Jan 30, 2012

What If It's Twins??!!

 I lovely lady named Janet contacted me last week, saying she had twins coming to the family. She wondered what she might do for a birth sampler, as she wasn't all that adept at tweaking an existing design such as my Tree Top Birth Sampler, now in shops.  So, I put on my thinking cap and camp up with this design, Tree Top Twins.  For anyone wanting a quirky and clever twins birth sampler, complete with baby monkeys, this might be just perfect.
The babies' coverlet can be changed to any colors you choose as there are a variety of blue greens and pink tones in the design.  There is room for the second name, as you can see.  This design is currently available for sale on my Etsy Shop in pdf. format.

From the original Tree Top Birth Sampler
- WIP by Helen Kelly

Jan 17, 2012

Where's the Coffee Grinder?

 These are a few of the delightful little coffee pots you will find on Coffee Compendium, just released this month to shops.    My dear friend, Helen Kelly, of North Carolina, graciously stitched this design for me.  She did such a lovely job!   Somewhere on the design, I have hidden the dearest little coffee grinder.  I wonder if you will find it as you stitch?                ~Deb

Jan 2, 2012

Two more designs for this New Year!

Too many things, so little time!  My wonderful model stitcher, Helen, completed Coffee Compendium.   In addition, I completed a smaller design, a mate to Tea Time, called Classic coffee Break.  You can see both on my main website site  http://www.temptingtangles.com/ , all ready to go to shops a little later this month!

Another I finished last month is this little Tree Top Birth Sampler is 162 x 161, basically square. I designed it at the request of another of my model stitchers who adores baby monkeys, and had an upcoming grandchild.  I created one for her, but since then have made a few changes.  This design uses Sullivan's cotton floss, is stitched on Weeks Dye Works linen, "Tin Roof".  I used 40 count and stitched over 2, so can sincerely say thank goodness for the magnifier on my Daylight lamp!   This  will be released in February - so if you have any babies on the way, or any new babies who need their very own sampler, this might be the sampler for you!

In addition, I made great headway on The Only Gift, a design that would work beautifully for any occasion, but certainly has a Christmas feel to it.  

The only Gift 141x181
In fact, I won't be releasing this revised version until later in the year so look for it in the fall.  I decided to give it a rustic look, so am using 2 strands of Gentle Art floss over 1 thread of 20 ct Weeks Dye Works "Putty".  I love their newest color,  Otter Creek - the leaves vary from a forest green, to a soft, blue grey green to a  slightly muddy brown green. It's really well named and gives the look I like with this rustic fabric.  It would be interesting to see this stitched on a smoother fabric at perhaps 36-40 count. over 2.  There are satin stitch diamonds in the corners and open herringbone borders, lots of variety in texture and LOTS of little leaves with curly stems and red berries.