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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pandora's Boxes Chart Update

Pandora's Boxes chart alert: Two threads were left off the Supply List on the back page. They are Sampler Threads Midnight and Pearl Cotton #5 336. The page on the inside includes all of the threads so the conversions are okay. Future printings will be corrected.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Delightful Combinations!

I received this updated photo from Jana, who is stitching several of the Color Delights patterns on one piece of canvas. She is changing out some of the threads to make the colors blend around the Rainbow Color Delights in the center. She calls this piece her Color Delights "Mashup" - I think she's doing a fabulous job! Here are her comments about it:

It's not the best photo in the world, but here is my progress on the Color Delights "mashup." As you can see, I used Scarlet in the lower right corner, but basically used the colors from purple, although I used Petite Treasure braid and ribbon. This one took quite a bit of time to stitch!

In the bottom center, I'm using the Wisteria pattern, but with most colors from Indigo... mostly.

The last one, the lower left corner will be Aqua.
Here's another Delightful Combination - Pam from Tomorrow's Heirlooms is stitching all of the Double Delights together on one piece of canvas. My photo is not great - taken in the hotel room with poor lighting and a bright quilt behind it (the canvas is NOT pink, it's eggshell!). This is a great example of a lot of different colors working together - if each block/square is great by itself, combining it with a lot of others works. If you just put two or three really different pieces next to each other, it wouldn't be right, but adding more and more is what makes it all come together. I have to admit I was actually surprised to see that it is really looking good as I did not originally design these pieces with the idea of putting them all together. You can download the border pattern at http://www.needledelights.com/index.php/pages/81.html and see closeups of the individual designs that are more true to color.


Friday, September 14, 2012


I'm home from market and still madly trying to catch up. Late last night, I discovered I had neglected to put the instructions for the border in the Summer Logs pattern. I've sent it to all the shops who purchased it - if you need it, just let me know.

Will write more this weekend and show you pictures!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pandora's Boxes...

is the last of my new releases for Baltimore. This is a larger design (finished design size is 12x16). The instructions are 40 pages and the pattern includes eight different colorways. I really enjoyed stitching this piece, using four different Watercolours along with a variety of other threads (silk, metallic, and cotton - solids and overdyes).
We're off to Baltimore tomorrow - had a great day in DC going to the Smithsonian (Museum of American History) and the DAR Museum. The info people at the Smithsonian sent us there to see quilts but the exhibit was closed so we got a private tour of the museum instead and it was really interesting. I think I could spend weeks and weeks in DC going to all the museums - I loved it. We then drove to Alexandria and went to In Stitches - a fabulous cross stitch and needlepoint shop. I walked in the door and just soaked up all the wonderful displays, patterns, THREADS, models, etc, etc. Of course I bought a pattern (who ever has enough of them?!) and some threads for a future design which has been percolating in my brain! We also made a trip to Jinny Beyer's quilt shop in Falls Church, which, if you're a quiter, is somewhat like going to a quilting mecca. Jinny herself was there and we got to meet her and talk for a bit. Also really fun was running into a woman from Pensacola who had been a long time customer of ours at Needle Delights - talk about small worlds!
Tomorrow we head to Baltimore and are planning a trifecta trip to a needlework store (The Stitching Post) along with a quilting store and a knitting store. Ellen at In Stitches told us about the quilting and knitting store (I don't know the names) being close to the Stitching Post. I wanted to go to The Stitching Post last year but we didn't have time. Tomorrow night we're looking forward to our first (of probably several!) crabcake meals. 
Saturday night I'm looking forward to going to the Orioles-Yankees game for a Stitch N Pitch event - sounds like fun, especially since I'm a fairly avid baseball fan. One of the greatest things to happen in Pensacola this last year (besides me getting to design full time!) has been the opening of our own waterfront minor league ball stadium. Our team is the Blue Wahoos and they are a farm team for the Reds. The stadium is wonderful and going to the games has been so much fun - I'm planning to get season tix for next season!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Summer Logs

Here's another of my new releases - I showed you bits and pieces while I was working on it. My mom made it into this fun fringed pillow and I have to admit, I squealed when I saw it for the first time yesterday when I arrived in North Carolina!

Now I'm in Virginia for a couple of days, going to the Smithsonian tomorrow and on to Baltimore on Thursday. What a great week!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ready for Baltimore!

I'm just about ready for the show next weekend. I'm leaving Monday though to drive up to NC to meet up with my mom who is coming to help me! We're going a few days early to go to the Smithsonian in DC - I haven't been since high school and have always wanted to go back! I'm also looking forward to having time to visit a couple of shops up there - last year was a quick trip as I still had the shop and couldn't be gone so long.
It has been a hectic week with the storm and finishing preparations for market. We were fortunate to have Isaac not hit us directly but we did have some tropical storm force winds and squalls of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. I wore sunglasses for the first time in a week yesterday - it was so nice to see the sun and blue skies again!

I went to the framer today and picked up the frames and mats for the pieces I'm releasing next weekend. I still have to stretch them and put the needlework into the frames but that's a chore for tomorrow! I'm releasing Carnival (the third in the Rio Trio), Summer Logs (the one I've teased you with!), and Pandora's Boxes. Here's Carnival - stay tuned this week for previews of the rest.
Here is the Double Delights for September - it's Plinkime (Pink & Lime!). I'm also releasing it next weekend at market.
 I'll have October's Double Delights there too - shops attending market will be able to purchase it early. It's called Charbleu (Chartreuse & Blue). This may be my favorite color combo!
Here's a study of Sammi, my cat who loves to have a "pillow" to rest her head on - she's not too choosy as you can see from these photos but she does have excellent taste! She likes to lay on the table next to the couch where I sit to stitch. I tried for a long time to not let her lay there but finally gave up - she likes the heat from the lamp and isn't bothered by anything that might be on the table!
Here she is with her head on a stapler - she'll use anything for a pillow!
this time, she's loving on the pearl cottons
now, she's leaning against my stitched Carnival - she's not actually touching the stitching and I have to say I did pick up the canvas after I took the photo - this is not allowed! 
And last but not least, here she is using my Twirlament ornaments to rest on - doesn't look too comfortable and these were also moved quickly after the photo!