Little House Needleworks
"The Sampler Tree"
Introducing a new series from Little House Needlworks for 2015! "The Sampler Tree" will offer a beautiful ornament pattern each month, each with a sampler
The suggested 32 count Winter Brew from R & R Reproductions will be available from Hoffman Distributing Company as well as the hand dyed threads by Classic
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Would you share a little about your stitching background (when you started, who taught you, etc)?
My mother taught me how to embroider. I started with some plain white fabric, a hoop and some DMC thread. My love for cross stitching really started to blossom on a trip to Washington DC when I was 11 years old. It was at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History that I was introduced to samplers. My mom purchased a reproduction kit for me in the gift shop, and I’ve been cross stitching ever since!
How did you turn your love of creating cross-stitch designs into a business?
My son Mateo (7 years old at the time) did not like the fact that the patterns I bought were someone else’s design. He basically said, stitch your own designs or in his words “you are just copying”. No matter how I explained that the designers want me to reproduce their work with needle and thread, he was persistent that I make my own designs. After a lot of failed attempts with graph paper and colored pencils, I discovered the software to created cross stitch designs, and found that I enjoyed it almost as much as stitching them. I was quite intimidated by the thought of trying to create a business around it, but Cathy Roginela from the Inspired Needle gave me a lot of support and advice to take the leap.
How did your weekend at the Nashville Needlework Show go last year?
I had a great time at the show! As a new designer, I had no idea what to expect, or how to prepare for it. I learned a lot, and met some wonderful people. This year I am planning a exclusive show only kit, and plenty of new designs. Two will be reproduction samplers, and several original designs. I can’t wait to get to know more shop owners and designers! There is a great deal of creative energy in these shows, and it has kept me inspired all year.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of marketing your designs and promoting cross-stitch in general to those who do not stitch?
There are a lot of talented artists and designers out there. Trying to figure out how to stand out from a very gifted pool of people is challenging. As a new designer, you just hope that you can get your name out there and that people will like what they see. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, and I’m sure there will be more. However, you only improve with every mistake. I try to take my cross stitch with me wherever I go. My friends laugh at my “old lady” hobby, but I’ve managed to discover a few closet stitchers amongst my friends. I love it when someone comes up to me and asks me about what I am making. It makes people curious, which is great. We need to introduce more young people to the art like my mom did.
How important are independently owned needlework shops to your business, to cross-stitch in general, and do you have any favorites in your area?
Brand new from Lindsay Lane Designs! The "Winter Fun" series will kick off with "Ski", shown above. More to follow!
Margarette's Strawberry Needlebook
One of the most popular and best selling designs from Lindsay Lane Designs has been "Margarette's Strawberry Needlebook". It comes with
complete instructions to stitch and personalize the needlebook using the alphabet provided. The stitch count is 106w x 149h
See more from Lindsay Lane Designs in our
Online Reference Catalogue.
I LOVE my LNS, the Inspired Needle. Of course, being in the Chicago suburbs we are blessed with several wonderful stores in the area to choose from. I hope that it stays that way! The triangle of relationships that form between designer, shop owner and customer are the lifeblood of the industry. We all depend on each other. I remember the first time I went into a proper cross stitch needlework store. It wasn’t that long ago—-2003 when I was living in Antibes, France, and went to a store in St. Remy. I had no idea how many wonderful fabrics, threads and patterns were available. Until that point I had only seen what was available in chain big box stores in the US. When I returned to the US, I actively sought out only independent stores to buy from, and have never looked back.
Your line of designs covers the spectrum of all the seasons. Do you have a particular seasonal theme that you love most?
Halloween is my favorite holiday to design for. You can really let your creativity flow!
What are some of your non-needlework hobbies, interests or passions?
My “other life” mostly consists of spending time with my family and going to a lot of soccer games for the team my twin boys play for. I volunteer at the school library and teach religious education classes for our church. In addition to life of being a busy mom to 11 year old boys, I am also a retired Certified Nurse Midwife, and while I am no longer up at night on call delivering babies like I used to, I am now teaching obstetrics to BSN nursing students at a local university. I am quite passionate about women’s health care and improving outcomes for moms and babies in the USA. Although I am not practicing as a midwife any longer, I love the field and hope to encourage new nurses to go into maternal/child nursing or midwifery.
What are your top three favorite foods?
That is tough, I love food! Mexican (specifically food from El Paso, TX where I was raised), Cheesecake, and a really good steak!
What’s your favorite TV show?
I don’t watch very much TV, but I always make time for Call the Midwife (of course), Downton Abbey, and any Masterpiece Mystery show.
What does the future hold for Lindsay Lane Designs?
Hopefully many more years in the industry! Designing and stitching is a outlet for the “other half” of my brain.
New Trim From Dames of the Needle
From The Cauldron introduces a unique and beautifully dyed trim line! Pom Pom are great for a wide variety of projects, be it a small pillow or ornament, or an
ornate keepsake box! Give these a try and you'll love 'em!
Classic Colorworks Hand Dyed Threads
Cotton, Silk (Belle Soie), and Perle 5 Cotton Available.
We are happy to offer the entire line of quality hand dyed threads by Classic Colorworks! Contact your favorite needlework shop for purchasing.
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