire me.

And I'd be lying if I said this journey has been a smooth one.  We've had some growing pains and bumps along the way.  It's not always pretty here on the homestead. If you don't know it's just me and my Mom that run this funny farm.  She's the cruise director of pattern making and shipping and I design. There are days she wants to kill me and days I want to choke her.  But we're a team and I couldn't do it without her.

And The what a ride that has been.  It's just now starting to take shape and I do love being there.  Still lots of bugs to work out but it's a great space.  I have to be honest and say that I knew it was going to be rough getting it going but I didn't anticipate how rough it would really be.  It's knocked me down and made me cry but I've stuck it out.  
I've had lots of requests to have some classes and I do intend to offer them.  And maybe even have some friends come in and teach as well.  
 Now....on to some fun stuff...
The second in the series...
Berry's Chapel Road Series
~Turkey Hollow Farm Sampler~

 A boy and his faithful dog and trusty riffle setting off to do a little turkey hunting among the bittersweet and pumpkins.

finished size 13" by 10 1/2"

36 count Weeks Dye Works ~Beige~
Weeks Dye Works threads
Tiger's Eye

Pattern $14.

Next are patterns from Fall Market....

~Pumpkin Harvest Pinkeep~
finished size 13" by 8"

35 count Weeks Dye Works ~Confederate Grey~

Gentle Arts threads
Espresso Bean
Garden Gate
Wheat Fields
Straw Bonnet

Pattern $14.
Thread Pack $11.50 

~Thistle & Spells Pinkeep~

finished size 9" by 8"

32 count Weeks Dye Works ~Tin Roof~

Gentle Arts threads
Old Purple Paint
Apple Cider
Garden Gate
Carriage Black

Pattern $12.
Thread Pack $11.50 

~Mourning Tree Sewing Bag~

finished size 11 1/2" by 12 1/2"

32 count Weeks Dye Works ~Tin Roof~

Gentle Arts threads
Black Licorice
Carriage Black
Heirloom Gold

Pattern $14.
Thread Pack $11.50

~Whaling Ship Sewing Tray & Pinkeep~
finished size Tray 8 1/2" by 9 1/2" by 3" high
Pinkeep $ 1/2" by 5"

35 count Weeks Dye Works ~Dove~
Gentle Arts threads
Carriage Black
2-Straw Bonnet
Black Licorice
Tin Bucket

Pattern $14.
Thread Pack $15.70 


  ~Potions Sewing Pouch~
finished size 7" by 8"

35 count Weeks Dye Works ~Confederate Grey~
Gentle Arts threads
Espresso Bean

Pattern $12.

And this is a brand new little pattern....
~Pinkeep Ball~
A great way to use up all those little scraps of linen, cotton and velvets.
Piece them together to make this sweet little Pinkeep 
Pattern $12. 

And a few kits....
~Peacock in the Pumpkin Patch~
This sweet little Pinkeep was designed for ~In the Spirit of Friends Show~ in Luca, OH at Malabar Farm.
It's stitched on 32 count Weeks Dye Works ~Parchment~ with Gentle Arts threads.
And it measures 13" wide by 5 1/2" high.

I came home with just a few kits and would be happy to send them to anyone interested.

The Kit includes:
a complete pattern
finishing and aging instructions
cotton fabric for back

Kit $40. plus travel

And finally, a few finished pieces....
~Large Thimble Box~

measures 3 1/4" in diameter and 4" high

The Box is covered in vintage wallpaper and it's aged nicely.
The Pincushion on the top is hand stitched and stuffed with sawdust.  I finished the seams with tiny little stitches.
And the Strawberry is aged velvet with a wool top.  It's also stuffed with sawdust and I've added a little ribbon to the top.
Both the pincushion and strawberry are attached to the top of the box.

Inside the lid I stitched a little horse and branch of flowers.
The box is filled with old mother-of-pearl buttons, an old thimble and an old envelope of needles.

This is a signed original design

Sorry, I'm Sold

~Small Thimble Box~
measures 2 1/2" in diameter and 3 1/2" high

The box is covered in vintage wallpaper and aged nicely.
The Pincushion is hand stitched and stuffed with sawdust.  I've finished the seams with tiny X's.
The Strawberry is velvet with a wool top. It is also stuffed with sawdust and I've added a little thread bow to the top.
Both the pincushion and strawberry are attached to the top of the box.  
Inside the lid I've added a little stitched horse and the date 1795.
The box is filled with old mother-of-pearl buttons and an old thimble.

This is a signed original design

Sorry, I'm Sold

 ~Black Strawberry Pinkeep~
measures approx. 3" long
 This sweet little strawberry is hand stitched velvet that has been aged nicely.
The top is hand dyed green wool with a black ribbon.
It's stuffed with sawdust and I've finished the seam with tiny little X's.

$24. plus travel

 ~Blush Pink Strawberry~
measures approx. 3" long

This sweet little strawberry is hand stitched velvet that has been aged nicely.
The top is hand dyed brown wool with a brown ribbon.
It's stuffed with sawdust and I've finished the seam with tiny little X's.

$24. plus travel

And Linen....

Weeks Dye Works 
32 count Beige 18" by 24"
32 count Tin Roof 18" by 27"
35 count Dove 18" by 24"
35 count Confederate Grey 18" by 24"

$24. each plus travel 

 Thank you again my friends for your kindness and support.
Please email me at
with orders and questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Stitching...


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ok ya'all....I thought we needed something easy to stitch now that it's Summer.

Between entertaining kids, keeping the lawn mowed and tending to the animals and gardens I hardly have time to spend in my stitching chair.

Let me introduce 
~Sisters Three Pinkeep~

Finished Size :  13" w by 6 1/2" h
Stitch Count :  129 by 98

It's stitched on 32 count Belfast ~Water Lily
Gentle Arts threads
Brethren Blue
Straw Bonnet
Apple Cider

And it's available 3 ways :  

Pattern only $12.

Complete Kit $35.

Partial Kit $24.

If you are interested email me at

Thanks so much my friends and happy stitching...

For Miss Baxter's House Sampler

the correct symbols should be :

Chamomile should be the dash

Old Hickory should be the up arrow


Well my friends I've made a little mix-up on 
Miss Baxter's House graph.
The Chamomile & Old Hickory symbols are reversed.

I'm terribly sorry for that.
I look at these graphs for so long my eyes go a little wonky.

I big thank you to my kind stitching friends for finding
these little things for me.

Happy Stitching My Friends....


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Introducing the first in the series.....

Houses of Berry's Chapel Road
~Miss Baxter's House~

Miss Baxter lives happily in her 1803 2-story log cabin and spends her days tending her flower and herb gardens, bee keeping and feeding her chickens.
Sounds like a good life to me.

I love the muted colors of this sampler with just enough pop of red to make it interesting.

I've stitched it on 32 Count Weeks Dye Works ~Beige~
Finished Size :  14" wide by 11 3/4" high
 Stitch Count :  221 by 186

With lovely Gentle Arts threads...
1 skein Garden Gate
1 skein Old Hickory
1 skein Picnic Basket
1 skein Cranberry
1 skein Mustard Seed
1 skein Endive
1 skein Woodrose
1 skein Straw Bonnet
2 skeins Chamomile
2 skeins Lambswool

The Pattern is $14. and if you'd like a copy please email me.

Have a great day my friends....I think summer is finally her on the homestead.
Just picked a nice bundle of peonies and they are lovely.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Well my friends.....I wanted to get that sweet new little pattern listed today but somehow time has gotten away from me.
Spent the majority of this fine day at the courthouse wading through paperwork and fees and inspections in order to open this little studio of mine.
So, with regret I am going to have to unveil it in the morning.
That is after I've had some coffee : )
I wish you all a lovely evening and thank you so much for your patience


Monday, May 19, 2014

A Sneak Peek & A Grand Opening...

Here's a little sneak peek of my Brand New Pattern that will be released tomorrow
from the
Houses of Berry's Chapel Road Series
~Miss Baxter's House~

Oh how I wish I could have released this sooner....but, time flies when you're havin' fun.
And boy have we been havin' fun working in The Studio...well...maybe not so much fun....I'd say more work than fun.

What a journey this has been.  I must think in 'cartoons' because all of this went much differently in my head when I signed the lease back in October.  Yep.....October.  
Good grief...where did the time go??
Well, I didn't have the keys to the building until January....but still....errrr
I couldn't start working on it until after Spring Market in February.....then I wanted to start on a new sampler series....and then I had a bunch of kits to put together.....and here we are in May.
Yep May....and the end of May to boot.

We've antiqued until I couldn't move another piece of furniture, painted until my arms fell off, designed logos until my eyes crossed, cleaned until the fumes almost knocked me out.....and we're getting a little closer to being done.

But there's nothing like a deadline to make me kick it into high gear.
So, here we go.....the unveiling of :

The Studio
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, IN  46040

May 30th Sneak Peek Friday Night Party
Join us from 5 - 9 p.m. for drinks & treats & shopping

May 31st Grand Opening
Join us from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and let the journey begin

I've filled The Studio with all the things I love....antiques, linens, threads, wools, velvets, primitive antiques, smalls, candles, topiaries, one-of-a-kind finished pieces, scissors.....and so much more.  
It will be ever changing and always inviting.

If you are coming in from out of town and are planning on staying in the area there is a lovely B & B right in Fortville called The Ivy House . Also, we are a short drive from Westfield, Noblesville & Carmel that offer a range of hotels, restaurants and shopping.

In the coming months I will expand into PunchNeedle and Wool Applique offering supplies and classes.

Since The Studio is actually going to be my studio I will not have regular business hours but I will host a Wednesday Night Stitch-In starting June 18th from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. where I invite everyone to come and bring your it stitching, applique, knitting, hooking or crocheting.  It will be an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends.   
I will also have an Open House almost every month.  I'll go pickin' and fill The Studio with lots of new antiques, kits and seasonal merchandise for each Open House.
Here are a few Open House dates :

June 27 - 28th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

July 25 - 26th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

August 29 - 30th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October 3 - 4th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m

November 21 - 22nd
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

*Street parking is available with extra parking in the lot across the street and on the other side of the railroad tracks

December 6th Winterfest
The town of Fortville hosts a Winterfest with food, music, hand-made gifts & horse drawn carriage rides
We'll be decked out for Christmas so join us for the festivities from 12 Noon - 8 p.m.

*Main Street parking is not available during the Winterfest but extra lots are available behind the Post Office

Well....I'm off to assemble patterns and paint a floor....gosh....more painting..can't wait
And I'll be back tomorrow with my newest pattern
 ~Miss Baxter's House~
from the 
Houses of Berry's Chapel Road Series

I thank you all for your patience during these last few months.  I'm behind on most everything and
it's taken me more time to answer emails and ship orders.  But soon.....very soon I'll actually have myself together and I'll start posting and emailing on a regular basis.

Have a lovely day my friends....