Thursday, August 24, 2017

Shiba Inu Silhouette

Woof!  Woof!  I'm running in to tell you all about my latest silhouette design.  

After being on my extensive list for quite awhile, I'm pleased to finally have the Shiba Inu done and ready for purchase.

I stitched my model using  DMC #310 on a piece of "orange cream" evenweave fabric that was in my stash. Since I have my "Giganto" cone of black, you're going to be seeing a lot more of my silhouettes stitched using it.   Don't worry, I'll try not to be too boring and will through in some unexpected color every now and then.

If you're interested in this design, you can purchase it at any of these places.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bibliophiles Unite!

BIBLIOPHILE  ˈbiblēəˌfīl/
noun: bibliophile; plural noun: bibliophiles
a person who collects or has a great love of books

Are you a lover of books also?  Are you on Goodreads?  I recently discovered it and am so excited about being able to track what I've read, want to read, etc. (you know how Virgos are, LOL!)  

If you're interested in what I'm reading when I'm not stitching (which includes my Agatha Christie podcast/book club with a friend), feel free to follow me here.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching AND reading!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Series: Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Several years ago I decided to start a new series, but am just now bringing it to life.  The series will be quotes I've gotten in fortune cookies over the years, all framed by a Chinese lattice inspired "blackwork" design.   To liven the frames up, there may be French knots, beads or other embellishments.   Some of the quotes will be fun, and some may be more serious.

Today we start with Fortune Cookie Wisdom #1: Good Virtue

This particular design uses French knots.  If you're not a fan of French knots, you can always use seed beads instead.

Because I don't want to take away from the blackwork style designs with a hand-dyed fabric, I'm using plain white aida.

If you're interested in this design, you can purchase it at any of these places.

Stay tuned for more designs in this series.  I already have the 2nd one stitched, finished and ready to go, so I'll release it in the next few weeks.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Alamo Silhouette

It's been wayyyyy too long since I've released a new design!!

Today I'll be sharing my Alamo Silhouette.  This particular design was requested by several ladies last year when I was in San Antonio, TX for the Stitches From The Heart Stitch Camp.

I stitched my model using a blend of two DMC threads and stitched it on a piece of green evenweave fabric that was in my stash.. 

If you're interested in this design, you can purchase it at any of these places.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Temperature Block Sampler

Whenever I see a craft I feel is really interesting, but don't know how to do that technique, I always try to think of a way to convert it to a cross stitched piece.   That's exactly what happened with my Temperature Block Sampler.

Last year on New Year's Eve I was trolling Facebook and found a post about crocheting a temperature blanket.  Because I had yet to teach myself how to crochet, I went into the cross stitch conversion mode.  I instantly left whatever NYE Countdown show I was watching and sat down at my computer with my notepad and started coming up with ideas.   There were a few I sketched and when charting them, they just didn't work for me.   After quite awhile I settled on a block sampler.  By that point in time it was too late into 2016 to release the design.

So, here we are just a few days before the start of 2017 and I'm releasing it in time for people to start a new "thread-a-day" piece.  I already have 3 local stitching friends that will be doing it with me.  I, of course, will be stitching using the suggested DMC colors.  Some of them will be changing colors to use overdyed fibers. 

The photo below is strictly a representation of the layout of the chart, and was based on actual daily high temperatures in Las Vegas, NV for 2015.  The greater fluctuation in your local weather, the more colors you'll have in your design.  As you can tell from this photo, Vegas is pretty consistent in temperature for days on end.

Interested in getting this design for yourself?  If so, head on over to my Etsy shop before January 2, 2017 and save $3.00 off the PDF download price with coupon code TEMPBLOG at checkout.

I'd love to see lots of color variations of this design, so if you DO stitch the design, please feel free to share pics of your WIP and finished piece over on my Facebook page.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Editor's Note 03-06-17:  Below is a photo of the piece I'm creating, with stitching completed through January 26th:

In addition, if you'd like to see what other people's pieces look like, check out the album I've created on my Facebook page: