Sweet Autumn

Oh, sweet autumn! The days are warm and the nights are cold enough for orange and black stripey socks. Leaves turn late in this part of the country, but already they’re hinting at gold. Time is always playing tricks on me, but it’s October so I’m fine with the trickery. This month that celebrates the shadows, witches and goblins, wicked smiles, candied apples, black cats, and pumpkin moonshine – it’s enough to send my spirit soaring.

To add to our October jollies, there’s a bit of Trellis & Thyme news at the booksellers and craft shops: We’re featured in the ‘Meet the Designer’ interview of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine! (Issue 234/November.)




We’re so over-the-moon about this! I’d like to pretend we’re entirely cool and blasé, but that’s not us at all. For us this is pure magic, and we’re more inspired than ever to add to our collection of cross stitch designs, and share our love of needlecraft.


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I’ve been stitching a storm, as usual, ever aware of the power of needle & thread and how much my well-being depends on it. For me, it’s calming and empowering, soul-soothing and enriching. I especially enjoy working seasonal designs and motifs. These days everything whooshes by so fast, it’s hard to enjoy the little mysteries and inspirational treasures hidden in the holidays. Stitching classic seasonal motifs is a lovely way to experience the present, to really relish in the charms of whatever season you’re in. This applies to all seasonal crafting, I believe. It just connects you to the present, no matter what you’re doing. And it’s wonderful.

I’m nearly done hand-sewing the binding of my Halloween Crackle quilt. It’s Dennis’ quilt, technically, and he’s been waiting patiently for it for three years! I am taking my sweet time, loving the mindful motion. Also, it feels just lovely curling under the quilt, windows open to the cold night air, crickets chirping, kitty cat at my feet, warm cup of tea at my side.





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Last week we found this in the garden shrubs: Trouble on four feets. It’s easy to be fooled by that innocent face. That ridiculously cute furry face, and those deep blue orbs. But I know kitty-enchantment when I see it. (I also know I’m defenseless against it, but whatever.)



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We hope that this October finds you well, wherever you are. And as always, wishing you all good things.

‘Till next time!

Cats & Bags

While it’s still hot as blazes, summer is winding down. Autumn’s arrival is subtle: a few leaves dashing across the walk, a touch of chill in the evening air. As with any change of seasons, I’m excited and a little nervous. I think if you pay close attention to the seasons, you feel that bit of tension when things are on the verge of change. It’s a fidgety, not-quite-settled feeling. But it’s temporary and you settle in, and all becomes well.

Have you seen Cross Stitch Crazy magazine? It’s a positively gorgeous UK publication sold at Barnes & Noble and Joann here in the States. That’s Helz Cuppleditch’s work on the September cover, (issue 232.) I have a crush on all her designs. And there’s a bit of a Trellis & Thyme surprise in this issue, too:




Cat’s out. We’ve been having a wonderful time working with Crazy! There’s a lot of fun stuff in store for both our cross stitch and softie fans. Stay tuned.


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My ‘Washi Star’ quilt is coming along. I didn’t have a spare moment to sew the larger blocks together last week, but it was good just to admire it as I walked past. Coolba and Fluffo have somehow managed not to traipse across it (nor sleep on it, roll on it, dash over it, etc.) They’re waiting patiently until it’s quilted, I think. Good kitties.

I’ve also been busy stitching up my ‘Trick or Treat’ cross stitch pattern. It’s an enchanting little design and I love it so! Halloween’s not as far off as it seems, and I do love seasonal stitching.







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The garden’s still growing flowers by the armful, and everything’s buzzing and brimming with energy. Soon we’ll have bunches of pomegranates and lemons to pick. Cuddles is plumping up again after a long listless summer which rendered him totally slinky. He’s sleeping like a loaf in the evenings – another sign of the changing seasons.








Hope you’ve been having a wonderful summer (or winter, depending upon where you live!)

‘Till next time!

While the Sun Shines

It’s a sweltering 102-degrees in the afternoons, while I sip hot tea and sew a Christmas quilt. Like Billy Mumphrey, I suffer from the all-consuming affliction known as unbridled enthusiasm. (They said it would go away this side of childhood, but I think it’s gotten worse.)

This quilt’s been such fun. We call it ‘Washi Star’, because it features sawtooth stars, squares, and rectangles in a lovely, twinkly, washi tape array. We designed it so that all the pretty fabrics could take center stage. (By “all the pretty fabrics” I mean the most delightful Andover and Kaufman cotton chambrays, paired with Cotton+Steel’s ‘Tinsel’ and ‘Garland’ collections.) All that’s left is piecing the larger blocks together to finish the quilt top. I’ll see about taking a proper photo of the layout for my next post.







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The garden’s bursting with flowers these days. There are fresh blooms all over the house, like every summer, making everything in life a bit better. Flowers do that. Cuddles is his dapper self, (when he’s not being a complete brat, that is.) And my ‘Life on the Farm’ cross stitch is growing cheerfully each day. I will have to pause for a moment and start ‘Trick or Treat’, because that jolly Jack and his curious black kitty are calling me.










In the meantime, we’re working on so many lovely new projects (some we have to keep hush-hush for a bit.) And ’tis the season for holiday stitching, so be sure to pop into the shop regularly to catch all the festive new cross stitch patterns!

‘Till next time, cheerio!