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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

After Christmas Sale

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. I finished a big project just before midnight and look forward to showing you soon. In the meantime, Tis the season for a sale!

As we approach the new year, to thank you for a fabulous 2017, I'm offering an After Christmas Sale. To bring in 2018, all kits in stock are 18% off until January 1, 2018. Enter the Coupon Code "2018NDO" in the checkout section of the website's Catalog. Orders will be shipped in the order they are placed. Click here to get to the Catalog

To shopowners: email me if you'd like to place an order for charts at 20% off until January 1st.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cranberry Star

It has been a busy fall. I finished up this year's teaching in October, went to Shipshewana for my annual quilting retreat in November, and started a remodel of my master bathroom which also included replacing the flooring and painting the master bedroom. It has been quite disruptive to say the least but I know I will be thrilled with the end result and am hoping it might be done by Christmas. 

My brother is a contractor and is doing the work for me. He lives three hours away so he brings a helper and comes down for four or five days every other week and stays at my house while I go stay somewhere else! I've been living mostly out of my suitcase for about six weeks now. Staying away from home for big chunks of time has allowed me to get quite a bit of stitching done. I'm working on new designs to release at the Nashville market - I wish I could show you some but it's a bit early for that! I'm most excited about the larger design I'm currently designing and stitching. It has been in my head for several years and it's fun to see it coming to life on canvas.

Last summer I was asked to design a special piece for the South Central Region of EGA to teach online next year. This is Cranberry Star and registration for it is happening now (deadline of Dec 15th to sign up is quickly approaching). You must be a member of EGA to take this class but you can contact me to sign up for the class before joining EGA. If you're already a member of EGA in a different region, you just need to join a chapter in SCR as a "plural". Again, you can sign up for the class now and take care of the EGA membership issue before class starts next year. I have to order all the supplies next week!

You can see all the details here - Cranberry Star signup info

I put my piece in a Carol box from Sudberry - I liked this box so much after putting my Amethyst Garden in it, I decided to use it again. 

These were my original threads - Cranberry is the Watercolour.

 This is the Kelsch colorway 

Three other colorways are available - this is Prickly Pear 

 Stained Glass

Tiffany Rose 

Happy Holidays. Be sure to take some time to stitch for stress reduction! It's working for me...


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all!

It's the first day of Autumn - yippee!! Although my air conditioning is still blasting, there's the promise of cooler weather coming soon. I wait for it every year with great anticipation. This is one of my favorite times of the year - football season has started and baseball season is winding down. I'm hoping the Cubs repeat in the World Series!!

The holidays approach and I have finished two new "Holiday Delights" for Halloween and Christmas. I had been thinking about these designs for a long time and I'm pleased with how they turned out. Since 99.9% of my designs are "just geometrics", it was quite interesting to do Witch Hats - I had to draw something "real", not something I typically do. The trees were easier! Using Leaf Stitch for a tree makes it quite simple and you know how much I like stars if you know me at all!

These will be released on September 26th - pick them up at your local needlework shop or here. Both Holiday Delights finish at 6x6 and are stitched with Watercolours, Pearl Cotton, and Kreinik metallic. No laid threads!

I'm also releasing a new Color Delights - this is Blueberry. 

Here are a few photos I've received of a couple of my designs made into bags/purses. The first is my Amazing Color and the last three photos are Curios. I'm impressed with the creativity of these ladies in England!

My recent online class (Amethyst Garden) is finished and I've been receiving photos of finishes - here are a few of the alternate colorways stitched up.

This is the Christmas colorway

the Appalachia colorway

and my original piece in a Sudberry box. They're all so different!

Hope you are finding time to stitch and have not suffered too much from Hurricane Harvey or Irma! Another great thing about fall is the end of hurricane season...


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Amethyst Garden

 I haven't blogged in months! It feels like only weeks as time flies so quickly. I've been traveling and teaching and generally, keeping too busy. I've created a new design to teach through Shining Needle Society. This is Amethyst Garden and finishes about 7.5x7.5. I put it into a Sudberry box - what an easy way to finish a piece of needlepoint. As much as I love my framer, it was nice to skip the trip for this time. It's also easy to take this piece out and pop in another, making it a great option to display a holiday design. I created some holiday colorways for just this purpose and will show them lower in this post.

Here's the finished piece in the box!

In addition to the Garden design, a bonus design finishing at 4x4 is included with the class. I used components of the Garden to create this "Bluebonnet Star" which will fit in a 4x4 box. The center diamond shape of this is the perfect size for an ornament - I need to stitch one!

Here are the colorways - it was so much fun creating them, I had to force myself to stop at 10! I love putting threads and colors together...the Petite Sparkle Rays and the threads under the Rainbow Gallery are for the Star design. Since the canvas peeks through under the star, all of the colorways will be on a color of canvas - French blue, Sandstone, Aquamarine, Yellow, Rose Blush, and Brown. Any of them could be done on eggshell as well.

Registration closes July 28th (Friday) and you can see all the registration details here.

This is the Appalachia Bluebonnet colorway:

Bermuda Reef colorway:

Kelp colorway:

Tiffany Rose colorway:

Turquoise colorway:

Tequila Sunrise colorway:

Americana colorway:

Christmas colorway:

Halloween colorway:

I'm looking forward to attending the EGA National Seminar next month! I'm not teaching so am excited to hang out with friends for a couple of days, see the exhibits, and be at merchandise night.

Hope you're all having a great summer!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Back from Nashville & New Mailing List

I'm back from Nashville - had a great time at market. It's always fun to see everybody - it's like a family reunion! I love seeing all the new things, putting my hands on new threads, and most important, visiting with the shopowners who carry my designs. As a former shopowner, I know how hard they work at market - before, during, and after!

Tomorrow's Heirlooms, the shop who offered my Elements patterns first, framed all of the Four Elements together in the same frame. They graciously offered to let me use it in in my display and gave me permission to share it - I love the way it came out!

Now that market is finished, I'm doing the last of the mailing of my Mystery kits and preparing to teach several classes in person over the next couple of months as well as the online class. One of my goals this year is to update/revise my website. It is showing its age and needs some work. In the meantime, I am going to immediately change the way I send out my newsletters. To do so, I have to create a new mailing list so I'm requesting people send me an email to be added to this new list. I sent a newsletter from my website last night but never got confirmation it was sent so am writing here to let people know about it. Here's a link to the email I sent so you know how to sign up -

I don't want to put my email address here - I already get WAY too much spam!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Nashville Releases

I've got everything ready to go for the Nashville market - that is, I'll be ready to go after stuffing a thousand or so charts into plastic bags when they get here from the printer today or tomorrow! That's the glamorous life of a designer, heehee! Here's what the shopowners will be able to purchase - if you're lucky enough to have a local needlework shop, ask them to pick these up for you. If you don't have a LNS, you may pre-order from me. All the titles are up on the website. Here's everything even though I've previously given some sneak peeks.

Spring Meadow is a stand-alone pattern. Design size is 8x8. Threads used are Gloriana Silk Floss 040 Highland Meadow (2 sk), Princess Perle 040 Highland Meadow, Vineyard Classic Silk C-093, 203, ThreadworX Floss 1009, and Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays N123, Neon Rays + NP37, Splendor S871, Mandarin M869, and Silk Lame SL92. 
Third of the four Elements, Fire finishes at 5.25x5.25. Threads used are Gloriana Silk Floss and Princess Perle 077 Fall Foliage, Vineyard Silks C-167, C-225, DMC Pearl Cotton #5 829, Floss 3771, and Rainbow Gallery Silk Lame SL155, Neon Rays N21, Neon Rays + NP100.

Third of the four Elements, Air finishes at 5.25x5.25. Threads used are Gloriana Silk Floss and Princess Perle 132 Lavender Ice, Vineyard Silks C-090, C-155, DMC Pearl Cotton #5 211, Floss 3756, and Rainbow Gallery Entice E2255, Petite Very Velvet V803, and  Neon Rays + NP201.

The first two Elements (Earth and Water) were released last fall. 

Lime is #44 of the Color Delights Series. Threads used are Watercolours 188 Lime Rickey, Waterlilies 201 Budding Leaf, Rainbow Gallery Silk Lame SL112, Entice E219, and DMC Floss 3865.
Curios was taught as a Mystery Class last year and is now available to everyone. Six additional colorways are listed in the pattern and kits are available in each of the colorways. This is my original colorway, based on the Mountain Haze Watercolour.

 Thanks to my students who stitched Curios in the class, I can show you what the other colorways look like! This is a finished Prickly Pear version.

  This is a finished Tahiti version.

 This is a finished Kelsch version.  

 This is a finished Turquoise Trail version. 

  This is a finished (almost!) Rose Quartz version. 

 This is a finished (almost!) Rainforest version.  
It's so fun to see them all together - I'm still always amazed at how different they look in the various colorways!

Until next time -

Monday, February 13, 2017

Last call for Razzmatazz Mystery Class

The deadline for registration for my Mystery Class has passed but I'm taking registrations for one more day (Tuesday) before placing the final orders for thread and canvas. If you've missed it or can't find the info, here's the link:

Here's one last sneak peek of my original colorway (Appalachia) and a peek of the Bermuda Reef colorway.

 Details about Nashville releases is coming later this week.