Saturday, October 29, 2011

Realistic Bluework Roosters & Hens

Hi Everyone,
Realistic Bluework Roosters are new this week here at The Country Needle! When you pair them with the blank Cozy Cover from the Prim Wreath Stitchery set, you've got a really cute "kitchen chicken" set for those pots of hot & hearty winter soups and stews.
Realistic Bluework Roosters & Hens 03
And of course, flour sack towels, aprons, placemats, curtains and other kitchen linens are also a great way to use this set.

Need more ideas? Check out the window project I did in March using the realistic hens & roosters here!

These look so cool "machine punched" on copper too!
To view our newest set, click the photo below and be sure to check out the Realistic Bluework Roosters and Hens #1 or #2 sets.
Realistic Bluework Roosters & Hens 3

30% off

Set includes designs for both the 4x4 and 5x7 sizes- 20 designs total!

Quick to stitch and great for kitchen & country decor such as flour sack towels & can be mixed and matched with the Realistic Bluework Roosters and Hens #1 or #2 sets for more variety!
Awareness designs are 45% OFF and all other regular designs sets are 30% Off through October 31st.
Have a great weekend and as always...
Happy Stitching!
The Country Needle®
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall into Savings: Autumn Sheep

They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here—
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossoms on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock
~from The Frost is on the Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley

Of course there are several more verses to this classic poem, but this particular phrase I feel has captured the essence of Autumn. It's one of my favorite times of year because it's like a crescendo of color... nature's climax just before Winter. Now if you can just picture in your mind, me reading this poem as Vivaldi's Autumn Movement plays in the background  while I'm stitching out pumpkins and autumn leaves on the embroidery machine and enjoying the aroma wafting through the air of the homemade Sourdough Cinnamon rolls that are being baked in the oven. Cozy huh?! 

Now it's your turn! While the leaves are still falling and the frost is beginning to settle on the "punkins" you can stitch our darling Autumn Sheep set for the 4x4 & 5x7 hoops! Click the photo below for more information.

And of course, I wouldn't tempt you with the aroma of homemade cinnamon rolls without giving you a chance to make some for yourself too! You'll find the recipe right here on The Hoop & Holler Embroidery Café.
If you like Vivaldi or are even wondering who he is. Turn your volume up and listen while you're reading this.
Autumn Sheep

Use this 30 piece set for your table settings, your wardrobe, even dress up the guest towels in the powder room.
30 designs total!
There's a sample for everyone to download when they visit.

Awareness designs are 45% OFF and all other regular designs sets are 30% Off through the end of October.

Have a great weekend and as always...
Happy Stitching!
The Country Needle®
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Sourdough Orange Cinnamon Rolls

These are delicious and a huge hit amongst family and friends!
To make the cinnamon rolls:
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
6 cups bread flour
1 cup Sourdough starter (I use a potato starter, but the Amish Friendship Bread starter is just as good)
Cinnamon Filling:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon (I double this)
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
Mix above ingredients together and set aside.

6 Tbsp margarine, or butter, softened

Combine the sugar, salt, water, flour, and starter in a large bowl. Stir to make a dough. Form the dough into a ball. Grease another large bowl. Put the dough in and turn to coat. Cover and let stand overnight. (Do not refrigerate.) If you live in a high altitude, place the covered bowl in your oven with the light on.

After the dough has risen overnight, punch it down, divide it in half, and form two balls of dough. Take a ball of dough and roll it out as thin as possible on a floured surface. Spread half the butter then half of the cinnamon filling evenly over the dough.

Roll up the dough like a jelly roll. Cut each roll into slices 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Place the slices 1/2 inch apart in a buttered jelly roll pan, cover. Repeat with the remaining ball of dough and remaining butter, cinnamon filling. Let rise until double- about 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly while making the icing:
Makes approximately 2- 9x13 pans

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz Cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2-4 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate
Zest of two oranges

Cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add the orange juice concentrate and zest.
Drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls.
Homemade Sourdough Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Funny Fall Dwarfkins

Hi Everyone!
The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, people are planning hay rides and outings to the local pumpkin patch. Football is in full swing and the scent of hot chocolate and bowls of chili also fill the air- though I'm sure the latter two act as much as hand warmers as they do tummy fillers! Wherever you are, I hope you're staying warm and enjoying the season!

Having a Halloween Party or Fall Festival? It just wouldn't be cool not to invite the Funny Fall Dwarfkins that have only just arrived at The Country Needle. They love being silly and want you to have fun too! You might also have ghostly experiences when you stitch the dwarfkin faces on t-shirts or sweatshirts. 

Careful now...those blank 5x7 ITH treat bags(sold separately) might disappear quicker than you think when you stitch the 4x4's on these bags.

Round out your party with more pumpkins, jack o' lanterns and candy corn. And of course, what would your party be like if you didn't have the Purrrrrfect Fraidy Cat?
Check all three of these sets out below and be sure to download the samples when you visit.

Funny Fall Dwarfkins

Perfect for sweatshirts, sweaters, and tee shirts too! Don't forget your little goblin's treat bags too. The 4x4 "dwarfkins" will also fit on our ITH 5x7 Treat Bags shown below.
This set includes 7 filled & redwork designs for the 4x4 & 5x7 hoops & 7 funny dwarfkin faces also in 4x4 & 5x7.
42 designs total!

There's a sample to download too!
ITH Prim Halloween Treat Bags- 5x7

If you want a tasty sweet, be sure to holler Trick or Treat! This In-the-Hoop set was so much fun to make. Set includes 4 treat bag designs & one blank bag panel to add your own design for the 5x7 hoop. Single designs for the 4x4 & 5x7 hoops are also included. To give the bags a more "finished" look, the option to add a lining has been included. Stitch on cut-away stabilizer or stiffy felt too!
Fraidy Cat

This set includes an assortment of single designs in filled and appliqué for the 4x4 hoop as well as 3- 5x7 appliqué designs for your sweatshirts and sweaters.

Stitched on a blacksweatshirt, I used a very soft velvet like fur for the cat in the photo shown here. Just too cute!

Don't forget to download the appliqué star when you visit.

As always...
Happy Stitching!

The Country Needle®

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are lots of embroidery designs for this cause, but did you also know that it's Domestic Violence Awareness Month too? According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence & Domestic Violence Statistics, a woman in the US is assaulted or beaten every 15 seconds; around the world, at least one in every three women has been abused during her lifetime and it is the leading cause of injury to women. 

So why have I created Domestic Violence Awareness designs? The answer is simple. Someone I care about is in an abusive relationship. While I can't make her leave the current situation, I can let her know that I'm here, that she's not alone, that I'm willing to help and offer resources and that because her life matters, I'm not going to be silent about it. 

While some of the designs in this set are specifically for Domestic Violence Awareness, this 25 piece set does include designs that by changing the colors, are suitable for other causes. Just like cancer, domestic violence knows no boundaries and this is just my way of bringing awareness and saying that flowers do not make it better...

The FSL ribbons in this set could be stitched out and given to those in shelters as a way to offer hope. The filled designs would be great for creating quilts, wall hanging and t-shirts for fund raising events. Perfect for those who work in the social work field such as mediators and counselors and even for DV survivors who want to speak out! Don't forget medical personnel too!
25 designs total.
There's a sample for everyone to download when they visit.
As always...

Happy Stitching!


The Country Needle®