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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wrapping & Packing

I'm finishing up gift wrapping today and packing to leave tomorrow. I'll be spending Christmas week in North Carolina and hoping for a white and not too wet Christmas. There's only a small chance of snow but I remain ever hopeful!

I'm packing my computer to keep up with the Mystery class registrations - the deadline is December 31st so if you want to suggest as a gift for someone, there's still time! And because I can, I'll show you another small piece of  Starstruck! Here's the link to the info in case you want to forward it to someone :)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46618682/SNS_Starstruck%20Mystery%20Announcement2014.pdf


While the laundry's going, I'm thinking about stitching and quilting projects to take - I'm sure I'll end up with at least 10 things. It's so much harder to decide what projects to take than what clothes to take! I'm sure you can all relate...

Happy Holidays!!
Kathy

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spirit of Jean

 I'm so excited to officially be able to announce a new teaching piece! It is only available as an American Needlepoint Guild Correspondence Course. 

Inspired by the incredible work of Jean Hilton, Spirit of Jean is the result of my admiration and respect for the great contribution she made to the needlepoint world. In using many of the stitches she created, this design is my tribute to her and I felt her spirit as I stitched it. Several colorways are available (http://www.needlepoint.org/CorrClasses/classes/spirit-of-jean.php).

One of the great things about an ANG Correspondence Course is the ability to send your work to the instructor for a critique (it comes back to you!). You don't have to send it but it's a wonderful educational opportunity.

You have to be a member of ANG to take the course - you can take it as an individual or your Chapter may elect to take it as a Group. You don't have to have a local ANG Chapter to be a member. I personally don't have a local chapter and am a member of CyberPointers - you can get more info at http://www.cyberpointers.org/.

Carol T. was one of the pilot stitchers and stitched the "Green Tea" option - I love that it looks like a completely different piece! At the ANG Seminar exhibit, I overheard some ladies talking about my "two different pieces" that were hanging together. I couldn't resist pointing out to them that they were in fact, the same design!
 Here are a few other colorways (named after the main Watercolour) I chose for the project:

African Sunset

Appalachia

Sierra  

I was thrilled to get my first orders this week as the new Correspondence Courses were just recently announced. I designed and stitched this piece more than a year ago and it was a real challenge for me to not share it sooner.

Kathy






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This and That

Time's flying quickly and it'll be Christmas before we know it. I went to two Christmas parties Saturday and have three this weekend, then I'm done.

I personally call this time of the year my "quilting season" as I spend a lot more time than usual with my sewing machine and less time stitching. I saw this great quilt at the retreat I went to last month and just had to make it for myself. I finished the top and now will quilt it myself on the machine - it's called Midnight Stars and was so fun to make. It was like instant gratification - quick and done! I must make more small quilts!

Here's my Midnight Stars (can't remember the name of the designer) - it makes me happy to just look at it!

I then pulled out blocks for a larger quilt I last worked on four years ago - I've sewed all the rows and now have to finish sewing the rows together. I'm committed to getting some quilt UFOs done - I have too many! I know I'm in good company! Here's my Farmer's Wife quilt - rows to sew and then there will be a border added. My setting triangles are lighter than I think they should be so I may end up dying the quilt with tan Rit dye after it's done to give it a more aged look - time will tell.

I've been stitching a little bit - good news about my missing threads. My mom found them in one of her projects - no idea how they got there but I was oh so happy to have them back! Since I was with out them for two weeks, I did get a lot of the black (boring stitching) borders done since that thread wasn't lost! I'll show you another round and remind you this won't be released for months! I could have stopped here for a small design about 5x5 which would be great for a box top. BUT I want a larger design and have too many ideas for more rounds - there are at least two more and I'm doing them one at a time, making up the squares as I go - it's really fun and believe it or not, I'm only using 12 colors so far.


Hope you're enjoying a little time with a needle during this busy holiday season! 
Kathy