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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Framing & Finishing Ideas

Here are a couple of photos sent to me this week - I love getting them and being able to share them with you! The ladies who sent these are quite creative!
 
First up is the Rio Trio - all framed together with 2 wires on the back so they can be hung either way. From left to right, the designs are Carnival, Rio, and Samba. She took a little license and changed the orientation - what fun to have them all in the same frame! Lynne says, "The Trio hangs in our bedroom...first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning...an invigorating way to start my day ;-)."

 
Next up, all the way from England, is Rainforest Crunch. Ann finished it into a bag - what a fun idea!
 
 
Autumn Logs is moving along - I'll share another peek soon!
Kathy


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Starting Autumn Logs

I had a great time last weekend in North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama! I got to spend time with fanily, enjoy great weather, go to a fantastic quilt show, and win some stuff! First, my brother and I were both with my dad for Father's Day and it had probably been 10 years since that happened. Dad cooked ribs and I helped (I watched...he loves that) and we had my 5 year old niece with us as well.

Next, Mom and I had a very pleasant day at the East Cobb Quilt Show in Marietta GA. The quilts were fabulous & inspirational. We bought tickets for raffle baskets and I was surprised to actually win one! It was full of lots of great stuff. The books and patterns are from Edyta Sitar, one of my favorite quilt designers. I believe there's actually enough fabric to make a whole quilt and it all works together. I might have to add some from my stash though as I like to use more variety than less!

 
Then on my way home, I stopped at the casino for a break and won $503 in about 30 minutes - hit two jackpots, got some dinner, and hit the road again a little richer! No photo of my $100 bills - they're already in the bank!
 
So all in all, it was a really fun weekend...
 
And now, probably more interesting to you...I have started the Autumn Logs design I've had in mind for months now. I thought I'd share a little of my process with you. First I went to my Watercolours drawers and pulled every skein I thought might go into the design.  Here's that "pile" -
 
 
Here's the pile laid out in somewhat of a light to dark and color groups - don't worry, they don't all make it into the design! I've ended up with 17 different colors.
 
 Then I drew my canvas - it's a log cabin variation called Courthouse Steps in the quilting world.
 
 
And finally...the good part - the stitching begins. Here's a peek. I started in the center and am working my way around pretty much making it up as I go (the stitches, not the colors!). I spent a lot of time laying out the threads to get the progression of color I wanted. It continues to get darker as I move to the outer rounds.  I've left a few open spots in the light logs around the center and will put something in there once I get a few more rounds done - as it emerges onto the canvas, I see different options.
 
 
I'm looking forward to the weekend - my first at home in a month. A friend and I are taking her grandchildren aged 6 and 9 blueberry picking in the morning. We're sure to have lots of fun and laughter along with sweat and heat!
 
Back to stitching...it's my favorite part of my job and doesn't feel much like work! I'm so blessed!

Kathy

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sugar Land...

Texas, is where I was last week, attending EGA's South Central Regional Seminar. Mom and I went together and took classes and had a great time - it's always interesting to be a student instead of the teacher! When we drove across the border from Louisiana to Texas, we stopped at the Welcome Center and saw this...
You can tell how big it is by the people standing by it. I was somewhat annoyed they were in my picture until I realized you can tell the enormity of the star compared to the people. I think my love of stars must come naturally as I was born in Texas!

Next year I'll be teaching at SCR along with my mom - we designed a piece together called "Duality" which combines a little batik fabric applique along with a lot of stitches and threads. Although mom and I are both designers, we have completely different styles. It was a fun challenge for us to do this piece. We make kits up in lots of colorways for people to choose from at the beginning of class - I love all the batik fabrics! We both stitched the piece using different colorways - here's mine...


and here are a couple of other colorways worked up... they all come out so different...color is amazing!

 
 
If you're interested in taking this class at the South Central Region Seminar, registration has started. We'd love to have you in class!

Here's what I'm currently stitching - it's a a teaching piece. I'm developing it to teach at Needle in a Haystack in October - I think Cathe is taking pre-registration now. I'll also be doing a lecture on Color (one of my favorite topics!) and another class with a smaller project over the weekend. As you can see I'm almost done with this one - it's softer in person than this photo and has been really fun - lots of odd size squares and rectangles and lots of variety in texture, both with the threads and the stitches. When I cropped my photo, I left my new needle magnet showing - it's the logo for the National EGA Seminar this year which will be in Louisville - the theme is "Winner by a Stitch"! I can never have enough needle magnets!

 
Here's a sneak peek at something I've finished and will be releasing later this summer - the directions still need to be written and will be somewhat challenging as I stitched it "freehand" and don't have many notes or charts. I'll be working on it soon before it gets too stale in my mind... It's called Bora Bora and someday I hope to get there...Don't look at the mat color - the framer used the wrong color and I didn't realize it until after my mom had put it together for me - it's supposed to be a bright turquoise and will look much better


I'm heading up to North Carolina for the weekend for Father's Day - it also just happens to be the weekend of the big East Cobb Quilt Show in Atlanta. Mom and I plan to spend the day there Saturday! I know there will be fabulous quilts on exhibit!

Until next time,
Kathy