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I design needlepoint AKA canvaswork or counted needlepoint - it's all done from charts and diagrams!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Progress & Preparations

I've made a lot of progress this week on the Closeouts (still have a few to mail out!) and now I've moved on to Preparations. I leave for market next Sunday and just finished the instructions for the last pattern and sent it to the printer. Now there's all the administrative details to take care of, my class instructions to prepare, displays to plan, and oh yeah, Hurricane Isaac looks like it's headed this way. That adds a whole new set of To Do items to my already long list. It doesn't look like stitching will be happening any time soon. I'm hoping for just rain, wind, and no loss of electricity!

I got a photo from Jana earlier this week with this gem attached! I love what she's doing with the Color Delights. She's made a few color changes to make the colors flow better as a color wheel.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Closeout Chaos

I've been posting Closeouts on my website this week (www.needledelights.com) and have created organized chaos in my living room, dining room, and kitchen. Mass amounts of inventory are leaving my house tomorrow! I'm exhausted & happy...the storage unit is getting cleared out. See the little white thing on the rug in the middle of the photo? It's one of the cat toys - the babies are a little disturbed that I'm taking up their running room and one of them abandoned the mouse.

This is just one pile of orders waiting to be finalized - guess what I'll be doing this weekend?!

I have a kitchen counter and stove somewhere in this photo - good thing I didn't have to cook tonight - Friday is always dinner out with friends!

And yet, I did take a few minutes to stitch this week. I'm working on a new Color Delights for Baltimore (I hope) - it'll either be Cardinal or Candy Cane. Here's my progress - it was somewhat dismaying when I realized I had drawn my own outlines wrong. I left out a whole section and miscounted and had to stitch beyond the line! Chalk it up to being tired!

Last week I did finish the Double Delights design I showed you - here's a little more of it. I'm not sure what month's releaseit will be but I'm calling it Charbleu (chartreuse & blue) - I really like these colors. Somewhere I have a piece I stitched in a Tony Minieri class using a very similar colorway - I'll have to find it and show it to you sometime!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Countdown to Baltimore...

I went out of town for a few days for my nephew's wedding this past weekend and all of a sudden, it seems like I'm running out of time to prepare for market in Baltimore next month. How did I already lose a week of August?! I'm madly stitching a few small designs in my Double Delights series so I can have the covers printed at the same time as the new releases for September. I have four more to complete for the series of 12 and I like to stay a few months ahead. I did finish one I'm calling Chaqua (cha-kwa) with bold brown and blue colors. I also sent one to a friend to stitch and it's peach and green - no name yet. Here's a sneak peek of the one I'm currently working on. I don't have a name for it yet but I'm sure it will come to me. I like the colors so much I wish it was a bigger design! The overdye is Bravo from Rainbow Gallery. I prefer stitching with Watercolours because of the feel of the thread but there are some great colors in the Bravo, Encore, and Overture lines from RG.

Back to stitching! I've been happily watching the Olympics but am starting to feel olympiced out. The closing ceremonies will be most welcome!