Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Quick Read

Well, actually you don't "read" a needlebook, but they are quick little projects to make up.  Every stitcher should have a needlebook or two tucked into all their different project bags.  It's a good idea to trade out needles frequently and this is a nice way to keep a few extras on hand.

Needlebooks also make great gifts and exchange projects. This is the treasure that Nicole made for Stacey for an exchange recently.  The Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Mandala was a free chart I offered a few years back.  Nicole's exchange was themed "BeCause it's Pink."  Depending on how you pick your thread colors, you can actually customise this ribbon mandala to support any cause.  Nicole used DMC Variations 3350 with DMC solids 961, 962, and 225 on 32 ct. mushroom Lugana.

Can you believe this is the first needlebook Nicole has ever made?  I think she did an amazing job.  And - she has created a beautiful and useful gift for her friend. Why not give one a try?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love Is Blind

Here is a new freebie for you. It's more of a project for you to compose, as I am only providing the raw template and the information. You get to create whatever message you want, and then to use it in whatever format you like.  You can make a pillow or a sign, put your initials on something... use your imagination.  And share a picture with us if you make something cool.

Dowload the pattern here.  It includes the template plus the Braille alphabet.  Can you read what I wrote?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Are you noticing a trend?

I guess Black is the new Black!  This makes a perfect Hat Trick of brights on black by Ink Circles stitchers this week.  Without further adieu, I present the Bramble and the Rose by Sharon.  Now, anyone can see it's black fabric, but you might not have guessed (or be able to tell at this resolution) that it is 1 over 1 on 28 count!  You might also have guessed the silk is HDF. Which it is, Hibiscus to be precise.

This came out simply stunning; thank you for letting me post your picture here, Sharon - it is an inspiration.  My hat is off to all who can stitch on black fabric. Three cheers for black!  Three cheers for not being afraid of colors!  Three cheers for actually FINISHING your WIP.
Hip Hip Hooray!

OOOHHHH you guys, I'm going to need a bigger Thesaurus so I don't sound like a broken record.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

In Full Bloom

I always thought it a shame that you could only see the growth rings on a tree once it was cut down.  These Growth Rings are not quite the same concentric ones we see in a tree trunk, nor does exposing them mean the death of the plant. Every little "cell" of this design is bursting with flowers, leaves, or seed pods.

This is Rosanne's version of Growth Rings.  It's done on 25 count black Lugana using Anchor variegated threads 186 and 1345.  She used 3 strands of floss to get good coverage given the large fabric count. Given that fabric count, the finished piece is roughly the size of a redwood trunk.  I'm not sure of her finishing plans, but table topper might be a good option. It's going to look fabulous no matter what she does.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful finish, Rosanne!  You did an exquisite job.

Folks looking for the Growth Rings pattern will need to get their hands on the back issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine (March/April 2009) or wait until later this year when the copyright flips back to me and I can release it as a stand-alone chart.