Monday, July 18, 2016

Take Me Home, Country Roads...

Do you like creating samplers with many different types of stitches?
Do you like stitching houses?
Do you delight in miniature landscapes?
Do you enjoy the blue/green/gold colors of summer?
....Then you'll definitely enjoy stitching my new COUNTRY ROADS piece!

It's stitched on 24 ct. Congress Cloth, so it has a finer, more detailed look to it, with a finished size of 9.5" x 11.25".  This patchwork quilt of fields and pastures is built around the variegated silk Waterlilies 257, "Spearmint" and I pulled out a varied palette of greens and golds to give it the look of a lush, summery day in the country.  Here's a detail photo of the buildings:

Here's a peek of my favorite section, with poplar trees, tiny grazing horses and a red tractor (psst: if you prefer cows, I've included a cow graph, too):

Very fun, but very fine work; nothing too taxing, except the fiddly counting of the border lines and boxes! I used 12-ply silk Splendor for this piece, but I also give DMC floss recommendations on the pattern.  Although I wanted the miniature look of Congress Cloth for this piece, it could be stitched on 18 ct. canvas, but you'd need a bigger cut of canvas (do the math from the design count).... And I can only guestimate how much more thread you'd need - at least double the listed amounts, since you'd be moving up from 2-3 ply on 24 ct. Congress Cloth to 3-4 ply on 18 ct. canvas.

Anyway, if you have a hankerin' to create your own small piece of country, please mosey on over to my website and see all the particulars on this new COUNTRY ROAD design! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Just a Reminder....

This is the last week to sign up for my next cyber class, DAISY CHAIN:

You can see all the class particulars on my website, and you can also choose between three colorways for the kit -- YELLOW, BLUE, or PINK.

Check it out, Daisy Lovers!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cool and Serene

In the summertime, when it's hot outside, it's especially pleasant to sit and stitch on something cool.
I was printing a batch of quilt patterns this morning, and came across an older one.... I forgot how lovely this one is, called MORNING GLORY, which evokes the blues, pinks, purples and plums of those bold climbing flowers.

I used a bunch of cool jewel-tone colors, making it look like an old-fashioned Amish quilt:

Very easy stitching, cool colors (with a bit of metallic sparkle) and a pleasing geometric design that is traditional yet modern when done!  What more could you ask for in a relaxing summer project?  It's available on my website, under the American Quilt Collection....

Friday, June 17, 2016


I just found out that my website is currently inaccessible, due to server problems with my host, LYCOS.  Hopefully, they will get the problem fixed as soon as possible - fingers crossed on that!!

But if you have some patterns you want, please email me at and I can create a PAYPAL invoice to send to you, and we can do business that way....

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Flowers: NEW DESIGN, Lavender Fields!

Okay, this post isn't really about my usual flower pictures, although here's a shot of the mixture of lavender and roses that went crazy in my front yard, earlier this spring:

But those sweet-smelling lavender bushes got me inspired to design a new geometric design (in the same vein as JEWEL BOX and NORTHERN  LIGHTS) called LAVENDER FIELDS:

I was really itching to stitch after looking through my stash of Watercolours threads, and pulled out a new color, 295, called "Mountain Haze".  Whoa -- fell totally in love with the soft periwinkle blues and greens, and had to design something with it!  It's worked on pewter grey 18 ct. canvas (but you can stitch it on the light blue or sage green canvas as well) and the design size is 10.5" x 10.5".  Lots of fun and easy components to stitch (after CAREFULLY counting all the green border lines - tedious, but absolutely necessary!)   Here's a look up close at one corner:

I stitched this model in a PURPLE & GREEN thread combo, but on the pattern I've also included a thread list for a TEAL & GREEN version, for those of you who prefer blues to purples....

So if you get weak in the knees for geometric designs.... and soft periwinkle blues/purples/greens/teals..... you gotta go check out this new design, LAVENDER FIELDS, on my website.  

Sometimes the next best thing to stopping and smelling the roses is to start stitching something NEW!!  HAPPY SUMMERY WEEKEND, STITCHERS....

Monday, May 23, 2016

Just a Quick Snapshot or Two

This weekend I pulled together some models to send to a Trunk Show at Nordic Needle, in Fargo, North Dakota, for the month of June. This is one I'm sending, called "Ducks In A Pond" which is built around a quilt block of the same name.  Can you pick out the ducks in the middle?  Or the zig zag track of webbed feet in the border?   It's a fun mix of simple stitches and serene colors. 

 I stitched the model in blues & greens, using Watercolours 229 - "Oasis" and I love these summery colors.  But I was curious to see what it might look like in other colors, such as teals and tans:

 or maybe purples and browns:

Totally changes the feel of the design, doesn't it?

Anyway, I just thought it would be fun to share these with you.... 

Also, I wanted to mention that I've started posting snapshots of my projects - new and old - on INSTAGRAM.  So if you ever go looking at photos there, try my hashtag #laurajperindesigns to see what I've posted thus far.  It's also fun to check out the other needlepoint sites as well (there are some stitchers, shops, and finishing posts to view).  Try looking under #needlepoint, and #countedcanvaswork (I think I started this one, so there's not much available yet).  It's a very fun way to get some quick stitching inspiration!.

Friday, May 13, 2016

FRIDAY FLOWERS: A New Cyber Class - Woo Hoo!

Are you in the mood to stitch some cheerful flowers?  How about a bouquet of daisies to brighten up your summer days?   I'm pleased to share with you my next new cyber class, called DAISY CHAIN:

I was in the mood to whip up a fun, easy floral piece and this is what I came up with.  It's based on an older design (with the same name) I did many years ago... but this time around I wanted to stitch fewer rows of small daisies, and add a bigger, more interesting floral outer border
-- hence this revised-but-totally-new piece -- it makes me smile every time I look at it!
 I love the new outer border, that alternates medium-sized daisies with bunches of smaller ones, like this:

It's a 9" x 9" piece, done on a 13" x 13" piece of 18 ct. sage green mono canvas, using a handful of fresh bright pearl cottons matching a variegated Watercolours thread.  And while I stitched the model in yellow and white daisies, I've also created fresh and airy PINK and BLUE thread versions, so each stitcher can choose their own favorite palette.  Here are the thread options for the new DAISY CHAIN cyber class:

So if you're crazy about daisies, and would like to join this fun new class in July, please skip on over to my website and read all the class information.... and HAPPY WEEKEND, STITCHERS!