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.


Nashville 2014 Releases


Tickle My Fancy
Design size 153 x 154; Model is worked on 30 ct Weeks Dye Works #1166 Sea Foam linen; Dinky Dyes silk in 7 colors.
Finished size over 2 on 30 ct is 10 1/4" square.  Design uses minimal back stitches as well as full cross; ok to work over 1 thread.
 This Abode:
Design size 203 x 204;
Model is worked on  Weeks’ Dye Works 30 ct “Morris Blue” linen#2109,
Dinky Dyes silks in 4 colors.  Finished on 2 threads of 30 ct fabric = 13 2/3” sq.

Design was inspired by the works of  Emily Dickinson, American poet, 1830 - 1886 
Cross stitch with some back stitches; ok to work over 1 thread.

Quote from Henry Jackson van Dyke, American author, educator, clergyman, 1852

 Blessed Land
Design Size: 141 x 141
Model uses Wichelt Jobelan, 
Hand-Dyed African Daisy 28 ct #429507.  Suggested Floss is Dinky Dyes silk in 6 shades. Contains eyelet and unique stars created with satin stitch and fans.
This design is best worked over 2 threads of fabric.  Finished size on 28 ct over 2  is 10 ¼” square


 Spring Inspir’d Stitcher 

Design size: 295 x 227.  The model uses 28 ct white Zweigart Cashel linen.  It was worked over 1 with 1 strand  of floss. Uses  37 colors of DMC.  Finished size is 10 1/2" x 8 1/4".  

Final design in the Seasons at WaterMeadows Castle Series. Others in the series are Moonlit Skaters, Wintery Moon in the Round, Autumn Nodding, Summer Duet