It's been a busy couple of months and I can finally share the new designs I will be releasing soon. I will be heading to Nashville at the end of next week for one of the most fun weekends of the year. It's a crazy fun whirlwind connecting with old friends and shopowners from all over the country. At this point, we start keeping our fingers crossed for decent weather!
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I'm enjoying my series of Holiday Delights - more whimsical than my usual designs and a great size for a quick project. The latest is St Patrick's Day. I did French knots with a Kreinik gold metallic for my gold but you could substitute beads if you wanted.
Next up is Aurora - I was inspired by the Aurora Watercolours thread from my latest Mystery class to create this new design. There's something wonderful about using a thread color I've never used before! It's a bit larger than my Destination series designs, finishing about 8x11. It was fun to work on a size canvas (12x16) I've not used before - it was like a new freedom. I will do more this size!
Several years ago, I started a series of "Ripple Rotation" designs. It has taken a while but I've finally created the third in the series, Ripple Rotation 3. Like the others in the series, it is worked entirely with overdyed Vineyard Silk from ThreadworX - no laying required! I used a few of their newer colors - love the purple and aqua. I promise not to wait so long to do the next in this series!
At long last, I have created some Christmas ornaments, something I've had running around in my brain literally for years!. My first foray into designing counted needlepoint were Christmas ornaments for a class I taught when I had my shop. I love simple round Christmas ornaments so I created Christmas Rounds 1. There are four ornaments in the pattern and I have more in the works.
Last up is Amethyst Garden. I taught this online a couple of years ago and am now making it available to all. There are NINE alternate colorways listed in the pattern. I let a little canvas peek through behind the star in the center so the design is worked on the color "Sandstone" canvas and the alternate colorways suggest complementary canvas colors to the threads.
I put my Amethyst Garden in a Sudberry box (Carol's Fancywork). It's a mahogany box and sets this design off perfectly.
Here are photos of a couple of the alternate colorways worked up by my students:
Tiffany Rose on Rose Blush canvas
Christmas on Sandstone Canvas
Appalachia on French Blue Canvas
Until next time (I promise it won't be so long!) -
I'm excited to announce that I am offering an online Mystery Class through Shining Needle Society again. For the first time, the Mystery design is square. It's also different than my other Mysteries but does cover the canvas completely. Class will start on January 1st - I think it'll be fun to start a brand new project on New Year's Day. I've already heard of several groups of people who will get together to stitch this project - what fun!
You can see all the details here or here. The above photo is a sneak peek of a very small portion of the design. I drew the whole design on the canvas before I began stitching and really enjoyed this new process for me.
I'm offering four different colorways for this project or you can choose your own. I will show you photos of the threads for the colorways. The Watercolours and Pearl Cottons are firm but the Vineyard Silks and Rainbow Gallery fibers may be tweaked some after I finish traveling this month. There are a lot of threads/colors in each of the options.
My original colorway is based on the Tahiti and Stained Glass (yes I used them both!) Watercolours. These are truly my happy colors!
This is Aurora and Tiffany Rose (the first and third Watercolour from the left) - it's lavenders, greens, and mauves.
Next up is Bark and Raspberry Sherbet - browns, rusts, dusty purples, tans.
This is Cypress and Fiesta - I think of this as my "Autumnal" colorway - greens, rusts, and browns with a touch of dusty purple/pink.
Registration will end November 1st - I have to order threads and allow plenty of time over the holidays for them to come in so I have time to get them to everyone before the end of the year.
Let me know if you have any questions and post in the comments which colorway you like best!
It has been a fairly lazy summer for me - after a wildly busy spring traveling and teaching, I was happy to have a couple of months at home with a week long vacation the middle of July to visit friends. I have used a good portion of the summer creating next year's Mystery class - I'm almost done with the stitching and registration will begin soon - details to come after I get back from Dallas.. In the meantime...
I'm heading to Dallas this weekend to exhibit at Destination Dallas. Although it's mostly a painted canvas show (so I've heard; this is my first time exhibiting), I'm hoping to introduce counted needlepoint to some shopowners. I'm thrilled to have a good friend riding along with me so I don't have to do the 10 hour drive alone. She is from Dallas and is thrilled to go along with me and visit family while I do the tradeshow! WIN/WIN! I will be releasing three new patterns. Valentine's Day is the newest addition to the Holiday Delights Series. I especially love all the different types of stitches I could use to make hearts!
Next up is Inchies - this is a piece I taught online several years ago. Each square measures one inch - thus the name "Inchies". This was the first time I left some empty canvas threads within a design - a personal challenge for me that I've since embraced in some of my designs. I usually like to cover the canvas completely. I've shown a couple of my student's pieces below - there are multiple colorways listed in the pattern.
In the version below, the student elected to cover the blank canvas with a dark thread color to create a more dramatic, elegant piece.
Next up is Mint Julep - this was the first piece I created as a teaching piece when I closed my store. I'm happy to be able to offer it to everyone now. It also has multiple colorways listed. This is my original colorway based on the Watercolours called Mint Julep. It's softer in person than this photo portrays.
The next two photos show the Melon colorway - the first is done with light borders like my original version and the second version is done with dark borders. I had a student who requested a "darker look" so I changed only the border color to make the piece more dramatic to suit her personal taste and décor. It's amazing what changing just the border color does to the look of a piece. The framing also affects the overall look - I was pleased with both of these students' work.