Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Favourite designers - American ones

Well, if I'd have to put all the pictures of all the designers in one blog entry, you would have to read several pages - LOL!!!

I'm just going to give an alphabetical list of all my favourite designers (I know that there are lots more) and a couple of photos with my desired pieces (already bought or not :-)

Blackbird Designs
I already have two charts but would also loooove to do their stockings series (each month three stockings) and the newly designed Christmas Garden sampler.

Blue Ribbon Designs
Fun designs that you can use in different ways = stitch the entire samplers they propose or use parts of them as ornaments, box lids, etc.

Carriage House Samplings
I'm truly fond of their Hawk Run Hollow designs. I have two of those charts, but shall be adding others in the future ... I quickly ordered these two when I thought they were going out of business last year - luckily business has been continued by a family member!

Country Cottage Needleworks
Daughter of the designer of Little House Needleworks. I don't have anything from her - yet - but plan to buy her newly released monthly cottages.

Cross Eyed Cricket
Difficult to describe their style. There's always something that appeals to me in their charts :-)
In my posession :

Cross My Heart
Although my taste has evolved the last couple of years, I have around 15 of their charts in my bookshelves.
As I really like cats and their bigger brothers/sisters these are the two charts I would like to stitch (and finish). I only need time :-)

Dimensions Inc
They have lots of beautifull kits (a little bit more complicated due to the usage of colour blending). I find myself drawn to their oriental designs and have purchased some of those kits (of which I've only partially stitched the Samurai).

The Drawn Thread
Nothing to report there ... I think they have lots of lovely designs like their monthly pocket calendar covers or the different Tocatta's. If I would have to chose, I would go for Sanctuary, Marriage of Minds or Open Heart.

Glendon Place
They don't have a very large "oeuvre" yet, but I've got the impression that they're working hard to change this. Quite funny and intricate ... I have the "Murky Manor" chart but have my eyes on a couple of other
ones as well :-)

Heaven and Earth Designs
Do I still need to introduce them? It's for all the nutty stitchers that have serious problems and don't realise how much time such a BAP consumes!!! And yes ... I've got 6 charts (which I could easily multiply with 6 - only common sense is keeping me from stash enhancement).

I'm currently stitching on one (and only one) piece of them called Revelation by Sheila Wolk which is actually retired since a couple of years. As you can see, the work is well charted by HAED.

Ink Circles
I have a couple of their charts but due to lack of time didn't start one yet.

JBW Designs
I don't have anything from them yet, but I admit that I'm drawn to their ornament style designs! For instance the Christmas Collection (trees), Christmas Village  and Stocking series are wonderfull. Fun, not complicated and - a big advantage - they are finished in a breeze!

Just Nan
I admit that I wasn't drawn to her designs in the first place, but last year the bug bit me hard and I purchased a couple of her more rare designs (I have to admit that I went a litlle bit nuts :-)


Kustom Krafts
The only piece I've stitched from them has special memories ... I worked on it during my grandmother's deathbed.

Little House Needleworks
Mother of the Country Cottage Needleworks designer. She has sooooo many lovely designs that I would like to have them all. I've subscribed to a monthly program to receive all of her ornaments for 2012 (but I'll be acquiring the 2010 and 2011 series as well :-).

January 2012 ornament

Moira Blackburn
Has lovely samplers. Should buy some of them but have to finish lots of other things first :-)
To my likings:

Too many to name. Should really start to stitch on the charts I already have (kitted up and all). But then again ... lack of time :-)

Would like to get all the Reindeer + sleigh charts, the Snow Globe houses and the Season Queens, as well as the following ones:

Plum Street Samplers
I really like reading her blog. She's such a lovely and lively person and the love for her daughters and hubby is obvious. On my wishlist:

Prairie Moon
One of those "primitive" designers that have lots of funny charts and not too complicated. I adore their stocking series that reflect the days of Christmas ("On the first day of X-mas my true love gave to me ...etc.").

Prairie Schooler
I've recently started to collect their charts. They're fun, not difficult to stitch and ideal for ornaments. A couple of my favourites:

Praiseworthy Stitches
Also fall under the category of "primitive designs". What drew my attention were these three lovelies (I only have the first one = Ravenmoon Hall).

Shakespeare's Peddler
Teresa, the designer of da Peddler also has an online shop and is a really sweet lady, always ready to help. One of her specialties is the reproduction of old samplers. I have the following design from her and I think it's wonderfull:

Shepherd's Bush
Lovely designs, a little bit naive and what I would call "pastoral" ... Fun to stitch, not complicated and ideal for gift giving :-) I love their big - and I mean really BIG - stockings and also the "Scatter ..." line (of which I've recently added "Scatter Eggs" to my stash pile ;-)

Sweetheart Tree
Ah ... they have such romantic and delicate designs!
Although I would like to have lots of their designs, I have nothing of them in my closets. I think I would start small and go for one of their lovely biscornu (which I haven't tried before).

Victoria Sampler
I've got the same feeling for this one as for the Sweetheart Tree = feminine, delicate, ... More complex and difficult due to their use of Hardanger (but worthwile once finished). They've got a great series called "Heirloom" and one I'm certainly going to purchase and stitch is the Heirloom Stitching Sampler ... I've got two daughters whom I would love to pass my love for stitching (we'll see since they're still young = 5 and 3).

With Thy Needle and Thread
Primitive ... But oh soooo much fun! Once finished these pieces will surely draw the attention of everyone visiting your home (for sure)! My favourites:

Well ... that's it for now! Hope you liked our tour through Europe and America (don't forget your tour guide ;-) LOL!

I think you've got a good impression of the things I like by now :-) I'll talk more fun stuff later = plans and actual stitching! Yay!

Have a good night and see ya later!

1 comment:

Joysze said...

Hey Ann!!!! Look at all these beautiful charts. You're going to stitch them all right? :D