I have been extremely busy this past month. New designs, lots of fabrics and trims dyed, lots of patterns still in the works but that is nothing new around here!
For the new kits.....what I wanted to offer was a wide range of styles.....lots of trims, buttons, etc. Hand dyed fabrics and floss....and all in the kit so you don't have to hunt anything down. Easy to make kits too.
The fundraiser......I have been chatting with Gaynor (Stitcheranon) and she explained her bout with breast cancer last year. She has a personal web site for The Irish Cancer Society fundraiser....and in her words I will let her explain to you.
"The trek is organised by the Irish Cancer Society. It is a sponsored event and in order to take part we each need to raise 3200 euros. The Trek is quite heavy going, up a lot of mountains and it follows the famous Pilgramage walk, I will be walking the last 116 km to Santiago de Compestalla. This page has all the details. http://www.cancer.ie/get-involved/fundraise/challenge-yourself/trek/group.
I started walking under the advice of my oncologist: keeping active helps to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. I was hoping to walk in ireland but the roads are very dangerous: too dangerous for a woman walking alone. I will be walking in a group for the trek which makes it much safer.
The money on the fundraising page ALL goes to the Irish Cancer Society. Any donations which come to me personally are again, ALL handed to the Irish Cancer Society: I obtain receipts which are given to the donors."
What I would like to do for Gaynor (I have already sent her lots of trims to finish the items she is selling to raise money)
is to donate to her for the next three months to help her on her trek. I will donate the profits (after material costs) on the best selling kit for each month. Of course I urge you to donate directly on her fundraiser page too. http://www.mycharity.ie/event/sponsorgaynor/
I have 4 new kits and I will be adding more each week. I have some nice red checked kitchen goodies that will be done soon (a whole basket of red goodies!)...as well as blue checks and stripes and black and tan. Lets start with the first one: Treasured Friend. I changed my pattern a little to fit this heart.
I also want to add that these are easy finish kits. I used fabric glue to attach all the trims(why stitch and see puckers?) and I was thrilled with the results. It took 1 minute to attach the red trim with dots of glue and a few pins to hold it in place. Then a few more drops of glue on the cluny trim and in less than 5 minutes it was done. Glue was dry in an hour.
Next is "Time to spare said the hare". Finished size is 5x5-1/2". My hand dyed floss stitched on my own light carmel linen, 32ct. Hand dyed trims, tortoise and hare hand dyed wood buttons, cluny lace trim in caramel and a variegated golden caramel cluny lace for the bow with a carmel colored wood flower shaped button. $18
The kit comes with all the hand dyed wood buttons you see...the bow with 3 layers is already made and the button is attached! All you do is add a couple drops of fabric adhesive or a few stitches to the back to attach it. I said these were easy kits. Hand dyed trims, floss and antique ivory 28ct linen.
****I also added iron on interfacing. It really helps to firm up the linen fabric before you sew on buttons. Antiqued ivory premium muslin backing. Size is 4-1/2x5". $24
Last and most important is my Hope pillow/wall hanging.
I had a mini motto in reds and greens and I changed it to rose and pink and made a few adjustments. Light cream overdyed cluny trim for the bows and hanger. Narrow eyelet trim goes along the bottom. 5-1/2 x 8" plus the hanger. $24 and a real bargain. It was dark and raining when I snapped this picture so I will re-take it on a better day.
******I will also have this available as a chart only. $7.99.
These will all be available February 1st. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org to place orders. I do not have these listed on ebay to save the fees so I can help Gaynor. I take paypal and if you live in the states, you can send me a personal check. They will be listed later on ebay.
THE GIVE AWAY! You must be a follower and post a comment here.....I will pick five winners to receive the kit of their choice on Valentine's Day. My present to you.
**Post on your blog to help Gaynor and I will give you 10 more entries. Yes 10!
I will try to list more kits as they become available. Yes we will get to the primitive stuff soon......all in good time.
Thank you for reading/letting me explain all this to you. I urge you to follow your heart and donate to help Gaynor. After all.....you guys are the best!