Little House patterns include supply lists should you wish to stitch the design as we did. However since needlework is an art, we feel the stitcher should feel free to choose their own supplies without feeling guilty about doing so. Over time we have receive a good number of emails asking permission to stitch a design with different colors. No such permission is needed. The Little House copyright is not altered in the least and you are happier with the outcome. So if you want the house a different color, you like blue-green grass instead of yellow-green, go for it! My feelings won't be hurt! All I ask is that your changes be kept private and that you not share them publicly out of respect for the suppliers in the original design.
Please visit your local needlework shop to purchase any of the following materials:
Thread: Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art Sampler Threads are all hand dyed threads that can be found in your local needlework shop. We also use DMC which is widely available.
About: So many of our designs are created using hand dyed thread. When possible, a conversion to DMC is provided on the design packet but is not available on this site. Note, that hand dyed thread has variations from dye lot to dye lot making each stitched piece uiquely your own. The beauty of a thread skein hand dyed is that it provides the subtle color variations we have all grown to love in our stitching.
Fabric: Fabrics from Access Commodities, Silkweavers, Lakeside Linens, Weeks Dye Works, R&R Reproductions, and Zweigart are the main fabrics used in our designs.
About: The fabrics we use from Silkweavers, Lakeside Linens, Weeks Dye Works and R&R Reproductions are all hand dyed. Like thread, they sometimes change a bit from piece to piece. You may see a slightly darker version of a color, lighter, or a variation in tint. These are all normal traits of hand dyed fabrics. Simply enjoy YOUR piece!
Frames: Each pattern has a frame manufacturer listed on the back cover. The following frame companies are the ones we use over and over:
"Family Tree Frames" : If it looks hand painted, sanded, with applied designs and doo-dads, that's a Family Tree Frame. You can find the web site on the internet.
Valley House Primitives: If it looks like it just jumped off of an old sampler, it's from Valley House. They specialize in hand painted reproductions.
East Side Mouldings: If it looks like a traditional frame, stained or in colors, it's from East Side.
And there are times, but not not often, when a frame is purchased as a ready-made or is custom ordered through a frame gallery. The pattern will say so if that is the case.
Buttons: Just Another Button ompany has created a wonderful array of buttons for designers to use. Visit their online catalog but order from your LNS if you wish to purchase any. Our "All Dolled Up" line of patterns uses them as does the new line, Little Sheep Virtues.
Wool: Many of our ornaments and small designs are mounted onto wool from Weeks Dye Works. Wool is sold on a hang-card with more than enough to finish an ornament or two or three!
Beads: The "All Dolled Up" line of designs uses beads from Mill Hill. Beads are sold in small plastic packets with more than enough to add a bit of sparkle to your finish.
A Special Note: Pattern covers do not always accurately represent the thread, fabric, or frame used in a design. Due to lighting, printer ink or computer monitors, variations will be noted in the photos seen on our covers. Example: A purchased pattern cover may be lighter, darker or more saturated than your computer monitor photo. Also, because we use a lot of hand dyed materials, our model may not be a mirror image of your stitched design because of dye lots and stitching techniques used to showcase the color changes. Example: I may stitch a strawberry in a circle to highlight the color change in the thread. If you stitch back and forth our strawberries will not look the same. Neither one is right or wrong. . . . . just different. And in the art world, different is often a good thing! Enjoy the process and the stitching journey!