~Coming Spring 2014~

The Studio
Stacy Nash Primitives Design Studio
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, IN 46060

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Let me tell you a little more....

Ok.....so I've been talking about The Studio.
Let me tell you a little more about this grand scheme.

Most of you know I'm a cross-stitch designer. But I love any kind of handwork.....wool appliqué, rug hooking, punch needle (even though I'm terrible) and knitting (even though I don't know how to yet). I love antiques and decorating and fresh flowers.....all of it inspires me.

I've been working out of the house for the past 8 years and I ran out of room after the 2nd year.  Between kids and animals it's all just a hot mess.  
So...in the Fall I was fed up and started driving around the area looking at spaces to rent. 
Heck, even a garage space would work.
But, my Mom found this awesome late 1800's brick storefront in a fun little town just 8 minutes from our house.  She saw the business was moving and she was sure it would go up for rent.
We'll....she was right.
We drove by on our way to get ice cream and I saw the For Rent sign.
I called that night.....a few days later we met and BOOM.....The Studio is going to be a reality.
I still can't believe it.

Why 'The Studio'?
For months I searched for the perfect name but nothing seemed right.
We did research on the building thinking we could use that information but still nothing.
We all called it the studio when we talked about the space so in the end that's what we decided to go with.  

Where is The Studio?
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, Indiana

Perfect small town USA
Our top 3 favs in Fortville are The Fort Grill.....our most favorite place to have dinner.  We've been know to go 3 times in the same week....lol
Indulge....a great place to have lunch and treats....they have an old soda fountain.
And Java Junction for coffee treats.
Fortville has much more to offer that I'll talk about in the coming weeks and months.

What will The Studio offer?
The front half of the space will be retail and I will fill it with all the things I love.....antiques, linens, wools, threads, velvets, candles, fabrics, patterns, kits and seasonal goodes.
The back half of the space is my most favorite because it's really rough but I can see so much potenial.  I'll use it as my work space but it will be open for events and classes.
I want people to come to The Studio to have a fun day and leave inspired.

When will The Studio be open?
I hope to have the Grand Opening around the end of April or the first of May.  There is still so much to be done.....the tin ceiling needs some repairs and all the lighting has to be changed.
I will be posting a date for you soon.

What kind of hours will The Studio have?
Right now I'm thinking about one day a week and one weekend a month with events scattered throughout the year.  But if I'm there working it will be open and I will post a phone number so you can call to make sure someone will be there.
This is just the start....we will see how it goes.

Stay tuned my friends......this is going to be a fun ride......

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mark Your Calendars

Primitives Stitch Camp
133 Jefferson

July 10 - 11 - 12

Spring Green, WI

I'm excited to announce a fresh new class set in the beautiful countryside of Wisconsin.

So all you stitches out there.....get your needles warmed up.

I'm designing a sweet little Sewing Tray & Stitching Book
just for this event.
Stay tuned for sneak peeks.

Contact Country Sampler if you'd like to sign up for this fun little class.
I'd love to see you there.

Happy Stitching My Friends


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You know it's going to be a good day when you come home with a purse full of tulips : )

 I put them in a jar on my Grandma & Grandpa's old dresser that is now home in my bathroom.
And there's white marble from our trip to Italy and shells, stingray barbs and rocks from our Florida trips.
They all make me happy happy when I get up in the morning.

 Believe me....I need all the happy I can get.
This cold weather is about to do me in!!!  We had a few warmer days and not we're back in the single digits.  My bones are cold.
S P R I N G....where are you???

lol....I think you can see my reflection in the vase....that always cracks me up ; )
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This morning I pulled some linen and threads for my first design of the
~Houses of Berry's Chapel Road~ Series

I'd really like to just bundle up and stitch all day but I'm heading over to the Studio to do some painting.  Lots of work still to be done.
And I'm pushing for a Grand Opening before Easter so I better get a move on.

Maybe tonight I can get a few stitches in and then I can tell you for sure which linen I'll use.

Happy Stitching My Friends


Saturday, February 22, 2014

We're finally back and unpacked from the Nashville Market.
I took a few extra days to shop a little for the Studio and I found some pieces that are going to be perfect.  I can't wait to start playing : )

As soon as we got back the painters started on the front space and it's just beautiful.
The ceilings are really high and I couldn't even stick around and watch them.  Since my
swan dive off the ladder here at home and my lovely jewelry consisting of a plate and 10 screws in my arm I tend to steer clear of heights....lol
The next thing on the list is repairing some of the tin ceiling tiles.  Might be calling in some favors since that requires more ladder time.

Yesterday I ordered 100 yards of burlap that will become floor to ceiling curtains.
Mom better get her sewing machine warmed up.....she's the one I call on for anything that requires machine stitching.

I'm not sure if I posted this pic or not.  But I can show you the outside of the building.
No sneak peeks of the inside just yet.....but soon....really soon.
The upstairs is a little apartment that we're thinking about taking over when the tenant moves.
With a little work it would make a nice space for friends to hang out when they come and visit.
But my Mom sees it more as a party pad....lol
Either way it has potential.

Once the weather breaks I'm going to paint the door, awning and trim a really dark charcoal.
Then I just need a couple cool old urns filled with flowers on either side of the door and we'll be making some progress.

I'm working on my schedule now and I should be able to post the Grand Opening dates and a few other events soon.

Now on to more fun......
Here are the new Spring pieces just back from Nashville...

 ~Pomegranet Sewing Tray & Persimmon Scissor Fob~

finished size- 9 1/2" by 11" by 3" high
stitch count- 83 by 116

30 count Weeks Dye Works Linen ~Cornsilk~
Gentle Arts threads-
Pecan Pie
Tin Bucket
Old Hickory

Blackberry Primitives hand dyed velvet ~Peaches~
(for the little Persimmon)


~Eliza Poole Sampler~

finished size- 12 1/2" by 10 1/4"
stitch count- 215 by 177

35 count R & R Reproduction Linen ~Creek Bed Brown~
Gentle Arts threads-
Picnic Basket
Old Blue Paint
Espresso Bean
Tin Bucket
Heirloom Gold
Country Redwood


 ~Emilia Poole Sewing Basket, Sewing Book & Heart Scissor Fob~

 finished size- Sewing Basket  5" by 7" by 3"
Scissor Fob 2 3/4" by 3 1/2"
Sewing Book 5" by 7"

stitch count-  Sewing Basket 277 by 34

Sewing Book  front cover 66 by 91
inside front cover 15 by 101
inside back cover 50 by 57

oval paper mache box 5" by 7" by 3" high
30 count Weeks Dye Works ~Dolphin~
Gentle Arts threads-
Roasted Marshmallow
Toasted Barley
Picnic Basket
Straw Bonnet
Espresso Bean

Blackberry Primitives hand dyed velvet ~Pearl~


~Spring Button Tray & Strawberry Pinkeep~

finished size- Tray 9 3/4" by 9" by 3" high
Strawberry 2 1/2" by 3"

stitch count- 115 by 92

36 count R & R Reproduction Linen ~Irish Creme~
Gentle Arts threads-
Garden gate
Toasted Barley
Straw Bonnet
Weathered Barn

Blackberry Primitives hand dyed velvet ~Pearl~

This was my Show Special in Nashville.  It's a Limited Edition design and I have just a handful available.


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I'm looking forward to hearing from you and getting caught up on my emails and blogging.
I had to drop everything to stitch my new designs for Market.  I had no clue what I was going to stitch until after New Years.....I guess better late than never.

Oh, and guess what.......I finally have my next series sketched out.

~The Houses of Berry's Chapel Road~

Each design will be a different house.  Starting out the houses will be set in Spring and Summer, and as we move through we'll go into different seasons.....Autumn, Halloween & Christmas.

I can't wait to get needle to linen.  This is going to be a really fun series!!!

Happy Stitching My Friends,


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A little Christmas decorating

 I can't believe Christmas is just a week away.
And me without a single present wrapped.

The last 2 months have flown by.
I came home from Italy to a family that missed me terribly so I dedicated a little time just for them.  And then I have the studio to think about. I've put it on the back burner since so many other things have been happening.....but, the time has finally come......January 1 the building is all mine.
I've struggled with the name.  There are so many ideas written in my journal but none of them really stood out to me.  I walked the ancient streets in Italy waiting for something to click....but nothing still.  Then, with a stroke of genius my Mom says "why don't you just call it The Studio"
That's what we've been calling it since I found the perfect old brick storefront....so, it just made sense.

~The Studio~

Finally, it has a name.

I can't wait to get in there and play.  But, still it has to be put on hold for just a bit longer.
Spring Market is just around the corner and I have lots of things to stitch and finish.
Lots of things that I'm so excited about....that I can't wait to finish...and some that are still bouncing around in my head.
So....in the mean time I think I'll have the inside painted.
Then in February I'll start filling it with all my favorite things....all the things that inspire me.
And come Spring it will be ready for it's unveiling......The Grand Opening.

Something to look forward to for sure.

I've been asked alot of questions about what the studio is going to be and when is it going to be open.
To be perfectly honest I'm not really sure what it's going to grow into.
First off....the very back of the building is a separate room.  A room that needs a little TLC to be beautiful.  The walls are brick and the floor is cement.  But I can see it.  I can see it's beauty.  
All it needs is a little love and cleaning and a giant, over-the-top  sparkly chandelier : )
This is the room that will hold tables to sit and stitch.....to chat and visit with friends....to sew on....to assemble kits.....and to host classes.  It will be the room where I can have a wall of things and pictures that inspire me.  And I will invite everyone to come and be inspired with me.

The front part of the building has nice big windows and lots of room for cupboards and old mantels and tables and chairs.  And it will be where I can play and decorate and put all the things that I love.  It will be the place that I can fill with antiques and linens and fabrics and candles that smell so good.

I will use the studio as, well....my studio.
But it will be much more than just a studio.
It will be where people can come and be inspired.
To sit and stitch among friends and to relax.

The Studio will not have everyday hours.  I will plan Open Houses throughout the year and I might chose the first or last weekend of every month to be open.  
But, since it's so close to home I will be happy to open it by appointment.

So, stay tuned.....The Studio is a work in progress.

With so many things needing my attention I decided to take a nice simple relaxed approach to Christmas.  Getting back to the basics with decorating and cooking.  And to be honest....it's worked like a charm.  

 Our tree is nice and fresh and holds all of my old glass ornaments.
No garland or tree topper.....just a beautiful tree with all of my favorite ornaments.

And a few paper snowflakes.  Taylor and I got on a kick of cutting paper snowflakes and I got a little carried away.  Maybe it was because we were watching Elf while decorating the tree....no one is sure.
But I even made a cotton ball garland and Taylor made a paper chain for the mantel.
It turned out pretty sweet and we had lots of fun in the process.

 Fresh greenery and berries fill old redware pitchers and bowls.

 Old wool stockings and sweet smelling paperwhites.
We forced paperwhite bulbs in old ironstone bowls.
A wonderful idea thanks to my good friend Maggie.

Simple white candles in glass globes scattered about.

 Oh, and this is one of my newest treasures.
An original painting on an old bookplate from Steve Shelton.
I've been wanting a piece from him for so long and I finally met up with him in Tuscola Illinios.
He is a fantastic artist and this will be treasured for years to come.

And my silly Phoebe. 
I snapped this around Thanksgiving.
She always seems to find her way onto the book I'm trying to read.
Since there's snow on the ground she's a little grumpy that she can't play outside all day.
So she hangs out with me.  She makes a good stitching companion.

To you my friend I wish a blessed Holiday Season


Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Patterns and a few Finished Pieces

It turns out that my email issues were actually a little more serious.
My computer has been held hostage at Geek Squad being cured of a nasty virus.
The good news....I think we're back to normal.

So...while I was waiting for my computer I finished a few Patterns and Finished Pieces.....

~Big Dog Sewing Pouch~
5 3/4" by 6" 
35 count R & R Reproductions Linen ~American Chestnut
Weeks Dye Works threads~
Grape Vine
Red Rocks
Pattern $12.
~Fancy Winter Sewing Bag & Scissor Fob~
6 1/2" by 11 1/2"
2 1/2" square

35 count Weeks Dye Works Linen ~Baby's Breathe
Weeks Dye Works threads~
Red Rocks
Pattern $12. 

 ~Redwork Snowflake Sewing Bag~

8 1/2" by 6"

 32 count Silkweavers ~Moonstone  (21" by 13")
Gentle Arts threads ~Country Redwood

Pattern $12. 

~Merry Christmas Pinkeep Drum~

A sweet little Drum....it's a little smaller than all my others.
It's stuffed with sawdust and completely hand stitched.
Signed and dated.
3 1/2" in diameter by 3" high

Sold, Thank You

 ~Grey Wool Strawberry Pincushion~

I love this little pincushion.....the cream cotton is very old and it has the sweetest little red flowers and faint tan vines and a grey paisley design.
The Strawberry is made from a piece of grey wool and the top is velvet.
It's completely hand stitched by me.
Signed and dated.
6" wide by 3" high

Sold, Thank You

 ~Linen Sewing Bag~

Such a nice simple little sewing bag.  Perfect to keep all your sewing projects safe and sound.
It's completely hand stitched and lightly aged.

 Inside the bag is a wonderful grey/blue wool.
And across the top of the pocket is a row of berries and a sweet little snowflake.
It closes with an old mother-of-pearl button.
Signed and dated.
7 3/4" by 6 1/4"

Sold, Thank You

 ~Redwork Merry Christmas Pinkeep~

So sweet and simple.
The stitching is done in the best redwork on a nicely aged linen.
And on the back is a piece of aged red velvet that matches the threads perfectly.
It's stuffed with sawdust and aged lightly.
Signed and dated.
10" by 2 1/2"

Sold, Thank You

 ~Velvet Strawberry Pincushion~

The Strawberry is made with a piece of aged velvet and the top is a piece of antique cotton fabric.
So lovely. 
And the pincushion is made from the best cream antique wool.
Completely hand stitched by me.
Signed and dated.
4" by 2" high

Sold, Thank You

 ~Homespun Strawberry Pincushion~

Love this little Strawberry.....the berry is made from a piece of antique homespun and topped with grey wool.  
And the pincushion is made from antique blue check homespun that used to be part of a quilt.  I mended a little hole.
Completely hand stitched by me.
Signed and dated.
4" square by 2 1/4" high

Sold, Thank You

 ~Merry Christmas Pinkeep~

Wonderfully sweet and simple.
I chose a nice muted tan thread and stitched on aged linen.
The back is a piece of cream antique wool.
It's stuffed with sawdust and aged lightly.
Signed and dated.

10" by 2 1/2"

Sold, Thank You

 ~Velvet Strawberry~

Absolutely love velvet....and this strawberry is so very sweet.
I've aged the velvet a bit and stitched tiny french knot seeds.
The top is pale green cotton and I added a beautiful pale pink ribbon with an old mother-of-pearl button.
It's stuffed with sawdust and aged lightly.
Completely hand stitched by me.
Signed and dated.
6" by 2 3/4" in diameter (berry only)

Sold, Thank You

 ~Wool Strawberry~

Just as sweet as the Velvet Strawberry.
This one is made from winter white antique wool.
The top is aged velvet and I added a beautiful pale pink ribbon and tiny
french knot seeds.
Completely hand stitched and lightly aged.
Signed and dated.
4" by 2" in diameter (berry only)

Sold, Thank You

~Linen Strawberry on Velvet Pincushion~
Wonderfully simple and beautiful.  
The Strawberry is made from linen and topped with pale green cotton fabric.
It's stuffed with sawdust and I added seeds with brown thread and a few old mother-of-pearl buttons to the top.
The velvet pincushion is aged lightly and stuffed with cotton.
Completely hand stitched by me and lightly aged.
Signed and dated.
6 1/2" by 3 3/4" high

Sold, Thank You

Please feel free to email me at stacy.nash@att.net if you'd like to purchase something.  I will start shipping first thing tomorrow morning.

And if you've emailed me in the past few weeks and haven't heard back yet please know that I'm still going through emails and catching up.  Since my computer was gone for so long it's going to take a little bit of time.

Happy Stitching My Friends...I look forward to hearing from you soon


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Email issues....

One minute I love it....
the next I hate it

Looks like I might be having issues with one of my email accounts

So, if you've emailed me on that account in the last week or so 
please contact me again using

I would really appreciate it.

Now....I'm off to do some fixin'

But first....I'm just going to share a few pics....
These were taken in the Tuscan countryside.
I rented a car while we were in Italy and we drove out
in the country to visit a winery.

I have to admit....driving in Italy was very fun.
I picked up on a few things right off the bat.....like, the lane dividing lines are only a suggestion, speed limits are definitely a suggestion on the Autostrada, get over immediately when a BMW is bearing down on you flashing his lights,  you gotta go for it in the round-a-bouts....and don't hold your breathe when you go for it or you'll pass out : ) and don't run over any of the scooters that are buzzing around you at all times : )

Yes....I know....I take pictures of chickens...lol
But look how cute they are.....they're Italian chickens : )

Happy Stitching My Friends....