Friday, July 24, 2015

A Little Free Friday Fun

Happy Friday, Stitchers!

I thought I'd surprise you with a fun new freebie design
 you can use with bits and pieces from your stash. 
I call it LITTLE FLOWER BASKET #1
(and yeah, I'll be sharing others as I have time to whip up the graphs!).


   
 Anyway, this little cutie can be worked on 18 ct. canvas with #5 pearl cottons
and the design will be approximately 3.5" x 3.5".
If you want to stitch it on 24 ct. Congress Cloth with 3-4 stranded silks or cottons,
your design size will be approximately 2.5" x 2.5". 

I've graphed it with a minimum of threads, but feel free to play around with it --
stitch some variegated colors in the flowers or basket; add more beads
in all the flower centers; place a fancy charm or button on the center flower;
tie a small bow at the top of the basket; or work on colored canvas and omit all
 the ecru background stitches (super fast stitching!).

This would be a fast and easy hand-held project for those lazy summer days of 
sitting by the lake or beach, chatting with friends, or watching golf or a baseball game...

HAVE FUN
AND
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER DAYS!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Design Quiz

Hiya, Stitchers!

I was playing around with photos of my designs this weekend, 
and was having fun arranging them into color groups. 
 (It was too hot to stitch, so I decided to mix and match
 some of my cooler blue and aqua pieces,
 to see how they'd look next to each other...)  
Then I got even fancier and created a "four-patch" photo 
with four designs of the same or similar colors. 
This one highlights those serene blues and teals.

So I thought I'd share my first DESIGN QUIZ with you savvy stitchers.

Can you name the four Laura J. Perin Designs I used 
to create the BLUE FOUR-PATCH below??
 

And, if you're a lover of all things BLUE, how many of them 
do you have in your stash??

ANSWERS, clockwise from top left:
Bargello and Butterfly  (Samper Collection)
Color Study: Flying Geese  (American Quilt Collection)
Blue Butterfly  (Sampler Collection)
Moorish Tiles  (American Quilt Collection)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Stitchin' The Blues

When the summer days are long and hot, I always seem to gravitate towards those projects that have cooling blues and greens.  I've done a lot of designs that use those serene colors, and I find them the perfect antidote for sticky, sweltering hot days (especially if you can sit stitching under a nice ceiling fan, or better yet, by cool ocean breezes).  Anyway, here are a few of my favorites:

REFLECTING POOLS (from my Impressionist Collection:


 EBB TIDE (in my Sampler Collection):


BARGELLO & BUTTERFLY (also in the Sampler Collection):


And some very fun American Quilt Collection designs... super cool FLYING GEESE:


and ultra serene OCEAN WAVES:


If you're eager to dive into any of these summery projects, please visit MY WEBSITE for more ordering information.

HAPPY FRIDAY, SUMMERTIME STITCHERS!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Beachy Blues!

I was in the mood to stitch something fun and easy and colorful.... so I sat down and created a perfect project for a summery day at the beach; I call it SEASIDE BLUES.


Of course, the first thing I had to do was find just the right Watercolours variegated thread to build my palette from, and I chose 207 - "Bermuda Reef", which is absolutely perfect for this design, don't you agree?  Add in a handful of cool blues and aquas in #5 pearl cottons and my fav Ribbon Flosses (Yum) and you have a really fun design to work on this summer!

Here's a look at the easily stitched blocks in the center area, with their slightly shimmery metallic centers:


I hadn't stitched a quilt design in quite a while, so it was a pleasure to work with easy diagonal satin stitches that moved quickly over the canvas; these quilt designs are definitely "no-stress" projects!
 I also wanted to add a bit of beachy bling as well, so I snuck in some shimmery Ribbon Floss colors for cool accent touches.  (Although, this design would work well in other colors as well: how about bright primary colors for a pillow in a child's room?  Maybe warm fall colors for the upcoming Autumn months.... Or even soft pastels for a springy look?)

Anyway, if you're in the mood for a summer project you can take to the beach for a fun "no-brainer" project, please check out my new SEASIDE BLUES pattern that is available on my website under the AMERICAN QUILT COLLECTION.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth!



Hope you find time to stitch during this festive Fourth of July weekend!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Juicy New Cyber Class

Summer can be hot...
Summer can be cool...
Summer can be bright...
Summer can be sweet...

And to celebrate all of those things, I'm sharing a brand new cyber class with you, called
ORANGE BLOSSOM TIME.


Oh, YUM!!
This is a sweet little counted canvaswork piece (apprx. 8" x 8") done on 18 ct. eggshell canvas.
I think of these small projects as mini samplers of fun and easy stitches:
 nothing too hard or too big,
but just right for something to stitch outside on the patio, on the beach, or by the pool.

ORANGE BLOSSOM TIME uses a variegated Watercolours (076 - "Woodlands") with
a handful of vibrant #5 pearl cottons, a few soft Floche threads, and two different types
of metallic threads (one thick and one thin).  


Creating the padded oranges in the center and corners is such fun 
and an easy technique to add to your stitching skills.  Plus, stitching with
all the bright-colored threads is a pure delight!

Registration for this new class runs through the end of July, with the class starting
sometime in mid-September....

So if you'd like to add the citrus-y piece to your collection, please visit 
my website: www.laurajperindesigns.net to see all of the cyber class details.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Curves (and Curliques) Ahead



Last year I had fun exploring the wonderful world of painted canvases and creating stitch guides for some of them.  But this year, I resolved to get back to work on new counted canvaswork designs, and try harder to balance my time and energy between painted canvases and counted geometric designs. 

I pulled out a piece I've had on stretcher bars for quite a while, and determined to FINALLY GET IT FINISHED!  As it sometimes happens when I'm working on a totally new and complex piece, I will stitch myself into a corner and not know how to proceed.  With the pink project shown above, I had stitched all the fancy corners and centers (and lots of Jessicas), but was left with a wide background border area that I didn't know quite how to finish.  So the piece sat for a long time, and I moved on to other projects.  Then Kreinik came out with a new thread - a #16 Braid that had WIRE in it, so it can be bent into fun shapes and spirals for a lovely dimensional effect.  AHA!  Just the thing to make some simple curlicues and couch onto my pink background.   So I went back to stitching on this piece (which I decided to name ARABESQUE) and once the curliques were in place, I was able to stitch on to the end and finish the piece. 

Oh, and there was one other dilemma: what kind of unusual jewels could I use to add bling to this design?  I decided to try some gold oblong beads - just for something different... And it was also a challenge to find a crystal jewel large enough to stand out in the center, but I finally found one. (Both the beads and the large jewel are included in the pattern).


And, TA DA!!! Once I found my beads and jewels, I was all set.   Time to get the pattern finished so  I could release this brand new design and share it with you.  And here it finally is: ARABESQUE.


I stitched the model in my favorite "Pink & Green" combination with gold accents, although the pinks are very muted and more like the mauve "ashes of roses" color so popular at the end of the last century.  But this is such an elegant piece, it would definitely be fun to stitch in lots of other colors, don't you think?   (I wish I could stitch this up in other colors, but I've got other projects to finish, more threads to try, new pieces to design, still more cyber classes to create!!).... But I've gone ahead and included other thread suggestions in the pattern for a handful of other colorways such as BLUE, PURPLE, PEACH, and TURQUOISE.

As in most of my designs, the color palette starts with a variegated Watercolours thread (the pink version uses 022 - "smoke") and a handful of DMC #5 pearl cotton colors.  Mix in two Ribbon Floss threads (one mauve, one gold), and accent with a few Kreinik metallics..... The finished piece is apprx. 12" x 12", and is stitched on a 16" x 16" piece of 18 ct. mono canvas.  I used my favorite Santa Fe Sage Green canvas, but you can do it on any color canvas you prefer.  If you'd like to try your hand at a totally new type of geometric design, please visit my website and see the ordering information for my curvacious ARABESQUE.