Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand, lovely and chaste like snow white sand….

Welcome, dear stitchers.  I am so glad you stopped by today.  I have what I believe to be an extra special free pattern for you.  But let’s get to some housekeeping first.

Soooo, have you been stitching at least weekly?  What are your projects?  I would love to hear about them, and even SEE pictures of them .  This is my latest project.  I believe I mentioned in an earlier post that I am working on Christmas projects so as to not be totally panicked when the holiday approaches and I’m not finished.You stitchers know what I mean.  It can be be just a little stressful!  You think??   The wrinkles you see are from the hoop I use and these will press out by ironing on the wrong side of the fabric when my project is complete.

HINT:  To avoid pesky fold lines in your fabric, when you take your work off the hoop, roll it into a tube instead of folding it.   Fold lines are a little more difficult to iron out.


Does this inspire you to pick up your needle?  I truly hope so.

Since we are in the throes of yet another polar vortex (seriously, I feel as if I have moved to Siberia.  ENOUGH, already!), I thought that today’s free chart should be snow related.  I found this adorable needlework project, courtesy of Patrick’s Woods.  THANK YOU, Patrick’s Woods.  It is truly lovely.

finished bag

Now this pattern can be just stitched and framed or finished as pictured above and used as a lovely sewing bag.

The model is stitched on 35 count linen and uses 1 strand of floss. The finished design size is 6″ x 2.75″.  If you choose to make it into a sewing bag, the designer ironed (or sewed) interface lining to the back of the stitched piece. Cut a piece of black wool the size of your stitching, adding an extra 1/4″ to the bottom and and extra 1.5″ to the top, if you are going to add the scallops.  Press 1/8″ of the top under and sew.   Now, turn right sides together and sew the sides and bottom, being sure to leave the extra 1/4″ on the bottom free. When you turn the right side out, you should have the 1/4″ wool showing at the bottom.  Using decorative scissors,cut across the wool.  Making a template for however you choose to finish the top (scallops or other design), pin the template and cut. Embellish how you like.  Voila!  Beautiful!

Here’s the chart for the design.Use the threads of your choice.**

chart bag

This would be lovely as a pinkeep also.

**The year on this is 2013.  You may want to change it to a ‘6’ that will be really easy.

I hope you enjoy today’s post and remember, let me know what you are working on!  Stay tuned for more primitive stitching inspirations or just an escape from your day to day duties.

Be kind to each other.




The kings they came from out the south, and dressed in ermin fine….

This is the first line of the poem Christmas Carol, by Sara Teasdale.  I have always loved Christmas and most of us think that is the case with everyone.  But, sadly, this isn’t the case.  There are many of our fellow brothers and sister who look upon this holiday with dread for many reasons.  It could be because their loved ones are gone, they have no one to celebrate the season with, they are homeless and cold and hungry, unemployed, and the list goes on.  I would like to ask each of you to always, but particularly during this holiday season, to make a difference in someone’s life.  A smile, help where and when you are able, and  help people remember why we celebrate this wonderful season.

Remember to whom much is given, much is expected.

Now, I  promised on my Facebook page a free pattern to help you keep busy during this holiday season.  Hah, you say?  Like you need something to keep you busy?  But a promise is a promise, right?    🙂  Remember to right click,  copy, then paste into either Paint Shop, word, or excel.

This is a lovely pattern called Woodland Deer designed and graciously donated by Lori Brechlin.

NL Woodland Deer - Nan Lewis

And here is the second one call Christmas ornie, also designed and donated by Lori Brechlin.  For those of you who may not know what an ornie is, it’s a small stitchery made to tuck into a bowl, on your Christmas tree, on a shelf, etc.  Any where you want, really.

Christmas ornie - Lori Brechlin


And this is a Christmas stitchery that I just got back from the framer. OK, class, what is it that I always say?  All together now….

If it’s worth your time, it’s worth framing properly.

So, until next time.  Peace and all good things,


lizzie kate


When Witches Go Riding and Black Cats are Seen, The Moon Laughs and Says’ Tis Near Halloween

Hi everyone.  I know, I DID check my calendar and it is still a few months before Halloween.  BUT, as I mentioned in my last blog, if you want to have your Halloween stitching done in time for Halloween, you better get started!  The project that I am offering to you today for FREE, from our friends at Notforgotten Farms, and is called simply ‘Happy Halloween’.  When I looked at the chart before I saw the completed project, I thought that’s kind of underwhelming.  But THEN, I saw one of the finishes of this chart and fell in love.  So, if you come across a chart and think it really doesn’t do anything for you, see if you can find a picture of the project finished.   You may be pleasantly surprised.

Happy Halloween completed

The finish on this little pinkeep is using black wool as accent trim.  Orange wool would be another good choice, or you could stitch the pumpkin in orange and leave the black wool for accent trims.  There are no rules when it comes to primitive stitching  although it’s always good to at least look at the designer’s suggested colors.  Then you can put your own spin on it.  For example. this little piece would be adorable in a small, matted frame sitting on a shelf.  OR it could be made into a bigger pillow by adding a coordinating fabric either to the right or left of the design and then a backing.  There are lots of Halloween prints on sale now at your local fabric stores.  I picked up some Halloween fat quarter prints recently because I knew I was going to use it eventually and they were so darned cute.

So, here is your chart for the ‘Happy Halloween’ chart.   Remember, right click on the design, copy, and paste into a new window.  I would love to see your finishes.  🙂


Until next time, be kind to each other.

The Princess and The Peddler



How High’s the Water, Mama? Three Feet High and Risin’!

Happy end of June, everyone!

I am really showing my country roots and age with the heading of this blog!   For those of you unfamiliar with this lyric, it was a song recorded by Johnny Cash and June Carter back in the sixties.  I was a mere child (I really was!) and my dad loved Johnny Cash so I was exposed to this genre of music from a very early age.  It somehow came flooding (no pun intended!) to the front of my mind due to the extreme weather conditions lately.

Summer is here and I believe the monsoon season is upon us. Rain, rain, and more rain.  In our area, we are 5″ above the ‘normal’ (whatever that is!) rainfall for June.  So, I have been remiss in stitching and in posting.  Having a finished lower level (read: basement) and having suffered from water backup three times previously, my time has been spent running up and down the steps to make sure that the water is staying outside.  If nothing else, my legs are getting a good workout.  The good news is, NO WATER!  YET!

So, in between trips to check on the water level, I did manage to complete a small finish.  This chart was posted by me a while back as a freebie from The Primitive Hare.  She had suggested completing it in either dark reds or navy blues.  The reds go better with my decor.  love never fails

I found a little metal tag with the word ‘Love’ imprinted on it and sewed it above the words.  I think the tab was supposed to be used in a scrapbooking project, something I gave up LONG ago. I have placed this little pillow tuck in my window and love it.  It you want to look for the pattern, scroll back through the archives of my blogs, and the pattern will be there.  🙂

I have one-third of my ‘Mystery Sampler’ completed.  What fun it is!   I mentioned in my last blog, that if you haven’t participated in one of these yet, I really do encourage you to give it a shot!

With the Fourth of July upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a couple patriotic freebies.  I’ve included a nautical themed one for our coastal stitching friends or ‘just because’.  Now, remember, I blogged about adding some pizzazz in the form of beading to your work?  These small projects may be just the right sized projects for you to give it a try.  In the Liberty chart below, I would suggest adding some beading to the ‘dot’ in the i.  Just a little.  See how you like it.

Liberty 001

Freedom 001

Remember to right click on the charts, click on copy, then paste into another window where you can resize the chart to meet your needs.

Have a safe Fourth of July, and, remember, if you love your freedom, thank a veteran.  Until next time.

Peace and all good things.


The Princess and the Peddler


MORE Organizing?? But MOM!!!!

Hi everyone.  I’ve been blogging about being organized when working on needle art projects.  I stumbled across the most beautiful needle keep EVER (in my very humble opinion).  Now as you know, I am usually drawn to prim designs but this caught my eye and immediately ‘spoke to me’.

lace needlebook. Isn’t it the most beautiful needle book you have ever seen?

I love everything about it…the lace, the vintage feel….everything.

Little known fact:  did you know that needle keeps are also called ‘huswif’.  You can buy patterns to make your own on Etsy as well as huswifs that are ready-made.  My idea is to use vintage handkerchiefs and incorporate them into my huswif.  I will be sure to post a picture when I finish it.

This post will be short this time because of the holiday.  So, until next time, and, as always, be kind to each other.

Peace and all good things.


The Princess and the Peddler


More organizing? But MOM!!!

I know, I know.  Few of us like to spend valuable stitching time working on organizing BUT I have found the most beautiful needle book ever.   And here it is:

lace needlebook.  Isn’t it gorgeous??  Now, I can see myself taking time to make this . I love everything about it, the lace, the vintage look…all of it.  Now, you know that I primarily focus on prim patterns but this one ‘spoke’ to me.

Little known fact.  Did you know that these needle books are also called ‘huswif’.  There are several patterns available on Etsy if you want to try your hand at making one yourself.  There are also completed needle books available on that site as well.

My own idea is to use vintage handkerchiefs and incorporate them into a huswif.  When I get mine finished, I’ll be sure to post a picture for you.

This is going to be a short post because of the holiday.

Peace and all good things.


The Princess and the Peddler


Spring Messenger

Good Afternoon, y’all.

Yesterday I went to my local needlearts to shop for a piece of linen.  Ninety minutes and $105 latter, I returned to my car.  Now that was either a very expensive piece of linen OR I bought not only the linen but some of the latest patterns and needfuls.  (HINT:  it was the latter). Actually, I am surprised I stopped at only $105 , but my very dear friend comes to visit me every summer for about a week, and we always plan to spend an entire day at this shop.  That being said, I decided I should should save some of my purchases for her visit.  I can’t promise that I won’t be back before she visits but I will try.   😉

I just finished this piece called Spring Messenger.  Spring Messenger

This is a design by With Thy Needle and Thread.  Now, I don’t normally stitch birds (with the exception, of course, of blackbirds) but this one really caught my eye.  I love the soft colors. One of these days, I’ll figure out how to take a picture that needs a flash so the flash doesn’t show up in the picture.  GEEZ.  This is now included in my Etsy shop, PrincessPeddler.

What?? ANOTHER freebie, you say??  How can that be???  From the kindness of some of our most talented designers is how we get these.  So, for those of you who don’t want to be bogged down by a big project during these wonderful summer months, here is a little project so you can get your ‘stitch fix’.  🙂


Until next time.  Be kind to one another.

Peace and all good things.


The Princess and the Peddler