Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HEY YA! Stitchers...

For all of you stitchers that purchased my recent HEY YA! stitch guide, there's a substitution boo-boo on the page with the materials list.

For the thread substitutes listed for the BELLA LUSSO threads, it should read like this:

    Bella Lusso 612 - light green     --->     Splendor S906
    Bella Lusso 630 - med green                Splendor S837
    Bella Lusso 581 - dk green       --->     Splendor S838
    Bella Lusso 903 - wine             --->     Splendor S886 or S1144
    Bella Lusso 964 - med pink      --->     Splendor S1004

So if you'll please pencil in the changes on your patterns, you'll have the correct Splendor thread numbers when you get around to ordering your threads....

So very sorry for the mistakes, stitchers!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Stitching Time!

Hey, Stitchers!  Just wanted to mention... if you're in Southern California this month and anywhere near the city of Garden Grove, you can check out my June trunk show at NEEDLEPOINTS, LTD. in Garden Grove, CA (; 714-894-5242).

I sent a bunch of my latest models, including a few of my stitch guide models, plus lots and lots of patterns....

So say "hi" to Diana for me if you happen to visit her store, and have fun browsing in her fabulous store!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A New Pattern For June

I love the dianthus flower in all its many forms...

So when I was thinking about creating a flowery bargello pattern for the summer, the classic "pinks" flower came into my mind, and I was off and stitching!

So now I can share with you my new pattern for June, BARGELLO AND CARNATIONS:

It was a sweet joy to work on this piece, with my most favorite pink and green colors, against a very cool pale blue canvas (it could also be done on pewter, sage green or eggshell canvas as well). The finished size is 10.5" x 10.5" on 18 ct. canvas.  It uses a handful of #5 pearl cottons and a #8 pearl cotton for the background stitching.  Here's an up-close look at the individual flower (really easy stitching, I tell ya), plus a bit of the bargello, background, and border:

I've also included thread choices for a red or blue variation... just in case you prefer red carnations instead of pink ones!  And the blue version could also represent those summery blue cornflowers...

This time around, I decided to use a silver metallic accent, instead of the usual gold metallic, but I'm including BOTH silver and gold round beads in the pattern, so if you prefer gold accents, you'll have the matching beads for it, too.

The pattern also gives you the option of adding a stitched area outside the octagonal corners, if you wanted to frame this piece without getting a specially cut mat.  Just continue stitching the 4-way background stitch in the corner areas, and you have a squared piece to frame -- instead of a more expensive octagonal one!

Anyway, if you like smelling lots of delicious carnations, like I do, please visit my website for all the information regarding my latest design, BARGELLO AND CARNATIONS.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hardanger, Anyone?

Now that the warm days of summer are fast approaching, I thought I'd share some light and airy pieces with you.... Several years ago, I played around with some traditional Hardanger elements, but added a few of my own design elements -- like a bit of blackwork and a few embroidery motifs, such as lazy daisy stitches, wrapped roses, and eyelets.  Add a sweet, delicate ribbon border and you have this piece, BLUE RIBBON SAMPLER:

 It's worked on eggshell 24 ct. Congress Cloth, and one of the funnest things about stitching it was using a fine variegated thread, like Wildflowers 147 ("Winter Sky") for the kloster work.  Here's a look at the elements up-close:

I enjoyed stitching up the first Hardanger piece so much, I designed a companion piece, using a slightly different color palette, called WILDFLOWER SAMPLER:

This piece is also worked on eggshell 24 ct. Congress Cloth, but uses the variegated Caron Wildflowers 088 ( "Mountain Meadow") with a soft sage green border color.  Here's what it looks like up-close:

So if you're in the mood for a softer, lighter project, that is worked on a finer canvas, please visit my website for more information about either of these unique Hardanger designs for your next summer project!