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Friday, February 6, 2015

Around the Rainbow

is the third and final release for Nashville. I've shared the progress of this and here is the final version - it ended up 10x10, mostly because I was out of canvas! As it was, I had to sew muslin around the edges in order to frame it! When I originally started stitching, I actually thought I was going to do a small design but it just kept growing and growing! After each round, it could have been complete but I just envisioned more in my head! I seriously considered stopping after the third round - at that point the finished size was a little over 5 inches and would have looked fabulous in a black lacquered box. However, I kept going and ended up with this! It's all overdyed Vineyard Silk from ThreadworX - if you know me at all, you know I just love stitching with this thread! Of course, you could do whatever you like...even change the order of the squares, colors, or types of thread! 

Check with your local shop to see if they are attending Nashville - they can bring patterns back to you or they'll be shipped to shops not attending after the show. You can see more info about the New Releases and/or pre-order here if you don't have a LNS. 

I just sent the last pattern to the printer - that's always a good feeling! I'm ahead of the game this year, probably because I limited the number of new releases. I'm also headed out of town next week. I'm going to the Bluebonnet Studio Retreat in Texas and on my way, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to stop in Baton Rouge and attend their local EGA meeting!

Until next time,

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Color Delights

I'll be releasing Color Delights - Sky at the Nashville show. This was a fun piece to stitch and I hope you like it! It's #39 in the series - at 4x4 finished, they're quick to stitch and great travel projects. Next on the agenda is Eggplant - it got the most votes a few weeks ago. Seafoam is already done as I had threads pulled but it won't be released for a few months. Here's a tiny peek as it's mostly covered by the threads I was using!

Tomorrow I'll post the last of my releases for Nashville! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Sneak Peek and Mystery News

Due to popular demand, registration for Starstruck, my Mystery class has reopened. Now that people are stitching the first lesson and posting photos, you can see a little more of it. With class being six months (ending in July), there is still plenty of time for latecomers to fully participate in the class. If you've decided you must join the fun, you may sign up until February 19th - we'd love to have you. If you need more info, here's where I originally talked about it.

Many of you know I'll be attending Needlework Tradeshow (wholesale only; not open to the public) in Nashville at the end of the month. There's a lot of buzz about the show - it's sold out and lots of shops have registered to come. I'll be releasing three new patterns and here's the first - I'll be showing them to you over the next few days so stay tuned... 

Roseto (Italian for Rose Garden) was inspired by the Gloriana thread "Flowers of Italy" - I used the silk floss and the Princess Perle along with a bunch of different textured threads from Rainbow Gallery and a few others thrown in. For me, this was a design that just flowed easily and came to me quickly as I was working it. I loved it more when it was done than I thought I would! The finished design size is 8x8. 

As I'll be showing the rest of my new releases over the next few days, I ask you to wait until you've seen the others to contact your LNS to pre-order - as a former shopowner, I liked one phone call better than two or three!

It's a cold, dreary, rainy day here in northwest Florida. The cats and I are hanging out and listening to classical music in the background while I'm writing instructions. Samantha has found the perfect thing to lay her head on - her brother Boots! I've never seen her do this before so had to snap a pic! You can also see why his name is Boots! They like to lay under the lamp because there's a 3 way bulb and it's warm! They don't always like to share it but seem to work it out most of the time!

Until later, 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mystery Class Started Early!

If you're taking my Mystery class through Shining Needle, it's supposed to start Sunday, February 1st. HOWEVER, I just posted the fist lesson. Go check your email and thread your needles!!

Until later, 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Taking a break...

from kitting and mailing Mystery kits. I'm still waiting on a few backordered threads - they always seem to cause delays no matter how far in advance I plan or order...They'll get here soon I hope!

I've managed to get in a little stitching this month - that's the good news. Here's a frustrating moment I'll share with you. I completely finished stitching a new design last night (name to be determined...suggestions welcome even though you're only seeing a little!). Notice the canvas threads in the bottom left corner of the overdye border...yes, I ran out and don't have more. I used this thread for a major motif and didn't like it so ripped it out. Of course, I emptied my little ort basket the night before I finished this and didn't think it wise to pick through the coffee grounds to try and find a little piece. I'll be making a call to Gloriana tomorrow to beg for a piece to be mailed asap! The good news is I'll be releasing this at the tradeshow in Nashville the end of February so there's time to get more before I have to have a final photo.

I also finished my latest colorful design and finally decided to call it "Around the Rainbow". Here's another sneak peek for you with another round - there's one more after this but you'll have to wait to see the whole thing! The overall design size came out ten inches square - I might have done one more round but I only had a piece of canvas 10x10. Yes, if you do the math, there's only an inch left on each side so I'll either be sewing some fabric on this to be able to frame it or I'll have it made into a pillow. I haven't decided yet.
For Nashville, I'll have a new Color Delights - it's called Sky and although it's done, you'll have to wait to see it. Next up on my Color Delights list is Eggplant, Lime, or Seafoam. Put your vote in the comments and I'll do whichever one gets the most requests!

On the agenda tomorrow is going to the dentist - one of my least favorite things to do. I always make my appointment first thing in the morning to get it over with. It's only a cleaning so it could be worse. The rest of the day will be wonderful, no matter what I do!

On a positive note (after my whining above), my Serenity design won a 2nd place ribbon in the exhibit at the Callaway Gardens Needle Arts seminar. I went up for a couple of days earlier this week to see the exhibit and shop in the boutique (wish I'd know I'd need that thread!). Serenity is a new teaching design and if you haven't seen it, here it is - I haven't got it up on my website yet. I designed it to be vertical but the picture of it framed below shows it horizontal - it's interesting to see how the orientation makes it look different. It showed up this way when I added it to the blog so I decided to leave it instead of fixing it to demonstrate this phenomenon. It's one of the fun things about geometrics - you can hang them however they most appeal to you or sometimes which way they'll fit better on a wall or in a grouping.

Hope you're getting through winter - we've finally seen the sun the last few days which makes it a little warmer and pleasant.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wrapping & Packing

I'm finishing up gift wrapping today and packing to leave tomorrow. I'll be spending Christmas week in North Carolina and hoping for a white and not too wet Christmas. There's only a small chance of snow but I remain ever hopeful!

I'm packing my computer to keep up with the Mystery class registrations - the deadline is December 31st so if you want to suggest as a gift for someone, there's still time! And because I can, I'll show you another small piece of  Starstruck! Here's the link to the info in case you want to forward it to someone :)

While the laundry's going, I'm thinking about stitching and quilting projects to take - I'm sure I'll end up with at least 10 things. It's so much harder to decide what projects to take than what clothes to take! I'm sure you can all relate...

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spirit of Jean

 I'm so excited to officially be able to announce a new teaching piece! It is only available as an American Needlepoint Guild Correspondence Course. 

Inspired by the incredible work of Jean Hilton, Spirit of Jean is the result of my admiration and respect for the great contribution she made to the needlepoint world. In using many of the stitches she created, this design is my tribute to her and I felt her spirit as I stitched it. Several colorways are available (http://www.needlepoint.org/CorrClasses/classes/spirit-of-jean.php).

One of the great things about an ANG Correspondence Course is the ability to send your work to the instructor for a critique (it comes back to you!). You don't have to send it but it's a wonderful educational opportunity.

You have to be a member of ANG to take the course - you can take it as an individual or your Chapter may elect to take it as a Group. You don't have to have a local ANG Chapter to be a member. I personally don't have a local chapter and am a member of CyberPointers - you can get more info at http://www.cyberpointers.org/.

Carol T. was one of the pilot stitchers and stitched the "Green Tea" option - I love that it looks like a completely different piece! At the ANG Seminar exhibit, I overheard some ladies talking about my "two different pieces" that were hanging together. I couldn't resist pointing out to them that they were in fact, the same design!
 Here are a few other colorways (named after the main Watercolour) I chose for the project:

African Sunset



I was thrilled to get my first orders this week as the new Correspondence Courses were just recently announced. I designed and stitched this piece more than a year ago and it was a real challenge for me to not share it sooner.