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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Price Increases

Almost all of the threads I use on a regular basis have increased in price in the last few months. I've absorbed several price increases over the past few years, but the time has come for me to give in and  raise the prices on my kits. Depending on the threads in the kit and how long it has been on the market, price increases range from 5-15%. Here are some examples of the changes in price of a few of my popular kits -  
  • Amazing Color, $186, new price will be $191, Sale Price $167.40
  • Autumn Logs, $95, new price will be $106, Sale Price $85.50
  • Colorwaves, $177, new price will be $187, Sale Price $159.3
  • Rainforest Crunch, $81, new price will be $90, Sale Price $72.9
  • Summer Logs, $94, new price will be $110, Sale Price $84.60
  • Tidbits & Poppers, $95 ea, new price will be $98, Sale Price $85.50
    To make it more palatable, I'm offering a limited time sale on CURRENT prices until May 8th. To order, you will use the coupon code "NDO SALE" on the website when you check out. Pattern prices are not increasing but the sale is for patterns as well as kits. 10% will be deducted when you enter the coupon code. Everything is on sale, not just the kits listed above.

    Price increases will be in effect starting May 9th. I wish I didn't have to do this - it's a lot of work to calculate and then update all the prices on the website!

    Coming Soon: I'll soon be releasing (still have to write instructions!) "Land of the Free" - shops will be notified when it is ready! It's part of my Destinations collection.



    In fun news, I've starting designing and stitching Boo Logs (aka Halloween Logs) and am enjoying stitching again after so much kitting and teaching! Here's a little sneak peek...it'll be a summer release.

    Until next time, 
    Kathy












Saturday, February 27, 2016

Last call for Mystery registration!


Yesterday was the registration deadline for my Curios Mystery Class and above is one last peek at part of Lesson One. I'll take registrations today and up to 5pm central time tomorrow (Sunday) as I'm working on the orders I'll place Monday. If you've missed it, here is where I blogged originally. There are photos of the colorways with my comments. Here's a link to the Registration Details.

I'll be glad to get these orders placed and behind me - I leave Thursday for the Nashville wholesale show. It's great fun but lots of work getting ready. I don't really enjoy long car trips so I know I'm working too much when I look forward to the 8 hour drive on Thursday!

If you've missed my new designs to be released next weekend, you can see them on my website. 

Hope you're all stitching!
Kathy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Delights!

In addition to Sudoku Delight & Poppers, I will be releasing two more patterns at the Nashville market. First up is the new Color Delights - it's Eggplant! The photo doesn't show the richness of the color or the texture of the threads. I used Petite Very Velvet as the darkest color and the Watercolour is Aubergine - isn't that appropriate?! I love purple so it is definitely my newest favorite of the Color Delights!

I'm introducing a new series of designs called Holiday Delights - these will be six by six finished size and great for box tops, pillow inserts, stand-up cubes, or whatever other creative things people are sure to come up with. The first is Independence Day. I've been on a roll with this fun combination of patriotic colors - they're just such fun to work with and the ideas just keep coming! I'm excited about this new series and looking forward to working on the next one! Leave me a comment if you want to request a holiday for me!

These designs will all be released March 4th so look for them at your LNS (ask them to pick them up for you!) after market or if you don't have a LNS, pre-order them here.

I'm headed out of town to teach this weekend - I'm really happy to be getting on a plane and not driving! I'll be able to stitch. I'm working on my last Element, which is Wind. It is designed and threads have been chosen so I'm all set. In the meantime, I'm cutting mass numbers of canvases and drawing the outlines for the Curios Mystery Class - if you've missed the info on this class or have been thinking about signing up, you can see all the details and photos of the colorways here. Registration ends February 26th so I can get all the final supply orders in before I leave for Nashville.

Until next time,
Kathy



Friday, February 5, 2016

Poppers!

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
Lagoon
Preserves
 
Blues & Golds
Paprika
Waterfall
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
Lagoon
Paprika
Waterfall  
Stay tuned for the rest of the new releases...
Kathy

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!)

Kathy


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...

Kathy