Sunday, July 20, 2014

In full swing...

I've been getting ready for my big summer trip - I'm heading to the midwest next month. First I'll be attending the TNNA Needlework tradeshow in St Charles, Missouri and then am heading to Chicago for the ANG National Seminar. I'm taking a class with Orna Willis and looking forward to being with someone who has great color sense! I'll also be participating at Expo Night. I'm looking for a couple of people who have experience in such events who would be willing to help me - contact me privately if you are interested. 

Before I go to Seminar, I'll be teaching August 22-23 at Tomorrow's Heirlooms. You can get more details on their Facebook page here. I'm really having fun working on the piece and wish I could show you part of it but alas, it's a Mystery! I haven't done a Mystery class for the last two years and I'm happy to be designing another - I look forward to being able to share it and eventually publish it.

I will be releasing six new designs at the show - three of them are posted on my website and I will be posting the other three later this week. First up is Yule Logs - the Seasonal Logs were such fun, that I went on to create a Holiday Logs series; at least I'm planning on a series! I'll be releasing Yule Logs first and am working on the design for Boo Logs (look for it next year!). Here's Yule... I used a lot of fun threads - Watercolours (lots of them!) and one Waterlily (Holiday, of course!), Overdyed Vineyard Silks, Kreinik metallics, and ThreadworX Pearl Cotton. There are 144 different "log" pattern in this piece! I kept thinking I'd run out of ideas, especially as the logs are only six threads but I managed to make them all different - there's no boredom in stitching this!



I've gotten back to my Jewels & Gemstones series and am releasing Copper & Turquoise - I just finished writing the instructions this weekend! Now to proof and send to the printer! I used three different Gloriana threads (Princess Pearl, Silk Floss, and Florimell Silk) in the same color, Harvest Grape, as my main overdye. It's always interesting to see how the different type threads take the same dye. I also used Gloriana's Duchess Silk for the first time - I really liked stitching with it. Also in this piece are Impressions, Very Velvet, Neon Rays+, Splendor, and a skein of Pearl Cotton - you know I love to mix up my threads!


Last up for this week is Sherwood Garden - this was a teaching piece and I'm now making the pattern available. There are five different colorways listed in pattern and the second photograph is the Bermuda Reef version.
 

Recently I received several photos. First up is Pandora's Boxes from Rebecca in Georgia. She stitched it in the Monsoon colorway - lots of blues and seafoam greens. This is the first time I've seen this colorway stitched up - it looks so different than the Original and I really like it! This was the last Mystery I designed and taught - you can see the other Former Mysteries on my website. Of course, they're not mysteries anymore but they are available and they all have multiple colorways.



Two of our students in Baton Rouge last month finished Duality and sent me photos - first up is DeAnn from Baton Rouge - she chose a thread kit based on Tahiti Watercolours - one of my all time favorite Watercolours!


Shawn from San Antonio chose the Appalachia thread kit - I love the way this came out since I'm such a lime green fan! It's so fun to see how all the different colorways come out - it makes every piece unique, especially in combination with the batik fabric in the center. Such a fun class to teach...



Shawn is now working on Colorwaves and doing it in diagonal rows - it's fun to see it this way and I love that she's posting photos on Facebook! I still miss working on this piece - it was so much fun creating it!

Until next time, happy stitching!
Kathy


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Let the kitting begin...

The last two thread orders arrived today for my Sudoku class. I'll be making kits the rest of the week! I'm hoping to get it all in the mail by next Monday. There will a few kits left over if you missed registration and are still interested in the class. Just send me an email kathy at needledelights.com



I had the best time at the EGA Region Seminar in Baton Rouge last week! Our class and students were great and got a lot of stitching done. It's always so much fun to see how all the different colorways look. It was also a pleasure to hang out with a few other teachers, get to know them a little better and laugh until our sides hurt! The tour to the Rosedown and Oakley plantations was interesting and informative. It's amazing that their "luxuries" are so primitive compared to what we take for granted today. 

I'm off to play with thread - wish I was stitching instead of putting it into bags!

Until next time.

Kathy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Last call for Sudoku Delight...

Today is the deadline for registering for my Sudoku Delight class. If you don't know about it, read my previous post for more details and a photo of the stitched design. Registration numbers have been phenomenal - a lot of people like Sudoku! With the release of Colorwaves making a big splash, taking class registrations, and starting some new designs, I've been busy! 

I've also been preparing to leave next week for the South Central Region Seminar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I'm teaching with my mother, which is always a fun time! Come say hello at Merchandise Night if you're in the area - you can visit the Seminar and see the exhibit and shop at the Boutique, bookstore, and Merchandise Night even if you're not attending Seminar or even a member of EGA. You can get more info and the seminar schedule at here. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people. Since I work from home, mostly alone, I always relish the opportunity to be among people, especially stitchers!!

When I was in Montgomery a couple of weeks ago, I went to The Needle Bug and verified all of my colorways for the Sudoku class. It's so nice to have the full lines of thread at my fingertip - it' what I miss most about my shop, besides the people. I was missing a couple of threads here and there and was able to find what I liked to update the colorway photos. Here are the finalized photos...I want to do something with Caramels and Paprika! I really like these two as I've not stitched with the overdyes in them. 
Caramels

Paprika (I forgot to put the overdyed silk in this photo!)

Blues/Gold

I've finished stitching a couple of new designs and wish I could show you but alas, they are for release later this summer so you'll have to wait to see them! 

Off to unpack boxes of threads to make more Colorwaves kits!! They're so fun I may have to use them for another design!

Kathy

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sudoku Delight class officially announced

It's official - registration is open for my Sudoku Delight class. It's going to be fun! See more info and how to register at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46618682/SudokuDelight-2014.pdf


I had a great time selecting alternate colorways for this design. Most of them are based on Rainbow Gallery's Bravo which I've not used a lot. Some of the colors I'd never seen before in person prior to getting these to select from and you know how my heart speeds up at the sight of new Watercolours (my normal overdye)! Getting these cards of "new" Bravo was pretty exciting for me and the bonus of selecting these alternate colorways is that I now have some great palettes for future designs. I'm certain I'll be choosing one to use for my next design - it's hard to decide which one to use first (there are several I LOVE!) so I can understand why people are having a hard time deciding which to select for class. Of course, like people already have, you can get more than one colorway! You can see all of them from the link above but here are the ones I'll be choosing from for my next creative endeavor!



We're actually having beautiful spring weather today so I'm enjoying the view of the trees from the window of my office while I'm making up kits of my new Colorwaves. I love having piles of threads on my table! I'll love it more when all the boxes leave my house!

Hope you're having a great weekend...until next time, 
Kathy

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Drying out...


After 26.81 inches of rainfall in 36 hours earlier this week, we're drying out and enjoying a sunny weekend in Pensacola. Although there is a lot of damage around the county from the flooding, I am fortunate to not have suffered any damage to my house or neighborhood. I did have a shallow lake in my backyard which is now gone. There is a lot of damage to many roads (45 closed) and I've not been able to go anywhere the last few days without having to take detours. That'll probably be true for many months to come.

Not being able to leave the house for a few days gave me some extra stitching time this week (luckily my power was only out in the middle of the night during the worst of the rainfall). I finished up this fun project I'm calling Soduko Delight. It'll be offered as a class through Shining Needle. Next up is picking out alternate colorways - one of my favorite things to do! Membership in the Shining Needle Society is free and you can join anytime. Let me know if you need info.

 

Colorwaves has made a big splash - the response has been tremendous and huge orders have been placed. If you're still considering it or haven't seen it, scroll down to the next posting for more info.

Off to play with thread! Enjoy the weekend...
Kathy


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Coming Soon...Colorwaves

I'm happy to announce I've finished my big Summer Release - Colorwaves! I put the last stitch in a couple of days ago! I still have to finish writing instructions before it goes to print but the official Release Date is May 21st. This is one of the most fun pieces I've designed and I'm actually kind of missing stitching on it! I used a lot of textures (21 cards of Rainbow Gallery plus some Watercolours, and a few other threads; mucho variety!). 

Pre-orders are now being accepted - this helps me know quantities to order and if you want one of the first shipments, order asap. 

Shops may send me an email through the website to place pre-orders or request a supply list. 

Kathy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Woodlawn Winner!

Congratulations to Maxine C. who won a ribbon at Woodlawn with Duality - she took this as a class from me and Jeanette Rees (my mom!) at a Retreat we hosted a couple of years ago. We're actually teaching this in June at the South Central EGA Region Seminar in Baton Rouge.