Thursday, January 2, 2014

It’s a New Year And I’m Baaaaack!

Happy 2014 to all my stitching buddies.  I’ve missed you, so I thought I would give the blog another try.  Since I tend to work only one project at a time, and usually large ones,  I’m always afraid I will bore you to death with pics and updates of the same thing.  But I decided that if you get bored you will just quit reading, so apparently I’m only in this for myself.

Since September, I’ve been very busy with holiday stitching, commonly known as “The Christmas Panic”.  This year’s ornament total was 28.  I planned (resolved) to work on ornies through January, but I’ve already broken that one.  However, I did get eleven done before I switched over to my latest project.  More on that later.  Here are a few of them, but you can see more here


Business also took a large chunk of my time since I last posted.  My new stitch picker/needle threader sets have been very popular.  I made a set for each person in my stitch group and found these precious pincushions at UpTheCreek on Etsy to go with them.  

Lots of folks must have received scissor fobs and counting pins for Christmas too!  Thanks to all of you who shopped with me at TJBdesigns this year.  I’m looking forward to creating even more exciting needlework tools this year.  Stay tuned.
 My new project is another one that has been in my stash for almost two decades.  “Jean Scrimgeowr” by The Scarlet Letter.  I framed this one for a customer way back in the 90s and fell in love with it then.  Scottish samplers have a special appeal to me and I’m not sure why.  This one is stunning and I have it hanging by the end of March.  Happy Birthday to me.

I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you.  Happy Stitching!


  1. Pretty ornaments, Tommye!! I especially love the one with the partridge and pears, is it a Prairie Schooler? So very sweet. A nice start on Jean Scrimgeowr. I like Scottish samplers too and not sure why, I think maybe I like the alphas with illumination many of them have.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks, Krista. Yes, those are Prairie Schooler and they don't take nearly as long as they look like they should! :)

    I like the illuminated alphabets too. Very distinctive.

  3. Happy New Year, Tommye, and good to see you posting again! What fabulous ornaments you created; my favorites are the PS ones.

    Robin in Virginia

  4. Glad to see you back! But as we've discussed, adding more computer time really eats into the stitching time! March may be a bit optimistic!! Laura

  5. Lovely stitching. Glad to have you back blogging.

  6. Yea !!!!! Glad to see you are back!!! Beautiful stitched ornies and gorgeous sampler.... You can do March!!!

  7. Looks like you got a lot done - and they're great finishes! That is a pretty sampler - look forward to seeing it progress.

  8. Love the sampler you've chosen as your current project! I'll need to look for that on Scarlet Letter this month! Also love those threaders and thread pickers you make. Beautiful. I just spent about 1/2 an hour frogging an error on my border and could have used one if those tools. Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing this sampler progress. And, I don't think it's "boring" at all to watch your posts as you focus on one large design. Your ornaments are fantastic. I need to take some lessons from you on finishing ornaments AND focusing on one project at a time!

  9. Hi!!! Great to see you again. I'm pleased that business is going well for you. That is a lovely sampler for your current project and I definitely never get tired of seeing a project come to life on the fabric. xx