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Tide Pools November 16, 2020 18:41

Tide Pool Animals Quilt Block Pattern for Sale at Raspberry Lane Crafts

Tidal Pool quilt block pattern is the newest edition to the Seaside Habitats Quilt Collection.  Habitats quilt collections sport a special essay of the animal featured in the block.  In this pattern's essay "Tidal Pool --- Aquarium of the Rocks", learn about all five creatures in the pattern.  Below is a sneak peak about sea anemones...

"SEA ANEMONES

Tentacled and ready to sting their prey, these tidal pool dwellers resemble flowers in the water.  Though researchers at the University of Vienna found the genetic code of a sea anemone to be part animal and part plant, these creatures are predators! The Marine Biological Association in the UK reports, “The diet of most anemones consists of small animals such as plankton, crabs and fish, however a number of bigger sea anemones will eat much larger prey.  For example, dahlia anemones can be greedy feeders that will prey on starfish and jellyfish.”[1]  The anemone’s arm-like tentacles contain stinging cells used to stun prey and repel predators.2"

 

[1]“Fact Sheet: Sea Anemones.” Marine Biological Association, https://www.mba.ac.uk/fact-sheet-sea-anemones. Accessed September 16, 2020

 


Fun Halloween Games for Kids October 27, 2020 13:33

Raspberry Lane Crafts

Whether your jack-o-lanterns glow orange faces in the dark or you sing along to "Oogie Boogie's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas you and your young ones can enjoy these special fun games!

Encouraging your young ones to cross-stitch and quilt is how we keep our traditions alive...like Frankenstein's monster!  Trick-or-Treating or Not, you can have loads of fun this Halloween!!!

Click on the Below Pics for Halloween Word Search and Connect-The-Dots 

Raspberry Lane Crafts Halloween Word Search Free for Kids   Raspberry Lane Crafts Free Connect The Dots for Kids   

 


NEW Scarecrow Quilt Pattern October 17, 2020 22:50

Scarecrow Fall Autumn Quilt Pattern Decoration for Sale

The NEW Scarecrow quilt pattern features magnificent autumn colors so fun to work with this time of year.  A Scarecrow, black crow, green gourd, colorful corn, and orange pumpkin blocks make up the decoration.  

Try our download version you can view on a tablet and zoom-in to see a larger view.  So no printing anything or shipping fees.  Isn't technology cool?

Or try the paper pattern - now available!


Wool Pin Cushion Puffs September 18, 2020 17:24

Wool Pin Cushion Puffs in shades from sunset to berry to forest to peach are hand-crafted by artisans for Raspberry Lane Crafts.  Handy for embroidery, cross-stitch, and hand quilting projects that require not loosing needles and pins!  Adorable and compact, these beauties should accompany each project!  Gifting your needle-losing friends and family our Wool Pin Cushion Puff is easy and affordable. 

100% Wool in a wood ring

2 (h) x 1.5 (w) inches

Made in U.S.A.

 


DMC Floss Shortage August 10, 2020 15:44

Updated: October 12, 2020

What's up with our DMC six-stranded embroidery floss?  As you can imagine, the global virus crisis has slowed production in all sectors of manufacturing.  In addition, deliveries are delaying package arrivals.

Raspberry Lane Crafts is on top of our distributers checking weekly whether their orders from France, the DMC Corp, are arriving.  New estimated dates from our distributers are November 9th.  If that happens, then we won't see fresh supplies here until Mid-November.

Patience is all we can do right now.  Those cross stitch and embroidery projects may remain partly completed for now but we will be in stock in a few months!

Happy stitching!


HOPE June 18, 2020 12:28

Chinese Lantern Hope Symbol quilt block pattern for sale
Yesterday my power went off during the hottest portion of the day (97 degrees).  No air conditioning, no ceiling fans, no refrigerator, no computer, no internet, no t.v., no recharging my electric car, no opening the garage, no using the cell phone since it could not be recharged.   What to do besides bake on the couch and pray for the Black Hills Energy people to fix the transformer or line or whatever was the problem?
Read a book?  I have a nice James Rollins summer read.  Or how about Fourth State of Water by Gerald H. Pollack - interesting stuff. Or...
Stitch my new cross-stitch pattern?  Simple.  Cool.  Fun.  Old-fashioned?  When the old is new again...  That's what I decided. 
When the power was restored an hour later ... for ten minutes ... I was grateful I opened the garage door, plugged in the electric car, retrieved my dinner from the refrigerator and started it cooking in the toaster oven on my back porch.
It was another hour before the permanent power was restored.  Sitting under that cool ceiling fan, feeling the cool wind in my face gave me hope.  That simple pleasure of being cool on an unbearably hot summer day was heavenly!  And it gave me hope for all people in this world.  When we stick together, show kindness to each other, help out, have patience - we will ALWAYS win and we can get through ANYTHING!
Peace

Happy Mother's Day May 10, 2020 18:43

Did you almost forget Mother's Day?  Hopefully, your mom received her bouquet of fresh flowers in her favorite color!  Is she all set with her French embroidery floss and tote bags?  Match her favorite outfit with a pretty face mask.  Check out our great selection of new products including Artisanal Mini Baskets, Wool Pin Cushion Puffs, and John Bead Sweet & Petite Charms in pink perfume bottles, green dragonflies, light blue bows, and bumblebees!
Have a sweet spring!

Grocery Store Face Masks April 9, 2020 15:18

Fabric Face Masks for Sale at Raspberry Lane Crafts.  Hand-crafted in USA.

Face Masks are now available in limited quantities from our store.  These are 100% cotton high quality fabric masks in an adult size.  Measurements are 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch wide with elastic ear straps. Many colors are now available.  All are hand-crafted and made in the USA.  Pleated and serged.  Click on the picture to see our Grocery Store Face Masks.

Please read the CDC instructions for using fabric face masks here.

Stay safe America and the whole-wide world! 


COVID-19 and Raspberry Lane Crafts March 19, 2020 18:48

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we'd like to feature our digital downloads that are available with the best "social distancing" we can offer - one-hundred percent!

Our quilt, cross-stitch, and embroidery designs and patterns are all available as downloads which require no human-handling and have no shipping costs.

Find also our downloadable books section.

Stay safe and enjoy our healthy pattern downloads in the comfort of your home!


New Products for February 2020 February 19, 2020 13:56

New Products at Raspberry Lane Crafts for February 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!  New products keep rolling off the shelf at Raspberry Lane Crafts.  Take a peek!

Quilt Patterns:

On the dock - a cormorant bird on a fishing pier and part of the Seaside Habitats Collection featuring beachside scenes. Paper or download pattern

Clown with Stained Glass - a purple-haired clown holding colorful balloons with a paper-pieced strip in reds and oranges begins the first block in Stained Glass Circus Collection. Paper or download pattern

Cross-Stitch Patterns:

Valentine's Towels - three heart-themed cross stitch patterns for sewing on towels featuring French Heart, Rainbow Valentine, and Heart Waves.  Paper or download pattern

Bags & Travel:

Plaid Compact Mirrors and Accessory Pouches in four colors: red, green, aqua, or yellow plaids.

Coffee Mugs:

Turquoise Botany Mugs featuring a red flower on aqua.

Jungle Monkey Mugs are green with a fun monkey!

Red Claret Cactus Mugs feature a Southwest cactus on a yellow mug.

Artwork:

Jungle Monkey Print on Canvas is great for tropical room decor!

Thanks for your support and come back often to see the new and exciting things happening at Raspberry Lane Crafts!!!

 


Happy New Year! 2020 Guess the Floss Contest January 2, 2020 16:43

Guess the Floss Contest Raspberry Lane Crafts 2020

Happy New Year!!! The 2020 Guess The Floss Contest is here!  For a chance to win a gift certificate for $20 to use on any order at www.raspberrylanecrafts.com you'll need to guess which DMC six-stranded embroidery floss color numbers have been used in the above picture.  Twelve colors in the correct order must be guessed.

Rules:  One guess per person.  Title the email "Guess the Floss Contest".  Guess the numbers in the TOP ROW and the BOTTOM ROW in the correct order.  Email your name, city, state and guess to us at raspberrylanecrafts@gmail.com.

End Date:  The contest closes when the first correct answer is received by email or February 1, 2020.

Winner will be announced on this blog and a promo code sent by email to the winner!

By entering this contest you agree to let Raspberry Lane Crafts use your name, city and state in the winner announcement on this blog and promo code cannot be used for shipping costs.

Good luck!


Own Your Own Holiday Art Show 2019 December 2, 2019 12:12

Own Your Own Holiday Art Show 2019 at Sangre de Cristo Art Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Own Your Own Holiday Art Show

November 29 - December 29, 2019

Regional & Hoag Galleries

Hours: Wed - Sat 11 - 4; Sun 12 - 4

Sangre de Cristo Art Center

210 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81003

Visit the 2019 Own Your Own art show for paintings, jewelry, hand-woven creations, wood sculptures, photography and more.  Sixty artists have mostly original artwork for sale in this show.  Entries from Raspberry Lane Crafts' Wendy Christine include tote bags, hard journals and a pillow.  Support local artists and buy a few Christmas gifts at this fun-bright-sparkly show!  

Wendy Christine Basham at Raspberry Lane Crafts 2019 Own Your Own Art Show Pueblo, CO


Apple Orchards & Halloween October 23, 2019 16:33

Apple Orchard Penrose Colorado 2008 by Wendy Christine Basham
"They came out in a thin spiral, like smoke rising from a small fire, then in a twisted column, a pillar growing upward, larger at the top like a funnel, spinning faster and faster.  The funnel danced back and forth as the wind pushed it, until the bats streamed out eastward in a cloud, passing over his head.  He heard the hissing of hundreds of thousands of little wings, making a downdraft of warm ammoniac air around him.  Still the bats poured out, the long cloud like the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl, while the sky behind the mountain turned from gold to red to the clear cold green that precedes the deep indigo of night."  from Bats by Diane de Avalle-Arce, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine August 1992.
Visit an apple orchard in early October to find wooden crates of the various red, yellow and green pommes; pumpkins as orange as flames; cats creeping through dwarf Jonathan apple trees sly like spies.   School buses parked on country roads full of rushing children free to run and roam in nature's green land.  Pick a pumpkin from its hard stem in the brown dirt!
Raspberry Lane Crafts wishes you a most Happy Halloween!

October 2019 New Patterns October 1, 2019 11:55

Ghost Orchid Quilt Block Pattern

October 2019 NEW PATTERNS

From The Art of Wendy Christine designs converted to cross-stitch patterns we have Grapesugar Cross Stitch Pattern.

Exotic orchids flourish again in the Wild Orchids Collection pattern Ghost Orchid Quilt Pattern.

Beach house decor from the Seaside Habitats Collection is our Sandpiper and the Shells Quilt Pattern.

                

        $9.99                            $7.99                           $10.99

Coming soon... a Halloween embroidery pattern


August 2019 New Products August 12, 2019 11:03

"One of the greatest and suddenest storms on record has just been experienced here, with results both strange and unique.  The weather had been somewhat sultry, but not to any degree uncommon in the month of August."  from Dracula by Bram Stoker.

If you missed browsing, these are a few of our new products for August.

Kitchen

   

      Aqua Rose Mugs                  Sunset Filigree Mugs

 

Home Decor

Aqua Rose Throw Pillows

 

Clothing

Tuscan Lotus Scarves

 

Embroidery Supplies

  

              Charms                                  Pendants

  

           Scissors                          Snap 'n Store Cases

 

        Rhinestones

 

We want your experience at Raspberry Lane Crafts to be like a kid in a candy store - full of colors, wonder and delight!

We appreciate you greatly!


Great Ideas: Brown Lace Heart July 26, 2019 15:33

Brown Lace Heart Cross Stitch Pattern Buy Find Purchase at Raspberry Lane Crafts

Versatility in a cross stitch pattern can be a fabulous way to decorate your beautiful space - a home office, den or breakfast nook!  Our great idea begins with a simple cross stitch pattern Lace in Blue and the possibilities abound...

In this photo, we've stitched the Heart Lace cross stitch but we've used a brown fabric and DMC floss 3021.  Stitch the heart, tulip, or butterfly using your favorite embroidery floss color and an appropriate AIDA cross stitch fabric.

More color scheme ideas:

Wichelt Lavender fabric and DMC floss 32

   

Wichelt Mediterranean Sea fabric and DMC 3865

   

Wichelt Natural Rustico fabric and DMC 498

   

Wichelt Parchment fabric and DMC 703

   

Wichelt Natural Light fabric and DMC 725

   

Lace in Blue cross stitch is available as a paper pattern or download.

Have a lovely day!


Adventure by the River July 1, 2019 18:50

June 30, 2019

Treasured for trout fishing, our Arkansas River destination is just upstream of the Royal Gorge in Colorado.  Dropping 4,600 feet in a mere 120 miles, the river quakes along its banks this fine day.  Blue skies and a hot sun - a perfect day to showcase our Compact Mirrors.

Watch this adventurous video if you're interested in raging rivers, huge shade trees, bright pink flowering cholla cactus and our exciting new line of compact mirrors.

Listen to the sounds of a rushing river, then a flowering field of crickets...

Then have an adventure of your own!

Afterward: My personal sacrifice for shooting this amateur video was ants biting my feet practically the whole time!  Shall we coin a new phrase?  

With great rains come great ant colonies!


Metallic Floss Conversion Chart May 22, 2019 14:39

Old DMC Metallic Floss Conversion Chart to New Light Effects Color Numbers

The eleven original DMC Metallic Floss colors have been re-numbered as part of the Light Effects collection.  In this new conversion chart (above) the metallic floss is listed by its old color number.  New color numbers in the Light Effects range are listed in the right-hand column.  In addition, this chart divides the Metallics into their Light Effects Series including: Jewels, Precious Metals and Pearlescents.

This chart is very valuable for those of us who still have the metallics listed by their old names.

Download chart by clicking on it.

See what colors Raspberry Lane Crafts carries right now.

Cross-Stitch Patterns that use Metallics at RLC:

Enjoy and thanks for your visit! 


New Southwest Pattern Video March 7, 2019 17:46

Like the treacherous trip from Mexico into the United States, our new pattern video is littered in bristle-sharp cactus.  Cactus in Clay Pots Mobile is a spicy new sewing pattern to whip-up for your own Southwest abode or a special gift for a friend.

Tips on assembling easier are covered in the video.  Enjoy this freebee from your friends here at Raspberry Lane Crafts!

Cactus in Clay Pots

 


16 NEW DMC Floss Color Names January 29, 2019 11:58 1 Comment

New 16 DMC six-stranded embroidery floss for sale at Raspberry Lane Crafts

The new 16 DMC six-stranded floss colors have been released.

3880 - Medium Very Dark Shell Pink

3881 - Pale Avocado Green

3882 - Medium Light Cocoa

3883 - Medium Light Copper

3884 - Medium Light Pewter

3885 - Medium Very Dark Blue

3886 - Very Dark Plum

3887 - Ultra Very Dark Lavender

3888 - Medium Dark Antique Violet

3889 - Medium Light Lemon

3890 - Very Light Bright Turquoise

3891 - Very Dark Bright Turquoise

3892 - Medium Light Orange Spice

3893 - Very Light Mocha Beige

3894 - Very Light Parrot Green

3895 - Medium Dark Beaver Gray

Available only as a set at Raspberry Lane Crafts.


See Ya Craftsy January 11, 2019 17:34

Table peach dahlia flowers

Craftsy.com is no more!  Over 200,000 sewing patterns were available on the site.  As of January 8, 2019 it has changed to Blueprint deleting 188,000 patterns from independent designers across the internet.

All of Raspberry Lane Crafts patterns were deleted with no warning.  Supposedly, an email was sent mid-December but we must have missed it.

Rest assured that our patterns are all still on this site.  Raspberry Lane Crafts patterns are available as downloads or paper patterns with few exceptions.

Thank you for supporting independent pattern companies all across the internet!  If you didn't shop here, we would be no more and our choices would be limited to the big box stores.

Keep sewing alive by teaching your kids, grandkids, and communities how to sew!  


Own Your Own Art Show November 30, 2018 13:35

Own Your Own Art Show Pueblo, CO The Art of Wendy Christine

The Own Your Own Art Show at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center displays until December 30th, 2018.  Enjoy the work of local artists in Pueblo, Colorado and purchase a few for your home or office.  This is the first time I've entered artwork for this show.  Variety is off-the-charts from hangable to wearable art.  When a piece of art is purchased, you carry it out with you that moment!

If you are in the area, come out for the free admission to the Hoag and Regional art galleries at Sangre de Cristo Art Center.

Pictured above is Wendy Christine with her colored pencil on canvas print "White Lotus with Stained Glass" - the other colored pencil on canvas entitled "Sunset Filigree" 24 x 24 inches is also on display.  Just below you can see the top of a dragon popping out of an egg clay piece - how fun!

Own Your Own Show


2018 Guess The Floss Contest November 1, 2018 16:41

2018 Raspberry Lane Crafts Guess the Floss Contest

Welcome to Raspberry Lane Crafts first Guess The Floss Contest!  To win a gift certificate for $20 to use on any order at www.raspberrylanecrafts.com you'll need to guess which DMC six-stranded embroidery floss color numbers have been used in the above picture.  Twelve colors in the correct order must be guessed.

Rules:  One guess per person.  Title the email "Guess the Floss Contest".  Guess the numbers in the TOP ROW and the BOTTOM ROW in the correct order.  Email your name, city, state and guess to us at raspberrylanecrafts@gmail.com.

End Date:  The contest closes when the first correct answer is received by email or November 30, 2018.

Winner will be announced on this blog and a promo code sent by email to the winner!

By entering this contest you agree to let Raspberry Lane Crafts use your name, city and state in the winner announcement on this blog and promo code cannot be used for shipping costs.

Good luck!

DECEMBER UPDATE:  We had no winner this year.  Maybe next year!  Thanks so much!


The DMC Shopper's Checklist Re-Boot 2019 November 1, 2018 15:41 11 Comments

 DMC Shopper's Checklist 2019

If you're ready for the new 2019 version of The DMC Shopper's Checklist look no further.  The old list link has been down for quite some time, so we've re-typed it with all the new DMC six-stranded embroidery floss from 2017 (01 through 35), the Light Effects series of jewels, gemstones, precious metals, pearlescents, antiques and fluorescents, plus the NEWEST colors 3880 to 3895.