Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A new Christmas RedWork

I just finished drawing and putting a Christmas 9 Patch design on fabric.  This time I used my trusty red Pigma pen to trace onto our super to stitch on heavy weight muslin.  I am sure most other RedWork lovers will use our fancy new Transfer-Eze.  That will save them at least a hour of time before they can find their hoop and get stitching.Christmas9patchWhen I finish chatting with you on our blog I’ll get to my fun job – embroidering the new design!  This holiday design will be finished to take to the Bay Area Quilt show in San Mateo on September 16-18….SOON.  We will put it on the website too for all you not in the San Francisco bay area.

Off to my stitching!  Robin

Saturday, August 28, 2010

NEW Pumpkin Pin Cushion

We have a new Fall Pumpkin & Crow Pin Cushion Set for you that is fun to make and fun to use too!  I made a trip to Tina’s mini pumpkin patch to take the photo of our Wool Appliqué pumpkin.512_PumpkinCrowPC   The pumpkin is filled to capacity with a pound or more of crushed walnut shells to make it stand up to hold all your pins and needles while  you work.  The Crow Pin Keep hangs from the pumpkin stem to store your pins and needles close at hand.  Fill the little Leaf Round with Emery to keep your pins and needles sharp.  A great set to make for the quickly approaching fall season!  Our handy Fabric Kit has all the goodies you will need to appliqué your Pumpkin Pin Cushion and accessories. 

Happy Autumn stitching!  Robin

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fall is on the way

It is still nice and warm during the day here at Clear Lake BUT the evenings are really cooling off…..fall is coming!  As soon as the sun drops behind Mt. Konocki – our resident volcano – the temperature falls quickly.

Celebrate the change of seasons with one of our 3 patterns honoring the Four Seasons.  Celebrate the Seasons features 4 small seasonal blocks in RedWork or in Multi-color #8 Perle Cotton.  Button the RedWork Seasons on red and white fabric to create a long piece for decorating.  The colorful Seasons are framed in 5” x 7” wooden frames – just to be different.  237_Celebrate the Seasons We have 2 other wall quilts that honor the 4 seasons too.  You can pick one of them to create the wall decoration or take each of the blocks and make a much “bigger deal” with that one season.  Create a small wall quilt-lette to place in a special place and change each season.  A nice way to welcome your guests to your lovely home!  The whimsical designs in the Seasonal Patchwork Samplers are fun to stitch and will really make great small designs, too.347_SeasonalPatchworkSampler

The Four Seasons in the Garden was the first of my designs embroidered several years ago – I love designing for the seasons!  The blocks show all the special attributes of each season all set in the garden.  The crisp red and white is embroidered in just a few simple stitches PLUS each block has an additional decorative stitch under the seasons’ names.  The prairie point edge adds so much to the quilt hanging you will love in your home.  A fun stitching project! 162_FourSeasonsInTheGarden For a short time enjoy a SPECIAL PRICE for these RedWork patterns.  Save some money and honor the change of seasons right now and in the future too. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Picnic Tea Towel Freebie Design

Our Summer Christmas Sale has come to a close so we are back to “normal” nuttiness around the Bird Brain Studio.  Kendall has flown off to Puerto Vallarto, Mexico for a weeks rest and relaxation…..a much deserved outing for our tireless shipping guru!  Tina and I are left holding down the fort. 

Today Tina is showing about 30 gals how to Needle Felt at the meeting of our local  American Sewing guild meeting.  Should be a fun several hours!

In case you missed the Freebie tea towel from last summer it is still ready for you to print out and stitch. It really is still summer out there but heading into fall.  The mornings and evenings are cooler than normal around the lake.  A welcome change for all of us!400_FreebieSummerPicnicAntTeaTowelEmbroider a silly picnic ant on one of our nice Dunroven Tea Towels for one of your picnics this August and September.  Just print out the design and enjoy a few relaxing hours making a fun summer design.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

LAST Day of the Summer Christmas Sale

There is still time today to place your order for our
Summer Christmas Sale. 

Find ALL the special designs and order the pattern and kits to have on hand when the mood strikes and you “feel like a little holiday”.  Avoid the holiday stress and begin now.127_Jingle Bell Santa Pillows Save 15% on everything in the category – Merry Christmas to you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Two NEW Christmas Needle Felting Designs

Our Summer Christmas Sale is winding down with only a couple of days left.  But, we have added 2 FUN new Needle Felting characters sure to please you when you decorate for the holidays.471_DoorKnobSanta2

Tina’s Door Knob Santa is a cute Christmas icon with a very expressive and charming face.  Make your Santa on a vintage or a new door knob….a fun Make-Do kind of guy special for the holidays.  His beard is fashioned with real lamb’ curls giving him an “authentic” look!

471_DoorKnobSnowmanAnother winter and  holiday favorite will be Tina’s jolly Snowman also built on an old porcelain door knob.  His white wool body is highlighted with sparkling Angelina fibers adding zip to his snow.  Add a pointy carrot nose,  jaunty top hat and fluffy scarf for just the perfect finishing touches.  Head out to the garden to select twig arms for your very own Snowman.

We have the patterns now plus complete kits to make your Needle Felted guys.  You get to shop for old or new door knobs for your Make-Do decorating people.   Have some fun and take advantage of our last few days of the Summer Christmas Sale.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NEW Summer Freebie

We have just posted a NEW summer Freebie design for you.  The Summer Sea Shells tea towel will help you remember and celebrate a delightful summer trip to the beach.  Actually,  for me, it is just a wish that I had gone to the beach! 

509_FreebieSummerSeaShells Again, I used our Transfer-Eze to print my original design on and finger press onto the tea towel.  How fast that was and I was stitching in just a few minutes.  I may begin to sound like a broken record but this is good stuff!  I really like to trace my designs on the fabric but tea towels pose more of a problem seeing the design on the light box.  The fabric is more coarse and thick so Transfer-Eze really solves the problem.  Also, if you don’t cover the design lines perfectly with your stitching – NO PROBLEM – the design lines just dissolve and all you see is your embroidery.

509_Transfer-Eze Enjoy what is left of your summer and give yourself a mini vacation “at the beach” and make a pretty blue towel.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Summer Christmas Sale

Yes, it is still HOT outside but we are celebrating Christmas for the next 2 weeks in August.  Get a jump start on holiday decorating and Christmas gifts and save some cash at the same time…Clever!  Our entire Christmas Category is on Sale.


We just received our copies of the NEW Holiday Crafts Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens.  We have 3 colorful holiday designs in this 2010 issue.  We are quite proud of ourselves!  The EarMuff Snowman Pillow will be great decorating your home all through winter not just Christmas.  He is 100% Wool Applique with puffy cheeks, a smiling coal smile and a BIG carrot nose.  The fringed edge around the pillow is EASY-TO-DO and a great finish.

Make a holiday visit to our Christmas Collection and check it out!