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Thursday, July 24, 2014


I'm excited to announce the creation of a new series and show you the first offering. After I finished designing and stitching Colorwaves, I was inspired to create more "waves of color" but on a smaller scale. Thus, ... ripples, which are just small waves. So I stitched this...

and then this....
and then played with them a little and came up with this design which will be released August 15th ... 
Ripple Rotation 1
I also played around with cutting and pasting the different sections to see what other rotations of the same design would look like and here's what happened...

You could create any of my experimental designs just by rotating fourths of the design - how fun is that?? I've created Ripple Rotation 2 - a completely different set of patterns in a completely different color scheme and have more drawings of ripples ready to play with! Watch for more in this series soon!

The last pattern I'll be releasing at market in a couple of weeks is Color Delights - Orchid. It's a fun, quick to stitch addition to the Color Delights series and I used an overdyed Petite Very Velvet for the Rhodes stitches and several other textured threads to complete the rest. I chose Orchid because it is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014!

To see all of the new releases, go to my website. Shops may also pre-order or reserve their quantities for St Charles. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone at market!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

In full swing...

I've been getting ready for my big summer trip - I'm heading to the midwest next month. First I'll be attending the TNNA Needlework tradeshow in St Charles, Missouri and then am heading to Chicago for the ANG National Seminar. I'm taking a class with Orna Willis and looking forward to being with someone who has great color sense! I'll also be participating at Expo Night. I'm looking for a couple of people who have experience in such events who would be willing to help me - contact me privately if you are interested. 

Before I go to Seminar, I'll be teaching August 22-23 at Tomorrow's Heirlooms. You can get more details on their Facebook page here. I'm really having fun working on the piece and wish I could show you part of it but alas, it's a Mystery! I haven't done a Mystery class for the last two years and I'm happy to be designing another - I look forward to being able to share it and eventually publish it.

I will be releasing six new designs at the show - three of them are posted on my website and I will be posting the other three later this week. First up is Yule Logs - the Seasonal Logs were such fun, that I went on to create a Holiday Logs series; at least I'm planning on a series! I'll be releasing Yule Logs first and am working on the design for Boo Logs (look for it next year!). Here's Yule... I used a lot of fun threads - Watercolours (lots of them!) and one Waterlily (Holiday, of course!), Overdyed Vineyard Silks, Kreinik metallics, and ThreadworX Pearl Cotton. There are 144 different "log" pattern in this piece! I kept thinking I'd run out of ideas, especially as the logs are only six threads but I managed to make them all different - there's no boredom in stitching this!

I've gotten back to my Jewels & Gemstones series and am releasing Copper & Turquoise - I just finished writing the instructions this weekend! Now to proof and send to the printer! I used three different Gloriana threads (Princess Pearl, Silk Floss, and Florimell Silk) in the same color, Harvest Grape, as my main overdye. It's always interesting to see how the different type threads take the same dye. I also used Gloriana's Duchess Silk for the first time - I really liked stitching with it. Also in this piece are Impressions, Very Velvet, Neon Rays+, Splendor, and a skein of Pearl Cotton - you know I love to mix up my threads!

Last up for this week is Sherwood Garden - this was a teaching piece and I'm now making the pattern available. There are five different colorways listed in pattern and the second photograph is the Bermuda Reef version.

Recently I received several photos. First up is Pandora's Boxes from Rebecca in Georgia. She stitched it in the Monsoon colorway - lots of blues and seafoam greens. This is the first time I've seen this colorway stitched up - it looks so different than the Original and I really like it! This was the last Mystery I designed and taught - you can see the other Former Mysteries on my website. Of course, they're not mysteries anymore but they are available and they all have multiple colorways.

Two of our students in Baton Rouge last month finished Duality and sent me photos - first up is DeAnn from Baton Rouge - she chose a thread kit based on Tahiti Watercolours - one of my all time favorite Watercolours!

Shawn from San Antonio chose the Appalachia thread kit - I love the way this came out since I'm such a lime green fan! It's so fun to see how all the different colorways come out - it makes every piece unique, especially in combination with the batik fabric in the center. Such a fun class to teach...

Shawn is now working on Colorwaves and doing it in diagonal rows - it's fun to see it this way and I love that she's posting photos on Facebook! I still miss working on this piece - it was so much fun creating it!

Until next time, happy stitching!