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".

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Very Important Message

Hi Everyone, 
this is an

I'm writing all of you today to let you know of a big 
decision that I have made.  Simply put, I have decided 
to downsize my business.  Since 1979
I have been in this wonderful business enjoying
every aspect of it.  However, the time has come 
to put more of my energy into other things.  
Please do not read more into this.  I'm just ready 
to spend more time on myself and with
my family.

The saddest part of this decision is that my wonderful 
Faye will no longer be here to answer your questions 
and take care of all of you and me.  She has agreed to 
come back on an "as needed" basis ~ such
as proofing new designs.  Faye has been with me for 
almost 28 years.  How can I live without her at 
Homespun Elegance?  Only time will tell, but I cannot 
do it ALL without her, that is for sure.  
Consequently, the following things will take effect as 
of November 15th.

1) I will not be selling any embellishments or my 
hand-painted and grained frames any longer.  If you 
wish to stock up on these, you are welcome to do so by 
November 15th.  I am going to put together a few 
large assortments of charms (at a discounted price), 
and they will be available until they are gone.  I will 
not be placing orders for more charms.  
you can still get most of these
charms from By Jupiter (telephone 623-931-2658).

2) I am in the process of trying to find a distributor
for my Olde Brass buttons.  Please decide what you 
might need and place your orders 
by November 15th because I do not know how long it
will take to find a distributor.

3) I will not be selling wholesale.  My designs will 
only be available from my distributors -
Hoffman, Norden, Wichelt Imports, and Yarn Tree.
Any new designs will be shipped to them.

4) My ETSY Shoppe will be put in vacation mode. 
I will not be selling retail at this time.  For 
those of you who bought from my ETSY shoppe, 
please contact your shoppe and hopefully they can
get what you want from the above distributors.

5) I will not be on Facebook on a daily basis.  I 
will pop back in whenever I have new designs 
or something special to share.

6) I still plan to design (I cannot give up designing)
 and release my designs through my distributors.  
I will make sure you know when they are available, 
either through Facebook or my Blog.

I am going to keep my Blog.  I hope you will visit 
and sign up as a follower.  That way you will be 
informed of new designs, etc.  I'm
hoping to have a spot on my Blog that will picture
all designs that are still available.  This way all
 of you, shop owners and stitchers alike, can see 
what is available.
 In time, I will be offering hundreds of models that 
I have in storage, discontinued and one-of-a-kind 
frames, merchandise left over from my shoppe owner
days, wonderful items to incorporate in some way 
with your needlework, and items that I plan to
make and even some more painting (which I have 
missed).  I'm hoping you will find something that
you cannot live without.

Faye and I will be available until November 15th 
to answer any questions you may have.  It will be
business as usual until then, but after that 
am truly going to take time for me and my family.

Please remember that I am still going to be designing. 
I will just have a different way of doing 
business, one that allows me some down time 
after all of these years.  

Thank you so much for your continued patronage,
 wonderful friendships, and for allowing me to 
share with you something that I love.  You have 
all made my career very rewarding.  I could
never begin to tell you how much you mean to me.

Many, Many Happy Stitches!

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.
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***
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***
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***
~last but not least~
of my
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.
I hope you see something you like.
All of these will be in my ETSY
Shoppe soon!
Many Happy Stitches,

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


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
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" 
"Delivering Yummies" 
"Snowbirds In Tow" 
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",

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
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",

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~
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
"Many Happy Stitches",

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 
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~
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",

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.
I used Dames of the Needle's 1"
"Silver rick rack and tiny "Silver" chenille~
I used Dames of the Needle's 1" 
"Silver" rick rack~
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",

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
"Many Happy Stitches"

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 
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
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
 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.
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,

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
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
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",

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
call me at

Hope you like them!

"Many Happy Stitches",

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~

"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"
R and R reproductions

"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

"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",

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,