Stitcher's Gift released mid June2014

Here is a little news for today - we are Introducing "Stitcher's Gift", a sweet little design coming out in various shops this week. 

This newest is such an easy stitch and full of pretty sparkles to make it extra special.  The design is a mere 82 x 82, worked on Pink Whisper Belfast with Dinky Dyes silk. The sparkles comes from Kreinik Moonstone braid and lots of silvery, icy MH petite glass seed beads. This design works up to a dainty 5" square. 


What a perfect, special gift for friends and loved ones alike!

Peacock Pinwheels is a "spin-off"

 As you all may know, the online Needlework Show is open today. My newest designs are in the Dinky Dyes booth and I believe this link gets you close. Just scroll down to see my designs.




Be sure to look for  Peacock Pinwheels -never seen before anywhere!  It is a much smaller “spin off” of Panoply of Peacocks.  

We used  Classic Colorworks cotton floss with Dinky Dyes silk xref. It is worked on 28 ct white Lugana over 1. Design size is 219 x 221;  finished is 7 7/8” square.

Peacock Pinwheels is full cross stitch, but has one border row of Smyrna Cross.  Design can be worked over 1 or 2 threads.
These are some little WIP teasers to give you a close up view of Peacock Pinwheels.


  Clearly, I have been in a peacock mode the last few months, what with Tickle My Fancy coming out two months ago at Nashville, and now this newest!  Here you can see the larger Panoply of Peacocks, the inspiration for Peacock Pinwheels.  There are more peacocks in that one than Carter has little pills, as the old saying goes.  :-)

Summer Buzz Has Arrived!


Summer Buzz

Number 3 in our tea and coffee seasonal series is on the way to your favorite shop!
Buzzing honey bees complete Summer Buzz design.  This is such a pretty addition to this collection with its emerald coffee pot, surrounded by cherry blossoms, and names of all the coffee drinks that bring summer sweetness to mind.

Design size is 98x99 and is worked on 32 ct antique white Jobelan evenweave (Wichelt # 862101) over 2.  Finished size is 6 1/4" square.  Uses 8 Dinky Dyes floss colors, although the yellow uses only a few stitches, so I suggest a DMC alternative.   In addition, use Victorian Copper petite beads #42030, Mill Hill (22 beads)
 Summer Buzz contains full crosses, straight and back stitch, stem stitch and lazy daisy stitch.  Best to work this over two threads. 



  Easy to stitch, these pink and white, fluffy, "Lazy Daisy" stitches make the cherry blossoms that seem to come to life.  Each is centered with a cluster of tiny gold beads.