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Friday, February 5, 2016


Poppers is a bright, fun to stitch project with 192 little squares. Although the layout is the same as Tidbits, all of the square patterns are different. I just love creating small designs and then putting them together like patchwork!
The pattern will be released at the Nashville market.

Monday, February 1, 2016

New for Nashville..

I'm done stitching and almost done writing instructions for my Nashville releases - this is the earliest I've ever been ready for a tradeshow and it feels wonderful! One of my new releases will be Sudoku Delight - this was a class I taught a few years ago and I've had a lot of requests for this pattern. In addition to my original colorway, eight other colorways are listed. This is my Original and the main thread is called Peacock. Most of the colorway names are based on the Rainbow Gallery Bravo overdyed thread which was the inspiration for each colorway.

 This is "Caramels"

This is Caravan #1 (it'd be a great companion to Starstuck's Glowing Embers!)

I've seen photos of the other colorways stitched but can't find them right now so will show you the threads for the others.
Caravan #2
Blues & Golds
Found the photos! I wrote this post yesterday and have since found photos of some of the colorways stitched up - left the thread photos to show both...
Blue & Gold
Stay tuned for the rest of the new releases...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Curios...a Mystery Class

Registration is officially open for this year's online Curios Mystery Class. It's through Shining Needle Society - if you're not a member of SNS, you can join for free at Shining Needle Society.  Above is a tiny part of my stitching - Waffles and Pinwheels, two of my favorite stitches!

You don't have to be a member to register for class - we can take care of getting you signed up for membership along with your registration -- just be sure to let me know you're "new"! I appreciate the people who've already registered - I can tell you the Mountain Haze and Turquoise Trail colorways are running neck and neck, followed closely by Prickly Pear. Along with Kelsch, the new Watercolours are very popular! Because of the numbers and all my travel in the next couple of months, I'll be ordering threads in "batches" to make kits ahead of time - I'll be shipping kits in the order people sign up so don't wait til the last minute, especially if you're requesting a drawn canvas. I'm already starting to draw them and they take a lot longer than last year's!

I decided to call the design "Curios" as the stitches fill the rectangular spaces that were inspired by a curiosity cabinet. I often struggle with naming a design so it's a relief to have finally decided on the title. I'm happy I've had positive feedback and appreciate the people who've told me they liked the name.

For people who've been interested in my "Serenity" class, I'll be teaching at Kelsey's Needle Krafts on March19-20. I'm looking forward to going to Northern Californian again - I spent a lot of time there with friends when I was in college in San Diego so it feels like going "home". I'll also be teaching at the end of September at Needle in a Haystack in Alameda, Ca - classes TBA.

Until next time (I'll soon be showing you my new releases for Nashville!)


Friday, January 22, 2016

Mystery Class Registration starts next week!

I was fortunate to spend a couple of days at Callaway Gardens this week at the needlearts seminar. It's always a pleasure to be among other needlewomen and wonderful to see old and new friends. I spent all day Wednesday in the boutique choosing threads for six additional colorways for my upcoming Mystery Class - yes, it takes hours and hours to choose just the right shades, tints, and hues! Registration will officially start next Tuesday - I'll post the link here when it's up. In the meantime, here's a preview of the colorways. Their names are the same as the main Watercolour that is the inspiration for each. In addition to my "Original" colorway, Mountain Haze, three of the colorways are based on brand new Watercolours. I also did colorways based on Tahiti and Rainforest, two of my most popular colorways. 

Here are a couple of photos of small snippets of my piece - taken in different light, the colors vary . Instead of trying to edit them to look the same, I'm showing them to you "as is" to remind you not to trust the color too much on your monitor or in photos! 

These are the threads for my "Original" colorway - the Mountain Haze (main Watercolour) is shown at the far left along with the matching Waterlilies thread. The messy threads are Vineyard silks - I didn't have new skeins for the photo...purples and greens with a touch of blue, the piece turns out softer than you might think based on the photo.

This is Prickly Pear - rusts and greens with a touch of gold - I want to design something with this palette!

This is Kelsch - Kelsch is a type of plaid fabric made in France. Reds, blues, and tans, this will make an excellent patriotic version if you're so inclined (and American!).

This is Turquoise Trail - turquoise and rust with a touch of aqua - this will produce a southwest feel and I'd like to design something with this one too!

This is Rainforest - neutrals, browns, and greens, I refer to this as my Earthtone version and I know it will look great!
This is Tahiti - it's bright and fun and one of my favorite Watercolours of all time! This is my "happy colorway"! I don't think the photo does the threads justice...

Last but not least is Rose Quartz - this colorway was developed for a good friend to hang in a special place and coordinate with her decor. She gave me her pillow sham to use as inspiration and it is the background in the photo. It will produce a soft romantic feel with dusty pinks and greens. The 2nd and 3rd Watercolours are a little darker than I would like but they're the right shades and will provide good contrast.
There you have it - which colorway to choose...?! Ponder and add a comment about what you might choose. It'll be fun to see what's most popular!

Until next week, have a great weekend. I'll be stitching - I'm working on my 4th new design for the Nashville market in March! I'll be introducing a new series, something I haven't done in a long time...


Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello 2016!

Happy New Year! Today's the last day of my "vacation". I'm happy I have the weekend before I have to go back to the work of writing instructions, making kits, placing orders, and all the other administrative stuff that I do! I've had a wonderful few weeks around the holidays of designing, stitching, and quilting. Now it's time to take down the tree and watch the Rose Parade, while I  listen to the  seemingly never ending rain. There was one day of sun this week and I hope it returns soon.

As I begin to take down the tree, I want to share my newest ornament. My local EGA Guild does an ornament exchange at our Christmas party and after several years of not participating, I was able to get it together and bring an ornament to the party. I hoped and wished I'd get a certain someone's ornament as she always does some beading (and I don't!). I even tried to cheat and get her to tell me which was hers and she wouldn't! Imagine my surprise when I opened my package to find this beauty! This certain someone didn't make it though - it came from someone else and I LOVE it! Thank you Beckie!! Not only is it beaded, it is a star! And for those of you who've done a lot of my designs, you know I love stars like chocolate - A LOT!

I stitched in the new year (I went to bed at 11 but it was midnight in New York so it counts!). Yesterday I finished a new teaching piece and finished designing my Mystery. I'd hoped to complete the Mystery by the end of 2015 but didn't quite make it. Maybe this weekend...

Although I can't show you photos of the Mystery, here's a little sneak peek - Samantha is getting tired of me working on it...
Boots is just ignoring it
And here's a true "sneak peek" of a tiny portion of it. I was inspired by the idea of a curiosity cabinet with lots of little sections to hold curios - Curiosity has been my working title. Are you curious.....? Class registrations will begin February 1st

I'll share photos of the colorways after I choose them in a few weeks. As always, I'm looking forward to being in a shop where there are complete lines of all the threads I need for this design!

In January, I'm going to spend a few days at the Callaway Gardens Needle Arts seminar. A friend is riding up with me (yeah!) and we'll see the exhibit, next year's class pieces, shop in the Boutique, and do Merchandise Night on January 19th.

February 13-16, I'm teaching two classes at Blue Bonnet Studio outside of Austin, Texas.  It's a fun low-key stitching seminar and the hotel is beautiful Serenity and Inchies are the two classes and both have multiple colorways. There are sports available in both classes. Send me an email if you want to see the various colorways (if you've already registered, I'll be sending this info Monday for you to make your selections).


I am teaching quite a few times this year and will update my website next week with my schedule. I am excited to be teaching at the ANG Seminar in New Orleans at the end of August. This is Highland Circle - a year ago I went to an Arts Festival and wandered around soaking in all of the artist's offerings. I was inspired to create something abstract and this design flowed out quickly the next day. I don't typically draw a design but this one was on paper before it was stitched.

Here's to a harmonious 2016. May we all be blessed with a needle in hand and love in our hearts...


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Back to blogging...

I've been "away" from blogging a long time and actually feel like I'm just getting back to being part of the human race again. I've had a busy summer and fall with lots of activies, traveling, teaching, nursing a friend through several surgeries, etc. I've also been dealing with chronic jaw pain since July. I've grinded my teeth when I sleep since I was a child so it was no surprise to me when the dentist said that's what was causing my pain. After getting a dental guard and chipping, cracking, and putting a hole in it (yes, I'm a grinder!), I still had pain which came and went but was never completely gone.  To make a long story short (yes it's already long!), I actually had a tooth that was fractured but never hurt until Thanksgiving when it got infected. By this time, it was completely broken in half. After a very long painful weekend,  I got into the dentist and then after a round of antibiotics (3 days) and painkillers (thank goodness!) got the said tooth pulled - it's the very last tooth and I don't miss it. Miraculously my jaw pain is completely gone and I feel like a new woman. I didn't realize how much pain I'd been in - just soldiered on as is my way.

I'm enjoying the holiday season during this month of December. I'm looking forward to my parents coming to my home for Christmas this year! I will get to cook in my new kitchen! I'm not a lover of cooking but it's much more pleasurable now. I have to admit though, my new countertop often looks like this... it's the perfect place to bag charts and I can see the TV from here!

I put up my Christmas tree last week - I skipped last year so it was extra fun to see all of my ornaments again. After all of the years in the shop and being part of several stitching guilds, I have a lot of ornaments that have come through swaps. Some are especially sentimental as the makers have passed.  I thought I'd share a couple with you...
Our first stitching group at our shop was run by a woman called Debbie - she passed away from cancer several years ago. She designed and stitched this ornament from various Shepherd's Bush patterns. She also finished it herself. I remember this ornament being from our group's very first ornament swap. It's a treasure to me.

Our group named itself "Friends who Count" and this ornament was another Debbie's (we had lots of Debbies just like my high school classes!!). She added the words to this hardanger and included her initials and the year. Since I haven't done much hardanger, I appreciate having it and remembering her when I add it to my tree. She moved away a long time ago.

I'll share more later...

As part of my holiday, I've been spending time in my sewing room. I went to my annual quilting retreat last month. I always return from it wanting to sew, sew, and sew some more. Boots and Samantha are not allowed in the sewing room unless I'm in there. Boots found a couple of new places to hang out - I just never know where he'll decide to plant himself!

Until next time,


Monday, August 31, 2015


Tidbits is done and at the printer! This was really fun to stitch and a bit of a design challenge for me to create so many different patterns to fit such small squares! I like it long and narrow but it would also be fun short and wide, especially for a pillow. Tidbits is on the website and available to pre-order. I anticipate shipping September 15th. Pre-orders will be shipped in the order they are received.

Here's what my weekend consisted of...
I'm organizing my garage to move more of my business stuff out there after adding an air conditioner. These wonderful Longaberger baskets need to find good homes so I've listed them on my website for sale. Check them out here! I've got more to add but will do that in a week or so.

I'm looking forward to going to the ANG Seminar in Myrtle Beach at the end of the month. It'll be a nice break for me as I'm taking a class this year. I'll be teaching at next year's seminar in New Orleans! I can't show you the piece until after seminar...

Until next time, happy stitching!