Feb 22, 2011

A Little Christmas Surprise

I am working on that strange 24 ct purple fabric we've been discussing in The Sampler Life (Yahoo Group).  I could not resist stitching on something strange and unidentifiable. For years, I've made a habit of perusing flea markets and yard sales, often exclaiming "I could stitch on that!" meaning, I could see the holes well enough and that the fabric had some sort of appeal to me. Usually it would be an old table cloth or length from a set of curtains.  Most often, rather rustic, and aged - which I love desperately to use for antique style samplers.

Well, this piece has been in my box of 'Great Finds' for more than 30 years now.  I think that in spite of its woolen looking appearance, it must be synthetic. It is quite springy and has many wonderful flecks and threads in it, giving character that one does not often see in commercial cross stitch fabrics. Best, it just happens to be 24 ct even weave.

So, this yard of lovely purple or aubergine fabric is now the subject of a Christmas ornament I am experimenting with. Here it is as a WIP.  While I have mapped out several color palettes, this one is DMC 3810 teal, and some a pink to red range 152, 223 and 221, more on the wame side. So if your monitor is not showing, true, just imagine the combinations.

I am not likely to show more after this as this IS a surprise and will be going to a far away place on or before the end of March (I have a deadline) where it will hide until a month or so before Christmas.  :-)

Back to the purple fabric - if ANYONE in the wide world has ever seen a 24 count fabric like this, let me know.  I would so love to have a name to give it.


Feb 16, 2011

Panoply of Peacocks WIP

Just a wee beginning of Panoply of Peacocks. I thought I would stitch both in  Crescent Colours silk and cotton - one for me and one for my daughter.  The colors are a little different between the two sets of flosses, naturally so that will be an interesting comparison.  I'm anxious to see the Dinky Dyes silks as well and find a set of colors that give that same peacock look. 

I had a certain idea for the colors until I researched what peacocks actually look like up close!  There is a lot of green!  I cut back on the green since the teals are one of my favorite colors...

I am stitching this on 27 count white Linda, pending some pearl grey lugana for the other one.  This design can be stitched over 1 or 2 as desired.  The chart tells you how to accomplish that.  Since my walls are getting VERY full, I am more prone to smaller pieces now, unless as my husband suggested, I start decorating the ceiling!


Feb 11, 2011


I am very pleased to announce that I will be adding Jo Mason of Dinky Dyes as another distributor for my Tempting Tangles Designs!  I am looking forward to this new relationship and the growth it will bring as even more shops will have access to my designs.  You can see the the listings here at Dinky Dyes listings for Tempting Tangles


Feb 7, 2011

Wintery Moon in the Round makes a debut!

Here is a snippet of "Wintery Moon in the Round" - on it's way to your local needlework shop or will be as soon as the printer cools off and my DH gets them all packed up!  

There are two versions of Wintery Moon.  A round one, dainty at 156 stitches in diameter, and a bit larger, square one, with much more detail and the look of an antique story book.  This round version was just stitched by my friend Dawn, here in Idaho, and they square version is being stitched by patient Bonnie up in B.C. Canada.  Both ladies are fantastic stitchers and I could not be more pleased with the results. There is so much detail in these two designs that cannot be seen from a tiny picture, but once you start to stitch for yourself, you will appreciate the work that went into the designing.  

Wintery Moon in the Round 156x156
The story is of course, based in an imaginary land of my own invention, called WaterMeadows.  There is the medieval castle, the fields, forests and vineyards in this fantasy land.  This series is slowly coming to life in floss and linen.  

It is my hope that eventually, all the designs in the Seasons at WaterMeadows series, can be stitched and available in the shops.  The larger, square version will be offered in the future, as will all the rest.  The plan is to create round vignettes of the larger samplers, for those who want the design but not so much of the stitching.

These designs are perfect not only for cross stitch, but for needlepoint.  Can't you see these on the back of a set of antique dining room chairs - one chair for each season?