Brenda Gervais from With Thy Needle & Thread. That link goes to Brenda's blog of the same name while this one Country Stitches Online goes to her shop which sells her own line of charts plus those from other designers too. She also sells charms, fabric, ribbons and other embellishments.
The design I chose this month was the unseasonal January Wordplay:
2. Have you stitched a project by this designer before?
Yes. Last year I stitched April's Wordplay which as a gift from blogger Jenny:
Both these charts were gifts. Jenny sent me the first one which I really enjoyed stitching so when Shirlee offered her chart in a giveaway I threw my name into the hat and was lucky enough to win it.
5. Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others?
Brenda has a primitive style, whole stitches only, very little backstitch. She is not a well-known designer in the UK. I couldn't even find her charts on the SewandSo website (unless they are hidden in the Other Designers category) but I did discover that Patchwork Rabbit stock them so I will be able to puchase the rest of the Wordplay series. There are several Hallowe'en themed charts on the WTN&T website which are rather tempting too.
Her blog is always very interesting. She talks about the design process, showing her floss tosses and discusses the issues around colour. She also charts reproduction samplers and shares some of the history of the pieces.
And here is the Pie Chart for June:
And since we are halfway through the year (yikes!) here is the year-to-date. It's not a Pie Chart, it's a Doughnut Chart! Sorry if these stats are making you hungry:
Finally, I have launched the annual Summer Postcard Blog Hop. The theme this year is Pets. All you need to do is email me a photo of something you have stitched on this theme plus a little message about what pets mean to you. Once I have a few I will start emailing them to the participants who will display them on their blogs. The Blog Hop lasts all Summer so don't worry if you don't have anything suitable stitched yet.