Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fall Poppies


 I don't know about you, but I'm sooooo ready for fall this year!

Too much heat, too much fire danger, too much worry about everything around me....I can't WAIT for some cooling rain to calm things down and get us into a quieter, safer season. 

To get ready for the fall, I spent the late summer stitching up a new cyber class project called "RED POPPY SQUARE":

This is a small 8" x 8" piece worked on 18 ct. sandstone canvas.  I really enjoyed working in the warm greens, golds and reds (with a splash of lavender as well) which are drawn from the variegated Watercolours thread 290 - "Mystery Mix".  The thread colors reminded me of a wild autumn meadow growing with a vibrant mix of red poppies and other wildflowers.... I had lots of fun creating the four boxes of stitch patterns that include small red poppy motifs  - very fun stitching!

I also wanted to try to recreate the center red poppy with Splendor Silk Ribbons (actually a mix of solid red and variegated red silks).  I laid the darker sections of the variegated red silk down first, where the "shadows" might be in the petals, then overlaid the rest of the regular red stitches on top; then a simple outline stitch to define the petals... Just a fun, new technique to add to your ribbon skills!  Here's a peek up close:

So if you feel like creating a new piece that celebrates the changing of the seasons, please take a walk over to my website and see all the cyber class information on this brand new RED POPPY SQUARE....

Friday, August 7, 2020

Something Cool & Summery

During the hot days of summer, I really want something light and easy to work on.  Nothing hard or too complex with multiple layers of stitches that will get me frustrated and sweaty.  Do you know that feeling??

Anyway, I grabbed a handful of serene, cool threads - Watercolours 257, "Spearmint" in soft blues and greens, a few matching #5 pearl cottons, and a soft gold metallic ribbon thread.  And then I started playing around with some fun stitches and borders, centering around a flower center that reminds me of a creamy white magnolia bloom.   And here it is, my new "SUMMER MAGNOLIAS":I've stitched my 9.5" x 9.5" piece on the slightly tanned sandstone 18 ct. canvas, so the creamy magnolia flowers show up better than on the paler eggshell canvas (they'd also look lovely stitched on the sage green or light blue canvas).  I loved using the variegated Watercolours for the various borders, then stitching the sweet flower rows. Lots of soft gold accent stitches give it an elegant feel; and I especially enjoyed creating the "woven triangles" that fit inside the zig zag borders and give the piece a white wicker or white trellis look.  Lots of summery fun in this design!

And while I was craving something blue, green and gold to stitch this summer, I also thought it would look lovely in a mauve version... so I've also included a soft pink colorway on the pattern, that uses Watercolours 020 - "Autumn Leaves" as its foundation.

Here's a look at "SUMMER MAGNOLIAS" up close, and although you can't really see them, there are small gold seed beads in the flower centers, for a bit more fun and texture:

Does this design appeal to you in these last hot days of summer?  Something to work on that reminds you of sitting on a porch swing under a shady magnolia tree, sipping iced tea?

If so, please pick up your lacy parasol and sashay on over to my website to see all the pattern information on my new "SUMMER MAGNOLIAS"....

Have a cool and restful weekend, Y'all!

Friday, July 17, 2020

A Summery New Cyber Class

TA DA -- Announcing a fun new cyber class that's currently on my website,
called "FLOWER BOXES":



I was craving something light and airy for this summer....something easy to stitch on hot summer days with pleasant motifs (with a bit of blackwork thrown in)... and what better than flowers arranged in a knot garden layout!

FLOWER BOXES is a 9.5" x 9.5" design stitched on 18 ct. canvas in eggshell.  And each stitcher gets to choose between the BLUE/AQUA version (shown above with a cool thread palette) and the ROSE/CORAL version (shown below with a warm thread palette):


But WAIT, it gets even more fun.....  I've always wanted to create a class where each stitcher gets to choose the elements they like best for each section.  In this design, you'll get to choose between two different wide borders (blue arrows below), two different narrow border rows (pink arrows below), and best of all, choose which flower clusters you want to stitch (yellow arrows, plus lower boxes, too)! Or, you can stitch the "sampler" version with all of them combined as shown in my cover model.  Below is the cover model with arrows pointing to the different stitching options:



Does that tickle your designing fancy?!?  I hope so!  If this class seems like something you'd like to work on during these long hot summer days, please sashay on over to my website to read all the class information.   STAY SAFE And HAPPY WEEKEND STITCHING, everyone!!


Monday, June 15, 2020

It's Red, White & Blue Time!!

Hey, Stitchers:
I'm dee-lighted to share my latest design with you.... 
and it's something dee-cidedly red, white & blue... 
Hooray!  It's my new RED, WHITE & BLUE RIBBONS pattern:


I was in the mood to create something fun for the Fourth of July coming up next month.  So I pulled a handful of threads, including a variegated red and variegated blue Watercolours to use as the border bunting, as well as the wavy patriotic heart in the center.  Then I started playing with patriotic patterns - of course, stars and hearts came to mind - that could be woven into the overlapping ribbons.  I did my stitching on a piece of eggshell canvas with the sparkly gold flecks in it, which you can sorta see below:


The stitches themselves are easy enough to do (nothing difficult, except the counting, grin!) and they are just plain fun to work into the red, white and blue ribbon borders, as shown above.. 

There's a sprinkling of beads throughout the piece, as well as some gold sequin stars you can't see in the photo, unfortunately....and a gold star jewel to add to the center heart.   But you know, if you are a button/embellishment collector, I also realized this would be a great piece to add a few patriotic beads, buttons and charms  -- just to give it some extra pizazz and dimension! 

So if you want a fun new project to get you in the mood for our next summer holiday, please march on over to my website and see the pattern information for this super-fun
                                     RED, WHITE & BLUE RIBBONS pattern! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A Cool Design for Spring!


Spring is in full bloom these days, and nothing smells as delicious as frothy lilac bushes.

Which prompted me to pull out a favorite design that I've only offered as a cyber class -- until NOW,  so everyone can enjoy the stitching process of creating your own sweet-smelling lilac piece!



This is a small piece (7.5" x 7.5") done on Santa Fe Sage Green 18 ct. mono canvas to give it a cool feel that makes all those luscious lavender blossoms POP.   Watercolours 064 "Pale Lilac" is used for the variegated "lattice" that forms the background grid and you can see what a soft, lovely watercolory wash it gives to the piece...

What's really fun about stitching this project is making lots of small, medium, and large lilac blossoms - all done with simple stitches, but using different types of threads (floss and pearl cotton with a dash of metallic ribbon).  Here's what the piece looks like up close... and see if you can pick out all the different size flowers:



Sweet, huh?  So if you love lilacs and want to have them hanging on your wall (or on a pillow) year round, please mosey on over to my website to see all the ordering information for this sweet-smelling LILAC TIME design...  And don't forget to stop and smell ALL the beautiful flowers growing around you, wherever you are these days!!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Time for Easter Treats!

When you were a child, did you ever receive one of those magical sugar eggs, with a small Easter panorama inside?  I did... and it was always the highlight of my Easter basket!

For years I've wanted to stitch up one of those old-fashioned eggs, but could never think up a good border treatment that would work with the egg, so I never continued on the egg design.  Then this year, it occurred to me that a sugar egg would make a perfect centerpiece for another four-way bargello piece.  Eureka!  That was all I needed to get stitching.....  and here's what I came up with -- my new SUGAR EGG BARGELLO design:


This design is on the large size, 10.5" x 10.5", so it's hard to see all the fun details in the full photo above.  The rows of four-way bargello is truly fun to stitch; nothing difficult about that except counting correctly and changing between lots of bright pastel threads mixed with one variegated thread and two soft metallic Ribbon Floss colors.

Here's an up-close look at some of the springy motifs, starting with the flower bouquets in the corner.  Those sweet flowers remind me of the special candy eggs we kids received (from See's Candy) with pastel sugar flowers on top - Yum!  For my model, I stitched each corner bouquet in a different pastel color, but you could also stitch them all in your same favorite color.....


And here's a peek at the sugar egg itself, stitched with Wrapped Spider Webs for the egg icing, and filled in with regular Tent Stitch, using 1 strand of a sparkly white/opal Ribbon Floss thread:



And yes, of course, there's an Easter Bunny surrounded by tiny eggs as the inside scene!

I've stitched the model on rose blush pink canvas, just for something different...but you can certainly stitch yours on eggshell or sage green or any other springy color you fancy!  As you can see, I worked the outside background in a four-way stitch using a soft variegated green floss from ThreadworX, then on the inside, around the egg, I chose a sweet Dotted Swiss pattern that wouldn't distract from the egg itself.

So if you're in the mood to stitch up an Easter treat that brings a smile to your face, please hop on over to my website and see all the pattern information for my new SUGAR EGG BARGELLO!
Stay safe and keep on stitching, Everyone!!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Something Sunny for These Gloomy Days


Spring is in full bloom here in Northern California....
Lots of blossoming trees and flowering bushes are busting out all over, as well as handfuls of daffodils planted here and there in the neighborhood.





And nothing can lift your spirits as much as starting a new stitching project, don't you agree?? -- especially if it's a happy piece with daffodils!   So here's the latest pattern on my website, DAFFODIL TIME:


It's a prior cyber class project that is now available to all you stitchers who enjoy stitching
springtime flowers.  I love it because it's a small piece, 8.5" x 8.5"on my favorite Santa Fe Sage Green canvas (you could also do it on eggshell canvas if you wanted a brighter look), bursting with lively yellow and green patterns that are fun and easy to stitch.  Here's a peek at some of the patterns close up:

 
 It uses Watercolours 297 - "Goldenrod" as the foundation thread, with a handful of bright #5 pearl cottons and soft ribbon metallics, as well as a variegated ThreadworX floss for the background stitching. There's a handful of beads in a few of the stitched blocks, and if you wanted, you could add more beads in the center of the daffodil (I used french knots).

So if you're looking for a springy new project to lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face, please tip toe through the tulips on your way over to my website and check out my new DAFFODIL TIME ordering information.   Stay safe and cozy, Stitchers.... and keep those needles flying!!

Friday, January 17, 2020

A New Cyber Class for the New Year

I've wanted to do a project with soft winter pastels for a long time now, and finally got the time to pull some wintry threads together and start stitching!  Here's the piece I came up with for my next cyber class, and it's called "WINTER CARNIVAL." 



The stitches aren't hard at all, so it's a very serene geometric design to stitch up.  Honestly, the hardest part of this piece is counting out all the borders (but then, that's usually the most challenging part of ANY counted canvaswork design!) I've incorporated small snowflake motifs throughout the design, with lots of shimmery metallics, gold beads, and two snowflake charms for extra fun! If you look closely to the whole design shown above, you can see that while the four center blocks are similar and symmetrical in design, their details are different, which makes them more fun to stitch.  Here's a close-up of one of the blocks:


Since pink and green is my favorite color combination, I wanted to do the model in the softest pinks and greens I could find.  But I know pink is not everyone's favorite color, so I also offer the stitcher a choice of either AQUA or BLUE, shown below...Both are truly yummy and have that soft wintery feel I was hoping to create with this design.


















All of the color palettes have a variegated Watercolours: PINK uses 031 - "rose quartz", AQUA uses 241 - "shenandoah" and BLUE uses 303 - "ticking", along with a handful of soft pastel #5 pearl cottons and two shimmery Ribbon Flosses.  And the whole 9.5" x 9.5" design is stitched on 18 ct. canvas that is eggshell with flecks of gold, giving it a magical wintry feel to the unstitched background.

So if you'd like to start the New Year with a relaxing geometric piece that will transition you from winter into spring, please mosey on over to my website and check out all the cyber class details.
Happy Friday, Everyone!