Back from Houston and heading to Dallas

I’ve been home from Seminar for a week now and am almost caught up with everything. Seminar was a whirlwind – a jam packed schedule with classes, events, and squeezing in some visiting time with old and new friends. My students were especially wonderful and I’ve heard from a few who’ve finished their pieces – it gives me great joy to provide enjoyable projects people want to finish! I taught two classes – Beaded Bermuda Reef and Tranquility. Beaded Bermuda Reef is a new teaching design and I will be teaching it for ANG again at Encore in St Louis at the end of March next year. I’ll also be teaching it at the Mid-Atlantic EGA Regional Seminar in Gettysburg and at a few guilds. 

and a close up…
The beads are fun and easy to do, even for people who’ve never done any beaded embroidery.
This year brought the last design in my “Peace Trilogy”, Tranquility, into my teaching portfolio.  Here are two of the colorways – Wood Pond and April Mai, named for the Gloriana threads they use. It’s fun to see how the piece changes, depending on the different colors used.

I’m headed back to Texas in a couple of weeks for Destination Dallas, a wholesale trade show. I’m looking forward to seeing my shopowner friends. Although it can be hectic, it’ll be more low key for me than Seminar! 
I’ll be releasing two new Holiday Delights – Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. I was born on Thanksgiving Day so I am especially partial to Thanksgiving and turkeys. It’s fun to be a “turkey baby” and I often had pumpkin pie as my “birthday cake” when I was growing up. Since Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November, my birthday doesn’t often fall on Thanksgiving but this year I am lucky to be celebrating my birthday on Thanksgiving Day!  

Tilemania, my online Mystery class design, will also be released in Dallas – I love creating the Mystery designs and then being able to offer them to everyone. Many of my 200+ students have finished this design and I share some of their photos here to show you the alternate colorways. My original uses Tahiti and Stained Glass Watercolours
The Aurora colorway uses Aurora and Tiffany Rose
The Cypress colorway uses Cypress and Fiesta
The Bark colorway uses Bark and Raspberry Sherbet (shown with 4 of the 5 rows)

Your LNS can pick them up in Dallas or order from me. If you don’t have a LNS, you may pre-order here.

Until next time – 


  1. Jan Heffron on June 20, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I would like to stitch Beaded Bermuda Reef. Can I purchase the directions?

    • Kathy Rees on June 26, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Beaded Bermuda Reef is a new teaching piece and is not available to purchase at this time.