Willing Hands Needlework Design

"She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands"
Proverbs 31:13

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Home, New Design

Good morning stitching friends!

If you've read the post below which I wrote last year, you know that a move was in the works for us.  After spending the entire summer of 2017 renovating our 120 year old farm house in Virginia, we put the farm on the market in mid September.  We received a firm offer in early December and rushed down to Charleston, South Carolina to find a new home.  I had been keeping up with the real estate market on line for months and had found what appeared to be the perfect home for us.  It was the first house that we looked at and we bought it!  We moved the first week of January and, the day after the movers dropped off our furniture and belongings, I flew to Phoenix to teach at The Attic's Sampler Symposium.  Whew!

Three months later we are all settled in with the only thing left to do being to hang our samplers and other artwork on our newly painted walls.  Needless to say, we have been busy!  Our new home is on Johns Island and is about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston.

I also now live very close to my sister, Anne, who is also my best friend.  We have not lived near each other since I went away to college in 1971.  Needless to say, we are having a lot of fun together!  She is an interior designer and has been a tremendous help in making our new house into a lovely home.

I have joined the Magnolia Chapter of EGA and the Charleston Sampler Guild and am making new stitching friends as well as re-uniting with long time stitching friends.

In the midst of all this, I have also managed to come up with a new design which I just completed last week.  It was inspired by Stasi Burhman (Hope that I spelled that correctly!), who is the Queen of needlework bees.  I have known Stasi for many years and see her every June at Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD.  I cannot see anything having to do with bees without thinking of her!  Thanks, Stasi!  I've always loved bees too and have wanted to do a bee-themed design for a long time.  So, finally, here it is!

It's called Bee Contained and is a hexagon shaped etui with 5 smalls - a bee skep pin cushion, a scissor fob, a ruler, a thread winder and a needle book.  Once I receive the beeswax sheets I have ordered, it will also contain a thread waxer made with a couple of bee-themed shank buttons.  The linen is called Sunshower and is actually a brighter color than it appears in the photos below.  The design is worked in Gloriana silk flosses and lined in black silk Dupioni.

Bee Contained will be available as a two day workshop beginning in January 2019.  The kit fee is $160 and the kit contains everything needed to complete the design.  Plus, there's a story behind the title, but you'll have to take the class to hear the story!

Hope that you like it!


  1. This is so much fun!!!
    See you in a few weeks at Salty!

  2. OMG!!! Betsy..you have outdone yourself...I absolutely love it!!! I just texted Sara about getting it next June!!! I am bummed to be missing you this June...but count on me for 2019!!!
    Congrats on the new abode--it looks very "Nantuckety"!!!

  3. What a fabulous new class piece you have created! I thought of New England when I saw the photo of your new home. Love the flower boxes hung from the front porch.

  4. This is gorgeous, much classier than the hexagonal collapsible orts container!

  5. What a beautiful house, and how wonderful to be close to your sister! Love the new design as well. ;)

  6. I love the design! But de classes are far away from me! Is the kit available without the classes? I love it very much !

  7. I very much like your pattern it's beautiful,thank for sharing good i dea !


  8. Great article..I am looking so forward to your blogcomment and
    I love your page on your post.. That is so pretty..

  9. My name means honeybee so I have an affinity for them and have stitched many 🐝. Will the kit be available if we cannot attend in person?
    Have enjoyed taking classes from you with Lois at Elegant Stitch. Enjoy the next chapter of your life ❤️

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