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St. Clare, Patron Saint of Stitchers

The Feast of St. Clare is celebrated on August 12

    Sister Mary Loretta of the Monastery of Saint Clare in Langhorne, PA, writes about Saint Clare (1193-1253). Her words were originally printed in Needlewords, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1986.
    "Clare di Faverone was of a noble and wealthy family of the town of Assisi, and she was educated befitting her high station. Since Assisi was known for its fine embroidery, Clare would have learned how to execute the finest and most intricate patterns to perfection. At that time, of course, fine needlework was an important part of every noblewoman's education.
    "When Clare met Francis di Bernadone, later known as St. Francis of Assisi, she knew that the ideals he was preaching were the light to guide her own life. So at the age of eighteen, she left all the privileges of her rank to live an enclosed life of poverty, penance and prayer.
    "After some years had passed, Clare became quite ill, and she spent the rest of her life, about twenty-nine years, as an invalid. In spite of her illness, she wanted to be of service in whatever way she could, and so she turned to needlework. Contemporary accounts tell us that Clare was never idle, even in this illness, and had herself propped up in bed so that she could work. These same accounts tell us that Clare spun flax into thread, and after the linen was woven, she made altar linens, for 'nearly all the churches of the valley and hills around Assisi.'"

About the Design: My design for counted cross stitch is based on a stained glass window of St. Clare found in a church along the Thames in England. I worked her on 28 ct Lambswool Linen (like tea-dyed) with the following colors of Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread: 100, 205, 210, 225, 340, 555, 750, 800, 900. The design measures just 22 x 65 stitches.

Chartpak $7.00
Chartpak with Thread $20.50

Kittens
This little kit gives you complete instructions and all materials for making the three kittens in the brown perforated box as shown. Warning! These are highly addictive. I've made several "litters" myself!
Just $12.50 + shipping

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Q15 Guidance
Work it on 30 ct unbleached linen with GTFT 250 as shown, or raid your own stash for your favorite fabric and floss. LET GO AND LET GOD measures 19 x 47 stitches.
Chart $5 Kit $7.50
Chartpak $5.00
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Complete Kit $7.50
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Q17 Candyman
This cheery fellow is fun to stitch and fun to wear. Worked on 28 ct white linen, he measures about 3x5" including legs and arms.
Chart Only: $3.50
Add Thread: $5.40 (150, 355, 340, 900)
Chartpak $3.50
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Q19 Butterfly Pin

We made these to kick off Camp Stitchaway this past spring. It was so nice to be the first one downstairs on Saturday morning and see all the finished butterflies all over the room! It is worked with one strand of Flower Thread on 14 ct perforated paper, then trimmed out. A green wire antennae is added, then a peel-and-stick pin, and the wings are slightly bent to give a realistic pose. The finished pin is just 2-3/4" from tip to tip! The complete kit is just $7.

Q18 Pumpkin Matchbox
Just what you need for lighting candles and jackolanterns! Plus, instructions are included for an indoor marshmallow roast. Super fun! The design is worked on perforated plastic (14 ct) and the unprinted white matchbox with matches is included. Kit $12.50
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Q13 Geraniums Matchbox

Pair this little project with a set of candles for a really great hostess gift, just in time for spring! Better order two so you can have one to keep for yourself. Your complete kit includes the glossy white, unprinted matchbox, 28 ct linen, Flower Thread, mounting card and complete instructions. Kit $12.50

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Q11 Hostess Lights: Kitten

Pair this little cutie with a set of candles for a really great hostess gift, just in time for the party season coming up! Better order two so you can have one to keep for yourself. Your complete kit includes the glossy white, unprinted matchbox, 28 ct linen, Flower Thread, mounting card and complete instructions. Kit $12.50

 
Q8 Dress Code

lets the birds know the basic rules!
Or is it addressed to the squirrels? It is sure to make you smile with bead "bird seed" across the bottom and your favorite bird button at the top. Work it on tea dyed or lambswool linen for a back-to-nature touch.
Chartpak $7.00
Add the thread (280, 418, 451, 740, 745, 900) for $8.10

 

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