Friday, June 29, 2012

June 2012

Happy Summer!
end of June, 2012

Dear Friends,
Well there is no doubt about it, Summer has arrived with a vengeance.  Last year, I don't think we ever reached 100 degrees, and this year we have already had 2 weeks of it--and it is still only June.  Oh, joy! Whenever I make the tiniest comment about the probability of a long sum mer, Bob reminds me that it is all due to my global warming.  Like it is something I personally arranged and am now solely responsible for.  Geez...I haven't even ever used a can of ozone obliterating hair spray.  But even so, how can you not love the long, hot lazy days of this beautiful season.  Oddly, it is my favorite time of year to stitch.  I seem to have little interest in television, and simply long to sit outside stitching until dusk and mosquitoes nudge me inside.  I think that my soul is just storing up the heat for the winter to come.  
Finally, we at the Bush, have our Summer Offerings almost ready to go.  Zweigart has been dyeing the most beautiful linen for us, but it has taken almost a month longer than expected, so we have unfortunately been waiting not so patiently for its arrival.  Hopefully it will come any day, and we will be ready to ship our new designs to you.  We have had fun getting them ready and I hope that you will enjoy them as well and get geared up for a happy summer of stitching.  


Birdsong Sampler
kit:  $50.00
(watch for a new photo)

This joyous piece is the quintessential Shepherd's Bush sampler.  It is worked on a new hand-dyed 32 count Belfast linen and is a beautifully weathered and soft fabric.  When I was working on it I kept thinking that I wanted sheets made out of it as it was just lovely.  It has a sweet, sort of primitive vine border, and three little hills covered with sheep--of course--a house, a woman, and a basket of blooms.  The kit is complete with the instruction graph and booklet as well as a pallet of beautiful silk floss in gentle summer hues.  Finally it comes with a packet of tiny buttons which were hand-dyed just for this piece.  I had a wonderful time stitching it, and I hope that you will too.

A Flock of Pins Cushion  
kit:  $20.00

This little rectangular pin cushion is designed to match the Birdsong Sampler.  It encompasses a field of sheep, crows, blooms and strawberries, and evokes the splendor of the season.  The little kit comes complete with 32 count Belfast linen--matching the linen used in the bigger sampler--overdyed floss and silks, embellishments, ribbon and beads for the edge.  It was lovely and quick to stitch.  Enjoy!

Tall Sheep  
booklet:  $6.00

I just love this new design of Teri's!  It is exuberant and happy and just makes me smile.  As you can see, the photograph shows the piece done 2 ways.  The framed piece--thank you Jill--is worked on 20 count hand dyed linen with an assortment of gentle colors of over dyed cotton floss.  It is then embellished with a darling group of JABCO buttons.  Then she worked the same design as a pin cushion on 30 count hand-dyed linen and embellished it with a set of specially dyed pins that spell out SHEEP.  Whichever project you choose--or maybe both--you will be thrilled with the finished project.  Remember, we have all the supplies for either of these projects--or both. 

Taste Summer
kit:  $16.00

This is the newest offering in our little box kits.  It is worked on 32 count Belfast linen with a sweet array of over dyed threads.  Quick and easy, it is the perfect summer project.  We show ours in a darling little round box, but it would also be fun framed or as a pin cushion.  

Uncle Sam Bag
kit:  $12.00

Teri's great Uncle Sam Bag is a perfect addition for summer celebrations.  The kit is complete with instructions, button, over dyed and cotton floss, photo and a ribbon.  Since you stitch the design right on the bag it comes in, it is finished as soon as you are.  Easy?  These bags are always a lot of fun and work up quickly, so there is still time to enjoy it for a patriotic summer.  

Well, I hope that these designs have tempted you a little.  Now, we are busy working on Halloween and Christmas designs for the fall.  Check out your own local shop or give us a call, and your summer stitching can be complete.  
Until next safe and cool.
fondly, Tina

PS:  Word has it that the new Lizzie Kate Mystery is on its way to us, so if you have pre-ordered it we will send it on to you next week.  Wow!  Exciting!  If you still want to get in on the fun, just give us a call.  Nancy is waiting to get it started, so we will post her progress and then you can see how it is shaping up. What fun.  T