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!