Summer School at Cross My Heart!

Brenda Gervais With Thy Needle and Thread Summer School House
Brenda Gervais With Thy Needle and Thread Summer School House

From Brenda Gervais:

“I just asked myself yesterday, “where did May go?” Anyone else wonder this? It is hard to believe that spring has come and summer is just lurking around the corner! Our garden boxes are planted, the cucumbers are poking through and the tomatoes have taken off with all the rain…now we just need some warm days, strung in a row! I am dreaming of BLT’s with garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers with vinegar and corn on the cob, slathered with real butter…mmm, doesn’t get any better than that!

Summertime can be a slow down for the stitching industry and I thought it would be fun to introduce a new series to keep things humming right along during our summer months. Summer Schoolhouse – Lessons in Abecedarian has been the latest brain-storm here at With thy Needle & Thread.”

Time for a Summer Time Club!

Cross My Heart is taking Brenda’s idea of a Summer Time Club and running with it! The first release of the 4 part series will be shipped June 20th. Our first summer meeting will be July 1 from 1 to 5 PM. Your first part will include fabric and the first lesson; you may bring your own fibers or we can put together a fiber pack. Please indicate which you would rather do upon sign up.

The series will consist of 4 lessons/4 separate charts, with a total of 6 projects. This is a mystery series; only snippets of each lesson will be shared. Charts will retail for $12.00 each. All designs are worked on 28 count Mushroom Lugana linen, over 1 thread. Lugana is great linen to do over 1 work on; it’s even-weave and large “holes” makes working over 1 very easy & do-able. All six of the abecedarian-themed projects coordinate and are designed to be placed together for a striking vignette of tiny hand work.

The materials are for stitching OVER ONE on 28 count Mushroom Lugana. If you wish to stitch over 2 or on another fabric, you will need to let us know upon sign up. There will be someone available at each club meeting to help you with stitching over one. It really isn’t as hard as you might think!


  • There is no cost to attend the stitching events
  • Each installment (4 total) will cost $12 (for a total of $48 for 4 patterns)
  • There are 15 different shades of floss from Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Arts, and Classic Colorworks. Each retail for $2.50 per skein. If you get all the floss, it will run $37.50. You have your choice of purchasing the floss or using from your stash
  • If you are doing your project over 1 on the 28 count Mushroom Lugana, the cost for the fabric will be somewhere around $15-$20. If you wish to stitch over 2, the fabric cost will be twice that.

We hope to see you in Summer School!