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Happy New Year!

Wishing you much love and hope and all the strength, courage, and energy to make 2014 the best year ever. While I enjoyed the holidaying, stitching, and quilting in December, I'm actually looking forward to "getting back to work".  I've just finished stitching (woohoo; I already have a finish for 2014!) a second colorway for a new design I think will be offered through   Shining Needle Society.  Here is the first colorway I did and I’m calling it "Hope".  I have a very close friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer so this one is pretty close to my heart and will eventually be sent to her. She was actually diagnosed after I had this done...

I’m calling the second colorway “Love” as it represents my support of the American Heart Association and especially, Women's Heart issues.  Working with red is always a challenge as it doesn’t shade well but I’m happy with the way this turned out.  When I photographed the two, I was especially surprised to see that I’d stitched a different stitch for the background – I didn’t look closely at what I’d done for Hope and just went from memory…It’s a “happy accident” though as it shows different options along with the variety of patterns I’m doing for the corners.  
I’m looking forward to creating the other colorways and coming up with the causes I want to support – I’m open to suggestion and would love to hear what is close to your heart.
I wanted to be able to show you a finished Stained Glass Stars but I’m still working on it! The last stitches of 2013 and the first stitches of 2014 were on the background of this piece which I am finally thrilled with – I think I tried about six different things for the background and even stitched one side. I got to take it all out after it kept getting more and more NOT okay the more I got on the canvas. I should be able to finish this up in another couple of stitching sessions. Here’s a part of it…

I’ve got a few other things in the works but next up publicly is appearing at Merchandise Night for Callaway Gardens in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, spending some time with my mom, and of course, shopping in the boutique! I can never have enough threads…

Hope you’re having a great New Year so far – it seems odd to have it in the middle of the week!




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