Wednesday, April 20, 2022

PETITE ARABESQUE Returns!!



I've had so many requests recently for this popular design, that I'm offering it again as a springtime Cyber Class.... So, if you missed the class before, now's the time to sign up and enjoy creating something truly unique!

PETITE ARABESQUE is a very elegant geometric design, that is small in size (8.25" x 8.25") but packs a lot of interesting stitches and threads within its borders.  It's definitely a challenging piece -- I rate it for intermediate-to-advanced stitchers.  Here's a look at a section up close, so you can see some of the different stitches used:


You may not see it, but the actual background canvas color is Santa Fe Sage green, and you'll be stitching a pale colored background within the piece (the purple background shown above).  Also, you'll get to choose your color palette from several options - all of them luscious and rather exotic combinations:


Sooooo, if you're up to a counted geometric challenge, please skip on over to my website, to see all the particular class details for PETITE ARABESQUE.....

Happy Springtime Stitching, Everyone!

Oh, by the way: the photo at the top of my blog is a detail from the pink version of the larger 12" x 12" design called "ARABESQUE", which is available on my website as a pattern.  It's the larger, original piece I designed to highlight a bunch of interesting stitches.  But it's much larger, and took MUCH LONGER to stitch.  Stitching the smaller "petite" version was much more enjoyable, in my opinion!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Feeling Springy??

 Hey, Stitchers, are you in the mood for something sweetly seasonal?  

With bunnies, Easter eggs, flowers, and pastel colors?  

How about stitching your own Springtime patch for a miniature EASTER EGG HUNT?

I designed this sweet piece for a cyber class project last year, and it's definitely time to share it with you all on my website!


This small 8" x 8" design done on eggshell or ivory 18 ct. canvas is filled with pastel goodness and just plain fun to stitch!  As you can see, the layout mimics a small knot garden with the Easter Bunny and his basket of eggs in the center, surrounded with floral stitch patterns done in happy pastel colors. Hidden throughout the piece are small colored eggs, some tucked in the corners and others hidden in the flower beds.  You can see some of the details in the photo below....


So if you love working with lots of pastel colors and are looking for a fun Spring project, please hop on over to my website and see all the EASTER EGG HUNT particulars and ordering information.

Happy Springtime Stitching!!

Friday, March 4, 2022

Sharing This Ukrainian Egg Ornament With You....

 


This week, I needed something calming to stitch while watching the horrors of war unfolding in Ukraine.  I pulled out my UKRAINIAN EGGS pattern and took one of the individual eggs and regraphed it using blue and gold threads I had in my stash.  I used #5 pearl cottons on a small piece of 18 ct. eggshell canvas.  These individual eggs are approximately 2" wide by 2.75" tall, and while they use basic stitches, they are stuffed into a tiny area, so you need to count and stitch carefully!

Below is the pattern I used to stitch both of the above eggs.  I started with the blue version first, and that's what the graph shows below.  But then I created the second golden version by switching around all the blue and gold sections, just to see how different it might look. 

I'm offering this ornament design here as a free pattern for any stitcher who wants to make their own version of these traditional Ukrainian eggs.


Please print out this blog post to use it for your pattern.  OR you can take a screenshot of the graph image above using your smart phone or tablet - those are both good ways to capture the image and have it handy to use for stitching.  Cut a small piece of canvas and grab a handful of blue and gold threads in your stash....

By the way, I'm planning to make both of these eggs into small ornaments that I can hang in my house, to remind me to send prayers to all the brave men and women fighting for Ukrainian freedom.  I hope these small ornaments will help you do the same, since this week has shown that as our world gets smaller and more interconnected, we are truly ALL Ukrainians!