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Monday, July 20, 2015

Another Starstruck and info on Oasis, my next class.

This is the last of the colorways completed - it's called Glowing Embers and consists of Purples, Rusts, and Grays. Amy K. from Phoenix stitched it and brought it to the class I've taught the last few days in California at Needle in a Haystack. I was thrilled to see it in person! The pattern will be available soon and it can now be pre-ordered. I've posted the pre-order info
 
Amy is amazing - she also brought a large number of my pieces that she'd stitched - I took photos to share here...This is Amy with her Color Delights and Double Delights - she has stitched every single one of them and is thinking of putting them in a soft wallhanging someday!
 
And here are some of her other pieces - it was quite a great Show & Tell for everyone there!
 

 
I taught Serenity the last two days and took a photo of class during the break! These are the "diehards" who won't stop stitching long for a break! They were a delightful group of ladies - I usually take a group photo at the end of class but it is unseasonally warm for northern California right now so everyone was feeling a little wilted by the end of the day.
I'm flying home tomorrow and can't wait to start stitching with the new threads I picked out on Friday! As soon as I get caught up and put everything away in my kitchen, I will have needle in hand! 
 
I left home last week with a fairly gutted kitchen and should come home to a brand new everything! Countertops were to be installed Friday so the backsplash could be done and new appliances delivered. My brother is a contractor and came down to finish the job he started a few weeks ago when I was away in North Carolina for a week. When I came home from that trip, I had new tile floors and painted cabinets but have had no sink or stove for  cabinet doors for a couple of weeks. It will be wonderful to move the coffeepot out of the bathroom! I can't wait to cook something - words that rarely come out of my mouth! Mostly, I'm eager to see how everything I chose comes together and have it done. I've not seen any photos so I can experience the "reveal" in person when I walk through the door! No plane delays tomorrow, please!
 
Registration for Oasis, my new class with Shining Needle Society, is open now. If you're not familiar with Shining Needle Society, it's free to join and you can get more info here. You can see the colorways and registration info here. I did 9 different options! There is a lot of sparkle in the piece that doesn't show up well in the photos - it's a fun quick piece with different stitches and you get
to decide whether it should be a square or a diamond shaped design! While I designed and stitched it as a diamond, I took the appearance of it as square into consideration when I was choosing what to stitch where. I'd not done this before so it was a fun exercise - it's good to stretch and try something new. It's always amazing how turning or rotating a design gives it a different look.



Until next time....
Kathy

Monday, July 6, 2015

More Starstruck Colorways Finished!

 
Some of my students spent the weekend stitching! Here are more of the colorways finished! First up is the Confetti colorway, stitched by Lois S.
 
Next is the Earthtones colorway, stitched by Carla H. 

 This is the Greens/Blues colorway, stitched by Valerie H.
 
and Barbi's "Beachy Starstruck" - she chose her own colors, which she'll happily share!

Thank you again for a great class! Here's a sneak peek of Oasis - it'll be offered soon through Shining Needle - I have threads laid out and am in the middle of choosing colorways. A trip to the Needle Bug may be on the agenda tomorrow!

 
Here's the sneak peek in black and white - sometimes I take a photo in black and white just to see the design and not be influenced by the color. It's easier to see the light, medium, and dark tones this way. 
 
Happy Stitching!
Kathy
 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Starstruck Revealed

My Mystery class is finished - I sent the last lesson on July 1st. It was a six month class and the end was kind of bittersweet for me as I hit "send" to end the class. The best part is I can finally show my finished Starstruck!
 
 
Below is the Greens/Blues version - Valerie sent me a photo this morning of her finished piece!
 
...and here is Cranberry from DeAnn.

This was such a fun piece and it was a wonderful class. I especially loved seeing the other five colorways come to life. There has been such interest and demand, I will be releasing the pattern next month. Shops can pre-order now.

Happy Fourth of July!
Kathy