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New design finished

Way back in December I posted a photo of Baroque Diamonds.  I had finished stitching a little more than one quadrant and assembled a montage of how the finished design would look.  Well, today the stitching is finally complete.  I enjoyed working with this group of colors and threads.....really different than recent ones.  

Starting tomorrow I will finish up stitching the Poppy Trio group. This is another project I last posted about back in December.  Both of these projects can be seen on the 2014 Class Projects exhibit at ANG Anaheim Seminar. 

Hope to see you there.



Baroque Diamonds and some new poppies

One quadrant is finally complete of Baroque Diamonds.  I ended up making several minor, or moderate, changes. 

Of course, since last time I hav added the two new pattern areas and added bugle, seed and Tila beads.  I also revised the center diamond and the triangular area of the same pattern. 

Once this stitching was completed I scanned the area and then pieced together 4 copies of the scan to show how the completed design will look, except for the little bit missing on the right edge.  The complete design is approximately 8-1/4" square.  

It is interesting to refer back to the original sketches and threads pulled for the project.  I used three of the markers:  two rose and one gold.  I also used three of the beads shown previously plus one new Miyuki seed bead. Also, no new threads were pulled other the originals shown.  But previously there were only the full skeins lined up with no regard to proportion and it just shows how much a change in the proportion of each color group can make to the overall design!

Now here is a another new design I have begun working on.....very different from Baroque Diamonds!

This is going to be a group of three small poppy scenes, each only 3-1/2" square.   The can be framed separately or all three matted into one frame or pillow or wall hanging, or other.  

This is the original watercolor sketch before it has been copied to Transfer Artist Paper.

Here it is TODAY, with the design transferred to canvas and the first poppy almost conpletely stitched.  Each of the three poppy sketches will have different color Iceland Poppies with some looking up and some looking forward, and with interesting "sky" and "field" patterns added.   Rather sketchy and loose as you can see....or maybe it is too soon to tell yet.  I am having fun with them!

Happy New Years!



New Geometric Update  

I have begun working, again, on the geometric I posted in September.  It is going slowly, but now it seems to be taking shape, or at least in mind......if not where everyone can see.  The stuctural outline has not changed, but the bargello theme I had in mind seems to be changing somewhat.  The colors are still the same too.....with a few darker colors yet to be introduced.  I used Copic markers for the center square and probably will have a few other small areas with marker.  As you can see, I am trying out some different thread counts around the center. And, there are a few long narrow rectangles, yet unstitched, that will be filled with bugle beads.  More to come. By the way, the tentative design title is Baroque Diamonds.

Also, now Thanksgiving is behind us and many of us are in full gift-buying mode, there are some lovely examples of handmade scissor and stitch fob sets on the website at  Only the Milefiori set below is available here, but McCall will also take special orders up until December 13th for Christmas delivery.

Check out her Etsy website for more details:

We are also working hard to ship out the last batch of kits tomorrow for the upcoming ANG Cyberworkshop. Moroccan Sands' first lesson will post this Saturday, December 1st.  We will be working with a few fairly new threads as it was necessary to replace about six or seven discontinued colors or no longer available threads.  It will be exciting to see how these subtle changes in colors and textures will come together.  

The holidays can be a stressful time, so try to make time for some stitching time.