New for Nashville

It’s been a busy couple of months and I can finally share the new designs I will be releasing soon. I will be heading to Nashville at the end of next week for one of the most fun weekends of the year. It’s a crazy fun whirlwind connecting with old friends and shopowners from all over the country. At this point, we start keeping our fingers crossed for decent weather!
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I’m enjoying my series of Holiday Delights – more whimsical than my usual designs and a great size for a quick project. The latest is St Patrick’s Day. I did French knots with a Kreinik gold metallic for my gold but you could substitute beads if you wanted. 
Next up is Aurora – I was inspired by the Aurora Watercolours thread from my latest Mystery class to create this new design. There’s something wonderful about using a thread color I’ve never used before! It’s a bit larger than my Destination series designs, finishing about 8×11. It was fun to work on a size canvas (12×16) I’ve not used before – it was like a new freedom. I will do more this size!
Several years ago, I started a series of “Ripple Rotation” designs. It has taken a while but I’ve finally created the third in the series, Ripple Rotation 3. Like the others in the series, it  is worked entirely with overdyed Vineyard Silk from ThreadworX – no laying required! I used a few of their newer colors – love the purple and aqua. I promise not to wait so long to do the next in this series! 
At long last, I have created some Christmas ornaments, something I’ve had running around in my brain literally for years!. My first foray into designing counted needlepoint were Christmas ornaments for a class I taught when I had my shop. I love simple round Christmas ornaments so I created Christmas Rounds 1. There are four ornaments in the pattern and I have more in the works. 

Last up is Amethyst Garden. I taught this online a couple of years ago and am now making it available to all. There are NINE alternate colorways listed in the pattern. I let a little canvas peek through behind the star in the center so the design is worked on the color “Sandstone” canvas and the alternate colorways suggest complementary canvas colors to the threads. 

I put my Amethyst Garden in a Sudberry box (Carol’s Fancywork). It’s a mahogany box and sets this design off perfectly.
Here are photos of a couple of the alternate colorways worked up by my students:
Tiffany Rose on Rose Blush canvas
Christmas on Sandstone Canvas
Appalachia on French Blue Canvas
Until next time (I promise it won’t be so long!) –