Christmas Cuties to Chill Your Summer

 Here are a pair of Christmas cuties from Tempting Tangles.  They should to make these blazing summer days seem a bit cooler. I've been spending the even hours working on a Night Before Christmas ornament series and found myself in a truly wintry mood.  So with that in mind, I should these two should hurry their way to your favorite shop and then into your stitching basket!

" Santa's Sleigh" shows off with a a sparkly, beaded tree.  "Sox for St. Nick" is a little simpler and is a quickie, fun one.  A friend of mine, Arlene Edelman Harris,  did the beautiful finishing on these.  I stitched both and am working now on the rest of the set.  :-)  More updates later on!

These ornaments are worked in Gentle Art floss with a Dinky Dyes cross reference. There are a few specialty stitches but with included instructions to make them simple to do.
"Santa's Sleigh" is worked on Zweigart Lugana, 32 ct, antique white; "Sox for St. Nick" is worked on Zweigart, 28 ct Cashel linen, antique white.  Both work up to around 4 inches square unless you are adventurous and want to use a count finer than 32.  Both are worked over 2 threads for the best effect.

Colorful as the flowers of spring - coming to you soon!


  “Broderie Bleue” joins a growing family of monochrome samplers.  This newest is filled with a wide range of blues from Azure to Ultramarine.  

Design is 202w by 202h.  Finished size on 32 ct over 2 = 12 2/3” square.

We recommend  2 strands of Dinky Dyes silk floss in 6 colors, plus Kreinik’s silvery Moonstone Very Fine Braid for a lustrous touch in 32 ct Wichelt's Hand-dyed fabric- Jobelan Summer Sky (marbled) #862504.  This design contains full stitches, a few petite stitches or quarter stitches, straight stitch & back stitch.   It is best if stitched over  2 threads of fabric.

 “Procrastination” is a humorous little warning to those who do laundry and plumbing.  The story is written in the pages of the chart.  Choose to stitch the design as it is, or mend the hoses, wipe up those water drops and hang this little sampler where you are reminded to simply do the laundry! J

Design Size: 99 x 100 stitches; Suggested Fabric: Wichelt’s Sunshower Linen 32ct  #65290.  Finished Size: worked over 2 with 2 strands = 6 ¼” square.

Suggested floss -7 colors of Classic Colorworks, with a cross reference to Dinky Dyes silk or DMC.This design is be best worked over 2 threads of fabric; Includes back/straight stitch, French Knots or petite stitch as substitute, fan stitch for water droplets.  Instructions and details are shown in chart sections. Design is best worked over 2 threads.

 “Jonah’s Whale” - a fanciful version of the story of the Jonah, designed in an illuminated manuscript style. 

Design Size 213 x 224. The cover model was worked over one  onWichelt Jobelan 28ct – Hand-dyed Thyme #429-513 with 14 colors Dinky Dyes silk floss.  A DMC approximate cross reference is included. Finished size on 28 ct over 1 = 7 2/3” x 8”; Finished size on 18 (36 over 2) = 11 7/8 x 12 ½”

Specialty Stitches include eyelets, French Knots, eyelet, back and straight stitch. This design may be worked over 1 thread of fabric - the model is worked over 1 thread of fabric with 1 strand of suggested Dinky Dyes floss.

Heading off to your favorite shop!

These three are being released and are on the way to your favorite shops.  Enjoy!

                  Bedtime Blessing Birth Sampler -This elegant little birth sampler can be worked in any colors of your choice to honor a new addition to your family.  In this case, we memorialized my husband’s sweet mother, showing her birth date. The design is 157 x 161 and our model was worked over two threads on Zweigart Vintage Belfast linen, Pink Whisper with Dinky Dyes silk floss.  Specialty stitches: Smyrna Cross, Plaited Leviathan, Rhodes Heart, Fan - instructions explain each. Alphabets and numbers included as always to help you personalize your work 


Ancestral Tree -We are the first to admit that this is a fairly large design and rather intricate, but well worth the stunning results.  Ancestral Tree truly is destined to become a family heirloom with it’s beautiful, vintage alphabets and a unique Tree of Life.  Woven baskets (or bird nests, perhaps) perched at the tip of each branch represent each generation.  Size is 249 x 214.  Model was worked with Kreinik Silk Mori, on Zweigart Vintage Belfast Autumn Field over 2 threads of linen.  A suggested cross reference to Dinky Dyes silk is included.  The specialty stitches are Back stitch, Smyrna Cross, Sofia Stitch, Upright Cross, Four-sided, Algerian Eye, Algerian Eyes and some small motifs in petite stitch. There are helpful instructions to explain each. We included all the alphabets so that you might personalize your work with family initials.   


Posies Two  - This Quaker style sampler, Posies TWO, is the long awaited companion to “Panoply of Posies.”   ~~~Posies TWO is same size as the original Posies, 250 x 250.  Our model was worked over 2 on Weeks Dye Works Beige linen in 3 gloriously, rich shades Dinky Dyes. There are no specialty stitches, so that this design can also be stitched over 1 for those who prefer a mini sampler. We certainly promise you this Posies TWO and Panoply of Posies are a perfect pair! ~~~