Friday, June 22, 2018

A Bee-Utiful New Cyber Class!

A while ago, I was talking with my friend Helen at FLEUR DE PARIS, a needlework distributor where I get most of my thread and canvas supplies.  I was telling her about some of my cyber class projects for the year, and she said in passing," You should do something with bees.  Bees are really trendy this year."  And she is so right... have you noticed all the cute bee projects showing up?

Anyway, I was in the midst of kitting up a spring cyber class, DAFFODIL TIME, and it occurred to me that the layout would be really fun to use for a knot garden with bees as the central theme.  So I pulled some threads, starting with the variegated Watercolours 297 - "goldenrod", graphed out some fun floral patterns, added some honey-colored walkways, and started to stitch.  And TA DA -- here's what I came up with, and I'm calling it  my "BEE-UTIFUL GARDEN":


And I gotta tell you, I'm totally in love with all those tiny bees!  Here's a peek up close at the bees and padded bee skip (stitched with a gently variegated ThreadworX #5 pearl cotton):


So now I'm pleased to announce that "BEE-UTIFUL GARDEN" is my brand new summer cyber class, with registration open NOW and running until the end of July, so we can get the class started sometime in August.  It's an 8" x 8" piece done on 18 ct. eggshell canvas, with a handful of summery colors.  And guess what?  Each stitcher can choose between LAVENDER DMC 333 & 340 (shown in the model above) or BLUE DMC 322 & 809 accent flowers:



Isn't that the sweetest cyber class for summer?!?  Please buzz on over to my website to see all the class information on this new "BEE-UTIFUL GARDEN".....
                     and HAPPY SUMMER WEEKEND STITCHING!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Kicky New Design!

Last month I had a craving for stitching something in red, white and blue, and while mailing out some of my old FANCY BOOTS patterns to a stitchery store, I had the brilliant idea of stitching up some red, white and blue cowboy boots.  Yee Haw!  That was a such a great idea, I immediately jumped on my inspiration pony and galloped away with it.....  Yessir, I just HAD to stitch me up some RED, WHITE & BLUE BOOTS:


I didn't want anything fancy -- just some good ol' American banners running around the borders, with a denim background, gold stars in the corners, and three of the cutest boots I could think of, so I could pretend I had them all in my shoe closet!  I mean, wouldn't these be perfect to wear with jeans on the Fourth of July?  Or better yet, turn this canvas into a denim pillow for your sofa?!?

Not a time-consuming project, and no fancy stitches here, either.  Just Straight Stitch, Diagonal Stitch, and Tent Stitch done on 18 ct. canvas in the eggshell with gold flecks.  (I was hoping there was white canvas with gold flecks, but shucks, no luck - the white canvas has silver flecks instead.)  But you could stitch it on plain white canvas, if you're a red, white & blue purist.... or maybe even work it on the leventeen blue canvas for a snappy blue background.

Here's a look up-close at two of the boots, tent stitched with #5 pearl cottons (although if you want, you can also stitch this piece with DMC floss, which is a tad easier on the fingers):



So if you have a hankering for some festive firecracker cute boots, mosey on over to my website: www.laurajperindesigns.net and check out my fun new pattern of  RED, WHITE & BLUE BOOTS.

And HAPPY WEEKEND STITCHING, too!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Time For Some Flowers!




 I don't know about you, but I've been craving some spring flowers to stitch...


 I wanted something fun, and floral, and not too difficult...
So I designed something that I consider Pure Pattern Pleasure --
                                                                                          this new FLORAL WELCOME:



I was thinking it would be fun to have a stitched "welcome" sign that was hanging in my house... and maybe it will be a seasonal design, to change out with other textual designs later in the year (we'll see how that goes).  As you can see, I already had a gold 10" x 12" frame that fit this 8" x 10" piece perfectly, so I'm ready to hang it in my entryway.

I've stitched my model on 18 ct. Santa Fe Sage green canvas, although it would be brighter and sunnier looking if stitched on eggshell (or any other color you prefer).  I chose two very fun floral patterns - one for the inside filler pattern, and one for the large flower border.  There's a soft variegated background pattern around the Welcome text that is basically a Four-Way Stitch with metallic accents, and the text is just Tent Stitch done with a soft Ribbon Floss metallic - easy peasy!!  Here's another look up close, although the photos just don't do justice to all the shimmer and sparkle in this piece:


Since my favorite color combo is pink and green, that's what I stitched.  But really, this is the PERFECT project for the stitcher who wants to change the colors to match her own decor.  Here are two other colorways - BLUE and LAVENDER -  I give thread substitutions for on the pattern:

 

But really, there are so many color combinations you could use for this .... something for all you creative stitchers to consider!!  No matter what the colors, this is definitely yummy, yummy stitching that's fun and festive and FLORAL -- just the thing for welcoming spring after a long, cold, grey winter!


So if you're a flower lover like me, and welcome a sweet piece like this in your home, please tip toe through the tulips to my website, www.laurajperindesigns.net, and take a look at the ordering information for this new FLOWER WELCOME pattern.

And HAPPY FLORAL FRIDAY!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Spring is Peeking Around the Corner....

Are you tired of the dreary winter days? 
Ready for some bright springy colors and uplifting projects?

I've just posted TWO springtime cyber classes that are bound to lift your spirits -- DAFFODIL TIME and LILAC TIME.   To be honest, I just couldn't decide which upcoming class to offer next, so I thought, "Hey, why not give stitchers the choice of two really springy pieces?"

Here's DAFFODIL TIME, with the brightness of a field of daffodils:


And here's LILAC TIME, with a cooler, more subtle springtime palette:


So to celebrate the coming of spring, I'm letting you decide which springtime piece you'd like to stitch as a cyber class.  I'll run BOTH of these classes in May, so you can join one or both classes, if you haven't already stitched up these happy pieces!

Both of these designs measure apprx. 8" x 8" on the santa fe sage green canvas.  Both designs are stitched with a few variegated threads, a handful of #5 pearl cotton colors, plus a few sparkly metallic threads mixed in!

I consider these both to be advanced beginner-to-intermediate stitcher projects.  The stitches aren't difficult (indeed, you'll probably know all of them well) but they are combined in fun and unusual combinations that are really a pleasure to stitch.

So if you're yearning for some bright spring flowers in these last weeks of winter, please splash on over to my website, www.laurajperindesigns.net, and see all the class and registration information for both of these luscious designs!