Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time for a New Wreath!

Are you itchin' to do some fun spring stitchin'?
How about creating a new wreath to display in your home?
Recently, I had a hankering to design and stitch a wreath
 that displays lots of different birdhouses,
because I thought it would be a fun one to stitch, 
as well as have hanging in my house all through the spring and summer seasons....

So, TA DA -- here's the brand-new BIRDHOUSE WREATH


I had a blast thinking up unique birdhouses that would fit snugly inside a circular wreath space.  And of course, I had to include a pair of birds and their own "natural" nest!  (I made my birds sparrow brown, but you could make them bluebirds or goldfinches, if you prefer.)   Here's a peek at a corner of the wreath (and I'm rather smitten with the tiny log cabin house!):


One of my favorite birdhouses is the little red barn:


Too cute, huh?!?
Anyway, the order in which I stitched this design was: first, the velvet bow; then all the birdhouses; then the birds and their nest; then the assorted flowers; and finally, the wreath's variegated greenery.   On this wreath, I stitched pretty much everything with #5 pearl cottons, but not until I was finished did it occur to me that I COULD have stitched all the flowers with silk or cotton ribbons - DUH, how fresh and springy would that look??  Anyway, that's just one of many ideas you can play around with on this wreath.  Adding cute bird, bee, flower buttons and charms is another way to personalize this wreath.  So I offer it up to you, and hope you will enjoy building your own BIRDHOUSE WREATH!

Please flutter on over to my website to see all the particulars about purchasing this fun new BIRDHOUSE WREATH design.  And Happy Springtime Stitching!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Got Your Springtime Wreath??



Springtime is marching right along, isn't it?

Have you been decorating your house in delicious pastel colors?


Put a floral wreath on your front door?

How about a wreath inside your house with lots of springtime treats?


If you need a festive wreath to stitch up for inside your house, sashay on over to
my website and checkout my SPRINGTIME WREATH!  It's very fun 
to stitch and then sit back and enjoy....

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Springy New Cyber Class!

Have I got a treat for all you stitchers that have taken my cyber classes in the past: 
a brand new, Springy cyber class piece that make you smile every time you look at it.... 
And it's called DAFFODIL TIME:


The idea for this fun design came as a surprise to me.  For all the years I've been teaching
FLEUR-DE-LIS with it's bright blue iris, it never occurred to me to design a companion
piece - until I was posting the iris photo on Instagram, and something about
the angle of the photo made me do a double-take and say to myself, "Hey, wouldn't
it be fun to create a daffodil design in the same layout?"

So I did!  And I had a lot of fun figuring out four different floral patterns 
that I could highlight around the center daffodil, creating little flowers
that sorta had a daffodil look to them.  And working with the bright Springtime colors
was definitely another perk - and much appreciated during the cold grey winter months!
Here's a close-up look at a few of the stitch patterns used in this piece:


DAFFODIL TIME is worked on my fav Santa Fe Sage Green 18 ct. canvas,
and it's finished size is a managable 8" x 8".  The thread palette is built around
Watercolours 297 - " Goldenrod" which has a cheerful mix of yellows, greens,
and a dash of blue.
 
So, if you LOVE daffodils (and honestly, who doesn't?),
  you might want to try your hand at stitching up this new Springtime piece.
(And I promise you that this is one daffodil that WON'T wilt, fall over in the rain,
or get eaten by bugs - and you'll enjoy looking at it all year long...)

Skip on over to my website and check out all the cyber class information....
Registration runs from now until April 30th, and the class starts in late May.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Spring Design


Last month I went looking for some red cyclamen to cheer up my house and when I couldn't find a nice enough plant to bring home, I decided to stitch one up instead! I pulled out an old illustration I did many years ago, and converted the pink flowers to red ones.  I was thinking that I'd like to turn the piece into a pillow for my sofa, so I wanted something easy to stitch up and not too elaborate.

I chose a cheerful ribbon border, then added a sweet inner border of a modified blackwork pattern - all done in #5 pearl cottons with some metallic Ribbon Floss for sparkly accents.  Inside, the basket of cyclamen is tent stitched with a handful DMC floss.  Here's how my RED CYCLAMEN design turned out:


It's a nice 9.5" x 9.5" size on eggshell 18 ct. canvas - perfect for a pillow inset!  My next task is to figure out what kind of fabric I want to use on the pillow....  And here's a closer look at the border elements:


If you're a cyclamen lover, as I am, you may want to stitch this sweet piece for your very own.  And, I've included thread suggestions to make a PINK or PURPLE version of the design, so you can stitch up your basket of cyclamen in your favorite color.

I've just added this new RED CYCLAMEN design to my website, so if you're interested, please skip on over and see all the ordering information!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Sweet Spring Project


Are you starting to get a little bit of spring fever? 
 Ready for the end of cold grey winter, 
and eager for the warmth and color of Spring?

How about signing up for my next cyber class, the ever-popular FLEUR-DE-LIS:


It's a nice compact project - just 8.5" x 8.5" on the sage green 18 ct. canvas - with
a lovely palette of interesting threads to play with.  AND, each stitcher gets to
pick their color palette: BLUE or PURPLE.  Either version is vibrant and spring-like.


I like this design because it gives the stitcher a chance to work up fun composite patterns
 in small boxes, has an interesting border, an easy but elegant background to fill, and
 to top it off, has a lovely flower as its focal point.

If you're looking for a enjoyable new project to get you in the mood for Spring,
please consider FLEUR-DE-LIS, and if you're interested, you can flutter on over 
to my website to see all the ordering information. 
 P.S.: class registration is only open for another week or so...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Brand New Panel!!

Are you looking for a fun new winter project that has lots of happy colors and patterns and just plain boosts your spirits during these dreary winter months?  Why not consider my newest panel design, called SNOWMAN PANEL:



I wanted to create something fun and colorful; something that evokes the chill of a winter's day, but also has lots of happy colors -- in this case, I chose the variegated Watercolours 236 - "Appalachia" with its vibrant blues, greens and purples for my foundation thread, then found the #5 pearl cottons and metallic ribbons to match.  It's happy, happy, happy stitchin', I tell ya....

I had so much fun thinking up the different snowflake-like patterns to stitch in the main boxes, and then I definitely wanted the picture box to have a snowman.... and wait, I also had to add two cute bunnies!  Plus a few small pine trees give the vignette an extra wintery feel.  A smattering of crystal beads add a bit of sparkle as well.  Here's a peek up-close:


Working on the leventeen blue canvas was another perk for this project. (Or you could also use the slightly darker antique blue canvas, if that's available to you instead.)

So if you love snowmen.... or bunnies.... or anything with snowflakes.... you might want to add this cheerful pattern to your winter stash.  Please ski on over to my website to see all the other ordering information for this fun, new SNOWMAN PANEL!

Friday, January 13, 2017

CLARA is Going to TNNA

 

Recently I finished the stitch guide for Sandra Gilmore's lovely canvas called CLARA, a piece I've been in love with for a while now.  This canvas is definitely a stitcher's showcase for all sorts of textures and threads: I used soft Bella Lusso merino wool mixed with fuzzy Wisper for the knit cap, coat and collar; slightly shiny rayon Neon Rays for the hair; #5 pearl cottons for the holly; and Very Velvet for the corsage ribbon.  Here's a detail photo:


CLARA's face was tent stitched in DMC floss colors, specifically chosen by Sandra for her designs. (Did you know your stitchery store can order a set of DMC floss threads called "Sandra's Skin Colors" from FLEUR DE PARIS, Sandra's distributor?  If you have a lot of Sandra's canvases in your stash, you might want to check it out...)

I love, love, love looking at CLARA, and am so glad I finally stitched her up this Christmas, so she matches the other canvas in the series called NUTCRACKER (which I created a stitch guide for a few years ago).  Remember him?


Both use the same colors and stitch patterns in the background and around the borders.

I've sent my CLARA model off to FLEUR DE PARIS, so they can show her off in their booth at the 2017 TNNA show in San Jose, CA next weekend.  If you're going to the show, please stop by and visit with CLARA and the fun folks at FLEUR!

Stitchers:  If you are interested in the stitch guide as well as the canvas, please contact your local stitchery store so they can order them for you.  If you just would like a stitch guide, I have them available on my website.