Friday, April 23, 2021

A Serene New Cyber Class

Several years ago, I was playing around with a very soft pink and green thread palette and came up with a very enjoyable geometric that I stitched almost to a finish, then set it aside to work on something else.  Here's the project I had started:


 Recently, when I was going through my project stash I ran across it and thought, "Hey, I should finish this up!"  So I did.  And I liked it so much, I wondered how how the same design would look in soft blues and greens as well..... So I stitched up another one in a dreamy blue thread palette:

 

 

And I liked it equally as well as the pink one!  "Hey, this would make a fun cyber class project," I thought to myself.  So that's what I'm presenting to you today.... My totally serene "SPRING FLING".

 And I must tell you, none of the stitches are difficult; indeed, they are basic stitches done in easy repeat rows, which are fun to stitch just to see the soft colors unfurl themselves....  Here's what the assorted stitch patterns look like up close:

See?  Nothing difficult at all!  Straight stitches, zig zag rows, triangles, diagonal laid ribbons, and even a little bit of a lacy filling stitch.... And aren't those colors yummy?   This 10" x 10" design is stitched on 18 ct. eggshell canvas, with one variegated Watercolours, a handful of DMC #5 pearl cottons, a few flosses, and a couple of metallic ribbon colors.  And the piece includes silver round beads and a silver diamond jewel for the center.  But it occurs to me now, that this piece would also be a terrific way to show off an heirloom button or unique charm (oooh, how about a small cameo?).... I'm sure you can find something fun in your own stash of buttons, charms, and beads, if you like that idea.

Here are the basic color choices for the class, either BLUE or PINK:

 The BLUE palette is built around Watercolors 336 - "cool waters" and the PINK palette is built around Watercolours 053 - "coral blush".  So if you think you might enjoy a relaxing geometric project for those warm and lazy summer days that are quickly approaching, please mosey on over to my website and see all the relevant cyber class information.

Happy Weekend Stitching, Everyone!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Springy New Cyber Class!

 

  Are you looking forward to Spring?

.... Craving warm sunny days and fields filled with nodding flowers?

 Well, how about stitching up a fun piece that will get you in a happy mood for Spring??

In these past few weeks, I've been working on a brand-new cyber class piece called "EASTER EGG HUNT" which features lots of soft pastel threads, fun floral patterns, and lots and lots of tiny eggs to stitch and hide throughout this design.  Here's what I've come up with for you springtime Cyber Class Stitchers:


 

It's a small 8" x 8" piece, but it's packed with lots of pastel yumminess!  The stitches are not difficult; in fact they are all basic stitches combined in fun and interesting ways to make each section of this design a fun one to stitch. 

I've used the same format as my previous PUMPKIN TIME and BEE-UTIFUL GARDEN pieces, but this time in the center opening I've placed a bunny (stitched with soft Bella Lusso thread) and an Easter basket surrounded by pearl cotton eggs. The grassy cobblestone pathways have pale lavender wildflowers sprinkled all around as well... And if you look closely, you'll see many other eggs hidden around the borders and even inside the flower beds themselves.  

Here's a peek up-close, at some of the fun bits that make up this EASTER EGG HUNT piece:

So if you'd like a joyful springtime project to look forward to, please hop on over to my website, to my Cyber Class page, and see all the information about this fun new cyber class, "EASTER EGG HUNT."

Saturday, January 16, 2021

ROAD TRIP!!

 Are you tired of staying at home and staring at the same four walls these days?

Are you itching to get in the car and do some traveling right about now?

Well, how about taking a stitching vacation using your needle and thread and stitching a road trip up in the mountains??

I've finished a really fun new piece that let's you do some exploring in the mountains without even leaving home.  I'm calling it "MOUNTAIN TRAILS" (as a fun companion piece to my "COUNTRY ROADS" I released a few years ago).

 

 I had sooo much fun sketching this out and then working it up with my needle and thread.  I tried to think of all the fun things I'd like to see on a mountain trip - tents and cabins, and plenty of animals....  The design blocks are not difficult -- easy stitch patterns are combined with fun threads so you should really enjoy the trip.  As with most counted canvaswork, the most difficult thing is counting out the sections; but just go slow, count carefully and you'll soon have all your stitch blocks lined up and ready to fill!

Here's a closeup of one of the sections with a campsite:

And here's a peek at the local General Store (complete with hay-filled pick up truck):

 And while I've splurged and stitched this in Splendor Silk threads, I've also included a list of DMC floss substitutes, if you have those on hand.  I've stitched this on 24. ct. Congress Cloth with 2-3 ply of silk and yes, I used my light and magnifier to see everything - grin! .... but hey, it could also be done on 18 ct. canvas -- just get two skeins of all the listed threads, and use 3-4 ply of thread for your stitching.

So if you're yearning to see some green fields and mountain streams, why not hike on over to my website and see all the ordering information for this new MOUNTAIN TRAILS design....

Happy Stay-At-Home Stitching, Everyone!!