Well I have given in to the blogging bug. I should be spending more time stitching and less time on the computer and I would get more done, but part of the fun of stitching is sharing it with others. I really enjoy connecting with other stitchers via the web.
I love primitive style designs but I don’t limit myself to them. Some of my favorite cross-stitch designers are Carriage House Samplings, Chessie & Me, Bent Creek, Prairie Schooler, Little House Needleworks, The Drawn Thread, Shepherd’s Bush, Birds of a Feather, Sheepish Designs, and Homespun Elegance. I love Blackbird Designs – not only the stitching designs but the quilting and rug-hooking books too – can’t get enough! Then there’s all the wonderful French designers that I also am collecting - Rouge au Rhin, Bleu de Chine, and Long Dog to name a few. The past few years I started getting into samplers and Quaker designs (who can resist??) and a few of my favorites are Brenda Keyes (The Sampler Company), Darlene O’Steen (The Needle’s Prayse), and Moira Blackburn. I tend to like modern sampler interpretations rather than strict historical reproductions but of course there are exceptions. I also have about 10 Gail Wilson primitive doll kits stored in a box – I really need to get started on these, I love them all but they do take a considerable amount of time to complete. Maybe someday I will have a wall full of samplers, and my quilts and completed dolls on display!