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, September 16, 2010

New Designs

Hello Everyone!!

First of all, I want to thank all of you for all
of your kind words about our accident.  It
meant so much to me that you took the time
to send your thoughts our way.  What a
wonderful group of ladies you are.

  I'm still sick about not being able to
be at Notforgotten Farm.  Just cannot seem to let it go.  
But since I cannot lift anything until further notice, 
it is just impossible.  Let me get the other bad news 
over with first and then I'll move on to happy stuff. 
Our car is totaled.  No surprise, but
still really upsetting.  I went to the Orthopedic 
doctor on Tuesday.  No firm diagnosis.  She
gave me medicine to take for two weeks, and if
it doesn't improve, then I will have MRI's.  So
far it is about the same.  I keep thinking I'm
going to wake up and all the pain will be gone.
Old muscles obviously don't respond very well.
OK, enough of that.

Here are my new designs that will be shown
at the St. Charles Market.  I wish I could
be there, but it was just not possible this year.

I have all kinds of new things to share with you.
You may remember that I mentioned that an
announcement was coming.  That announcement
is that I am going to have a new collection
"A Halloween Year."
This is how it will work.  Starting with
October, two designs will be released
every other month, for a total of six
shipments.  If you are interested in an
automatic shipment, just let your shoppe 
or me know.
All designs will retail for $7.00.
The first shipment will include
CS-45 - "Stitching Witch"
 I have TEN
 hand-painted - 4" X 4 1/2" 
Brown Grain Wood frames and the
Olde Brass "Star Pumpkin" button
available for the special price of $28.40
plus shipping.
Normal retail is $35.50.
This design was stitched on 30 Ct. "Straw"
hand-dyed linen by Weeks Dye Works.

The second design in this first shipment is
CS- 46 - "Brooms For Sale."
This design was stitched on 30 Ct. "Havana",
hand-dyed linen by Weeks Dye Works, and 
embellished with my Olde Brass "Squirrel"
button.  The hanger is made from Rusty
Wire with an Olde Brass "Star" threaded
through the wire.  So simple and so 
I have the embellishment pack available
that includes my Olde Brass "Star" and
"Squirrel" buttons and a piece of Rusty
Wire to make the ornament for $6.50
plus shipping.

My 2010 Annual Sampler Ornament
is next,
10SP - "Reindeer 'A Waiting".
Now we know what the reindeer are doing
while Santa is working!
This design was stitched on 30 Ct. "Mink"
by R and R Reproductions.  The "Snowflake"
brass charm is included.
This design retails for $8.00.
This completes my ANNUAL ORNAMENTS
for 2010.  I hope you like them.

And, last but not least,
No. 231 "Holiest Of Nights".
This design was such a joy to work on.  I hope
that this will be a classic that you will always
love displaying at this most special time of year.
It has traditional elements such as the sampler border
and sampler style lettering, but a little primitive in
the overall design.  I love my Olde Brass "Angels"
in the upper corners of the arch.  A cotton
trim that I had in my collection was coffee dyed.
 I am trying to find some more of this trim or something 
very similar to offer you.  Will let you know if
I have any luck.  If the blue that I used in the arch
and the border do not go in your decor, just change
both, but remember to use something in the same
tone. Don't go too light or too dark.
It is stitched on 30 Ct. "Putty" hand-dyed linen by
Weeks Dye Works.
Retail $9.00.
Hope you have enjoyed my little personal show.
If you have any questions, just email me.
Also, we now accept Paypal in addition to VISA,
Mastercard, and personal checks.  I haven't 
used Paypal yet, but it is suppose to be easy.

"Many Happy Stitches",


  1. Oh, I just love these designs! I especially love the Brooms for Sale. Great designs!
    Feel better very soon...Pam

  2. Gosh, I just love them all Sandra but especially the Halloween designs. I do hope you are pain free soon and don't have to have more tests done.

  3. They all look wonderful, but my favourite is definitely the reindeer :)

    Hope you will be pain-free soon!

  4. Oh wow - they are lovely. Michelle x

  5. I love them all! I think my favourite is Holiest of Nights which I'd definitely like to stitch as soon as I can get my hands on it!

  6. These designs are beautiful Sandra~ I cannot wait to add to my growing collection....I especially like the blue border although I can see it in a dark beigey monotone also...I might just have to make it up both ways and see~~

    Take care and again, we all LOVE what you do!


  7. So hard to pick a favorite--but I think Holiest of Nights is truly special, Sandra. Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)

  8. These are all just beautiful!! I want them all lol.

  9. Thank you! It makes me so happy that you like them!