Nary a stitch

You know I'm all about my stitches, but that didn't stop me from designing this delicate little heart pendant with nary a stitch on it. What it lacks in stitches, it makes up for in sweetness. Made of eco-friendly bamboo on a silver-plated chain. Perfect for Valentines gift-giving and beyond. Now in the shop.
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Red Gate Stitchery is coming to a needlework store (hopefully) near you!

The other weekend I took off to steamy St. Charles, Missouri for a needlework market put on by The National Needlework Association (TNNA). It's a trade-only show with an interesting format. Instead of being held in a convention center, it's held at an Embassy Suites hotel, and your booth is the living room of your suite. Nice!

It was my first time at the market, and I had a blast. I loved meeting owners of counted thread and needlepoint shops from all across the country. They were all so welcoming and generous with their advice and insight. Very helpful for a newbie like me. It was a cash-and-carry show, meaning instead of placing orders, shop owners could purchase new items for their stores to take home with them that weekend. I imagine unpacking their bags back home at their shops on Monday must have felt like Christmas morning! Many of those bags contained goodies from Red Gate Stitchery (yay!), so be sure to look for them the next time you pop by your local needlework store. And if the shop by you doesn't carry Red Gate Stitchery, ask them to drop me a line!
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A busy, busy spring gave way to some much-needed calm for the first half of my summer. I handed off some projects that were weighing me down. I took a few weeks to deal with a nagging health issue. I spent some lovely summertime days enjoying the company of my family and some lovely summertime evenings stitching for fun. Which is to say, I'm feeling restored. And as tends to happen when your mind has time to wander, I've got some ideas brewing that I'm very excited about. New kits and new ways to express your creativity through stitches. They're all still in the development stages at this point, but I'll share them with you when I can. Stay tuned!
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Happy anniversary to me and a deal for you!

After months, no years, of planning and scheming and experimenting and stitching (so much stitching!), on March 14, 2012, I officially launched Red Gate Stitchery. The year that has passed since then has exceeded all expectation. It has been a truly amazing experience, and one for which I am so very grateful. I'd like to thank all of you for your fantastic support by offering a fantastic sale! Now through Saturday in the shop, get 30% off everything. It's the biggest sale I've ever done, so if you've been holding off buying that special kit for yourself, now is the time! To get the discount, enter the coupon code ONEYEAR at checkout. Sale ends at midnight (EDT) on Saturday, March 16. Please help me spread the word - pin, post, like, or otherwise share!
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A heart-full day

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. --Helen Keller Wishing you all a day full of heart, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you again for all your wonderful support.
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A stitchy place to rest your drink

Since I launched Red Gate Stitchery last year, I've been offering up various ways for you to adorn yourself with stitches. Today I'm offering a way to adorn something else: your coffee table. Introducing new cross stitch coaster kits! The kits are a fun way to add a little something stitchy to your decor. They also make a nifty gift. The coaster kits are available in thick gray felt or in a nice substantial cork. Both come with precision-cut holes in a modern martini glass pattern, so they're a breeze to stitch (no hurting your finger trying to force a needle through thick felt or cork - ouch!). Find them now in the shop!
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Road trip stitching

One of the things I love about cross stitch is that it's a portable craft. As you already know, I'll stitch whenever and wherever I get the chance. Over the holidays that meant stitching in the car as we road tripped to visit family in surrounding states. It may have been Christmastime, but I had a different holiday on the brain: Valentine's Day. Some fun new patterns, perfect for the ones you love, are coming to the shop very soon, so stay tuned!
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Selling (at) the farm

Last weekend I participated in a lovely little craft show held at a farm in my hometown. The setting was idyllic: a light-filled studio that was once a horse barn, snow drifting gently down outside leaving a dust of white on the old stone walls, and the cows watching from nearby. Inside friends mingled with artists and the holiday spirit abound. Such a wonderful day. I had a few moments before the happy hustle and bustle began to snap some photos of my display. Have a look.
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Ring becomes pendant

Chevrons are all the rage these days, and I'm not complaining. I loved my stitched chevron ring so much, I decided to make a matching pendant. Even better, the necklace is a kit, so you can stitch one up too! I love the modern colors in the kit, but you could choose any color scheme you like. Heck, how about combining two design trends and stitching yourself an ombre chevron? Too cool for school. You'll find the chevron necklace kit now in the shop.
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In a wave of madness I applied for my first ever craft show. With the show less than four weeks away, I am madly making inventory at the same time I am madly working on getting some new items in the shop. All this stitching madness means my studio is in a constant - and maddening - state of disarray. Good thing I'm far too happy about all of this activity to be the least bit mad.
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Doing the unexpected

One of the joys of selling needlework kits as I do, is seeing what you creative folks do with those kits. Even when the patterns are reproduced exactly as I've designed them, somehow the pieces seem transformed simply because another hand stitched them. Other times, what you choose to do with the kits takes me completely - and wonderfully - by surprise. Such was the case recently when Atsuko shared a photo of a bamboo pendant she made. Atsuko, whose art of choice is weaving, explained in a blog post that rather than stitch on the pendant, she chose to weave on it. If you look closely you'll see the warp and weft woven together in a houndstooth pattern. Truly wonderful! Vicky, of the blog making it, stuck to stitching on her bamboo pendant blank, but then instead of wearing it as a pendant, she transformed it into a fabulous key ring. I've been so inspired by both of these projects. Very early on in my love affair with fiber, I learned to weave. (I even own a loom, albeit one that's gathering dust at the moment.) Atsuko's designs have sent me searching for my old weaving books. As for Vicky, she put into action something that had been rolling around in my mind for a while now. You just might see some key rings in the shop in the not-too-distant future! Thanks to all of you wonderful stitchers out there for your endless creativity.
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New cross stitch designs: A departure of sorts

I enjoy stitching critters: elephants, bunnies, birds, butterflies, and even bees. I have a kitty who will soon find his way to the shop, and some special holiday creatures waiting in the wings. But not everything I stitch has a heartbeat. My latest collection of patterns is a bit of a departure. It's all about fashion.

Modern cross stitch pattern - retro pink dress, lime green purse, blue pump shoe

I imagine these sweet designs hung in hoops over a dresser or alongside a closet door. Or how about sewn up as sweet pillows and arranged on a comfy boudoir chair? I also think they would make fantastic and girly bridesmaid gifts. So much fun to stitch. You can purchase the patterns as a collection (at a discount, of course) or individually. Check them out here in the shop.
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