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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
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 -
Kathy

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:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46618682/SNS%20Razzmatazz%20Mystery%202017.pdf
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.

Kathy

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Getting ready for market...

As the deadline registration for Razzmatazz (my online Mystery class) quickly approaches, I'm starting the countdown to the Nashville market - it's only three weeks away and there's still so much to do. I've finished stitching Spring Meadow and am now working on writing the instructions - the fun is over. I loved creating this design; I started in the middle of the canvas with an interesting combination of plaited rays and worked my way out to the border. I took some of the threads from the Highland Meadow colorway of my Serenity design and this is what I came up with. Every time I taught Serenity last year and saw my student's pieces, I wanted to use these threads and colors! It finishes at 8x8 and the colors reminded me of a spring meadow - fresh and soft. I love lavender and teal and they look great together.


Stay tuned for more peeks of what will be new at market -
Kathy

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Razzmatazz



Registration is officially underway for my 2017 Mystery class. You can read all about it here. There is a peek above and below. I really enjoyed creating this piece - I challenged myself in several ways to make it more interesting for me to design, stitch, and stay amused! I'm happy to report it is completely finished and I'm now working on something new to release at the Nashville market in March! 
  •  Use a color of canvas other than white or eggshell
  •  Leave canvas threads empty to let the color show through
  •  Use a number of straight stitches (instead of diagonal)
  •  Throw in a few beads
  •  Make a more symmetrical design than the last two Mystery projects (Starstruck & Curios)
  
Here are the colorways I created - the original registration announcement only shows five options but I've done two more because the Prickly Pear and Kelsch colorways from Curios were requested. My original design is based on the Appalachia Watercolour and stitched on Leventeen Blue canvas. 


Tahiti stitched on Yellow Canvas - a special request from a dear friend!


Bermuda Reef stitched on Aquamarine Canvas - one of my favorite Watercolours of all time!


Sedona Sunset stitched on Rose Blush Canvas - one of the newest Watercolours 

Fiesta on Brown Canvas (the brown is darker than Sandstone which is darker than Eggshell):

 
Prickly Pear on Brown Canvas - another "Earthtones" option because the Prickly Pear colorway of Curios was a special request after registration was announced. I came up with this and liked it so much, it is another offering.

Kelsch on Brown Canvas - Since I did one of last year's new Watercolours, I thought I'd do another. I chose Kelsch because I've been wanting to design something with it and now I have another palette of threads!

Join in the fun - class starts in March and is easy to keep up with. If you've already signed up and wish to change to one of the new colorways, just email me. I'm happy to change anything until registration ends in a few weeks. 

Kathy





Monday, December 26, 2016

Goodbye to 2016...

Happy Holidays - 2017 is upon us and I'm happy to have this whole week between Christmas and New Year's to bring in 2017. To thank you for a fabulous 2016, I'm having a Year End Sale. To celebrate the 2017 New Year, all kits in stock are 17% off. Enter the coupon code "2017NDO" in the checkout section of the website's Catalog.
 
To my shopowner friends: email me if you'd like to place a sale order for charts...
 
In the months and months since I last blogged, I logged quite a few miles and taught a number of classes from coast to coast. My calendar is full for 2017 and I'll be posting my schedule soon. I'm looking forward to meeting more of you as I travel around the country. 
 
Next year's Mystery design is almost complete and I can't wait to share all the details (except what it looks like of course!) with you. Here's a tiny peek - the official registration announcement will be mid January. I've enjoyed creating this piece and am excited to offer it to you.
 

I'm looking forward to finished up the Mystery so I can work on something new. I did some personal stitching over the holidays - a Christmas stocking for my new great nephew and a Chicago Cubs ornament for my dad who is a lifelong diehard Cubs fan. He is always able to guess all his presents so it was wonderful to completely surprise him. I offered to hang it on my tree but he insisted on taking it home! It was great fun to have family here for the holiday - they're on the way home today so the cats are catching up on sleeping and I'm catching up with my blog and prepping for inventory - not my favorite job but at least it's only once a year. I hope to have a lot less kits to count after this week!

Happy New Year!
Kathy

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It's August - time for new releases!

I cannot believe it is already August - the summer is flying so fast! I'm staying almost too  busy these days but still trying to squeeze in some stitching & designing. I do have four new designs which will be released next week. Shops may pre-order now or order through the online show from Norden which starts August 8th. If you don't have a LNS, you can get them here.

First up are two of my four Elements - these were exclusive to Tomorrow's Heirlooms but now their Club is complete so I can release them to all.  They finish at 5.25x5.25 and also look great if they are done as a four way design with this being one quarter. The first is Earth.
 and this is Water:
The other two (Fire & Air) will be released in the Spring. 

Next is Turquoise Trail - I was inspired by one of the colorways in my Curios Mystery and designed this piece - it was really fun and I'm looking forward to maybe doing another southwest inspired design. This goes into my Destination Series and finishes about 6x10.

I've been watching people post photos of pieces with all overdyed Vineyard Silks and was jealous of them using these luscious threads so I pulled mine out and created another "rainbow" of color. This is Color Delights - Rainbow 2! These are some of my favorite threads to work with and now I'm working on a larger piece with them for next year!

Until next time - 
Kathy

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A new online class...Mint Julep

Registration is open for my new online class, Mint Julep. It closes July 29th so I can get all the supplies ordered to start class September 1st. I fook forward to another great class!

This monochromatic design incorporates a lot of different textured threads and a lot of unusual stitch combinations - it's fun to stitch! The photo doesn't show all the sparkle and texture. 

You can see all the colorways and registration info at 
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46618682/SNS%20Mint%20Julep-2016.pdf

 Here's my original piece - I wanted a soft soothing design and chose a variety of mint greens with touches of seafoam and other greens. As usual, I developed a few other colorways. I've included photos of finished pieces from several students.

The other colorways are: 

Melon
 

Neutral

Blues
  

Lavenders

 When I taught it in person, several people asked me about doing dark instead of light borders for some of the alternate colorways. It comletely changes the look and adds drama. There are dark borders for all of the colorways except the original. Here's the Melon colorway done with the dark borders.

On my design board right now is next year's Mystery! No hints yet but I am very excited!

Hope you're staying cool if you live in the sweltering heat like I do!
Kathy