History of My Hobby Turned Business

Yes it’s been a while since I have checked in! I stay busy with my kids and now grandkids! I wanted to record some history of how I have been designing patterns over the years.

After 20 plus years of designing and stitching for major needlework companies and shops, I left the hustle and bustle of the city and settled back into the country, putting my talents and experience to work to offer you quality designs and patterns for less than major manufacturers. In addition to my own designs, I offer designs by other talented artists as well.

With today’s computer technology, you can have many of my designs at the touch of your fingertips, provided in downloadable PDF file format.

Advantages of downloadable patterns:

No waiting for your pattern to arrive by Pony Express.
No shipping charges.
Fast delivery.
Adobe Acrobat Reader ® required for downloading patterns. (Click on the link at bottom of this page to download Adobe Acrobat Reader ®.)
A prototype model has been stitched of each pattern to assure quality control. Instructions have been:

  • Charted with a professional counted cross stitch program.
  • Each symbol has been individually placed in the chart with the help of a computer mouse.
  • These are not scanned photographs turned cross stitch.
  • Each chart has clear and legible symbols.
  • Professionally written, detailed step-by-step stitching instructions.
  • Complete assembly instructions included where required.
  • Complete materials required list showing supplies required to completing the design.

Not all of my patterns are downloadable but all are available as packaged patterns. Each pattern is professionally packaged in a zip locked plastic bag and contains a package label with a full-color picture of the completed model, chart, complete stitching instructions, complete assembly instructions where required, and a supply shopping list. The baby bib patterns include a pre-finished bib.

Fast forward to 2018 and I have included some fun new creations:
 For anyone interested in how these were made, please check out this youtube video on a guide to stitching:
P.S. No this video was not made by yours truly, I can barely figure out how to post my articles on my website! Hah! Youtube is a bit too advanced for my taste. Enjoy!

Everything’s Up To Date in Kansas City…

On one of our recent trips to Missouri, we spent some time in the Kansas City area.  Such a beautiful city.  One of my favorite moments was the Hubby got us a chauffeured limo service to take a tour of the city and to take us to dinner.  My husband’s great-grandparents were immigrants from Austria and lived and worked in Kansas City in an area of Czech immigrants known as Strawberry Hill.  His great-grandfather was a butcher in that neighborhood, and so we had the Driver take us to Strawberry Hill and we got to go to a “famous” meat shop (Krizman’s – I think) to sample some of their sausages.  It was a pretty neat experience.  We ended up down at The Plaza for dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse that I can’t remember the name of!  SO GOOD.  Anyhow, I do remember the name of the wonderful company that carted us around all day – Overland Park Limo Service – very knowledgable and nice people!

While visiting that wonderful town on our get-away, I got to spend some time perusing thru some locally owned craft and needlework shops looking for new projects to take on.

I did find some interesting ideas, but nothing worth spending my money on.  Anymore, I enjoy the simplistic.  So many patterns are so comprehensive (not the word I’m looking for) – just so much going on…  I guess what I mean is that they are so BUSY.  That’s it.  That’s the right word!

Busy Pattern
Busy, busy, busy…

So, unproductive in buying anything, but productive in sparking some new ideas.  If I ever get around to developing them, I just might have to show them on here!

Well, nothing new in my life at the moment, but things are good.  I’m happy with life, and I think that that is important.

I’ll share more tomorrow.