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Friday, May 13, 2011

Hearts...and more

I'm stitching on my Hearts again. I'd taken a bit of a break as I closed down the framing department at my shop last month. We had to move a lot of stuff out as I let go of one of the spaces I leased. Part of the space was the storage closet for my patterns and stuff we use in the shop and we had our classroom over there. Lots of rearranging and moving - it's great now it's all done. I'm enjoying just having the shop now.

Here are a few sneak peeks at my Hearts (still no official name but I'm thinking about it all the time!). I have almost half of the border done and it's so fun working with the bright colors!

Here's part of the border...

And here's the Bubblegum Heart...I need to fill in all the background around it now - it's easier to do the heart first to be sure I have it the way I want it and get the compensation charted correctly! I had to rip out part of another heart and it was a pain in the you know what, but necessary!


I've had "Circles" on the brain for awhile and have started another piece - I'm not sure about it yet. It will either work or will become a "reject". I have several of these pieces - things I started that seemed like a good idea but didn't jell. I keep them to reference different stitches I've made up. The working title on this is "Lollipops" and I'm thinking I'll fill in the background between the circles with black - it will dramatize it and I've been wanting to use black on something for a long time. I'm using soft, springy, bright colors - all Watercolours with a sprinkling of metallic. I welcome your comments about this - if you all think it's terrible, the colors are wrong, etc, etc.


Here's my latest Color Delights - it's Aquamarine. I'm mailing it out to the Color the Month Club Members today and it's also on the way to the distributors. If you're not familiar with the Color Delights, they're a series of smaller (4x4 design size) pieces. I release one per month and each one focuses on a color. I use a variety of threads to create texture and interest using various shades of one color - monochromatic is the "technical" term for this type of colorway.

Back to work now - talk to you again soon!
Kathy

2 comments:

  1. Love the circles and the idea of a black background. It reminds me of a quilt that I wish I had bought onetime. The quilt was of brightly colored yo-yos and the background was black. It was striking in design and color. Please don't throw this one out - I may finally be able to at least stitch a design that has been haunting me for years.

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  2. Love the colors in Hearts! And I too like the idea of the black background for the circles.

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