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.
Aqua Rose Mugs Sunset Filigree Mugs
Aqua Rose Throw Pillows
Tuscan Lotus Scarves
Scissors Snap 'n Store Cases
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
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
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
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.
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!
16 NEW DMC Floss Color Names January 29, 2019 11:58
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
See Ya Craftsy January 11, 2019 17:34
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 including a "Free Pattern" section. 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
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!
2018 Guess The Floss Contest November 1, 2018 16:41
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 6 Comments
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.
For Halloween Night October 15, 2018 17:18
"'It's Hallowe'en tonight,' Kathy said. She sat on the floor in front of the window seat, busy with her preparations for the evening, intent on the contents of a big cardboard box. On the boulevard outside the dusk was falling almost imperceptibly on the facades of the houses opposite; the automobiles cutting red trails with their rear-lights in the gathering darkness." - "The Candle in the Skull" by Ramsey Campbell
As candy corns melt in fistfuls, the crescent moon peeks upon the horizon, and your little trick-or-treaters scuttle about in white taffeta fairy dresses and black satin vampire capes, remember to have a fun Halloween and watch for the little rodents if your out driving!
If you're in for the night it might be fun to sew the Gaslights of Halloween quilting pattern. Here's a new video on assembly tips!
"I was working in the lab late one night..."
Autumn Seasonal Leaf Hangers Pattern August 22, 2018 16:32
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree" - Emily Bronte
Listen to the wind blowing leaves off trees as you gear up your stash for autumn sewing. Watch our NEW video for tips on making the Leaf Hangers - three leaf designs in maple, oak, and aspen.
- Make into ornaments,
- Hang directly on a pushpin, or
- Attach together on a ribbon length for a lovely fall decoration.
Retail Price: $9.99
Embroidery Patterns July 10, 2018 12:05
Embroidery patterns are a beautiful way to add graceful touches to your special clothes like a t-shirt, jeans or jacket. Expensive clothing-makers know these designs set their products apart. For just a few dollars, you can download one of our beautiful designs, embroider with your favorite color floss, and make your clothing unique!
These sets are available for $2.99 each.
Flower Field (pictured above)
Shipping Rates June 20, 2018 10:23
Many people have questions about shipping rates. As of January 2019 these are current.
Blue Orchid Quilt Block Pattern June 8, 2018 15:11
New patterns for May 2018 include:
Cross Stitch Pattern: Treasure Box
These patterns are available as paper copies or digital downloads. Save on shipping with the downloads!
Also new is the Blue Orchid quilt block pattern video.
Spring Art Discount March 29, 2018 17:34
Spring storms have arrived along with this early Easter holiday! Rain opens the budding trees and blades of new grass appear.
Enjoy the season of spring cleaning and redecorate your abode with new artwork!
Now through the end of April 2018 all art from The Art of Wendy Christine is discounted 15%.
PROMO CODE: SPRING15
Thanks for supporting independent artists!
Advantages of Buying Digital Download Patterns March 27, 2018 15:51
If you live in the 21st century, everything is available digitally - movies, photos, songs, tax documents...
Why not patterns? Of course quilt and cross stitch patterns are available as digital downloads! Now Raspberry Lane Crafts patterns are too!
The up side of buying digital patterns:
1) Free Shipping - Sorry USPS. No need for shipping costs when the file is transferred digitally. Keep your wallet a little fatter by avoiding this unnecessary cost.
2) Adobe Reader is Free - Digital downloads are saved and emailed as .pdf files which are readable on lots of free software like Adobe Reader on all kinds of digital devices.
3) Magnifiers - Cross stitch symbols too hard to read? Font too small? Make pattern images larger on your screen easily with the magnifying button. No need for a magnifying glass here!
4) Saving Trees and Energy - Yes, digital patterns are mongo-easy on the environment. Isn't that always a good idea?
5) Embroidery Charm - Using a digital file lets you print out embroidery designs directly on your own transfer paper. User Note: only use inkjet printers with transfer paper.
A few disadvantages to digital patterns:
1) Technophobes Beware - If you don't own a computer, tablet, smartphone, laptop or whatever is next (watchpad, eye implant) you won't be able to use the digital pattern but we still sell the paper patterns here, too!
2) Ink Monsters - Most patterns have just a few need-to-print pages like pattern pieces but if you'll print the entire download some files may contain up to about fifteen pages like Chinese Lantern - Faith. Printer ink is the most expensive liquid on Earth I've heard so you may need to store up XL versions of at-home printer cartridges if you MUST print everything.
Digital downloads are the present and future thing. Take advantage of this wonderful option for you now!
Seventeen for '17 February 1, 2018 14:32
Seventeen new patterns were created at Raspberry Lane Crafts in the year 2017.
Chinese Lanterns Longevity, Fortune, Faith, Love, and Peace
Mountain Habitats block #11 Raccoon by the Stream and #12 Canyon Kaibab Squirrel
San Antonio Riverwalk
Ric Rac Cactus with Stained Glass
The Holly and the Angels
Jewel and Gothic Ornaments
Ice Cat and Purple Flower for Mom cross-stitches
Lace in Blue
Thanks very much for your support of independent designers!
Have a wonderful 2018!
Love to all,
35 New DMC Embroidery Floss Names November 6, 2017 15:58
Thirty-five new DMC six-stranded embroidery floss will be here by December. I'm so excited to begin incorporating them into new cross stitch designs! Trumpets, please...
01 - White Tin
02 - Tin
03- Medium Tin
04 - Dark Tin
05 - Light Driftwood
06 - Medium Light Driftwood
07 - Driftwood
08 - Dark Driftwood
09 - Very Dark Cocoa
10- Very Light Tender Green
11 - Light Tender Green
12 - Tender Green
13 - Medium Light Nile Green
14 - Pale Apple Green
15 - Apple Green
16 - Light Chartreuse
17 - Light Yellow Plum
18 - Yellow Plum
19 - Medium Light Autumn Gold
20 - Shrimp
21 - Light Alizarin
22 - Alizarin
23 - Apple Blossom
24 - White Lavender
25 - Ultra Light Lavender
26 - Pale Lavender
27 - White Violet
28 - Medium Light Eggplant
29 - Eggplant
30 - Medium Light Blueberry
31 - Blueberry
32 - Dark Blueberry
33 - Fuchsia
34 - Dark Fuchsia
35 - Very Dark Fuchsia
Fortune Lantern August 10, 2017 11:09
Susan Wilkerson sent this perfectly stitched Chinese Lantern Fortune block. Beautiful! Chinese Lantern Faith, the third in the series, hits the shelves this month.
If you'd like to send us a photo of your finished Raspberry Lane Crafts project please email to email@example.com
We'd love to see your work!
The Squirrel Cuckoo Bird July 17, 2017 13:56
When sunning at the pool is over, try stitching to brighten your day. Here's our new embroidery kit available now.
The Squirrel Cuckoo Bird Cross Stitch Kit is now available from Raspberry Lane Crafts. With the kit you'll receive: the pattern, 20 DMC floss, Scarlet Today Size 07 needles (12-pack), and an Allary embroidery scissors.
See video of the finished cross stitch here.
Six Bunnies and a Quilt Block Pattern June 15, 2017 17:06
Have you seen this new video? If you'd like to play "Where's Waldo?" with bunnies, slide forward to 5 min 35 sec. On the way though, see how Chinese Lantern - Fortune is made. Block #2 in the Chinese Lanterns Collection is as easy as bunnies hopping...
Artwork in 2016 February 24, 2017 13:37
In 2016, I designed thirteen quilt and cross-stitch patterns and completed fourteen pictures. "Yucca Tree" was imprinted on a mug, four postcards were made available and The Art of Wendy Christine Coloring Book was published. More DMC floss was added to the collection and four cross-stitch gift sets were made available. Advertising included three times in a cross-stitch magazine and three times in quilt magazines.
For 2017, keep an eye out for a fun new cross stitch design to be published in Just CrossStitch Magazine Sept/Oct edition, more cross-stitch gift sets, and the complete DMC floss collection. For the first time, I'll be advertising art prints in a magazine (Sedona). Framed giclee prints are coming very soon. A giclee is a higher quality art print in which 8 to 12 pigment-based inks are used instead of four dye-based inks to produce a richer likeness of the original. Of course, please expect new quilt and cross-stitch patterns and artwork from The Art of Wendy Christine.
Check out my other website for free environmental news and science at www.ocean-to-ozone.org. Coming very soon are The Ocean to Ozone Show water bottles. They're really colorful and come in four different colors!
To new beginnings!
Linda Gass Fabric Art February 2, 2017 13:50
Copyright ©2012 Linda Gass and Photograph by Don Tuttle
Artist Linda Gass combines quilting and painting to create her environmentally-themed works of art.
At her website www.lindagass.com you can purchase original artwork, glass pieces, prints, cards and more.
Her images are striking and a reminder of our environmental duties to keep Earth clean.
Visit her beautiful website by clicking on the photo.
(Photo used with permission by Linda Gass)
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