From Cissy...

Gentle Pursuit Designs


Hello Stitching Friends!

It was so lovely to be in Nashville with Nicola, Betty and Carmen again!  I had admired Krista for ages on the wonderful Our Sampler Years - Yesterdays Needlework for Today Group she administers for 9,000 or so of us. Being with her  person was a delight!  To make things even better, Melissa and Judy were working with us!  How precious it is to have needlework friends!  We were very careful to limit hugs in these scary times and Nashville identified its first Coronavirus case while we were there.  We had plenty of hand sanitizer available for ourselves and for our shoppers and used it often.  I am glad to report that we all made it safely back home.  

I have good news and bad news and will lead with the bad.  I'm a one person Cottage Industry and was in a total flurry for several weeks getting things ready for Nashville and changing my former teaching pieces Salem Scenes and Eliza's Pocketbook ready to introduce to the retail market along with my Floral Sewing Case.  I'm sorry to report that I have discovered that I made an error.  I had charted Salem Scenes in Easy Grapher before I began using PC Stitch Pro 11.  There are charts for the needlebook front, back, and the pinkeep that sits inside, a scissor fob and a scissor keeper. Somehow I managed to leave the charts for the Scissor Fob and the Scissor Keeper out of some of the packets. The Queen Stitch Butterfly that sits inside a Queen Stitch diamond is enlarged in a chart on page 10 of the packet but the enlargement doesn't include the pinwheels sitting on the sides and top or the vine that extends from the bottom making the design look a lot like a kite. I've recharted both of these projects using PC Pro Stitch 11 and saved them as jpeg files.  I I made a new MORE CORRECTIONS page and placed them there.   Each square on all of the Salem Scenes charts represents one linen thread and I've included the Color Legend information on the page.  Wish I hadn't made that mistake but hopefully this will rectify the situation.   

The good news is that I have placed my Shaker inspired Eliza's Needle Book as a pdf gift on my Free Gift page.  I had it tucked into Eliza's Pocketbook in Nashville and when I took it out and displayed it people asked for the chart and instructions.  Shop owners, you are welcome to share it with your customers. I have a few of the kits available so let me know if you would like one via email and I'll let you know if still available.  See my Shop Page.

After I complete a little gift I'm working on for someone very dear to me, I'll be charting the remarkable Agnes Wyllie 1815, and Christine McLellan Scottish Samplers, and my pre-Norfolk Susan Scott 1734.  I hope that you will remain well and that we can all pull together to help each other and our communities get through this unprecedented situation.  I'll be slipping off to the Red Cross one day to make my usual donation.  Please give if you can - there is a great need.                  



Scottish Tree Pinkeep & Shaker Spool Keep