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A creative finish!

This is a brick cover created by Kelsey's Needle Krafts. Sue was nice enough to send me a photo after she told me about it on the phone! They took the Color Delights - Aqua chart and did it in three different colors (orange, purple, and turquoise - great combination of colors, by the way!) for this fun block.

I was out of town this past week and had an opportunity to visit a few needlework shops. It was great to put my hands on threads and pick out some colorways for future projects!

I'm working on my new series Double Delights. The first in the series will be released next week for auto customers and will be introduced at market next month. I'll show a photo soon!

Bad news....good news...

The bad news is I've been sick with  a bad cold/sinus thingy. The good news is I did a lot of stitching over the weekend because I didn't have the energy to do anything else. My colorful piece is coming along nicely although I wish I knew what I'm going to call it! Here's a little more for you to see...this piece will be released towards the end of February. The unstitched area between the larger and smaller squares is what I call an "inside border". I'm not completely certain of what I'm doing here...still considering a few options.

I took a photo of my finished piece I'm calling Sugilite and cropped it to show you a peek before it will be released next month. This was a fun piece to do and is mostly all the purple Watercolours I could put in it!

Tonight I'll leave you with one last word about drawing on canvas. Always have a white artist's eraser on hand - it erases mishaps "cleanly" and doesn't leave any marks on the canavas…

About drawing the lines...

Robin asked, "After you've drawn the line in the groove, is your first thread to the right, say, No. 1, and the last thread, No. 36, adjacent to the groove? This would mean, I believe, that the holes in the groove are shared by two squares. Do I have that right?"

Yes, Robin is correct. The drawn line and the holes it covers are shared by two squares. Also, where the lines intersect, that hole is shared by four squares (above & below and left & right). I hope this will motivate you to try canvas if you haven't already!

I've been putting together my Mystery kits...am waiting on a few threads and mainly the canvas to arrive so I can get them off in the mail. More info about the Mystery Project is on my website. You can still sign up...Besides the Peacock colorway (my original colors), the "bestsellers" so far are Appalachia & Sherwood Forest. I'm actually thinking about using the Sherwood Forest threads for a new design - it's one of the …

A few more squares...

I thought I'd show a little progress. This is really fun to work on! I've been working all day today mailing out orders and am looking forward to a quiet evening of stitching with a flannel quilt and cat on my lap - it's colder than usual here in northwest Florida! Hope you're stitching too!
Kathy

New Year...New Project...

Happy New Year! I always select a "Word for the Year" and this year I decided on CREATE. I considered Creative & Creativity but finally decided on create because so many words can come after. For example, Create a design, Create a new life, workspace, garage, Create a healthier lifestyle, etc, etc.


Along these lines, I started a new design and took some photos to show you the beginning...this will be somewhat of a "tutorial" on how I begin to stitch a project on canvas. Once I've decided on the "bones" of the design, I draw the outline on the canvas.


You may wonder why I always draw the outlines on my canvas and strongly recommend in most of my patterns that the lines be drawn on the canvas before stitching. After all, isn't it "counted" canvas?! Well...if you take the few extra minutes to draw the outline on the canvas before you begin stitching, it will save you hours of time (which you can use to stitch!) because you won't have…