Just in time for Valentine’s Day, new romantic patterns in the shop! Well, just this pattern is brand-new, the lovely Balcony Scene from Romeo & Juliet – wherefore are thou and all that jazz:
This new pattern includes color and stitch guides, as well as a little bit of special stitch instruction; the rest of the stats are listed on etsy here!
I have to admit, my favorite thing about this design is the balcony itself – simple back stitch lines, mostly, but I do really enjoy those little wood carving details!
We’ve also added the revamped “Did My Heart Love Till Now?” quote to the shop, which now includes color and stitch guides as well. And if you’re a big Romeo & Juliet fan and just can’t get enough, there’s now a bundle that includes both of these patterns as well as our Romeo & Juliet portrait — get all three together at a slight discount over here!
Second in our Dickens series of Little Dorrit & Co. embroidery patterns is up in the shop: Miss Havisham!
Miss Havisham might be my very favorite Dickens’ character – Great Expectations is definitely one of my favorite Dickens’ novels! She’s so vividly described and such a fascinating character – both tragic and cruel, you can’t help but feel for her but hate her at the same time. She’s so complex, I’m not sure what exactly to make of her, but I love her all the same.
All the detail from the moment Pip meets Miss Havisham is here – the cake, the spiders, the clock stopped at the moment she was left at the alter. Poor thing.
Also, thanks so much to Mollie at Wild Olive for mentioning our patterns in her embroidery pattern round-up today! (There might be a discount code for our shop over there – check it out if you’ve been thinking about buying any patterns!)
(Note: we’ve used some real, tiny, lace for the trim on Miss Havisham’s cuffs and hem, but the pattern does include a stitch-able line if you’d rather stick to stitches. If you want to use lace, we dyed about 10″ of .25″ wide lace in some weak tea to age it, then stitched it down – in a wide curve on the hem – with tiny stitches, turning just a tiny touch of the raw edges under.)
I’m interrupting these Ravellenic Games 2012 reports – which I don’t really want to talk about right now anyway, I made a HUGE mistake over the weekend that cost me two days’ work and made me want to cry and throw up in equal measures – to quickly tell you about a new embroidery pattern released over at Little Dorrit & Co.!
Our own namesake, Little Dorrit, of course! We couldn’t very well *not* do a pattern of little Amy Dorrit, could we?! She’s so sweet, so tiny, so skilled with her needle – she might as well be our company mascot!
We’ve set her in a heavy upholstered (which took quite some time to stitch so solidly!) chair, tiny feet not quite touching the ground, working on her monograms with her sewing basket by her side. We hope that she’ll be loved by Dickens fans as well as sewists / embroiderers – wouldn’t she be cute stitched onto a project bag?
And if you’re partial to a bit of Dickens, we have a couple more coming up very very soon!
I listed a couple of new patterns in the Little Dorrit & Co. shop today: an addition to our Literary Lovers set, and our Pippi Longstocking illustration!
Mr. Darcy’s Love is our second Jane Austen-themed pattern. This one is done in very a traditional style, with a floral border framing Mr. Darcy’s famous declaration of love to Elizabeth Bennet: “You must allow me tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Sigh. Mr. Darcy was so dreamy, wasn’t he?!
This pattern was designed to match the Lizzie & Mr. Darcy pattern should you want to have a Pride and Prejudice geek-out and stitch them both. We’ve repeated just a touch of the floral border in this new pattern, so they’ll look nice together as a pair. We’re actually offering them both as a slightly discounted bundle, just in case you can’t decide!
Also in the shop today is our Pippi Longstocking design as a pattern, complete with template shapes and instructions to applique her tiny dress.
We weren’t actually planning on releasing this one as a pattern, but would you believe one of our awesome customers actually requested it?! We were insanely flattered and excited, so we got right on it. We’ve changed it just a bit, added in more garden and extended the pear tree to make a better decorative design.
We hope you like them! As always, if you ever happen to stitch a Little Dorrit & Co. pattern, we’d really love to see how it comes out!
Here we go – three more patterns released today! This is the next-to-last little group of Brothers Grimm patterns – as I mentioned before, we did a rather large set for our first one, to get Little Dorrit & Co. started off right. The last batch will be along soon enough, and will include another little freebie!
But first things first. Today’s releases included some of my favorites of this collection – starting with Little Snow-White, as she was known by the Brothers Grimm. I was surprised to find that the original story is basically the same as the version we all know now. (As always, click through to Flickr for larger / more photos!)
Little Snow-White is seen as a threat by her vain and cruel Stepmother, and banished to the woods. There she meets seven wee little mining men. She takes care of them and they help keep her hidden and safe.
Until the stepmother tries to poison her, in a variety of creative ways, including the infamous poisoned apple. Thinking she is dead, the dwarves mourn and the handsome Prince is so saddened, he wants to take her away so he can always look upon her lost beauty. Although the modern re-telling has the Prince romantically kiss away the poison, metaphorically speaking, the Brothers Grimm were a little more practical. When the Prince lifts her casket, Snow-White is jostled and the piece of apple lodged in her throat is moved, allowing her to breathe again, marry her Prince, and live happily ever after. The main difference is actually in the very ending, an odd detail we couldn’t help but illustrate. The evil Stepmother attends Snow-White’s wedding, but as punishment for her wicked deeds, she is forced to wear red-hot iron shoes and dance in them until she dies! Geez. Talk about your creative punishments.
We chose to give our Little Snow-White a slightly medieval feel and pose her and her loved ones as if they were ready for their wedding portrait. As far as stitching is concerned, the only thing I could really point out as special is Snow-White’s hair, which we knew had to be dramatic, shiny, and sleek. I used the DMC Satin (for real this time) in black and couched it down with the tiniest stitches I could manage to keep the line as smooth as possible. But when I gave the whole thing a rinse, and this is the trouble with that thread that I referred to the other day, it went all wavy on me. Like Snow-White had just stepped out of the 80s and had crimped her hair. So I did it over, this time using at least twice as many tacking stitches and a disappearing ink pen so that I wouldn’t need to rinse it again. Annoying to do it twice, but I’m so pleased with those smooth curves now.
The Musicians of Bremen might be a less familiar story, but we just couldn’t help ourselves. What’s not to love about a group of musicians who happen to be a Donkey, a Dog, a Rooster, and an old scruffy cat? And the Donkey plays the lute!!!
Because their owners start to think they are a little past their prime, that maybe they’d make a good dinner or two, this group of rag-tag animals travel together to Bremen and embark upon new careers as town-musicians. They get into a little adventure with a robber, but I’ll let you find out about that yourselves.
You’ll notice the little music notes in this pattern and the next, as well as a few others in our Brothers Grimm collection. Music appears surprisingly often in these tales, usually as an indication of where to go or how to find someone. We’ve stitched them the same in every one, couched in Anchor Lame, to be a little thread (no pun intended) that floats through the whole collection.
Lastly, one of my very favorites, the classic story of Hansel & Gretel. These two wee things are left in the spooky woods to fend for themselves when their father and stepmother cannot afford to feed them any longer. Hansel’s a pretty smart boy and uses white pebbles to make a trail leading back home, knowing that the moonlight will reflect on them and make their path easy to see. We made the moon huge and the pebbles bright in silver, contrasting with the blues we used to give the feel of the dark of night.
But, despite their best efforts to get home, they catch the sound of a little bird singing and follow it, only to find themselves at a very tempting, tasty-looking house. The witch is waiting there, ready to cook them up, but they outsmart her in the end and manage to get back to their family. Don’t worry about them.
So there we are – almost to the end of our Brothers Grimm fairy tale-inspired embroidery patterns. They’re all available in the Little Dorrit & Co. etsy shop – and we hope you stick around for that freebie I mentioned, coming up soon!