Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There are thirteen tickets left for Sew Virginia Beach 2016.  Don't miss out on an amazing weekend of sewing with an ocean view, meeting new friends and catching up with ones you already know, workshops with Lee Monroe and Alison Glass, and great swag and prizes.

There are also two drawings currently happening.  The first is buy your ticket by October 31, 2015 and be entered to win a fat 1/8th bundle of Sun Prints 2015 by Alison Glass.  Giveaway ends on 10/31/15 at 11:59pm (eastern).  Winner will be drawn and announced on November 1.

The second is an Instagram only giveaway.  Repost the Sew Virginia Beach tickets on sale picture with the #sewvirginiabeach2016 and you will be entered into a drawing for the small Alison Glass essentials Aurifil thread collection.  Giveaway ends when all tickets are sold, and the winner will be drawn and announced the day after.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pattern Testers and Sew Virginia Beach

Today at Sew Virginia Beach:  I have posted a sample page that explains ticket purchase options and payment plans.  Tickets go on sale this Saturday, 10/3, at 9:00 pm (eastern).

Tomorrow at Sew Virginia Beach:  Don't miss the workshop, lecture, and trunk show announcement. I am so excited about the great things Lee Monroe and Alison Glass will be sharing with us next Fall.

I want to thank everyone who has filled out the questionnaire to test patterns for me.  I am working on patterns that I will need testers for in the next couple of weeks.  I will be in contact with you soon.

Have a wonderful creative day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Know What You Are Getting Before You Purchase Your Ticket Week

Each day this week I will be discussing what's planned for Sew Virginia Beach 2016.

This week's schedule of posts:

Monday (Today) - Hotel/retreat location, amenities. 

Tuesday -  Meals and beverages while you are at the retreat.  We don't want anyone going around hangry.

Wednesday - Swaps, prizes, and swag.  Charity Challenges. 

Thursday - Ticket purchase sample page so that you are familiar with your payment options and payment plans prior to tickets going on sale. 

Friday - Alison Glass & Lee Monroe: Workshops, Lectures, Trunk Shows, and Pop Up Shops

Follow the retreat announcements over at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zippy Linen Pin Pillow Pattern

I love pin cushions.  I have them everywhere I sit to sew/cross stitch/embroider, and in most of my travel sewing pouches too.  I also love to fill my pin cushions with crushed walnut shells. Unfortunately you can't really throw a pin cushion filled with crushed walnut shells into the washer and dryer when it gets dirty.  Well, now you can wash the cover and avoid the mess of wet walnut shell mush.

Introducing the Zippy Linen Pin Pillow...

This quick and easy project makes a separate pillow insert filled with crushed walnut shells, and a zippered cover that can be removed for hand or machine washing.

Pattern includes a cover page that lists supplies, and two pages of easy to follow step by step instructions.  No pictures in this one, but if you need help or have a question don't hesitate to send me an e-mail.

Available for purchase in my Angela Tackett Designs pattern store on Craftsy.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sew Virginia Beach 2016 Instructor Announcement Part 2

     In case you missed the announcements over at Sew Virginia Beach, the two lovely ladies that will be leading workshops, lectures, and trunk shows are Lee Monroe from May Chappell, and Alison Glass. I am so excited about all of the great things being planned for the retreat next year.

     I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sew Virginia Beach Instructor Announcement

FYI...The instructor announcements have started on the Sew Virginia Beach site.

The first amazing and talented lady has been announced.  She has a great workshop with a special embroidery design planned, along with a lecture/trunk show, and a pop up shop of her great patterns.

Don't miss out on all of the fun happening at this oceanfront sewing retreat next Fall.  Get updates at

Oh and just a hint (or two) on the second instructor...
#1 She is a fabric designer and her first name starts with the same letter as mine.
#2 You will probably see more of her fabric than anyone else's in my Instagram feed.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Lovers Cross Stitch Pattern

I love the feel, the smell, and escaping into the words printed on each page of a book.  It started when I was very young because my mother kept a bookcase full of Encyclopedias and collections of short stories that she had growing up.  She also took us to the library for story time and puppet shows when we were young.  It's a love that I shared and encouraged in my three boys.  It stuck with two of them, and the other prefers to wait for the movie.

I have also loved this quote from Horace Mann since the first time I read it (probably in junior high):
A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. He cheats them! Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it.”
― Horace Mann, Life and Works of Horace Mann Volume 3

I combined my love of books, with part of my favorite educational quote, and brought them together in a cute new cross stitch pattern.

The design area finishes at 5.14" x 5.00", and the completed project shown has been mounted and inserted into an 8" x 8" frame.  The pattern is available for purchase and pdf download at my Craftsy pattern store.

I hope you enjoy this project, and I would love to see your finished work.

Have a wonderful creative day!