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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A new online class...Mint Julep

Registration is open for my new online class, Mint Julep. It closes July 29th so I can get all the supplies ordered to start class September 1st. I fook forward to another great class!

This monochromatic design incorporates a lot of different textured threads and a lot of unusual stitch combinations - it's fun to stitch! The photo doesn't show all the sparkle and texture. 

You can see all the colorways and registration info at 
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46618682/SNS%20Mint%20Julep-2016.pdf

 Here's my original piece - I wanted a soft soothing design and chose a variety of mint greens with touches of seafoam and other greens. As usual, I developed a few other colorways. I've included photos of finished pieces from several students.

The other colorways are: 

Melon
 

Neutral

Blues
  

Lavenders

 When I taught it in person, several people asked me about doing dark instead of light borders for some of the alternate colorways. It comletely changes the look and adds drama. There are dark borders for all of the colorways except the original. Here's the Melon colorway done with the dark borders.

On my design board right now is next year's Mystery! No hints yet but I am very excited!

Hope you're staying cool if you live in the sweltering heat like I do!
Kathy

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

the winner is....


True Random Number Generator
  28  


According to the random number generator,  #28 is the winner! Congratulation to Ruth-Anne Cain 
She'll get one of the first Color Delights - Kelp patterns when it is released next week!

Thanks to all who commented - I've added some notes to "Inspiration/Idea Book"! 

Until next time, 
Happy Stitching!

Kathy


Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Color Delights


Along with Boo Logs, I will be releasing a new Color Delights.  I used Kelp Watercolours and Waterlilies both so am calling this one Kelp. The photo is a little crooked as part of the border got cut off when I edited it... This is the 45th in the Color Delights series. I never dreamed when this series started that I would do this many! Believe it or not, in the beginning it was a monthly club for one year. After a year though, there were still so many colors I wanted to do, it continued. I still really enjoy doing these small pieces and always have one going with me when I travel - they're a perfect little size to tuck in my carry-on! 

 

I've never done a give-away on my blog so this will be the first! Leave a comment with a color suggestion for a future Color Delights and I'll choose a winner (by random number generator) after the weekend on Monday. The winner will get a new Color Delights - Kelp pattern.  

Good Luck!
Kathy


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Stitching...

I'm enjoying the summer and having some time to design and stitch! I've just sent the long awaited Boo (Halloween) Logs to the printer after taking the final stitches on Sunday. Shops can pre-order now or if you don't have a local shop, you can get it here. Like the other "Logs" designs, Boo Logs is worked entirely with Watercolours and two Kreinik #12 braids. I was so happy when Caron Collection introduced "Coal" with the last new Watercolours - it was the perfect border for this piece!


I took my niece up to North Carolina last week for a little vacation and for her to attend classes at the John Campbell Folk Art School. I have to admit I was a bit jealous dropping her off every morning for "camp" - she had a great time and made paper crafts, painted, sewed, blazed a trail, and more I can't even remember! We managed to sneak in some quilting - she's 8 and I taught her to use Grandma's iron & sewing machine. She picked out fabrics, I cut squares, and she sewed a quilt for her doll. She did a great job and loved it.  I was so pleased she caught on quickly to using the machine and to placing the fabrics in the right places to have a balanced look. She may have the family sewing/needle genes and a natural eye for color and design. I knew she was on the right track when she said, "sewing is more fun than pressing"! I had a good giggle!

In other family news, I became a Great-Aunt last week! My nephew's wife had a baby, Robert Samuel on June 28th - he's my brother's first grandchild and my parent's first Great - it's a little surreal! New life really is amazing and we're so excited to welcome Samuel into the world. Unfortunately, I have to wait a few months to see him in person.

I'm looking forward to being at home for another month before teaching at the ANG Seminar in New Orleans at the end of August. I had a really busy spring/early summer with a lot of travel so am enjoying staying put for a bit! In addition to my many administrative duties, I'll be designing and stitching more than usual! I've got a couple of things going and a few others rattling around gathering creative juices. 

Hope you're all having a great summer!
Kathy