"DESIGNS THAT REFLECT OUR
AMERICAN HERITAGE"

Welcome to my blog. I'm probably very much like all of you who love the needlearts. My life revolves around family, friends, home and all things that help to make for a more contented life. When time allows; cooking, gardening, decorating, and collecting are my joys. I look forward to sharing all of these things with you. I also hope to keep you up to date on what is going on at Homespun Elegance, in regard to the needlework designs and the "Plain & Fancy Wares" that we offer.

Wishing you "Many Happy Stitches".
Sandra

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Good News!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Faye and I are hard at it today, shipping to my
Distributors and AUTOS.  The new ornaments
are very nice I think and so hope that you think
so too.
Here they are, in all their glory.
~~~SANTA~~~
"DELIVERING YUMMIES"
Stitched on 32 "Putty" from
Weeks Dye Works
using a variety of fibers
(Alternate Color Code is given)
and trimmed with
Dames Of The Needle ""Scorched Linen" tiny chenille.
***"Candy Cane" charm is included***
~~~SNOWMAN~~~
"SNOW BIRDS IN TOW"
Stitched on 32 Count "Putty" from
Weeks Dye Works
using a variety of fibers
(Alternate Color Code is given)
and trimmed with
Dames Of The Needle ""Scorched Linen" tiny chenille.
***"Bird" charm is included***
~~~SAMPLER~~~
"CHRISTMASSY STUFF"
Stitched on 32 Count "Parchment"
from Weeks Dye Works
using a variety of fibers
(Alternate Color Code is given)
and trimmed with my
"Vintage-inspired" garland.
I have a very limited amount of this trim/
***"Christmas Tree" charm is included***
and
~last but not least~
the 
"reprint" 
of my
"PURR-PALS"
IMPORTANT
I have exactly 10 scalloped frames in "Vanilla"
and 2 in "Umber" (black/brown).
These are first come/first serve and
"Retail" only.
I  DO NOT have any of the "Umber/Grooved" frame.
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I hope you see something you like.
All of these will be in my ETSY
Shoppe soon!
Many Happy Stitches,
Sandra

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ready~Yeah!!!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I am over my head right now in a number of 
things that are not easy to deal with, but because so many
of you have written to ask where my Christmas 
designs are, I wanted you
to know the reason you have not been hearing from me.
I have been working, but not at my normal speed.
The good news is that although I am running behind, my
 2015 ANNUAL
 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
will be shipping next week.
Faye will be back from vacation (thank goodness) and
maybe we can get back to some sense of
normalcy, at least for a little while.
~~~~~~~~~~~
Without further delay, here they are~

"Christmassy Stuff" 
Sampler
~~~~~
"Delivering Yummies" 
Santa
~~~~~
"Snowbirds In Tow" 
Snowman
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I will be shipping to my AUTO's and Distributors
first and then they will be added to my ETSY Shoppe.
If any Shoppe owners would like to add to their
AUTO or place pre-orders, please let me know
this week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Will be back in touch soon!
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Little Glimpse!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Well, it has been almost a month since my last post.
Do you remember me telling you that Avery, Hollis
and Paul were moving in with us while their
wonderful new home was being built.  Well,
we have been having a great time, but it has 
cut into my Homespun Elegance time a bit.
I used to work some at night (stitching mostly) 
but not now.  I want to spend all of that time with them.  
They have a closing date toward the end of July, so just
a few more fun weeks before they go.
Then I won't have any excuses for my absenteeism.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I haven't been totally lazy though ~ have finally
put the last stitches in my
2015 ANNUAL ORNAMENTS
and here is your "little glimpse"
before I finish them into ornaments. 
So hope you like what you can see.
I promise that I will be back soon!
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Some Finishes!

Good Morning Everyone!
Can you believe it~two posts in one week~
almost a record for me.
It is beautiful here in Virginia. We had
an unbelievable amount of rain yesterday
evening.  Nothing like Texas, but a lot for us.
Lehmer and Paul (my son-in-law) 
 put in a new back yard this week.  
Luckily, they put down a layer of straw so 
I hope it protected the
seed from washing away.  If not, they will
have to do it again.  Should know in about
a week.  Keeping my fingers crossed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have some wonderful finishes to share with
you this week.  If you like sunflowers, you
should love these.  
The first one is by Lauralee Spence.  She
bought my Ltd. Ed. "Sunflower Love" kit
at the Prim Stitchers' Retreat about a 
month ago.  She made some fantastic
changes and this is what she had to say~
Here is
"Sunflower Love" 
"Just finished this!  This was a Limited Edition Mini
Kit sold at the Retreat by Homespun Elegance.  I
substituted a piece of wool in my stash for the felt in 
the kit.  The metal candle base was a Good Will
Hunting find.  I spray painted it with my
Oil-Rubbed Bronze then glued the pincushion to
it.  I took two pearl-tipped corsage pins and 
"painted" them with a black Sharpie"
       
Isn't this fantastic!  
If you are interested, this design,"Sunflower Love" 
is now available as pattern only.  Just email
me or go to my ETSY shoppe. 
Here are my versions~
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Now for another lovely sunflower related piece.
This is from 
"Crows 'A Plenty".
If you know Homespun Elegance, then you 
probably know Faye, who has worked with
me about twenty years.  She loves cross stitch
as much as all of us do.  I guess she would
have to if she has worked for me that long.
Well, she did this for her sister Ann.  Just a
great idea and so easy.
She stitched a table runner that is just stunning.
 Luckily she was able to find the
pre-finished burlap runner, but it would be
so easy to make yourself~just a piece of
burlap and fringe it.  So neat!
Here is my version~
This design is available in my ETSY Shoppe
as well.
~~~~~~~~~~~
Hope this post added a little sunshine to your
Saturday.
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Some News!!!

Good Afternoon!
I don't believe that I ever shared with you that
I was honored some months ago with an invitation
to do a design for the premier issue of 
PUNCH NEEDLE AND
PRIMITIVE STITCHER
magazine.
Well, the magazine has been shipped and it is
truly wonderful.  If you love either of these
forms of needle art, you will be thrilled with
this magazine.
Here is a picture of the cover.  Note the
little circle with black birds, that is a 
"snippet" of my design.  I even made the
front cover~so exciting!
Here is the design itself~
"LIBERTY PARADE"
 
I stitched this patriotic design on
30 Count "Mink" hand-dyed linen by
R & R Reproductions.  It is embellished
with my Olde Brass "Flag" button.
If you would like a button, they are
$3.75 each (includes the shipping~
free with purchase of the frame
The buttons should be available
at your needlework shoppe too.
It is mounted in my Red Grained
Courting Frame with three pegs
for hanging some of your favorite
little things.  I grain this frame myself.
Love graining~it is so much fun, especially
on a unique frame like this.
It measures 11" X 11". 
I have a very limited number of these.
The cost is $48.00 +$7.00 shipping +
 I will give you the Olde Brass "Flag"
button as a bonus!
The frames are only available from me.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
There are so many wonderful designs
in this magazine ~ a total of sixteen to 
choose from. You will think you have
died and gone to needlework heaven~truly!
Please go here to order your 
subscription or this issue.
 I know there are a number of needlework 
shoppes carrying it as well.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thank you for letting me brag a little.
I am so honored~
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Designs!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
To those of you who wrote to me yesterday~
thank you so much.  I just want you to know
that I do not intend to close down my Blog.  I
have always enjoyed it and hope that 
others do to.  
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wanted to share my newest designs
with you.  Each of these are Revised and
Reprinted pin cushions.  I think they
turned out to be really sweet and hope
that you like them too.  Quick, easy, and
timeless designs~I hope.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
"STITCHING THINGS"
I used Dames of the Needle's 1"
"Silver rick rack and tiny "Silver" chenille~
 "STITCHING THINGS II"
 "SUNFLOWER LOVE"
I used Dames of the Needle's 1" 
"Silver" rick rack~
 "SUNFLOWER LOVE"
Isn't this a cute finish?  Just glue the pin cushion
 to the top of a Shaker Box!
~~~~~~~~~~~~
These are all now in my ETSY shoppe!
So hope you like them.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Just Catching Up!

Good Afternoon!
I hope this post finds all of you happy and well!
My apologies for being so long in sharing
wilh all of you, but if you will recall~Hollis, Paul,
and Avery have been in the process of selling their
home and then moving home with us while their 
new home is being built.  
This is going to be a fun filled few months,
but getting moved out and moved here was
less than fun for Hollis and her family.  
In fact, it was beyond
exhausting for everyone.  Things are still
not perfect here.  Trying to find space
for all of their necessities involved
cleaning out closets and drawers and then
finding someplace to put all of our
stuff.  It is coming along though and all
should be well soon.
What a joy it has been having little Avery 
here every day.  You know he will be
four in August~I just can't believe it.
I want to enjoy all of these little boy
"moments" while they last, so this
is going to be a special time for me
and his "Papa".
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I hope all of you had as wonderful a 
"Mother's Day" as I did.  Here is a
picture of me and my children~
Cameron and Hollis, and my grandson,
little Avery.

~~~~~~~~~~~~
And, here is a wonderful picture that
Cameron took "Mother's Day in my garden   
He named it
"Birdhouse Motel".  Perfect name
don't you think?
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I promise to be back more often this
summer.  I find myself putting more
on Facebook because it is just so
much faster.  Although, I will say, the
fact that very few people comment
on my Blog anymore makes it hard
to keep doing it.  I don't fault anyone
for that.  I think we just all lead such
busy lives and Facebook is so much
easier for everyone.  Regardless of how I 
keep in touch with you, I'm thankful for
Facebook, my Blog, and for all of
you.  
~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Many Happy Stitches"
Sandra

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Designs Are Ready

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I hope all of you are doing well.  It has been a long
time since my last post.  I have been beyond busy.
Getting ready for two large Trunk Shows at the
same time is a very time consuming job.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I'm happy to say that Jennifer Cave from
Valley Needleworks will be displaying my 
Trunk Show at the 
PRIM STITCHERS' RETREAT
in Williamsburg, VA.  I was  suppose to be there,
but my daughter sold her home and the buyers
insisted on a really quick closing date.
Consequently, we are helping them pack
up very quickly and then they will be moving
home to live with Lehmer and I until their
house is built.  This move will be taking place
the weekend of the RETREAT, therefore, I am
unable to be there.

The other Trunk Show will be going to
CELEBRATION OF NEEDLEWORK in
Nashua, New Hampshire.  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I'm so excited about these two events and hope
that many of you are planning to go.  You do
not have to be attending the Retreats in order
to go to the Merchant Malls.  This is where you
will find a multitude of wonderful merchandise
to add to your stash.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Well, last but not least, here are my two new
publications.
"A WELCOMING ABODE"
 The framed design is stitched on 30 Count "Putty"
hand-dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works.  It is mounted 
in one of my grained frames and embellished with
my "Tiny Pineapple" brass charm.
The pillow is stitched on 18 Count "Classic Homespun"
hand-dyed linen from R & R Reproductions.  Both are 
stitched with a variety of fibers.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
"BEE SKEP LOVE"
Hanging Pouch
Here is another one of my popular
"Hanging Pouches"  It is stitched on 
20 Count "Putty" hand-dyed linen from
Weeks Dye Works, using a variety of fibers,
and embellished with my "Mini Cream" buttons.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hope you see something you like!
Many Happy Stitches,
Sandra

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Is Coming!

Hi Everyone!
This is just a quick post today.  I have a little
something to offer you for your Easter
decorating.
I've included some of my designs with it,
but of course you could substitute with a
favorite bunny, sheep, chick, etc.  
Anything would look really cute.
The wagon is holding the eggs from my
newest
"SPRING EGGS V".
and
"MR. HARE"
is pulling the wagon.
Here is the wagon with one of my "vintage" bunnies.

 The wagon is 8" long X 3" high X 3 1/2" wide.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have a few of these to offer you.
The wagon will be filled with pretty Easter Grass.
$9.50 which includes the shipping.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I'll be back soon with "little glimpses"
of new designs coming your way.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Many Happy Spring Stitches",
Sandra




Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Hand-Painted Scissor Fobs

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Just wanted to pop in for a moment to tell you
that I have painted just a few new
scissor fobs.
The star is grained first and then I painted on
top of the graining.  The scissor cord is
waxed linen. (Scissors NOT included)
I can paint your monogram on the
back if you wish.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
They measure 2 1/2" Wide X 1l/2" High

 -$15.00 each
-Add 1.50 if you want a monogram
-Shipping in US is $1.75

Please email me at
stitching@homespunelegance.com
or 
call me at
540-371-6377

Hope you like them!

"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Monday, February 16, 2015

Nashville Releases Are Ready!

Good Evening Everyone!

I know you are all anxiously awaiting the
new designs coming out at Nashville.  
It is going to be overwhelming for you I know.
I have a few little designs to offer you ~
nothing compared to what you have 
already seen, but I hope you like them.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here they are~

PLAIN AND FANCY MERCHANT
"Quaker Scissor Heart
I stitched this on 30 Count 
"Creek Bed Brown" from
R and R Reproductions
I embellished with some "vintage"
buttons from my stash.
The chenille trim is "Cocoa"
from 
R and R reproductions


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
PLAIN AND FANCY MERCHANT
"Spring Eggs V"
Aren't these sweet, I hope you love them
I stitched these on "Parchment"
linen from
Weeks Dye Works
They are trimmed with my 
"Nubby Yarn" trim

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MERRY NOEL COLLECTION
"Avery's Little Red Truck" 
I stitched this on 32 Count "Parchment" linen
by Weeks Dye Works.  I trimmed this with
"Italian Custard" chenille from 
Dames Of The Needle and embellished with
tiny rusty bells.

This was for my little grandson, Avery.  He is in love with
trucks, so this was his ornament for 2014.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you see something you want, please let your
shop owner know so she can order it for you.
I will be releasing these after the Show.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Wishes!

Good Morning Everyone!
Lehmer and I are getting ready for a really
busy weekend.  Little Avery will be
arriving here tonight and we will have
him to ourselves until Monday evening.
You know what that means, not a lot of
anything will be going on around here
unless it involves Avery.  Knowing that, I
wanted to send you my Valentine 
wishes today.  I hope you all have
someone special to spend time with on
this sweet day.  
As you know I try to decorate my kitchen
window with a seasonal theme.
Here is my Valentine window.
 Lehmer brought me those beautiful tulips yesterday.
So sweet of him and just in time for my window!
 My new design "A Love So True" nestled 
with other red goodies~
 Don't you love that heart pincushion.  This was a
wonderful find years ago.  I opened a box at an
antique shop and there it was.  Needless to say that
box went home with me.  I added the little heart with
vintage white pins.
 Take a close look at that beautiful lace with even
more beautiful embroidery.  Another lucky find.
The old Valentines were mostly found in a box
of correspondence that my Grandma Rose kept.
She kept everything anyone ever sent her and
I was able to go through that huge paste board box.
 I definitely inherited her desire to save everything.
 Another great red pin cushion!
Hope you enjoyed my window tour~
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I know I haven't been blogging much lately.  I've been
dealing with not feeling great and having to finish
my few designs for the Nashville Market.
Even though I am unfortunately not going to be
there in person, I will have three new designs
shown in distributor showrooms.  I'll be posting
here soon with the final pictures.
Stay tuned!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wishing you Valentine stitches
if you have the time,
Sandra

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Designs Coming!

Good Evening Everyone!
I hope all of you are OK and not experiencing
the flu as I have.  Between the medical issues
I was having during the holidays and now
this, I'm over it.  Definitely better but
not 100%.  This stuff is so exhausting and 
I have so much work to do.  It is just making
me crazy and stressed.  It seems to have taken
forever, but I believe I'll be able to ship
my new designs next week to my AUTOS and
distributors.  If I'm really
lucky, there might be a third design.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here they are~
"A LOVE SO TRUE"
Isn't this the perfect little design for a special
someone in your life - even a dear friend. 
It doesn't have to be for Valentine's Day.
Stitched on 30 Count "Old Mill Java" hand-dyed
linen from R & R Reproductions,
using a variety of fibers.  The beautiful
rick rack is "Scorched Linen" from 
Dames of the Needle.
and
"LUCK BE WITH YOU"
This design is in honor of my husband's Irish heritage.
His name is "SULLIVAN" after all!
Of course, you don't have to be Irish to want this
to be true for your and yours.
Stitched on 32 Count "Parchment" hand-dyed linen, 
by Weeks Dye Works, using a variety of fibers.
Once again the rick rack is "Scorched Linen"
from Dames of the Needle.
and
last but not least, 
here is a little glimpse of the third design
that I hope will be ready next week as well-
"IT'S A SNOW DAY"
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sure hope you see something you cannot
live without!!!
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter Decorating

Good Afternoon!
Just dropping by for a quick visit.  I
wanted to share with you my
"WINTER WINDOW"
and a few other decorations.
I change out this kitchen window
with each season.  It is always so
sad looking in the house after all the
Christmas decorations come down~
almost depressing.
Decorating this window helps
brighten the house on these dull
winter days.
 "Many Winter Stitches",
Sandra


Thursday, January 1, 2015

SOMETHING NEW IN THE NEW YEAR

Good Evening Everyone!
Hope everyone is excited about the 
NEW YEAR.
I know I am wishing and hoping for a wonderful
NEW YEAR.
New Year's resolutions are a thing of the past
for me.  They are so hard to keep and when
I don't, I just feel bad about 
letting myself down yet again. 
So, forget it.
Instead, I have a mental list of things I would
like to accomplish in the coming year and 
hope to be able to check more than a
few of those projects off.  If I do, I
will be satisfied.  One of the things I want
to do in the new year is to introduce some
other types of needlework.
I am definitely going to
pull out my punch needle tools again
and get punching.  Something else
I've been working on in my spare time
is some embroidery.  The first needlework
I ever did was embroidery, loved it then 
and still do.  Of course, cross stitch
is and always will be my favorite.
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If you have been stitching my designs 
over the years, you know that I love
the Jacobean style.
Well, I found this old chair seat
many years ago.  It definitely has a 
Jacobean feel to it and is done
completely with a Chain stitch
in wool fibers.  Some of the wool has
been eaten away and parts have been
pulled resulting in some of the
stitches disappearing. 
Well, I drew the design on a piece of
Sandstone linen and have almost finished
stitching the entire piece using one
strand of Gentle Art's wool fibers.  They
are really yummy to look at and to
work with.  
So here it is.  I don't know exactly how
I will publish this design.  I may also
do it in cross stitch.
Please let me know what you think.
Here is the original chair seat.
Well, I must go.  Really tired today after our late
night last night.  This has been a lazy day, but I
must get energized soon.  Have a few more
days of my mini vacation to enjoy before reopening
my ETSY shoppe and the office on Jan. 5th.  If you
are wondering why emails haven't been answered,
it is because I really am on vacation, but, alas,
all good things must come to an end.  Lucky me
I do get to go back to a job I love.
Wishing you "Many Happy Stitches" 
in this New Year,
Sandra