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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I've been taking a break from designing to give my creative juices some rest and work in other areas of my life. It's very strange to not have anything on the stretcher bars but it's an interesting exercise to not design for a few months. I've not done this since I started designing. I decided to take this "sabbatical" to see what happens. Of course, the ideas never really stop so the idea notebook is still growing. I am getting a big cross stitch project done and have been able to spend a lot of time in my sewing room working on some fun quilts.

This past weekend I taught a pilot class for my new design, "Serenity". This group of ladies from my "local" Chapter (70 miles away!) did a great job and here they are after two days of stitching! It was so fun to see the different colorways emerge on their canvases!

This weekend I'm headed to Orlando for the Sun Region Seminar.  I'm taking advantage of Studio Time and have to decide what I will do - there are many options... I'll also be at Merchandise Night on Friday - if you're in the area, stop by - it's open to everyone, whether you're attending Seminar or not.

Until next time,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top of the Mornin'

To celebrate St Patrick's Day, I share one of my best selling Color Delights - Shamrock! It was one of the first Color Delights designs I did and just made me think "Kelly Green" which took me to "Irish" to "St Patty's Day" and voila, "Shamrock" because all of my Color Delights titles are one word for the color name. 

And here's what Gretchen from Threads Inc did with it - you can contact her if you're interested in it. There are several colorways and I think she did a fantastic job with my humble little design, adding and multiplying the patterns and choosing alternative colorways on top of it all! 

I'm mailing the last of the Mystery kits for my ongoing class today and then moving on to some seriously needed "spring cleaning"! We had 80 degree weather yesterday so I think our Winter is finally gone...I'm happy to see it go and holding on to the hope that we actually have a Spring and not jump right into Summer!


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.